Madison is a beautiful pastoral county in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Located about halfway between Culpeper and Charlottesville and bordered by the Shenandoah National Park, the county is home to some of the most beautiful mountain views in the state. Madison caters to the outdoor enthusiast with plenty of room for hiking, kayaking, apple picking, trout fishing and horseback riding. In recent years the addition of several great wineries and a brewery have made the county a popular tourist destination. All this plus hospitable, experienced wedding professionals make Madison a great place for a destination wedding. In this article we highlight some of the businesses that would be perfect choices for your special day.
Visiting DuCard Vineyards for this article is at the top of my How-Much-Fun-Can-You-Have-At-Work list. First of all, it’s spectacularly beautiful. Located in Gibson Hollow in Etlan, Virginia, it is surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and close to the Shenandoah National Park. DuCard is a boutique vineyard, making small batches of excellent wine and only selling it onsite.
If you are looking for an authentic rustic barn wedding venue with stunning views, you’ve found the perfect location in The Barns of Madison County in Etlan, Virginia. Two 1800’s red barns have been transformed into a charming reception space while keeping the original wood and open beam construction. String lights wind around massive beams to give the reception area a cozy feeling.
Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Madison County, Early Mountain Vineyards is an award-winning winery on the Monticello Wine Trail as well as a popular wedding venue. They have an ambience described as “rustic yet refined” and stunning views of the mountains.
The Graves’ family have been innkeepers in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Syria, Virginia, for more than 140 years, spanning five generations. Graves Mountain Lodge has been a Madison County destination for locals and tourists as long as anyone can remember. Their Apple Festivals, Bluegrass Festivals and fireworks display draw crowds in the thousands.
If you are looking for something different in a wedding venue, why not have a Garden Wedding in a Greenhouse? Brent and Heidi Lohr, the longtime owners of Greenscapes Nursery & Garden Shoppe have taken their passion for plants to the next level and transformed one of their greenhouses into a unique wedding reception venue.
Described as a “Country Garden B & B” La Bella Terra would be lovely option for a small wedding (maximum 30 people). Located in Reva, Virginia, in Madison County, the front lawn has a sweeping view of the Blue Ridge Mountains—perfect for a sunset ceremony and feast on the lawn.
Southern Blooms has been in business for over 30 years—and their experience shows! Owners Pat Roberts and her daughter Sherry Spencer have grown their nationally acclaimed floral and event design business by providing stunning floral pieces to some of the most elegant weddings in the area.