Elopement Packages at the Orchard House
Our elopement packages in the Central Virginia Mountains happened by accident.
After another busy Fall weekend of guests, we were putting our guest rooms back together when a striking couple knocked on our door. They had all along considered a beach wedding package, but suddenly had a change of heart. They decided they weren’t interested in hundreds of strangers walking by their ceremony and potentially interrupting their private moment.
An elopement package was suddenly starting to sound like a great idea.
They had spontaneously jumped into their car that Sunday and started driving towards the Blue Ridge Mountains, looking for the perfect spot to plan their small wedding. Not only did they pull into our driveway here at the Orchard House Bed & Breakfast, but the story gets even better.
Mike heard the knock and answered the door first. “Hello, we are considering places to get married and we happened upon your Bed & Breakfast. We would like some information.” Mike took one look at the gentleman who was standing there and couldn’t believe his eyes. “Randy, I am Mike Verplank. I used to call on you in my previous career in as a Sales Director. I have even been to your home!” Randy looked a little dazed and confused. “I have never been to Lovingston, Virginia, and I think you may have me confused with someone else.” The conversation continued. “Randy, I used to live in Pittsburgh, and we are the new owners of this place…I retired and we moved here last year.” You can just picture the smiles and hand-shakes once the guys put it all together.
A tour of our 14-acre property was next in order. Randy and his then-fiancé, Donna, were in awe of every part. From the one-acre vineyard, to the Blue Ridge Mountain views, the new gazebo, the pond with the new fountain, the newly renovated event barn. Also, the new gas fire pit with the incredible starry sky views, the new in-ground saltwater pool, and the freshly re-decorated rooms. They immediately fell in love with every part.
We set a date and over the next few months, helped them plan every detail to perfection. Our elopement packages are completely flexible, so we could customize their dream wedding day to their exact vision. Donna chose to add a cake, a bouquet and boutonniere, gazebo decor, a champagne reception in our entryway, and dinner at a local restaurant (table for two!) They loved returning to their private room and gave rave reviews over the breakfast experience as their first married-couple-morning.
Since Randy and Donna were married at the Orchard House, we have proudly hosted multiple elopement packages here. Every one has been special and memorable in their own way, and we are absolutely honored to be part of such a wonderful and important event.
We are confident that our property is the PERFECT place to celebrate love, happiness, commitment, and friendships that developed in another lifetime. Our elopement packages, combined with the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain views, leave little room for disappointment. We’d love to share our experiences with you and help you plan your dream Virginia elopement wedding, too!