Silver Fox Lavender Farm

Nellysford, VA
3
Wedding
Weddings
Verified Venue

Fairytale Virginia Serenity

When Suzi and Steve Groves came across what is now Silver Fox Lavender Farm, it was an undeveloped overgrown plot of land on a gravel road just off Highway 151. The retirees loved taking relaxing drives around the Rockfish Valley, soaking in blissful bucolic scenes and discovering local nooks. After noticing For Sale signs on the property, the Fredericksburg couple decided to purchase it in 2012 as a bed and breakfast retirement project, building a post and beam barn and planting lavender in 2015. Friends and family would visit, commenting on how lovely the farm would be for weddings. So, Suzi connected with locals in the weddings industry, hired a site manager, marketing manager and bookkeeper and launched the coveted event venue.
 
In its inaugural year in 2021, Silver Fox Lavender Farm hosted eight weddings — a number that soared to 18 the following year and continues to climb.
 
“It has really bloomed beyond our imaginations,” says Suzi, a former stay-at-home mom and substitute teacher. “I wasn’t even thinking about weddings when we bought this property. But it’s just so serene and private, couples love it.”
 
The treasured 13-acre venue stretches out in a 2,700-square-foot French-style country event barn offering indoor-outdoor space, a full catering kitchen, bridal suite loft, bathroom and extended covered outdoor reception porch. Fragrant lavender fields wave in the breeze backdropped by the Blue Ridge Mountains, with a creek and reflective pond adding to the countryside energy.
 
The venue and farm is nestled in historic Nellysford just 30 miles southwest of Charlottesville in the lush, mountainous Rockfish Valley. Couples adore the rustic, open-ended canvas, ready to decorate to their tastes and style. Suzi has seen everything from mermaid décor to a cigar bar to a free-flowing dance floor in the grass.
 
Couples share their I-do’s among the venue’s two outdoor ceremony spaces, the Mountain View and the popular Pond with a Mountain View. Tunnels of blossoming white and pink crape myrtles and towering evergreens set an enchanting tone. Receptions buzz inside the poplar and eastern white pine barn for a knotty rustic aesthetic with iron chandeliers and a stone fireplace (hand-carved by Steve), alongside hand-built tables, bars and a selection of antiques.
 
Wedding weekend packages allow couples and vendors to arrive Friday afternoon, set up early, host a welcome dinner and return for a Saturday wedding celebration and Sunday teardown. The lavender farm’s bounty appears in fresh-cut centerpieces, specialty cocktail garnishes and dried lavender buds tossed in ceremony joy.
 
“We attend all of the weddings. We’re behind the scenes working,” Suzi says. “And it brings a tear to our eyes. Every time.”

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VENUE TYPE
Farms, Barns & Ranches
CEREMONY SETTING
Outdoor
GUEST CAPACITY
150
PRICE LEVEL
Premium

Real talk with Silver Fox Lavender Farm owner Suzi Groves

It’s just a happy happy place. A place where there’s so much joy. Anytime you can be with friends and family and celebrate love and be happy — well, that’s what life is all about.

30
WEDDINGS PER YEAR
2
YEARS IN BIZ
2,700 sq.ft
Barn Space
13
Farm Acreage

What makes a Silver Fox wedding special?

It’s a very intimate homey vibe. It’s not cold or too large; it’s welcoming and hospitable. Smaller weddings are really special, romantic, and intimate here.

Silver Fox must-do…

is a golden hour shoot against the lavender field, beneath the tunnels, with the pond reflecting.

The best part is…

For me, it’s all about love. That’s been the best part of it. Steve and I seeing these people share their love and getting married on our property. It’s a place that they’ll remember forever as their place.

Silver Fox couples are seeking…

mountain views and a special small intimate country atmosphere.

Favorite special wedding moment...

is the vows, and the couple exiting the ceremony site. We get to see them hug and kiss each other on the way out. Seeing them right after they’re married and the joy on their faces is the best part.

The Location

Setting

Silver Fox Lavender Farm is a French-style country event barn located in historic Nellysford just 30 miles southwest of Charlottesville, set on a lavender farm in the lush mountainous Rockfish Valley.

Things To Do

Charlottesville is home to thriving orchards, farms, and more than 40 wineries that inspire unforgettable restaurant experiences. Hiking in Shenandoah National Park, renowned river kayaking, and championship golf offer thrills while a celebrated theater and local live music scene entertain. Our stages are well stocked with highly coveted acts. In fact, Charlottesville is where Dave Matthews Band and Coran Capshaw's Red Light Management — the largest independent music management company in the world — got their start. For a taste of history, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, James Madison’s Montpelier, and James Monroe’s Highland offer guided glimpses into the Founding Fathers’ legacies.

Proximity

39 mi to Charlottesville–Albemarle Airport
35 mi to Downtown Mall
35 mi to Monticello
30 mi to UVA
18 mi to Shenandoah National Park

877 Glenthorne Loop, Nellysford, VA 22958

The Details

Amenities & Services

  • Spacious event barn with rustic wooden interior, iron chandeliers and a hand-carved gas fireplace
  • Hand-crafted farm tables, wooden chairs, ceremony arches and antique furniture
  • Fresh-cut lavender buds for craft cocktails, ceremony tossing and centerpiece decor

By the Numbers

  • 11,000 square feet of indoor barn event space
  • 150 seated guest capacity for indoor/outdoor reception
  • 150 seated guest capacity for the ceremony site

Make it Yours

  • Cut fresh lavender to mix into specialty gin Bees Knees cocktails
  • Design a countryside photo shoot around the reflective pond and rolling green mountainsides
  • Host an open-air reception that flows from the barn out onto the covered porch

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