40+ Virginia Wedding Venues - A Virginia Wedding Photographer Bucket List
You know how people have travel bucket lists? (I have a very long one of those, but we’ll save that for another post!) Well, I have a wedding venue bucket list! While I love to shoot at my favorite venues, I also love exploring new venues. I love going back to a venue and knowing it well and going into the wedding comfortable and confident that I know where I’m going and where all the cool photo spots are. But I also enjoy stretching my creativity and learning new-to-me venues!
A few things I find that I’m always drawn to are beautiful outdoor scenery at wineries, in the mountains, in the city, or at the ocean. I love shooting portraits outdoors in gorgeous glowy light. So a beautiful outdoor space is key! I also love unique and historic architecture with pops of classic bling! (Think columns and chandeliers!) Venues that have both score extra bonus points with me!
Some venues hold sentimental value. I grew up in the mountains, so mountain weddings hold a special place in my heart. My hometown is nestled snugly in between The Homestead and The Greenbrier and I have very fond memories of visiting both resorts over the years with my families. (We celebrated my parents’ 50th anniversary at The Homestead with them!)
Other venues just make me have all the ‘heart eyes’ for days. I can perfectly envision capturing a happy couple’s wedding day memories there! (I may actually have dreams about doing this. I wake up all bummed that I haven’t actually shot those images yet—ha!)
So here are a few of my favorite venues from the past year, and several that are on my bucket list for the future!