Selecting a Wedding Venue

Selecting a Wedding Venue

February 13, 2018 Blog

After finding her groom-to-be, the next thing on a bride’s to do list should be finding the perfect venue for the big day. Your venue will set the tone for the wedding and will be a huge help in making practical and design decisions for the rest of the day.There are, however, literally thousands of options available in Virginia alone, and the sheer number of possibilities can overwhelm even the most confident bride-to-be.
So, for right now, we’re going to narrow our focus to three styles of venue and how they can impact your planning, because these are the three options that we know best! We’ll be exploring our three, beautiful Entwined Events venues: The Bedford Columns, West Manor Estate, and Bella Rose Plantation.

A LITTLE GLITZ AND GLAM AT THE BEDFORD COLUMNS
With ornate crown molding and crystal chandeliers inspired by Buckingham Palace lighting up the ballroom, The Bedford Columns is the ideal venue for any bride who wants to feel like a princess on her wedding day. This 1848 mansion exudes luxury, from its stately rooms and hallways, to the delicately painted cherubs on the ceilings.
Nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Bedford, Virginia, The Bedford Columns was originally built as a college preparatory school for boys, Dr. Walter Lyle of Bedford purchased the building for his wife, Essie, adding the elegant columns and spacious patios to form an expansive estate.

Our favorite spots on the property include the pristine tiered water fountain adjacent to our outdoor ceremony space…

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: The Bedford Columns in Bedford, VA | Photo Credit: April B Photography

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: The Bedford Columns in Bedford, VA | Photo Credit: Heather Chipps Photography

The picture-perfect golden dome atop our arched alter where you will say your wedding vows…

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: The Bedford Columns in Bedford, VA | Photo Credit: Caroline Lima Photography

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: The Bedford Columns in Bedford, VA | Photo Credit: Emily Sacra Photography

The white marble steps that allow every bride to make an entrance fit for a queen…

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: The Bedford Columns in Bedford, VA | Photo Credit: Heather Chipps Photography

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: The Bedford Columns in Bedford, VA | Photo Credit: Annamarie Akins Photography

The open front porch with breathtaking vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains…

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: The Bedford Columns in Bedford, VA | Photo Credit: Lindsay Paradiso Photography

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: The Bedford Columns in Bedford, VA | Photo Credit: Nikki Metcalf Photography

The elegant ballroom with an iridescent damask pattern glistening on the walls…

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: The Bedford Columns in Bedford, VA | Photo Credit: Lindsay Paradiso Photography

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: The Bedford Columns in Bedford, VA | Photo Credit: Lauren Paige Photography

The elegant curled banister of the estate’s main staircase…

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: The Bedford Columns in Bedford, VA | Photo Credit: Lindsay Paradiso Photography

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: The Bedford Columns in Bedford, VA | Photo Credit: Laura Bryan Photography

The Bedford Columns is a perfect location if you are looking for an elegant backdrop that will make your entire wedding party and guests feel like royalty for a day.

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: The Bedford Columns in Bedford, VA | Photo Credit: Heather Chipps Photography

 Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: The Bedford Columns in Bedford, VA | Photo Credit: Lauren Paige Photography

Select your linens and florals to infuse your own style into the property with the knowledge that we’ll take care of all the last minute details to ensure your memories are picture-perfect.

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: The Bedford Columns in Bedford, VA | Photo Credit: Caroline Lima Photography

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: The Bedford Columns in Bedford, VA | Photo Credit: Lauren Paige Photography

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: The Bedford Columns in Bedford, VA | Photo Credit: Alison Elizabeth Photography

The Bedford Columns is the perfect place for the modern princess to start her Happily Ever After…

A CLASSIC SOUTHERN WEDDING AT WEST MANOR ESTATE
The solid red brick of West Manor Estate immediately tells you that things started here are built to withstand the test of time. Everything about this Estate feels classic and enduring, from the two-story white pillars that adorn the front deck, to the sweeping countryside that surrounds the property.
The Manor dates back to 1823 when it was a 600-acre dairy farm owned by Naval Captain John West and his bride, whose father built the estate. In the mid 1990’s the property was converted into a bed and breakfast and wedding venue, where it has faithfully served brides ever since.

There are countless things to love about this property, such as the breathtaking walk down the garden path through the English boxwoods and amidst the crepe myrtle blossoms overhead…

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: West Manor Estate in Forest, VA | Photo Credit: Sherry Conrad Photography

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: West Manor Estate in Forest, VA | Photo Credit: Ashley & Tyler Harrinton Photography

The stunning glass atrium that allows your guests to dance the night away while enjoying the incredible sunsets that fill the room with warm light…

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: West Manor Estate in Forest, VA | Photo Credit: Megan Vaughan Photography

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: West Manor Estate in Forest, VA | Photo Credit: Chelsea Yoder Photography

The bridal suite’s airy atmosphere with ample space for the bride and each bridesmaid to get ready for the big day in a bright, communal space…

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: West Manor Estate in Forest, VA | Photo Credit: Heather Kidd Photography

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: West Manor Estate in Forest, VA | Photo Credit: Chelsea Yoder Photography

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: West Manor Estate in Forest, VA | Photo Credit: Ashley & Tyler Harrinton Photography

The mansion’s stately brick and ornate woodwork that serves as a warm backdrop for photos…

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: West Manor Estate in Forest, VA | Photo Credit: Heather Kidd Photography

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: West Manor Estate in Forest, VA | Photo Credit: Megan Vaughan Photography

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: West Manor Estate in Forest, VA | Photo Credit: Nicole Colwell Photography

The dignified exterior and that instantly takes your breath away as you pull up to the property…

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: West Manor Estate in Forest, VA | Photo Credit: Allison Maxwell Photography

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: West Manor Estate in Forest, VA | Photo Credit: Lauren Paige Photography

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: West Manor Estate in Forest, VA | Photo Credit: Laura Bryan Photography

The long pathway leading up to the mansion, perfect for long walks with your new husband after your vows have been said…

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: West Manor Estate in Forest, VA | Photo Credit: Nicole Colwell Photography

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: West Manor Estate in Forest, VA | Photo Credit: Ellie Richardson Photography

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: West Manor Estate in Forest, VA | Photo Credit: Chelsea Yoder Photography

The adjacent countryside and adjacent farm where beautiful and friendly horses roam and often come up to greet you…

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: West Manor Estate in Forest, VA | Photo Credit: Sherry Conrad Photography

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: West Manor Estate in Forest, VA | Photo Credit: Chelsea Yoder Photography

There is something elegantly southern that envelopes West Manor Estate, making it a gracious offering in our venue family. This is the perfect location for a Southern Belle who wants her wedding photos with her groom to feel as timeless as their love.

RUSTIC ELEGANCE AT BELLA ROSE PLANTATION
Bella Rose Plantation is a Lynchburg landmark: a beacon of rustic beauty that holds a rich past, and has a bright future of unforgettable weddings & events. This wooded grove is the perfect setting for a bride looking for a truly enchanted forest to say her wedding vows.
Formerly known as the Rosedale Estate, Bella Rose includes the Christopher Johnson Cottage, one of Lynchburg’s oldest standing structures still on its original foundation. The Rosedale Mansion and historic Graves Mill, named after the owner’s wife, Elizabeth Graves, were added to the property in the 1800s. It is easy to see in all the little details how the current owners restored the property with respect and love for the history contained throughout.

Some of the unique features of this property include the stunning bridal suite with grand floor-to-ceiling wardrobes and mirrors…

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: Bella Rose Plantation in Lynchburg, VA | Photo Credit: Joe + Kathrina Photography

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: Bella Rose Plantation in Lynchburg, VA | Photo Credit: Karen Nicole Photography

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: Bella Rose Plantation in Lynchburg, VA | Photo Credit: April B Photography

The large white doors that open dramatically for a bride to walk down the long paved walkway toward the altar…

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: Bella Rose Plantation in Lynchburg, VA | Photo Credit: Joe + Kathrina Photography

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: Bella Rose Plantation in Lynchburg, VA | Photo Credit: Mackenzie Leigh Photography

The stained glass Creekside Rotunda surrounded by glowing lights, perfect for romantic after-dark pictures with your new husband…

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: Bella Rose Plantation in Lynchburg, VA | Photo Credit: Mackenzie Leigh Photography

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: Bella Rose Plantation in Lynchburg, VA | Photo Credit: April B Photography

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: Bella Rose Plantation in Lynchburg, VA | Photo Credit: Heather Kidd Photography

The historic mill wheel as it turns, which can be viewed up close from the ground floor of the mill…

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: Bella Rose Plantation in Lynchburg, VA | Photo Credit: K.D. Burke Photography

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: Bella Rose Plantation in Lynchburg, VA | Photo Credit: Kidd Photography

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: Bella Rose Plantation in Lynchburg, VA | Photo Credit: Kidd Photography

The romantic tall swing, hanging from a sturdy and ancient oak tree, which has been growing on the property for centuries…

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: Bella Rose Plantation in Lynchburg, VA | Photo Credit: Emily Hancock Photography
Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: Bella Rose Plantation in Lynchburg, VA | Photo Credit: Kidd Photography

And, of course, the luxurious honeymoon suite in the trees exclusively for our Bella brides and grooms designed and built by Pete Nelson from Animal Planet’s ‘Treehouse Masters’…

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: Bella Rose Plantation in Lynchburg, VA | Photo Credit: Kidd Photography

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: Bella Rose Plantation in Lynchburg, VA | Photo Credit: Emily Hancock Photography

Selecting Your Virginia Wedding Venue | Entwined Events | Venue: Bella Rose Plantation in Lynchburg, VA | Photo Credit: Emily Hancock Photography

Bella Rose Plantation is perfect for the bride who wants to be surrounded by the beauty of the natural world on her wedding day, while still providing her guests with five-star amenities.

Finding the Perfect Venue For YOU…
If you are a glamorous bride who loves a little sparkle and wants to feel like royalty on your wedding day, then The Bedford Columns is the perfect choice.
If you are a true southern belle who wants her wedding to be timelessly classic, then West Manor Estate is a dream come true.
If you are a natural beauty who wants to be surrounded by an enchanted forest without compromising quality services and amenities, then Bella Rose Plantation is the ideal location.
If you have any questions about our venues or how Entwined Events can make your wedding day dreams come true, contact our Sales Team at 434-515-3106.

Images for this post were provided by a host of talented photographers, such as Emily Hancock Photography, Kidd Photography, April B Photography, Karin Nicole Photography, Mackenzie Leigh Photography, Joe + Kathrina, Amanda Somerville, Allison Elizabeth Photography, Caroline Lima Photography, Heather Chipps Photography, Lauren Paige Photography, Lindsay Paradiso Photography, Allison Maxwell Photography, Ashley & Tyler Harrinton Photography, Chelsea Yoder Photography, Ellie Richardson Photography, Hannah Westbrook Photography, Laura Bryan Photography, Megan Vaughan Photography, Nicole Colwell Photography, and Sherry Conrad Photography. Hover over images for specific image credits.

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