As a Virginia elopement photographer, I may be a little biased... but there are many beautiful places to elope in Virginia. There are fairy-tale like woodlands, cascading waterfalls, coastal beaches, and of course the jaw-dropping Blue Ridge Mountains to consider. You have endless options to choose from when you're planning where to elope in Virginia.
It is a common myth that elopements are easier to plan. It can be just as overwhelming as a traditional wedding. But that's where I come in friend! Keep reading to learn everything you need to know to start planning your Virginia elopement today.
The short answer? An authentic, intimate experience that is centered around you and your love for one another and what matters most to you. A celebration without the pressure to please anyone else or to do anything that you don't want to.
I think an intimate wedding or elopement should be the most extravagant celebration of your love. I mean you're only going to get to do this once more than likely, why not make it everything you've ever dreamed of? Spoiler alert: that doesn't mean you have to go across the globe. It could be in your own backyard if that's what is special to you. Leading us to the next point: best Virginia elopement locations.
heck yes, that sounds amazing!
Ditch the scripts and traditions. Definitely skip the bouquet and garter toss. Forget about what your aunt Linda thinks. Reserve what feels right in your heart. I tell you all of this with such confidence because I've been there - and I've never had a couple tell me they wished they would have done the big and fancy instead. If this or anything above resonated with you then I'd love to chat more about planning your journey to forever.
Go rogue on your wedding day.
do something you won't regret
Alright we discussed the why, now let's talk about where! As I've mentioned in this guide already, there are so many options when deciding on where to elope in Virginia. It can be overwhelming when you don't know where to start! Whether you're looking an intimate wedding venue or allowing nature be your backdrop, here are a few of my favorite Virginia elopement locations to consider. Click the link below to jump to the location or scroll to learn more!
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Wild ponies, jaw-dropping scenic alpine-like peaks, open fields of meadows, waterfalls and wildflowers... do I need to say more? This place is such a gem that so much to offer and is one of my favorite elopement locations in Virginia.
People travel from all over to see the wild highland ponies that can found within this state park. Grayson Highland State Park is found in southwest Virginia, about 2.5 hours from Roanoke. While it has a little bit of everything to offer, I love the vast open meadows to roam around in. There are plenty of open areas to get away and find some peace and quiet for your elopement ceremony!
Buzzard Rock Overlook is a popular spot within the park to hold intimate weddings and can seat up to 50 people. You can read more about their wedding day set-ups here. A permit is required and the there is a small application fee of $25.
Be aware that there are not many options for Airbnbs in this area. If you decide to elope at Grayson Highlands State Park, I would recommend making a trip of it and camp there as well!
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Great Falls is located in Northern Virginia and is part of the Potomac River. The waterfalls are an incredible place to hold your Virginia elopement. From jagged rocky cliffs to the rapids to the trails leading through the forests and the beach-like area, there are plenty of places for photo ops.
This park has high tourist activity due to its proximity to DC, therefore I would recommend eloping during a weekday rather than the weekend.
I would also recommend avoiding rainy seasons as the river may rise and obstruct the view of the rocks.
Did you know that I help with elopement planning? It can be added on to your package when you book me as your Virginia elopement photographer. From finding the perfect vendors for you, to location scouting for the best place to hold your intimate ceremony, I'm here for it all. Let me take some of the stress off your plate!
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You deserve a day that is fully customized to you and your love because everyone is different! My pricing for Virginia elopements is all inclusive, which means no hidden fees or surprise travel costs added at any point.
Elopement planning is stressful, you're going to want someone in your corner. Let me be that someone for you! I'll be more than your photographer, I'll be there every step of the way and just a text a way at any given time. You can read more about what you get in your elopement package below.
I'm Kristen - an elopement and engagement photographer based in Roanoke, Virginia. I am an outdoor enthusiast, full time ICU nurse, travel fanatic, momma to 2 cute doggos and one sweet baby girl, and a dang good photographer who is always down for adventures of any kind ;) I can't wait to plan and capture your special day with a timeless, candid approach!