If you can’t tell, the below spots are my favorite in the state. I LOVE Shenandoah, but in peak months crowds can be very high and there is a park entrance fee of $30. Because I am more on the adventure side, when we go hiking we target George Washington National Forest. I eloped in Colorado, but if I had to pick my favorite places in VA, they are below!
Virginia Is For Lovers
and for adventurers!
All my recommendations I have personally hiked or visited, most many times.
Things You Need To Know
Tips + Advice
You need sneakers or boots to hike. If you want to change into heels or flats, pack them!
If you are hiking, you might want to bring a change of clothes and get ready at the location. You can carry or pack your dress, I can help. Getting changed in the woods is easy, and I am a pro at last minute dressing rooms.
Water/snacks or maybe champagne (for energy + morale, of course), or a picnic.
Be Mindful of Props or Decor
Don't overestimate what you can carry on a hike. A really easy prop for an elopement is a rug and some flower petals, or bring a cute blanket to sit on!
Hiking--We Will Be in the Dark!
Whether you choose a sunrise or sunset hike--at some point we will be in the dark. Don't worry, I've done this many many times. It adds to the adventure. Headlamp or flashlights are mandatory.
It's never a bad idea to have a backup location or rain plan. You never know how the weather will turn out. Scenic overlooks are great for this, and I can help you choose the closet one. Or, we can wing it day of. Promise we will find something awesome.
SAMPLE TIMELINE - HIKING
/ SUNRISE /
3am: hair and makeup
4am: hit the trail
6am: reach summit, change
10:30am: est arrival back down for breakfast
*Time built in after vows for more portraits
/ SUNSET /
1pm: hair and makeup
2pm: hit the trail
5pm: reach summit,change
8:30pm: est arrive back down
*Time built in before vows for more portraits, sun goes down fast