Perhaps when you think about Philadelphia weddings, wedding venues and wedding photos you think about the impressive architecture of City Hall or the iconic Art Museum steps and sparkling city skyline, but did you know that there are some really wonderful wedding venues for nature lovers right here in Philadelphia? Well, there are! If you are looking to get married surrounded by trees, in a secret garden and in the lush beauty of nature, I will tell you here about some of the best locations for wedding ceremonies and receptions for that woodsy and natural feel.
If you are a nature lover then you know how good it feels to be surrounded by the beauty that it creates. Whether it’s the blooming flowers of springtime or the bold bursts of colors in fall there is truly a magical feeling to be away from the city and get that reset the only nature can provide. Having your wedding among the trees or next to a babbling creek can bring a special sense of joy and peace. When you choose a wedding venue in the woods or amongst the lush landscape there is minimal decorating to do because nature does it for you!
4100 Chamounix Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19131
Ridgeland Mansion is located in Philadelphia’s expansive west Fairmount Park. This historic building is surrounded by lovely manicured grounds and offers a wonderful private garden area where you can have your outside ceremony. There is also a large tent for receptions that can host up to 300 guests. In the warmer months, a cocktail hour can be offered alfresco letting your guests breathe the fresh air and enjoy the greenery. Joshua’s Catering company is the exclusive caterer and offers fresh and locally sourced cuisine for your wedding day.
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1 Awbury Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19138
Located in the gorgeous Awbury Arboretum in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, you will find this sweet wedding venue, Portico. Its grounds are abundant with nature’s beauty and really come to life in the springtime with all the blooming flowers and trees. The main building, The Francis Cope House, boasts a large wrap-around porch that can be used for cocktail hour or ceremonies and is lovely for formal photos too. The porch can also come in handy in case of some rain. The 55 Acre Arboretum really offers a refuge and has a very peaceful and magical feel. There are multiple locations for outside ceremonies and a tented area for receptions. Peachtree Catering is the exclusive caterer offering their signature cooking style that “maximizes flavor and freshness” with a focus on sustainable and local ingredients.
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Valley Green Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19128
Nestled in the beloved Wissahickon Valley Park sits The Vallery Green Inn. It is right off the Forbidden Drive(a popular walking path). Fully immersed in the forest, you really feel like you are worlds away even though you are still in the bounds of Philadelphia. The wedding ceremonies are right outside right on the bank of the Creek which is a pretty unique and memorable place for exchanging vows. There is a tented patio space that keeps your guests comfortable while still allowing them to enjoy the surroundings. The Valley Green Inn offers in-house catering as it is a working restaurant.
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100 E Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118
Morris Arboretum is a beautifully maintained Arboretum offering a spectacular location for weddings. With 92 acres of grounds, there is no shortage of picturesque locations for photos. This Philadelphia venue has 6 different locations for ceremonies and a tented area for the reception. One of the highlighted features they offer is their “Out on a Limb” cocktail hour which is on a raised platform area up in the trees! Up to 175 guests can be accommodated.
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N Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Although you might not think of Race Street Pier as “in nature”, I do! It is not surrounded by the lush greenery of the other location on this list, it is on the banks of the Delaware River and the element of the water really brings a special feeling to the space. This is not a wedding venue but rather a public pier that can be rented in part for a ceremony.
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