When imagining that perfect outdoor setting for a wedding, your mind may tend to think of spring and summer. Yes, those times of year are beautiful, but don’t underestimate fall as an equally gorgeous season to tie the knot outside, especially in the Shenandoah Valley.
By Special Events Manager Catherine Bogaty
Professional photographer Julie Napear has shot more than 400 weddings from coast-to-coast throughout the seasons. When the time came for her wedding, Julie chose the gardens at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley—and fall—for her wedding.
Julie planned her wedding around photography, specifically timing and location in the gardens. She chose the “magic hour” to exchange vows, when the light would be perfect with the sun setting in the west, behind the barn. With that in mind, she picked the Statue Garden as the location for her sunset ceremony with the Perennial Garden as the gorgeous backdrop.
Top: A special moment captured between the Asian Garden and Water Garden. Above: The Perennial Garden and setting sun provided a beautiful backdrop
to Julie and Travis' fall wedding at the MSV. Photos by Genevieve Leiper.
Following her intimate ceremony with 70 guests, Julie and groom Travis posed in more garden rooms for their wedding photos. The fall colors of the Japanese maples and weeping cherry tree provided a vibrant backdrop in the Asian Garden.
A special moment captured between the Asian Garden and Water Garden. Photo by Genevieve Leiper.
Julie chose the charming Pink Pavilion with its fountain courtyard for an elegant cocktail hour. The boxwoods around the perimeter of this space create a private and intimate garden room, and the golden color of the zelkova trees added a colorful touch of fall. Here they mingled with their guests and enjoyed champagne and wedding cake. Their parents and siblings made numerous special toasts. The wedding cake was certainly unique and special because the groom made it himself. It was a chocolate-Oreo-peanut butter cake, the same kind Travis made for the first birthday they celebrated together.
Julie and Travis selected the Pink Pavilion and its fountain courtyard as the location for their cocktail hour and cake-cutting ceremony. Photo by Genevieve Leiper.
The gardens at the MSV feature expansive spaces for large ceremonies along with intimate garden rooms for smaller weddings. Seasonal changes provide a variety of choices and colors for photo shoots, wedding ceremonies, and cocktail hours. So when thinking of your special moment, definitely don’t forget about fall! If you’d like to visit and tour the gardens to talk about the possibilities, I’d love to hear from you. Send me an email, see more MSV wedding pictures, or fill out an inquiry form.
Thanks to Julie and Travis for sharing some of their special moments at the MSV. Photography by Genevieve Leiper. Floral arrangements at Julie’s wedding by Bluebells and Flowers by Snellings. See Julie’s work HERE.