7 Best Wedding Venues in Ocean City Maryland (Or Nearby)

There are so many beautiful wedding venues in Ocean City, Md or in nearby areas, making it difficult to select just 7. I made my choices from a wedding photographer perspective based on a number of factors ranging from sheer number of photographic backdrops, professionalism of the coordinators and staff, lighting, to unique natural and architectural structures.

1. Merry Sherwood Plantation

Besides just being breathtakingly beautiful, this venue has so much history which should really resonate with history buffs or just anyone who values stunning architecture and design. Located just outside of the charming town of Berlin, Maryland, the historic Merry Sherwood sits on 19 acres and is encompassed by beautiful gardens and old brick paths meandering through the property. As a photographer there are many ways to frame my subjects and use the incredible architectural details to shoot through or around to create a dynamic photograph with a sense of depth and mystery. Ruth and her husband Jim are very professional and cater to even the smallest detail to make sure you will have a lovely wedding, which all your guests will be talking about for years. Learn more about Merry Sherwood and submit your inquiries here https://merrysherwoodplantation.

In all it’s glory just outside the quaint town of Berlin, Md is a stunning historic home available for weddings and events.

In all it’s glory just outside the quaint town of Berlin, Md is a stunning historic home available for weddings and events.

The lush gardens and beautiful facade of Merry Sherwood Plantation made this engagement session a wonderful success.

The lush gardens and beautiful facade of Merry Sherwood Plantation made this engagement session a wonderful success.

The beautiful grounds and gardens at Merry Sherwood offer a magical quality unsurpassed on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The amazing architectural accents and details make for great foreground subjects which guide the viewer’s eye to the main subject, in this case the engaged couple.

The beautiful grounds and gardens at Merry Sherwood offer a magical quality unsurpassed on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The amazing architectural accents and details make for great foreground subjects which guide the viewer’s eye to the main subject, in this case the engaged couple.

Merry Sherwood’s interior is magnificent, decorated with great precision by a professional designer.

Merry Sherwood’s interior is magnificent, decorated with great precision by a professional designer.

The entry way is amazing with giant gold antique mirror perfect for a last minute touch up photo in it’s reflection.

The entry way is amazing with giant gold antique mirror perfect for a last minute touch up photo in it’s reflection.

Merry Sherwood features beautiful interior elements and design, reminiscent of the early 19th century.

Merry Sherwood features beautiful interior elements and design, reminiscent of the early 19th century.

Merry Sherwood is a historic Maryland wedding venue on the eastern shore.

Merry Sherwood is a historic Maryland wedding venue on the eastern shore.

Merry Sherwood features an incredible sunroom sitting area.

Merry Sherwood features an incredible sunroom sitting area.

The accents and furniture inside Merry Sherwood are perfectly comprised of pieces specific to the time period.

The accents and furniture inside Merry Sherwood are perfectly comprised of pieces specific to the time period.

2. Lighthouse Cove Event Center

Lighthouse Cove in Dewey Beach is soon to be one of the top wedding venues on the eastern shore. Scheduled to be complete fall of this year, this venue will be a total jaw dropper. I am in love with the idea of the reception hall having numerous windows to provide expansive views of Rehoboth Bay. I can only imagine what the bride and groom’s first dance will look like with bay and sand in the background. The multi level deck will be perfect for wedding guests to enjoy a drink during social hour. The layers of decking will allow for many different angles and views which will really make for some incredible portraits and ceremony shots. Lisa Wilgus at Lighthouse Cove Event Center is exceptional and will work with you to make sure everything is perfect for your big day. Speak to Lisa and find out more by clicking here http://lighthousecoveevents.com/weddings.html

Set to be complete fall of 2019, Lighthouse Cove in Dewey Beach is going to be a spectacular wedding and event venue near Ocean City.

Set to be complete fall of 2019, Lighthouse Cove in Dewey Beach is going to be a spectacular wedding and event venue near Ocean City.

3. Lighthouse Sound

Perched on a hill on a premier golf course in the small town of Bishopville, only minutes from Ocean City, is Lighthouse Sound. The wall of windows in the reception hall allow for panoramic views of Ocean City across the bay making for arguably some of the the most beautiful sunsets of all. If the weather is nice which it typically is in the summer, your guests can enjoy the open air and that same view from the patio outside. The newly renovated bridal suite is just one more reason to love this incredible wedding venue. Lauren is the day of coordinator and contact for weddings for Lighthouse Sound and is absolutely amazing. Learn more about this serene and magical venue here https://lighthousesound.com/.

Bride with her bridesmaids get ready for the wedding at Lighthouse Sound. Planning and styling by  https://alisontothealtaroc.com/

Bride with her bridesmaids get ready for the wedding at Lighthouse Sound. Planning and styling by https://alisontothealtaroc.com/

Wedding ceremony at the gazebo at Lighthouse Sound. Planning and styling by  https://alisontothealtaroc.com/

Wedding ceremony at the gazebo at Lighthouse Sound. Planning and styling by https://alisontothealtaroc.com/

Beautiful evening at Lighthouse Sound wedding with panoramic views of Ocean City. The sunsets here are some of the most spectacular around.

Beautiful evening at Lighthouse Sound wedding with panoramic views of Ocean City. The sunsets here are some of the most spectacular around.

This adorable private beach is a short golf cart ride away at Lighthouse Sound, Maryland’s premier golf club wedding venue near Ocean City, Md.

This adorable private beach is a short golf cart ride away at Lighthouse Sound, Maryland’s premier golf club wedding venue near Ocean City, Md.

Bride and groom lead the wedding party to take fun portraits following their wedding ceremony at Lighthouse Sound.

Bride and groom lead the wedding party to take fun portraits following their wedding ceremony at Lighthouse Sound.

A fun photo of the wedding party chasing the bride and groom in a golf cart after the wedding ceremony at Lighthouse Sound.

A fun photo of the wedding party chasing the bride and groom in a golf cart after the wedding ceremony at Lighthouse Sound.

The bridal party share a laugh on a bridge on the golf course at Lighthouse Sound.

The bridal party share a laugh on a bridge on the golf course at Lighthouse Sound.

The bride hugs her bridesmaid at Lighthouse Sound wedding venue.

The bride hugs her bridesmaid at Lighthouse Sound wedding venue.

The silos at Lighthouse Sound offer beautiful backdrops for fun wedding portraits.

The silos at Lighthouse Sound offer beautiful backdrops for fun wedding portraits.

Bride and groom entrance at Lighthouse Sound.

Bride and groom entrance at Lighthouse Sound.

A classic black and white photojournalistic style image of the father of the bride’s speech during the wedding reception at Lighthouse Sound.

A classic black and white photojournalistic style image of the father of the bride’s speech during the wedding reception at Lighthouse Sound.

We were able to sneak away during the reception for a couple quick photos at twilight in the gazebo. I love how visible Ocean City is in the background.

We were able to sneak away during the reception for a couple quick photos at twilight in the gazebo. I love how visible Ocean City is in the background.

Silhouette of a bride and groom on their wedding day at Lighthouse Sound.

Silhouette of a bride and groom on their wedding day at Lighthouse Sound.

4. Bear Trap Dunes

Another golf course wedding venue located in Ocean View, De, Bear Trap Dunes offers gorgeous lake views along with forests and rolling hills. The grand Clubhouse provides an elegant setting to host any type of special event and exquisite floor-to-ceiling windows provide spectacular panoramic views of the tranquil landscape. The grounds also can accomodate a tent overlooking the lake and beautiful course. The day of coordinator, Chelsea will take great care of you! Check them out here http://www.beartrapdunes.com/weddings.html.

Beautiful bridal portrait with hair and makeup by  www.aboundsmakeup.com .

Beautiful bridal portrait with hair and makeup by www.aboundsmakeup.com.

Beautiful winter wedding at Bear Trap Dunes. Flowers by Terri Foxwell Lokey. Rentals and styling by  www.relaxedlivingbysams.com

Beautiful winter wedding at Bear Trap Dunes. Flowers by Terri Foxwell Lokey. Rentals and styling by www.relaxedlivingbysams.com

Bear Trap Dunes offers amazing views and photo backdrops.

Bear Trap Dunes offers amazing views and photo backdrops.

The sunsets are beautiful at Bear Trap Dunes.

The sunsets are beautiful at Bear Trap Dunes.

Weddings at Bear Trap Dunes are beautiful, with gorgeous backgrounds and serene natural scenery.

Weddings at Bear Trap Dunes are beautiful, with gorgeous backgrounds and serene natural scenery.

Receptions are bright and offer a lovely view of the golf course.

Receptions are bright and offer a lovely view of the golf course.

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Gorgeous table setting inside the clubhouse at Bear Trap Dunes. Styling and design by  www.relaxedlivingbysams.com

Gorgeous table setting inside the clubhouse at Bear Trap Dunes. Styling and design by www.relaxedlivingbysams.com

Portrait of a bride and groom on the grounds at Bear Trap Dunes.

Portrait of a bride and groom on the grounds at Bear Trap Dunes.

5. Windmill Creek Vineyard

So new there are no wedding photos to show, but engagement session photos will be coming soon. This historic home sits on beautiful acreage with grape vines and wildflower fields. More information on this venue can be found here https://www.windmillcreekvineyard.com/events.

6. Heritage Shores

Great for large weddings, Heritage Shores in Bridgeville, De is an astounding wedding venue. Recently completely renovated, the Nantucket inspired clubhouse provides an elegant and tranquil setting. The classically neutral toned walls make it easy adapt to your envisioned style. The bridal suite has also recently been renovated and is a rather large space this is also elegant and neutral toned. This is an asset as I see it, as several highly important moments have to be captured here; mom helping you into your dress, dad walking in with tears in his eyes as he sees you for the first time are among the top of the list. You will want these moments to be captured as beautifully as possible and a beautiful space only amplifies the scene. Heritage Shores has several grand ballrooms and a large outdoor ceremony site with the focus being a very elegant gazebo. Allie, the day of coordinator, is incredibly on point and helpful with the details of your special day. Learn more about Heritage Shores here www.heritageshores.com/special-events

View from the balcony on the back side of the Delaware wedding venue, Heritage Shores in Bridgeville De.

View from the balcony on the back side of the Delaware wedding venue, Heritage Shores in Bridgeville De.

This beautiful fall wedding was made even more lovely with the changing of the leaves colors in the trees that dot the golf course at Heritage Shores in De.

This beautiful fall wedding was made even more lovely with the changing of the leaves colors in the trees that dot the golf course at Heritage Shores in De.

This blue and white paper flower bouquet, contain tiny framed photos of loved ones who had passed and mean a great deal to the bride and groom.

This blue and white paper flower bouquet, contain tiny framed photos of loved ones who had passed and mean a great deal to the bride and groom.

The scenery at Heritage Shores wedding venue is so beautiful. The red rose bushes and large fountain are just a short golf cart ride away.

The scenery at Heritage Shores wedding venue is so beautiful. The red rose bushes and large fountain are just a short golf cart ride away.

7. Smokey Hollow

Imagine being only minutes from the hustle and bustle of Ocean City when you turn down a long gravel road though a wooded forest, which eventually opens to a lovely field surrounded by trees and in the middle a lake. This sounds almost fanciful by itself, but then there off the side against the wood next to the lake is a stunning, chic, white barn ready to make all your wedding dreams come true. Just when it couldn’t get much better there is a mansion far on the other side of the enormous lake which can be rented to acomodate you and your husband, wedding party and several other guests. Many gorgeous backdrops dot the property. One such example is the wooden pier leading into the placid lake. A second example is a weathered brick path lined by boxwood which open up to a bench facing the lake. Certainly not last but equally stunning photo op is the giant boulder that sits alongside the lake where a perfectly positioned couple can curl up together for yet another enchanting portrait.

A beautiful brick and glass greenhouse is available for photo ops on Smokey Hollow’s grounds.

A beautiful brick and glass greenhouse is available for photo ops on Smokey Hollow’s grounds.

The hedges frame the couple on the bench perfectly during their engagement session at Smokey Hollow in Selbyville, De.

The hedges frame the couple on the bench perfectly during their engagement session at Smokey Hollow in Selbyville, De.

A beautiful brick path leads to the placid lake. This is just one of the gorgeous scenes for your wedding photos at Smokey Hollow barn wedding venue near the Delaware beaches.

A beautiful brick path leads to the placid lake. This is just one of the gorgeous scenes for your wedding photos at Smokey Hollow barn wedding venue near the Delaware beaches.

Another view of the bench that sits at the end of the path facing the tranquil lake.

Another view of the bench that sits at the end of the path facing the tranquil lake.

Smokey Hollow is an elegant barn wedding venue on a private property near Fenwick De on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Smokey Hollow is an elegant barn wedding venue on a private property near Fenwick De on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

The fog rolled in just in time to create this romantic engagement photo at Smokey Hollow.

The fog rolled in just in time to create this romantic engagement photo at Smokey Hollow.

Smokey Hollow’s interior is bright and elegant without being too rustic. Located in Selbyville, De, the wedding venue is situated on a field surrounded by trees. It is secluded, despite being only minutes from the famous Delaware beaches.

Smokey Hollow’s interior is bright and elegant without being too rustic. Located in Selbyville, De, the wedding venue is situated on a field surrounded by trees. It is secluded, despite being only minutes from the famous Delaware beaches.

Detail shot of a cheese and fruit board at Smokey Hollow.

Detail shot of a cheese and fruit board at Smokey Hollow.

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Wedding detail of table flower arrangment at smokey hollow delaware wedding venue just minutes from Delaware beaches.

Wedding detail of table flower arrangment at smokey hollow delaware wedding venue just minutes from Delaware beaches.

Engagement shoot at Smokey Hollow wedding venue.

Engagement shoot at Smokey Hollow wedding venue.

The wooden pier with rope barrier makes for a perfect setting for wedding and engagement portraits at Smokey Hollow in Selbyville.

The wooden pier with rope barrier makes for a perfect setting for wedding and engagement portraits at Smokey Hollow in Selbyville.

There you have it…my two cents for what it is worth on some of the most photographic wedding venues in and around Ocean City, MD. I will admit that there are a few more venues that should make this list. However this being only my second full season here in the Ocean City area, I have not yet had the chance to photograph at all of them. I am very much looking forward to doing so very soon and will do another blog post about my experiences there. A few of those venues worth mentioning are Castle Farm in Snow Hill Md, Kylan Barn in Delmar, De, and the Atlantic Hotel in Berlin, Md.



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