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James Monroe's Highland is a wedding venue located in Charlottesville, Virginia that services couples throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. The onsite team has been part of the wedding industry for over 25 years, and offers their picturesque, rural setting for soon-to-be-weds. With its flexible indoor and outdoor spaces, breathtaking views, and rustic aesthetic, couples are welcome to transform these grounds into their nuptial dream.
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James Monroe's Highland features seven different event spaces to host celebrations of various sizes, from romantic elopements to receptions with up to 200 guests. You will have access to the extensive manicured grounds to host your special day, with the lush forestry and rolling hills as your natural backdrop. Flourishing gardens are present throughout the grounds, along with a mature white oak and grove of deciduous trees that make for romantic photo sessions. Receptions can take place under the large wooden pavilion, with exposed ceiling beams that can be easily decorated with bistro lights or elegant drapery. A climate-controlled, indoor event room is also present on the grounds, to host celebrations during any season. Large windows surround the space to bring in plenty of natural light, along with large ceiling lights to add a bright, welcoming aesthetic. Guests are free to step outside on the large porch and patio, and enjoy a relaxing cocktail hour under the sun. Ample parking is also available onsite, with wheelchair accessibility to ensure that everyone makes it to your celebration safely.
Couples are free to use any vendors they prefer, from caterers to florists, that will help them achieve their dream theme. Tables and chairs will be provided and can be arranged into any formation you prefer. From your rehearsal dinner to the last dance at your reception, the onsite team will work to ensure that you have an evening to remember.
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Beautiful, historic venue with excellent Events staff
Having an outdoor wedding can be nerve-wracking due to the unpredictability of weather, but we got lucky for our late April wedding. They have a backup indoor space in case of very bad weather, but honestly, it would've been a huge disappointment had we had to move indoors. The historic grounds were green and gorgeous, with brick walkways and interesting spaces at every turn. The long driveway up with framing trees is an iconic location for bride-and-groom photos. The secluded ceremony area (the Blue Ridge yard) surrounded by boxwoods and a white fence was an intimate setting for our wedding of 70 (it would've fit dozens more and they have a larger space if needed), with lovely, peaceful scenery as the backdrop. A charming garden area was the cocktail hour space (where guests have the option of taking a brief walk through the indoor exhibit spaces which are literally right there), and then a covered hilltop outdoor pavilion was the reception area. Although it sounds confusing, all these places are just a few steps away from each other (less than a 2-minute walk). Things ran smoothly, there were zero glitches on the wedding day thanks to the friendly Highland staff, and we and our guests loved the setting. It was magical.
Beautiful location, wonderful team
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Love this venue. One of the great things about it is that, at least at the weddings I have officiated at there, the guest house--from the James Monroe era, is open to guests. What a great thing! Guests can learn about James Monroe, as they also connect with wedding guests. The staff is friendly and at the ready to take care of your every need. Can't wait for my next wedding there!
Highland is truly a beautiful place. There's so many gorgeous locations for photographs - I am always finding a new spot every time I photograph a wedding there! I cannot wait to work there again.
Beautiful setting, well-equipped with attentive service- and you can be part of history!
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