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Located on Route 263 between Peddlers Village and the Delaware River is a rare gem in the wedding business. It is HollyHedge Estate. All I can say is “WOW!” This is one of my all-time favorite wedding venues! Ask me ANYTHING about this historic venue situated in picturesque Bucks County, Pa.
This New Hope wedding venue is very popular for brides wanting that “rustic chic” vibe in a unique and beautiful location. The old stone barn and courtyard is to die for!! I’ve photographed hundreds of weddings at HollyHedge, and it’s my favorite Bucks County wedding venue. I’ll bet it’s yours as well after you see it!
I’ve been fortunate to be on the HollyHedge Estate Recommended Vendor list for over a decade. With my decades of experience shooting at HollyHedge, I know every inch of the grounds and the best locations to take your wedding photos depending on the light, the time of day or the season. Every June, there’s a beautiful wash of naturalized ferns that appears and is a visually luscious spot for your wedding photographs. Every August, yellow wildflowers populate the back fields. And in November, the pampas grass makes for a vivid fall landscape. The brick courtyard, with its ornate antique iron gates, the beautiful fountain depicting the Three Graces, and the historic stone barn are all picturesque photo backgrounds any time of the year. And the light! The light that streams into the huge windows of the old barn is otherworldly and a photographer’s dream. I’ve taken many gorgeous bridal portraits in that light.
Another wonderful plus about having your wedding at HollyHedge Estate is that the grounds are yours for the day. You won’t have another wedding coming in on your special day as they only host one a day. As your photographer, I’ll guide you seamlessly from one wonderful spot to the next and give you a wedding day timeline for a photo shoot that will have you relaxed but provide you with the very best in wedding day portraits and poses.
HollyHedge includes 5 hours of event time, but this does not include set up and clean up times. There is a set-up fee of $5 per person when you have your reception at HollyHedge. Packages range from $140-$175 per person, and this is seasonal. You can also schedule a two-hour After Party in the old barn. See HollyHedge’s excellent wedding coordinators Michele, Meredith or Gabbi for more information on pricing and customizing your special day. They are also now offering intimate weddings on the courtyard as well as elopements. HollyHedge is located at 6987 Upper York Road, New Hope, Pa. 215-862-3136
The courtyard - with its historic stone barn and antique iron gates - is extremely popular for ceremonies.
It has a central fountain which your florist can decorate and antique iron gates that are situated in the long back stone wall. It’s actually quite breathtaking. Many ceremonies start with the wedding party coming through these gates. Clients have a choice of which direction to hold their ceremony, and I’ve seen all 4 directions used. The most popular being both having guests facing the old barn and facing the stone alcove which is in the direction of the reception barn.
Ceremonies inside the stone barn are lovely and intimate, especially by candlelight. The focal point is the large utterly gorgeous original stone fireplace. The huge windows are also totally amazing and are ideal for artistic bridal portraits. There is also upstairs seating for guests. I’ve seen the groom and groomsmen enter either from coming down these stairs, or from the back of the barn beside the fireplace. It’s quaint and rustic and either inside or outside is a wonderful place to be married.
Some brides choose the meadow in front of the house for their ceremony. What a grand entrance when the bride has her processional down that long walkway!
Cocktail hour is typically in the old barn as well as out in the courtyard. The fountain is the centerpiece, and I have so many gorgeous photos of it decorated in different bridal colors and themes. There is also a second bar located outside called the “Three Seasons Bar” under a covered pavilion made of reclaimed lumber.
Receptions are held in the new barn and can accommodate up to 200 guests. The back wall is stone, and the ceiling has newly installed barn trusses. A beautiful antique bar runs along the opposite side. HollyHedge offers award-winning cuisine using local ingredients from not only local farms and vendors but from its own on-site organic gardens. The HollyHedge staff works with each couple to customize and create its own wedding day menu. There are also child-friendly menu options, and the chefs are prepared for any allergy or diet restrictions you or your guests may have. They even have their own pastry chef who can create your amazing wedding cake.
Farm tables are also a very popular option. The staff can assist you in renting these long tables. If you book HollyHedge, your wedding would be the only wedding happening there that day; this beautiful magical place is all yours. Another huge bonus in the wedding industry.
HollyHedge offers a bridal suite for the bride and her attendants to get ready. There is also a new groom’s suite in the main house, and some grooms prefer to get ready in the Honeymoon Suite or other rooms on the property. Many options are offered.
The Inn has 15 rooms available for overnight stays for your guests. For larger weddings, another 24 rooms are available at HollyHedge’s sister inn, the 1740 House, four miles up the road in historic Lumberville. A trolley is provided to shuttle your guests from the 1740 House to the wedding and back at the end of the night.
I’ve photographed some very intimate weddings at HollyHedge, where the reception was held in the old barn. I remember first seeing it set up for a reception, pin-lights shining on centerpieces, and thinking how perfect and magical it all looked. It has an incredible and even enchanting atmosphere. I’ve photographed receptions of 50 guests, and I’ve even photographed a wedding (held on a weekday) where it was only the bride, groom, officiant and myself! There can be a minimum size depending on the day of the week and time of year.
Besides supporting local growers and farmers by buying locally sourced ingredients, HollyHedge grows a lot of the fruits and vegetables it serves to its guests, as well as herbs and flowers. Rainwater is collected in barrels that help irrigate the crops and reduce run-off and erosion. Left-over cooking oil is recycled into bio-diesel fuel. They also have on-site composting for fruit and vegetable scraps as well as coffee grinds and eggshells, and left-over food scraps are saved for a locally-based hog farmer as food for the livestock.
Native grasses and wildflowers flourish on the grounds, and these lush fields are perfect spots for beautiful photos of couples and wedding parties. These native wildflowers also support pollinators and wildlife and help the environment as well as looking beautiful. You’ll see a few goats in the back fields as well. But be careful! The goats love bridal bouquets!
HollyHedge Estate dates back to the late 1700’s, when a carpenter named Watson Fell began building the old barn and several other building that still stand out of locally-quarried field stone and hand-hewn timber. The Fell family lived on the property for about a hundred years, and then it changed hands several times. For years the property was a working farmstead and then it was a private estate. In the 1960’s it became a school for the performing arts. What a great environment for music, theater and art!
The school eventually closed and the property changed hands several times before falling into disrepair. Finally, the Luccaro family purchased HollyHedge Estate in 1994 and has worked tirelessly to preserve and restore the historic buildings and transform the property into the spectacular and unique wedding venue it is today.
Check out more of my favorite HollyHedge Estate weddings Here
Check out more of my favorite Holly Hedge Estate weddings Here