A historic marvel...a spectacular, one-of-a-kind wedding resort nestled minutes from downtown Richmond ...yet a world apart. Celebrating your special day for an entire weekend as you and your guests enjoy our lovingly restored Mansion, grounds, guest suites, private cottages and romantic carriage house honeymoon suite. The peace of mind you'll feel as professional event planners assist you in planning and coordinating your perfect wedding weekend.
You have just checked in and are lounging in the Carriage House honeymoon suite. Over the previous months, our Event Planning Director has helped you plan your wedding weekend – down to the last detail. You feel far more relaxed on the eve of your wedding than you’d ever imagined possible. Your family and guests staying at the Mansion are being picked up from the airport by our shuttle service. You stroll through the gardens and join your family and bridal party at the gazebo. Our event coordinators walk you through the ceremony rehearsal and ensure that everything is in order for your big day. The rehearsal dinner begins in the Grand Rockefeller Room shortly thereafter. You enjoy an intimate dinner in the company of those people who are most special to you. Later that evening, you’ve planned a more casual gathering for your bridal party and out of town guests – perhaps casino games, a poker tournament or some karaoke. Some guests retreat to the Game Room with the pool table, dartboard, TV, mini bar, and other amenities. Your guests are grateful to have enjoyed more personal time with you and the family. The night ends and the Carriage House is a short walk away. Your guests retreat to their suites and cottages. Others are shuttled back to their hotels.
You wake up at your leisure. You are already here - there is no rush to go anywhere - everyone is coming to you. Breakfast awaits you and your guests in the Dining Room, followed by soothing massages for the bride and groom. A hairstylist and manicurist wait in the Carriage House poised to transform you and your friends into bride and bridesmaids. Meanwhile, the groom and groomsmen spend the morning playing a round of golf, all arranged by the Mansion staff. They are now in the Game Room area playing pool, watching TV and getting ready for the ceremony. The ceremony finally arrives. A harpist plays in the gardens. You travel from the Carriage House to the ceremony site in a horse drawn carriage – or maybe you just take a stroll over the brick walkways arm in arm with your father, sharing a tender moment one last time before you walk down the aisle. The garden ceremony is beautiful, words cannot describe how you feel. Your guests are welcomed into the Mansion and gardens for a cocktail hour while your special day is captured by your photographer. You join your guests under the softly glowing tent to celebrate your new marriage. You and your guests dance the night away and before you know it, the night is over. You retire to the honeymoon suite. It has been a magical day and even more amazing than you imagined...
Everyone gathers one last time for Sunday brunch in the Dining Room. Goodbyes and well wishes are exchanged. Some guests are shuttled to the airport, while others decide to spend a few more days at the Mansion enjoying a short family vacation in Virginia. They will cherish your wedding for years to come.
This is only one of many endless possibilities for your wedding weekend. With the help of our event coordinators, you can customize your very own dream wedding weekend and truly make it an experience of a lifetime – one that your family and friends will remember with fondness for years to come.