As a wedding photographer in Georgia, I have had the unique opportunity to visit myriad wedding venues in places all over the state, including my favorite city – Savannah. I see how these venues function, where the wedding party can get ready, and how comfortable the guests seem to be. Best of all, I get to see their best photographic features.
When I think of a quintessential Savannah wedding, my mind immediately turns to enchanted images of couples nestled among old oak trees and lush green paddocks. Red Gate Farms oozes Southern Charm. If that sounds old-fashioned to you, this venue also features a waterfront pavilion and an industrial-style Grainery. The location is convenient for all your guests, as it’s less than 10 minutes from downtown Savannah. If your guest list is large, this might not be the best location for you – the maximum guest count is 150.
If the wedding of your dreams is elegant with an artistic flair, I recommend the Mansion on Forsyth Park. Here you will find Venetian crystal chandeliers, original works of art, and sculptures from around the world. This venue also features a hotel on-site, making it convenient for you, your out-of-town guests, and your bridal party. Forsyth Park is right across the street, where we can take amazing portraits. Most brides use the white tent-covered Marble Garden Courtyard for their ceremony and the ballroom for the reception. Bonus – if you want to have your dog included in your ceremony or pictures, Forsyth is pet-friendly! As you might imagine, if you are on a budget, this might not be your first choice.
This venue was once a movie set resembling an early 1900 seaside chapel. The ceremony sanctuary and grand ballroom are in the same location, making it very convenient for your guests and wedding party. There is an on-site bridal suite and groom’s quarters. Take photos in the flower garden overlooking the tidewater creek. Share apps with your guests in the 2000 square foot cocktail lounge with special event furniture. One of the most photogenic features is the rustic front porch and landscaped outdoor garden, and it’s my personal favorite photo location at this venue. If you are looking for a location in Savannah, this may not be ideal for you – it is a 20-30 minute drive away.
This venue boasts the largest private gardens in the Historic District of Savanna. It is home to the Scarbrough House, a Greek Revival showcase. It has plenty of outdoor space with a large brick terrace, a copper-roofed pavilion, vine-covered pergola, and a grove of maple trees. If green spaces are important to you, this is an eco-friendly site. Truly in the heart of the city this space is one block from City Market. If you are searching for a micro wedding, they have two packages ready to go. If you have your heart set on an indoor (air-conditioned) ceremony, this may not work for you.
For those who appreciate history, Savannah Station is a winner. Originally a stable for horses that hauled freight wagons, its purpose changed from a garage and truck depot for commercial vehicles to a furniture warehouse to a bus garage. It was transformed to its present purpose in 1997. Couples who have their wedding here raved about the staff’s personal services. There is plenty of turn of the century features in this location – dark wood, brick, and chandeliers. If you enjoy light and airy style photography this may not be your perfect venue. There is no official outdoor space at this venue.