Choosing the perfect wedding location can be a daunting prospect. From big affairs to intimate gatherings, your venue will host your loved ones and provide a canvas – and in some ways a centerpiece – for your vision. Whether you’re dreaming of a large venue or a cozy space for just a few, we’ve spoken to a group of southern brides to get the skinny at their uniquely beautiful wedding locations. These rooms have so far enjoyed “hidden gem” status, but should be on any southern couple’s list of wedding venues to consider.
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4 Under the radar Southern wedding locations
The tree room
159 Oneta Street, Building 5, Athens, GA, 30601 • (706) 410-2345
Ten minutes from bustling downtown Athens, at the back of an old cotton depot, is The Tree Room. What looks like a modest brick facade from the outside is transformed inside into a quirky open-air venue. It’s easy to fall in love with every single detail here – a wooden floor surrounded by towering antique bricks, two mulberry trees with beautiful canopies with continuous bistro lights, and a koi pond that runs the length of the building.
When Olivia Shellman and Michael Broussard first saw The Tree Room, they knew it was the perfect place for them. Their love story began during their college years at the University of Georgia, which made this Athens venue even more special. “Something about The Tree Room just clicked for us – we knew we wanted an unconventional space that would give us and our guests an unforgettable experience,” says Olivia, who selected The Tree Room for her fall wedding in October 2020 .
Every corner of The Tree Room has something special to offer, and you can almost feel the soul of every previous event seeping into the room. The intimate surroundings and atmosphere make every wedding or event a unique and unforgettable experience. “It felt like getting married in a beautiful forest and a modern industrial space. There just isn’t a place like The Tree Room. We would choose it again in a heartbeat! ”
Sacred Heart Chapel
18673 Scenic Highway 98, Fairhope, AL, 365332 • (251) 928-5931
Sacred Heart Chapel is at the end of a gravel road on Scenic Highway 98 in Fairhope, Alabama. It might not look like much as you approach, but a short walk around the building to the front of the chapel will quickly change your mind. Just a few steps from Mobile Bay, “picturesque” is the word that comes to mind when enjoying the view. The interior of Sacred Heart features pointed windows, beautiful antique pews, and a series of wooden doors that are sure to provide a stunning bridal entrance. Sacred Heart is the perfect location for an intimate ceremony in a breathtaking setting.
Theresa Loris and Drew Newquist knew Sacred Heart was the right choice for their December 2020 wedding before Theresa could even see it in person. “I grew up in Fairhope,” she says. “I always knew I wanted to get married in an intimate city and actually found the church on Instagram. My mother and I took a weekend to drive to Sacred Heart – when I saw it was on the water, I was sold. ”
The unique atmosphere and location of the Sacred Heart offer a warm and welcoming historical charm. “The church is really itself. It’s quaint with a peaceful feel that I knew was just perfect for our wedding.”
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Springdale Railway Station
979 Springdale Road, Suite 160, Austin, TX, 78702 • (512) 524-7765
This old train station turned into a function space in the middle of bustling Austin is truly a hidden gem, and it only takes a peek inside Springdale Station to be swept off your feet in an instant. With an airy atmosphere, crisp white walls, exposed antique wooden beams, and modern gold and glass chandeliers, this simple combination of unexpected design elements is unbeatable. “It’s the perfect mix of old and new,” says Kate Peoples, who got married in Springdale Railway Station in October 2019. “
Kate, a native of Austin, and her husband, Mike Marchio, an Austin transplant from Minnesota, share a deep love for the city of Austin. “So many Austin wedding venues are in the hill country (45 minutes out of town), and our love for Austin is a big part of our relationship. We wanted to share the city we love with friends and family and make Austin culture a part of our day, ”says Kate.
Floor-to-ceiling windows and antique hardwood floors open to lush outdoor green space. This makes Springdale Station a perfect place to mix an indoor and outdoor event, which is a huge plus in the Texas heat.
54 Atlanta Street SE, Suite B, Marietta, GA, 30060 (678) 773-6468
This revitalized historic building is just steps from downtown Marietta Square. All of the original masonry is still intact, The Foxglove features beautiful factory windows and exposed steel beams, with modern glass chandeliers and wall-to-wall fairy lights. Kelly Fitzgerald grew up in Marietta and knew she wanted a venue near her home. “We chose Foxglove because we really wanted to invest in Marietta,” said Kelly, who married her husband Chris Heiden on site. “The accessibility to Marietta Square was also a plus for us,” she adds. “That gave our guests plenty of opportunities for an after party.”
The way Foxglove connects indoor and outdoor spaces opens up endless creative possibilities for the venue. “It’s so versatile and we loved that we could do a lot of different things within the room,” shares the bride. The exterior showcases beautiful antique wood surrounded by painted white bricks. “We both really fell in love with the wooden doors and the ceilings. The whole venue is just really adorable, ”adds Kelly.
So many breathtaking locations, so little time. To discover more southern spaces and creative wedding ideas, visit our wedding archive.
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