Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables
Driving up to the Biltmore is like a dream. The surrounding neighborhood is lush with magnificent old Banyan Trees. As you make your way up the drive way, you come upon the grandness of the Hotel. You can definitely see why this is one of the best wedding venues in South Florida. Build in 1926, this historic venue would make any bride feel like…well, like a princess. There are so many gorgeous backdrops for photos, from the gardens and courtyards lined with arches and palm trees, to the high arch vaulted ballrooms. There is a reason the Biltmore is such a sought after venue, because it friggin GORGEOUS and worth it. The chapel (Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ) right across the street is also gorgeous. The chapel, which was built in 1923, is the perfect setting for a nearby wedding ceremony.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
The magnificent Vizcaya estate was built for John Deering in 1916. It is honestly a gem of south Florida history. The property contains a gorgeous 10 acre Italian Renaissance Garden. I love it because there are endless romantic scenes like: coral arches, hidden path ways, grand staircases, rose gardens, hedge mazes and and ancients oak trees dripping with Spanish moss. Vizcaya feels like it was plopped down from another time, like it was picked up from some gorgeous Italian hillside and placed in Florida for us to have gorgeous weddings in. But at the same time it feels so Miami because of the beautiful orchids and tropical plants surrounding it as it sits perched right on Biscayne Bay. Believe the hype, Vizcaya is always a good idea and no list of the best wedding venues in south Florida would be complete without it!
Located just south of downtown Miami, Villa Woodbine is a historic Mediterranean revival style estate surrounded by lush and sprawling Oak Trees. The Villa was built in 1931 and was inspired by open air courtyards, Spanish arches, and cuban interiors. I’m a sucker for outdoor dining and receptions, especially if its romantically lit from lights hanging in trees. Villa Woodbine is the perfect setting for a glowy reception worthy of the finest Wedding magazines. It’s stunning and a no brainer for my list of Best Wedding Venues in South Florida. Bonus for me, it’s walking distance from my house.
Growing up in West Palm Beach, the Flagler Museum has always been the pinnacle of class for events. As a wedding photographer I have learned to appreciate this beautiful place more and more. One of the things I love most about this venue is the variety of spaces available. No matter what kind of bride you are, there is a space that lends itself to the vibe you want for your wedding. The Grand Hall is beautiful with its dome ceilings and double marble staircase. The courtyard is lush and private. The West room and Lake room shine with the Mediterranean inspired architecture and vaulted ceiling. My favorite has to be the Flagler Kenan Pavilion. Its patina arches and columns, glass ceilings, and sweeping panoramic waterfront views are to die for. I can’t with this room, it’s an absolute show stopper.
The Ancient Spanish Monastery
This history lesson is worth telling, trust me. This monastery was originally built in 1141 AD in Sacramenia, Spain! What??!! It was purchased by Randolph Hearst in 1925 who had it dismantled stone by stone and shipped to the United States. Originally built in 1141AD in Sacramenia, Spain it was It was purchased by Randolph Hearst in 1925, dismantled stone by stone and shipped to the United States. Hearst ran into financial problem and was unable to reassemble the Monastery. It sat in a warehouse in Brooklyn for 25 years. In 1952 two entrepreneurs purchased the building and rebuilt it in all its glory right here in Miami! Woah! No biggy. It’s just the OLDEST building in the western Hemisphere! There is no shortage of sun draped arches, gorgeous vaulted ceilings, and sprawling ancient oak trees to explore.
Eddy and I used to walk into the Breakers Hotel when we were teenagers. I used to daydream about my “Beauty and the Beast” wedding in the Circle room. It is the most magical, circular domed ballroom that soars to 30 feet. It is wrapped in 15 foot windows that look onto the beach. *stops typing and wipes drool off of face with back of hand* That is just one of the many stunning rooms available at the Breakers. The Mediterranean Room and Courtyard are just as heavenly.
I could go on and on about the Legendary Breakers hotel and why its one of the best wedding venues in South Florida. It is one of my favorite places in the world and the obvious choice for a Disney-esque/ royal wedding. oh and the cocktails in the hotel lobby are OUT OF THIS WORLD. Try the “Redhead”
I will be periodically adding to this list of “Best wedding venues in South Florida” so make sure to check back.
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