Nova Wedding Style has a special love for Old Town, Alexandria, so we couldn’t possibly miss the chance to share a set of photos with two of our favorite Old Town spots. Giselle and Franco’s engagement shoot with Victoria Neill begins at Carlyle House, proceeding through the lovely back garden, and then moves on to Market Square, with shots of the fountain and American flags in the background.
Carlyle House was built by John Carlyle, a Scottish merchant and a founder of Alexandria, in 1753. It is known as a unique example of Palladian architecture in the city, and stands out among Old Town’s many historic buildings. Today it is owned by Nova Parks and is available for weddings and other event rentals.
John Carlyle was married to Sarah Fairfax, whose ancestor was Thomas Fairfax, for whom Fairfax County was named. The home was a center of political life from the Revolution until after the Civil War, and today operates as a museum and is open to the public.
Behind the house is a small garden with an abundance of flowering plants in the spring and summer months.
A permit from Nova Parks is required for photographs on the grounds, at a very reasonable $25.
The property can be rented for weddings, and the pagoda in the garden is often used as a ceremony spot. The garden has a seating capacity of 65, and groups of up to 100 can be accommodated on the front lawn.
After completing their photos at Carlyle House, the couple take a short walk to Market square.
Market Square is Old Town’s most iconic location. George Washington once drilled his troops in the square.
Photographer: Victoria Neill Photography
Old Town Locations:
Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria VA 22314
Market Square, 300 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314