Places to Celebrate

22 Nature Wedding Venues for Couples Who Love the Great Outdoors

By Kim Forrest, August 2, 2019
4
Kim Forrest
22 Nature Wedding Venues for Couples Who Love the Great Outdoors
Danielle Gillett Photography

If you're looking for stunning scenery to serve as your big day's backdrop, check out these truly spectacular nature wedding venues from around the country.

If you and your future spouse are all about spending time outside, then you’ll likely want to check out nature wedding venues for your big day. These venues feature amazing flora and fauna, and many are non-profits committed to preservation. With both indoor and open-air settings for ceremonies and receptions, you’ll find lots of options for your wedding in nature.

Check out the top 20 nature wedding venues in the U.S. to find a scenic setting for your nuptials!

Michelle Lindsay Photography

Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion
Chevy Chase, Maryland

Located on a 40-acre nature sanctuary, this secluded and relaxed wedding venue is located just nine miles outside of downtown Washington, DC—so convenient! A Couples’ Choice Award winner, Woodend Sanctuary can accommodate outdoor wedding ceremonies in the grove, and tented or indoor receptions. It’s a more intimate venue, with space for up to 170 guests, and—major bonus!—up to $1,500 of your rental fee is tax-deductible. 

Learn more about Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion »

Timberlake Earth Sanctuary

Timberlake Earth Sanctuary
Whitsett, North Carolina

This scenic, wooded nature wedding venue located just outside of Greensboro, has a variety of outdoor locations for your intimate ceremony, including woodlands, an orchard, a pond, or a pretty garden. Tented receptions are held in the courtyard, and can hold up to 150 guests. You can rent this venue for an entire weekend, meaning that you can host your rehearsal dinner there, as well.

Learn more about Timberlake Earth Sanctuary »

wolf oak acres wedding
The Story Photography

Wolf Oak Acres
Oneida, New York

Whether you’re looking to elope or host a celebration for 400 people, this nature wedding venue in Upstate New York provides a stunning setting with a variety of spaces for your big day. Whether you host your ceremony in the rustic wooden chapel, near the water, in the woodland grove, or in the garden it’s sure to be a memorable experience. And since you’ll be surrounded by so much amazing scenery, your photos will surely be incredible!

Learn more about Wolf Oak Acres »

Chattahoochee Nature Center

Chattahoochee Nature Center
Roswell, Georgia

This Roswell, Georgia venue is ideal for your wedding in nature. You can host your ceremony in the meadow, under a 100-year-old pine tree, or in the Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion. Receptions are also held in the open-air pavilion, which can accommodate up to 200 guests. This venue will make planning a breeze, with an on-premises bridal suite, plus tables, chairs, lights, drapery, and more included.

Learn more about the Chattahoochee Nature Center »

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Annapolis, Maryland

This beach venue features some truly incredible natural beauty. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation in Annapolis includes over 31 acres of Bayfront landscape, ideal for taking a variety of unique portraits. You can host your ceremony on the private beach, followed by a reception in the dining room, which offers floor-to-ceiling windows and a spacious deck.

Learn more about the Chesapeake Bay Foundation »

Sweetly Vintage Photography

The Vineyards at Betty’s Creek
Sylva, North Carolina

Located in the Nantahala National Forest, this Western North Carolina venue has truly spectacular views of the Great Smoky Mountains, as well as five different ceremony sites to choose from, including beneath a canopy of trees on the garden lawn, on the lodge’s patio boasting incredible views, and in a flower garden overlooking the orchard. This Couples’ Choice Award-winning venue, which can accommodate up to 250 guests, also has a brand-new open-air event pavilion with a rustic industrial vibe.

Learn more about the Vineyards at Betty’s Creek »

The Springs in the Woodlands

The Springs in Magnolia
Magnolia, Texas

At this woodsy location about an hour north of Houston, there are two completely separate venues to choose from—Stonebridge, with its white limestone walls and stone bridge that leads to the wooded ceremony site, and Pinehaven, which as its name indicates, is surrounded by majestic pine trees. This venue can host up to 320 guests, and provides an all-day rental so that you’ll have plenty of time to set up for your dream wedding.

Learn more about The Springs in Magnolia »

Woldumar Nature Center

Woldumar Nature Center
Lansing, Michigan

This non-profit environmental center is an ideal rustic nature wedding venue. Host your ceremony on the porch of the Moon Log Cabin, at the Sunrise Pavilion, or the more intimate Walnut Glen Amphitheatre. Receptions are typically held in the R.E. Olds Anderson Rotary Barn, a two-story 20th century dairy barn, which is decorated with paper lanterns and twinkle lights for a whimsical feel. This Couples’ Choice Award-winning venue can comfortably hold up to 150 guests for a wedding in nature.

Learn more about the Woldumar Nature Center »

Twenty Mile House

Twenty Mile House
Graeagle, California

With a breathtaking Northern California location in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this secluded 200-acre eco-estate has a unique history—it was a stagecoach stop in the mid-19th century. You’ll love the serene forest setting, as well as the all-inclusive wedding packages (featuring organic, local cuisine!) for the ultimate in stress-free planning. There are three ceremony sites here—the forest, by the river, and in the gardens, plus an outdoor wedding reception site surrounded by trees. This venue can host up to 200 guests, and you and your crew can stay on premises in one of the on-site cabins.

Learn more about the Twenty Mile House »

Dallas Arboretum

Dallas Arboretum
Dallas, Texas

At this nature wedding venue, you’ll find gorgeous indoor and outdoor spaces throughout 66 acres of stunning property conveniently located in Dallas’ Lakewood neighborhood. You can host your ceremony in one of the gorgeous gardens, followed by a reception in one of three sites—the Rosine Hall, with space for 350 seated guests, the intimate DeGolyer House, which was built in the 1940s in the Spanish Revival style, and the Alex Camp House, a two-story home overlooking White Rock Lake.

Learn more about the Dallas Arboretum »

nestldown wedding ceremony
Danielle Gillett Photography

Nestldown
Los Gatos, California

This private retreat venue truly celebrates California’s majestic redwood trees and is ideal for a nature wedding in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Exchange vows as the redwoods tower overhead, and then host your reception either inside the event barn or outdoors. The 180-acre property is full of unique photo backdrops, and couples rave about the helpful staff who go above and beyond to make your big day extra special.

Learn more about Nestldown »

Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

One of our top nature wedding venues, this Couples’ Choice Award-winning Philadelphia arboretum has a romantic Victorian feel that’s ideal for weddings of up to 175 guests. From the scenic Magnolia Slope, Baxter Memorial, and Two Lines to the expansive Widener Lawn and Azalea Meadow, and the serene Pennock Walk, there are so many ceremony sites to choose from. We also love the unique Out on a Limb walkway as a cocktail hour site—it’s a treetop walkway located 50 feet above the ground! Receptions are typically held in a tent adjoining the historic Carriage House.

Learn more about the Morris Arboretum »

Audubon at Succop Nature Park

Audubon at Succop Nature Park
Butler, Pennsylvania

Located just north of Pittsburgh, this is an ideal venue for weddings inspired by nature. With space for up to 300 guests and all-inclusive packages, there are covered and uncovered outdoor locations for ceremonies and receptions, plus a variety of scenic settings for amazing portraits. You and your guests will love the peaceful surroundings, filled with abundant flora and fauna.

Learn more about Audubon at Succop Nature Park »

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Bayside, Wisconsin

On the shores of Lake Michigan 15 minutes north of downtown Milwaukee, this venue can host weddings in all seasons, whether you’re planning an outdoor spring event or a cozy winter affair. Ceremonies can be held outdoors or in, and the Great Hall is an ideal rustic indoor venue, with space for up to 225 guests. Animal lovers will be delighted to know that owls, hawks, falcons, and a bald eagle can join your guests at cocktail hour for a truly unique experience.  

Learn more about the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center »

Cielo at Castle Pines

Cielo at Castle Pines
Castle Rock, Colorado

If you’re looking for a mountain venue for your wedding day, Cielo at Castle Pines is a must-see. Surrounded by mountains and majestic pine trees, this nature wedding venue offers a scenic garden for ceremonies and the light-filled Pine Room for receptions. The wedding packages here can be customized, so you can pick and choose the items and services you need, stress-free. You and up to 350 loved ones will adore this peaceful setting, located between Denver and Colorado Springs.

Learn more about Cielo at Castle Pines »

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Chaska, Minnesota

With 16 event spaces and capacity of up to 300 guests, this Minnesota nature wedding venue will ensure your big day reflects your unique personality. A Couples’ Choice Award winner, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum can host small ceremonies in the aptly-named Knot Garden, medium ceremonies in the lush Wilson Rose Garden, and larger ceremonies in the expansive Sensory Garden, among others. Receptions are typically held in one of the indoor venues, including the rustic-inspired Snyder Auditorium, which features a glorious arched ceiling.

Learn more about the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum »

cactus creek barn wedding
Whitney Fletcher Photography

Cactus Creek Barn
Dickson, Tennessee

Couples looking to combine their love of nature with a rustic setting will love this barn venue located an hour west of Nashville. You can host your ceremony outdoors on the riverbank, with a reception inside the barn, which can accommodate up to 180 guests. This peaceful setting comes complete with three friendly horses who can make an appearance in your wedding portraits, if desired! And since there’s a honeymoon suite on premises, you and your new spouse can conveniently stay at the venue on your wedding night.  

Learn more about Cactus Creek Barn »

arrowhead pine rose wedding
James Tang Photography

Arrowhead Pine Rose
Big Bear, California

If you’ve always dreamed of marrying in a fairytale forest, you’ll love this Southern California woodland venue. At the Hidden Creek Lodge venue, you can say “I do” while standing in a log-and-branch gazebo within an amphitheater, surrounded by majestic pine trees. Receptions can be held outdoors, too. Catering and rentals are included with the wedding packages, and for added convenience, your wedding party can stay in one of the on-site cabins for the weekend!

Learn more about Arrowhead Pine Rose »

Aubudon Nature Institute

Audubon Nature Institute
New Orleans, Louisiana

If you’re planning a New Orleans wedding but would rather be surrounded by nature than the bustle of city life, check out this nature wedding venue. Whether you want an outdoor ceremony at the Odenheimer Area’s unique gazebo, the Newman Bandstand’s breathtaking pavilion, or in the scenic Oak Grove, or an indoor ceremony in the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas as exotic fish swim behind you, this venue is ideal. The Audubon Tea Room, the Clubhouse, and the Louisiana Nature Center are all popular spots for receptions.

Learn more about Audubon Nature Institute »

The Pines at Genesee

The Pines at Genesee
Golden, Colorado

Convenient to downtown Denver, this nature wedding venue feels worlds away from the city. You’ll love the glorious mountain setting, as well as the convenience of in-house catering and rentals. This Couples’ Choice Award-winning venue has two terraces for outdoor ceremonies, and a 12,000 square foot banquet hall with two levels and outdoor patios to accommodate up to 300 guests.

Learn more about The Pines at Genesee »

Kuaola Ranch & Private Nature Preserve
Kaneohe, Hawaii

We all know that Hawaii is home to some of the most amazing natural wonders in the country, and this nature wedding venue showcases some of the best the Aloha State has to offer. From the private Secret Island Beach with its views of the Ko’olau Mountains to the rustic Ranch House Terrace and the tropical Paliku Gardens, you’ll be absolutely wowed by the spectacular beauty this venue has to offer.

Learn more about Kuaola Ranch & Private Nature Preserve »

Dogwood Canyon Nature Park
Lampe, Missouri

If you’re looking for a nature wedding venue with a rustic and casual vibe, this Missouri location might be just the place. We particularly love the Hope Wilderness Chapel as a stunning indoor ceremony space, with gorgeous waterfall views, followed by a reception on the chapel’s patio. There are other equally beautiful wedding spaces to choose from, with a capacity of up to 200 guests.

Learn more about Dogwood Canyon Nature Park »

This may interest you

More about Wedding Reception

WeddingWire article topics

Go to top