I'm Rachel, a formally trained fine art wedding, portrait, and senior photographer based in Virginia and throughout the East Coast.
I serve clients wanting timeless and joy-filled images to cherish and pass down for generations to come.
A fine art Wedding & Portrait Photographer
Cross Keys Barn, tucked away in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, is a magical venue. You’ll feel like you just stepped into another world when you walk through the gorgeous sliding barn doors. There’s so much this venue has to offer, from views to amenities and more. I promise, you’re gonna love this venue! A convenient feature to mention is that it’s just minutes from Harrisonburg, VA. This makes it the perfect location, tucked away in the country but just a breath away from city life. The rustic barn is beautifully restored and full of amenities. Not to mention, it has the perfect view of local scenery like Massanutten Peak. It sounds too good to be true, right? This beautiful venue has so much to offer, so let’s check it out!
One of my favorite aspects of the Shenandoah Valley is all the beautiful greenery. Few venues get a better view than Cross Keys Barn! This venue is located off of scenic Port Republic road, meaning there’s few buildings and businesses around. It’s private and leaves room for amazing views! The highlight of this view is Massanutten Peak.
How romantic is it to be married right in front of this elegant backdrop?! This mountain view will look extra special with fall foliage, but it stands out regardless of the season. Even better, when your guests turn around they’ll see the gorgeous renovated barn. This barn has been fully decked out with modern amenities, while still maintaining that classic look. It’s over 100 years old with hand-cut beams, so it’s a real piece of history. One of the best parts is the wide sliding doors adorning the front of the building. They open to incorporate the beautiful outdoors into the indoor portion of your wedding! With scenery like this, your day will feel extra special.
I mean it when I said they decked this old barn out with modern amenities! First of all, it’s full of gorgeous, soft string lighting. From the ceiling to the beams, these lights make the room have an extra romantic ambiance. They also have a large outdoor deck to enjoy more of the beautiful scenery. In addition, they have added spacious rooms for the bride’s party and groom’s party to get ready. The Bridal suite comes with mirrors, counter tops, and multiple plug-ins. It also has an adjoining bathroom and an area with couches and comfortable seating! The Groom’s suite includes a large window overlooking the ceremony area, as well as comfortable seating for the party.
On the outdoor lower level, there’s a cocktail area with a cozy fire pit. The area is fully covered, so it’s a great spot to utilize if the weather isn’t cooperating. They also include a spacious area for caterers, as well as several decorations and pieces of furniture to use, included in your rental. This barn is perfectly modern, but keeps plenty of rustic charm!
As I said before, this barn is in the perfect location with beautiful scenery. Of course, this means there’s photo opportunities around every corner! Take classic photos in front of the large barn doors, or somewhere along the side of the building. The barn will look adorable in photos! The beautiful field behind the barn is another perfect location, especially with Massanutten Peak as the backdrop. The interior of the barn is perfect as well. Just envision the photos of you eating, drinking, and dancing along with your guests! The cocktail area is another romantic spot, especially with the classy gray brick wall. Plus you can’t forget, the Bridal suite and Groom’s suite both provide the perfect location to take photos while getting readyNo matter where you go, you’ll find plenty of photo opportunities at this venue.
Cross Keys Barn is truly in the perfect location. This part of the Shenandoah Valley is secluded and private, so don’t worry about any unwanted guests and onlookers. Despite being in a quiet, rural area, you’re still just minutes from town! Closest to this venue is the city of Harrisonburg. There are plenty of beautiful inns and hotels here for you and your guests to stay in. In town there are plenty of food options, as well as lots of different shopping and entertainment. There are many local wineries near town as well. In fact, White Oak Lavender Farm, and Cross Keys Vineyard are both right down the road! You and your guests will have plenty to do before and after the wedding!
I hope you love this gorgeous venue just as much as I do! Cross Keys Barn provides more information here, so contact them about a tour! While your at it, I’m a local Harrisonburg photographer, so make sure to talk to me about capturing your special day!
Check out more of my blogs on the best venues of Harrisonburg and surrounding areas!