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28 of the Best Wedding Venues Across the World According to These Professional Photographers

There is no shortage of amazing and beautiful venues around the world, as evidenced by the curated collection of a mere few thousand in our venue directory. With so many stunning venues out there, how do you choose the venue for you? How is one ancient villa better than the next? We teamed up with The Wedding Artist Co., a collective of the top wedding professionals around, to find out what their all time favorite wedding venues are. These photographers have traveled to just about every corner of the world to shoot weddings of all styles and traditions, and are reporting back to us on their findings. 

From 11th century castles to seaside chateaus to rooftop penthouses, here are 28 of the best wedding venues around the world according to professional photographers.
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Villa Cetinale

Sovicille, Italy
"Your own private 17th-century villa and gardens in Tuscany. Perfect for elopements and intimate weddings." - Heather Waraksa
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"This resort and spa is for couples looking for a relaxed and fun yet luxurious celebration in Mexico, set against clear blue water and contemporary design." - ​Heather Waraksa
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Villa Cimbrone

Ravello, Italy
"This 11th-century villa and gardens have breathtaking views of the Mediterranean – perfect for couples who envision old world romance for their wedding day." - Heather Waraksa
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Blue Hill At Stone Barns

Tarrytown, New York
"For foodie couples who are looking for an understated yet elegant wedding (minus all the fluff), Michelin-rated Blue Hill has an emphasis on sustainable and local farming practices with picturesque backdrops of bucolic rolling hills and gardens – it's relaxed yet upscale with impeccable service." - ​Heather Waraksa
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Wheatleigh

Lenox, Massachusettes
"Listed as one of the leading hotels in the world, Wheatleigh is a luxury italian revival hotel tucked away in the Berkshires." -  Heather Waraksa
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Cedar Lakes Estatelearn more

"This is not your typical wedding venue. Think 'wet hot summer' for adults. It's perfect for a wedding weekend to relive your summer camp days while also catering to your sophisticated tastes." - ​Heather Waraksa
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Wave Hill Public Gardens

Bronx, New York
"Wave Hill is a 28-acre public garden and cultural center in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. Its mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts." - ​Heather Waraksa
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Winvian Farmlearn more

"​113 acres of heaven on earth, Winvian Farm is a lighthearted oasis of peace, comfort and five-star fine dining in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut where fires are bright, sleep is tranquil, and the mind is free to play. Find an onsite farm-to-table restaurant and 18 uniquely designed rustic and elegant cottages." - ​Heather Waraksa
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Kestrel Park

Santa Ynez, California
"Kestrel Park is an elegant venue within a relaxed California atmosphere. On the property, a 17th century-style Norman Barn sits behind a beautifully landscaped garden, and just around the corner is their stunning Sycamore Allée. The distinct areas of the venue allow for a great transitions between the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception, and makes it such a fun and dynamic property to photograph." - ​Norman & Blake
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$1,045 avg. room rate
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San Ysidro Ranchlearn more

"​San Ysidro Ranch is a magical property in Montecito with an incredibly elegant style. The gardens are stunning year round with the lavender field as the showstopper which you experience as you drive onto the property. There are endless corners around this property to shoot at and combined with the light, it is definitely a photographer's dream." - ​Norman & Blake
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Bear Flag Farmlearn more

"Bear Flag Farm is a gorgeous property in between San Francisco and Sacramento with a myriad of different elements that make it exciting and unique. It has numerous huge lavender fields that glow purple in the afternoon sunset and is absolutely incredible for photos, an olive grove that guests enter into the property through, and a lovely lawn surrounded by huge trees that give great shade during peak daylight. It feels luxurious yet relaxed and has so many great opportunities for great imagery." - ​Norman & Blake
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Ventana Big Sur

Big Sur, California
"The Ventana Inn is an incredible venue in Big Sur that really shows off so much of what is incredible about the central coast. It has a redwood forest on property with glamping tents, sweeping views overlooking the coastline, and a gorgeous property filled with sun bleached wood and lush foliage. It's really fun shooting here as there's a lot of great texture and variety within the property and the fact that it's so high on the hill means the views are pretty magical." - ​Norman & Blake
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Greystone Mansionlearn more

"This is mansion in Beverly Hills with a Gatsby feel, overlooking the city of Los Angeles. It's no surprise that this location has been used for countless movies and TV shows - the grounds are spectacular and as photogenic as they come. The mansion is fully restored and contains several gardens, each with a different feel. And having dancing and dinner in the open courtyard under the stars is a magical experience." - ​Sasithon Photography
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Gramercy Park Hotel

New York, New York
"Located in one of the most beautiful and historic parts of the city, Gramercy Park, this hotel feels as if you're walking through the coolest New York City penthouse filled with the most eclectic and contemporary art (pieces are by Warhol, Hirst, Basquiat, among others). The upstairs greenhouse space is full of natural light and makes for a gorgeous ceremony backdrop with breathtaking views of the city. And once the sun goes down, the space turns into an intimate and romantic dining experience. It's bold, romantic, and chic - all in one place." - ​Sasithon Photography
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Casa Santo Domingo

Antigua, Guatemala
"A 16th Century monastery turned hotel and museum, this unique wedding venue is one of a kind. The chapel, along with the rest of the grounds, are made up of ruins which makes you feel as if though you're stepping through time. And once the sun goes down, the ruins are lit up with thousands of candles, making for a spectacular and breathtaking experience." - ​Sasithon Photography
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Domaine des Evis

La Chapelle-Fortin, France
" A 15th Century farm located only 1.5 hours away from Paris that feels like a world away. The venue is made up of a beautiful B&B with charming rooms and the former barn serves as the wedding event space. The main house is made up of two medieval structures and surrounded by bucolic grounds, farm animals, and a medieval moat. Truly a dream location! Every corner of this property makes for a beautiful photograph and delightful experience." - ​Sasithon Photography
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The Bowery Hotel

New York, New York
"I love The Bowery Hotel for it's chic and retro vibe... the roaring fireplaces, beautiful vintage rugs, and furnishings - it's a mixture of feeling you've been transported in time to a bygone era from the 1920s, yet with all of the modern amenities you would expect in the heart of New York City. From a wedding perspective, the events space is absolutely stunning! I love that its layout can fit a large guest count, but still feel intimate due to the various rooms and spaces within the larger event space. Cocktail hour takes place on a sprawling outdoor terrace and dinner is laid upon long tables, accentuated with tapered candelabras, making for an intimate and romantic, old world atmosphere. The signature dim amber lighting throughout also adds to the romantic and inviting ambiance. And, to top it all off, the staff is impeccable, yet incredibly down to earth and unpretentious!" - ​Sasithon Photography
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Sautee Nacoochee

Georgia
"This area is gorgeous for an autumn wedding with all the colors of the leafy trees and the reflections on the lake." - ​Echoes & Wild Hearts
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Blair Castle

Pitlochry, Scotland
"The castle was built in the 13th century and the whole place feels like a scene from Braveheart. There's an old, roofless chapel where they hold wedding ceremonies and it's just the most breathtaking, cinematic location I've ever seen." - ​Echoes & Wild Hearts. See the entire wedding 
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Château de Saint-Marc

Saint-Nazaire, France
"This beautiful, oceanside chateau in Western France is fine, elegant and classic with beautiful trees on one side and the ocean on the other." - ​Echoes & Wild Hearts
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"Brooklyn vibes and amazing design right in the heart of Williamsburg. Aside from being a gorgeous venue and an amazing photo location by itself, I love that I can just walk around with the couple and fine amazing street locations within a 5 minute radius." - ​Echoes & Wild Hearts
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Folly Farm

Bristol, England
"A truly one-of-a-kind spot, the wedding I shot there was pure DIY. The couple and their close friends made the food, the decor, the setting, and played the music. There's so many hidden gems and you can walk around the farm for a whole day and always discover someplace new. The wedding ceremony under the apple trees was so magical." - ​Echoes & Wild Hearts
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Foxfire Mountain House

Mt Tremper, New York
"One of my all-time favorite venues. The natural beauty and relaxed vibe are just perfect for an intimate outdoor wedding." - Samm Blake
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Frederick Loewe Estatelearn more

"A mid century modern home, Frederick Loewe's "Little Camelot" built in 1956 is a stunning single story home set on 2.5 acres that features a stunning rubber tree grown over the pool area. Dinner takes place under the stars with 360 views of the San Jacinto Mountains." - ​Samm Blake
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Academy Mansion

New York, New York
"​Academy Mansion is beautiful building hidden in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Built in 1920, the mansion is a combination of old world charm mixed with hints of a French Chateau with double doors opening into the interior courtyard that the building is centered around. Events at Academy Mansion feel like you are stepping back in time." - ​Samm Blake
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The Paramour Estate

Los Angeles, California
"Set on top of a hill on a 4.5 acre property in the Silver Lake District in Los Angeles, The Paramour Estate is a Mediterranean Revival architectural style mansion. A venue full of history with unique style as well as moody tones and details throughout, it's a beautiful venue where you can have the ceremony on the lawn in the shade of eucalypt trees, cocktail hour around the pool with synchronized swimmers performing, dinner under the stars and a dance party in the purple ballroom." - Samm Blake
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Convent of the Annunciation

Medole, Italy
"Situated in the Italian countryside, approximately two hours east of Milan near Lake Garda, the Convento dell'Annunciata di Medole is a renovated fifteenth century convent. For couples looking for an idyllic Italian countryside wedding, this venue is the perfect setting for a beautiful night of eating and drinking under the stars in the beautiful gardens set around old arched buildings." - ​Samm Blake
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Euroa Butter Factory

Euroa, VIC, Australia
"Two hours from Melbourne in the Victorian countryside, the Euroa Butter Factory is a restored grand old building that has been transformed from an old butter and ice factory from the early 20th century. Surrounded by rustic gardens and a few farm animals, it's a beautiful venue for couples looking for a relaxed countryside wedding." - ​Samm Blake

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