Top Kentucky Wedding Venues by Louisville Wedding Photographer Brandi Potter
It’s engagement season and there’s a LOT of information out there on what you should and shouldn’t be doing. What you should be booking, and who you shouldn’t book, and I want to help make this process easy for you. I haven’t had the opportunity to shoot at all of the amazing venues in Kentucky quite yet, but there are several on my list that I would love to see. I thought it would be nice to show engaged couples these venues from a photographers perspective so they can see how they photograph.
The apiary is a beautiful venue near Downtown Lexington. It’s very private and you probably wouldn’t even know it was there unless you were looking for it. They have beautiful gardens, friendly staff, and an absolutely stunning reception hall. I’ve only done one wedding there but I’m already so in love with it, and can’t wait to shoot there again.
I’ve also only shot one wedding here, but IT JUST HAS SO MUCH COOL STUFF. They have sheep, cows, fields, barns, buildings with fern floors, and history. I barely even scratched the service with seeing all of Shaker Village and any time I’ve been out there before I didn’t know half the areas we shot in were even there. This place is entirely unique and is unlike any other place I’ve ever shot at before.
I shot my first wedding at Warrenwood in May and It’s to die for. I even hosted a photography workshop there because the manor and the grounds are so beautiful. They have fields, an old barn, and the manor itself is absolute perfection. I loved everything about this venue, and I especially love the way the light comes into the rooms and the barn. They even have a downstairs bathroom that has DOG WALLPAPER. I don’t know what more you could even ask for out of a venue. Brittany, one of the owners is one of the sweetest people on the planet as well, which makes booking here even better.
I’ve shot weddings at the Livery multiple times over the past couple of years. It’s the perfect setting if you don’t want to have a country wedding or you want to have a small intimate affair. There’s exposed brick, cool art, and you’re right in downtown Lexington. I love having the ability to just walk through downtown with my couples and do portraits, and if they want a park there are several nearby.
Gardens at Ray-Eden
This is a stunning little venue in Louisville. If you want to have a garden wedding this is the place to do it. They do have a big open field and a pond, but the gardens are by far some of my favorite I’ve shot at. Not to mention the reception area is one of the coolest open “rooms” I’ve seen. It’s the perfect place for an intimate Spring or Summer Wedding.
Bodley Bullock House
I love the historic houses in Lexington, and this is by far my favorite. It’s right at the edge of Gratz Park, and close enough to downtown if you wanted to do photos in a more urban setting. The inside of the house is beautiful, with so many nooks and corners that I think I could shoot there every weekend and not get tired of it. There’s also a quaint little garden out back that has the perfect ceremony spot if the weathers nice.
The Pointe is a venue near Downtown Louisville that I haven’t gotten to shoot at since 2015 (which should be obvious from the editing of these). It’s definitely a great industrial space and has some pretty unique features. I really love the mixture of brick, wood, and white brick, and how much the windows let in light in the back room (the wedding I shot there used that room as their reception space).
Way down in southeastern Kentucky there’s a small place called Cumberland Falls, well drive about 30 minutes away from there and you can be at the trail head for the tallest waterfall in Kentucky. It’s a fairly short and easy hike down to the falls, but seriously so worth it. This isn’t technically a venue but having a wedding there is beyond amazing. This couple had their family and friends watch from the trail while they got married right at the bottom of the falls. This is the perfect place for an adventurous couple that doesn’t want to go to far from home.
Waveland Historic Site
Waveland is such a unique venue in the fact that there are literally multiple places to have your ceremony and reception. This venue also pretty much has it all. It, like most of the historic homes in Kentucky, has an old barn perfect for receptions or just cocktail hour. It also has this really great little garden that’s so beautiful in the spring and summer. OH, and there’s a pond back in a small patch of woods where there’s this amazing clearing. Both weddings I’ve shot there have been absolutely amazing and some of my favorites from this year and last year.
The Seelbach Hotel
I really love history and the Seelbach Hotel has tons of it. F. Scott Fitzgerald and Al Capone use to stay there among many others. My favorite room in the hotel is the Rathskeller. It’s the only room in the world like it, and if I ever get married and have to have it in Kentucky it will most likely be in that room. It’s covered in Rookwood Pottery and is the moody perfection that I love.
Red River Gorge
The Red River Gorge in eastern Ky holds a special place in my heart. It’s where I like to hike and take my adventurous clients and it’s absolutely beautiful. There are a ton of different trails and venues to get married on here, so it’s all a matter of choosing what you want out of your wedding. If you’re up for a small adventure this is a place you definitely need to check out.
Berry Hill Mansion
This historic home in Frankfort has one of the most perfect rooms for ceremonies. It’s a great place if you want to have a nice indoor wedding, but the grounds would also be really pretty for a ceremony as well. I wasn’t going to shoot a wedding this NYE until they told me that it was at this venue, so that should tell you how great it is.
I normally wouldn’t be in love with a country club, but Spindletop is special. The upstairs has the coolest bathrooms. They’re all green or blue, and a couple are pinks and purples. They have these metal floral vines covering the door to the toilet. They have these giant beautiful tubs in the middle of the floor. Some of the rooms upstairs also have the best floral wallpaper and carpet, and one room even has decorative naked women on the wallpaper. The downstairs has this big beautiful library and the dining area is also extremely stunning.