40 Best Elegant, European, Rustic, Outdoors, Eclectic, Unique + Beautiful Wedding Venues in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York + Delaware

Best Rustic, Outdoors, Nature, Beach, Industrial Wedding Venues PA DE NJ NY MD_0075 We’ve photographed probably around 200 unique venues in our career, and we’ve seen some really stunning ones that cater to our type of couples! I can remember planning our own wedding and feeling completely overwhelmed and frustrated that I couldn’t find a complete list of awesome venues that weren’t the traditional catering halls. Not surprisingly, one of the common questions we get in emails from prospective brides to be is “What are some gorgeous venues we should check out?” We love working with couples planning out of the ordinary, beautiful, outdoorsy, unique + stylish weddings, and your venue can play a huge part in setting the tone for your day! From venues that are a blank canvas to ones that hardly require any decorations at all, we’ve rounded up our absolute favorite venues in the Tri-State area on the East Coast and are excited to share them with you today! Although this is by NO means a comprehensive list (considering that there’s probably 30 amazing venues in Lancaster alone!), we’ve narrowed it down to a list that we hope helps couples choose their dream venue.

1. Greenville Country Club, Wilmington DE

Greenville Country Club is perfect for couples who want an estate garden feel. The ceremony site here is completely stunning and has the feel of an English manor home, overgrown in ivy + with a fairytale-esque brick turret. The reception is tented + strung with market lights, giving a perfect indoors-outdoors feel! SamanthaPatrickMoore_LFP-84 SamanthaPatrickMoore_LFP-353 SamanthaPatrickMoore_LFP-218 SamanthaPatrickMoore_LFP-650 SamanthaPatrickMoore_LFP-173

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2. Terrain at Styers, Glen Mills PA

Terrain is Anthropologie’s garden center, and is just as charming as you’d imagine an Anthro property to be! You can get married in a beautiful greenhouse or outdoors under a pretty pergola, and there are no shortage of photo opportunities on this stunning property, even if it rains. The Mushroom Hut is probably the most photogenic getting ready space possible, with its white shiplap walls, plants and Anthro couches!

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3. The Surf Lodge – Montauk, NY

Oh man, I can’t express my love enough for this gem of a resort! It has all the bohemian beach vibes of Tulum, but is so accessible being in New York! This venue is perfect for a boho, laid-back weekend celebration with vintage surfing vibes!

4. Friedman Farms, Dallas PA

Friedman Farms has one of the most beautiful barn reception spaces in Pennsylvania! It’s really quite spectacular and perfect for couples who want a rustic barn wedding – but not too “country” as it has a refined feeling to it as well, with its countless twinkle lights and open cocktail hour area.  Friedman Farms Wedding Photos Lauren Fair Photography_0001 Friedman Farms Wedding Photos Lauren Fair Photography_0002 Friedman Farms Wedding Photos Lauren Fair Photography_0005 Friedman Farms Wedding Photos Lauren Fair Photography_0006 Friedman Farms Wedding Photos Lauren Fair Photography_0007 Friedman Farms Wedding Photos Lauren Fair Photography_0008

4. John James Audubon Center, Audubon PA

The Audubon Center has an outdoor pavilion space that’s covered and strung with lights – it has a very indoor-outdoor feel as well as multiple beautiful ceremony sites!
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5. Metropolitan Building, NYC

A mansion feel that has floors of peeling paint, tons of vintage props, lots of open space + charm for days. Elegant, dinner party mansion with a Gatsby feel.  All photos from Metropolitan Building’s website as we are dying to shoot a wedding here! Hint, hint! 🙂  Metropolitan Building NYC Weddings-2 Metropolitan Building NYC Weddings-3 Metropolitan Building NYC Weddings-4 Metropolitan Building NYC Weddings

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6. Front & Palmer, Philadelphia PA

This gorgeous industrial space is in a gritty part of Philadelphia that has a complete urban-revival feel to it! With exposed metal beams and neutral walls, it’s a blank canvas for creative couples to pull of an elegant, modern city wedding. We love shooting here + are big fans of this urban space to mix up all the barns + fields we shoot at on the regular! : Front & Palmer Industrial Wedding Space Photos by Lauren Fair Photography_0009 Quigley-LeToux642 Quigley-LeToux757 Quigley-LeToux709 Quigley-LeToux449

7. Cairnwood Estate, Bryn Athyn PA

This ultra-romantic venue has the feeling of a French chateau, and has the loveliest rooms for getting ready! You can also have your reception outdoors on the patio, uncovered or tented, which is the best feel for a summer wedding!  Cairnwood Wedding Photography_0008 Cairnwood Wedding Photography_0001 Cairnwood Estate Wedding Photography Lauren Fair Photography_0180 Cairnwood Estate Wedding Photography Lauren Fair Photography_0069 Cairnwood Estate Wedding Photography Lauren Fair Photography_0139 Cairnwood Estate Wedding Photography Lauren Fair Photography_0053 Cairnwood Wedding Photography_0004 Cairnwood Wedding Photography_0007 Cairnwood Wedding Photography_0006 Cairnwood Wedding Photography_0010 Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Westchester NY

Utterly beautiful property with a European flair serving some of the best farm-to-table food in the country! If you want your wedding in England but don’t want to travel there, this incredible property will give you the feel of an ivy-covered English manor estate!

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8. Brooklyn Winery, Brooklyn NY

Brooklyn Winery is a charming spot with an amazing living wall of plants! It’s an urban winery with a cozy urban-meets-rustic feel and great light from its glass ceiling.  Brooklyn Winery Wedding Photos- Lauren Fair Photography_0002 Brooklyn Winery Wedding Photos- Lauren Fair Photography_0003 Brooklyn Winery Wedding Photos- Lauren Fair Photography_0004 Brooklyn Winery Wedding Photos- Lauren Fair Photography_0005 Brooklyn Winery Wedding Photos- Lauren Fair Photography_0006 Brooklyn Winery Wedding Photos- Lauren Fair Photography_0007

9. Farm at Eagle’s Ridge, Lancaster PA

Farm at Eagle’s Ridge is the ultimate rustic wedding venue. Perfect barns, open courtyard for mingling with guests under the stars, and surrounded by fields + lakes + woods for tons of photo spots.

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10. Jardin de Buis, Pottersville NJ

Truly one of the most breathtaking properties! This estate home has a European vibe with options for a greenhouse wedding, outdoor reception, stunning French barn, and SO much more. The grounds are full of formal gardens, beautiful greenhouses, aging wood outbuildings, beautiful flora and make an incredible backdrop for wedding photos. Jardin du Buis European Greenhouse New Jersey wedding - Destination Film Wedding Photographer Lauren Fair_0004 Jardin du Buis European Greenhouse New Jersey wedding - Destination Film Wedding Photographer Lauren Fair_0002 Jardin Du Buis, New Jersey Greenhouse European Estate Wedding Venue - Lauren Fair Photography Film Wedding Photos_0028 Jardin Du Buis, New Jersey Greenhouse European Estate Wedding Venue - Lauren Fair Photography Film Wedding Photos_0001 Jardin Du Buis, New Jersey Greenhouse European Estate Wedding Venue - Lauren Fair Photography Film Wedding Photos_0010 Jardin Du Buis, New Jersey Greenhouse European Estate Wedding Venue - Lauren Fair Photography Film Wedding Photos_0012 Jardin Du Buis, New Jersey Greenhouse European Estate Wedding Venue - Lauren Fair Photography Film Wedding Photos_0058 Jardin Du Buis, New Jersey Greenhouse European Estate Wedding Venue - Lauren Fair Photography Film Wedding Photos_0076 Jardin Du Buis, New Jersey Greenhouse European Estate Wedding Venue - Lauren Fair Photography Film Wedding Photos_0077 Jardin Du Buis Wedding - European Greenhouse Wedding Venue New Jersey Estate Wedding_0003 Jardin Du Buis Wedding - European Greenhouse Wedding Venue New Jersey Estate Wedding_0002

Meadowburn Farm, Vernon Township NJ

This marvelous meadow is actually a delightful dairy farm, producing aged and artisan cheeses.

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11. Fairmount Horticulture Center, Philadelphia PA

Fairmount Horticulture Center is a GORGEOUS greenhouse venue right in Philadelphia, in Fairmount Park. It’s the perfect venue for couples who want an elegant, rustic venue surrounded by nature with an open feel. Stephen Starr catering is in charge of the food here, which makes for some killer cocktail hours + dinners – trust us! We looooove the tons of natural light + how the reception space glows when the sun goes down.  Brooklyn Winery Wedding Photos- Lauren Fair Photography_0019 Brooklyn Winery Wedding Photos- Lauren Fair Photography_0020 Brooklyn Winery Wedding Photos- Lauren Fair Photography_0022 Brooklyn Winery Wedding Photos- Lauren Fair Photography_0023 Philadelphia Horticulture Center Wedding Photography Lauren Fair Photography_0087 Philadelphia Horticulture Center Wedding Photography Lauren Fair Photography_0135 Horticulture Center Wedding Photos_0025 Horticulture Center Wedding Photos_0026 Horticulture Center Wedding Photos_0027

12. Shadow Lawn, Hudson Valley NY

For the couples wanting a charming barn venue in Hudson Valley, Shadow Lawn is everything you could need! The barn is beautiful and has market lights strung outside, encouraging guests to mingle outside. It backs up to a creek and also has a lovely farmhouse accessible for getting ready. Shadow Lawn Hudson Valley Wedding Photos Lauren Fair Photography_0029 Shadow Lawn Hudson Valley Wedding Photos Lauren Fair Photography_0031 Shadow Lawn Hudson Valley Wedding Photos Lauren Fair Photography_0032 Shadow Lawn Hudson Valley Wedding Photos Lauren Fair Photography_0033 Shadow Lawn Hudson Valley Wedding Photos Lauren Fair Photography_0035

13. Green Building, Brooklyn NY

We haven’t gotten to shoot here yet, although we want to! These photos are from their website, but the Green Building is known for being an urban blank canvas with beautiful exposed brick and a cool vibe – food trucks, anyone?  Green Building Wedding Photos Brooklyn NY_0036

14. Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Brooklyn NY

Another stunning venue with an open glass reception space called the Palm House, and acres of beautiful florals + gardens to be married in + host your guests! Photos from BBG website.

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15. Rodale Farm, Kutztown PA

For the couples who want a true rustic working farm experience for their wedding, with a blank canvas, Rodale is a beautiful spot for this! The barn is lovely and there are multiple ceremony locations, including an apple orchard, giant tree, in front of a big pond, or by the reception barn. There is no in house catering, so you rent + bring in everything, but it’s completely worth it – see below!

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16. Reading Art Works, Reading PA

RAW is an awesome venue for couples who want a complete blank canvas with amazing light. We love how it has 4 walls of windows, allowing the sun to set right over your dance floor + casting a warm glow over your party. Perfect for DIY couples who have an eye for design + a vision for creating their own unique day!

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17. Stonebrook Farm, Perkasie PA

Stonebrook Farm is a family-run, small farm in Perkasie with a wooded ceremony space, restored barn + super-cute bridal cottage to get ready in.  Stonebrook Farm Wedding Photography_0011 Stonebrook Farm Wedding Photography_0013 Stonebrook Farm Wedding Photography_0014 Stonebrook Farm Wedding Photography_0015 Stonebrook Farm Wedding Photography_0016 Stonebrook Farm Wedding Photography_0017 Stonebrook Farm Wedding Photography_0018

18. Glen Foerd Estate, Philadelphia PA

An incredible white mansion with floor to ceiling windows, a stunning bridal suite, lots of beautiful grounds for photos, and a gorgeous tented waterfront reception space make this venue a total dream.  Glen Foerd Mansion Summer Wedding Photos by Film Wedding Photographer Lauren Fair Photography_0163 Glen Foerd Mansion Summer Wedding Photos by Film Wedding Photographer Lauren Fair Photography_0001 Glen Foerd Mansion Summer Wedding Photos by Film Wedding Photographer Lauren Fair Photography_0053 Glen Foerd Mansion Summer Wedding Photos by Film Wedding Photographer Lauren Fair Photography_0093 Glen Foerd Mansion Summer Wedding Photos by Film Wedding Photographer Lauren Fair Photography_0129 Glen Foerd Mansion Summer Wedding Photos by Film Wedding Photographer Lauren Fair Photography_0139 Glen Foerd Mansion Summer Wedding Photos by Film Wedding Photographer Lauren Fair Photography_0150 Glen Foerd Mansion Summer Wedding Photos by Film Wedding Photographer Lauren Fair Photography_0176 Glen Foerd Mansion Summer Wedding Photos by Film Wedding Photographer Lauren Fair Photography_0181 Glen Foerd Mansion Summer Wedding Photos by Film Wedding Photographer Lauren Fair Photography_0145 Glen Foerd Mansion Summer Wedding Photos by Film Wedding Photographer Lauren Fair Photography_0077

19. Morris Arboretum/ Tyler Arboretum, Philadelphia PA

I grouped these two together because they’re similar reception spaces and feels throughout! Check them both out if you’re looking for an arboretum wedding with a tented reception space + outdoor ceremony!  Morris Arboretum + Tyler Arboretum Wedding Photos_0026 Morris Arboretum + Tyler Arboretum Wedding Photos_0027 Morris Arboretum + Tyler Arboretum Wedding Photos_0028 Morris Arboretum + Tyler Arboretum Wedding Photos_0029

20. Spring Hill Manor, Rising Sun MD

This eclectic property has a super unique feel to it, and beautifully landscaped grounds. We love all the stained glass hanging in the reception barn!  O O O O O

21. Riverdale Manor, Lancaster PA

This riverside property has a big lawn for ceremonies, as well as a covered porch for bad weather and a large white reception barn. It has beautiful light + great food, too 🙂 Riverdale Manor Wedding Photos_0032 Riverdale Manor Wedding Photos_0031 Riverdale Manor Wedding Photos_0030 Riverdale Manor Wedding Photos_0033

22. Congress Hall, Cape May NJ

For those wanting a preppy, stylish beachfront wedding, Congress Hall is your venue! The historic hotel has such an amazing feel to it, and the reception space is so unique with its light aqua walls and checkered floor. We are spending more time in New Jersey in the summers + would love to continue photographing weddings at the beautiful Congress Hall in the summer months!  Congress Hall Wedding Photography Lauren Fair Photography_0034 Congress Hall Wedding Photography Lauren Fair Photography_0035 Congress Hall Wedding Photography Lauren Fair Photography_0039

23. URBN at the Navy Yard , Philadelphia PA

Anthro/URBN’s headquarters at the Navy Yard make for a pretty amazing backdrop for your wedding! It’s the ultimate creative space with an industrial feel and literally unlimited photo opportunities around the Navy yard.

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24. Ashford Estate, Allentown NJ

A romantic country estate feel with a lovely all white wood ceremony chapel!
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25. Historic Shady Lane, Manchester PA

Historic Shady Lane is a unique venue with a farmhouse, a greenhouse for ceremonies and a tented reception space with lovely grounds for portraits, all up a winding country lane.  Historic Shady Lane Wedding Photos_0042 Historic Shady Lane Wedding Photos_0043 Historic Shady Lane Wedding Photos_0045 Historic Shady Lane Wedding Photos_0046

26. Sweetwater Farm at Grace Winery, Glen Mills PA

Wineries are such a beautiful place to host a wedding, and Grace Winery has a charming property! Their reception barn is gorgeous, and the ceremony spot under a massive oak tree will be shaded for your guests in the summer.  Historic Shady Lane Wedding Photos_0048 Sweetwater Farm Wedding Photography_0049 Sweetwater Farm Wedding Photography_0050 Sweetwater Farm Wedding Photography_0052 Sweetwater Farm Wedding Photography_0053 Sweetwater Farm Wedding Photography_0054 Sweetwater Farm Wedding Photography_0055

27. Fernbrook Farms, Columbus NJ

We’ve heard great things about this lovely property and know you can host your dinner reception under the stars – hard to find in the PA/NJ area! Their unique farm to table approach + interesting buildings make it an awesome spot for a wedding. Photo below by the talented Pat Furey Photography!

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28. Ridley Creek State Park, Philadelphia PA

The old stone-walled gardens here are absolutely gorgeous and have an English garden feel to them, along with the beautiful ceremony site outside by pretty steps up to the gardens. The mansion has a dark hunter feel to it with rich wood paneled walls, lending an elegant air to your wedding.  Ridley Creek State Park Mansion Wedding_0056 Ridley Creek State Park Mansion Wedding_0057 Ridley Creek State Park Mansion Wedding_0058 Ridley Creek State Park Mansion Wedding_0059 Ridley Creek State Park Mansion Wedding_0060

29. Rosebank Winery, Newtown, PA

Another beautiful winery with a massive barn – this space is especially on the list as it’s one of the few winery venues that can seat over 250 people!

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30. Hickory Run State Park, White Haven PA or Bushkill Falls, Bushkill PA

For the super-adventurous couples! Imagine a trek through the woods with your loved ones to a gorgeous waterfall as your ceremony location, then renting an airbnb nearby for a backyard reception!  Hickory Run State Park waterfall boulder field_0067 Adventurous Waterfall Elopement Film Wedding Photographer_0127 Adventurous Waterfall Elopement Film Wedding Photographer_0108 Adventurous Waterfall Elopement Film Wedding Photographer_0035 Adventurous Waterfall Elopement Film Wedding Photographer_0115 Hickory Run State Park waterfall boulder field_0068 Bushkill Falls Engagement Wedding Photography

31. Bonnet Island Estate, Manahaukin, NJ

Beach meets rustic at this gorgeous waterfront venue. The little blue barn chapel at Bonnet Island is absolutely amazing for your wedding ceremony, and has doors that open on all sides to show the beautiful grasslands surrounding it. Photo credit to the Studio Photographers at Bonnet Island Estate. Bonnet Island Estate Wedding_0071 Bonnet Island Estate Wedding_0072

32. Jasna Polana in Princeton, NJ. This Gatsby-style mansion has some amazing architectural details, with expansive grounds and an all-glass reception space. We also love the beautiful getting ready area with tons of natural light and cool furniture + doors!

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The most beautiful rustic-elegant gardens. It’s like a northern Terrain with a French twist 🙂

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  1. MyMoon Restaurant (Brooklyn)
  2. Wythe Hotel (Williamsburg, BK)
  3. The Foundry (Long Island City)
  4. Cedar Lakes Estate ( Greenville, NY about 70 miles outside of NYC)
  5. Blooming Hill Farm (Monroe, NY)
  6. Candlelight Farms (New Milford, CT)
  7. Juliette Restaurant (Brooklyn)
  8. Wave Hill ( Bronx)

Okay, so that ended up being a few more than 30! 🙂 Did we miss any great ones that should be on the list? Hope this helped any brides-to-be and maybe introduced you to some new possibilities for your wedding day!

XO,

Lauren

 

 

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