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Destination: "I Do" in Culpeper, Va


The vast majority of weddings held at these Culpeper properties are destination weddings. Indeed the Washington metro elite have fallen in love with all that sweet Culpeper has to offer, and we believe you will, too. From historic homes and gardens to farms and downtown convenience, there is surely the perfect place for your nuptials among the variety offered here.


Anyone with a love for the antebellum South will feel a quick connection to Presq’Isle from the first glance. The road is long, winding through farmland before arriving at a lush, green spread of acreage, various outbuildings, and the beautiful Federal style manor house of Presq’Isle.

With 130 acres of solitude, the land is as gorgeous a wedding venue, as is the home. A tree-lined lane to the pond makes for a beautiful aisle, but then again, the field in front of the home will dance gold in summer for a stunning evening ceremony. Facing the home is a grand option as well. Inside, the soaring ceilings, graceful staircase, and preserved architectural details of the spacious double parlors and center hall make it the perfect cocktail hour venue and setting for classic portraits. The second floor bridal chamber is spacious enough for the bride and her party to prepare, and is delicately appointed with fine antiques, art, and finishes.

For an intimate wedding with historic flare, the old stone blacksmith shop serves as the chapel of Presq’Isle. Its wooden double doors and stone floor are simplistic details that enhance and balance the elegance of a gown and bouquet. Every bride will shine in this space. Your reception can be an open-air or tented affair on the lawn. Imagine lanterns interspersed throughout the grove of trees, fireflies dancing, and music on the night air while you enjoy the company of your closest friends and family with nary a soul nearby. It’s the most private wedding venue Culpeper has to offer.

Couples who fall in love with Presqu’Isle are able to rent the entirety of the property for 12 hours, and are welcomed with a day-of suite that also serves as their overnight accommodation. A curated list of wedding professionals is available or you may bring your own without any subsequent fees for doing so.

Schedule your Presqu’Isle tour for more wedding daydreaming.


Couples taking over Rixey Manor are truly taking over Rixey Manor. The 1801 home is yours for two to 300 guests, and the venue variety promises a space for your ideal wedding.

One of the interesting stories of Rixey Manor dates to its Civil War period when a Union soldier was killed in the master bedroom after trying to steal jewelry. Regarding bedrooms, there are four with en suite, the largest and most extravagant being the bridal suite, of course. The free standing soaking tub is a luxurious treat.

Venue options at Rixey range from the second story patio with incredible mountain sunset views to the front lawn with lake views and splendid white Grecian columns. The ballroom boasts beautiful crystal chandeliers and is a beautiful space for dinner and dancing. More intimate ceremonies may find interior spaces to fit, including the library, living room, or lounge. Outside, the garden may be the perfect space. The choice is yours!

Explore more of Rixey Manor and schedule a time to visit the property.


If you’ve ever longed for an outdoor wedding, you’d be hard-pressed to find more gracious owners and planners than those of The Farm Retreat at Willow Creek. When you book your wedding at Willow Creek, the space is yours for the day. A variety of options are available to create your perfect wedding flow: a fire pit at the pond, a tent perched on the highest hill, the brand new pavilion with fireplace and caterer’s shed … whatever you can dream about the space, you can probably do.

Willow Creek is a working grass-fed beef cattle farm and some future Mr. and Mrs. have requested the cows be pastured within view of the ceremony and reception. Would you rather not see them? Out of sight, out of mind is easily accomplished as well.

For the ceremony, you’re going to love the wooded arrangement they’ve set up. The bride descends from the home on the hill to cross a bridge and make her entrance where the arbor is the focal point for guests situated on wooden benches. Bring your own aisle décor or rent the owner’s for a small fee. Their collection includes large lanterns, logs, and hay bales. The space does have electricity available if you’d like to mic up a soloist or string lights at the arbor.

The pavilion is across yet another bridge and boasts a new fireplace and adjacent caterer’s shed for food prep. Outdoor heaters can be brought out on chilly evenings and the pavilion can be tented as well. Within site is the dance floor, a separate platform with a planned space for a DJ or band. You’ll find electricity available everywhere you need it at Willow Creek.

While the photo opportunities here are innumerable, it’s the two old trucks that couples seem to love the most. A rusty, beloved antique truck and a shiny turquoise getaway pickup (for a fee) are commonly used.

Learn more about planning your wedding and reception at The Farm Retreat at Willow Creek.


Brandy Hill Farm is a western barn venue that’s beautifully lit with string lights, wagon wheels, and a courtyard that brings to mind the Wild West. Here, your wedding day is your wedding day. The property is yours for hosting up to 200 guests. Beautiful white chairs and tables are provided for your convenience.

The 8,000 square foot, two-story barn is the go-to space for receptions at Brandy Hill, and a connected building also serve as suites for the bride and groom to prepare for their day. For the ceremony, the expansive, shaded front yard is the perfect spot. The view of the pasture makes a beautiful backdrop, and a cool evening breeze sets the leaves in motion.

Inquire about Brandy Hill Farm as a potential venue for your special day.


The sprawling Inn at Kelly’s Ford offers quite a few ceremony and reception arrangements for your wedding day consideration. Indoors, outdoors, a gazebo by a pond, a gazebo in the woods … the planners will help you find the best fit for your personality and needs.

For the reception, a renovated horse arena with beautiful white draping and chandeliers seats 350 guests and provides a dance floor while the adjacent Ripley Hall is a more intimate space with hardwood floors, fireplace, and seating for up to 150 guests. Ripley Hall also offers access to the wrap-around stone patio and lawn, the perfect place to host a separate cocktail hour, if you like. Seeking something even more intimate?

The Main Dining Room at the Inn is elegant and perfect for no more than 50 guests.

Because the Inn at Kelly’s Ford is a working horse farm, the romance of a horse-drawn carriage can be realized. Into classic cars? The 1936 Duesenberg replica and 1947 Studebaker truck dubbed “Alexander” are also fun possibilities.

You need a honeymoon night and the Inn at Kelly’s Ford has a cute one for you: a silo. The two-story structure has the amenities you need: kitchenette, surprisingly large bathroom, two-story windows with a view to the pasture and creek, and a patio, too.

With 53 beds on the premises, your bridal party is easily accommodated for the night before or night of the ceremony.

Connect with the planners at Inn at Kelly’s Ford to day-dream your wedding day.


Stay tuned for part two of Destination: “I Do” in Culpeper for more wedding day inspiration.