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Northern Virginia wedding venues are some of the most frequented places in Virginia for potential wedding venues. And it's no wonder! With it's sprawling landscapes, gorgeous manicured venues and its close proximity to Washington DC, it's the perfect location for a wedding just outside the hustle and bustle of the city.
Northern Virginia boasts dozens and dozens of gorgeous wedding venues from meticulous barn venues to elegant and historical mansions. It's easy to envision saying "I do" at one of the many wineries, white barns, resorts, estates and historical mansions.
And as you walk the grounds of your perfect venue, I’ll capture photos that will grace your home for decades to come. I will record your preparations, your first look, your family...as well as capture images of you dancing for the first time as husband and wife in your reception space.
And you’ll always remember how beautiful your day truly was at your Northern Virginia wedding venue!
THE PERFECT VENUE
"Imagine your wedding day just outside the city and yet close enough to every convenience. A Northern Virginia Wedding Venue is both luxurious and close to nature. Welcome to Northern Virginia...home to some of the best Virginia wedding venues."
- Michelle Lieb of Lieb Photographic
Jenn & Avery
Riverview at Occoquan wedding
VIVIAN & DONALD
Old Town Alexandria engagement
JENN & AVERY
Salamander Resort engagement
JENN & MATT
Goodstone Inn engagement
"The Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House property offers clients a variety of expansive outdoor locations with a fountain garden, a Federal/Georgian mansion, a brick & oyster-lined event tent area with permanent flooring, and uniquely historic landscape. Come experience the historic charm of Washington's Woodlawn and Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House."
-Woodlawn and Pope-Leighey House
"Located just up the road from Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, The Barns at Wolf Trap is ideal for your wedding.
The historical showpiece is comprised of two connected restored 18th century barns with modern amenities. You can even have your first dance together on the romantic lit stage!"
-the barns at Wolftrap
Occoquan Regional Park is home to The River View, a wedding venue with stunning views of the Occoquan River. The center boasts a large wedding and events area that can accommodate approximately 400 seated guests, the 1608 Room, two adjacent outdoor spaces and a private Hospitality Suite and historic cottage to prepare for their special day.
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The Atrium at Meadowlark offers a unique venue for those who seek a garden oasis. The reception atrium has three glass walls, a cathedral ceiling complete with a huge skylight, Ficus trees strewn with twinkling lights and flourishing flower beds and tropical plants throughout the building. There is even a small stream that runs throughout leading to a majestic fountain. The venue even overlooks panoramic views of the lush gardens beyond, complete with outdoor terrace and fountain.
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The Woodlawn property is a luxury wedding venue for the history buff and the elegant bride. It's rolling grounds feature a fountain garden, a Federal/Georgian mansion, a brick & oyster-lined event tent area with permanent flooring, and uniquely historic landscape as well as access to the Pope-Leighey House.
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Old Town Alexandria boasts some special wedding venues like Woodlawn, The Carlyle. House and The Torpedo Factory. But it's also known as a great engagement session destination with some wonderful walking routes, cobblestone roads and waterside views. It's a great location for your engagement session or wedding day!
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Airlie combines all the historic charm of Virginia along with the enchantment of Europe. From the Spanish Steps to the Butterfly Garden to the Formal Gardens and the boxwood labyrinth, Airlie has it all! It even has an incredible rain plan with the indoor Jefferson room. And your family and friends can stay in one of their many accommodations.
Absolutely! If your venue has a lovely bridal suite and groom's lounge, I highly recommend it. I also recommend keeping the area clean and full of natural light for the preparation photos. View some beautiful images of the bride getting ready at Shadow Creek Weddings HERE!
I will give you the opportunity months prior to your wedding day to give me feedback for your preferred locations. I always do a site visit and preferably a walk-through for venues at which I have yet to photograph. My favorite locations for family portraits involve the most lovely spots with the most complimentary lighting scenarios. View a wedding with multiple family portrait locations HERE.
I work very closely with you and your wedding planner to ensure that you start your ceremony with enough time for the images prior as well as time for golden hour portraits and a steady reception start time. Before you set a start time, let's chat about sunset for your time of year and your wedding day priorities. View a perfectly time wedding day HERE.
No one wants rain on their wedding day! But if it does rain, your day will still be perfect and your images will be stunning! I have photographed on rainy days and even in hurricanes! I will scout out all the choice locations at your venue and familiarize myself with plan B, C, D and E! Your day will still be as lovely as ever. View highlights from a rainy wedding day HERE.
A thousand times YES! A bridal portrait session provides the opportunity for a bride to prepare for her Big Day with a private session devoted just to her. Bridal portraits do not always happen at golden hour on the wedding day, so a session months prior to the big day provides those gorgeous images in the prettiest light of the day. And they make the BEST surprise wedding day present for the groom! Peruse an example HERE. And be sure to search the blog for "bridal portraits" to see many more.
Yes I do! I have a wonderful and exclusive list of preferred wedding professionals. Most of them are familiar with Northern Virginia vendors. I provide all of my booked couples with a comprehensive online bridal guide complete with preferred professionals. I'm glad to help match you with the vendors who could be the perfect fit for your style and budget. Find out more about my process HERE.
GET TO KNOW THE PHOTOGRAPHER
I understand that you want photographs you can't stop looking at because they capture an authentic joy encased in a romantic, classic image of you at your best moments together. That's why I plan to be fully present with you, listening to your questions and your vision, encouraging you and showing you how beautiful you are together. Serving you well and creating a curated collection of fine art images of your favorite moments is at the heart of what I do. I want to bless you by making this process fun, simple and enjoyable. My heart is to give you an incredible photographic experience from beginning to end.
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Whether you’re getting married at a Northern Virginia Wedding Venue or someplace in Virginia (or beyond!), I would love to be considered for your day.
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