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by Sarah Zlotnick
Looking for the rustic country wedding venue of your dreams? With it's massive stone walls, gigantic chandeliers, and exposed brick beams, Olde Dobbin Station might just be your answer. Book McCoy Station (pictured here, it's the largest of the venue's three event spaces) for a sit-down reception of up to 500 guests.
Wind down a shaded, tree-lined road to this 440 acre estate, where a beautiful colonial mansion complete with a 2500-square foot-deck and wraparound porch awaits. Covered in 200-year-old oak trees, the property also features a climate-controlled pavillion with a rustic brick fireplace, bride and groom dressing rooms, ponds, gardens, and fountains. If you're not convinced this is the perfect package, then guess what: they also offer childcare.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Built in the 1830's, this three-building, two courtyard (named for the intersection of streets where it sits) is steeped in Cajun history. Have you ceremony on the edge of the palm-tree lined pool, then group guests for a dinner they won't forget in one of the two adjacent masonry homes. A small cottage on the property serves as an excellent pre-wedding gathering place for the wedding party.
Operated by the Winchester Opera House, we love this 3-story, 38-room Antebellum historic home for the amazing photo opps (think of what you can do with all those balconies!) and the vast array of reception set-up and pre-wedding activity possibilities.
Charleston, South Carolina
There are 4 equally unforgettable event locations at this sprawling South Carolina plantation: the Spanish-moss covered Carriage House, the floral-filled Convervatory, the rustic, removed Pavillion, and the magestic main house Veranda. No matter which spot you decide on though, you'll still be surrounded by magical southern gardens and magnolia trees.
Greenville, South Carolina
Sliding glass walls and minimalist adornment help this 12,000 square foot space feel like a cross between a sophisticated wine bar and contemporary art gallery. Say your vows in the outdoor Bamboo Garden, then move into the modern, warehouse-style indoor space (love those exposed ceilings!) for your reception.
Wilmington, North Carolina
Built in 1847 in what is now the heart of downtown Wilmington, this restored former Catholic Church features soaring ceilings, stained glass windows, and plenty of exposed brick. Usher guests downstairs for cocktail hour while the upstairs is transformed from ceremony spot to reception dinner, and you'll see that the stage where you said I Do also doubles as the perfect dance floor.
Multiple exposed brick rooms and handsome wooden bars make this former jailhouse (really!) an ideal reception space for a modern, food- and drink-focused couple. Added bonus: the upstairs "Ghost Loft" serves as a practically built in play area for kids.
A ballroom with a floor to ceiling glass wall? Yes please! Located 15 minutes from downtown Austin, this Victorian mansion can accomodate groups of 50 to 600 with a variety of garden and indoor event space options. Added bonus: the in-house catering company is all organic.
A charming 6-acre estate complete with inviting porches, an enchanting barn, garden gazebo, uniformed parking attendants, classic getaway cars to rent, an old-fashioned swing, and horses in view. What more could a Southern bride ask for?
Bald Head Island, North Carolina
Nestled right on Cape Fear, this relaxed, family-focused beach club offers a variety of reception and ceremony options. Our pick: vows at the waterfront gazebo, followed by cocktail hour on the pool deck.
Impress your guests with a 360-degree rooftop view of Miami's mos glamorous neighborhood at this open-air space, which can accomodate up to 250. Designed to mimic the luxurious yachts parked in the marinas down below, Skydeck is also equipped with a state of the art sound system to bring the South Beach party directly to you.