There are so many beautiful venues in Winter Park for weddings and receptions, from public spaces, parks and gardens to museums. The possibilities are almost endless and, depending upon the timing, one might have a hard time choosing where to tie the knot or entertain. Due to the gorgeous spots that are available, the photography for this most special of occasions, is bound to be breathtaking! Aside from the churches and the Kraft Azalea Garden for the actual wedding these venues offer services for receptions, showers, rehearsal dinners and special events.
Casa Feliz Weddings
Casa Feliz is an award-winning Spanish farmhouse designed by Winter Park’s foremost architect, James Gamble Rogers II. Built in 1933, Casa Feliz is a historic home that was saved by the Winter Park Preservation board. Originally sited on Interlachen Avenue, it was moved in 2001 cross the street to its current location on city property adjacent to the Winter Park Golf Course.
Since the move it has been completely renovated inside and restored outside with its white-washed bricks and Spanish tiled roof, and lush landscaping. It is a perfect venue for weddings of 120 or fewer guests.
Weddings at Capen House at the Polasek Museum
The Capen House, like Casa Feliz is another historic home that was saved from demolition by preservationists. Its original home was across Lake Osceola from its current location. In order to move it to the grounds of the Polasek property, the house was cut in half and placed on a barge for the short journey across the lake. This move provided the Polask with a lovely reception building, it enhanced the setting of the scupture gardens and sits on a rise looking over the gardens to Lake Osceola.
Kraft Azalea Garden Weddings
The Exedra at this five acre public park is a perfect centerpiece for an idyllic wedding. With Lake Maitland as the backdrop, and the towering oaks dripping with Spanish Moss this is, undeniably, a most beautiful Florida wedding venue. There are no seats, so plan to keep the wedding guest list small, bring your own chairs and have alternate plans, should the weather be ultimately uncooperative.
Mead Botanical Garden Weddings
Mead Botanical Garden is a park owned and maintained by the City of Winter Park. With 47 acres filled with of all kinds of native vegetation, boardwalks, a pond, amphitheater and the rustic Azalea Lodge, Mead Garden is a great place for indoor and outdoor celebrations. Opportunities for stunning photographs abound.
Harry P. Leu Gardens Weddings
When planning a wedding at Leu Gardens there are several locations within the Gardens from which to choose and many places for exceptional photography. The Rose Garden is a favorite, although seasonal issues will determine if this is a possibility for you. The roses are cut back in February and are not in full bloom until mid April. But there are always the Landing and the Floral Clock as alternatives.
Winter Park Farmer’s Market Weddings
This city-owned historical buliding is a great location for any type of special event and wonderfully rustic and flexible for weddings and receptions. The Farmer’s Market is located in the middle of Downtown Winter park, next to the Train Station and one block from Park Avenue. This charming brick building has indoor space, covered outdoor space and a huge paved space for either parking or dancing, or whatever!
Central Park Rose Garden Weddings
If you are looking for a place to hold just the wedding ceremony, the Rose Garden in Central Park is a beautiful choice. Anchoring the garden is the Peacock Fountain, the peacock being the symbol of Winter Park. The Rose Garden is a the south end of Central Park, in what is considered the crown jewel of City parks. Within walking distance of the Garden are any number of restaurants and venues for the reception. As mentioned before, the weather can be unpredictable, so having an alternate plan would be in order.
Winter Park Country Club Weddings
You will find this charming City building on the grounds of the Winter Park Golf Course. Built in 1915 and renovated in 1990, this Club is on the National Register of Historic Places. It has two fireplaces, stunning hardwood floors and two rooms, one that can serve for hors d’oeuvres and dancing, the other for dining . With plenty of parking this is an altogether great venue for any special occasion.
Rollins College Weddings
Rollins College, with its picturesque 8- acre campus and Spanish style buildings is the perfect backdrop for any wedding or special event. The college not only has a gorgeous chapel for the ceremony, but the Rice Family Pavilion can be used for the reception. Built in 1942, this banquet hall can accomodate 180 to 220 guests, depending upon the set up. Located right in the heart of Downtown Winter Park, this venue is close to everything!
Of course the most traditional of wedding venues is a church and Winter Park has plenty of beautiful ones, according to your particular faith. A favorite place for brides and grooms of all denominations is Knowles Chapel at Rollins College. Built in 1932, the Chapel is on the National Register of Historical places.
Winter Park churches are universally beautiful and unique, for more information on the different denominational places of worship check the link below.
More Winter Park wedding, reception and special event venues!
- Winter Park Racquet Club
- Interlachen Country Club
- Winter Park Women’s Club
- Rollins College
- Alfond Inn
- Dubs Dread