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5 western New York venues for the adventurous outdoor bride

Need to infuse a little fresh air and sunshine into your big day? I totally get it. I basically pout like a child if it's sunny and I'm not outside soaking it all in (or pretty much anytime I'm stuck indoors when I could be outside 😎).


You want your wedding to still be a classy affair though... you don't want it to feel like just another fourth of July picnic!


So where do you go to get the great outdoors and get a gorgeous venue with all the professionalism and accommodations of a typical banquet hall? This list will tell you 😉 Keep on reading my darlin....



1. CAMP PIONEER | ANGOLA ON THE LAKE NY

Say "I do" in the outdoor chapel and spend the evening watching the sun set over Lake Erie in one of my favorite outdoor venues - Camp Pioneer! Set on the beach and surrounded by large trees, it's a nature lover's dream. If you're worried about rain on the big day, there are a variety of buildings to use on the grounds for either your ceremony or reception.

Best part: you and your guests can stay right on site in one of their quaint cabins!

www.pioneercamp.org/events/wedding





2. O'BRIEN'S SLEEPY HOLLOW | EAST AURORA NY

Quietly tucked away on a back road in East Aurora and nestled alongside Buffalo Creek sits O'Brien's Sleepy Hollow. It's a picturesque spot if pretty landscapes and nature are your thing (and they are, aren't they doll? 😉) With a classic white tent to host your reception under, there's no need to worry about rain or a chilly day. And have I mentioned, how yummy their food is?! Your guests will be raving about this venue!

http://www.obriensgrove.com





3. SPRING LAKE WINERY | LOCKPORT NY

Do you like wine? Of course you do! It's yummy and grows in such pretty places! Such as Spring Lake Winery in Lockport. Their pretty vineyard, railroad tracks, pond and beautifully kept grounds will make you want to spend a little extra time exploring during your photo time :) These guys got you 'covered' in case of cold or rainy weather too - your reception can be held under their wooden pavilion - a little extra rustic touch to your nature-y wedding. Oh! I almost forgot my personal favorite thing about this place: they allow fishing in the pond!

www.springlakewinery.com/wedding-venue-rental




4. HERON HILL WINERY | HAMMONDSPORT NY

Two words: Finger Lakes. Ahhhh can you picture it? A beautiful vineyard overlooking an even more beautiful lake... you and your other half promising forever in the midst of it all. That's what you'll get at Heron Hill Winery, set on Keuka Lake. Only a couple hour drive from Buffalo, there's a reason the finger lakes are such a popular wedding destination! P.S.- it's pooch friendly!

www.heronhill.com/weddings




5. MIRBEAU INN & SPA | SKANEATELES NY

Ok so this one requires a bit longer of a drive if you're coming from the Buffalo/Niagara region, but I promise it will be more than worth it for you and your guests! Plus you can stay right at your venue, so there's no need to find accommodations once you get there!

My #5 choice is Mirbeau Inn & Spa - where your nuptials will be held on a bridge over the koi pond and your reception will be set between the stunning gardens and magical woods. If you love florals, this is the place to be when the gardens are in bloom.

www.mirbeau.com/skaneateles/



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