After a long cold winter, there is nothing like the start of Spring. Butterflies fluttering over lilacs, the scent of fresh mowed grass and blue open skies with the warmth of the sun upon your shoulders.
Some wedding venues are practically tailor made for Spring ceremonies and receptions. They offer terraces, gardens, courtyards, arboretums and patios allowing you and your guests to take in a full spring sensory experience.
Break out the flower crowns. Here are 12 Delaware County wedding venue rentals perfect for Spring “I Do’s.”
Photo: The Ballroom at Ellis Preserve/Ashley Gerrity Photography
Set on a nature preserve, The Ballroom at Ellis Preserve provides the best of both worlds for a Spring wedding. Finley Catering’s historic Newtown Square wedding venue, complete with majestic Greek Revival columns, is surrounded by a countryside setting. The area is perfect for outdoor wedding ceremonies, cocktails on the patio or ballroom receptions. In addition, Finley Catering’s Black Barn at Ellis Preserve is coming soon!
Photo: Corinthian Yacht Club of Philadelphia
If the waterfront inspires you, The Corinthian Yacht Club in Essington is a romantic spot to exchange vows. The Delaware River serves as your backdrop whether its from under the canopy of a luxurious tent on the spawling lawn or from every room within the facility. Enjoy the sun glistening on the river by day and moonlight reflections at night.
While Drexelbrook’s ballrooms are known for hosting elegant indoor weddings between 125 and 1,000 guests, the Georgian-style mansion is just as perfect for glorious Spring weddings outdoors. Drexelbrook offers sites for outdoor wedding ceremonies, cocktail hour on the patio and relaxing lounge spaces. Take in the views from its terraces, enjoy garden ceremonies, a toast in the gazebo or relax around fire pits for a sweet ending of S’mores and conversation. In fact, Drexelbrook’s campus is spacious enough to host a tented reception under the soft moonlight.
Photo: The Inn at Grace Winery
Dark pink cherry blossoms are perfectly centered in Sweetwater Wood, the background of the stone paved ceremony space at The Inn at Grace Winery, blooming in late March through early May. The tiered manicured lawn accented with stone has stairs leading to Grace Winery’s captivating 1750s bank barn and porch. There, you can enjoy estate grown wines, passed hors d’oevres and socialize with guests while taking in the fragrant Spring air. Follow the wooden stairs to the second floor reception space set against historic exposed stone walls, soaring ceilings with wooden rafters. Accented with string lights and a grand chandelier, the barn is a beautiful setting to dine, dance and share in a champagne toast.
Photo: The Old Mill/Asya Photography
The Old Mill in Rose Valley is a unique Delaware County wedding venue built on the countryside of Ridley Creek, adjacent to a 12-acre bird and wildlife sanctuary. Its rustic courtyard ruins offer a one-of-a-kind atmosphere worth lingering past cocktail hour. Old Mill’s timber pavilion is an open air event space allowing you to enjoy the best of Spring. Next, gather inside the ballroom for the reception. The Old Mill is on the National Registry of Historic Sites.
Photo: Parque/Love Me Do Photo
The drive to Parque’s Hunting Hill Mansion through 2,606 acres of Ridley Creek State Park alone sets the mood for a Spring wedding. Past the stables, the mansion is surrounded by topiary, formal gardens, a fountain garden, stone ruins and a reflecting pond tucked behind a long row of cedar trees.
The large English country manor was originally a 1789 stone farmhouse and sets the archietctural style for the rest of the park. Cocktails on the flagstone patio is a must for a Spring wedding with mild weather, a mix of sunny rays and shade and a gentle breeze. Wander among its paths, take in some lawn games, and enjoy seasonal farm-to-table catering by boutique Peachree Catering. Inside the mansion’s ballroom, large windows lead to light-filled rooms and views overlooking the forest.
Photo: Pomme/Haley Richter Photo
Inspired by nature, Pomme captures the magic of Spring. Stroll over the flower-lined bridge while pausing to take in the scenery: a pair of swans gliding on the pond, woodlands, a covered all-season veranda dotted with twinkling lights, a meandering stream. There are several enchanting nooks to exchange vows on the property. Imagine cocktail hour on the veranda and then gathering for a reception in the elegant rustic ballroom or within the luxury tent set among tall trees.
Photo: The Sage Farmhouse
The restored 1785 Sage Farmhouse reflects the other side of Media, Pennsylvania, a serene rustic Delaware County wedding venue just off a windy wooded road. Unlike the energetic downtown, the calm ambiance is set among evergreens, magnolias and hydrangeas. The bright lights of downtown Media are left behind in favor of deep blue starry skies, song birds, rustling leaves and a symphony of crickets. Gather around the fountain on the stone courtyard or for an intimate reception within the cozy farmhouse.
Photo: Springfield Country Club
Whether you prefer walking down the brick paved path toward a romantic gazebo or gated ceremony garden complete with a pergola, Springfield Country Club offers several indoor and outdoor event spaces.
The Golf View Ballroom Veranda offers a front seat to fresh leaves, mature trees and greens on the golf course. Perhaps a reception within the rustic chic La Vista Room is more your style with soaring ceilings and wood rafters. There, brick accents set the scene as a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows open to the patio. Consider capping the night off with fireworks overlooking the manicured golf course.
Photo: Terrain at Styers
Just one visit, and you’ll agree that Terrain is the ultimate garden wedding venue in Delaware County. From the historic nursery to the Mushroom House to farm-to-table cuisine and fresh baked bread in terra cotta flower pots, Terrain celebrates nature.
As with the seasons, the 5-acre landscape is everchanging with buds, blooms and soft greenery. Strolling through the nursey, a stone path leads to a 100 year-old wooden wedding temple with Indian origins as the backdrop to your ceremony. Garden reception options include a renovated green house, porch and Garden Shed with reclaimed barn floors.
Photo: Tyler Arboretum
Arboretums were practically made for Spring weddings. Wildflowers, streams and butterflies set the stage for hundreds of magnolias, and rhododendrons in its Fragrant Garden, one of various gardens on the grounds.
Tyler Arboretum features a clear paneled tent, refurbished historic barn, and patio to entertain while taking in all that Spring has to offer. Jeffrey Miller Catering is the exclusive caterer for Tyler Arboretum.
Photo: The Willows
Towering trees and manicured grounds naturally accent The Willows, a Main Line wedding venue in Villanova. It offers exclusive use of its gardens, courtyard and patios with an event rental. The Spanish Revival-style mansion allows views of the scenic park.
And what could accent a Spring wedding better than nature, flower crowns and pups with floral collars?