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When I met with Jen and Katie, the recurring "theme" of their "dream wedding" was that their guests felt welcome and taken care of throughout the entire weekend. They wanted to create an intimate setting where they could spend the most important day of their lives with the most special people in their lives. And despite the chilly temps and light drizzle of the late September day, the warmth of this group was what stood out the most.
Whether we're in the Berkshires, Virginia, California or Texas, the barn wedding trend is one that's going to be here for awhile. And personally, I think that's fantastic! Because getting married at a barn venue doesn't necessarily mean mason jars and burlap (although sometimes those elements are perfect). Some of the most elegant affairs I've ever seen have taken place in a barn.
Growing up in the Shenandoah Valley, I often took for granted just how gorgeous my surroundings were...even with my weekly trips to Charlottesville over the beautiful Afton Mountain for orchestra rehearsal (thanks for all the rides, Dad!). Fortunately, there were others who took notice and thought, "Hm, what a beautiful region this is for a wedding!"
So for those of you looking for someplace "different," I've compiled a list of rehearsal dinner "venues" that are sure to please! (Oh, and here's a little rehearsal dinner hint: If you're looking to entertain all of your out-of-town guests with a welcome reception, but don't really feel like paying for essentially TWO weddings, host your intimate seated dinner first, then open the rest of the evening up as a cocktail/dessert reception for guests to come-and-go as they please.)