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July 13, 2020

Where to Elope in Northern Virginia | Top Intimate Wedding Locations

Where to Elope in Northern Virginia

If you’re looking to elope or celebrate a micro wedding with a few guests, you’ve come to the right place! From mountain views to elegant hotels, Northern Virginia has something for everyone. Keep on reading to find the perfect one for you!

The Red Fox Inn & Tavern

This historic property can be found in Middleburg, Virginia. Whether you’re looking for an intimate indoor location or a tented affair, The Red Fox Inn & Tavern has many options for all celebrations. The Courtyard Gardens is a particularly romantic location to exchange vows. It also has 22 appointment rooms for you and your guests to fully enjoy the weekend.

View their wedding and elopement guides here to learn more about having your celebration at The Red Fox Inn & Tavern.



Set on 300 acres in Fauquier County, Airlie is a romantic choice for any countryside wedding. Named “The Most Romantic Ceremony Site We Have Ever Seen” by the Washingtonian, it’s a must for couples dreaming of elegant gardens, waterfront views and a stunning pavilion reception space. 

Learn more about Airlie weddings here.

View more Airlie wedding photos here. 

Carlyle House – Old Town Alexandria

Located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, Carlyle House offers a stately setting for your wedding. The historic mansion and gardens add classic charm, with ceremony sites including the tented Magnolia Terrace, the garden or the front lawn. Maximum capacity is 100 people. Learn more about renting the Carlyle House for your elopement here.

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Shenandoah National Park

If you’re seeking breathtaking views, this one might be for you! There are many gorgeous overlooks along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. Big Meadows is also a popular choice in the park. Thinking of going on an adventure? Some of the best spots are a short hike away.

The best part? If you’re planning on only having up to 15 participants and a simple ceremony, you don’t need to get a permit. If you have 16 or more, however, or if you’re doing any type of decor set-up, you’ll need to file for a permit here.

Also, all cars entering the park must pay the $30 entrance fee (unless you have the annual pass).

View more Shenandoah National Park photos here

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Hummingbird Cafe Hotel Indigo – Old Town Alexandria

Waterfront views, delicious food and a patio in the heart of Old Town can all be found at Hummingbird Cafe, part of Hotel Indigo. It’s ideal for elopements and intimate wedding ceremonies and receptions. You can learn more about the property here.

View more Hummingbird Cafe Hotel Indigo wedding photos here.

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Rust Manor House

Rust Manor House is nestled in a 68-acre nature sanctuary in Leesburg, Virginia. The historic mansion and gardens provide an elegant mix of nature and architecture. Indoor and outdoor spaces are also available here, making it ideal for those worried about the weather. Inside the mansion you’ll find a parlor, dining room, library and sweeping staircase. Outside, the gardens are always a beautiful ceremony backdrop. The covered porch is also a bonus!

Rental fees vary, and you can contact them directly to learn more.

View more Rust Manor House wedding photos here. 

Goodstone Inn

Goodstone Inn is a 265-acre estate located in the heart of Virginia Wine & Hunt Country. They offer petite weddings, cocktail reception weddings and grand wedding packages. So no matter what you’re planning for your intimate wedding or elopement, you’re sure to find it here! Ceremonies take place at the Ivy Wall or Woodsy Garden, both featuring beautiful views. 

Learn more about the exquisite wedding experiences offered at Goodstone Inn here.

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Athenaeum – Old Town Alexandria

Chosen as a Top 2020 Wedding Vendor in Virginia Living Magazine, this hidden gem is ideal for intimate events. The charming courtyard can hold 50 guests, with indoor space holding up to 90 guests for a standing reception in the galleries. Learn more about the Athenaeum rental info here.

Morrison House Old Town Alexandria, Autograph Collection

Featuring three elegant event rooms, the Morrison House in Alexandria, Virginia, is ideal for elopements, intimate weddings and full weddings alike. It also can house out-of-town guests, making it even easier to plan your celebration.

Learn more about Morrison House elopements and intimate weddings here.


Waterfront Park in Old Town Alexandria

Located just half a block from King Street, Waterfront Park offers gorgeous views of the Potomac River, the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and National Harbor. The expansive green space is also ideal for your ceremony and portraits. To have your wedding here, you’ll simply need to file for a special use permit through the City of Alexandria.

Also note that parking does not come with the rental, but there are many paid and free parking options throughout Alexandria.

You can learn more about filing for a permit here, and you can view their rental fee brochure here. 


Great Marsh Estate

This renowned Georgian Mansion is one of my favorite locations for weddings, engagements and elopements. Their tree-lined entrance sets the scene for gorgeous photos, and the combination of elegant columns and expansive countryside gives you plenty of options.

See more Great Marsh Estate engagement photos here. 

Learn more about Great Marsh Estate elopements here.

Local Wineries

Virginia is well-known for its wineries and breweries, and many of these venues offer elopement services as well! What could be better than exchanging vows, sipping wine and enjoying the views. A few of my favorites: Stone Tower Winery, Potomac Point Winery, Breaux Vineyards, Winery at Bull Run and Morais Vineyards.



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