A wedding venue was given permission to keep operating last week.
The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a conditional use permit for the Little Wedding Garden.
Cecelia LePage, a licensed Baptist minister, has been performing wedding ceremonies in her backyard since January 2017. She applied for a permit after a neighbor made a noise complaint in March 2018, a county staffer said.
“It’s my ministry,” LePage told the supervisors on Nov. 14. “I’m here to help these women. I serve an underserved part of this population.”
LePage charges $95 for a service Monday through Thursday and $120 for Friday or Saturday at her residence, 9903 Hustings Court.
LePage said she married 185 couples in 2017 and has provided nuptials to 249 couples so far this year.
“It’s all about love,” supervisor James Holland said, adding that he gave LePage his blessing.
The conditions of the permit allow no more than 10 people at each ceremony and no services on Sundays. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.