There's a shiny new ring on your finger! Congratulations! Now that you've called all your friends and family, it's time to find a wedding venue! This first step of the wedding planning process isn't easy, because there are so many beautiful choices! And the venue affects the entire wedding, from the style to the size to the budget.
I have collected all of my favorite Virginia wedding venues into one place to hopefully make this process a bit easier for you. As you can see, the Hampton Roads area has a lot of beautiful options for your wedding day, whether you want to have a small nautical affair or a large garden wedding.
Each venue listed below is linked to a wedding or stylized shoot I've photographed there, so you can get an idea of what the possibilities are and if it might be the right venue for you.
The Botanical Garden - Norfolk
With acres of beautiful landscaping and flowers, the Norfolk Botanical Gardens is a gorgeous venue for an outdoor wedding! Each area of the gardens offers something different, and it's all beautiful! (See the different areas of the garden here.) After a garden ceremony, the reception can be held inside one of their three spaces or tented on the lawn. We love this venue so much, because so many of our CGP couples choose romantic outdoor weddings! View a Wildflower Meadow & Baker Hall Wedding and a Renaissance Court & Rose Garden Hall Wedding.
The Virginia Zoo - Norfolk
The Norfolk Zoo is such a fun and unique place for a wedding! Larger events can be held under the event pavilion, while small weddings can take place in several areas around the zoo, including their rose garden. And the best part... your guests get to tour the zoo during cocktail hour! The Zoo is the perfect wedding venue for outdoor weddings with a tented or pavilion reception. View more here: Norfolk Zoo wedding.
The Water Table - Virginia Beach
The Water Table is right on the marina of Rudee Inlet, making it the perfect spot for a nautical wedding! The venue has a beautiful fireplace and space for 200 people with an option for an outdoor cocktail hour space. This is the perfect venue for nautical weddings, modern weddings, and small indoor weddings. View our Water Table wedding day.
The Historic Freight Shed - Yorktown
The Yorktown Freight Shed combines an outdoor lawn ceremony space with an indoor reception space and attached tent overlooking the water. Add in the option for beachfront portraits and the surrounding historic area, and you have a beautiful wedding venue with lots of options for brides and grooms! View our Historic Freight Shed Wedding.
The Attic at Watermans - Virginia Beach
If you're looking for a place to get married at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, this is it! With a ceremony out on the beach and a reception in Waterman's private upstairs space with a wall of windows facing the ocean, the Attic is sure to wow your guests! And the food is top notch! This is the perfect wedding venue in Virginia Beach for small beach weddings. View our most recent Attic at Watermans Wedding.
Williamsburg Winery - Williamsburg
With a beautiful vineyard, gorgeous wooden doors, and a romantic cellar for wedding portraits, the Williamsburg Winery is a show-stopping venue! Whether you choose to have your ceremony on the lawn or inside in front of the fireplace, this venue is perfect for romantic weddings. And the romantic dim lighting of the reception space is perfect for fall and winter weddings! View our Williamsburg Winery wedding.
The Historic Obici House - Suffolk
The Obici House is such a cute wedding venue in Suffolk. It's located on a golf course, with a beautiful ceremony spot overlooking the water and plenty of space for a large reception tent. The inside of the house is simple and beautiful, offering a lovely backdrop for smaller weddings. View more here: Romantic Jewel Toned Wedding Inspiration at the Obici House.
The Founder's Inn - Virginia Beach
The Founder's Inn is a very popular wedding venue in Hampton Roads. And their outdoor ceremony space is truly special, facing the water and surrounded by the beautiful Colonial English gardens. Ceremonies can also be held indoors at the atrium (which is also a great spot for cocktail hour) or at Regent University's Divinity Chapel. Whether you're looking for a ballroom wedding or a garden wedding, the traditional look of Founder's Inn is a beautiful choice. And it's a beautiful hotel for your guests to enjoy as well! View our most recent Founder's Inn wedding.
The Woman's Club - Portsmouth
I think the Portsmouth Women's Club might just be the prettiest wedding venue in all of Hampton Roads! The ballroom has a high vaulted ceiling, and there's a beautiful staircase and a balcony to photograph from! The venue also has a long covered porch in the front and a big deck out back. I love that there are options for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies and it's the perfect venue for a large wedding! View our Portsmouth Woman's Club wedding.
The Lesner Inn - Virginia Beach
The Lesner Inn is the perfect spot for small nautical weddings in Hampton Roads. The venue sits right on the coastal waterway of Virginia Beach, giving guests a beautiful view. Their downstairs deck gives the idea of being outdoors while being completely protected from the elements. And upstairs, they have a lovely ballroom and covered deck that gives couples a variety of ceremony and reception options. View an upstairs wedding reception and a downstairs wedding reception.
The Wren Chapel - Williamsburg
The chapel in the Sir Christopher Wren Building on William and Mary's campus is such a beautiful and unique wedding venue. The historic chapel is over 300 years old and has been restored to its original colonial design. And there's such beautiful light in there, thanks to the bank of windows! It's such a sweet venue for intimate weddings! View our Wren Chapel wedding.
Half Moone - Norfolk
Half Moone is another of my favorite wedding venues in Hampton Roads! It's so beautiful! The beautiful circular ballroom features a large glass wall giving guests a beautiful ceremony backdrop and a front-row seat to the sunset. And this venue couldn't be at a more convenient location, right in the heart of downtown Norfolk. With Nauticus and Town Point Park next door and the Pagoda and gardens just a few blocks away, there are plenty of gorgeous backdrops for portraits. View our Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center wedding.
First Landing State Park - Virginia Beach
First Landing State Park is a popular Virginia Beach location for beach ceremonies and outdoor wedding receptions. After a casual ceremony on the sand or in the ampitheater, guests can gather around the stone gazebo on the courtyard lawn for a reception. View our most recent First Landing State Park wedding.
Kingsmill Resort - Williamsburg
Kingsmill Resort is the perfect place for an elegant traditional wedding. The ceremony location overlooks the James River. And they have a beautiful ballroom with space for cocktail hour on the deck or on the 18th hole just a few steps away. This is also a great location for destination weddings or weddings with lots of out of town guests, because lodging, restaurants, and plenty of activities can be found all in one place! View a beautiful navy and pink Kingsmill Resort wedding day.
The Signature West Neck - Virginia Beach
The Signature West Neck is one of my favorite Hampton Roads wedding venues! This golf club has an outdoor ceremony location perfectly positioned for the setting sun. It's gorgeous! They can hold smaller receptions in their inside dining space, while larger receptions take place on their tented deck. View one of our Signature West Neck weddings.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens - Richmond
The Lewis Ginter gardens are my new favorite spot for weddings! There are so many beautiful ceremony and reception locations around the property, from the tea house and Flagler Pavilion to the rose garden and Robins Visitor Center. They even have a beautiful historic home, Bloemendaal House! View an intimate tea house wedding at Lewis Ginter.
Are you newly engaged and looking for a wedding photographer in Hampton Roads? Whether you're planning a golf club wedding day at the Signature West Neck or a nautical affair at the Water Table, I'd love to hear from you! Shoot me an email to say hello and see if I'm available for your wedding day!