About this Vendor
Historic Wedding Venue in Smithfield VA
Historic St. Luke's, constructed in the 17th century, is the oldest church building in Virginia. Residing in Smithfield, the church is located next to an abundance of hotels, restaurants, and indoor reception sites. Abandoned by its congregation in 1836, the church building has been restored and currently operates as a historic site and museum. The historic structure is available for weddings, outdoor receptions, baptisms, engagement shoots, bridal portraits, or other special events and is open to all denominations and ceremonies. Accommodating weddings for over 300 years, Historic St. Luke's has been Virginia's premier wedding venue since the 17th century.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Not Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Civil Union, Commitment Ceremony, Elopement, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-Religious Ceremony, Religious Ceremony, Same Sex Ceremony, Second Wedding , Vow Renewal Ceremony
Baha'i Faith, Buddhist, Catholic, Mormon, Orthodox, Adventist, Anglican/Episcopal, Baptist, Congregationalist, Holiness, Lutheran, Methodist, Nondenominational, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Restorationist, Protestant, Quaker, Christian, Hindu, Interfaith, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, Secular, Sikh, Spiritual, Unitarian, Wiccan
Waterfront, Historic Venue, Church, Religious Setting
So what's NOT to love about this place?! From its luciously green grounds to the stunning stained glass- my husband and I both fell in love with this place. No other venue even touched its unique beauty. My husband wanted to be married in a church and let's be real, most churches are just ugly on the inside these days! Collin was a pleasure to work with. With only a few short months to plan our wedding he did everything he could to make it the best day ever. Smithfield is perfect for out of town guests too! It's a quant little town that has SO much to offer. The close knit community of Smithfield allowed Collin to direct us to the best vendors in town. From his recommendations we were able to find the perfect wedding planner and organist! There is plenty of room for parking, which was important to me. I feel like all the weddings I've been to I had to drive around for 15 min to find a place to park and then walk another 15. Plus, they give you a sweet little gift on your wedding day! Seriously I could go on... you will NOT regret this choice ❤️
Collin and the team at Historic Saint Luke's are absolutely fantastic. As a Wedding Planner, I have handled events at many different venues. After having quite a few weddings on site, HSLs quickly became a company wide favorite! His team consistently goes above and beyond to offer great customer service and smiling faces. We absolutely love them and their gorgeous venue!
My parents were married at St. Luke's 40 years ago and as soon as I was engaged St Luke's was my first call during the wedding planning process. Colin and the rest of the staff were amazing and always available when we needed suggestions or help planning the event. The church has some restrictions but that's expected as it is a historic site and they certainly helped to accommodate and make suggestions to accomplish what we were looking for. They're suggestions of vendors paid off greatly (flowers) as they already know the restrictions and so it was worry free for me! My photographer was able to stand in the choir loft to be able to photograph the ceremony which was great. I highly recommend St Luke's as they are professional every step of the way and it was one less thing I had to worry about while planning our big day.
Oh my heavenly days!! Our wedding was just beyond belief!! A gorgeous day, a fantastic church a beautiful historic place. The atmosphere was serene and reverent but festive. Collin and his team were wonderful so accommodating and friendly .. a great day for all of us.
Such a gorgeous venue! The church and grounds are breathtaking. Colin was so helpful; he answered all of our questions and was so patient. After our ceremony and outdoor pictures it started to rain and Colin saved us by driving us on a golf cart protecting bridal gown and makeup! We loved it so much we had our reception there as well. A giant tent fit perfectly and dozens of "candles" made for a romantic vintage theme. They worked with us every step of the way. We chose right before sunset giving us gorgeous pictures inside and out of the church. We look forward to returning and enjoying the memories of a wonderful day.
The church is elegant and beautiful, especially on that sunny Saturday noon. We want to THANK Jennifer especially. 1/28 was a rather cold day and my body had some "hiccups" before the walk. Jennifer thoughtfully looked after me. She was like an angel that God sent for me (and my groom who had been patiently waiting at the other end of the aisle) on this special day. ... and I got married... THANK YOU, Jennifer! Collin, THANK YOU too for looking after the entire procession and entertain our guests as well. This day will always be a wonderful memory for us! :)
Historic Saint Luke's Church is one of our FAVORITE wedding venues. Not only is it beautiful, but the staff are accommodating, knowledgeable and wonderful to work with! As an event designer, having a great on property staff is very important to a smoothly run event. Hearing a couple has chosen HSLC always puts a smile on my face.
We could not have had a more wonderful experience than we did getting married at St Lukes. The staff bent over backwards to make our day special and easy. My husband loves history, and we were both charmed by the location and setting of this church. We didn't decorate at all because we loved the building itself so much and wanted to let it speak for itself. Thank you, Collin and friends for giving us the wedding of our dreams. We are thrilled that our memories will be embedded in the stones of St. Lukes.
St. Luke's is such a wonderful, beautiful place! I couldn't imagine having our wedding anywhere else! Opening those doors is like stepping back in time. The staff are all very welcoming and Collin was an absolute joy to work with!
BeautifulReviewed on 2/16/2014 Jennifer B
Beautiful church and grounds Just know that if you use this church for your ceremony your photographers cannot take pictures until after it is done.
ChurchReviewed on 12/26/2013 Jessica G
The actual church was beautiful and perfect for our ceremony. The only issue I had with the whole venue was the wedding coordinator for the church was too involved and was stepping on my wedding planners toes a lot.
Well worth itReviewed on 1/22/2013 Jen C
If you appreciate history and the meaning of this building, this is an incredibly beautiful place for a wedding ceremony. They do not allow photography during the ceremony but plenty of photographs afterward make this place absolutely beautiful. They are great to work with and, though there are a lot of restrictions, it is an amazing location. I am so glad we spent the money to have the ceremony here.
Meet The Manager
Collin Norman has been with Historic St. Luke's over 5 years and currently serves as the Assistant Director. He has worked with over a hundred weddings and has seen everything from traditional services, Rock N' Roll renewals, quiet elopements, to Star Wars & Game of Thrones themed occasions. Nothing phases him anymore when it comes to his clients. The open doors of Historic St. Luke's provide a beautiful and versatile backdrop for Collin's clients, allowing them the freedom to tailor the place to their needs and become part of the story at Virginia's Oldest Church.