Burlington Weddings and Events Venue
Burlington Weddings and Events is located in Charles City, Virginia, just eleven miles west of Williamsburg. It proudly sits on several hundred acres and delivers an incredible view and luxurious experience for couples who plan to have large or small romantic weddings with an historic farm vibe. This Virginia wedding venue has a rich history which adds to the historic farm estate ambience. The Main House was built in 1818 by Edwin and Sara Major. Eventually, John Mumford Gregory, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates and Governor of Virginia purchased the estate.
Some of the original structures, such as the Smokehouse (circa 1700’s), a Guest House, the Icehouse and the Main House, still stand today. The original buildings have been restored and remodeled to preserve their historic appearance. A Cape Cod styled Bridal Cottage was recently constructed and has a modern kitchen and bathroom in addition to a light and airy beauty salon for the bride and bridesmaids to get hair and makeup done. Last, the Event Stables is an incredible facility which can hold up to 300 guests for an indoor wedding ceremony and / or a wedding reception. The Event Stables houses a Groom’s Den upstairs near the Main Bar, and a spacious, elegant Reception Hall with beautiful wood floors, a Grand Ballroom with a Grand Staircase, and crystal chandelier.
A Burlington Wedding
I had the pleasure of second shooting alongside Elizabeth Henson Photography on a hot July day at Burlington Wedding and Events. The heat, though, did not distract from Lauren and Burke’s beautiful wedding. The day started with the ladies getting ready in the Bridal Cottage while the gentlemen getting ready in the Groom’s Den. As Lauren finished getting ready, her father made his way to the Bridal Cottage which served as the backdrop for an endearing first look between father and daughter. It was a precious moment filled with a father’s love for his lovely daughter.
The ceremony was accompanied by a string quartet that sweetly ushered in the couple’s families, guests, groomsmen, bridesmaids, and finally the beautiful bride into the ceremony. Near the end of the ceremony, the bride and groom lit a unity candle to symbolize the joining of their families. Following the ceremony, the guests enjoyed a lovely cocktail hour as we photographed the family and bridal party.
The reception took place in the Event Stables and began with an introduction of the bridal party and the newlyweds, followed by the bride and groom’s first dance. Additionally, the bride shared a dance with her father followed by the groom with his mother. Deep Run Roadhouse catered an amazing meal that guests enjoyed. Sweet Justice, a cover band from Richmond, Virginia rocked out as friends and family danced the night away.
Sunset Bridal Portraits
At sunset, I went with Elizabeth Henson of Elizabeth Henson Photography and the bride and groom and we were able to capture a variety of romantic portraits during golden hour. As the temperatures cooled, we captured the stunning bride and groom. The golden light combined with pristine historic buildings, immaculate landscaping, and a small vineyard which helped to create a beautiful backdrop for Lauren and Burke.
The night ended with a sparkler exit, illuminating the end to a wonderful wedding day at Burlington Weddings and Events.
Wedding Planner: Burlington Weddings and Events
Primary Wedding Photographer: Elizabeth Henson Photography
Second Wedding Photographer: Belle Eve Photography
Bridal Gown: Here and Now Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Bella Belle
Hair and Makeup: Kara Waggoner
Groom’s Tux: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Over the Top Flower Shop
Caterer: Deep Run Roadhouse
Cake: The Mixing Bowl Bakery
Band: Sweet Justice
String Quartet: Ulysses Kirksey with Petersburg Symphony