If I had to list my favorite historic wedding venues in Cincinnati a Laurel Court Wedding would be very high on the list. This is an absolutely stunning venue with beautiful gardens. Located in College Hill (which if you haven’t heard is becoming quite a trendy place to live), the home was built in 1902 during the gilded age. What was the gilded age, you might ask? It was a period of extreme economic growth and wealth, meaning everything was over-the-top, and at Laurel Court the beautiful art, architecture, and style survived the test of time. Stepping into Laurel Court Mansion is like walking through a time capsule. You aren’t really prepared for what you will find inside the large stone castle tucked away in the trees-right in the middle of Cincinnati. If you’re looking for a venue that is unique, outdoors, and historic with beautiful gardens and lots of photo opportunities look no further.
Here’s my rundown of the venue and what I like about it. Obviously, it’s gorgeous, grand, opulent, unique, and I could go on. It has an artistic feel and beautiful architecture too, so that’s perfect for photos. Everyone will tell you those things. When choosing a historic venue you have to consider the amenities and find out if they are up-to-date, and that’s what I like about Laurel Court. You can tent the back in any style you prefer for dinner so you have the opportunity to bring in your own vendors and style your tables, lighting, etc. You have the chance to mix a bit of contemporary style into this historic venue. Brides often assume when a venue is historic that their wedding style must also have a “vintage” feel. I think the term is over-used and this is not true! Try looking at the venue broken down into spaces, colors, and areas for entertaining. For example, the large scale bushes make an amazing backdrop for very editorial images.
I’m also a big fan of all-in-one venues. You can get ready in the most amazing gilded room with a piano, fainting couch, and artwork for days. Ladies, this is awesome for your detail photos! There’s no need to worry about decorating, which is my next point. When you choose a venue like this you can go simple with things like florals and decor. You don’t really need it. Here’s an example of extremely elegant, understated florals from a wedding I photographed recently. I hope this helps to answer some questions about Laurel Court and provide insight into this amazing place to take photos.
From the second the day started until the moment the sun set there was something different about this wedding. It was the laughter. All day Shannon and Dan were both surrounded by friends and family that were so so happy to support their marriage. I remember talking to Shannon a few years back and listening to the way she spoke about Dan. She knew. Right away, she knew that she would marry that man. I couldn’t be more pleased to share these photos or to have shared this day with such a special couple. There were moments of tears, toasts with loved ones near and far, and lots and lots of selfies. Congratulations, Shannon and Dan. I know that you will have many years of joy together!
Laurel Court Wedding
Venue: Laurel Court Mansion
Planner: Sweet Heart Planners
Makeup: Art of Makeup
Hair: Benefit Salon
Flowers: Nate Moster
Cake: Tres Belle
Catering: Eat Well