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The Mill was so easy to work with. They have just about everything included. The location is beautiful both inside and out. Colleen was wonderful to work with, highly recommend working with her as your coordinator. She made sure I had everything planned out ahead of time and the weekend of the wedding she kept everything working smoothly and on time. Everyone loved the food and beer selection at the wedding reception. They have a kids room for a babysitter to watch kids for guests, which was a great relief for some of my guests. Groomsmen cottage was nice, my husband and groomsmen said they enjoyed it. They were given the option to have a couple of beers and play corn hole before the ceremony. The brides room upstairs is nice. They have 3 salon chairs to help all the girls get ready. We were given drinks and cookies while we got ready. We also used the owner's son as our photographer, Blue Shutter. Mark was very easy to work with and took great pictures. We used him for our engagement session, my bridal portraits, and our wedding pictures. Overall I would highly recommend this venue. Everything was beautiful, and all of our guests loved it.
Absolutely outstanding. This was a fairytale wedding site. The food was gourmet quality and exactly what we wanted. The staff was extremely attentive and professional. They were flexible and supportive and all that you would want on a stressful day. We truly felt pampered.
My husband and I were recently married at the Mill at Fine Creek and were so thrilled with everything words cannot express our gratitude to the staff for making our night truly magical for us and our guests. So many of our guests have commented that it was the best wedding they had ever been to! We credit this to the accommodating nature of everyone at the Mill as well as the exquisite setting.When it stormed all day on our wedding day, the staff stalked the weather radar for me so that I didn't have to worry. When the rain stopped just in time, we were still able to have an incredibly beautiful wedding outside in the Mill ruins. There are not many places that are as enchanting as the gardens there no matter the weather or season. Although this venue is a full service site which provides nearly everything you can think of and has suggested vendors for what they don't (like flowers and photography), we were still able to make this wedding our own right down to the parting toast.
We’re outdoorsy history lovers, and fell in love with the Mill at Fine Creek as our wedding venue from our first visit 16 months prior to our wedding. The property is beautiful and historical, inside and out: a bedrock creek, lush flower-filled gardens, gorgeous mill ruins, and an attention to detail and decadence in both the exquisite Reception Hall and Miller’s Cottage that evidences that this is the premier wedding venue in the Commonwealth. Stop looking, folks – you’ve found it.
Our July wedding at the Mill was a dream and a fairytale. Menu/food was an initial concern for us heading into the planning stages; we needed to commit to the venue before settling on a menu (you must use the owner's catering if you have your wedding here), which gave us some pause as we wanted to feature some unique Eastern European ethnic cuisine in our buffet that falls outside of standard culinary training. Lisa (the owner) is an excellent chef who traverses a wide breadth of cuisine with ease, which was obvious at our tasting – and she absolutely NAILED it for us on wedding day. She also accommodated vegan guests and those with gluten and soy allergies without missing a beat or making them feel “different”. Complements from our guests ranged from giddy enthusiasm to flat-out-raving about the food. Your food will be outrageously good; regardless of your chosen cuisine, rest assured that you are in the capable hands of a culinary artisan.
We also secured the services of Colleen as our coordinator – a phenomenal decision. She was attentive to every last detail (no matter how minute) and was always available to answer questions in the planning stages. On the wedding day, she ran a tight, well-oiled ship: our wedding started on time, proceeded without hiccup, and folks were where then needed to be, when they needed to be. During the reception, we didn't notice any staff staff milling about, yet anytime we had a question or need, Colleen materialized from the ether and had it solved within a minute – even when the groom trampled the bride’s bustle while stampeding to Lisa’s buffet! The bar staff were extremely friendly and fun, as noted by several guests, and Mark at Blue Shutter photography made the pictures flow seamlessly and quickly by jovially interacting with the bridal party and family to feel things fun, fresh, fast, and light.
In summary, we could not give a higher recommendation to a wedding venue or staff – the Mill at Fine Creek far exceeded our every hope and expectation. This is the perfect venue and staff for your most special day!
My daughter and her finance could not have chosen a more perfect wedding venue than The Mill at Fine Creek. It is so obvious that Lisa and Colleen are passionate about providing a beautiful space and exceptional service for brides and grooms and their families.
The ceremony took place in the Ruins, which provided such an intimate and special feeling--it was absolutely beautiful. The grounds are very well thought out and cared for. The reception space is well designed--warm and welcoming with nice flow indoors and on the wrap around porch. The food was wonderful and the waitstaff was very efficient and unobtrusive. Lisa was very helpful in planning our menu when we were unable to attend the tasting--her suggestions were much appreciated by all our guests!
During the planning process Colleen and Stephanie's suggestions and responses to questions were reassuring and very valuable. It was smooth sailing throughout the entire process. I had never anticipated such a stress free planning experience.
I highly recommend The Mill at Fine Creek. In fact, I cannot imagine anyone more wonderful to work with than Lisa and Colleen. We truly had an exceptional experience!
My husband and I got married at The Mill at Fine Creek in June. It was the perfect venue for our special day for many reasons. First, it is truly a one-stop shop. The owner provides a preferred vendor list that helps narrow your search in finding other vendors. The owner is also the caterer, so no need to shop around. Not to mention, her food is delicious. We did southern classic food (including mini shrimp and grits). You can also hire a day-of coordinator through The Mill. Colleen was who I worked with mostly, and she was the ideal combination of organized, knowledgeable, and calm that put me at ease prior to and on the big day. Carrie is another coordinator there who was a bit more blunt than Colleen and did not make me feel as relaxed the day-of. There are many options for where to hold your ceremony at The Mill. We chose inside The Mill ruins which provided for a beautiful, vintage feel. They will move your entire ceremony inside though, if it were to rain on your wedding day. They have an indoor reception facility as well, so you don't need to worry about temperatures inside a tent. The reception building has wrap around porches that provide southern charm. I would recommend The Mill to anyone, and it is worth every penny.
We had such a hard time finding the right venue for the feel that we wanted for our wedding and we couldn't have choosen a better venue. I honestly can not say enough great things about the Mill. Colleen and Lisa were always very responsive and helpful and took the time to make sure this was exactly what we wanted! I even had to move the ceremoney inside for the heat and there was no problems last minute with this! I used several of the vendors from their preferred vendor list and was not disappointed in the least! If you are unsure of having your wedding at the Mill, please go for a visit and you will fall in love! We also stayed right at the cabin which made things so much easier that night and getting ready! Our food was fantastic and excatly what we asked for, it's not getting a packet to pick from which was so awesome to us! You will not be dissapointed in the least if you choose this for your site! :)
My husband and I had dinner at The Mill during one of their monthly dinner/dance events about a year and a half ago and knew this venue would be perfect when the time came for the engagement of our daughter. Sure enough, we took her and her fiance there to check it out and they didn't look at any other venues. Colleen and Lisa at The Mill were very easy to work with and very accommodating. They made wonderful suggestions about things that we would not have thought of. We especially liked the "tasting" event which provided us with a great opportunity to see the venue full of guests as well as taste some of their food selections. We liked the selection of table linens and napkins as well as candle and table number options that The Mill offers. We had a sit down dinner (buffet) for 162 and the space did not seem at all crowded. The food was fabulous and we have had many comments that it was the best reception food they have ever had. Besides Colleen and Lisa, the staff was on top of everything as well as being friendly. When friends or others would ask where my daughter's reception was going to be and I said at The Mill at Fine Creek, I only heard great things. I was able to enjoy the reception and not worry about a thing. Cheers to a wonderful reception we will always remember!
Lisa at the Mill was fantastic with going along with our rather unusual wedding plans. She had helpful suggestions that enhanced our reception. The Mill is the most gorgeous venue you could possibly choose and the staff is unbelievable. I know that my wedding was perfect to the letter because I chose such a fantastic venue.
Our daughter was married at the Mill at Fine Creek on March 29, 2014. Her assessment was "it could not have been better, it was perfect!" We had hoped for an outside wedding (at least 3 beautiful outside options) but the weather did not cooperate. The professionalism and flexibility of the staff made the inside ceremony and then reception beautiful, seamless and warm. We had SO many compliments from guests on the food, the service, the acoustics, everything! The stocked groomsmen's cottage, the venue's upstairs bridal suite with beverages, salon chairs etc, made getting ready relaxed and fun. And the guidance, advice and organization of the proprietors made the whole process enjoyable and stress-free. We wish we could do it all again!
Let me start by saying that we really did like The Mill and it is a great place to get married. Leading up to the wedding Lisa and Colleen were fantastic and easily dealt with lots of emails and our visits out there. We loved the atmosphere and the wide selection of great food and beverages, and this held true on our wedding day as well. It was really nice to have the separate areas for the bridal party and groomsmen to get ready and hang out before the ceremony. The Mill also did a wonderful job managing the grounds and ceremony area on our wedding day despite some rain earlier in the day.
Unfortunately, our experience with logistics on the day of was not quite as smooth as everyone else has said, so we may have been the exception (perhaps because Lisa ended up not being there that day?) First, the venue was guaranteed to be exclusively ours for the day after a set time, but there was another couple meeting about their wedding inside the building while we were setting up for over an hour past the time it was supposed to be exclusively ours. Then, we were running incredibly late getting ready due largely to 2 of our vendors but Colleen and the coordinators didn't talk with us about how to handle this- our photographers sorted things out so we were ready to start the ceremony time.
However, the major disappointment was with our ceremony, which we opted to do inside the stone ruins- which meant some guests would sit inside and some would stand on the deck and watch from above. We had discussed how to escort guests to each location with the groomsmen, but the coordinators told them they didn't need escorts and they would take care of it. However, I was later told by family that people did not get any direction on where to go and were confused, and as a result not all the seats got filled and some of the relatives were disgruntled about not knowing where they could have sat. My family still mentions this disorganization as the negative of our wedding. I also thought the coordination of the timing of walking for the bridesmaids and myself could have been handled better, as at one point me and my dad were left standing in a room by ourselves with no instructions and unable to tell what was going on outside with the ceremony timing.
Lastly, at the end of the night The Mill ended up closing the bar slightly earlier than we had discussed (about 20 minutes)- though they didn't charge us for that time either, there were guests who still wanted another drink to wrap up the night and they were refused. It's not a major thing but I am still not sure how this miscommunication happened as the end time was in writing on our schedule with the coordinator.
I will reiterate though that overall it was a lovely venue with great food and drinks and we were still mostly happy with our choice to get married there- I just caution you to not expect everything to be as perfectly executed as many of these reviews lead you to believe.
Every detail was taken care of. Colleen and Lisa were fabulous to work with! Our guest have not stopped talking about how wonderful everything was from the food, decorations, atmosphere, coordination. The day went off without a hitch. I didn't have to worry about a thing.
Wow. Our wedding was almost 3 weeks ago, and we are still stunned at how magnificent it was, thanks largely to the Mill at Fine Creek and the wonderful people that work there. I cannot say enough great things about Lisa and Colleen. They helped us make our day truly special and memorable. The venue is pricey, but it is worth every penny! We chose to have our wedding on a Friday due to the savings, and it was the best decision we could have made (saved $1000's and got better weather!) Colleen and Lisa were constantly available through email, which made things incredibly convenient. They were willing to meet and accommodate our schedules whenever asked, and always came prepared with answers and help! We had initially booked another venue, but once we saw the Mill in person for a friend's wedding, we changed our minds immediately and never looked back. Best decision of the entire wedding!
The Mill at Fine Creek was the most perfect venue for my May wedding! The food is excellent the grounds are absolutely stunning, the service was top notch could not have asked for anything more!
We had our wedding at The Mill at Fine Creek and it was simply beautiful! The staff worked very hard to accommodate our every request. They were also flexible and allowed us to use outdoor heaters for our guests since we had a (cold) March 3rd wedding. I would highly recommend them to anyone in the Richmond and surrounding areas who is looking for a venue. They don't get more beautiful (or professional) than this!
We have been receiving nothing but great responses from all who attended our wedding. The first things they all say is the food was great! How many weddings have you been to, where you can say the same. I was glad to have a wedding that out did all others in my guests' minds. The venue is gorgeous, so you don't need to spend a ton of time of energy on additional decorations. They make it so easy for you. I would say the Mill is like a magical estate that you have all to yourself. I am so thankful for my fairytale wedding.
The Mill was absolutely wonderful! Everyone was extremely helpful during the whole wedding planning process. Lisa and Colleen were fabulous. We received so many compliments about the setting, the staff, the food, and the overall experience!
I do not live in the Richmond area, and so it was important for me to have a wedding venue that was dependable and flexible. The Mill at Fine Creek was the first venue I visited, and I loved it as soon as we drove up. The natural beauty of the old Mill and gardens with the trees and balconies of the reception site was perfect for two nature-lovers who wanted the convenience of an outdoor wedding and indoor reception.
However, it was a little farther than we originally planned, and so I looked around at other places. Nothing compared to the price versus quality.
Then, over the past 6 months, I have had MANY interactions with their staff. They are easy to communicate with (via email or phone), and always respond in a prompt and kind manner with helpful suggestions. BUT they are great about respecting my vision, and bend over backwards to make sure that 'your day' is the best.
On the day of the wedding, I was feeling a little nervous, and their kindness showed as they comforted me and my bridal party. Then, when the bus with the guests was late, they were great an improvising and 'making it happen' so that everything worked out great. I had heard great things about the Mill and their staff....and I can only say that everything I experienced was above and beyond my expectations.
The Mill was beautiful...the staff was amazing...and my wedding was perfect. Highly recommended!
The Mill at Fine Creek is absolutely perfect! The staff was wonderful- Colleen went above and beyond allowing us to truly relax and enjoy. The new expansion they recently added in the spring was extremely well done, adding space and light while still holding on to the intimate feel. Having our wedding here was the best decision we made throughout our entire wedding planning!
Colleen and Lisa provided me with everything I could have dreamed of. We had the best time. They even managed to make the rain in the middle of our ceremony fun! The food is always superb, the people become family. I had the most relaxing, fun day any bride could ever ask for. Lisa knows just what to do to calm your nerves. I would highly recommend to everyone I know.
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An enchanting setting for your special day!
The Mill at Fine Creek is a unique reception facility meticulously designed to fulfill all the details of your wedding-day dreams. Located in an historic district on the site of an 18th-century mill, our modern facility blends new-world capabilities with old-world charm.
- Price Range: $$$
- Amenities: Indoor Ceremony Area, Liability Insurance, Liquor License, Onsite Catering, Onsite Overnight Accommodations, Onsite Parking, Onsite Wedding Consultant, Outdoor Ceremony Area, Outdoor Reception Area, Site Fee, Wheelchair Accessible
- Capacity: Up to 250
- Style: Mansion/Historic Site
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings Hall Of Fame
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2010