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As an Ohio wedding photographer based in Toledo, I get to travel the state and visit some of the most beautiful and unique venues in the area. I thought it was about time I share some of my absolute favorites with you!

Here are my absolute favorites:

  1. Stillwaters Retreat
  2. Nazareth Hall
  3. Lyman Harbor
  4. So Serene
  5. Toledo Country Club

Stillwaters Retreat

McComb, Ohio

Close to 1-75 and near Findlay, Ohio, Stillwaters Retreat is a tree farm turned wedding venue space. Perfect for couples that love the outdoors, there are glamping tents available for overnight guests and the venue space is home to two swans that have imprinted on the pond when you first drive-in. It’s quaint and has the most beautiful views.

Max guest count: Around 140

Catering: BYO alcohol and catering

Learn more about Stillwaters Retreat here


Nazareth Hall

Grand Rapids, Ohio

Nazareth Hall is a historic venue that originated as an all-boys Catholic school back in the 1920s. There are ample indoor and outdoor spaces for wherever your heart takes you – a non-denominational chapel and outdoor Grotto complete with intricate rock sculpture. There are also three reception spaces including Gabriel Ballroom, Cadet West (which features an ornate curved window with stained glass), and Ladyglen (which has a beautiful balcony and has a patio out back for cocktail hour). You won’t want to miss this family-owned gem when you’re looking at Ohio wedding venues. I have photographed here at least 50 times and every time, there’s a new space we find where we are just in awe of the beauty.

Max guest count: 300

Catering: Provided by venue

Learn more about Nazareth here


The Grand Barn at the Mohicans – Treehouse Resort and Wedding Venue

Glenmont, Ohio

Looking for a woodland paradise? The Grand Barn is located on 75 acres of wooded land and a two-story timber-frame building for your reception. There are nine treehouses on the property to embrace the glamping and outdoor vibe at this beautiful venue.

Max guest count: 250

Catering: Provided by venue

Learn more about the Treehouse resort at the Mohicans here


The Ohio Statehouse

Columbus, Ohio

An absolutely beautiful wedding venue with historic Greek Revival architecture and elegant views. The stunning architecture speaks for itself and has places to get ready, ceremony spots, and is a Central, Ohio staple.

Max guest count: 300

Catering: Provided by venue

Learn more about The Ohio Statehouse here


Metropolitan at the 9

Cleveland, Ohio

Bold and modern design, this luxury Cleveland hotel oozes elegance. Stunning chandeliers and unique ceilings make this an unforgettable space. Don’t forget to check out the rooftop space as well!

Max guest count: 250

Catering: Provided by venue

Learn more about Metropolitan at the 9 here


Lyman Harbor

Sandusky, Ohio

Located in Sandusky, Ohio, this waterfront Lake Erie wedding venue has views of Cedar Point and an absolutely amazing sunset location on the docks. I love the natural light, tons of windows, and neutral space that’s a blank slate.

Max guest count: 300

Catering: Provided by venue

Learn more about Lyman Harbor here


The Anderson Pavilion

Cincinnati, Ohio

With contemporary views and the Cincinnati skyline as the backdrop, you’ll enjoy celebrating with your guests at this elegant facility. This modern, sleek and open venue makes it easy for people to walk around, mingle and dance. This space is located underneath a carousel, which just adds an element of magic to it!

Max guest count: 300

Catering: Provided by venue

Learn more about The Anderson Pavilion here


The Redmoor

Cincinnati, Ohio

Wanting your name in lights? You can do that at the Redmoor, a theatre space and event house located in Cincinnati, Ohio. I love the vintage theatre charm and old elegance of this venue.

Max guest count: 225

Catering: Provided by venue

Learn more about The Redmoor here


The Armory Arts and Event Center

Napoleon, Ohio

The elegant yet rustic reception vibes, eclectic decor, and AMAZING suite for you and your bridesmaids to stay in pre-wedding make this unforgettable. The Commander’s Suite is a retro and absolutely unique space to add some charm to your getting ready photos.

Max guest count: 300

Catering: BYO alcohol and catering

Learn more about The Armory here


Mojave East

Newton, Ohio

The West Coast comes to the Midwest with this charming venue with California Palm Springs vibes. This desert-inspired venue has industrial vibes, string lights, and chandeliers. Located just ten minutes from Cincinnati.

Max guest count: 200

Catering: Provided by venue

Learn more about Mojave East here


Crimson Lane

Ada, Ohio

Destination farm wedding venue with two getting ready suites. This rustic venue with a white barn was opened in 2015 and even includes a Chapel. The Main Hall hosts up to 200 of your favorite people.

Max guest count: 200

Catering: BYO alcohol and catering

Learn more about Crimson Lane here


Schedel Gardens

Elmore, Ohio

Beautiful gardens, rare plant species, water elements, and a Japanese Garden await you in this 17-acre venue space. You can have a tented reception, outdoor ceremony, and there is an indoor option for smaller guests as well. Open from May – October.

Max guest count: 300 ceremonies, 90 guests indoors, or you could have an outdoor tented reception for up to 300 guests.

Catering: Provided by venue

Learn more about Schedel Gardens here


Buckland

Delta, Ohio

A barn venue designed and built with weddings in mind, this Delta Ohio wedding venue features a white barn with rustic touches. Features private getting-ready spaces and several ceremony and reception spaces.

Max guest count: 350

Catering: BYO alcohol and catering

Learn more about Buckland here


So Serene

Wapakoneta, Ohio

Indoor/outdoor reception space with stunning rock walls and views. The ceremony space here by the water and fountain will take your guests’ breath away and they’ll eat in style overlooking the gorgeous views So Serene has to offer. Open May through November.

Max guest count: 200

Catering: Provided by venue

Learn more about SoSerene here


Franklin Park Conservatory

Columbus, Ohio

A conservatory and botanical garden, this Columbus Ohio wedding venue will make your romantic garden wedding dreams come true. Your fairytale wedding in the garden awaits!

Max guest count: 250

Catering: Provided by venue

Learn more about Franklin Park Conservatory here


Toledo Country Club

Toledo, Ohio

Ever wanted to dance outside under the string lights while your guests watch from above? Have an outdoor ceremony overlooking the Maumee River? Toledo Country Club is a hidden gem with its all-white reception space and outdoor dance floor. Featuring multiple getting-ready spaces for your wedding party.

Max guest count: 250

Catering: Provided by venue


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