It’s not all that often that we can do a post for a venue and get an immediate understanding of its charm from its tagged images, not just what is featured on its feed. After all, every business is going to make sure its grid looks good in every square. But when it comes to The Market at Grelen, in Somerset, Virginia, the tagged photos tell us an even more beautiful, authentic story - and the story we get is this: when wedding vendors, especially photographers and planners, want to put their best foot forward, they go with a moment made at The Market at Grelen.
How do we know this place is a gem?
Because vendors who want to show off their stuff? They do so with photos captured at none other than the Market at Grelen. Not even kidding, if you look at recently-tagged photos, you’ll see Charlottesville, VA vendors announcing new booking seasons alongside stunning real wedding photos taken at one seriously-gorgeous garden event venue. And you’re not going to put something like your industry reputation on the line if the results of your labors of love aren’t absolute perfection.
Photo Credit: Jen Fariello; @jenfariello
Want to play a fun game with us? Our friends at The Market at Grelen gave us these points of interest and qualifiers to describe their incredible grounds. If you see any of the words or phrases referenced in captions from the tagged posts from the last two or three months, then tally them up… you can sip some bourbon, too, but we didn’t want to be the ones to encourage that kind of drinking game, it’d get wild pretty quickly 😉.
At The Market at Grelen, it’s all about luxurious simplicity (a fitting oxymoron, TBH) with an emphasis on natural beauty!
- The large stargazing tent, it’s truly magical
- The peaceful location, it’s set on a dreamy 600-acre tree nursery
- The panoramic views of Grelen’s tree nursery and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background
- The variety of spaces which allow for creativity and one-of-a-kind weddings
Best adjectives to describe weddings at Grelen...
We’ll get back to that game, but for now, here’s what their happiest had to say:
“Absolutely magical...The Market at Grelen is, simply put, a wonderland. From the berry lawn to the greenhouse, it's absolutely magical. The stunning vistas, lush flowers, and verdant greenery transport guests to another world. (There are literally small fairies in the greenhouse!). I couldn't have imagined a more perfect place to have our wedding, and the guests felt the same way, too. All of the staff bent over backwards to make us feel welcome and at home. They are professional, attentive, and kind.”
“Magical wedding day...When I stumbled upon the Market at Grelen while searching for venues, I just had a feeling it would be the perfect spot to host our intimate wedding. It truly lived up to all our expectations! We absolutely loved the setting (especially the backdrop of the greenhouse) and so did our guests. Just felt like a magical day all around. Thank you to the Grelen team who paid attention to all my ideas during the planning process, and helped bring every detail to life. Will be a day we treasure forever!”
Photo Credit: Michael & Carina; @michaelandcarina
“Fairy Tale Wedding...We had our wedding here in June and it was truly the most magical day! The setting at the Market at Grelen is so stunning. From the beautiful natural backdrop during our Berry Field ceremony to dancing the night away at our reception under the stars in the clear top tent, it was the most perfect day. There are so many beautiful spots for pictures and we loved taking photos at Bloomfield during Golden Hour. Another wonderful benefit of having a wedding here is being able to use any of Grelen's plants and flowers throughout the wedding day. Everyone has commented on how beautiful our wedding location was and many asked us how we found such a perfect location. The event staff was so wonderful to work with. They were responsive and helpful during the wedding planning process with our many questions. It is very evident that they are passionate about their work and our whole day ran so efficiently. We could not have asked for a more beautiful spot to have our wedding day and will forever hold onto our amazing memories made here at The Market at Grelen!”
“Guests couldn't believe the views...After my wedding, many of my guests commented that they hadn't been to a more beautiful wedding. I hadn't either! The venue is absolutely gorgeous and the staff was very helpful. I would definitely recommend it for your wedding day!”
“Amazing, amazing venue...Picking the Market at Grelen as our wedding venue was the single best decision we made in the planning process. The entire grounds are stunning. We had our ceremony on the Berry Lawn with the mountain views as our backdrop. Even though a storm rolled through directly after our ceremony, the venue was able to accommodate for our cocktail hour and reception under the tent and it didn't impact the flow of the night at all. We got so many compliments on how stunning the venue was. It's also a great venue for all sorts of photos, because there are many different locations to capture (lawn, berry vines, overlook, weeping willow, gardens, terrace, etc.). They all offered a wonderful backdrop. The event staff is also lovely to work with. They are approachable, responsive, and so sweet. They were helpful throughout the planning process, conducting walkthroughs, and beyond helpful the day of the wedding. Overall, I wouldn't have wanted to get married anywhere else!”
“I always thought that the venue carried the greatest weight when it comes to wedding experience. I was the pickiest about my venue out of everything wedding-related. I must've looked at 100 venues online before finding The Market at Grelen and I knew it was perfect instantly! It completely lived up to my expectations. The staff was wonderful to work with and never missed a beat despite their full calendar of weddings to tend to. And the venue is gorgeous! The ceremony space has a sprawling view of the countryside. There are several unique spaces on the grounds to have your cocktail hour, including a whimsical greenhouse and a stone terrace. The reception space comfortably fit all my guests, with a vaulted clear-top tent that made you feel like you were dancing under the stars. I was able to save a lot of money and brain power on not needing many decorations, as the venue itself is so beautiful and you can utilize the plants from the market to decorate your space free of charge. And the best part is that this venue operates as a business open to the public, so I can go back and visit whenever I'd like! The Market was the absolute perfect venue for me and I'm so happy I found it!”
Photo Credit: Mackenzie Leigh Photography; @mackenzieleighphoto
Magic / magical, if we were doing a word cloud, these would def be the biggest and boldest! See for yourselves and fill out an inquiry to set up your tour!
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