One of my most popular posts every year is my Best Wedding Venues In Northwest Indiana article. It is never meant to be comprehensive as I photograph weddings in a LOT of different locations in Indiana, Michigan and Illinois. However, at the end of every wedding season I like to look back at the year and write about a couple of venues I photographed at in that year. I also don't list any venues I recently featured or have shot at in past years. If you'd like to read last year's article, follow the link below:
Let's get started. In no particular order....
Trinity Banquet Hall
Trinity Banquet Hall is part of St. Patrick's Parish in Chesterton, Indiana. I photographed two weddings there this year. It's a great spot for an outdoor wedding as well as reception. The gazebo area where the outdoor weddings occur is a hidden garden that can't be seen from the main road. It's surrounded by beautiful landscaping and is very private. The reception hall is a few steps away and has an outdoor balcony overlooking the garden.
Old Crown Point Courthouse
Three minutes away from my office is the Old Crown Point courthouse, a terrific and popular location for Northwest Indiana weddings. The downtown Crown Point Square provides a lot of photo opportunities and the staircases and marble floor inside make for some very elegant wedding images. Ceremonies take place in the old court room. This past Spring, one of my clients held a 1920's themed wedding there.
County Line Orchard
For a rustic wedding, many couples turn to County Line Orchard in Hobart, Indiana. An old tractor escorts guests to the apple orchard area where refreshments are served. This past year saw string players entertaining guests as the bride came down the aisle. The inside has plenty of room for dancing and displaying all of that rustic wedding decor. I love to shoot down onto the floor from the balcony there. Oh, and the bridal suite is a spectacular area for wedding photos as well.
I shoot at this Munster, Indiana wedding venue quite often, but with such a vast area to shoot I always end up with unique images from each wedding. While the outdoor weddings are often on the open terrace of the clubhouse, we have access to the entire grounds which consists of a large lake, two bridges, two gardens, curved walkways and a golfing area. The hard wood floors give it a very classy look for your reception as well.
Gambas is a great spot for a medium to small size wedding reception. Their three course meals are spectacular and the ballroom just oozes class and elegance. There is an outdoor courtyard for cocktail hour and some night dancing shots for the bride groom too.
Going in the complete opposite direction, The Allure in Laporte, Indiana is the perfect location for a large wedding. The venerable ballroom has it all - indoor ceremony area, large bridal suite, a wedding party lounge area and of course - a truly spectacular dance floor.
A first class banquet hall in Schererville, Indiana - Villa Cesare holds a 20 year tradition of weddings. I've shot there many times in the past, but 2015 was my first visit there in a couple of years. The foyer is as elegant as it ever was and the entire facility has a lushness to it.
Sand Creek Country Club
For an elegant outdoor wedding ceremony, Sand Creek in Chesterton fits the bill. Even if you were to move your ceremony indoors, the venue is so lovely that it would not be a downgrade to do so. I've shot many indoor as well as outdoor wedding photos at this posh venue.
I hope you have enjoyed this 2015 look at The Best Wedding Venues in Northwest Indiana. There are many venues that I shot at this past year that I could not fit into this post or I also recently wrote about them. So here are a few more links to check out:
Happy wedding planning!!