As a wedding photographer, I am often asked about North Carolina wedding venues, so I have set out to blog about wedding venues on a consistent basis in 2018. I recognize that the details make all of the difference on a wedding day. Details are not just the little things, the big things matter too. Choosing a wedding venue is a ‘big deal’, one that can easily make or break your wedding day. Another reason I chose to start this series is to have a look at these venues from the view of a wedding photographer. Everywhere I go, I find myself imagining where I could place a bride and a groom and how light would play a factor in their images. So let’s jump right in.
This post is about a lovely venue that sits on the National Register of Historic Places. It operates as a non-profit, so having your wedding here guarantees that all proceeds will go back into making sure the venue is around for many years to come. I have been fortunate enough to shoot at The Duke Mansion in Charlotte, North Carolina twice and it never disappoints.
The Duke Mansion was built in 1915 in the Myers Park Neighborhood. Myers Park was a new neighborhood at the time. The home is a true example of Colonial Revival Architecture, complete with a gabled roof. The Mansion is full of history and it is stunning to photograph. Take a look at these images of the outside!
The view from the front of the house is stunning, though the fountain is usually flowing, it had iced over on my latest visit, I cannot wait to return in the near future to capture it in all of its glory.
This side view from the Grand Terrace is spectacular. I love symmetry for the backdrop of a wedding and this Terrace delivers all of that. The doors lead you into the Living Room.
Speaking of symmetry, there are twin pergolas on either side of the beautiful Grand Terrace.
A covered patio sits along the front of the home, as it should at any proper southern home.
A patio would not be complete without a few rocking chairs to sit a spell and enjoy the view, while sipping on a glass of sweet tea.
The Courtyard in the rear of the home expands the outdoor options further. You can enter The Courtyard from three points, The Solarium, The Grand Hall or The Ray Dining Room.
From the moment you arrive on the grounds, you immediately feel welcome. The staff ensures you have an experience you won’t soon forget. The Mansion is the perfect venue for a classic wedding and nothing has been lost to detail.
If you a seeking an intimate, timeless and romantic wedding venue, The Duke Mansion should definitely be considered. The Mansion is only available to host weddings 25 weekends out of the year and has a capacity of 150 guests. The Estate Fee includes use of the main level: The Duke Mansion Grounds & Gardens, Grand Foyer, Courtyard, Ray Dining Room, Solarium, Levine Living Room, Front Porch, Rose Garden, and Garden Terrace. The Mansion also has twenty exquisite guest rooms, each with a private bath.
But A Moment Photography is a specialized wedding photographer based in Holly Springs, North Carolina, also serving North Carolina, South Carolina and Destination Weddings Worldwide. Please contact me for your wedding photography needs. If you are a North Carolina Wedding Venue and you would like for me to pay you a visit for this series, please reach out, I’ll be glad to add you to my list!