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This 100 year old historic home is filled with a variety of gorgeous settings for your day. The 20 room mansion is the perfect place for Brides to enjoy a few mimosa's while priming with her closest friends. Meanwhile, Grooms and their guys will feel right at home at the top of the grand staircase winding the curving stone and wrought iron banister.
With several unique ceremony locations, you're sure to find one perfectly tailored for your day. Say I do framed by large glass archway windows on the front lawn or in the historic courtyard complete with a Mediterranean revival style and feel. Or in front of the stunning fireplace within the ballroom-sized drawing room with tall grand ceilings.
As you walk the grounds, you’ll capture photos that will grace your home for decades to come. You’ll dance the night away inside the original ballroom with twinkly lights and elegant chandeliers. Your guests will feel right at home inis how you so beautifully decorated the inside and thought of every last detail.
As you drive back down the lane, leaving the Howey Mansion as newlyweds, you’ll always remember how beautiful your day truly was.
THE PERFECT VENUE
It's the day of your wedding and a soft glow of sunset is filling the grand archway windows while the trees blow gently in the fields beyond. The magnificent courtyard is filled with glowing string lights and the sound of a peaceful fountain fills the air...
“our wedding photos look amazing!”
Most beautiful venue! Many guests raved about how beautiful of a venue it was. I fell in love with it the first visit. Let’s not forget how beautiful of a ready room we both had, great for pictures! Honestly, so glad the Howey Mansion opened for weddings when we started looking. Our wedding photos look amazing and that’s thanks to my main vendors but also to this beautiful venue.
Opening directly into the foyer, the loggia has a a magnificent semicircular fanlight inset with a peacock plumage design of multi-colored stained glass with panels of diamond-patterned stained glass outlining the sides of the door. Much of the woodwork on the first floor is pecky cypress, including the massive front door.
Within the 15-acre grounds, referred to as “The Park,” are many varieties of botanical plants and lush shrubbery. This courtyard holds either rounds or long tables for your guests to sit comfortably in a beautiful setting. Cafe string lights and candle light create a romantic and luxurious atmosphere in what feels like being transported to a Mediterranean garden.
Within a hidden passageway, behind a sliding bookshelf panel in the library. The doorway that the concealed latch opens is located outside the library, lending even more intrigue to the basement room that may have served as a liquor cache during Prohibition times. Entertain your guests with special bourbon pours and tastings from your featured private collection!
Should we both get ready at The Howey Mansion?
We would suggest this, yes! There are two separate spaces for you and your soon-to-be-spouse to get ready. Ample space for you and your bridal tribe to get ready for the big day, in a beautiful atmosphere. A plus for your photography team is that we can literally cover both rooms documenting some of the special pre-wedding moments that unfold.
Where do you recommend taking our family portraits?
We always suggest to take into consideration lighting over background for the best photographic results. That being said, depending on what time your ceremony plans to end, the answer will vary. A safe bet would be the loggia because not only do the windows provide a gorgeous backdrop, this side of the estate is shaded for a good portion of the day.
What time should we schedule our ceremony to begin?
A good rule of thumb is to begin your ceremony approximately 2 hours before sunset. This way you can tie the knot and then begin the section of photos such as family portraits, bridal party and last but not least - newlywed photos!
Do they allow for sparkler exits? Should we do one?
Yes, the Howey Mansion allows for sparkler exits! Or, an alternative is the new trend: cold sparklers! Exits or 'leaves' are always a great idea. Truly they are set up for the photo opportunity that it provides, but whats more is it's a beautiful bookend to the day for you and your guests!
How long should we plan to take bride & groom portraits?
This section of your photography timeline is arguably the most important. That being said, you will most likely need to plan to not attend cocktail hour. We know that's probably no the news you were hoping for, but trust us - it's worth the sacrifice! Plan for at a minimum of 25 - 30 minutes to get those most crucial sweetheart photos of just the two of you during the golden hour before sunset.
Can we stay overnight at The Howey Mansion?
The venue offers a wedding collection that includes a 2-night stay on the property! There are 5 beautiful guest rooms within the estate as well as a guest cottage with 2 bedrooms on-site which is also available (depending on the wedding collection you book). This is a wonderful idea to say on property the night before to wake up refreshed and ready to tie that knot!
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Hi, there. We’re Garry & Stacy, traveling wedding photographers stationed in sunny central Florida. Being your wedding photographers is the absolute highest honor. We’re blown away by the fact that the images we capture will hang on the walls of your home, treasures passed on to your children and their children. We get literal goosebumps knowing we’re documenting one of your life’s most intimate and pivotal moments.
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Whether you’re getting married at Howey Mansion or someplace in Florida (or beyond!), we would love to be considered for your day.
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