5 Wedding Venues in the South You Need to See

Feb 25, 2021 | Planning

Your wedding venue is the first (and possibly biggest) decision you'll make on the planning of your wedding day. After all, once you have that date booked in, you can start the real planning of your stationery, hiring vendors, and deciding on your big day style. So let us help you get off to a flying start if you're planning a wedding in the South. Our Fine Art Curation member Kate from Lost Coast Photography is here as our resident expert on all things Southern Charm...

"Telling your love story in the right setting is an expansion of your love and represents who you are as a couple. Knowing your style and the story you want to tell makes the decision that much easier, and plays a major role in the photographs that will live on for years.

As a fine art wedding photographer, curating a couple’s personal story means utilizing the venue and it’s details as an element in the storytelling. After all, the venue becomes an extension of the couple, and its surrounding landscape and architecture a major component. With that in mind, here are some of the most captivating venues in the South that offer spectacular backdrops, lush gardens and all the historic charm a couple could ever want."

THE OLANA | Hickory, TX

1851 Turbeville Road, Hickory Creek, TX 75065

Breathtaking French Chateau meets the suburbs of Dallas, Texas. Inspired by the Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte in Paris, this grand and exquisite venue has all the classic European charm one could ever dream of! The Olana is the perfect luxury wedding venue to celebrate your big day and build lasting memories. The baroque estate sits on forty acres of manicured grounds, with ornate architecture and 48,000 square feet of unmatched elegance and grandeur. Set the scene for your love story in one of the most iconic mansions in Texas and experience grandeur beyond compare. You won’t be disappointed!

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INN AT SERENBE | Chatt Hills, GA

10950 Hutcheson Ferry Road, Chatt Hills, GA 30268

Serenbe’s stylishly organic charm is the epitome of English countryside pastoral paintings. The rolling hills provide a beautifully natural landscape along with a simplistic elegance that will create a stunning backdrop for your special day. With over 1,000 acres of rolling countryside just minutes from the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, there are endless opportunities for relaxing and connecting with nature. This is a gorgeous wedding venue where family and friends can “stay and play” all at the same property!

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SWAN HOUSE | Atlanta, GA

130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305

The 100-year-old Swan House in Atlanta’s famous Buckhead neighborhood, is quintessentially southern. It’s elegant, classic, historic and overflowing with old world romance. Spectacular gardens and European architecture make this venue a favorite among couples and photographers alike. Ceremonies at The Swan House are grand affairs, they’re classic and full of all the dreamy details that take your breath away (cue in those iconic stairs!).

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MINT SPRINGS FARM | Nolensville, TN

7730 Nolensville Road, Nolensville, TN 37135

Mint Springs Farm captures the allure, charm, and legendary hospitality of the South, all within a 30-minute drive south of Nashville. This full-service venue boasts a long list of amenities and one of the most amazing bridal suites I’ve had the pleasure of photographing! Couples will be surrounded by 40 acres of rolling hillsides and gorgeous lake views, where they can dance the night away in a multi-level barn with crystal chandeliers and vintage pews, or sneak away to the glass green house surrounded by roses. Think vintage and refined-rustic on a sprawling Nashville farm!

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CHATEAU COCOMAR | Houston, TX

14525 Champions Drive, Houston, TX 77069

Where architecture, opulence and beauty collide. Chateau Cocomar is a 37,000 square foot French-inspired estate tucked away privately in a forested corner of Houston. The enchanting European castle-like venue is rich with elegantly designed architecture, imported antiques, Italian hand-painted murals and marble floors. With 7 private suites, world-class service and ultimate exclusivity, Chateau Cocomar is one of the most spectacular venues in the South. In case you’re having a hard time narrowing down your guest list, this venue is so astounding, it can accommodate a whopping 999 guests!

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