Loudoun Venue Spotlight: Silverbrook Farm

A gem of a venue, nestled within Loudoun County’s green and rolling hills, Silverbrook Farm is a quaint bed and breakfast as well as a charming events space. From the main house to the barn to delightful gardens and other rustic dependencies, the property is full of romantic possibilities. Lovers can play a life-sized game of chess in the garden, or meander amongst the roses. A sprawling porch offers opportunity to relax in the rocking chairs for a few precious moments as lovely bucolic vistas spread towards the horizon.

The main house was originally constructed in the 1700s and exudes all the allure of a historic structure. Comprised of gorgeous stone, with wooden frame additions, it’s easy to see why couples feel right at home on the property. Several ceremony sites are exclusive to the premises, the especial raised arbor a particular favorite.

Owned and operated by Dot Shetterly, Silverbrook Farm is an enchanting little secret, tucked away in the Virginian countryside. Read below as we explore the history, opportunities and possibilities Silverbrook offers, and begin to imagine yourself as a Silverbrook bride.

Meet Dot Shetterly, owner of the lovely, rural haven of Silverbrook Farm. Silverbrook is beautifully set amidst the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Photo courtesy of Tom Lussier Photography.

Meet Dot Shetterly, owner of the lovely, rural haven of Silverbrook Farm. Silverbrook is beautifully set amidst the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Photo courtesy of Tom Lussier Photography.

Loudoun Weddings: What makes Silverbrook Farm a unique venue in Loudoun County?

Dot Shetterly:  Silverbrook Farm is certainly a unique venue in Loudoun.  We offer the residence, the lawn, the gardens, the barn, and a lovely tent site.  But probably what makes us different is the flexibility we offer.  We do only one wedding a week, which allows the bridal couple to come out any time during the week of their wedding to bring what they need for their special day.  Rentals can come as early as Thursday and nothing has to be picked up until Monday.  Decorating can be begun as early as Thursday and does not need to be taken down until Monday.  The couple is encouraged to come out as often as they can from contract to wedding and bring friends and family.  This makes for a very relaxed wedding day.

LW: What do couples say that they love best about Silverbrook Farm?

DS: Couples in many testimonials have said they love the positive energy at Silverbrook.  They feel welcome from the first visit. By their wedding day, they feel it is their home away from home. They love the flexibility. They love the sereneness, the gardens, the views, and they refer to the barn as magical.  As one bride said, "Silverbrook is the diamond in my tiara."

The arbor ceremony site. Photos courtesy of Genevieve Leiper Photography.

The arbor ceremony site. Photos courtesy of Genevieve Leiper Photography.

LW: How many ceremony locations does Silverbrook offer?

DS: The most popular ceremony site is the arbor with the raised platform in the garden.   We also offer the boxwood garden, a tent site next to the barn, open fields and the barn itself, if weather dictates.

LW: Tell us about the reception location options couples have on the premises.

DS: The cocktail reception is usually held in the gardens and on the lawn.  The dinner reception is most often held in the barn. If the number exceeds 125, there is a lovely space for a tent (with views of two mountains) next to the barn.  The dinner is held there and folks come inside the barn for dancing.

For small weddings, we can accommodate up to 24 for a seated dinner in the residence or up to 60 for a cocktail reception. With both, we have room for ceremony and dancing, if desired.

Silverbrook Farm is a unique venue, offering brides and their grooms the opportunity to have a wedding that feels elegant, but homespun.

Silverbrook Farm is a unique venue, offering brides and their grooms the opportunity to have a wedding that feels elegant, but homespun.

LW: What is the most magical moment you have experienced during a Silverbrook Farm wedding?

DS:  There are so many magical moments, but the one that stands out the most was the releasing of the doves. The bride and groom each released a dove and they flew over the ceremony site, met and flew back to their home. Then the handler released several and they did the same. It was so great seeing them meet and then fly off.

LW: What Bed & Breakfast services are available for couples wedding at Silverbrook?

DS: As part of our wedding package, we offer a complimentary night's stay with a full country breakfast for the bride and groom.

A beautiful old stone façade graces the main house. Photos courtesy of Genevieve Leiper Photography.

A beautiful old stone façade graces the main house. Photos courtesy of Genevieve Leiper Photography.

LW: How many people can the inn accommodate, as far as overnight guests go?

DS: We have 3 suites, plus a handicapped bedroom.  The number we accommodate depends upon the make-up of the group.  Each suite has one bathroom so guests have to be willing to share a bath.

The bedroom that is handicapped accessible has its own bathroom, outfitted for the handicapped.

LW: Can you tell us about the history of the Silverbrook Farm property?

DS: The original part of the house was built circa 1765; the second wing circa 1790; the third wing circa 1870 and the fourth wing was built as our retirement wing in 1998.  It has been owned by only two families since the mid 1700s: the Potts family and my family, the Florances.  My family came in 1941 and it became a working dairy farm with 300 acres.  When my father lost his health and could no longer farm, I bought the house and 37 acres in 1981.  I started the B & B and wedding business nine years ago after my husband, Bob Shetterly, passed away.

The rustic barn at Silverbrook Farm is wonderfully nostalgic with beautiful opportunities for draping and exquisite lighting. Photos courtesy of Genevieve Leiper Photography.

The rustic barn at Silverbrook Farm is wonderfully nostalgic with beautiful opportunities for draping and exquisite lighting. Photos courtesy of Genevieve Leiper Photography.

LW: Tell us about one of your favorite events that has been held at this charming venue.

DS: Again, there are so many favorites, but the one that stands out in my mind is Holly's son, Alex's, wedding to Mallory. Alex booked two years in advance and I really got to know them during those two years. Of course, the flowers were the most beautiful ever. And the decorations and all the touches. But, what was the magical moment, was when Alex sang to Mallory during the reception. It was so touching that he would want to do that in front of God and everyone. Will always remember it.

LW: Are there any traditions specific to Silverbrook Farm that couples should partake in?

DS: We have an old southern tradition that I share with my clients. Part of me wants to share it with every bride and part of me wants to keep it for our Silverbrook brides. I am afraid if it gets too widespread that it will stop working for the brides at Silverbrook.  o, this is just a teaser. No rain on the brides at Silverbrook.

Silverbrook brides enjoy tender moments with their grooms.

Silverbrook brides enjoy tender moments with their grooms.

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SAAVY STYLE INSPIRATION: SPRING FORWARD WITH AIRY FLORALS & FRESH PASTELS

Spring has sprung! We are officially ready to put our freshest face forward and welcome the change in the weather. Soft vines, airy pastel palettes and a budding sense of new life abound here in Loudoun. From baby bunnies to chirping chicks, we can’t help but fall in love with the magical beauty of Spring.

We’re finding our greatest inspiration in earthy neutrals and barely-there blushes and nudes. Paired with an abundance of trailing, cascading and ethereal blooms, the season’s florals are fresh and beautifully mixed with plenty of vine-y greens. Juxtaposed against the still-stark backdrop of the fading winter months, we’re in love with this stylish array of pretty, pale hues. Natural textures are also trending this Spring- from rustic wooden accents to sumptuous silk ribbons and demure laces.

Pretty, pastel and pastoral, Loudoun is coming alive. Jodi Miller Photography has exquisitely captured Holly Heider Chapple's 2015 Floral Collection, and Sweetz Bakery's cupcakes are beyond tantalizing, styled with Target's chic tableware and linens. Find fabulous inspiration in this Loudoun-styled shoot full of bunny fluff and fabulous floral inspirations.

Spring Inspiration Loudoun County, Holly Chapple & Jodi Miller
Photography by Jodi Miller Photography
Florals & Design by Holly Heider Chapple Flowers 
Gowns by Shop Gossamer
Cupcakes by Sweetz Bakery
Tableware & Linens by Target

 

Location, Location: Loudoun's Myriad Venue Possibilities

Wedding in Loudoun County presents a vast array of opportunities and choices for couples that are ready to tie the knot. Rather than offering a predominant type of venue, Loudoun has myriad spaces and places that are ideal for creating the wedding and reception of your dreams. Whether you envision an upscale ballroom-style event where your guests will dance into the night or you are in love with the idea of a nostalgic country chic affair, the possibilities are endless.

To help you and your love make the most well informed venue decisions possible, we’ve narrowed the choices for wedding and reception venues in Loudoun County into easy-to-manage categories. Loudoun boasts wedding-worthy Barns, Community Spaces, Historic Properties, Inns and Bed & Breakfasts, Resort Locations and Wineries. As you define the aesthetic and feel that you want your wedding to exude, these definitive categories will enable you to navigate what is available and what will most perfectly suit your desired look and feel.

Top Left Murray Hill's chic barn reception venue ; Top Right Lovely Shadow Creek Events & Weddings ballroom, photographed by Jodi Miller Photography; Below Riverside on the Potomac's spacious barn-style structure, photographed by Photography Du Jour.

Top Left Murray Hill's chic barn reception venue ; Top Right Lovely Shadow Creek Events & Weddings ballroom, photographed by Jodi Miller Photography; Below Riverside on the Potomac's spacious barn-style structure, photographed by Photography Du Jour.

Barns
Known for its vast, rolling countryside, Loudoun County is home to some of Virginia’s most picturesque farms- and subsequently, barns. Over the past several years, barn weddings have been all the rage and we don’t see the trend dying down this season. Whether you want the classic rustic chic feel that many brides have opted for the last few years, or you want to kick off the bridal boots and relish a rustic-mixed-with-glam event, a beautifully-situated barn will be the perfect choice. The best thing about a barn wedding? Typically, the bare-bones structure of the venue makes a fabulous backdrop for developing any sort of aesthetic that you so desire with elegant draping, florals and lighting. Barns also tend to offer ample space for slightly larger guest lists (Shadow Creek, for example, can seat up to 300 in the main room of the venue). If you decide you would like your event to be more glam than down-home, we recommend perusing Resort, Historic Property & Inn and Bed & Breakfast options.

Best-Loved Barn Venues in Loudoun
Murray Hill’s Barn, Riverside on the Potomac’s Historic Bank Barn, Shadow Creek Weddings & Events

Top Morven Park is beautifully transformed with gorgeous styling and lighting; photography by Rebekah J. Murray Photography; Bottom Left The Middleburg Community Center is airy and light for this lovely reception; photography by Anne Robert Photography; Bottom Right  Beautifully-canopied vistas at Morven Park; photography by Genevieve Leiper Photography.

Top Morven Park is beautifully transformed with gorgeous styling and lighting; photography by Rebekah J. Murray Photography; Bottom Left The Middleburg Community Center is airy and light for this lovely reception; photography by Anne Robert Photography; Bottom Right  Beautifully-canopied vistas at Morven Park; photography by Genevieve Leiper Photography.

Community Spaces
If you would prefer to do less by why of extravagant décor, consider utilizing a Community Space or Park. With the addition of some beautifully designed florals and select stylish touches, a Community Space can be expertly transformed into the venue of your wedding day vision. Since most Community Centers and Parks have a pretty specific design aesthetic already in implementation, it is important to note that if there are extensive details about the space that you would like to alter or change, it may not be possible- or, it may be costly to do so. Generally easily accessible to the public, as well as to vendors, Community Spaces are great choices for a both wedding ceremony and reception. These spaces have seen many different types of events and have the process of preparing, setting up and cleaning up down to an art.

Charming Community Spaces & Parks in Loudoun
Middleburg Community Center, Morven Park

Top Left Murray Hill's lovely stone façade; Top Right Gorgeous Oatlands Plantation, with it's beautifully columned porch; Bottom A romantic evening at Whitehall Estate.

Top Left Murray Hill's lovely stone façade; Top Right Gorgeous Oatlands Plantation, with it's beautifully columned porch; Bottom A romantic evening at Whitehall Estate.

Historic Properties
Full of historic charm and intrigue, Loudoun’s Historic Properties provide venue offerings that are full of all of the delicate details of the past. Nostalgic and sophisticated, these properties convey a romantic ambiance. In addition to stately manors and houses, the properties boast full natural and formal gardens. Proffering exquisite backdrops for wedding day photoshoots, the gardens also provide couples with opportunities for a clandestine jaunt. Get caught up in the mystery and majesty of bygone days and enjoy the natural loveliness and nostalgia of these properties simultaneously.

For those of you who prefer not to wander down Memory Lane, we suggest exploring Loudoun's Resort venue possibilities.

Lovely Historic Properties Located in Loudoun
Murray Hill, Oatlands Historic House & Gardens, Whitehall Estate & Winery
 

Top Beautifully bedecked ceremony location, found at Goodstone Inn; Bottom Left Red Fox Inn & Tavern is charmingly-appointed with Virginian antiques and works of art; Bottom Right Silverbrook Farms' Bed & Breakfast-style charm extends to the quaint barn tucked away on the property; photography by Genevieve Leiper.

Top Beautifully bedecked ceremony location, found at Goodstone Inn; Bottom Left Red Fox Inn & Tavern is charmingly-appointed with Virginian antiques and works of art; Bottom Right Silverbrook Farms' Bed & Breakfast-style charm extends to the quaint barn tucked away on the property; photography by Genevieve Leiper.

Inns and Bed & Breakfasts
For a stylish and sweet Wedding, we recommend an inn or bed & breakfast option. Ideal for smaller events, we love the feeling of being in an environment that feels almost like home- but with an added dose of charm and elegance. Since the properties are smaller, you and your event will be the very center of attention, with every detail catering to your big day. The option to stay at the venue is an added bonus that helps to simplify and streamline your day-of itinerary.

Quaint Inns and Bed & Breakfasts in Loudoun
Goodstone Inn, Red Fox Inn & Tavern, Silverbrook Farm

Top Salamander Resort & Spa on an early Spring Day; Bottom Lansdowne Resort's patio ceremony location- airy and bright.

Top Salamander Resort & Spa on an early Spring Day; Bottom Lansdowne Resort's patio ceremony location- airy and bright.

Resorts
If the idea of a spacious ballroom, gorgeous expanses of greenery, golf courses and luxurious living speaks to you, you might be a prime candidate for a Resort-inspired wedding. With well-manicured gardens and perfectly situated patios for cocktails, the ceremony or even a reception, a Resort is a beautiful selection for sumptuous wedding day style. Additionally, resorts are large enough to house all of your guests and bridal party, making it a simple solution for bringing everyone together for your celebration. Meals with family and friends, catering, activities- it's all a cinch when you have access to the many amenities of resort-style life.

For a little more rustic charm and historically-influenced surrounds, Historic Properties or quaint Inns and Bed & Breakfasts might match your preferences more suitably.

Ravishing Resorts We Love in Loudoun 
Lansdowne Resort, Salamander Resort & Spa

Top left Belmont Vineyard draped and lit for a festive reception; Top right The rustic aesthetic of the barn at WeatherLea Farm & Vineyard; Bottom Airy reception held at Breaux Vineyards; photography by Paper Antler Photography.

Top left Belmont Vineyard draped and lit for a festive reception; Top right The rustic aesthetic of the barn at WeatherLea Farm & Vineyard; Bottom Airy reception held at Breaux Vineyards; photography by Paper Antler Photography.

Wineries
Always an exquisite choice, Loudoun boasts an array of gorgeous winery venues. With opportunities for ceremonies and receptions to be held indoors or out, couples who would love to incorporate a sense of nature and the vine's bounty into their nuptials will find a fabulous pairing if they go this route. Clean, bright and bursting with opportunity, wineries have tons of character but also leave plenty of room for personalization. Of course, if your event will take place out-of-doors, it's always wise to have a back-up plan in case of inclement weather. However, we can't imagine that anyone could possibly worry about the weather when they have a glass of a fine Loudoun vintage in hand.

Wedding-Worthy Wineries in Loudoun
Belmont Vineyard, Breaux Vineyards, WeatherLea Farm & Vineyard

Whether you desire to have an elegant wedding or a charmingly rustic event, Loudoun's options are varied and sure to offer the discerning couple plenty of possibility. We hope our guide has left you full of inspiration and some savvy Loudoun County insight to assist you in selecting the perfect Wedding Day location.

We know Loudoun. We know weddings.

Situated in the heart of rural Virginia, Loudoun County is known for its sweeping landscapes and picturesque expanses, bordered by the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.  Intricately colored with lush flora, forests, hills and streams, Loudoun's beauty is as varied as its terrain. 

Boasting a wealth of gorgeous options for your dream Wedding, Loudoun County is home to a lovely array of vineyards, wineries, inns and sumptuous resorts.  Loudoun Wedding's exclusive Loudoun Weds will open your eyes to a whole new world of possibilities as you discover the magic of falling in love in Loudoun.

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