August 23, 2019

Vendor Highlight Series: 25 Best Wedding Venues in the Greater Philadelphia Area

Over the past seven years I have been able to photograph couples at some truly amazing Philadelphia wedding venues- upwards of 175 venues.  Each week is a new adventure in a new place and out of the hundreds of venues I have worked with, I decided to compile a list of some of my favorites.  When you are planning a wedding sometimes the amount of options can seem like sensory overload!  How do you choose?  Well, in the eyes of a photographer, these are some of the most beautiful and photo-friendly wedding venues in the Philadelphia area.

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Philadelphia Wedding Venues

The Farm at Eagles Ridge

The Farm at Eagles Ridge is one of the most beautiful Philadelphia barn wedding venues in our area.  With an entire farmhouse dedicated to space for the bride and groom to get ready in, a beautiful ceremony space overlooking the pond, rolling hills and fields full of potential and even options for al fresco dancing, this venue truly has it all!  It’s so much more than just a beautiful barn venue!

Philadelphia Wedding Venues - The Farm at Eagles Ridge

Parque at Hunting Hill Mansion

Parque at Hunting Hill Mansion is a beautiful country estate venue by Peachtree Catering for couples who love to be surrounded by nature and old world elegance.  The beautiful stone manor is set in the expansive Ridley Creek State Park and feels like it is in another time.  It is romantic, elegant and should not be missed!

Appleford Estate

The Appleford Estate is a historic home in the beautiful town of Villanova.  With manicured rose gardens, open green space and a beautiful tented reception space, Appleford Estate truly has it all.   There is such a romantic feel to the entire property.

*The florals in this Appleford Estate Wedding were furnished by Fresh Designs Florist

Glen Foerd on the Delaware

Glen Foerd on the Delaware is a super dreamy, river-side venue located in the Torresdale neighborhood of Philadelphia.  Managed by exclusive caterers, Jamie Hollander Catering and Events, weddings at Glen Foerd are always seamless and picture perfect.  We have noticed our Glen Foerd weddings are always super relaxed and filled with joy!

The Manor House at Springton Manor Farm

Springton Manor Farm is another beautiful Philadelphia wedding venue option for couples who dream of open fields, quaint country views and adorable farm animals!  The goats on site are so cute and always down for a photo op! (or maybe they just want to eat the beautiful bouquets). We have had couples who wanted the barn look of this venue and others who preferred to focus on the natural elements that surround the property- there is so much flexibility with this space!

The Ballroom at Ellis Preserve

The Ballroom at Ellis Preserve is beautiful both inside and out!  Owned and operated by the incredible Finley Catering, this space has tons of options for couples who want ease and beauty.  Not only is their outdoor ceremony space overlooking a beautiful sunlit field but the picturesque ballroom is  classic, elegant and the perfect canvas for your wedding dreams.  They also have a stunning bridal space with plenty of natural light.

Philander Chase Knox Estate

Philander Chase Knox Estate is set within the grounds of Valley Forge National Historical Park and is run by the amazing Robert Ryan Catering.  It’s nestled into the beautiful sunlit fields of the park and has endless opportunities for beautiful photographs with gorgeous greenhouse ruins and other architectural elements.  This space is the most beautiful marriage of natural elements with a tented reception.

Terrain at Styers

Terrain at Styers is Anthropologie’s home and garden center set in beautiful Glen Mills, PA.  This space is truly a photographer’s dream.  With gorgeous florals and dreamy architectural elements, this space doesn’t need many additions to make it a perfect Philadelphia wedding venue!

Rodale Institute

Rodale Institute is a DIY wedding dream! There is so much freedom in this space to create a gorgeous day that is everything you have dreamed of!

Indian River Lifesaving Station

Indian River Lifesaving Station is located on a stretch of coastal highway 1 between Rehoboth Beach, DE and Bethany Beach, DE.  It is a beachy dream with a sweet barn-style building and tented reception space and access to the beach.  Guests have plenty of room to roam and explore.

Tyler Arboretum

Tyler Arboretum has been completely transformed with the restoration of their beautiful barn on property into a rustic reception space.  I have always loved Tyler Arboretum which occupies a corner of Ridley Creek State Park in Media, PA.  Every wedding here feels so connected to nature and inspired by the beautiful trees that surround the property.  Jeffrey Miller Catering does an incredible job with this Philadelphia area wedding venue space!

Aldie Mansion

Aldie Mansion is a beautiful manor with an English country feel nestled in Doylestown, PA.  This space screams European elegance and is managed by the incredible Jeffrey Miller Catering.

Bartram’s Gardens

Bartram’s Garden is a historic Philadelphia garden and arboretum that offers itself up for beautiful event space.  According to Wikipedia, It is the oldest surviving botanic garden in North America!  You can literally get married in a piece of history!  Located on the west bank of the Schuylkill River, it covers 46 acres and includes a historic botanical garden and arboretum.  It is a dream wedding venue in Philadelphia!

Brandywine Manor House

Brandywine Manor House in Honey Brook PA was a fast favorite from the first wedding I ever photographed there. It has rustic barn elements that can certainly be played up but beautiful woodsy environments that can also be used during the wedding day. I absolutely love the pergola outside the tented reception space!

Pearl S. Buck House

The Pearl S. Buck House in Doylestown, PA is exclusively catered by the amazing Jamie Hollander Catering & Events. They have done such a fantastic job with this event space and turned it into such a gem in our area. The outdoor ceremony space overlooks the Pennsylvania woods, rolling landscapes and includes beautiful onsite photo spaces. This Philadelphia area wedding venue is truly a treasure.

Stirling Guest Hotel

A wedding at the Stirling Guest Hotel feels like you are taking a step back in time! It is classic, romantic, natural and epic. There is a mix of everything at this beautiful space!

Carriage House at Rockwood Park

We LOVE working with our friends at Greenery Caterers every time we celebrate couples at the Carriage House at Rockwood Park in Wilmington, Delaware. This venue has beautiful outdoor gardens, a greenhouse for an indoor photography option, gorgeous stonework and landscapes. We have worked here in every season and it is always so stunning!

The Gables at Chadds Ford

I LOVE the Gables at Chadds Ford.  The owner, Ann, is THE BEST!  The love and care she has put into this space and every event that takes place here is so evident. There is something so comfortable and inviting about the space- it feels so homey!

Event Above was a collaboration with: Shannon Wellington Weddings, Fresh Designs Florist, ONLO Beauty @ The Gables at Chadds Ford

The Radnor Hunt and Pony Club

The Radnor Hunt and Pony Club offers so much charm for those who dream of a wedding with a more classic feel. The wedding below was styled by the AMAZING Lora of Laurel & Elm. The entire day felt classic, romantic and super chic. It was a winter wedding dream!

MAAS Building

The MAAS Building is one of my favorite venues in the City of Philadelphia.  Located in a gritty neighborhood, The MAAS Building is an enclosed “secret garden” courtyard with beautiful greenery and an industrial chic building.  The surrounding streets have beautiful street art that is truly a feast for the eyes!

Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum is another all time favorite! The arboretum itself is owned by University of Pennsylvania and its many acres give ample photo opportunities for beautiful landscapes, nature views and the feeling of a wedding day separate from the hustle and bustle of the city that surrounds it. They also work with one of our favorite caterers Jeffrey Miller!

Greenville Country Club

Greenville Country Club is a venue that is super close to my heart as my husband and I were married there!  Nestled into the hills of beautiful Greenville Delaware it is a secret garden dream. The ceremony space is backed by the beautiful old estate home and the free flowing setup of the day is perfect for those who want a mostly outdoor wedding.

Ironstone Ranch

Ironstone Ranch is a venue truly built on FUN. They focus on making sure each part of the day is truly an experience to remember. From the horse drawn wagon that drives the bridal party around, to a photo op with the longhorns and an evening full of dancing this Philadelphia wedding venue is so fun! And not only that but their ceremony space beneath the trees in their apple orchard is so peaceful! Love this space.

John James Audubon Center

The John James Audubon Center is a beautiful venue that embraces the beauty of nature in all respects! If weather does not permit your ceremony to be held outdoors, this venue provides a gorgeous barn for ceremonies, a new pavilion for cocktail hour and a spacious reception room. This Philadelphia wedding venue and the incredible exclusive caterer, Jeffrey Miller Catering, has thought of it all!

Front and Palmer/ Northern Liberties

Front and Palmer’s industrial reception space combined with the beautiful murals of this Philadelphia neighborhood are the perfect combination for any chic and artsy city couple.  I’m such a sucker for a cool mural and these ones take the cake.

Philadelphia Wedding Venues

Samantha Jay is a Philadelphia wedding photographer who believes photography should tell your story
& live within your home. She provides an effortless Philadelphia wedding and engagement photography experience with a hand crafted timeline tailored to your unique wedding day. Her images are timeless and magazine worthy preserving the story of your wedding day within heirloom albums meant to be flipped through for the next 50 years.

We hope this post on the 25 Best Philadelphia Wedding Venues will help you plan the perfect wedding. If you are still looking for a photographer we’d love to chat more.

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