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Best Places to Elope in Virginia

November 15, 2022

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While I work closely with each of my couples to find unique locations for their elopements, here are a few of my favorite places to get elope in Virginia as a Charlottesville wedding photographer.

Where to Elope in Virginia

Virginia offers an abundance of stunning locations for intimate wedding or elopements, so you can choose from a variety of settings for your ceremony. Whether you want to say “I do” surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the Shenandoah National Park or in one of the state’s historic courthouses, you’ll find that getting married here is simple and stress-free.

My Top 10 Virginia Elopement Locations

  • Shenandoah National Park
  • Richmond, Virginia (for a cool fun and flirty Urban feel)
  • Barns & Farms
  • Great Falls Park
  • Virginia Blue Ridge Parkways
  • Grayson Highlands State Park
  • Virginia Beach
  • Manassas Battlefield State Park
  • Vineyard or winery
  • Historical Manor Houses and Gardens

Shenandoah Elopements

Virginia wedding and elopement photography | Raven's Roost Overlook | Blue Ridge Parkway | Charlottesville wedding Photographer
Photo by Debbie Elisa Photography | Virginia wedding and elopement photographer | Raven’s Roost

Shenandoah National Park has no shortage of perfect wedding ceremony locations, whether you’re looking for popular vistas or totally private mountaintop nooks. Some of my favorite easy hikes in Shenandoah put together by an adventure couple, Megan & Aram, lead to the best places to elope in the entire park. One that have just have to mention is Raven’s Roost. This probably is one of the few that does not require any hiking or trail walks. The overlook has a decent size parking lot and is just a few literal steps away from the overlook. A gorgeous view! A beautiful and breathtaking moment. Plenty of room to walk around and move around with ease. I will help make sure you have everything you need for the day.


  • Hazel Mountain
  • Jewell Hollow
  • Thorofare Mountain
  • Spitler Knoll
  • Franklin Cliffs
  • The Point Overlook
  • Mary’s Rock Tunnel**
Charlottesville wedding photographer captures bride and groom dancing at sunset together surrounded by their white roses for an outdoor wedding
Photo by Debbie Elisa Photography | Virginia wedding and elopement photographer | Virginia Vineyards

Virginia Vineyards

Virginia’s wineries offer the perfect setting if you’re planning a small, intimate wedding. With beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah Mountains, and scenic vineyards. When you elope in Virginia, you’ll find plenty of photo opportunities for your wedding album.

A few places I have photographed small weddings were:

  • Kalero Vineyard – Purcellville
  • Showalter’s Orchard – Timberville
  • Fleetwood Farm Winery (doesn’t have many views of the mountains but the vineyard is lovely) – Leesburg
  • King Family Vineyards – Crozet
  • Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyard – North Garden
  • Faithbrooke Barn &Vineyards – Luray
outdoor engagement photos with Charlottesville wedding photographer, man and woman holding hands and kissing while standing in a field at sunset
Photo by Debbie Elisa Photography | Virginia wedding and elopement photographer | The Oak Barn at Loyalty

Virginia Rustic Venues

You can’t go wrong with a rustic wedding in a barn, on a farm, or on top of a ridge overlooking Virginia’s beautiful countryside. These gorgeous venues provide the perfect backdrop to your celebration with their laid-back style, vintage charm, and scenic vistas.

A few places I have photographed small weddings were:

  • The Barn at Timber Creek – Farmville
  • The Oak Barn at Loyalty – Leesburg
  • The Barns of Madison County – Etlan
  • Lydia Mountain Lodge (entire venue is outdoor in the woods, very rustic) – Standardsville
  • Swan Harbor Farm – Havre De Grace (Maryland)
  • Mt. Defiance Cider Barn – Middleburg
  • Bowood Barn – Louisa
outdoor engagement photos in a courtyard garden with man and woman embracing and kissing each other photographed by Charlottesville wedding photographer
Photo by Debbie Elisa Photography | Virginia wedding and elopement photographer | Oatlands Historic House and Gardens

Historical Homes and Gardens

Some adventures are mild and don’t require anything except beautiful scenery. Most couples do opt in for a two person elopement or small gathering of family and friends for their small intimate wedding. These are mostly done a beautiful historical homes in a city, countryside, or at some of the places already mentioned above. It’s not just a home, or manor house or even a mansion, but its the entire landscapes of fields, wooded areas, small lakes/streams, and gardens. Some also come with beaches which is an amazing aspect to have.

You will see in the list below a few listing for Maryland. This is because these locations are lovely and I have had Virginia couples drive out to Maryland for a more rustic feel and historical aspect of homes with land.

A few places I have photographed small weddings were:

  • Rosemont Manor – Berryville
  • Gramercy Mansion – Stevenson (Maryland)
  • Historic St. Mary’s City – St. Mary’s City (Maryland)
  • Earlyhouse – Louisa
  • Belle Garden Estate – Wirtz
  • Carlyle House – Alexandria
  • Stonebridge Events – Cumberland, (Maryland)
  • Oatlands Historic House and Gardens – Leesburg
  • Rawlings Conservatory – Baltimore
  • Brookeside Gardens – Wheaton (Maryland)
  • Chatham Manor – Fredericksburg
  • Historic London Town & Gardens – Edgewater (Maryland)
  • Sotterely Plantation – Hollywood (Maryland)
  • The Pavilion at Weatherly – Newburg (Maryland)


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I can’t wait to start working with you and help you create a magical experience filled with love, butterflies, and happy moments.

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Hi, I'm Debbie

A self proclaimed badass photographer

No elegant or amazing story to tell here. My life consisted of growing up in the military from the age of 2. Settling in North Carolina, and marrying a Navy Corpsman. Three kids later, and two masters degrees into a career in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis, I decided that it was finally time to pursue a lifelong dream of mine, photography.

I started out as wanting to become a Marine Biologist/Oceanographer, and working for National Geographic, swimming with the sharks! Choices made led me down a different path and led me to where I am today. Sitting here, at the computer, writing a mini novel about my life to you.

I started my business in 2019 realizing as my oldest son graduated high school that I missed photography, I missed the interaction I could have with others, and the different lives I was able to be a part of. So, I did as allo beginner photographers did. I dusted off my only old camera, and started using my friends and family as models. Charge next to nothing for sessions, and was able to purchase mentoring sessions, business courses, posing class, 1:1 workshops, and I have learned so much and have grown tremendously within my skill and knowledge. With the help of amazing photography mentors such as Katelyn James, Alina Thomas, Joy Michelle, Megan MacPhail, India Earl, Anni Graham, Jai Long, Maddie Mae (Adventure Instead), and many more, I have been able to create an experience for my couples that is comfortable, relaxed, and crafted specifically to their style and personality


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