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.
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
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://lighthousesoundrestaurant.com/.
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 accommodate 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.
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 one grand ballroom accommodating up to 450 and several other reception areas. There is also 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
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.
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, Wildflower Estate in Mardela Springs, Brooklyn Meadows in Berlin and the Atlantic Hotel in Berlin.