Best Waterfront Wedding Venues in Virginia: Your Guide to the Perfect “I Do”

Are you dreaming of saying your vows against the backdrop of a serene waterfront? 

Wondering where in Virginia you can find such idyllic settings? 

At Zion Springs, we're dedicated to crafting memorable weddings, backed by our experience with over 400 celebrations. Our expertise extends beyond hosting to offering valuable planning advice to couples.

Choosing the perfect venue is a crucial step for couples planning their wedding. In Virginia, the options are as diverse as they are breathtaking. Whether you're drawn to the panoramic views and sophisticated atmosphere, the historic elegance beside a private lake, or the Mediterranean allure set against a vineyard, each venue offers something special. 

Photo: The Lesner Inn

Coastal Charm at The Lesner Inn

Perched on the edge of Virginia Beach, The Lesner Inn boasts sweeping views of the Lynnhaven River. This venue offers an outdoor ceremony space where the water serves as a stunning backdrop, complemented by indoor reception areas with large windows framing the river, ensuring your celebration is bathed in natural light and scenic views. Their full-service packages include catering, bar services, and event planning to ensure a seamless day.  Website:

Photo: The Mill at Fine Creek

Lakeside Splendor at The Mill at Fine Creek

Nestled in Powhatan, The Mill at Fine Creek features a private lake that adds a serene atmosphere to your wedding day. The historical ruins and the surrounding greenery by the lake provide a unique outdoor ceremony spot, while their reception area overlooks the water, offering a picturesque setting. The venue also offers on-site cottages for guest accommodations and a dedicated coordinator to assist with wedding details.  Website:

Photo: Potomac Point Winery

Riverside Elegance at Potomac Point Winery

Located in Stafford by the Potomac River, Potomac Point Winery offers a Mediterranean vibe with its vineyard setting. The riverside location not only provides a tranquil backdrop for ceremonies and receptions but also offers opportunities for stunning photographs by the water. The winery provides in-house catering and wine selections, along with an event team to help tailor your wedding to your vision.Website:

Photo: The Tides Inn

The Tides Inn: Coastal Grandeur

Situated in Irvington, The Tides Inn is a coastal retreat that offers waterfront views of the Rappahannock River. The venue features outdoor ceremony locations overlooking the water and elegant ballrooms with nautical-inspired decor for receptions. The Tides Inn specializes in gourmet dining experiences and personalized services, making it a luxurious choice for waterfront weddings.  Website:

Photo: Mountain Lake Lodge

Mountain Lake Lodge: Natural Lakeside Beauty

Mountain Lake Lodge in Pembroke is set against the backdrop of a sprawling, natural mountain lake. Offering a variety of outdoor ceremony sites by the water and rustic yet elegant indoor spaces, this venue is ideal for nature-loving couples. Their comprehensive wedding packages include catering, lodging, and recreational activities for guests to enjoy the lake and surrounding natural beauty.  Website:

Photo: Boathouse at Rocketts Landing

Boathouse at Rocketts Landing: Urban Riverfront Chic

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing brings together urban elegance and waterfront views in Richmond. Situated on the banks of the James River, the venue offers terraces and event spaces with panoramic river views. They provide customized catering options focusing on seafood and local ingredients, along with an experienced event team to guide you through the planning process.  Website:

Photo: Pippin Hill Farm

Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards: Elegant Countryside Charm

Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards in North Garden combines the charm of a vineyard with stunning water features, offering a unique countryside waterfront setting. The venue includes lush gardens and a veranda overlooking a scenic pond, ideal for ceremonies. Their farm-to-table dining experience and in-house wine selections add a touch of luxury to any wedding.  Website:

Photo: The Water Table

The Water Table: Sophisticated Seaside Celebrations

The Water Table in Virginia Beach presents a sophisticated venue with views of the Lynnhaven River. This venue features both indoor spaces with expansive windows and an outdoor deck directly on the water, perfect for ceremonies or cocktail hours. They offer a list of preferred vendors to ensure high-quality services for every aspect of your wedding.  Website:

Elegant outdoor wedding setup at Stone Tower with panoramic views of Northern Virginia's landscape.
Photo: Stone Tower Winery

Stone Tower Winery: Loudoun County’s Lakeside Jewel

In Loudoun County, Stone Tower Winery offers a lakeside setting amidst rolling vineyards. The winery provides a blend of rustic elegance and modern amenities, with indoor and outdoor spaces that overlook a beautiful lake and the vineyards. Their team works closely with couples to create a bespoke wedding experience, including wine pairings and gourmet catering options.  Website:

Photo: Spirit of Norfolk

Spirit of Norfolk: Celebrate on the Water

Marry on the move with the Spirit of Norfolk, cruising the Elizabeth River with Norfolk's skyline as your backdrop. Tailor your floating celebration with customizable decor and live entertainment, ensuring your day is as unique as your love story. Envision dancing under the stars on deck, creating unforgettable moments.  Website:

Your Virginia Waterfront Wedding Venue Search

Exploring Virginia's waterfront venues, from The Lesner Inn's coastal views to the unique Spirit of Norfolk, offers a glimpse into the various settings available for your special day. Tailoring these venues to your vision ensures a truly personalized wedding experience.  

Zion Springs stands ready to support you with insights gained from hosting weddings over 15 years. Our passion extends beyond just hosting weddings; we aim to educate and assist couples throughout their planning process.

For further guidance, we invite you to explore our Answers and Advice page. Discover articles like "5 Tips for Your Outdoor Wedding" and "How to Choose Wedding Vendors" to deepen your wedding planning knowledge.

All photos in this article are courtesy of Zion Springs' in-house photographer.