If you’re looking for a venue with epic mountain views, Moss Vineyards is one you’ll want to consider.
Moss is located about 35 minutes northwest of Charlottesville. It’s one of the newer vineyard venues in the area (and one of the smaller ones) but boasts unobstructed west-facing mountain views (which means the sun will set behind the mountains!).
They started hosting events a couple years ago and have three reception spaces to choose from – a tasting room with space for 50 seated at tables, an open-air pavilion with space for 75 at tables, and an indoor event space that can seat 150. All three reception spaces have views of both the mountains and the vineyard itself.
The largest event space also has a getting ready suite and kitchen.
If you have a really big guest-list, Moss might not be a great fit for you, but for intimate- to medium-size celebrations it is absolutely gorgeous. I’ve also heard the wine is excellent! (When I photographed Annie and Ben’s wedding I was about 8 months pregnant and didn’t get to taste it.)
The only downside of Moss (photographically) is that there is absolutely no shade outside. So really sunny days, like Annie and Ben got, can yield bright photos until the sun goes down a bit (whereas normally my style tends to be a little darker).
Annie’s and Ben’s wedding at Moss was a COVID reschedule. They eloped in 2020 on their original day (I was the only in-person attendant – everyone else, including the officiant, zoomed in!)
Because they were already married, for their redo day they opted for a vow-renewal ceremony facilitated by their parents.
Dinner was held in the main event space and catered by Blue Ridge Cafe of Ruckersville. Parents and siblings gave toasts and then they headed down to the pavilion for first dances, cake cutting and an evening of dancing the night away.
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