Woodlawn Estate & Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House is a historical wedding and events venue comprised of two iconic houses located on over 120 acres, in Alexandria, Virginia. These homes both feature a rich and complex history and sit on beautiful, protected and private grounds only about 45 minutes from Washington D.C. The site is distinguished as an example of the best American architecture and its landscape has a varied number of ceremony areas, a brick-walk lined fountain garden for cocktails and a fully-outfitted large event tent that includes chandeliers, dimmer lighting, shirred ceiling fabric, and a permanent oyster & brick floor. There is plenty of room for your perfect, high-end, wedding with lots of free and accessible parking.
Woodlawn Mansion was built in the Federal/Georgian style, on land once part of George Washington's farm, and was itself the wedding gift from Washington and Martha to her granddaughter and his nephew. Once a seat of Virginia gentry, Woodlawn became a transformative place in the mid-1800's, changing from a typical plantation to a successful farming venture owned by Quakers and worked then by freedmen and immigrants, all before the Civil War. It was a place of daring and progressive social change. The Mansion became a source of great energy- a true beacon of change in its community- and this is still evident at our active site! Everyone is welcome at Woodlawn to this day. During the cocktail hour, wedding guests can choose to go inside and learn about the Mansion's rich history and enjoy a weddings-through-the-years narrative. The house provides a perfect backdrop for photographs of your special day, and rooms reserved for the wedding party are inside the house as well.
The Pope-Leighey House, an intimate venue for smaller weddings, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1940. While it was built to provide the middle-class with affordable housing, this intimate mid-century gem is now a sought-after Wright house museum open to the public. It provides a striking setting for smaller tented ceremonies and receptions, particularly for those mid-century design fans.
Both homes feature contrasting architectural and historical styles, and they provide a unique venue for you to exchange your vows and begin your new life as a married couple.
Facilities and Capacity
Couples can easily invite up to 250 guests to join them for their wedding, more if additional tenting is provided- there is plenty of land for additional amenities. The Woodlawn spaces offer both indoor tented and uncovered outdoor options that you can choose from. These areas include a garden, fountain garden and scenic views that provide a tree-filled setting for you and your guests.
The Woodlawn Estate & Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House staff, in collaboration with their exclusive and the choice of two top quality DC-area caterers, Design Cuisine and Main Event Caterers, who can help plan and host your ceremony and reception. Interior Mansion rooms offer space for rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and other intimate events.
Other services include:
- A variety of tent and decor packages
- Full-service catering by Design Cuisine or Main Event Caterers
- Bridal suite and additional room for Groomsmen
- Wedding-themed cocktail hour tours inside the Mansion during your cocktail hour.
- Large, fully-outfitted, high-end, tented event space
- In-house bar
- Ceremony set up and clean up
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A wonderful venue. Beautiful house and grounds and great location.
Oh my goodness! What a beautiful spot! Being a former art history and photography teacher, I am in love with the thought of any wedding in such an historical spot with incredible architecture! Woodlawn is lovely and a must visit for your wedding venue!
Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House frequently asked questions
What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House?
- Bridal Suite
- Clean Up
- Set Up
At Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?
- Cake Cutting
What are the most important characteristics of Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House in terms of venue type, style and location?
- Historic Building
What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House for wedding events?
- Covered Outdoor
- Uncovered Outdoor
What kind of wedding events does Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House offer?
- Bridal Shower
- Engagement Party
- Rehearsal Dinner
What services does Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House offer for wedding events?
- All Inclusive Packages
- Bar Services
- Catering Services
- Clean Up
- Event Planner
- Event Rentals
- Get Ready Rooms
- Liability Insurance
- Lighting / Sound
- Outside Vendors
- Pet Friendly
- Preferred Vendors Only
- Set Up
What furniture and decorations does Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House have available for wedding events?
- Tent Accessories
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