Category: Wedding Places

December 15th, 2015 by admin

1. Match your invitations to the climate.

Match your invitations to the climate.

Get these personalized save-the-dates here.

2. Or throw in a touch of nature.

Or throw in a touch of nature.

They may say “July” but these are clearly perfect for a November shindig.

3. Treat your guests to a s’mores bar.

Treat your guests to a s'mores bar.

4. Or a caramel apple bar.

Or a caramel apple bar.

It’ll make for some truly memorable (and sticky) photos.

5. Or a hot chocolate bar.

Or a hot chocolate bar.

6. For added ~romance~, throw in some cutout heart marshmallows.

For added ~romance~, throw in some cutout heart marshmallows.

7. Use pinecones and succulents in your flower arrangements.

Use pinecones and succulents in your flower arrangements.

8. Or feathers and berries.

Or feathers and berries.

This flowerless boutonniere is available here.

9. Channel autumn with bright bursts of mustard.

Channel autumn with bright bursts of mustard.

Objectively the very best color.

10. There’s absolutely no shame in wearing a wedding dress with a big cozy coat.

There's absolutely no shame in wearing a wedding dress with a big cozy coat.

11. (As long as you allow the wedding party to do the same.)

(As long as you allow the wedding party to do the same.)

12. Have guests fingerprint a picture instead of signing a traditional guestbook.

Have guests fingerprint a picture instead of signing a traditional guestbook.

You can coordinate with your wedding colors.

13. Or ask them to sign a guest quilt.

Or ask them to sign a guest quilt.

14. Calligraphied leaves make simple and elegant place escort cards.

Calligraphied leaves make simple and elegant place escort cards.

Find out how to do them here.

15. So do pine cones.

So do pine cones.

16. Display table numbers on pumpkins.

Display table numbers on pumpkins.

17. Up the ante with white-painted pumpkins.

Up the ante with white-painted pumpkins.



Incidentally, my DJ name. Get the directions here.

19. Get bark vases for centerpieces.

Get bark vases for centerpieces.

Custom version available here.

20. Put your cake on a log.

Put your cake on a log.

Everything about this, from the berries to the succulents to the perch, is perfect.

21. Decorate it with fake candy icicles.

Decorate it with fake candy icicles.

22. Or with pine cones.

Or with pine cones.

23. Or with fall foliage.

Or with fall foliage.

Just don’t leave it outside in nature too long.

24. Or with pretty burlap rosettes.

Or with pretty burlap rosettes.

25. Set off your cake with a snowflake topper.

Set off your cake with a snowflake topper.

Personalized topper available here.

26. Have bridesmaids dress in mismatched but coordinated dusty colors.

Have bridesmaids dress in mismatched but coordinated dusty colors.

27. And boots, if there’s a heavy-duty chill.

And boots, if there's a heavy-duty chill.

28. Scatter candles EVERYWHERE.

Scatter candles EVERYWHERE.

29. Serve cider in hollowed-out apples.

Serve cider in hollowed-out apples.

30. If the weather turns inclement, bottle it forever.

If the weather turns inclement, bottle it forever.

Make rain or snow into a beautiful memento.

31. Send guests home with pine cone candles.

Send guests home with pine cone candles.

32. Cup cozies.

Cup cozies.

33. Gloves.


34. Little saplings.

Little saplings.

36. Custome matchboxes.

Custome matchboxes.

37. Birdseed ornaments.

Birdseed ornaments.

39. Maple syrup.

Maple syrup.

40. Straight-up booze.

Straight-up booze.

41. Hot cocoa.

Hot cocoa.

If they’re not tired of it after all the hot cocoa bars.

42. And thank your wedding party with cozy blankets.

And thank your wedding party with cozy blankets.

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November 26th, 2015 by admin

If I had to pick a favorite season, it would undoubtedly be winter with its festive celebrations, whimsical design and enchanting holiday spirit. I adore the holidays and planning a wintry-inspired wedding is quickly becoming my newest obsession, so I put together some ideas to hopefully inspire other brides as well.

From oh-so-gorgeous ceremony aisles to bouquets filled with pinecones, welcome to your very own winter wonderland!

1. Welcome your wedding guests in style with this enchanting table. The candles and lighting add drama to this space:

winter wedding table hotel glace

Photo Credit: Hotel de Glace

2. Barns or other venues with vaulted ceilings are a romantic choice for a winter ceremony. This venue is particularly divine with its simple design and wintry vibe:

barn rustic wedding winter

Photo Credit: One Love Photo on Weddbook via The Bridal Detective

3. Are ballrooms more your speed? Then you’ll be crushing on this ballroom ceremony with a tree-lined aisle:

ballroom tree winter wedding

Photo Credit: Make Be-Leaves on Weddbook via The Bridal Detective 

4. I love this bouquet filled with pinecones and accented with fabric details on the handle:

pinecone bouquet

Photo Credit: Anastasiya Belik via The Bridal Detective

5. This burlap ring bearer pillow should come with a “cuteness overload” warning label!

burlap rustic ring bearer pillow

Photo Credit: MinSvenskaLandgard on Etsy via The Bridal Detective

6. Love all things rustic? Add an unexpected, whimsical touch with this pinecone installation:

rustic pine cone installation winter

Photo by Janet Howard Studio on Style Me Pretty via The Bridal Detective

7. Need a major dose of style inspiration for your tables? Try incorporating white flowers, candles, and metal tree centerpieces with crystal garlands for a wintry touch:

winter white candles metallic wedding

Photo Credit: Preston Bailey on Weddbook via The Bridal Detective

8. These glittery tablecloths are perfect for a glam winter-inspired celebration:

winter sparkle tablecloth wedding glitter

Photo by Leslee Mitchell on Ruffled Blog via The Bridal Detective

9. My newest style obsession is undoubtedly ghost chairs. They can be paired with rustic tables for an eclectic look or make a statement inside a glamorous ballroom.

If you’re planning a winter wedding and want to incorporate ghost chairs into your design, drape faux furs over a few of the chairs to create a cozy look:

modern ghost chairs winter wedding

Photo by Scott Lawrence Photography on Belle Magazine via The Bridal Detective 

10. For the perfect finishing touch, try adding a sprig of fir to the backs of your ceremony or reception chairs:

fir chair winter wedding decorations

Photo Credit: Nine Photography on Ruffled Blog via The Bridal Detective

11. Pine needle sprigs make for fun and creative place cards:

pine needle seating cards winter

Photo by Sean Flanigan Photography on Tumblr via The Bridal Detective 

12. Cinnamon sticks and tree slices are inexpensive ways to add holiday spirit to your winter-inspired nuptials. Add a sprig of rosemary or fir to your napkins for an aromatic touch as well:

winter wedding decorations tree rosemary

Photo by Loveolio Swoon via The Bridal Detective

13. Don’t get me started on tablescapes — there is so much beautiful china, stemware, and flatware to choose from! Plus the crazy-gorgeous florals that line this winter-inspired display are just too amazing to pass up:

winter wedding tablescape peach owl

winter wedding tablescape floral centerpieces

Photo Credit: Jenny Haas on Green Wedding Shoes via The Bridal Detective (left); 
Photo Credit: Purple Martini on The Wedding Wire Blog via The Bridal Detective (right)

14. Let’s just talk about how adorable this mistletoe wedding cake designed by Erica OBrien is for a moment:

mistletoe wedding cake winter wedding

Cake created by Erica O’Brien

15. An icicle cake? What a unique concept! Show your baker this inspiration photo from Cakeability Green:

icicle wedding cake winter wedding

Cake created by Cakeability Green via The Bridal Detective

16. I’m Cake Opera Co.’s biggest fan girl. As if I needed another reason to love their confectionary creations even more, this hand painted cake with winter-inspired details has officially left me smitten for the season:

hand painted winter wedding cake

Cake created by the Cake Opera Co. 

17. This is the crème de la crème of cake tables! Adding draping and candles instantly created a backdrop that was meant for a work of edible art:

cake backdrop winter wedding decoration

Photo by Benfield Photography on Mod Wedding via The Bridal Detective 

18. Hang clear ornaments inside your venue to add a touch of the holidays:

hanging ornaments winter wedding ideas

Photo by Jay Goldman Photography on via The Bridal Detective

19. Stop the madness — this marshmallow installation is too brilliant! Hang it over your dessert display:

hanging marshmallow winter wedding ideas

Photo Credit: Wednesday Custom Design on Mon Carnet via The Bridal Detective

20. Remember cutting out snowflake shapes in elementary school for craft time? This is such a great way to bring a touch of winter wonderland to your dessert buffet.

snowflake dessert buffet

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June 29th, 2015 by admin

Coolest Wedding Venues in the US

We know that many of you are recently engaged…or maybe are very soon to be? (Hello, romantic V-day proposals!) This means that your wedding planning will soon be underway + you’ll be looking for the perfect place to say I Do! We think the venue you select is one of the most important pieces of your wedding puzzle. Not just any old place will do. Since we love unique + rad wedding locations, we’ve had a lot of fun working on our list of what we think are the Top 26 Coolest places to get married here in the US!

Whether you’re looking to get married in a nursery, on a ranch, up in a treehouse, or at an old sugar mill or summer camp – no location is too out of the box! We have you covered with our list of the best below, so let’s check ’em out (in no particular order)…

photos from top graphic by Serigio Mottola (top) and Birds of a Feather (bottom)

Haiku MIll in Maui

1. Haiku Mill in Maui, Hawaii

If you’ve dreamed of a destination wedding in Hawaii, but sandy beaches aren’t exactly what you picture for the backdrop, you have got to check out Haiku Mill. An ancient sugar plantation filled with old world elegance, the venue features ornate, hand-picked treasures and is surrounded by fragrant jasmine and gardenia blossoms. The courtyard opens up to the the beautiful Hawaiian sky – reminding everyone of the beauty of the island. We can’t get over the charm + uniqueness of the space and know your guests will be truly captivated by the romance of the setting.

We stopped by Haiku Mill during our last trip to Maui and walked the grounds with owner, SylviaHamilton Kerr. Her guided tour, complete with stories of the properties history, her plans for it and how she curated her collection of pieces and installations from places as far as flea markets across France made us love it even more. Truly a magical spot on a magical island!

photos above thanks to Ashley Camper, Wendy Laurel and Jana Morgan

treehouse point wedding venue

2. Treehouse Point in Issaquah, Washington

We can’t image a more unique (and amaze) location to tie the knot than a real treehouse! Treehouse Point (super conveniently located just 30 minutes from Seattle) is tucked away in a beautiful forest brimming with all of the beauty of nature that you can imagine. We love how the Treehouse offers overnight accommodations – can you imagine waking up in one?! Surely a one-of-a-kind experience for both you and your guests!

photos above by Amanda Lloyd. See more weddings from Treehouse Point here!

Sodo Park Wedding Venue

3. Sodo Park in Seattle, Washington

If industrial is your jam, Sodo Park in Seattle would make an amazing backdrop for your big day! Located in the heart of Seattle’s historic SoDo district, just minutes from downtown Seattle, the space blends historical architecture with a modern, elegant feel that can work as a blank slate for any type of wedding style. We’re personally obsessed with those exposed beams + the beautiful, reclaimed lighting fixtures!

top photo by O’Mallery Photographers and bottom photos by Bryce Covey. See more weddings from Sodo Park here!

beaulieu garden

4. Beaulieu Garden in Rutherford, California

There’s nothing prettier than a garden wedding + that’s why Beaulieu Garden in Napa made our list. Talk about a dramatic entrance, Beaulieu has a quarter mile drive lined with magnificent sycamore trees that create an elegant canopy all the way to the estate. Your guests will be blown away uponn arrival! For a beautiful option in the Napa region that’s outside of the norm, we just can’t get enough of this stunning place.

photo credits: Cooper Carras (top left), Tec Petaja (top right), Michael Radford (bottom)

union hill inn wedding

5. Union Hill Inn in Sonora, CA

With the key words “Rustic + Refined” often used to describe the setting at Union Hill Inn in Sonora, CA, we love its cozy feel for a wedding. Exchange your vows in front of the charming fireplace + book the Inn for exclusive use to make a fun weekend out of it! The venue is just a short drive to Historic Columbia, Sonora and Jamestown.  Feel like day tripping?  Yosemite and Lake Tahoe here you come! Whose  guests wouldn’t love that?!

Check out this Woodsy Boho wedding and this Country-Inspired Cali wedding – both featured on GWS!

photos: top row by Josh Elliott and bottom row by Ellie Grover

Bear Flag Farm Wedding

6. Bear Flag Farm in Winters, California

If your venue vision points to a beautiful California farm, Bear Flag Farm should definitely be on your list. The idyllic farm is situated on thirty acres of lavender fields, fruit trees and vegetable crops. They also have a small batch vineyard which yields just three hundred cases of estate grown Syrah each year. Weddings on the farm are limited to a few per year, adding to the specialty feel of this beautiful place. Get your inquiries in early if you want to get married here!

truck photo by Carrie Patterson and all others by Lisa Lefkowitz

big daddy's antiques wedding

7. Big Daddy’s Antiques in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California

Big Daddy’s Antiques in LA/SF is a of one-of-a-kind retailer of antiques and reproductions from European, Asian, and North American markets. Fun for a day trip to stroll around, yes, but lucky for couples looking for a super unique place for their wedding, they also hold weddings and have quickly become a sought after spot to say I Do!

top and bottom right photo by Amy & Stuart from this wedding in LA and bottom left by Kate Harrison from a SF wedding

Ruins at Kunde Estate

8. Dunfillan Ruins at Kunde Estate in Kenwood, California

Nestled in the heart of Sonoma Valley, Dunfillan Ruins is our favorite location at Kunde Estate. Built in the late 1800s by a winemaking pioneer, couples can now marry within its historic stone walls for a wedding ceremony that’s truly unique. Perfect for large events, the interior of the ruins can be transformed into a dramatic dining experience, while the surrounding meadows make for a stunning space to dine alfresco for the reception!

photos above by Edyta Szyszlo Photography from this wedding we featured at Kunde Estate

Huron Substation

9. Huron Substation in Los Angeles, California

An actual Historic Cultural Monument in LA, Huron Substation is a super cool spot to get hitched. The building was built in 1906 and is the second oldest surviving substation in the city. We love the space’s old brick walls, arched windows and steel beams! It’s perfect for couples looking to include a little history and uniqueness into their day.

photos above by Pie Shoppe (top), Wildflowers Photography (bottom left) and Zoom Theory (bottom right)

440 Seaton Wedding Venue

10. 440 Seaton in Los Angeles, CA

For couples looking for an urban warehouse venue in DTLA, 440 Seaton is a major fave. The 100 year old urban interior space includes a Cathedral-like atrium, giving you endless possibilities for designing your dream day. Its unique, rustic, + eclectic charm will set the stage for a memorable celebration!

photos above by Bayly and Moore from this wedding!

malibu rocky oaks wedding venue

11. Malibu Rocky Oaks in Malibu, CA

And the most breathtaking ceremony location? How about getting married in the hills of Malibu around vineyards on a hellipad?!? We’ve been to Malibu Rocky Oaks and it is seriously as amazing as the photos. A ceremony with an amazing 360-degree view of the Santa Monica Mountains makes you almost feel like you’re up in the clouds! Followed by dinner on long tables next to the pool…we are total fans!

photos above by Birds of a Feather (top) and Paige Jones (bottom)! See a gorgeous wedding we featured here and adinner party here

Rim Rock Ranch Wedding

12. Rim Rock Ranch in Joshua Tree/Pioneertown, CA

If you’re going for a bohemian style wedding, there can’t be a better spot to say I Do than Rim Rock Ranch. Built in 1947, the ranch was built to house stars and directors of dozens of cowboy movies filming in nearby Pioneertown during the 50s (um, so amazing, right?!). This property is comprised of four cabins, a house, an Airstream trailer and a modern suite on a beautifully manicured property perfect for weddings of all sizes year round.

photos above by YEAH! Wedidngs from this wedding we featured on GWS

The Icehouse Wedding Venue in Arizona

13. The Ice House in Phoenix, Arizona  

For a backdrop with wow-factor in Arizona, The Ice House is the coolest! (see what we did there?) As avant-garde as it is historic, the space began operations in 1920 as an icehouse for the food industry – so rad! Now, couples can tie the knot within its refined, industrial walls.

top photo by Dan & Erin Photography and bottom photos by Mike Olbinski 

Dunton Hot Springs Wedding

14. Dunton Hot Springs, in Dolores, Colorado

If there’s one thing you have to know about Dunton Hot Springs it’s that is actually a restored ghost town!  Not only are the surroundings stunning, but you can rent the entire town for your celebration. Renting the town gives you exclusive use of all that Dunton boasts: the original Dancehall & Saloon, Bathhouse, The Pony Express Yoga Studio, The West Fork Boxing Gym, our very own open air chapel, two spa treatment cabins, and 12 hand-hewn luxury cabins, each unique in size, charm and character from the next. We say YES to that!

top left and bottom left photo by Laura Murray, top right photo by Chowen Photography and bottom right by Max Wanger

Thorncrown Chapel wedding venue

15. Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Thorncrown Chapel is beautiful glass cathedral in the woods of Arkansas – making it an amazing fit for our unique venue round up and an unforgettable setting for your wedding. The chapel may look cozy + quaint, but it seats up to 100 guests in its 6,000 square feet of glass (with 425 gorgeous windows!). We are in love with it’s one-of-a-kind, modern feel.

photos above by Cottonwood Studios

The Resort at Paws Up

16. The Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, Montana

For those who haven’t been to Montana, it’s one of the most well kept secrets and breathtakingly beautiful places. With starlit skies and untouched wilderness, Paws Up Resort provides a scenic backdrop for saying I Do. Since it’s claim to fame is the beauty of nature, any style or type of wedding will feel right at home at this stunning, picturesque setting. We love that they offer cabins and glamping for your guests as well as a ceremony outdoors, reception in a barn and rehearsal dinner outdoors by the creek.

We’ve visited several times and can attest that a few days of big sky country, outdoor activities + the tasty meals offered at Paws Up (as well as a stop at the spa) will rejuvenate any couple or guests!

photos above by Michèle M Waite (top 2 rows) and Max Wanger (bottom row) — see a wedding and rehearsal dinner we featured on GWS

Race & Religious Wedding Venue

17. Race & Religious in New Orleans, LA  

Known as New Orlean’s most distinctive location for weddings, Race & Religious can host up to 300 guests in its romantic historical compound. The unique indoor-outdoor space is comprised of two masonry homes built in the 1830s and provides a great backdrop filled with all that NOLA charm. To top it off, R & R would be perfect for destination weddings, because tell us one person who hasn’t mentioned wanting to visit New Orleans!

top photo by Anne-Claire Brun and bottom photos by Megan W. Photography. And see two weddings from Race & Religious here!

Vista West Ranch Wedding

 18. Vista West Ranch in Dripping Springs, TX

Fusing Austin chic with Hill Country charm, we love the space at Vista West Ranch for so many reasons! The setting is a unique blend of rustic + bohemian, making it the perfect recipe for a romantic + memorable venue for stylish Texas couples. One of our fave things about this venue? Their wedding packages include all the important essentials, so you get to focus on the fun things, like food + decor!

See VWR in action in this gorgeous wedding we featured on GWS!

top photo by Forever Photography, bottom left by Love, The Nelsons and others thanks to Vista West Ranch

Mill City Museum for a wedding

19. Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota

A breathtaking choice for Minnesota brides + grooms, Mill City Museum provides a jaw-dropping backdrop for weddings + events. The striking structure was built on the banks of the Mississippi River, amid the ruins of an old flour mill. Major renovations have brought it back to life and the open, industrial space can accommodate up to 250 guests.

top photo by Ryan Stadler, bottom left photo by Amy Rae and bottom right by Jeff Loves Jessica Photography

camp wandawega wedding

20. Camp Wandawega in Elkhorn, Wisconsin 

It’s no secret that we love a good camp wedding here at GWS, but one thing we noticed after a seeing a couple of them – some of our absolute faves took place at Camp Wandawega! Wandawega has played host to some truly notable events like creative retreats and even a Kinfolk dinner! The space is as lovely as it is inviting – describe your wedding as Moonrise Kingdom inspired? This place is for you! We love that you and your guests can stay on-site in a log cabin, teepee, treehouse or lodge! Pretty amazing, yes?!

top photo + bottom right by Raymond Siler, bottom left from Camp Wandawega and bottom right top by Sergio Mottola

Terrain Anthropologie Wedding Venue

21. Terrain in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania

Yes, we’re talkin’ bout Antropologie’s counterpart, Terrain. Specifically, their ultra charming restored antique greenhouse, which is available for weddings both intimate + grand. Just as stylish as you’d expect, Terrain is one of our favorite backdrops and a great option for something unique for Pennsylvania couples!

photos by Lauren Fair Photography (top + bottom row) and Love Me Do Photography (middle row) — see more weddings at Terrain here on GWS

metropolitan building wedding venue

22. Metropolitan Building in Queens, New York  

It should come as no surprise that NY’s Metropolitan Building made our list of coolest venues. With it’s French-inspired decor and old-world charm, it’s a space that we dream about on the daily! There are two floors with different looks to choose from and a gorgeous prop room, perfect for photo-ops. Whether you’re tying the knot in NY or thinking of traveling in for a destination celebration, one thing’s for sure: this space won’t disappoint!

top photo by Turn Loose the Art, bottom left by Katie Osgood and bottom right by Pat Furey  

blackberry farm wedding

23. Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee

Tennessee plays host to one of our fave farm venues. The idyllic scenery and luxurious accommodations at Blackberry Farm will give your day an rustic, yet elegant, feel. The farm generates a range of heirloom produce + the farmhouse, built using reclaimed wood, is one of the property’s most noteworthy features. We can see why! It would make for a perfect backdrop for a stunning wedding. Don’t you think?

photos above by Tec Petaja

Claxton Farm

24. Claxton Farm in Asheville/Weaverville, North Carolina

Sticking with farm weddings for a sec, our next venue, Claxton Farm, is a versatile and beautiful setting located near the NC mountain towns of Asheville + Weaverville. Weddings at the farm can be casual with a fun, laid back feel or with a little more effort can be transformed into a blend of elegant details enhanced by the natural setting.

top photo by Brita Photography and bottom photos by Graham Terhune

barnsley garden resort

25. The Ruins at Barnsley Resort in Adairsville, Georgia 

Barnsley Resort gives Georgia couples a unique place to tie the knot with its beautiful setting amid its awe-inspiring ancient ruins. The storybook setting makes for a fun change of pace to typical southern weddings + is the perfect place to host a wedding (local or destination) with an epic vibe + view.

top photo courtesy of The Ruins at Barnsley Garden Resort and bottom photos by Austin Gros

Vizcaya Museum

26. Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Miami, Florida

Nope, you’re eyes are not deceiving you! Although it looks like a little slice of Europe, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is conveniently located in the heart of Miami. A jewel among Miami’s skyscrapers, they say. It’s both beautiful + serene and would make a perfect backdrop for couples who want a wedding with a European feel if traveling abroad is not an option.

top photos by KT Merry and bottom photo by Shea Christine

We hope you enjoyed this peek at our personal fave US wedding venues. While finding the right spot is definitely important, we all know there are plenty of ways to make your wedding unique wherever it may be located! Our number one idea for creating an amazing setting just about anywhere? Enlist Shelter Co. (seen below) to stage a whole pop-up lodging experience for your celebration! Their fully furnished canvas tents provide all the necessary amenities and are totally perfect for stylish glamping weddings!

Glamping with the Shelter Co

So tell us, did you see a location on our list that caught your eye? Or did you already book one of these amazing venues? We’d love to get a fun convo started in the comments section below! Tell us, and other couples why you hosting your wedding at a unique location is important to you! And if you are still looking for a rad venue, be sure to check out theVenues in the GWS Wedding Artist Guide!

If you own or run a rad location that didn’t make our list, let us know about it below. We’re always on the lookout for new venues!

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June 29th, 2015 by admin

1. The Lodge on Loch Goil, Scotland

A woodland princess’s dreams come true at this adorable and romantic spot on Lake Goil. And yes, small weddings can take placeinside the Tree House. Find out more here.

2. Nymans Gardens, Sussex

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Combining ethereal architecture and natural beauty, Nymans Gardens surrounds the timeless ruins of an gothic manor, destroyed by fire in 1947. Find our more here.

3. Scotney Castle, Kent

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This 14th century moated castle is the ideal for a fairy-tale country wedding. Add a beautiful walled garden and what more could you ask for? Find out more here.

4. Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

The ancestral home to the Duke of Devonshire, Chatworth House is one of the most elegant and luxurious venues in Britain. Find out more here.

5. Cameron House, Scotland

Cameron House is built on the banks of Loch Lomond and offers a delightfully misty and enchanted atmosphere. Find out more here.

6. Montacute House, Somerset

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More stately than cute, this 16th century country house is a unique mixture of Gothic and Renaissance Classical architecture. To add to its class and aesthetic, Montacute boasts a well-curated art collection, and often houses pieces owned by the National Gallery. Find out more here.

7. Mussenden Temple, Northern Ireland

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If this stunning cliffside temple didn’t pique your romantic side enough, its cameo in Game of Thrones is bound to catch your attention. Find out more here.

8. Castle Campbell, Scotland

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Surrounded by gorges on either side, this medieval fortress has a stunning view and gorgeous, lush grounds for an enchanting wedding. Find out more here.

9. Tylney Hall, Hampshire

This Victorian-era mansion is steeped with romance, from its sweeping architecture to its creeping vines. Find out more here.

10. Sudeley Castle, Cotswolds

Sudeley Castle is over a thousand years old, and is perhaps good luck for an enduring marriage, as it’s the burial place to Katharine Parr, Henry VIII’s last wife. Find out more here.

11. Chiddingstone Castle, Kent

Chiddingstone Castle has undergone multiple renovations since it was first built in the Tudor era, but none has ever seen full completion, giving this venue a unique, time travelling aesthetic. Find our more here.

12. Peckforton Castle, Cheshire

Built in the 19th century and inspired by medieval architecture, the towers and lovely arched windows of Peckforton Castle are fit for a legendary romance. Find out more here.

13. Mount Stuart, Scotland

Mount Stuart is an excellent venue for book lovers and history buffs, and the perfect place to preserve a memory – the 18th century, neo-gothic construction is now home to vast private collections, archives, and libraries with over 25,000 books, records, letters, and photos on site. Find out more here.

14. Wrest Park House and Gardens, Bedford

92 acres of garden surround this French-style country house, combining all elements for a positively enchanting ceremony. Find out more here.

15. Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire

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Ancient and stately, Bolsover was founded in the 12th century. Coupled with a penchant for history will enjoy the landmark’s part throughout medieval crown squabbles and the English Civil War. Find out more here.

16. Melrose Abbey, Scotland

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Thought to be the burial place of 14th century Scottish king Robert the Bruce’s heart, the haunting and beautiful Melrose Abbey has a timeless and eternal quality ideal for a romantic wedding. Find our more here.

17. Combe House, Devon

This quaint and cozy Elizabethan manor is an idyllic wedding getaway. Find out more here.

18. Newstead Abbey, Nottingham

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A beautiful 12th century abbey equipped with a Romeo and Juliet style balcony should be more than enough, but Newstead is simply dripping in romance. The abbey was home to poet Lord Byron for 6 years in the 19th century. Find out more here.

19. Ackergill Tower, Scotland

Overlooking the Sinclair Bay, this 15th century stronghold has withstood the test of time and conflict – not a bad place to start your marriage. Find out more here.

20. Augill Castle, Cumbria

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This gothic, turreted masterpiece is spacious and grand, but also has a homey, signature personality thanks to the current hosts, who live on the premises. Find out more here.

21. Hopetoun House, Scotland

On the outskirts of Edinburgh, you’ll find the positively gorgeous Hopetoun House. Equipped with a spacious front lawn and lush walled garden, it’s perfect for a big wedding reception. Find out more here.

22. Stoke Rochford Hall, Lincolnshire

This Victorian mansion and gardens offer a stately and elegant venue, and features a beautiful and airy open-ceilinged ceremony hall. Find out more here.

23. Comlongon Castle, Scotland

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This 15th century castle near Gretna is a charming venue for both undoor and outdoor ceremonies. For couples who want a variety of attendee, Comlongon is said to be haunted by the ghost of Lady Marion for Curruthers, the daughter of a 16th century Scottish nobleman. Find out more here.

24. Allerton Castle, Yorkshire

This gothic castle in Yorkshire is our most Hogwarts-y choice, and has been ranked the one of the best wedding venues in northern England. Find out more here.


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June 13th, 2015 by admin

Many starry-eyed marriage proposals promise the world.

Cheetah Platt, 30, and Rhian Woodyard, 32, are actually following through on that promise.

Instead of spending their money on an elaborate wedding ceremony, the Los Angeles couple decided they’d rather start their lives together by traveling the world, holding 38 wedding ceremonies along the way. For less than $3,000 apiece, the two — both acrobats — planned out an impressive itinerary spanning 83 days and 11 countries.

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The Ajanta Caves – Thana, India

“We live in California, which is a very expensive state,” Platt told The Huffington Post, explaining how they transitioned from the idea of a traditional ceremony to what they’ve come to call a “worldwide wedding.” “And weddings? Oh they’re a lot of money. We didn’t want to spend a lot of money for a single day.”

The two anguished over the particulars of a wedding, then realized after “a lot, a lot of planning and preparation” that they could both get ordained online and marry themselves for free all over the world instead. “Not only is this possible,” said Platt, “but oddly enough — it’s more affordable.”

“I really want people to know that this wedding, three months around the world with unbelievable adventures… is cheaper than throwing a good — not even a ‘great,’ not even an ‘epic’ — just a good wedding in California for one day.”

Given the scope of this adventure, surely the two traveled often prior to this?

“No,” says Platt. “Absolutely not.”

While Platt’s job has taken him to international spots, and he considers himself well-traveled, Woodyard says she’s “the complete opposite.”

“I have been to three states,” she says, laughing. “I have never traveled before at all, so something else that inspired this wedding was the fact that Cheetah could give me this amazing experience at the same time, and we could learn about each other.”

The two struggled to pin down the highlights of their trip so far, given that everywhere they’ve been has been amazing and full of so many “firsts” for Woodyard. That list includes everything from seeing the Great Pyramids to Woodyards first time riding a subway.

“I’ve taken quite a few photos,” she added.

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Giza, Egypt

For Platt, two standouts have been getting married in front of the pyramids in Giza, and seeing a cheetah (his namesake) on the savannah in Africa. Woodyard’s most memorable part so far has been exploring the Ellora and Ajanta Caves in India. At the time of their interview with HuffPost, they’d only just arrived in Thailand, with plenty more to see.

They emphasized that flexibility in where they wanted to go, and at what times, has saved them lots of money on their around-the-world journey, which started in Bogota, Colombia, in early February.

“We really chose everything based on price, because everything was going to be amazing,” said Woodyard. “It didn’t matter so much wherewe went — it mattered that we went.”

When they finally return home, they’ll have one last (and legally binding) ceremony, with their family and friends. “That’s huge,” says Platt, “that’s so important.”

For their honeymoon (remember: this trip is their wedding), the couple says they don’t have plans yet, but it could be anything from a weekend trip to northern California to another three-month international adventure.

As you’d expect, the photos are amazing. And did we mention they’re both acrobats?

For more information, check out the couple on Facebook and Twitter, or help contribute financially to the trip here, via Honeyfund.

See some of their incredible photos below, all taken by the couple themselves:

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    Suan Luang Rama 9 Park – Bangkok, Thailand
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    Mumbai, India
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    Bibi Ka Maqbara – Aurangabad, India
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    Ellora Temple – Maharashtra, India
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    Mumbai, India
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    Masai Village – Kenya
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    The Giraffe Center – Nairobi, Kenya
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    Cairo, Egypt
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    Casablanca, Morocco
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    Essouira, Morocco
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    Essouira, Morocco
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    Cascade de Ouzoud, Morocco
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    International Airport – Dublin, Ireland
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    Boleykarrigeen – Wicklow Mountains, Ireland
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    Glendalough Cathedral – Ireland
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    Glendalough Lake – Ireland
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    Malahide Castle – Dublin, Ireland
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    Capricho Park – Madrid, Spain
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    Capricho Park – Madrid, Spain
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    Alcazar Castle – Segovia, Spain
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    Roman Aqueduct – Segovia, Spain
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    Jardin Botanico – Bogota, Colombia



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May 29th, 2015 by admin
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1. Whimsy Farm, Byron Bay

Complete with a love heart-shaped lawn and tall, hedged maze, this is the perfect spot for lovers who want their wedding to feel like a literal, real-life fairytale, straight out of a Little Golden Book.

Find out more here.

2. The Grounds of Alexandria, Sydney

The ultimate location for a low-key, whimsical foodie, The Grounds proves that a farmyard theme can be just as festive as any other.

Find out more here.

3. Merribee, Numbaa

Complete with its own flower nursery, barn and 20 separate garden rooms, this location is a Pinterest-lover’s dream come true.

Find out more here.

4. Fairground Follies, Sydney

For the couple that dream of running away together to join the circus, this carnival hall comes complete with working carousel; an Instagram goldmine that will take every guest back to their childhood. Clowns and side-show freaks optional, and dependent on family expectations.

Find out more here.

5. Carriageworks, Sydney

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Potentially the ~coolest~ location in all of Sydney, this exhibition spot is perfect for lovers of industrial design.

Find out more here.

6. The Hydro Majestic, Blue Mountains

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Lina Hayes

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This historic hotel was made for sunset celebrations.

Find out more here.

7. The University of Sydney

While the dream of tying the knot at Hogwarts might not ever come true, Sydney Uni is here to meet your grand expectations, while you wait for your owl post to arrive.

Find out more here.

8. Thredbo, Kosciuszko National Park

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Maybe you met on the slopes? Maybe you hate the heat? Maybe you want to take that white theme thing to a whole new level? Regardless of your reasoning, a wedding in the snow isn’t going to be easily forgotten.

Find out more here.

9. The Island, Sydney

While hiring a real private island might stretch the wedding budget that little bit too far, this floating version is still pretty damn impressive. Take a water taxi from Watson’s Bay and return to land a married couple.

Find out more here.

10. Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat

For everyone who agrees that bush beats everything else, this location comes with plenty of room to breathe.

Find out more here.

11. Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel, Sydney

The prettiest, most Instagram-able place for a wedding by the sea.

FInd out more here.

12. Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Sydney

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Every creative couples dream – a night in an art gallery. Bonus points for the evening city views.

Find out more here.

13. Bondi Icebergs, Bondi Beach

Bondi beach is iconic. And the perfect place to celebrate.

Find out more here.

14. Fort Denison, Sydney


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Whether you’re a history nerd or just like the idea of being smack bang in the middle of Sydney Harbour when you say your vows, if this place didn’t have so many stories behind it, you’d swear it was built for weddings.

Find out more here.

15. Luna Park, Sydney

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Bright lights, big wedding. Make your 10-year-old self proud.

Find out more here.

16. Hunter Valley Gardens

Straight out of a storybook, these gardens are totally channeling Wonderland – in the best way possible.

Find out more here.

17. Tobruk Sheep Station, Maroota

Whether you’re a country couple at heart – or just want to fake it for the day – this location is only 70 minutes from the Sydney CBD but feels approximately one million miles away.

Find out more here.

18. The Tea Room, Queen Victoria Building Sydney

Oh, you fancy, huh? If you can’t imagine your wedding possibly going ahead without a crystal chandelier – or three – you need to investigate this space in the QVB.

Find out more here.

19. Fig Tree Resturant, Byron Bay

If you’re going to get married under any tree, you might as well make it an ancient fig, overlooking Byron.

Find out more here.

20. Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains

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Take your wedding literally underground, for something that will most likely be very, very unexpected.

Find out more here.

21. Bush Bank, Kiama Heights

A historic farm-stay with ocean views, this spot on the south coast can suit any theme your heart desires.

Find out more here.

22. Gunners Barracks, Sydney

For sandstone courtyards and city views.

Find out more here.

23. Borrodell Vineyard, Orange

If wine and truffles are your kind of thing, this vineyard will suit you perfectly.

Find out more here.

24. Bells at Killcare, Central Coast

For fans of convenience, this location comes complete with luxury hotel suites and one very celebrated restaurant.

Find out more here.

25. Cupitt’s Winery, Ulladulla

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Tim Pascoe

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Pretty all year long, this winery is perfect for anyone who wants equally beautiful food, wine and scenery.

Find out more here.

26. Taronga Zoo, Sydney

Because if anyone’s going to photobomb your wedding shoot, it might as well be a couple of elephants.

Find out more here.


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