Monday, July 18 2022 12:32

Marry in a Mansion

Written by County Lines Magazine

Plan your wedding in a historic Brandywine Valley mansion

Even if your first home as newlyweds isn’t a grand mansion (or even a mere McMansion), you can plan your wedding in one of the many historic mansions that dot the Brandywine Valley. From High Victorian to Greek Revival to English Renaissance, the architectural styles will transport you and your guests as well as provide Insta-worthy backdrops to capture every moment of your special day.

Ellis Preserve

Inside a beautifully renovated Greek Revival landmark built in 1932 by entrepreneur Charles Ellis, this venue is accented with towering columns inside and out. The dramatic stone façade provides a perfect backdrop for a ceremony on the steps or on the portico. Lovely grounds provide another space for an outdoor ceremony or cocktail hour, with the grand ballroom inside for the equally grand reception. From engagement party to bridal shower and rehearsal dinner to wedding ceremony, this venue can accommodate it all. Onsite bridal suite. Exclusive catering by Finley Catering. 100 min/250 max. 3821 West Chester Pk., Newtown Square.

Faunbrook Bed & Breakfast

This 1860s Victorian mansion, designed by architect Samuel Sloan, sits on the south side of West Chester and offers picturesque views over two acres of wooded land — an ideal spot for weddings, showers and rehearsal dinners. Seven guest rooms, including two suites with fireplaces, provide onsite accommodations, plus large common areas with a library and winter porch offer indoor space for celebrating. Add a brick patio and wrap-around porch for a variety of options for your special day at a quaint, historic, romantic venue. The onsite innkeeper will help arrange the details. From two to 100 guests for afternoon, one-night and wedding weekend options. Monthly tours of the venue. 699 W. Rosedale Ave., West Chester.

Greystone Hall

A former country house designed by Charles Barton Keen in 1907 for the Sharples family, Greystone Hall is an English Renaissance mansion set on 35 acres, including formal landscaped gardens. The stately granite exterior, complete with a porte cochere, is matched by the equally grand interior — wood paneled rooms, great hall and staircase, stained-glass windows, all remarkably preserved and richly furnished with period antiques and rugs. Some say they feel Gatsby vibes. Outdoor ceremonies can be held beneath the iron arbor overlooking the striking 56-column pergola. Enjoy sweeping views of the grounds from the custom tent pavilion, a perfect spot for the reception. Approved caterers. 2450 Aram Ave., West Chester.

Loch Aerie Mansion

Recently brought back to its glory days, the 1865 Italianate Gothic Revival home of William Lockwood, Loch Aerie (Welsh for “lake of the eagle’s nest) embodies classic elegance, yet offers extensive modern amenities. One recent upgrade is a new 5,000-square-foot grand ballroom addition, significantly expanding the indoor space for events (325 guests). Exchange vows at the wedding wall in the ballroom or outdoors in the exquisite gardens. Accommodates both large events in the ballroom and more intimate ones in the parlor, billiard or dining rooms. Bridal suite on site. 250+ guests. Exclusive catering by John Serock Catering. 700 Lancaster Pk., Malvern.

Oakbourne Mansion

Built in the late 1800s as a summer home and refurbished into a High Victorian/Queen Anne Revival style by noted architect T. Roney Williamson, Oakbourne Mansion stands alongside a striking 65-foot water tower on 93 acres of bucolic parkland. Weddings inside the mansion have the chapel, bridal chamber, grand hallway and staircase as picture-perfect backdrops. Larger events can be tented on the grounds in the shadow of the, um, towering water tower. Rental is for the venue only. Catering and other services must be arranged from the list of approved vendors. 10 p.m. curfew. 120 seated indoors; larger weddings outdoors on the grounds. 1014 S. Concord Rd., Westtown.

Winterthur Mansion

For a wedding in a mansion, what could be better than a former du Pont mansion? Set on a thousand acres of lush Brandywine Valley hills and accented by 60 acres of dazzling gardens, Winterthur Museum and County Estate mixes history and glamor in the historic Greek Revival mansion. Choose an intimate ceremony by the Reflecting Pool (site of Winterthur’s first family wedding), dancing in the Visitors Center Pavilion or Patio, or dining in festive tents on the grounds. Options range from historic rooms to garden spaces to contemporary pavilions. 300+ capacity. Exclusive catering by Restaurant Associates. 5105 Kennett Pk., Winterthur, DE.