Here are a few reviews to give you an even better idea of what we are all about...
I can not say enough wonderful things about The Farm Retreat at Willow Creek! Our wedding was on 10/5/2019. This is such a beautiful place. The ceremony location and their gorgeous pond drew me in, but Paula and Carl (and I can't forget Lucy!!!) won me over! They are some of the most kind people I have met. They set up the chairs for our ceremony, they helped us set up the tables and chairs for our dinner, and when the weather was a little bit chillier than we expected Paula brought out wraps for our guests to use. I highly recommend everyone check them out! Thank you so much for everything, Paula and Carl (and Lucy!)
I can't say enough good things about Paula and The Farm Retreat. Paula was so professional, kind, a great communicator and enthusiastically supported our wedding theme. We had a Harry Potter wedding and she surprised us by hanging themed banners outside of the bridal suite, grooms shack and pavilion aka Great Hall. The bridal suite was a fantastic space and large in size. I had 13 people in my bridal party, and we were all able to get ready in the space. The grooms party also loved their shack. There is no shortage of places to take pictures. I wish we could have taken more. Unfortunately the temp dropped dramatically on our wedding day but Paula was ready with a fire in the pavilion, blankets for guests and the with the weather walls we were able to stay warm.
If you are looking for the perfect space to get married, you should look no further then here.
Ashley F., VA
I honestly can’t say enough great things about The Farm Retreat at Willow Creek! It was the first and last venue we visited when planning our wedding, the rustic charm and reasonable price was just perfect for us. Paula and Carl were so accommodating and helpful in putting our vision to life. Our day was calling for an 80% chance of rain and they were great at preparing a back up plan which luckily was not needed. Our guests had a great time and were so impressed with the beautiful grounds. Paula and Carl have honestly thought of everything between the bride and groom’s getting ready sites, the ceremony arbor, the raised dance floor, and the large pavilion, as well as the large list of additional rentals they provide including a large bonfire. I would highly recommend them for any wedding or event.
Clayton F., VA
I cannot recommend Willow Creek enough. Rolling hills, green fields, a creek running to a quiet pond and all tucked away in the beautiful woods of Culpeper County. A covered pavilion provided the perfect area for our reception creating an open, yet elegantly styled party. A separate dance floor with space for the DJ was perfectly sized and sturdy (trust me we, we tested the hell out of it!) location for everybody to let loose and get down.
Paula and Carl Stafford (the owners) we're a huge help throughout the entire process, especially on the day of the wedding. Paula's experience in theatre really shined when staging the reception area and she and her husband were always on call to help with anything and everything throughout the night. They were professional, extremely flexible and honestly a complete joy to work with. My wife and I enjoyed every interaction with these wonderful people and truly felt we were in good hands the entire time.
If you are looking for a country wedding that's rustic but stylish, elegant but comfortable then I highly HIGHLY recommend Willow Creek. You won't regret it.
Lynette and Robert W., VA
"While searching online for venues in my area, The Farm Retreat popped up in my google search. I went on their website and was instantly intrigued. I set up a date to take a tour which was very easy to do. Paula was responsive and flexible. I fell in love with this place and didn't even go look at another venue. My heart was set. Everything was so laid back and relaxing. The property is beautiful and had everything we would have imagined. Beautiful trees & Scenery, a pond with a lovely fountain, COWS ( I love animals). The seating area on the dock lit up at night is to die for!!! Paula was great to work with and she made sure everything went smooth on our special day. If you love the outdoors and love nature, you will fall in love too! Our family & friends still talk about how this was the best wedding they had been too! "
Katie and Todd., VA
Working with Paula and Carl were the best part of our wedding planning process. This was the first venue we visited and knew as soon as we met Paula and Carl and saw their beautiful property, we just KNEW this was where we wanted to get married. From the date we visited to the date of our wedding was a year and a half. As you can imagine, I had a ton of questions as the planning process was happening and Paula was the best and so quick to respond. Even up to the week of, I was emailing/calling to make sure I knew everything I needed to know. On the day of, Paula and Carl were WONDERFUL! They made everything so easy and so stress free. I honestly cannot remember a single problem that went wrong that day, and they were pivotal to that success. Easily the nicest most accommodating couple you could ever meet, and you can just tell this is a passion for them. The property is absolutely stunning, and guests and family could not stop complimenting on how much they loved it!! If you are looking for a gorgeous, stress free location for your wedding, look no further!!
Debbie Beach C., FL
My daughter Katelyn and her now husband Todd, chose this venue for their wedding on Oct 21st, 2017. I must say that Paula and Carl (owners) were so supportive and just truly lovely people. The farm is gorgeous and so very accommodating. We didn't want for a thing. One of the best parts is that we were able to decorate the pavilion the day before and boy, did that relieve a lot of our stress because we did it all ourselves. Paula even was on her 4 wheeler to take Katelyn's great Aunt and Uncle down to the wedding because they were late and frazzled and were afraid they were going to miss the ceremony! How is that for service? You will not go wrong if you choose this beautiful heartwarming venue!!! I am so happy they did!
Claudia & Ryan O., VA
Our wedding here was beyond mine and Ryan's imagination! We were looking for a venue that met the forest elegance style we were going for and this was the perfect combination! I can't say enough amazing things about Paula & Carl. They are the sweetest people and they would give you the shirt off their backs for you to have the wedding of your dreams! My friends and family said this is the best wedding they have ever been to! I can't say thank you enough!!!
The wedding planning process could not have been easier with the Farm Retreat at Willow Creek! They were so accommodating and easy to work with! My wedding day was perfect thanks to all their hard work behind the scenes! They met with me multiple times to make sure everything was in place and aesthetically pleasing to the eye! She even called me to make sure my orders were correct when the rentals were delivered! I was so happy with how my wedding turned out. I would highly recommend this venue to other brides!
Shari L., VA
Amazing! Amazing venue! Amazing people! Our daughter's wedding was her dream come true and that is in no small part due to the Farm Retreat at Willow Creek! Paula and Carl were so great to work with! They were so helpful and their team was so efficient! The atmosphere that they have created there is a dream wedding atmosphere! Paula's vision gives everything an inspirational effect and beautiful touch. And Carl's charm and expertise bring it all together. We highly recommend the Farm Retreat At Willow Creek! Thank you, Paula & Carl for your part in making our daughter's wedding day so delightful!
Jessica R., VA
We chose this venue for our reception because we wanted a fun, outdoor venue with fishing and fire. They delivered on epic proportions. The pond was fully stocked so plenty of people caught fish, everyone loved the fireplace, fire pits and couches. And it was perfect riding in on the back of the blue pick up trucks to one of our favorite songs! When it was all said and done people were telling us it was the best wedding they had been to. Paula was top notch.
Arlene & Matthew J., VA
From our first visit here to our wedding day on 9/4/16 Paula and Carl (and even Lucy) have been the best. We fell in love with the venue and couldn't have made a better choice. Paula stayed in contact with us throughout the entire process and demonstrated so much patience toward me for something that can be a bit stressful and overwhelming for brides. I believe our day was made special not only by the love my husband and I shared with family and friends but also because of the beautiful property and character of the owners. They paid attention to the smallest of details. We couldn't imagine a better wedding or venue. Thank you so much from Matthew and Arlene!
Krystle B., VA
My wedding was on Friday (8-12-16) and It honestly couldn't have been more perfect!!!! Paula and Carl are so patient and understanding!!!! They truly made my day so incredibly special and I will NEVER forget my special day and jow beautiful eveeything turned out to be!!! TFRAWC is one of the most breathtaking places to have your wedding ceremony and reception!!!! I am beyond blessed to look back and have such wonderful and remarkable memories because this place exists!!!!! Paula and Carl are such sweet people and truly care about making your day as special and as perfect as possible and I highly recommend this venue to everyone and anyone!!!!! Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for everything!!!!!! I appreciate your dedication and hard work for my wedding day!!!! Yall are the BEST!!!!!!!!
Teresa L., VA
It was such a pleasure to be a part of my baby sister's wedding at The Farm Retreat at Willow Creek. Paula and Carl made the process simple and relaxed from the beginning! The beautiful surroundings, and professional service made Chelsea's wedding seamless! As the coordinator, they were so accomodating! Carl even moved my truck for me as guests were arriving, and I was busy wrangling the wedding party for the entrance! That was sooo appreciated! Thank you both (and your team) so much! We had a spectacular day! You will ♥ having your wedding here!
Amy K., VA
We had our wedding here and it was absolutely beautiful! Paula and Carl are the absolute best!! If you are looking for a quaint serene spot with several reception options and a beautiful ceremony spot, look no further. The rooms for the bride and groom to get ready in are awesome as well! It may sound too good to be true, but you really have to see it to believe it. This was the first and only venue we checked out and it just felt right. They really make you feel right at home!
Hannah N., VA
Beautiful property and the owners are very friendly!
Cassandra J., PA
Wonderful place to have a wedding. We we're in good hands to say the least!! Thank you Paula and Carl for all you did for us today for Brooke and Seth's wedding. We felt so welcomed and comfortable. It was THE perfect place for a perfect wedding day! 😊
Jessica J., VA
We just had our wedding at The Farm Retreat at Willow Creek. I cannot say enough about the absolutely wonderful owners who were a joy to work with, their wonderful friends who help with wedding day logistics, and the most serene setting I could have imagined for our wedding. This was the first and last wedding venue we looked at. It was exactly what we were looking for! Our guests had a great time with fishing, croquet, corn hole and topped the evening off with a bonfire and s'mores under October stars. I really wanted a venue that all members of our friends and family including lots of little ones would have a great time together and this was the perfect location! Thank you Paula and Carl for working so hard to create this special wedding venue!
This beautiful wedding venue was perfect for my husband and I's wedding day. Between the beautiful country farm and the amazing owners we truly were able to have a spectacular day. Paula and Carl went above and beyond to help prepare for our big day, from factoring in the small things that we often forget about in the rush of the big day to making sure the farm is beautifully up kept and ready for the event. If I ever had any questions I could call or email and I always got a response within hours which really helped me out and made everything go smoothly. I can't say enough about how beautiful and great of an experience I had at my wedding here at Willow Creek.
Chelsea B., VA
"We chose The Farm Retreat at Willow Creek after we saw how beautiful the grounds were and met with the Stafford's. They went above and beyond to make our day special and see to it that any last minute details were handled with care. Our day turned out fabulous, it was even better than I had ever imagined. I would highly recommend this venue to anyone who is looking for a stunning outdoor venue with great people to work with."
Samantha F., VA
My husband and I loved their farm for our country chic wedding. Paula and her husband did a wonderful job of taking care of our " buggy problem". All our guest gave great comments about how pretty our wedding location was.
Jennifer T., IA
Carl and Paula are the most caring people, willing to make your experience over the top!!
Sonya Ruth Photography
Awesome Venue! Best lighting in the world! Most important factor for photographs
Faith P., VA
Loved having my wedding here! It was everything I dreamed of! Paula and her team were very helpful with organizing and planning.
Treche P., VA
I cannot say enough good things about this venue! Incredible well organized staff to help with logistics, parking, ideas etc. The property is gorgeous and makes the most beautiful backdrop for photos and lifelong memories!
Jessica B., headed to Japan
Me and my husband said "I do" here on Saturday July 11th. The venue was beautiful, the amenities were awesome, and the owners were so kind, thoughtful and helpful. Everything was perfect. The pavilion has fans and pretty lighting, they provide the tables, chairs, bathroom, trash cans, and take care of so many other details. I couldn't have picked a better venue 😍
Diane B., MD
I can't say enough about Paula and Carl and the Farm Retreat at Willow Creek!! They definitely have what it takes to be hosts on such an important occasion. They are gracious, warm and welcoming. From the first phone call to our departure from the venue after the wedding, they did everything they could to get things together and make the day perfect.
Their location in the Virginia countryside is beautiful. The venue itself offers everything you could possibly ask for if an outdoor wedding is what you want. All of our guests commented on what a beautiful place it was for the wedding.The photo opportunities are varied and numerous. The covered pavilion is large, with plenty of seating and room left for dancing. There is also a brand new dance pavilion with even more room for dancing. I personally loved the comfortable, cushioned seating area! I stretched out there and could have easily taken a catnap. The grass area saw some stiff cornball competition. The groom enjoyed fishing in the pond before the event since he wasn't allowed to see the bride. Many of the guests enjoyed just strolling around the Retreat taking the chance for personal photos.
All in all....the perfect place for an absolutely perfect wedding!!! Thank you Paula and Carl for everything. You guys rock!!!
P.S. One thing I forgot to mention....it may not be a big deal to some, but I took along several rolls of my own toilet paper just in case they used the thin stuff. I should have known not to worry. They had the good stuff. When I said they took care of things, I meant it....right down to the last detail!
Jacob D., VA
This is a perfect location for a rustic outdoor wedding. You can hold your ceromony at the Chapel with Cocktails and Reception at the lighted Pavilion. Afterwards, migrate over to the Lake for fishing on the dock and a fire at the beautifully crafted fire ring with swings that everyone enjoy. As the sun sets and the lights come on, it is the most peaceful place to be with loved ones and friends. Have your DJ on the Dance Platform and let the night began! With games, music and a bonfire, you couldn't ask for anything more. The staff at The Farm Retreat at Willow Creek are very responsive and easy to work with. They are always working and adding something to make the venue better for that special day.
Valerie F., VA
Heaven on earth in the hills of Virginia. The serenity of this beautiful farm and the graciousness of it's owners are palpable as soon as you turn into the property.
Michelle L., VA
I love Willow Creek! It is the most beautiful and lovely place for an outdoor wedding.
Stacey B., VA
If you're a bride looking for a beautiful outdoor wedding location in central Va. The Farm Retreat at Willow creek is a must see! I should know...I got married there and it was perfect!! The owners go out of their way to make sure your day is nothing less than perfect !
Jess & Cam, VA
Me and my husband said "I do" here on Saturday July 11th. The venue was beautiful, the amenities were awesome, and the owners were so kind, thoughtful and helpful. Everything was perfect. The pavilion has fans and pretty lighting, they provide the tables, chairs, bathroom, trash cans, and take care of so many other details. I couldn't have picked a better venue. :)
Thanks for all of the kind words and encouragement. Believe us, it was an honour to share our place with all of you! May you have many, many happy years together!
Carl and Paula Stafford