There are so many different venues in Columbus, I can’t even imagine how difficult it must be to pick just one – or two! There’s so many variables when it comes to making your choice – size/guest count, the overall location, the type of venue you’re looking for … In this post, I’m going to highlight just a handful of my favorite venues in the Columbus and surrounding areas. There are two venues listed below that I have not photographed at yet, but they’re absolutely on my dream venue list!
*The venues mentioned in this post have not endorsed me to say nice things about them. Everything published on this blog are my own thoughts based off of the experiences I had at the venue. OR, in the case of the two venues I’ve not worked at, what I’ve heard from other photographers.
Inspiration: Wood, beautiful sunsets, fields, barns
If you’re looking for small & Intimate – check out the Everal Barn in Westerville, Ohio! It’s located right off of Cleveland Avenue in Westerville, minutes away from Polaris Parkway, I-270, and Uptown Westerville. One of the smaller rustic venues in the Columbus area, most weddings held here have a guest count of 75 or less. The venue is a beautiful – and historic – barn and is located right next to a small farmhouse and pond. The willow tree makes for some fun portraits! It’s also right down the road from Sharon Woods Metro Park if you need more options for photo locations!
If you’re looking for a barn venue with tons of space – check out Warwick Farms in Mount Vernon, Ohio! Mount Vernon is a town located about 40 minutes away from Columbus, but it’s well worth the drive! The Farm has so many different beautiful areas – multiple barns and greenhouses, tons of cute farm animals, and a spectacular westward-facing field for sunset photos. The Farm is known for it’s rustic flair and can hold between 200-300 guests. Also, the owner is an amazing florist! Check out the styled shoot I photographed here in June. And here is a link to the engagement shoot I photographed there over Labor Day weekend.
If you’re looking for something more nature-friendly and kind of outdoorsy – check out Camp Mary Orton! CMO is located right off of 23 in Worthington and is home to a kids summer camp. The property is very large and secluded from the city – you’d never know you were just a few miles away from I-270! Picnic tables are scattered across the lawn by the main house and would be perfect for a fun, quirky reception. Lots of unique places to explore at this venue – it’s definitely one of my favorites. My first styled shoot was held here in April and it couldn’t have turned out any better! Click to view photos from the Artistic Bohemian Styled Shoot held at CMO!
Inspiration: modern, classic color palettes, unique landscapes, nautical themes
Second shooter for Cait Rose Photography
If you’re looking for something large & classically modern – check out the Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center! The venue is located right off of 23 in Lewis Center and has a few different areas available for booking. The NorthPointe Ballroom is very much inspired by nautical themes and has a beautiful view of the pond on the property.
If you’re looking for something small & intimate and with a view of Downtown – check out The Boat House! This venue might be located on the outskirts of Downtown, but it’s filled to the max with charming locations for photos! My favorite location for photos is on their back patio that overlooks the cityscape + there is a somewhat rough and rugged looking walkway that was just perfect for bride and groom photos! The Buckeye Room was filled with natural light in the early afternoon and was the perfect location for a brunch reception for our bride and groom last month. Check out the beautiful wedding I just photographed here!
Inspiration: Flowers, feminine color palettes, pretty landscapes, unique architecture
If you’re looking for something super small & very intimate – check out The Kelton House! Perfect for a small gathering, The Kelton House has a beautiful garden in the backyard that makes for a gorgeous ceremony location! Plus, right after the ceremony, the wedding couple can be whisked away on a hidden walkway to the gardens for some private photos before the reception. Receptions are able to be held inside and/or outside on the patio. The location is near downtown so there’s tons of availability to walk the streets for fun photo opportunities!
If you’re looking for something large with tons of space – check out the Franklin Park Conservatory! Located off of Broad Street, the FPC is one of the most popular wedding venues in the city. It’s very unique and is always beautifully landscaped – regardless of the season! The Conservatory has many different areas available for rent and whichever area you choose, there is always at least one indoor and one outdoor space. If you have a larger guest count, check out the new Wells Barn or the West Palm House.
Inspiration: Nightlife, cityscapes, bold color schemes, industrial, creativity
If you’re looking for something industrial yet welcoming – check out Dock580! This venue hosts two rental areas and both look beautiful! Unfortunately, I have not had the opportunity to work at this venue yet, but I absolutely cannot wait for the opportunity! There are two different floors and a few outdoor spaces available and lemme tell you – everything I’ve seen in photos just screams amazing! Dock580 is located in the historic Smith Bros’ Hardware building near downtown and has amazing views of the city!
If you’re looking for something more unique and quirky – check out Strongwater Events! Strongwater is a restaurant near Downtown that is not only known for it’s amazing food, but also for it’s incredibly unique event space. Every single wedding I’ve seen photographed her is absolutely stunning. Everything about this venue screams industrial grunge! This venue is definitely on my photo bucket list!
Beyond this list, there are literally dozens of event venues located in Columbus and the surrounding areas. Frankly, I haven’t even been to a quarter of them but my absolute favorite part about photographing somewhere new is getting to explore! If you need help finding an amazing venue for your big day, I’d suggest either checking out The Knot or WeddingWire to narrow down your search or think about hiring a wedding planner that can help you pick the perfect venue to suit your wedding day vision!