The Most Beautiful Churches in Charlottesville to Wed

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Wedding party outside Christ Episcopal Church

While many Charlottesville couples choose to take their vows amid sweeping vineyard views or surrounded by the Blue Ridge mountains, there are still plenty of brides and grooms who are committed to having a church wedding. There are a number of beautiful and historic churches in Charlottesville, so to lend a hand to those couples who still haven’t decided on a place of worship for their nuptials, we’ve done a bit of research and scoured our archives for the most beautiful churches in Charlottesville at which to say “I do.”

UVA Chapel

1619 University Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903

We’d be remiss to talk about church weddings in Charlottesville without first mentioning The University of Virginia Chapel, a small Gothic Revival church built in 1885. One reason Charlottesville is such a destination wedding hotspot is because so many UVA alums want to return to C’ville to tie the knot. It’s no wonder the UVA Chapel is the natural choice for Charlottesville brides and grooms, especially since it is such an inexpensive ceremony space, costing only $350 for alumni to rent. But, be forewarned: you must book EARLY. The chapel gets so many requests for Charlottesville weddings that the university uses a lottery system to select couples who are then able to book the Chapel for their wedding ceremony. If you and your partner are selected, not only will you be privy to this gorgeous chapel, but also to the lovely Grounds of UVA for your wedding photos.

UVA Chapel

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Ceremony in UVA chapel

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Bride and father walking down the aisle of UVA Chapel

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Exchange of rings in UVA Chapel

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Couple kissing at altar of UVA Chapel

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St. Paul’s Memorial Church

1700 University Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Another beautiful church on the University of Virginia grounds, St. Paul’s Memorial Church is an Episcopalian congregation built in the early 1900s. It was designed with the intent that it be “architecturally harmonious with nearby university buildings,” and with the quintessential Jeffersonian columns, it certainly is. Located on University Avenue—or what UVA students affectionately call “The Corner”—St. Paul’s is just a stone’s throw from the University of Virginia campus and less than two miles to the bustling downtown mall.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

851 Owensville Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901

Another beautiful Episcopalian church with the name of St. Paul’s is located in Ivy and was built in the 1830s. The stained glass at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is awe-inspiring, and offers that classic look that any traditional-loving couple who wants a Charlottesville church ceremony will love.

Grace Episcopal Church

5607 Gordonsville Road
Keswick, VA 22947

Grace Episcopal Church, at its foundation, is one of six colonial churches in Virginia. Located in Keswick, Virginia—a short drive from central Charlottesville—the site of this historic church once served as a classical school Thomas Jefferson attended in 1757. Today the gothic-style building and it’s luminous stained glass windows serve as the perfect backdrop for Charlottesville weddings. FYI: Many Zola couples who tie the knot at Grace Episcopal Church choose to have their receptions at the neighboring Keswick Hall and Golf Club. Two birds, one stone.

Antique car outside of Grace Episcopal Church

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Couple at altar of Grace Episcopal Church

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Ceremony at Grace Episcopal Church

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Holy Comforter Catholic Church

208 East Jefferson Street
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902

Holy Comforter Catholic Church is Charlottesville’s First Roman Catholic Church and a no-brainer for Charlottesville brides and grooms who wish to have a traditional Catholic wedding mass. High ceilings, tall stained glass windows, and a classic altar make Holy Comforter a beautiful and accessible location for your wedding ceremony.

Birds eye view of Catholic Church

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Holy Comforter Catholic Church ceremony

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Ceremony at altar of Holy Comforter Catholic Church

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Couple kissing outside Holy Comforter Catholic Church

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Christ Episcopal Church

120 West High Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Formed in 1820, Christ Episcopal Church is Charlottesville’s first church and a perennial favorite. Both the interior and exterior of this historic church photograph incredibly well, and the large nave can comfortably accommodate more than 200 guests.

Exterior of Christ Episcopal Church

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Christ Episcopal Church ceremony

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Christ Episcopal Church

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Couple outside of Christ Episcopal Church in Charlottesville

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First Presbyterian Church

500 Park Street
Charlottesville VA 22902

We’re not sure what we like best about First Presbyterian Church: the red carpeting that makes every bride and groom look like they’re attending a Hollywood premier, the gorgeous organs above the altar, or the brick walls and white columns so typical of Charlottesville architecture. 10/10 would recommend this church for your exchange of vows. After the ceremony, step outside into First Presbyterian Church’s Memorial Garden for lovely photos amidst the blossoms and greenery.

Couple kissing at altar of First Presbyterian Church

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Couple walking down aisle in First Presbyterian Church

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Wedding party outside of First Presbyterian Church

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University Baptist Church

1123 West Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Any UVA student or C’ville local has undoubtedly passed University Baptist Church on their way to grab a bite on “The Corner” or explore the University of Virginia campus. This lovely church, located across the street from UVA Hospital, has been around since 1929 and has witnessed a number of Charlottesville weddings and community events.

The Sanctuary at the Haven

112 West Market Street                                                                                                               Charlottesville, VA 22902

Originally built as a church and eventually abandoned, The Haven is a Charlottesville landmark with one heck of a story. Thanks to the generosity of Tom Shadyac, UVA alum and renowned film director, this building underwent extensive renovations and reopened it’s doors as a homeless shelter and community outreach center in 2010. Today couples can rent the space for their nuptials where 100% of rental fees go towards supporting The Haven’s day shelter. Now that’s love, people.

The Haven in downtown Charlottesville

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Couple exiting ceremony in The Haven

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Trump Winery Chapel

Still set on a traditional religious ceremony, but want to indulge in those gorgeous Virginia vineyards? The Trump Winery Chapel is the best of both worlds. This small house of worship may not be best for large weddings, but we love the idea of intimate “I do”s in this chapel. Of course you won’t have to go far for a reception at Trump Winery where you and your loved ones can enjoy local wine and those breathtaking mountain views.

Chapel at Trump Winery

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Father and bride walking down aisle at Trump Winery Chapel

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Couple at altar in Trump Winery Chapel

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Couple kissing at altar of Trump Winery Chapel

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While we’ve just given you a small sample of Charlottesville churches, there are plenty of spectacular places of worship in C’ville for your wedding ceremony. If you remember that there’s no such thing as booking too early, you’ll have smooth sailing down that aisle, no matter which one you choose.

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