The Gardens at Serenity Cove offer the natural elements that make an outdoor wedding a truly unforgettable occasion, yet the economy of a garden wedding at Serenity Cove is remarkable. A three-tiered waterfall cascades into a natural stream, which meanders through a hardwood forest on its way to the peaceful beauty of a small lake. Surrounded by stately hardwoods, the lake provides the backdrop for the three garden wedding venues on the eight acre site. Intimate garden weddings at Serenity Cove can be experienced in the Woodland Garden, the Lakeside Venue or the more Formal Gardens-Lawns. All three garden venues incorporate the stream, the lake and nature’s bounty of native trees and plants; complemented by the floral landscape designed by Master Gardner and Garden Owner, Pat Carrier. Rapidly becoming one of the premier outdoor garden venues in central Virginia, the Gardens are easily accessible off of Interstate 64, approximately halfway between Richmond and Charlottesville. The Gardens at Serenity Cove perfectly blend native plant-life with stream, lake, water features and an abundance of both annual and perennial flowers into the natural woodland. Azalea, Rhododendron, four varieties of Fern, Laurel, High Bush Blueberry; all native to the Central Virginia foothills, thrive under the Woodland Garden’s green canopy of Popular, Oak, Hickory, Beech, Holly and Sycamore. The Lakeside Venue combines a stately slate bridle path, wending its way under the forest canopy to the beauty and peace of the forested lake shoreline. The Formal Gardens-Lawns, still featuring the lake as a prominent backdrop, surround the bridal party and their guests with a riot of color and texture. As a full-service venue, the Gardens at Serenity Cove offer a skilled catering staff, and a talented florist among its long list of options. But whether it is a simple ceremony or a luxurious fete, our couples and their guests experience the peace and serenity of a garden wedding in a natural setting. Avoiding the pitfalls of package pricing, the very professional staff at Serenity Cove customizes each garden wedding so as to make the outdoor wedding experience affordable under almost any budget.Understanding the value, as well as a scarcity, of a true natural outdoor wedding venue, Pat Carrier has taken great care to preserve the natural beauty, while enhancing it with complementary flowers and vegetation. Carefully tailored pathways and simple bridges do not compete for attention with the Gardens or the woodlands, but provide a subtle nudge and direction into this outdoor wedding experience.