Winchester’s Best Places to Elope / Have a Small Wedding

These are my top recommended locations to marry and photograph couples for their elopements or small weddings in Winchester, VA.

Winchester's Best Places to Elope / Have a Small Wedding

When couple's contact me about getting married in Winchester, Virginia I provide them with this suggested list of locations. Whether it is an elopement for the couple only, or a small wedding with a few special guests, there are locations all around Winchester, VA to fit your small wedding's style.


Old Town Winchester (Walking Mall)

If you happen to get your marriage license in Winchester, VA...I can marry you that same day right along the historic "walking mall" in Old Town Winchester. Old Town is full of small charming shops, restaurants and other unique spots that are full of character. If it is just the two of you, I can easily marry you in one of the many nooks tucked along side of this historic part of town.

Jim Barnett Park

Looking for a free outdoor location to hold your elopement in Winchester? Jim Barnett Park is a fantastic option offering many secluded areas that work perfectly for an elopement or short small wedding ceremony. The park features a very large pond and a variety of wooded areas that make for some fantastic photograph opportunities after you have been married.

Looking for a More Private Location Option?

My Private Residence on a Mountain (15 miles North of Winchester)

If you want complete privacy as you exchange your wedding vows, I offer my personal residence as a location option for couples. Located approximately 30 minutes north from Winchester, I live on a quiet mountain-side with 17 acres of private property in the woods. You can get married under an archway, by a rustic barn, or at the top of our property with a quaint mountain view. Also purchase the add-on to meet our therapy pigs too! Learn more at

Please note due to the privacy of this location, only the couple and their children / pets may attend.

Indoor Options

These indoor location options are offered through a third-party whom I highly recommend.

Nancy Shepherd House Inn

If you are looking for an affordable indoor location to have your elopement / small wedding in Winchester, then the Nancy Shepherd House Inn is your number one option! I partner with owner and inn keeper (and also fellow marriage commissioner) David McLaughlin to ensure that we offer the most affordable indoor option to get married in Old Town Winchester.

The Nancy Shepherd House Inn is one of only three licensed hotel accommodation options for visitors and tourists who want to stay downtown within walking distance to the center of Old Town Winchester Virginia. So not only do you have the option of using the inn for a very short elopement or small wedding, but you can stay there overnight if you like!

If you are interested in using the Nancy Shepherd House for me to perform your wedding, contact me and I will put you in touch with David McLaughlin to make reservations.

Fuller House In-Town Mansion

The Fuller House, an elegent in-town mansion in Old Town Winchester Virginia, is another great indoor option for small weddings. As with the Nancy Shepherd House, I partner with owner Susan Winkeler and assistant David McLaughlin to offer this affordable indoor location as an option for couples looking to hold a short wedding ceremony. A larger and roomier indoor option, the Fuller House is a large house, right downtown just two blocks from the restaurants, bars, coffee houses, and shops on Winchester Virginia’s Old Town Pedestrian Mall. 

The Fuller House is named after the well-known Doctor William Fuller of 19th century fame in Winchester Virginia. This amazing historic down-town mansion has a spectacular large open floor plan and private garden. 

If you are looking for something different from a party barn, a country estate, country club, hotel banquet room, the Fuller House just may be the answer. Contact me if you are interested in using the Fuller House and I will work with you to make a reservation with Susan Winkeler and David McLaughlin.

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