Mar 19, 2011

Leesburg, Historic Downtown

Downtown Businesses
 Leesburg was established in 1758 at the crossroads of the major north-south Carolina Road (now U.S. Highway 15) and the east-west oriented Potomac Ridge Road (now Virginia Highway 7) and is the seat of government for Loudoun County established in 1757.

The town's rich history spans three centuries. The old downtown buildings reflect the early years in Leesburg’s history. Come visit and see this quaint town just 45 miles from Washington, DC and 14 miles from Dulles Airport.

Downtown Leesburg Businesses

Loudoun County Visitor Information:

Downtown Leesburg Dining, with private dining rooms:

Eiffel Tower Café, 107 Loudoun St, SW, 703-777-5142,

Lightfoot Restaurant, 11 North King Street, 703,771.2233,

Tuscarora Mill, 203 Harrison St. SE, 703.771.9300,

Palio Ristorante, 2 W. Market St., 703.779.0060,

Come to Leesburg for your Engagement Photos

This old colonial Town has lovely backdrops for your engagment photos. Whether you like brick, stone or German siding, picket fences or lovely shops, you will find the perfect scene and backdrop.

These Photos are Courtesy of Kim and Mac Kent Photographers.

Parking in Leesburg

From the Town site:

Downtown Parking 
Leesburg offers a variety of convenient parking options in the Historic Downtown to visitors, employees, and residents.

For more information on the Town of Leesburg Parking Garage rates, as well as a map of public parking areas in Downtown Leesburg, download a copy of the Downtown Leesburg Parking Guide (PDF 63K).

Mar 10, 2011

Copper Beech Tree

The large, handsome shade tree dominating the 3 Writ Street lot is a Copper Beech tree (Fagus sylvatica Purpurea). It is a slow growing deciduous tree of a magnificent size.  
It begins the year leafing a little late, starting with dark red-purple glossy leaves, later turning a bronzy green in the early autumn. It is of an impressive size with smooth silver-gray bark and a short wide trunk. It may attain ages of 200-400 years and  can reach a height of 50-60 feet with a spread of 40 to 50 feet. These long branches often droop down to the ground.

Copper Beech is an overall name for all cultivars of the European Beech with reddish to purple leaves. This color is due to high anthocyanin levels in the tissues, the same plant pigment responsible for the purplish color of many fruits and vegetables. Beech trees belong to the same family as oak trees and grow in all but Africa and southern Asia.
We are sure you will agree that this is magnificent tree in all four seasons.

Mar 5, 2011

Loudoun Clerk of Courts

Loudoun was one of the first countries which enabled you to complete your marriage application on line, prior to visiting the Courthouse.

Once you both arrive together with valid state or government photo identifications (i.e. valid driver’s license, passport or military identification) and a fee of $30 cash, it will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to receive your marriage license. Marriage licenses are issued Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You should plan to arrive in our office by 3:30 p.m. to allow sufficient time for the Clerk’s staff to prepare your marriage license.

You may complete your application prior to arriving at the Loudoun County Clerk’s office by clicking on this link: Marriage License Application.

The Clerk of the Circuit Court  --  History of the Old Courthouse:
image of Loudoun County Courthouse 
Loudoun County was formed in 1757 from a branch of Fairfax County.

Loudoun County is named after John Campbell, who was the Fourth Earl of Loudoun and a Scottish nobleman. Campbell, at the time, was the titular governor of Virginia, from 1756-1758, and a former Commander in Chief of the British armed forces in Virginia.

Most of Leesburg was founded on the property of Nicholas Minor, who petitioned the General Assembly for the construction of a town on his land. Originally named Georgetown after King George I of England, the town’s name was later patriotically changed to Leesburg, in honor of Francis Lightfoot Lee, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. This name change was an excellent way for Leesburg to show its faith and support of our newly founded country.

Photos from Weddings

Here are a few photos from previous ceremonies. We want to thank

Four Seasons Photography, Paula Lockhart, 703.444.6868,
Marc Kent Photography, Marc and Kim Kent, 703-771-1905,
for letting us display the photos they took at these event.

Mar 3, 2011

Opening Show

Last summer, Weddings on Wirt Street had two openings: the first was for the community, wedding officiants, and the Courthouse staff; and, the second, for fellow business owners, neighbors and friends.

We want to thank the Town of Leesburg and Loudoun County for a successful Ribbon Cutting on August 31st, 2010.

Town Council Member Marty Martinez cut the ribbon and County Supervisor Kelly Burk presented us with a plaque honoring the opening of the business.

We are grateful for the support shown us.

Everyone joining us for these events had a grand time.

History of 3 Wirt Street, NW, Leesburg, VA

The little brick cottage on Wirt Street was originally built in 1936 by the Harrison family as a wedding gift for their daughter. This delightful home has now been converted into a lovely ceremony site, as well as a site for small events such as bridal showers. The venue features an indoor chapel for weddings up to 30 guests and an outdoor site for smaller ceremonies. It is tastefully landscaped and beautifully appointed. Weddings on Wirt Street is an intimate and charming alternative to larger venues, representing a perfect value for your smaller wedding. 

Chair Sashes

Gauzy bows are outstanding items to add to the aisle chairs. They come in a myriad of colors and  can be tied in a variety of ways.

They can be purchased for a little over a dollar a piece. They measure 9 inches by 3 feet.

We added ivory sashes to our aisle chairs for a lovely overall effect.

Welcome to Weddings on Wirt Street, the wedding chapel in Leesburg

This little brick cottage is perfect for the smaller event whether this is a wedding ceremony, a shower or an intimate dinner. Call us for a visit. We are now open.

We are located on Wirt Street near West Market Street, one block from the corner of King and Market Streets, in the the center of Downtown Historic Leesburg.

If you are getting married at the Courthouse, why not go a step up from the Loudoun Courthouse steps? Weddings on Wirt Street is the perfect site for your ceremony and is a short walk from the Courthouse, and is convenient to local restaurants.

If you are planning a small event such as a bridal shower, call us.

3 Wirt Street, NW, Leesburg, VA 20176

Suzanne Fox, an officiant and wedding and event planner, can assist you. Call for an appointment.
703.777.2927 or 703.727.7181  

Visit us for Wedding Ideas.