UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2020: WHOA! I had no idea how popular this post would be when I first wrote it almost a year ago. Since then I’ve had countless couples find me (and their dream venues!) through this post, so I figured it was time to update the list! With my wedding schedule shortened thanks to COVID, I used the summer to tour and photograph several venues around southern Maryland. Please enjoy scrolling through some of the best wedding venues southern Maryland has to offer!
I know how hard it can be to find the perfect venue. There are so many to choose from, and this one choice will shape every aspect of your wedding! Considering that I’m a southern Maryland native, had my own wedding right here in Calvert County, and now work at local venues across the area as a wedding photographer, this post is LONG overdue! If you’re planning a southern Maryland wedding, this post is a must-read. I hope these tips help in your wedding planning!
If the tropics are calling your name but you’d rather not have to use your passport, you’re going to love Herrington on the Bay! Arriving at the venue feels like stepping into the Florida Keys, with lush tropical landscaping and sweeping views of the Chesapeake Bay. The property features both a tented reception and an indoor reception space, as well as lodging and tons of amenities for your guests.
The Barn is a newer venue, but it has quickly become one of my favorites! Even in the dead of winter, it’s absolutely stunning. From a classic white covered porch, to rolling fields and greenery, to the beautiful stonework of the barn itself, there are no shortage of portrait locations on the property!
If you’re looking for rustic charm with a breathtaking waterfront ceremony space, Weatherly Farm is the venue for you! From a photographer’s perspective, this venue is a dream. The reception pavilion is fully covered so that you’re protected in inclement weather, yet the sides are open, allowing beautiful natural light to pour in. There’s such a variety of portrait locations, though my favorite might be big back porch!
I’ve been wanting to visit Flora Corner Farm for YEARS and finally had the opportunity this summer! The property absolutely did not disappoint. So many gorgeous portrait locations tucked away across the grounds! The owner, Diane, is so kind and thoughtful, and truly goes above and beyond for her couples with furniture, table settings, and even escort displays available for use.
I honestly can’t decide what I like most about Olde Breton Inn! This venue is so photographer-friendly, with ample natural light throughout the facility and bright, neutral walls in the ballroom. Did I mention the way the back lawn glows at sunset? Just be sure to plan your ceremony about 2-3 hours prior to sunset to avoid harsh light and high temperatures, as there’s no shade at the ceremony site!
Swan Point is an excellent southern Maryland venue for a couple with a classic style. The ballroom boasts ample natural light, white walls, and crystal chandeliers, while the ceremony space overlooks the water. There are beautiful portrait locations on the golf course, as well as a back patio perfect for cocktail hour!
Jefferson Patterson Park | St. Leonard, Maryland
Jefferson Patterson Park is my favorite southern Maryland portrait location, so it’s no surprise that I love it for weddings, too! I do have to recommend it with one large caveat, though – the barn has one side that’s fully open, and I’m not 100% sure what the rain plan would be in the event of poor weather. I also highly suggest draping the barn and patio in twinkle lights, and having your dance floor on the outdoor patio under the stars. The light is dreamy here in the evening!
Can you believe this ceremony space?! The light is amazing, and it’s just a short walk from the reception barn and vineyards! Robin Hill is a working farm and winery, so your guests will be treated to epic views and delicious wine at your reception.
These are southern Maryland venues that I haven’t worked at professionally (yet!), but that I’ve attended a wedding at as a guest and LOVED. If you’re getting married at one of these venues, let’s chat! I’m always looking for new venues to explore!
I hope this is helpful as you begin your wedding planning! If you’d like to chat about having me as your wedding photographer, click HERE to send a message!