Our Chancey Charm Virginia + Washington, DC Wedding Planner and Coordinator, Alana Futcher, is thrilled to feature this stunning Virginia wedding venue on the Chancey Charm blog today! With the ability to accommodate up to 400 wedding guests, Upper Shirley Vineyards ensures your wedding vision – no matter how immense – is beautifully brought to life. Having just celebrated its one year anniversary, this Virginia vineyard wedding venue has quickly become a new favorite for brides in the Richmond and surrounding areas. Learn more about Upper Shirley Vineyards below. Enjoy!
-The Chancey Charm Team
Post Photography Credits: Kate Ignatowski
Wedding Venue Name
Upper Shirley Vineyards
Wedding Venue Location
Charles City, Virginia
When did you open?
We opened in February 2016 – just celebrated our one year anniversary!
Why did you decide to open your wedding venue?
Our owner, Tayloe Dameron, and his wife, Suzy, have lived on the vineyard grounds in the historic home of Upper Shirley since 1998. Suzy stayed in Charles City to raise their two children while Tayloe commuted to New York City weekly to work in finance on Wall Street for 20 years. After the kids had grown and a bi-city lifestyle had taken its toll, Tayloe decided it was time to settle down and pursue a new venture that would keep him close to home while simultaneously giving back to the agriculture history of the surrounding land. What began as a couple blocks of grape vines planted with the sole intent to harvest and sell varietals became a full-fledged estate winery with the capacity to hold large-scale luxury weddings and bring an entirely new dining experience to Charles City and the Richmond area.
How many guests does your venue hold for an event?
We provide rentals and accommodations for up to 250 guests, but we are comfortably adaptable for up to 400 guests.
What makes your venue unique?
Upper Shirley was, at its core, built to be a wedding venue. This makes it an absolute breeze to work with from an operations standpoint, as many of the barriers in logistics and wedding execution have already been accounted for in the building’s construction. We strive to offer our wedding couples and clients an easy planning experience that uniquely caters to their individualized visions; all couples receive exclusive use of the vineyard property – we hold only one wedding at a time to ensure our clients receive an entirely intimate experience. They also have access to our premier in-house catering and we have all rentals on-site that are needed to hold a ceremony and reception for up to 250 guests, allowing them to focus more exhaustively on other aspects of their event design and putting together their perfect vendor team. We are the first estate winery to come into the Richmond, Virginia market, and we offer a breath of fresh air as a new venue to couples looking to wed in the area.
Best piece of planning advice to a new bride
Take the time to prioritize before you begin looking at venues. Sit down with your fiancé and go over the basics – what you absolutely could not picture your day without. Get a great idea of your guest count, budget, and any aspects of event design and atmosphere that are your must-haves before you start conducting venue tours. When all the venues you are considering fit within your basic constraints, you can let your gut-feeling make the final decision for you.
What’s your ideal couple like?
Our ideal couple is truly in love and imaginative – ready to build a unique and completely individualized wedding. We’re always happy to see couples with a significant tie to the area and land as well, whether Richmond is their hometown or they have an affinity for riverfront properties!
Chancey Charm Washington, DC Wedding Planner and Coordinator