Sierra Vista is one of those wedding venues that has been on my radar for a long time. I knew it had incredible mountain views. But driving up and seeing them in person is something else. Sierra Vista probably has the most epic mountain views of any venue in Virginia. And i’ve been to a lot of them.
From the ceremony space you have 270 degree views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Peaks of Otter.
As the sun sets, the mountains are bathed in light – it’s truly a magical site.
Sierra Vista is located in Bedford, Virginia, which is about 50 minutes northeast of downtown Roanoke and 20 minutes from Peaks of Otter Lodge.
The venue vibe is upscale mountain rustic. It features panoramic mountain views and an upscale barn for the reception space.
Sierra Vista can accommodate up to 150 guests for a weekend wedding. They also offer weekday micro wedding packages for 8-23 guests. The property can be booked for family, maternity or senior photoshoots but engagement and couple session shoots are reserved for couples who have booked the property for their wedding.
On a traditional wedding day, the couple starts by getting ready in the onsite suites. One is located on the bottom level of the owners’ home. The other is in the cabin located directly behind the ceremony space.
In the fall, the Tulip Poplars in the front of the property turn bright yellow and make for an incredible backdrop for a first look or group photos.
The couple enters the wedding from beside or inside the cabin. The wedding party walks down a brick lined pathway to the arbor (the venue provides five ceremony arbor selections). Guests are seated in solid wood chairs. The mountains bear witness to their vows.
After the ceremony, guests walk or are shuttled down the driveway to the reception space. The climate controlled barn boasts exposed beams, a wrap-around balcony and 2000 sq ft of hardscape patio outside. An outdoor stone fire pit and outdoor heaters warms guests in colder months.
Family and wedding party photos happen near the ceremony space or in the woods. Whenever possible, it’s worth the couple ducking out of their reception for a few minutes during sunset to capture the magnificent light display on the mountains.
The couple and wedding party enter the reception through the main double doors of the barn. Twinkle lights add ambiance to the inside of the space.
Guests get drinks from wine barrel bar. When weather permits, they toggle between dancing inside and floating outside to enjoy a cool night’s breeze and dark skies.
At the end of the night, they enjoy a private last dance while guests line up for a sparkler exit outside the barn doors. Then exit their reception to the first night of the rest of their lives.
The couple books a bed & breakfast for their friends and family or everyone stays at the Peaks of Otter Lodge together. After a leisurely weekday breakfast, they head over to Sierra Vista to begin getting ready. Hair and makeup meets them on site and everyone gets on their finery.
The couple has a first look and portraits in the woods behind the cabin and then have a beautiful, intimate ceremony facing the mountains.
They take family photos and then head down to the barn to enjoy casual appetizers together on the patio.
Outside two farmhouse tables have been pushed together to create one long intimate dinner table for everyone. The group enjoys a local farm to table meal interrupted by several speeches from friends and family.
After dinner the couple shares a first dance on the patio and then parent dances. They end the night by fire pit soaking in the last of the light as it goes down over the mountains.
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