After my husband proposed before Thanksgiving 2016, we had a long car ride to my family in NJ to decide where we wanted to tie the knot. We tossed around ideas of touring various churches & venues in NJ, PA, GA, SC, & VA. Blame it on being architects, what it all came down to was selecting a place that embodied a modern aesthetic with southern charm. When we decided to stay in VA, Upper Shirley Vineyards stole our hearts as soon as we drove down their cotton lined dusty roads. We went for a tour and absolutely loved the venue - but what sold it for us was the wine tasting. Not only is the wine some of the best we've tasted in VA, but Tayloe was extremely hospitable during it as he described his part in designing the vineyard and his passion for making Upper Shirley Vineyards one of the best on the east coast. The vineyard is situated on the James River with long yet wide decks perfect for sipping your favorite glass of wine & relaxing. The building is reminiscent of a modern SC farmhouse (with deck ceilings that are painted blue), mixed with a dash of colonial Virginia making it the perfect winery venue. Our guests still give us compliments from our April 2018 wedding and said USV was one of the most beautiful venues they've ever been to. The excellent wine, delicious food options, breathtaking views, and ease of working with the staff truly made having USV as our venue the highlight of our wedding!
-Courtney Mack, Bride
We celebrated my daughter's wedding at Upper Shirley Vineyards on June 9, 2018 and had the experience of a lifetime - everything was fantastic. Tayloe, Chef Carlisle, Catherine Cristman and every single staff member did an exceptional job! Our friends and family were overwhelmed by the vineyards beauty, and the helpfulness and efficiency of the staff. Could not have experienced a better wedding for my daughter and son-in-law! Thank you so much!
-Michele Grossenbaugh, Mother of the Bride
Upper Shirley was perfect! We got married in May and from start to finish working with Catherine and the Upper Shirley staff was so easy and fun! The venue itself is beautiful and fits a night southern outdoor/ indoor experience on the water which fit mine and my husbands upbringing. Everyone was accommodating to our needs and desires to personalize our day! From menu changes, added items and unexpected rain plans our wedding was seamless! We could not have had a better staff or experience!
-Blair Evans, Bride
My husband Jim and I have just returned from our honeymoon and upon reflection we wanted to thank Catherine for her help along the way in planning our wedding. We also send our warmest regards to Carlisle, Tayloe and the USV team. USV was literally the first place Jim ever visited in Virginia (even before stopping by my parents house); it's the location where we gathered with family the day after our engagement along the James and finally it is the place that will forever hold a special spot in our hearts after committing our lives to one another last weekend.
-Meghan Bunchman, Bride
Upper Shirley Vineyard was a beautiful place to host our daughter’s wedding. The bridal suite and the grooms den were the perfect places for the wedding party to get ready and relax before the ceremony started. Their wedding ceremony was held outside on the patio, underneath a tent. The cocktail party was on the back patio and in the tasting room. The 200 quests easily moved from the cocktail hour into the beautifully decorated banquet room. There were many great places on the grounds to take wedding photos; our daughter and her husbands favorite spot was out back by the James River.
Best of all was the delicious appetizers during the cocktail hour and the food stations during the reception, and of course the wine.
The staff at USV was very helpful and professional, Catherine was very instrumental in helping to create the perfect wedding experience that our daughter and her husband had envisioned. USV is a beautiful venue, and I highly recommend this venue to anyone looking for the perfect wedding venue.
-Darcy McClellan, Mother of the Bride
Upper Shirley is simply the best wedding venue in Richmond! After visiting and researching A TON of venues in the area, we were so blown away by the beautiful grounds, professional staff, top-notch amenities, and delicious food and wine that Upper Shirley offered. There was just no comparison and our final venue choice was an easy one. Even though Upper Shirley is a newer venue, their team was knowledgeable and more than capable of handling our large wedding. Throughout the planning process, their on-staff event coordinator was super helpful, had great insight and suggestions, and was very responsive to all of our questions. Catherine, you're a rock-star and are so thankful that you were there for us! Our wedding day was absolutely flawless - if there were any issues, we (and our guests) were blissfully unaware. Me and the girls spent most of the day in the bridal suite getting ready, and let me tell you, that place is so beautiful and calming, and we had a dedicated staff member checking on us throughout the day, bringing us food and drinks and making sure we were taken care of. The event spaces and the lawn with the river backdrop are so impressive, and make for beautiful wedding photos (and video!). Our guests could not stop commenting on how friendly and helpful the staff was, and they definitely made us feel special. The food and wine were so delicious - we can't wait to go back and enjoy a meal at the restaurant to relive our reception. Upper Shirley helped make the wedding of our dreams come true, and we cannot recommend this place enough!!
-Cassandra Ratti, Bride
Upper Shirley and its staff did a wonderful job hosting our daughter's wedding. I don't know how many of my friends commented on the food; it was truly amazing! From beginning to end, everything was perfect. I would highly recommend this venue for anyone planning their wedding!
-Lisa O'hara, Mother of the Bride
Our daughter's wedding at Upper Shirley Vineyards was everything she dreamed of. The venue was beautiful, the food was delicious; from the appetizers to salad to the main courses and late night snacks of French fries and mini pizzas, everyone commented on the food and how wonderful it was, the wine was awesome. Several guests bought some bottles to take home. We had 180 guests for dinner, dancing and a good time was had by all. The entire day was extraordinary!
-Susan Burnette, Mother of the Bride
I can't imagine a more perfect setting and beautiful wedding day than what we experienced recently at Upper Shirley Vineyards for our daughter's wedding. From the very beginning we decided on USV after looking at multiple other venue possibilities in VA and beyond. The response to our inquiry was most positive and the presentation impressive, including the price. We were thrilled with the end result. The ceremony held on the lawn overlooking the James River was majestic. The cocktail hour on the patio, and the reception in the ballroom, on the porch and in the tent allowed 200 guests to enjoy fabulous food and dancing, quiet gatherings and beautiful views throughout the evening. Many comments were made to us about the quality of the food, the attentiveness of the staff, and the beautiful facility and environment. Kudos to the owner of USV and hats off and many thanks to the Chef, the event coordinator and to the entire USV team!
-Leslie Wyatt, Mother of the Bride
Simply amazing. My husband and I got married at Upper Shirley on 9/30 and USV provided us with the most magical night of our lives. I mean it when I say I have been reliving the evening every day since. I don't even know where to start- the views, the staff, the service, the food, the wine- it was all more than we could dream of. Despite a large wedding with MANY moving parts, the USV staff made the planning process seamless. They were remarkably accommodating and worked so well with all of our vendors. I mean it when I say there is not a thing I would change about our experience. We are so thankful for USV and the staff that made our night so unforgettable.
-Annie Hazelgrove, Bride
Cannot say enough about the team at Upper Shirley--Catherine, Ari-Ahna, Tayloe, Carlisle, the whole crew! We had an absolutely perfect day on 10/21. We had full attention from the team throughout the planning journey to the wedding day. They were making sure my husband and I had everything we needed--and the owner even made sure we had full plates ready for us so we could enjoy the delicious food. The attention to detail and assistance from the entire team made it a seamless day. From getting ready in the bridal suite to taking photos in the vineyards to the beautiful set up and sunset to the delicious food---it was the best night of our lives! We are so grateful to USV for helping make our wedding dreams come true. Our guests could not stop talking about the venue, the flow, the views and the food. I'm so glad Upper Shirley was the place to kick off our marriage. We cannot wait to return year after year and relive our magical night.
-Katherine Sheehan, Bride
We were the first wedding to ever book USV. We did this based solely on meeting Carlisle and Tayloe. While the venue was gorgeous, it was the kindness and love that these men showed us that gave us the confidence to book. They both helped create our New Jersey/Southern destination wedding. Our guests were blown away by the venue, the service, and the food. Would highly recommend this venue!
-Robin Radeloff, Mother of the Bride