Venue Tour | Mariners’ Museum | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Seated in the heart of Mariners’ Park in Newport News, Virginia sits a beautiful gem- The Mariners’ Museum.  Founded in 1930, The Mariners’ Museum is an incredible local landmark filled with maritime history.  You can read more about the history of the museum here.  The wedding and event aspect of the museum is equally impressive.  As Jennifer Kohms, Rental Sales Coordinator, led me on the tour, I was immediately impressed not only by her knowledge of maritime history but also her passion for both the museum and for helping couples use the facility for their wedding venue.

Options.  So many options!  That is what went through my mind as Jennifer explained the three packages available and what they include as we walked through the museum, inside and outside.  In addition to the three packages offered (The Port Package, The Starboard Package, and The Anchor Package) you may also choose event enhancements to create your very own unique wedding experience.  For example, you can add on the option of having your ceremony at the historic Lions Bridge and / or keeping the Monitor Center or Main Galleries open for your guests, depending on the package you choose. 

A few of my favorite features that were unique were the outdoor spaces in the Courtyard, the Front Lawn, the Main Lobby, as well as the many spaces for bridal portraits.

Venue Tour | Cousiac Manor | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Cousiac Manor, a wedding venue located in Lanexa, Virginia is a beautifully scenic and secluded location. Nestled along the Pamunkey River sits the original Manor House, built in 1746 by Augustine Claiborne, who was a Virginia state senator. He and his wife Mary had 13 children while living there, one who became a United States Congressman. The first First lady, Martha Dandridge Custis Washington was born just a few miles west of Cousiac Manor along the Pamunkey River. Because of the beauty and rich history there, it is truly a gem for events.

The Manor House (which is currently under renovation) serves as a beautiful backdrop for both ceremonies and photography. Immediately in front of the house are two gorgeous Magnolia Trees which provide shade from the sun, a natural center aisle for ceremonies, and also contribute to the charm of this lovely Southern wedding venue.

The Rose Mallow Barn is used frequently for wedding receptions and also has a new patio which overlooks the river. The barn has open doors which allows air flow and a beautiful view of the water. It includes a climate controlled dressing room for the bride and bridesmaids, a groomsmen suite, catering kitchen, and guest restrooms. The groom and groomsmen can get ready in a nearby building which sits near the Manor House. Additionally, the Pavilion is also available as an add on to use for your ceremony during inclement weather or as an additional space for your reception.

There are several spaces outside where you can have your ceremony with a view of the water, which includes a pergola to frame the couple during the ceremony. There are a variety of locations for wedding party, family, and bridal portraits, including the water front, outside of the Manor House, fields, and even a silo. If you are looking for secluded waterfront venue with rustic and historical charm, this is definitely the wedding venue for you!

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