I know where you should get married!

For those of you that might have a sneaking suspicion that there will be a ring box in your stocking or hiding in a pocket during a special New Year’s Eve dinner, allow me to plant the seed of an idea.  You should get married in Giles County.

Where do you go for an amazing hike, a special meal, or to get to the river?  Giles County.  Where would you like to gather with your friends and family to celebrate the start of your new life together? Giles County.

Gazebo ceremony at Mountain Lake photo by Jami Thompson Photography

So many venue options to fit your vision.  Tiny rustic ceremony? Lovewell Lodge — amazing views and a sweet little cabin in which to get gussied up.  Hot summer wedding? Doe Creek Orchard where you say your vows against the backdrop of a working orchard and then relax in the air conditioning of the packing house for an elegant dinner.  Winter wedding?  Trip the lights fantastic in the stone lodge at Mountain Lake where you can stay all weekend long with your special guests.  Tiny elopement or intimate second wedding?  Why they are ready for you at the Inn at Riverbend.  Big Shindig? There’s a brand new wedding barn — Walker Creek Retreat — constructed by the talented folks at New River Outdoors where you have a panoramic view of all surrounding mountains and counties complete with a catering kitchen with outstanding food.  Why, here in Giles, you can get hitched and then jump in a tube and float away together at New River’s Edge.  You can get married in an amphitheater with seating for 180 of your closest friends at another brand new venue, Kairos Resort, where you can stay overnight in the Honeymoon Yurt.

Photo by Meghann Chapman Photography – One of two ceremony settings at Lovewell Lodge

Get your groom on board by booking a Saturday morning fishing or boating expedition with the boys through Tangent Outdoors or New River Outdoors.  You can be sure they’re having a great time while you primp and prep with the ladies while drinking sustainably produced wine from Giles Mountain Vineyard.  (I recommend the Duet — a Cabernet Franc/Chambourcin blend made with grapes grown guess where!) Rehearsal dinner quandry?  Why not take them to the Palisades Restaurant — that’s where you go with special guests.

The arbor at the pond at Glen Alton Farm. Another sweet unique spot captured by Merritt Chase Photography

And to top it all off, I know where you can get locally grown flowers.

Find out more at virginiasmtnplayground.com where there are even more venues and more details to help you plan the weekend of your dreams!

Delphinium and lush greenery transform the arbor at Doe Creek Orchard. Photo by Yi-Ling Shen