An eloping couple embraces on a dock at the inn at Tabb's Creek along the Chesapeake Bay.

Intimate Waterfront Elopement At The Inn At Tabb’s Creek

The east coast of Virginia, along the Chesapeake Bay, is an absolute goldmine of gorgeous, secluded, waterfront outdoor wedding venues.

An Elopement Story

Alice and Nick, a pair of talented actors and positively charming people, chose to have their intimate elopement at the Inn at Tabb’s Creek, an adorable bed and breakfast in Port Haywood, Virginia

The day was overcast and grey, but their wedding was anything but. From Nick’s tailored forest green suit to Alice’s killer oxblood heels and jewel-toned bouquet, their wedding ceremony was lush and colorful. Not to mention, a real tearjerker! 

Their small collection of guests made up of just their closest friends and family congregated on the gorgeous back lawn of the Inn, just steps away from the Chesapeake Bay, for a quiet and emotion-filled ceremony, led by one of the couple’s very best friends. 

Following the beautiful elopement ceremony, everyone gathered on the porch while Lori and Greg, the hosts at the Inn at Tabb’s Creek, put the finishing touches on the couple’s reception dinner –  a fabulous low country boil, including a vegan version for us veggies in the group! 

Spread out at picnic tables on the back lawn of the inn, Nick and Alice got to spend quality time with their guests and enjoy a meal together as the sun went down. 

After sunset, once everyone had had their fill, the group gathered around the firepit at the edge of the bay to tell stories and exchange toasts. A perfect ending to a lovely, relaxed, and perfectly intimate wedding day. 

Why a Waterfront Wedding Venue Like the Inn at Tabb’s Creek in Virginia Might Be The Perfect Choice For Your Elopement Day

Virginia is full of great outdoor wedding venues, from traditional options like wineries and country clubs, to botanical gardens, mountaintop cabins, and quaint B&Bs. 

If your vision for your wedding day is low-fuss, low-stress, beautiful and intimate, where you can really spend quality time with your guests while relaxing and taking in some beautiful scenery, the Inn at Tabb’s Creek should definitely be on your list of virginia waterfront venues to check out!

You can even make a long weekend of it, with accommodations for you and your guests and lots of exploring to do nearby. 

Another great consideration is the relatively close proximity to more populated areas like Hampton and Richmond, which are ripe with talented wedding vendors who would happily travel out to the bay for your wedding day. 

Check out this list of the best Richmond wedding vendors for your elopement.

The Richmond International Airport is under 2 hours away by car, which means that even your farthest flung loved ones can be there for your wedding day without much hassle. 

About The Inn at Tabb’s Creek

The Inn at Tabb’s Creek is located in Port Haywood, Virginia, along the Chesapeake Bay. It’s a highly-rated, family-run bed and breakfast and small outdoor wedding venue. 

What To Do In The Area During Your Wedding Weekend At The Inn at Tabb’s Creek

  • The inn is located only a few minutes from the Bethel Beach Nature Preserve, which is a must-visit destination for your weekend getaway. Unspoiled beaches like Bethel Beach are increasingly rare, and a walk down the peaceful shoreline is a perfect way to end your wedding day.

  • If you’re looking for even more excitement, the Inn at Tabb’s Creek is only a couple of hours from the buzz and nightlife of Virginia Beach

Meet The Author

Leah is an elopement photographer and Virginia native. She is an expert on the amazing outdoor spaces of Virginia and helps couples incorporate the natural beauty of the state into their special days.

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  1. Absolutely love this intimate elopement! You nailed it!!

  2. Wow, Chesapeake Bay looks lovely, your pictures are stunning. The bride + doggie shot is so cute. Great job Leah.

  3. Looks like a wonderful place to elope to! And you’ve done a fab job of showcasing all the amazing reasons to marry here – love the photos!

  4. This venue is so adorable! I’m obsessed with your tones! Amazing job 🙂

  5. This looks like a romantic movie!!! 😍😍😍

  6. Such a romantic looking venue and gorgeous photos!!!

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