There are a lot of great wedding venues in the Washington, DC metro area. Choosing the right one for your marriage celebration is not easy. There are so many different factors to consider. Do you want an urban setting or a rural setting? Do you want a religious or a secular ceremony? Do you want your guests to be able to stay at the venue? Do you want options for entertainment nearby? How far are you willing to be from downtown DC?
The answers to these questions obviously depend on the personal preferences of you and your intended. Figuring those preferences out and deciding which ones to prioritize can certainly be stressful. What makes the decision making process even harder is that you might have to do it three times! You and your beloved will need to pick a place to get ready, a location for your ceremony and a spot for your wedding reception. With that in mind, one approach that many couples choose is to book a wedding venue that can host all three parts of your marriage celebration in the same facility. As Northern Virginia wedding photographers, we have seen that opting for a “beginning-to-end” location like that can greatly simplify your wedding preparations by taking a couple of things off your plate.
This full service option is just one of many things that sets the Salamander Resort & Spa apart as a wedding venue. Located a little more than an hour from downtown Washington in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Salamander Resort & Spa is a fantastic destination if you are looking to have an elegant and luxurious marriage celebration surrounded by the rustic beauty of rural Northern Virginia. If you and your future spouse enjoy being pampered a bit, the resort offers its wedding clients a 23,000-square-foot spa, 14 different treatment rooms and a heated outdoor pool. If you prefer a more outdoorsy experience, every one of the Salamander’s 168 guest rooms and suites has a beautiful view of the surrounding hills and forests. The resort’s first-class staff will literally design your wedding to fit exactly what you’re looking for. Do you want a riding and equestrian-themed matrimonial event? They can do that. Does your vision include traditional Southern elegance? That’s no problem for them either. Would you like to get married in a more vineyard-like setting? They will arrange it for you.
The Salamander Resort & Spa also offers a wealth of activities that can be incorporated into the wedding weekend festivities or offered as possible entertainment options for wedding guests in from out of town. The resort contributes to the Middleburg area’s strong equestrian tradition with a 14,000-square-foot stable and 25 acres of riding space. For folks who like the aforementioned wine-tasting, there are a number of vineyards not far from the Salamander where wedding parties or other guests can sample the best vintages that Virginia has to offer. We have done a few Northern Virginia wine tours ourselves (including one during a stay at the Salamander), and we cannot recommend them highly enough. Golfers will also not be disappointed with the options nearby, as we again know from firsthand experience. Throw in extensive hiking trails and a zip line on the hotel’s property, and you have enough to keep your wedding guests entertained for weeks!
One of the things that we particularly like about the Salamander Resort & Spa as a wedding venue, though, is the venue’s opulent library. Filled with heavy, dark wood furniture (which we are suckers for!), the room soaks up sound, making it a perfect spot to bring you or your beloved for peaceful, reflective and contemplative individual portraits before your marriage ceremony. That setting allows your Northern Virginia wedding photographers to get pictures of you that make you look as beautiful/handsome as you will feel on that. day. Like we did for the bride-to-be in this shot. We particularly like how the serenity in an image like this contrasts beautifully with the often raw emotions evident in the pictures of the ceremony and the obvious whirl of movement in the photos of the reception. And we have not found too many venues better for helping brides and grooms find that inner peace and tranquility than the Salamander’s luxurious library.
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