Have you visited The Market at Grelen? It’s the most interesting, new wedding and event venue we’ve seen in the area recently. The expansive property has such a variety of locations and decor options that no two Grelen weddings will be alike. There are two major additions to the property this year.
Grelen couples have the option of renting Spotswood Lodge, an eight-bedroom property with a main house and a cottage that can comfortably sleep up to 20 people. How fun would it be to have your bridal party or close friends and family all together for the night before the wedding? Or, how great would it be to have out-of-town family housed close to your venue so they don’t have to worry about navigating an unfamiliar area to get to the wedding? We have a feeling Spotswood is going to be wildly popular with Grelen couples and anyone getting married in Orange.
The Orchard Overlook Tent
One of the most striking things about Grelen is the amazing view that guests have from the different locations on the property. What better way to let guests enjoy the views than using a clear tent! The Market at Grelen installed a 4500 square foot tent for all of their couples to use. They also created a beautiful, stone patio on the tent pad. The patio extends beyond the tent to allow for cocktail hour or dancing under the stars.
Spotswood Lodge images by Jenn Finazzio Photography.
Orchard Overlook images by Corrine Kensington Photography.
Just a few minutes away from Charlottesville is an incredible estate built in the early 1900s by a wealthy Richmond resident named James H. Dooley as a summer retreat. Known as Swannanoa Palace, the Dooley family only lived in it for a few years. Today, Swannanoa is open to the public for a few days each month. Chrystal Reyns‘s luck bride Krissy was able to schedule her bridal portrait session on the property. We had a hard time narrowing the images down for this one with all the amazing rooms and locations at the palace.
If you’re interested in visiting the Swannanoa Palace, scroll the bottom to see the rest of the 2015 Open House dates.
Swannanoa Palace 2015 Open House Dates
June 6, 7, 27, and 28
July 4, 5, 18, and 19
August 8, 9, 22, and 23
September 5, 6, 19, 20, 26, and 27
October 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, and 25
November 7 and 8
Is there anything more covetable in photography than that magic “golden hour”? You know, when the sun is on the verge of setting and everything is hued with an ethereal light that makes objects in front of a camera lens otherworldly… there might not be anything more beautiful than a portrait session during the Golden Hour! But while this engagement shoot by Limefish Studio perfectly captures that magical light, the real romance comes from this sweet couple and the incredible setting of Boar’s Head Inn. Take one part light, two parts love, and a Charlottesville setting, and you have perfection!
Ashley & Nick met online in 2012 and went on a 3 hour date that set the tone for the rest of their relationship. According to the couple, “They were inseparable until Ashley’s deployment in December, and she says,
I could not have asked for a more supportive and loving partner through the 5 months I was gone. I knew after making it through that, there was no chance I was ever letting Nick go!” During a July vacation together, Nick put his proposal plans into action.
He arranged for her to have a pedicure and massage during the day (so sweet!), and then had a surprise dinner planned. Actually, he’d rented out the Rear Range Lighthouse in downtown Newburyport, MA for their private candlelit dinner! Later, from the top of the lighthouse, they enjoyed the sunset before Nick dropped to his knee and asked Ashley to be his wife! She admits, “in true girl style, became hysterical and said yes between sobs.”
Thanks Limefish Studio for sharing this session with us!