Elope and Get Married on Family Property in Virginia

October 4, 2018 by Aaron Riddle in ElopementsSmall Weddings
Elope and Get Married on Family Property in Virginia

Some of us were very fortunate to grow up on or near family-owned property that holds special cherished memories. I myself grew up by the Chesapeake Bay on waterfront property in Pasadena, MD. That family-owned property was so important to me that my wife and I were married there back in 2004.

Flash-forward to today and many of the couples I marry here in Virginia have the same type of scenario. Either the groom or bride spent much of their childhood years playing on family farmland or grew up on a homestead with a wondrous mountain or lakeside view. This land means a great deal to them so they and their spouse desire to exchange their vows and say “I do” to one another on this property. The trouble is they are not sure where to start.

Can we get married here? Is it legal to get married on our family’s private property? Will you travel to us to marry us and take photos?

The answer to all of those questions is YES! Eloping and getting married on private property is no different than getting married anywhere else in Virginia. As long as you have your Virginia marriage license (which is super easy to get), I can marry you at a family-owned location that you hold close to your heart. Brian and Stephanie had this exact request. They wanted to be married at family-owned land in the Shenandoah Valley, and I was more than happy to work with them to make it happen. We were also able to work in an old canoe with special meaning from their youth into some of the photographs too.

If you want to be the next ones to get married on your family’s property like Brian and Stephanie were, send me a message today and let’s start the discussion on how to make it happen.

“Aaron, thank you for officiating our ceremony, allowing us to celebrate our love the way we wanted; just the two of us exchanging personal vows on our family’s property. It was perfect, and we couldn’t be happier with our photos!” – Brian and Stephanie

Check out some highlights from the day below. Click on the photo to view a larger version:

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