I’m thankful to have the privilege to travel up and down the East Coast for weddings, but I’m also proud to say that I photograph a lot of weddings right here in the Hampton Roads area. I moved here five years ago but I did not truly get to know my surroundings until I became a wedding and family photographer. Driving all over our little area for engagement sessions, family sessions, and weddings has made me fall in love with the 757.
It’s difficult to choose my few favorite wedding venues for a blog post, and I know there are so many places I get to shoot this year that I am sure this list will grow over time! That said, here are some of the dearest venues to me and why I love them so much.
The Inn at Warner Hall – Gloucester
The light! The location! The estate! I could go on and on. There are SO many different places for amazing pictures here. The venue itself is a beautiful house set at the end of a long private road, but there are fields with golden light right at sunset and a dock in addition to the actual inn. Besides, it’s a wonderful way to have some of your friends and family stay right where you are getting married, and wake up in a beautiful location for your big day.
This venue is so well loved because both the outside and inside are gorgeous (see highlight image at the top of the blog). Outdoor weddings are set on a field which radiates with the perfect light, and inside is a beautiful reception hall with wood décor that perfectly complements the surrounding areas. If you love the feel of a modern and classy winery, this is the venue for your wedding!
Bayvue Estate – Mathews County
I didn’t discover Bayvue Estate until I photographed a styled shoot there last summer, and I instantly fell in love. Because it is further out in the country it is perfect for couples wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and have the entire wedding in one location. With a setting right on the water and unlimited places for pictures, this location is absolutely worth the drive.
Founders Inn – Virginia Beach
The Founders Inn is perfect for couples wanting to have the whole wedding in one location while remaining close to the city, with lots of nearby hotel and entertainment options. The outdoor ceremony space is unparalleled, with a view of a small lake and an outdoor patio for guests that is ideal for any size wedding. Nearby is a gorgeous location for cocktail hour, and the reception spaces are perfect for dancing the night away.
The Obici House – Suffolk
This is a hidden gem that not too many people know about. My favorite part about The Obici House is the bridal suite, as crazy as that may sound. There is so much window light and beautiful décor that perfectly complements the quiet and elegant moments before a ceremony. This venue is perfect for smaller weddings, and its setting on a golf course right next to the water lends to gorgeous scenery from start to finish on the big day.
The Woman’s Club of Portsmouth
This may be one of the most popular wedding venues in Hampton Roads, and for good reason! This is another great location for hosting the wedding all in one place, and the staff are pros at turning the room around from ceremony to cocktail hour to reception in no time at all. A nearby bridge is a favorite spot for portraits, and the huge windows surrounding the venue allow for beautiful light right up until sunset. With chandeliers and a balcony for special shots, I could photograph weddings any day here!