Dear engaged couples,
One of the great things about being a wedding officiant is all the different places I have the opportunity to visit. YOU keep coming up with new venues, or landowners keep making new dramatic landscapes, historic buildings and architectural wonders available for weddings, and I get to tag along and enjoy the scenery! My, have a visited some fantastic sites—Early Mountain Vineyard, the Mill at Fine Creek, Mt. Ida, and Monumental Church come immediately to mind. However, there are lots of others.
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The latest great place I visited was a plantation. Last weekend I officiated at a wedding at Westover plantation is in Charles City, which is near Williamsburg. The plantation is next door to another great plantation that is open to the public—Berkeley Plantation. The latter is more famous, as you may have guessed, but Westover is certainly a charmer. Alas, it is only open a few times a year for weddings. Owner, Andrea Erda tells me that the wedding last Saturday was only the second wedding to be held at Westover in 2014. That is because it is her home, as well as an historic monument of the Byrd family. I imagine that raising a family and maintaining the property is a full time job and then some—not a lot of time left for scheduling visits, and arranging a staff to give tours, sell tickets, maintain public bathrooms and such. She tells me that she is so grateful for the close proximity of Williamsburg. The talented bricklayers, carpenters, etc. who keep Williamsburg in optimum beauty, do the same for her historic home.
According to Westover’s website, the main house is open for tours during Westover Church’s Autumn Pilgrimage and Sunday – Tuesday during Historic Garden Week. It was open for the bride and groom’s wedding guests last weekend. Please note the photos in this blog. I took them with my little but oh, so dependable G15 Canon camera. Enjoy!
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