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Top 13 European Garden Wedding Venues near Philadephia

You’re engaged. YAY!!!! But … now what? Choosing a wedding venue is one of the first (if not THE first) step in planning a traditional wedding. Why? Because booking a venue gives you a wedding date, and that’s what you use to plan everything else.

But where to begin? There are SO many Philadelphia wedding venues to choose from. That’s why I created this guide to help you in the daunting process of choosing a location to say “I do”. This is by no means an end-all guide but rather a starting point — a launching pad, if you will — to finding the perfect venue for your one-of-a-kind love story (in no particular order). Because the only thing you should be obsessing over right now is the fact that you’re about to marry your very best friend 🙂

Philadelphia Wedding Venues

Winterthur

Photographed for Rachel Pearlman

This is the most magical, fairytale, woodland, luscious, mansion, smooth architecture venue I’ve photographed at!! Winterthur has massive grounds and is open to the public, but your wedding is guaranteed to be private and stunningly beautiful.

White Chimneys Estate

Photographed for Carina Danielle Photography

White Chimneys is one of my absolute favorites because it brings a bit of American countryside to the European garden vibe!! The ceremony takes place under white marble pillars and next to two lush gardens. The reception, however, is held in a beautiful barn!

Terrain Gardens at Devon Yard

What other venue can you be surrounded by beautiful plants … and bring them home with you?! Terrain Gardens also serves as a cafe and a garden shop where you can purchase flowers and plants. The indoor reception hall has massive ceilings with skylights & hanging florals, making it a beautiful pairing to the outdoor ceremony space!

Fairmount Horticulture Center

Have you ever pictured getting married inside a greenhouse? Look no further – Fairmount Horticulture Center is your place. When it gets dark the twinkle lights come on and turn the gorgeous garden scene into a magical nighttime fairyland.

Parque at Ridley Creek

A stone-walled mansion. A romantic, garden ceremony. A quiet forest enveloping the scene. Parque at Ridley Creek State Park is a dreamy venue for the hopelessly romantic and elegant-inclined.

Cairnwood Estate

Cairnwood Estate is a super romantic & elegant wedding venue with Gilded Age architecture and beautiful landscaped gardens. They only host one wedding reception on a given day so you have the staff’s full, undivided attention!!

Tyler Gardens

I’m gonna let the quote on their website speak for itself: “Tyler Gardens are reminiscent of a golden age of elegance with fairy tale charm.” The landscape features lush gardens, dramatic stone staircases, fountains, sculptures and manicured lawns.

Greenville Country Club

Photographed for Rachel Pearlman

While technically closer Wilmington, Delaware, Greenville Country Club is gorgeous enough to be considered by Philadelphians far and wide. The ceremony is situated right in the middle of a beautifully landscaped garden with a stone tea room at the back and a gorgeous brick rotunda in the front. The inside of the country club is reminiscent of a century-old mansion and even has markings from a family who lived there in the early 1900s!

Highland Mansion

This elegant, Georgian-style mansion built in 1796 is a gorgeous place to host an intimate wedding and reception. With ivy-covered stone walls, mystical ponds and spacious ceilings inside the mansion, the word “elegant” comes to life at Highland Mansion.

Glen Foerd Mansion

Photographed for Rachel Pearlman

Last but most certainly not least, Glen Foerd Mansion is a hidden gem in Northeast Philadelphia. It sits right on the Delaware river and boasts beautiful indoor AND outdoor spaces. The mansion itself is full of history and preserved artwork, while the outside features scenic overlooks and plenty of space for a large tent reception.

Inn at Barley Sheaf

With over 100 acres of preserved farmland and forest, luscious gardens and a rustic reception hall, the Inn at Barley Sheaf is another Americanized European-style venue. They offer both indoor and outdoor ceremony options which is a great option for the rainy summer months!!

Morris Arboretum

Located at the northernmost end of the Wissahickon, Morris Arboretum is filled with landscaped gardens and gorgeous architecture … not to mention plenty of twinkle lights!

Portico at Awbury Arboretum

At Portico, you can host an outdoor ceremony surrounded by the nature of Awbury Arboretum. With lush forests and enchanting stone walls, this is a beautiful place to get married! You can also host your cocktail hour and reception in the Francis Cope House, a mansion onsite.

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- Melissa d.

“Gabriella was absolutely amazing!!! Words cannot even describe how perfect she was, but I’ll try my best. Right from the beginning, I knew she was the one. She was so caring, calming, organized, and just a genuinely happy person. She made me feel even more excited for my wedding. She was so helpful throughout the entire process right down to the big day. AND THE PICTURES - OH MY GOD. They are absolutely breathtaking and she definitely tells the story of your day in the most perfect way. She captures every precious moment while having a smile on her face the whole time she’s with you. I can’t say enough amazing things about her. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking to have the BEST photographer for any occasion. We had such an amazing experience with Gabriella and we can’t thank her enough!”

"Captures every moment"

- Dawn g.

“Gabriella is a very great planner, very organized and an absolute delight to work with. Her planning and organization helped me prepare for the big day without any fear that I left any important photo out. Her planning skills ensured I didn't miss any details. She is such a delight to work with she was even happy to help me with my little surprise I had for my husband, it went off without a hitch. She captured all the photos we could imagine....all the fun, sweet, sincere moments throughout the day. She even provided the photos to us in a timely manner. I HIGHLY recommend her; she's highly energetic, personable, easy to work with, a planner, organized, and she captured lots of beautiful pictures. She exceeded all of my expectations. She was such a great photographer.”

"Exceeded all my expectations"

- Melissa N.

Making my dream wedding come true!
Gabriella was hired by my (now) husband, as a surprise photographer for our proposal. She was phenomenal and we hired her for our wedding as well! Her energy and vision for our wedding photos captured every moment and emotion. She was amazing in every way. Her attention to detail and knowing what was important to me on my big day was awesome - she went the extra mile. I would 10/10 recommend her to any one wanting to capture beautiful moments in life - for their engagement, wedding, and more.

"She went the extra mile."

- Megan W.

Hiring Gabriella was one of the best decisions that we made during our wedding planning. From our very first conversation, Gabriella was warm & bubbly. She radiates positive energy that I knew that we needed for our big day. Gabriella has a vigorous work ethic and eye for detail. Her ability to transform any setting is pure magic. We enjoyed working with her throughout the planning process and are absolutely thrilled with our engagement and wedding photos (which she had edited and back to us in less than one month!).

"One of the best decisions"

- Lisette & Tyrus b.

What can we say about Gabriella Marie Photography. There are so many words to describe the amazing job Gabriella did on our special wedding day. Gabriella will not only shoot your wedding, she can help you design what your wedding will be. She is there every step of the way. She has amazing attention to detail. Before the big day, Gabriella has a plan that will ensure that your day will be spectacular. She is always available via text, call, direct message, FaceTime or Zoom. Gabriella is the absolute best photographer ever. The best quality that she has is that she is more than a photographer, she is a true friend. She cares about her clients and makes us feel like a trust-worthy friend is there to help. For example, she sent my wife and I a pre-wedding care package. This gift proved to be so valuable for us while dealing with wedding stress. This gift was the most thoughtful thing my wife and I ever received. A simple thank you is just only the tip of the iceberg with regarding Gabriella Marie Photography. Everyone please check out our new friend Gabriella. Trust us, she is worth every penny and more.

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