After doing multiple weddings in the different venues that the Pensacola area has to offer, we decided to cast our own personal votes and take into consideration what our wedding couples have said about where they had their wedding and create a list of our faves that we feel you probably can’t go wrong with! Each venue not only caters to different wedding types, but also has its own unique flavor and differing elements that make it a great place to photograph, er I mean, have a wedding! ;)
So without further ado and in no particular order, here are our top 5 picks for wedding venues!
Accommodating up to 275 guests, the Lee House is a charming location for your wedding to be held. They have a beautiful courtyard that is perfect for an outdoor ceremony/reception, and it has a built in bar. (Heck yes!) The inside of Lee House is cozy and inviting, having a dining room large enough to have your rehearsal dinner or wedding shower in, and a living room that is seemingly comfortable for cocktail hour while you slip out for some picture taking! The Bonifay Suite, perfect for newlywed couples, is one of nine suites in this homey establishment. Lee house is also close to great restaurants and parks, and is a short drive away from the white sandy beaches that everyone loves!
This particular location will forever hold a special place in our hearts because it is where Adam and I got married! Located in the heart of Downtown Pensacola, this rustic venue is an absolutely beautiful place to get married. It, too, has a dreamy courtyard with beautiful greenery and tea lights making it a romantic setting for an evening wedding ceremony. Inside, the exposed brick give off a rustic but warm vibe, having your guests “ooh” and “ahh” at the beauty of it. The wooden floors and chandelier are inviting for first dances. Not to mention there are multiple restrooms, so your guests aren’t as likely to form a line waiting to use the facilities! The large windows allow natural light to flow in, and its also a cool area to have your food served if you’re having a buffet! (That’s what Adam and I did!) Needless to say, this is a wonderful little location to get hitched!
Live oak plantation
Arriving at the Plantation you’ll be greeted with a beautiful brick home with colonial style pillars, accompanied by a large outdoor area with tea lights and chandeliers hanging between the trees and floating windows guiding the walkway. It’s perfect for a whimsical ceremony overlooking the lake, or throw some standing tables out there and BAM! Now it’s a place for guests to mingle! The Cotton House is fantastic (in the name alone *wink wink*), as it has plenty of space for a reception. Gorgeous wooden tables and chairs make this such an inviting area for your guests to eat dinner and enjoy themselves! It also holds a bridal suite that is to die for, so there’s that! There’s a huge field behind the house that is the perfect backdrop for rustic/country photos. Not to mention the giant oak trees down the pathway! (Hence the name Live Oak Plantation!) This is just a few of the many things we love about this place! So if a beach or ranch style wedding isn’t quite your thing, then I would definitely take a walk through at Live Oak!
This 100 acre, country style venue feature bride and groom getting ready rooms, multiple spots for ceremonies, and yes, you guessed it…animals! Kangaroos and camels and zebras…oh my! It’s a possibility you’ll have these adorable animals photo bomb your wedding pictures! (In the best way, of course!) Tea lights drape from the top of the barn all the way to the french doors where the bride makes her grand entrance, making it an irresistible spot for a ceremony. There’s also a charming little pergola, a perfect alternative if you’re wanting to have your ceremony elsewhere on the property! All in all, Sowell Farms is a beautiful venue to get married!
The Barn at Water Oaks Farm
If you have your heart set on a barn wedding then look no further! Located just a little outside of Pensacola and Winner of Finest Venue in 2019, this rustic/country venue is a grand facility with endless possibilities. Immediately upon entering through the front barn doors, your eyes are greeted with a gorgeous chandelier, hanging in all its glory above you. Antique settees are placed around the inside, begging for a photo op with the bride! There is a lovely outdoor area facing a big, beautiful field, perfect for an outdoor ceremony. (It’s also covered, so you can kiss those “What do I do if it rains?” fears good-bye!) The reception area is extremely spacious and gorgeous, with fabric draping from the ceiling and romantic lighting setting the tone of the evening. You might even have an old carriage or two to admire in the very back! If you go through the back barn doors there is a covered porch area with a barrel tables and a bar, perfect for your guests to mingle during cocktail hour. Off to the side of the barn, there are old white bunkers that scream to be used as a unique and rustic backdrop for formals of the bride and groom. There are so many options and ways to be creative here, both for wedding couples and vendors alike! This breathtaking venue is definitely worth the drive, so be sure you check it out!