A wedding at a private estate can provide you with opportunities to plan your day the way you want. Tenting options and ceremony spaces are often up to you and your planner. 

I have photographed private estate weddings across the United States and I recommend knowing as much as you can about the property and how it's managed prior to booking. 

Some of my favorite places are represented here from Virginia, Maryland and Arizona. 

The privacy and intimacy of a private estate makes for a truly unforgettable wedding day!


"Imagine your wedding day at a private estate in Virginia, Maryland, Wasshington D.C., Arizona...anywhere! Private estate weddings are full of personality and your own personal touch."
- Michelle Lieb of Lieb Photographic 

Should we both get ready at the estate?


Absolutely! The ladies can prepare for the day in a room you designate and the men can do the same in another room. It works out quite well! View Sam and Dave's wedding at the Penderyn Estate HERE.


Where do you recommend taking our family portraits?

My favorite locations for family portraits will depend on lighting. I will do a site visit prior to the wedding day to determine some of the best spots. I especially take note of backgrounds and lighting. When we work on your timeline and you complete your group shots lists, we will have a good idea as to the best time and pace. HERE is a wedding with well timed family portraits.

What time should we schedule our ceremony to begin?

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 on private property HERE.

What if it rains on my wedding day?

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 as long as you have a plan B in place prior to the day, your day will still be as lovely as ever. View highlights from a rainy wedding day on a private estate HERE.

Should a bride consider bridal portraits in advance of the day?

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 some of my favorites HERE. And be sure to search the blog for "bridal portraits" to see many more.

Do you recommend any other vendors for my private estate wedding?

Yes I do! I have a wonderful and exclusive list of preferred wedding professionals. Many of them are familiar with the intricacies of a private estate wedding. 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.

Meet Michelle


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 private estate or someplace in Virginia (or beyond!), I would love to be considered for your day. 

If you’re interested in working with me, the best way to reach me is by either filling out the form or sending an e-mail to michelle@liebphotographic.com with your wedding date and location. If you’ve filled out the form and haven’t heard from me in a few days, please email me directly.


I WOULD LOVE TO serve you on YOUR big DAY!

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