West Virginia is, to put it simply, a slice of rural American paradise and a perfect location for your wedding.
The natural scenery rooted within the state’s borders is, truly, a wonder to behold.
The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is famous for its dense forests, and the landmark New River Gorge Bridge that crosses over its namesake river. This iconic structure is a firm favourite amongst visitors. Its arch is 1,700 feet long, making it the fifth longest bridge arch in the world. Being positioned a staggering 876 feet above the waters of the New River, this is also one of the world’s highest vehicular bridges.
In fact, some daring thrillseekers take part in West Virginia’s annual Bridge Day. On this day - yep, you guessed it - hundreds of experienced bridge jumpers climb up the bridge, or leap from the top into the New River.
The magnificent Appalachian Mountains are another unmissable West Virginia experience. Visitors can take the Appalachian Trail to explore the ‘Mountain State’ at its best. If you're looking for a mountain-top elopement or intimate ceremony, where better than in West Virginia?
You can also visit the charming small town of Harpers Ferry, which is situated right on this famous hiking trail. This quaint location provides a glimpse back into the country’s historical architecture, and a picture-perfect experience of rural America.
While you’re there, you simply have to head up to Maryland Heights - with its panoramic views of land, sky and water, it feels as though you’re gazing out across a totally untouched landscape.
The cities of West Virginia are just as much a hit with the tourists as its quaint towns. Charleston, West Virginia’s capital, is home to the gold-topped State Capitol building, and a range of impressive museums and galleries, including the West Virginia State Museum and The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences. And, as you’d expect from West Virginia, this elegant city is filled with trees and lush green spaces, with numerous wedding venues to suit almost all tastes.