Brides, I know how difficult it can be to choose a venue for your wedding ceremony and reception. There are so many beautiful venues in central Ohio. So where do you begin? I have photographed many weddings over the last few years and have gotten the chance to experience a wide assortment of venues. These are my favorite places to shoot at and those which I think offer the best opportunities for photographs (in no particular order).
#1 Columbus Museum of Art
The Columbus Museum of Art is a gorgeous venue located in downtown Columbus. There’s a beautiful outdoor garden space for photos. The museum offers a few different options of spaces for ceremonies and receptions, both indoors and outdoors. The Derby Court features glasswork by Dale Chihuly and a skylight for a ceiling lets in incredible light and at night you can see the moon and stars. The Schottenstein Property Group Pavilion is a larger space which holds up to 320 guests for a sit down dinner. The space is modern with it’s light colored flooring and has a glass wall which offers natural lighting. There are many wonderful areas for photos including the steps outside and the galleries of artwork. If you are a love of art or want a classy and elegant wedding then this may be the venue for you.
#2 Franklin Park Conservatory
Franklin Park Conservatory is a beautiful venue for a bride that loves art and nature but still wants to stay near the city. This is another venue that offers multiple locations for the ceremony and reception. It’s so large that they are able to hold four weddings at a time. The four venues that you can choose from are: The John F. Wolfe Palm House & Wolfe Terrace; The Veridian, The Grove, & Brides Garden; The Grand Atrium & Zen Terrace; The Wells Barn & Celebration Lawn.
#3 Ohio Statehouse
The Ohio Statehouse located in downtown Columbus is another one of my favorite venues. The white pillars and steps and overall architecture of the building make a stunning backdrop for photographs. The inside is just as beautiful with it’s grand staircases, pale pink paint, and soaring ceilings. This is the perfect venue for a black tie or classic wedding.
#4 Jorgensen Farms
Jorgensen Farms is located just outside of Columbus in Westerville, Ohio. This venue is for the boho or rustic bride. They actually have two separate venues on the farm for weddings: The Historic Barn and Oak Grove. The Historic Barn boasts huge yellow sliding doors that you may have seen before in photos. Oak Grove is the newer venue and is a historical open air greenhouse. Both of the venues are beautiful and there’s so many amazing spots on the farms to take pictures. If you want a farm vibe then this is the venue for you.
#5 Irongate Equestrian Center
Irongate Equestrian Center is actually located on the outskirts of Columbus in Croton/Hartford, Ohio. This is another venue if you want a rustic feel. Irongate is a hidden gem and your guests will be amazed when they drive onto the property. They’ll be shocked this place is located right in central Ohio! There’s horses and rolling green pastures surrounding the barn facility. Irongate only holds one wedding at a time and there is variety with where you can have your ceremony. There are spaces both indoors and outdoors so it’s a great option for fall and winter weddings because you and your guests can keep warm inside. If you’re having a large wedding then this may be the venue for you. The barn is 16,000 feet and can accommodate up to 1,600 guests.
#6 The Westin
The Westin is another venue located in downtown Columbus. If you want to have a ballroom wedding then you have to check out this venue! The Grand Ballroom is 120 years old. The space has white Carrera marble flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows and mirrors, and stained glass windows. This is a historic venue and one of a kind. You may have seen images of it floating around on Pinterest! This is a beautiful venue if you’re looking for a classic and timeless wedding.
#7 Via Vecchia Winery
Via Vecchia Winery in downtown Columbus is a very popular venue for weddings. The space inside is a bit industrial but elegant at the same time if you opt for the chandeliers and fabric ceiling draping. The outside of the venue is distinct with it’s pale green coloring. The alleyway next to is a beautiful setting for an outdoor ceremony as well as for photos. If you want a modern, urban, but elegant and rustic wedding then Via Vecchia may be the perfect space for you.
#8 Darby House
Darby House is a venue located in Galloway, Ohio. The house is set on Darby Dan Farm, a historical estate. This venue has a rustic charm to it. It’s located on the Big Darby Creek and offers complete privacy with it’s 1,200 acres of land. There are also gorgeous indoor and outdoor spaces for the ceremony and reception. Darby House is particularly breathtaking in the fall with all of the colorful foliage. This venue is for the couple who wants a rustic wedding without the typical barn or farm look.
#9 High Line Car House
High Line Car House is a wedding venue situated in the Brewery District of downtown Columbus. I love the brick walls, tall ceilings and windows, industrial beams, and exposed ductwork that it has to offer. High Line Car House has an industrial look but at the same time can be warm and romantic. This venue was originally built in 1783 and was a part of the Columbus Streetcar system, which is how it got it’s name. I just love the story behind the venue and I think if you check it out you will love it too!
#10 The Estate at New Albany
Last but not least is a brand new venue set outside of Columbus called The Estate at New Albany. I had the opportunity to participate in a styled shoot there right when it opened and it was spectacular! The Estate at New Albany is on five acres of land with ponds and beautiful landscapes. There’s both an indoor and outdoor ceremony space and a grand hall indoors for the reception. What I love most about the venue is the foyer space when you step inside. It has soaring ceilings and is bright, light, and airy. There is a also a big fireplace with a mantel. This spot is gorgeous for bride and groom photos!
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