Vendor Review - Jasmine Plantation

Back in November, Just Dandy Events coordinated a wedding at Jasmine Plantation in Providence Forge.  If you read my previous post about that wedding, you know how incredibly impressed I was with this historic venue.  I asked the folks in charge to answer a few questions regarding their property so that I could feature them on my blog to help all of you learn a bit more about this great spot.  Enjoy!

Tell us about your business!
We are a historic plantation and premier wedding venue located between Richmond and Williamsburg.  Residing on 40 acres, our plantation is a serene and beautiful wedding destination where you can celebrate with your friends and family for the weekend.  We are a family-run business and pride ourselves on providing a unique and memorable experience for our guests.

How long have you been operating?
We (Don & Eileen Smith) purchased Jasmine in 2005 when we moved here from Bucks County, Pennsylvania while our two sons were attending the College of William & Mary.  At that time, Jasmine was primarily a B&B, but the previous owners had booked one wedding before they left that we inherited when we moved here!  After experiencing how much fun the wedding business was, we made extensive improvements to the grounds and turned Jasmine into the beautiful wedding venue that it is today.  Nine years later, we still love our work and are just as involved in the business as ever.

Describe the most memorable event you've hosted. 
We have certainly experienced some very memorable events over the years, but two years ago we did host a wedding that we will always remember.  One of our brides and her mother toured and booked Jasmine as their venue, but a few months prior to the wedding day, the bride's mother passed away.  One of the reasons they liked Jasmine so much was because of all the dragonflies here, which were favorites of both the bride and her mom.  The morning after the wedding, the bride's father relayed to us that his wife had left signs of her presence at the wedding and that they all had seen one lone dragonfly perched on top of the sundial at the ceremony site where it had waited and watched the entire ceremony.  Unbeknownst to them, our son Ashton was taking pictures of the ceremony that day and had noticed this dragonfly and captured a beautiful picture of it.  When he gave the picture to the bride, she was so touched and grateful at the though of her mother's spirit watching over her on her wedding day.  It's moments like those that make us feel blessed to own and run such a rewarding business.

If you could give a client any advice about picking a wedding venue, what would it be?
Find out what's included in your potential venue before you book!  It can be tempting to book a venue with a lower price, and it's only when you start reading the fine print that you realize there's an additional cost to rent chairs, tables, a reception tent, overnight rooms, bring in outside vendors, etc.  Those things can add up quickly and turn your cost-effective venue into a budget-breaking mess!  We pride ourselves on being an inclusive venue that provides all of the above, does all of your set-up, take-down and clean-up, and also allows any outside vendors of your choosing.  Wherever you decide to have your wedding, make sure they can really give you everything you want for your special day.

For more information about our weddings, please contact us at or (804) 966-9836.  Or visit our website at  We look forward to hearing from you!

Alison & Jarrell

I met Alison & Jarrell through a mutual friend…namely my best friend.  The first time we met up to talk about their wedding, I immediately adored them.  They are such a fun couple.  They're incredible parents to their adorable little boy, Lennon {how freaking precious is that name?!}.  And I could tell as soon as I met them just how much they really love each other.  I was so excited to be included in their wedding planning and couldn't wait to see it all play out.

They were married November 23rd at the historic Jasmine Plantation in Providence Forge.  Let me just pause and say this: If you're looking for an outdoor venue that ticks all the boxes on your list of must-haves....CHECK THIS PLACE OUT.  Not only is it absolutely beautiful and different....but the grounds are so wonderfully maintained.  You can tell that it is a historic property, but it doesn't show its age.  It has been LOVED by its owners.  No sagging roof, no peeling paint.  This venue just seeps class and beauty.  And the owners are THE nicest and most helpful people I’ve ever met.  Seriously.  The Smiths go above and beyond to make sure that everyone feels right at home and welcomed.  It's incredible.

Ok, back to the wedding.  A few of my favorite highlights:  1. The mix of the roaring 20’s feel with some rustic elements.  2. This couple was after my heart when they explained their twist on the usual unity portion of the ceremony. They had a really pretty wooden box that contained two shot glasses and {drum roll please} a bottle of moonshine.  Yup, that’s right…during their ceremony, they took shots of moonshine together.  I seriously have THE coolest couples ever.  3. In the middle of their first dance, their one year old walked right out and joined them on the dance floor.  As if seeing a couple’s love for each other isn’t moving enough, seeing their overwhelming love for their little boy was just incredible.  There literally wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the day, courtesy of Roberto Westbrook Photography. Check him out!

Another perk of this wedding? I was also lucky enough once again to work with Mobile Pig-Nic.  Their food is ridiculously delicious, but they’re so much more than just caterers.  Their staff is made up of the friendliest, most helpful people I think I’ve ever met.  I can’t help but recommend them to everyone I encounter.

Congratulations once again to Alison & Jarrell, along with Lennon and the rest of their families.  The wedding was incredibly beautiful and I wish you all the very best!

Outdoor Wedding Venues

Couples in the Hampton Roads area are so fortunate to have such a full plate of options when it comes to choosing their wedding venue.  Here's a little bit of information about a few outdoor venues in the area that I'm particularly fond of.

Norfolk Botanical Gardens

The Norfolk Botanical Gardens is a Virginia Historic Landmark.  It's a non-profit showcasing some of the most historic gardens in the region.  The museum spans 155 acres including 40 themed gardens, 95 species of birds, and 30 kinds of butterflies.

Hermitage Museum & Gardens

Also located in Norfolk is the Hermitage Museum is twelve acres of formal gardens surrounded by natural woodlands and wetlands.  The focal point of the property would be the early 20th century historic house that now serves as a museum showcasing a world-wide art collection.

Founder's Inn

The Founder's Inn & Spa in Virginia Beach boasts southern elegance for outdoor weddings.  The Inn offered both lake and garden views for wedding ceremonies and some of the best catering in the area.

Planter's Club

The Planter's Club in Suffolk is located on the beautiful Nansemond River.  The acres of waterfront property offer plenty of views for an outdoor ceremony and a banquet space inside the main building for a reception accommodating up to 144 people.

Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club

The Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club offers waterfront and golf course spaces for wedding ceremonies and receptions.