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The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, located in Richmond, VA,  has several special event spaces to choose from, providing a unique experience for small or large gatherings. VMFA consists of a 13 acre campus with two buildings (the main museum and the Pauley Center) and a Sculpture Garden which offers a wide range of settings, from formal and classical to dramatic and contemporary.


The Pauley Center (designed to replicate the White House in Washington, DC.) is across the Lora Robins Sculpture Garden from the main museum. It contains an elegant dining room, large formal event room, and opens to a slate terrace in the Sculpture Garden.

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The main museum, designed by London architect Rick Mather, combines the timeless beauty of the Marble Hall with the impressive views and contemporary openness of the Cochrane Atrium, considered the heart of the newly transformed VMFA. The Cochrane Atrium includes several works of art and views into the Sculpture Garden and reflecting pool, while the Marble Hall contains soaring three-story columns and views into the galleries of priceless art.


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To sum this all up the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is a magnificent venue for any wedding reception. The intimate elegance of the Pauley Center, the classical warmth of the Marble Hall, the spectacular soaring architecture of the Cochrane Atrium, and the contemporary chic of Amuse Restaurant allows VMFA to provide every bride a venue that celebrates her unique style.

Photo credit(s): weddingchannel.com; vmfa.state.va.us; swanv.com


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This white manor house of Central Virginia sits on 100 acres of rolling lawns outside of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The land was originally given to Thomas Jefferson’s daughter, Martha, upon her marriage to Thomas Mann Randolph, a former Virginia governor. The current owner now utilizes the space as a country inn and restaurant which has often been referred to as the best of both worlds because of its intimacy in size, exquisite comfort, and luxury of world-class.



Charlottesville, Virginia has consistently been ranked as one of America’s favorite small city destinations. As Thomas Jefferson discovered more than two centuries ago, Charlottesville offers history, culture, and natural beauty which is all within a small radius from the Clifton Inn. The Clifton has the best fine dining on the red-hot Charlottesville restaurant scene. With new and traditional American cuisine for both formal and casual settings, Clifton’s staff may accommodate your guests’ dietary needs such as gluten-free, kosher, lactose free, no pork, organic, vegan, and vegetarian. Tastings are also available for potential customers.



The Clifton Inn accommodates a capacity up to 200 guests with linens and china included at no additional charge. The location has 17  individually designed rooms as unique, and uniquely appointed as you’ll find at any Charlottesville hotel. With its Mascioni linens, freshly cut flowers, waterworks bath fixtures, Molton Brown soaps and lotions, and plush terry cloth robes, no two rooms, or two Clifton Inn experiences, are alike. My Wedding Bag will work attentively with you and the Clifton to assure a wedding made to perfection.



Blow your guests away as they experience the land by strolling or sitting dockside by the private lake, diving into the waterfall infinity pool, or enjoying a game of tennis or having a cocktail on the expansive back deck or picturesque gazebo.From your perch at Clifton Inn, countless Charlottesville attractions are right within your grasp. You can be touring Jefferson’s Monticello in a matter of minutes, sipping from the cream of the state’s internationally acclaimed wine crops within a few more, strolling the bricks of the Downtown Mall shopping and dining area, or heading off into the truly great outdoors for any combination of hikes, walks, runs, games and fun.



“Amazing food, excellent service, wonderful, wonderful venue! Highly recommended.”

– Michelle and King



Photo Credit(s): cliftoninn.net; nateliegibbs.com; elizabethanndesigns.com; leoducker.com; lovetripper.com

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The Golden Horseshoe Inn sits in the midst of Standardsville, Virginia and the Blue Ridge Mountains bordering Shenandoah National Park. Established in 2004, the Golden Horseshoe Inn provides settings for both indoors and outdoors occasions. The area’s warm feel is perfect for any intimate wedding ceremony for 50 guest or less. With their small staff of five, this venue specializes in wedding celebrations. They have won the Bride’s Choice Award in 2010, 2011, and 2012, according to WeddingWire.com.


The inn usually does not accommodate more than one ceremony at a time which will allow your day to be that much more intimate.

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The Golden Horseshoe Inn offers several all-inclusive elopement and boutique wedding packages. Additional items include tables, chairs, floor length linens, champagne toast, flowers, a decadent wedding cake, and a wedding officiate.

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“My husband and I got married at the Golden Horseshoe Inn in August and we wouldn’t have changed anything! The staff at the Inn went above and beyond to make sure no detail was overlooked. They were professional, accommodating, and relaxed throughout the whole planning process and during our wedding day. The staff made sure that our guests’ needs were met, as well as our own. I would definitely recommend this venue to anyone getting married who is looking for a small yet lovely wedding. Our guests loved the quaint Inn and the serene setting. I have already told newly engaged couples about this venue and will continue too!”

-Dana & Brent (Wedding 8.28.2010)


Photo Credit(s): www.weddingwire.com; www.nps.gov; www.goldenhorseshoeinn.com; www.goldenhorseshoeinn.blogspot.com


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The Inn at Westwood Farm is a 1910 farmhouse sitting on 15 lovely acres and is landscaped by black walnut, white and red oak, maple, hickory, and cedar trees. This Orange, Virginia bed and breakfast is perfect for an intimate wedding by the beautiful countryside. Located 90 minutes from Washington D.C. and 60 minutes from Richmond, you will have access to a full range of catering, floral, and entertainment services within minutes of the Inn.

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Westwood’s Greek Revival architecture is complimented with a thoughtful blend of antique furniture and art. The owners have worked to maintain the simplicity of the original home while renovating the Inn. With Crisp Yves Delorme linens and down bedding, newly burnished heart pine floors, and modern bathrooms, you’ll enjoy bright and airy open rooms with soft colors to instill an ambiance of relaxation and comfort. Fresh cut flowers from the farm’s perennial beds are placed in guest rooms and throughout the Inn.

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“Amazing Venue – Highly Recommended! The Inn at Westwood Farm offers an amazing country/rustic experience for anyone that is visiting the area — it is convenient to local wineries and historical sites, and the innkeepers (Jay and Elizabeth) spare no detail in offering a truly wonderful experience to their guests, including excellent food, great knowledge of the local area, and a warm, welcoming personal touch. We rented the entire inn for the weekend and had a fantastic visit – we would strongly recommend it.”

– C & T, Alexandria, Virginia


During the growing season many ingredients are products straight out of the Inn’s gardens. Organic gardening and preparing fresh and nutritious meals are passions of the innkeepers. A satisfying main course is provided as well as a bouquet of fruits and juices.


Photo Credits: gogobot.com; farmstayus.com; charolettesvilleweddingplanner.com, weddingwire.com; innatwestwoodfarm.com

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Kingsmill Resort is located on the grounds of Colonial Virginia along the James River. It is where the English first set foot in America, and resided from the 1600s to the 1800s.


Today, some would say that golf is the heart of the Kingsmill experience. It is surrounded by an incredible display of natural beauty helping them to keep a commitment to this planet at all times. In fact, Kingsmill Resort has dedicated some 40% of the area’s acreage to environmentally friendly initiatives. This dedication has resulted in a Virginia Green certification and a listing in Preferred Hotels and Resorts as an eco-friendly hotel/resort.


From just a few guests to over 300, the venues at Kingsmill are designed to accommodate, yet remain intimate in feel, and completely enchanting in style. With 2,900 gently rolling acres of woodlands framing the majestic James River, this is a stunning and unforgettable backdrop to your wedding.



Kingsmill offers two ballrooms as well as any number of available venues for tented outdoor use with river and resort views.

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Even extra touches like arranging a bridal party spa day, a golf outing for the groomsmen, or recreational activities for guests are handled with our hallmark style and grace.



Photo Credit: kingsmill.com; weddingwire.com; wejustgotback.com; williamsburgcc.com; the meetingmagazines.com; donmanteaux.com; hamptonroadsbride.com

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Norfolk Botanical Garden is nationally recognized for its history and is celebrated for its beautiful blooming flowers in every season. It has major collections of azaleas, camellias, roses, and hydrangeas. The 155-acre garden is home to 40 themed gardens, 95 species of birds, and 30 kinds of butterflies.


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Every season the Garden provides a fantastic array of color creating a splendid backdrop for any occasion. From a walk down a natural aisle of flowers in the Statuary Vista to holding your company picnic surrounded by the lush greenery of Mayor’s Row, there are many outdoor options at the Garden.


Sunflowers at the Garden


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Get married surrounded by your family, friends, and 3,000 rose bushes at the Bicentennial Rose Garden. This All America Rose Selection (AARS) public display garden features different roses of all colors and sweet smells.


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In addition to a variety of idyllic outdoor settings, the garden offers three indoor banquet spaces that come fully equipped with catering kitchens and service areas. Theses spaces also include sound systems, drop down screens, adjustable lighting, and an AV package.


Baker Hall and Visitor Center, Room Capacity: 150 people.

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Rose Garden Hall, Room capacity: 240 seated, 400 reception, 325 lecture.

Located adjacent to Lake Whitehurst and the Norfolk International Airport in Virginia, Norfolk Botanical Garden is conveniently near many hotels and I-64.

Photo Credits: NorfolkBotanicalGarden.org; WeddingWire.com; destination360.com

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Renovated in 2007, the Vinton War Memorial is a premier event venue in the Roanoke Valley of Virginia. The two-story building offers a variety of amenities including a 240 guest banquet capacity, multiple meeting and banquet rooms, elegant, yet modern décor, lustrous hardwood flooring throughout, mahogany podiums and bar units, a full ADA accessibility with ramps and an elevator , a state of the art audio system, and more!


The Vinton War Memorial

The Vinton War Memorial was originally apart of an 11-acre memorial park that could be enjoyed by the living while honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country in World War II. A community committee began planning the memorial even before World War II had come to an end. The park was finished in 1946, the swimming pool opened in 1947, and the two-story brick building was dedicated and opened to the public on August 20, 1948.

It initially included the town library, a kitchen, numerous meeting rooms, and a ballroom. The new look honors both the tradition and past of the facility while offering guests an exceptional opportunity to have a memorable event at this community landmark.


 The grand ballroom



This mansion provides a special list of nine caterers, offers linen rentals, and real china in order to provide a superb experience during your stay.




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Personal, attentive service is part of every event providing services for ceremony, reception, and rehearsal dinner.





You are promised an attentive staff on hand at all their events, personalized customer service and attention to detail, and a complimentary use, setup, and cleanup of tables and chairs. The intention of both My Wedding Bag and Vinton War Memorial is to help create wonderfully memorable events for hosts and their guests.

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