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11 Woodsy Pennsylvania Wedding Venues that are Perfect for Nature Lovers

These spots feel as magical as destination weddings, but they're all within a three hour drive of Philly.

The Ledges Hotel. Photographs by Redfield Photography.

While we cover a lot of glamorous and opulent city weddings, we definitely have a soft spot in our heart for a gorgeous, nature-filled wedding. If you’re a freshly minted bride-to-be and haven’t been impressed by what you’ve seen in the way of local barn or Jersey Shore venues to be the site of your dream wedding, we have a little something else up our sleeves: below, you’ll find 11 breathtakingly beautiful, tree and greenery-filled wedding venues located right here in Pennsylvania. Even better? They’re all within a three-hour drive of Philadelphia. Read on to find out if one of these wooded wonderlands could be perfect for you.

Ash Mill Farm Bed and Breakfast
5358 York Road, Holicong

According to Ash Mill, their 10-acre working sheep farm is a spot where “rustic meets elegance.” You and your guests have full run of the property on your Big Day, so take time to soak in the country vibes and drink in the fresh air. The farm can host 50 to 250 guests and is able to accommodate a rehearsal dinner, ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, after-party, and even brunch the following morning. If you and some of your guests want to stay on the property, there are options for that, too: the Grand Manor house and two separate cottages.
Real Wedding Example: Jill and John by Emily Wren Photography.

Awbury Arboretum
1 Awbury Road, Germantown

For a taste of nature within city limits, we present the Awbury Arboretum—a tree-filled 55-acre plot in historic Germantown. While the operating arboretum remains open from dawn until dusk—even during your event—they aim to keep the Cope House (where most weddings take place) and the surrounding gardens private during your special day. Catering at this location is handled by Birchtree Catering exclusively. It’s also worth noting that couples that live within 2 miles of the arboretum receive a 20% discount on the venue cost. Just imagine all of the photo opportunities on 55-acres of with lush landscapes.
Real Wedding Example: Haley and Ryan by Peach Plum Pear Photography.

Bowman’s Wild Flower Preserve
1635 River Road, New Hope 

This beautiful New Hope venue is an actual wild flower preserve—can you imagine a more beautifully natural spot than that? Choose from a few sites on the property for your ceremony or reception: there’s a stunning pond, a deep-woods gazebo, an open air stone bridge overlooking most of the preserve and a creek, and the Moore Pavilion, the common site for receptions (with a nice, flat area to extend with a tent). Depending on the site you choose, the venue can accommodate 50 to 200 guests. Because this is a working nature preserve, there is no on-site catering or wedding planner. Oh, and no picking the foliage!
Real Wedding Example: Amy and Evan by Redfield Photography.

Fiddle Lake Farm 
4003 Fiddle Lake Road, Thompson

Here at the historical and rustic Fiddle Lake Farm, you have your choice of ceremony sites, including the barn which has a 200-year-old wooden dance floor (making it a perfect spot for the reception too), the lakeside, the hayfield, or a Church built in the 1800’s. Put your guests up in Fiddle Lake’s 1820’s farmhouse or 1920’s craftsman cottage. Fiddle Lake’s antique decor and vast greenery-filled views make for a beautiful rustic, vintage or bohemian wedding celebration (and gorgeous pictures too).
Real Wedding Example: Erin and Dan by Asya Photography.

Historic Watres Lodge at Lacawac Sanctuary
94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel

This historic and rustic venue is as unique as you and your partner. Exchange your nuptials outdoors (up to 200 people) or in one of the two indoor venue options. The Watres Lodges is best for more intimate receptions (it can only seat 40 for dinner and 150 for cocktails) or the Carriage House and Barn, which is slightly more roomy, maxing out at 85 people. Choose from four wedding packages based on your needs at this foliage-filled venue that is constantly encompassed in birdsong backdrops. Accommodations are available for you and your guests in their 1903 lodge or ice house cottage.
Real Wedding Example: Kristin and Billy by JF+AB Photography.

Holly Hedge Estate
6987 Upper York Road, New Hope

Here, 20-plus acres will provide a beautiful backdrop for a rustic, yet sophisticated, wedding at this Bucks County venue that proudly works with a diverse palette of budgets. Holly Hedge offers multiple ceremony and reception sites, both indoor and outdoors, and all catering is done on the premises. For a place for you and your guests to crash following your wedding, Holly Hedge has 15 rooms that are exclusively set aside for wedding guests—but if your party is larger than that, there are other accommodations on the property as well.
Real Wedding Example: Lauren and Mike by Jenelle Kappe Photography.

Promise Ridge
Pocono Mountains

Deep in the woods of the Pocono Mountains lies this man-made Living Wall overlooking the Appalachian Trail. Here, you and up to 10 guests can experience an intimate and beautiful elopement or micro-wedding. The site is located on the property of local wedding officiant, Alisa Tongg, who commissioned the project with nature-seeking couples in mind. The wall is covered in 12 fern varieties that reportedly symbolize secret love.
Real Wedding Example: Aviva and Michael by Ashley Gerrity Photography.

Pump House Bed and Breakfast
623 C State Road, Bloomsburg

The Pump House is all about turning your Big Day into a weekend-long celebration—when you book your wedding, the venue is yours Friday through Sunday at noon. Choose to set up tents and tables on the grounds or choose to celebrate indoors at Brick Barn Hall, an industrial, lofty-ceilinged barn that can house 180 guests, or opt for Studio Hall, which is a more intimate and art-filled space that can accommodate 75 guests. There’s plenty of lodging for your friends and family at the Season House, which is just a short walk from the reception venues.
Real Wedding Example: Corrine and Frankie by Michelle Suits Photography.

The Ledges Hotel
119 Falls Avenue, Hawley

Nestled in between beautiful rock ledges and the mellow Paupack High Falls water fall—which you can literally get married in front of —The Ledges Hotel provides beautiful, panoramic views of nature from every angle. There are two ceremony site packages at the Ledges: the Waterfall Package, which allows up to 50 guests and is available only from May 15th to October 15th, or the Gorgeous Package, which maxes out at 125 guests and is available year-round. The Ledges staff will handle the catering, and their wedding coordinator will help you create your vision.
Real Wedding Example: Cristina and Tim by M2 Photography.

Weddings at Camp
Pocono Mountains, Greeley

Weddings at Camp is actually a collection of three camps in the Pocono Mountains—Pine Forest Camp, Camp Timber Tops and Lake Owego Camp—that are all perfect for an outdoorsy and adventurous wedding celebration. Each of these venues provide that destination feel, but without the cost of international travel. Added bonus: Almost everything is included if you choose to wed at one of these sites, from catering and entertainment to lodging.
Real Wedding Example: Janie and Casey (at Camp Timber Tops) by Love Me Do Photography.

Whitewoods
312 Moyers Grove Road, Wapwollopen

No matter the time of year, Whitewoods is ready to host and celebrate your special day among their towering pine trees, babbling brook, and hidden clearings. Choose from an open-air outdoor ceremony on the property and indoor reception at The Manor—stocked with heating AND air conditioning—which can seat up to 225 guests. The Manor also includes a lovely courtyard that’s perfect for cocktail hour games and mingling. There’s also an inn on the property that sleeps 25 people. The inn is stocked with a kitchen and has a wraparound porch—perfect for you and your wedding party!
Real Wedding Example: Brian and Gina by Amanda Nichols Photography.

 

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