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by Alex Merriman
Look no further than this historic castle for a true fairytale wedding. The grounds feature gorgeous European-style gardens, including an English rose garden, an herb garden, a butterfly garden, a hedge maze and an enchanted forest.
Originally built in 1925, the restored ballroom features exquisite hand-painted ceilings and stunning crystal chandeliers. The adjacent Moorish room also serves as a beautiful wedding backdrop, with grand hand-painted murals and a mosaic tile dance floor.
While this location offers several stunning spaces for couples to choose from, the Palm House wins our heart with its double grand staircase, Venetian fountain, lush tropical gardens, and brilliant glass ceiling. Plus, when the sun goes down, an artistic LED installation illuminates the space. That’s tough to beat!
With its ancient timber frame, exposed beam ceilings, and whitewash fieldstone walls, “enchanted” is truly the best way to describe this 1880s barn loft. Whether you’re planning a cozy candlelit autumn affair or a starlit summertime soiree, this countryside venue is the perfect setting.
Between the flood of natural light, soaring palm trees and two-story waterfall, guests might find it hard to believe they’re dining and dancing in the heart of a major metropolitan city. Combining a fresh, open atmosphere with a hip downtown vibe, the glass atrium restaurant provides best of both worlds - and serves up fabulous Italian cuisine to boot!
Exchange vows in a charming green garden with spectacular views of the Indianapolis skyline before heading inside for a swanky, sophisticated celebration in a chic urban space featuring exposed brick and glossy hardwood floors.
As the one and only AAA Five-Diamond resort in the Midwest, The American Club is the pinnacle of luxury and elegance. Reception space options include stately ballrooms, tranquil courtyard gardens, a sophisticated rustic lodge, and an Irish fieldstone barn overlooking Lake Michigan.
Mackinac Island, Michigan
This famous coastal hotel boasts the largest front porch in the world, a sprawling 600-foot platform enclosed by towering white columns and a light blue roof, featuring thousands of signature red geraniums breathtaking views of the Straits of Mackinac. And yes, it’s available for weddings!
Whether you want to saw your vows on the sandy shores of a sparkling lake, among trickling waterfalls and colorful wildflowers, or before a grand stone fireplace, this beautiful property can provide the perfect backdrop.
If you’re looking for a unique setting for your big day, it’s hard to beat this stylish Art Deco space. The former movie theater boasts an open layout with high ceilings, a huge dance floor and avant-garde décor. Plus, their in-house chef has received rave reviews across the board!
Des Moines, Iowa
With its exquisite architecture and old world charm, this handsome 1920s mansion fosters an atmosphere so warm and inviting you’ll feel like you’re hosting your wedding at your own home, but on a much grander scale.
Vernon Hills, Illinois
While some may recognize this Venetian style estate from its big-screen debut in “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” the picture-perfect property is perhaps better known for its spectacular gardens, impressive collection of antique furnishings, and fabulous artwork.
This sleek industrial loft space is a perfect match for the couple with creative, contemporary style. The bright white walls and ceiling serve as a blank slate for those who want a completely customized celebration.
With sparkling string lights wrapped around its wooden beams and glowing lanterns hanging from its towering ceiling, Mustard Seed Gardens’ 1892 barn is a spectacular setting for a rustic wedding.
Des Moines, Iowa
Inspired by the King’s House in Salisbury, England, this majestic Tudor manor estate boasts exquisite architectural detail from grand Gothic archways to stunning stained glass windows. Dance the night away on a grand limestone terrace overlooking the property’s vast, perfectly manicured gardens.
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