I cannot believe it has taken me this long to write about one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Pennsylvania—Appleford Estate. The first time I ever visited this property, I knew immediately that it would be one of my favorite places to photograph weddings. From the historic stone house to the towering rhododendron bushes, there is absolutely no shortage of beautiful photo locations at the Appleford Estate. Your search for the ultimate garden wedding venue in Pennsylvania ends right here. Let’s dive into all the gorgeous details of this stunning property through the lens of Kirsten and Dominic’s summer garden party wedding at Appleford Estate.
APPLEFORD ESTATE WEDDINGS
If I had to describe Kirsten and Dominic’s wedding day in one word, it would be classic. Not every wedding runs as seamlessly as this one did; the early August weather was perfect, the sunlight was a paid actor, and the Appleford Estate staff were truly top-notch.
Appleford Estate has been hosting weddings for nearly 50 years, so I think it’s safe to say they’ve expertly honed their craft.
Designed by Philadelphia landscape architect Thomas Sears, the grounds at Appleford feature lush formal gardens, brick walkways, and rhododendron tracts. A tranquil pond and small waterfall greet you as you arrive, and exquisite gardens are viewable through every window of the house.
BOOKING YOUR WEDDING AT APPLEFORD ESTATE
It’s important to note that their wedding season is a bit shorter than most; their wedding season runs from the end of April through the beginning of November, when the semi-permanent tent structure is installed over the front and side terraces. This is the largest contiguous space on the property, accommodating up to 200 guests for wedding receptions or large functions.
If you’re concerned about outdoor summer wedding temperatures, Appleford has you covered with ample air flow inside the tent with fans on the ceiling and siding.
Couples can host cocktail hour amidst the ethereal gardens on either side of the house. Guests are also welcome to mingle inside the splendid colonial Appleford Estate house, which features ornate antiques and exceptional design.
If you’re hoping for a weekend wedding date, you’ll have to book Appleford Estate at least 1.5–2 years in advance, as their calendar fills up lightning fast. You can check their availability on PartySpace.
APPLEFORD ESTATE WEDDING REVIEWS
Clients rave about the estate’s breathtaking landscapes, earning it an average rating of 4.9/5 across multiple review platforms. They applaud not just the beauty but also the meticulous attention to detail and exceptional service that made their big day truly unforgettable.
The venue has consistently earned the Couple’s Choice Award from WeddingWire and The Knot since 2020. Based on Appleford Estate wedding reviews online, Lisa McBride, the venue’s coordinator, is truly the star of the show.
I can, in fact, confirm that Lisa is a gem and the real MVP for pulling off Kirsten and Dominic’s stunning summer garden party wedding.
And just a side note: Having an exceptional planning and coordination team is a must for every wedding! I highly recommend investing a good chunk of your budget into working with an experienced coordinator who will take the stress out of your day and make your vision come to life.
SUMMER WEDDING PHOTOS OF APPLEFORD ESTATE
It was so hard to cull this gallery because every single photo is a keeper. And boy, do these two look stunning in black and white.
The vibrant and fragrant gardens set against the cottagey stone architecture definitely give off English/European vibes. The maze of perfectly manicured hedges, stone figurines, and fountains adds visual interest and authenticity to any Appleford Estate wedding gallery. I love how the gardens and flowers in bloom look unique to every couple, depending on the season and time of year they decide to get married.
“It’s one of those venues where you can truly get lost in time and be in the moment with friends and family.”
SUMMER WEDDING COLOR PALETTE IDEAS
Kirsten and Dominic chose a pastel blue and white color palette for their garden inspired day. The summer garden party wedding attire was in full force as their guests leaned into the theme with whimsical and romantic dresses and accessories. It still surprises me how hot a Pennsylvania summer can be. Luckily, the weather was perfect for Kirsten and Dominic’s wedding day!
WEDDING VENUES NEAR VILLANOVA, PA
Are you planning to tie the knot against the beautiful backdrop of Appleford Estate?
I’d absolutely love to capture your enduring love story at this exquisite venue in PA. We’ll really get to know each other 1:1 during your engagement session and throughout the planning process. My favorite part is getting to know you on a whole new level as you’re surrounded by your closest friends and family on the day of your wedding. Witnessing your love unfold as you tie the knot is one of the many joys of being a wedding photographer. Let’s capture your dream wedding at Appleford Estate together!
- Venue: @applefordestate
- Coordination: @kelabevents
- Photographer: @lindseyfordphoto
- Videographer: @converseproductions
- Florist: @fleurdelisflorist
- Makeup and Hair: @bellaangelbrides
- Bridal shop: @vanclevebridal
- Gown designer: @martinalianabridal
- Menswear: @theblacktux
- Bridesmaids dresses: @dessygroup
- Cake: @bredenbecks
- Catering: @sagecatering_philly
- Band: @cityrhythm_bvtlive
- Invitations: @mintedweddings