Griffin Gate Marriott Lexington KY Wedding by Kristen Ellis Photographer

griffin gate marriott lexington ky wedding

Griffin Gate is one of my favorite wedding venues in Lexington, KY because of its versatility. It has multiple ceremony and reception locations so let’s break it down a bit.

The Mansion

An antebellum mansion provides a picturesque scene for ceremonies and receptions. The lawn can be used for ceremonies, with the 19th century home acting as the backdrop for the couple.

On the west side of the mansion, the patio can be used for cocktail hour while you are being photographed for formal portraits. It’s an inviting area, and also can be used as the dance floor for the reception.

The indoors has antique details, chandeliers, and beautiful large windows (perfect for classic portraits and silhouettes). This is great for smaller receptions, as the table would need to be strewn around the entire bottom floor, dividing guests between rooms during dinner.

Overall, this is my favorite location when it comes to the overall aesthetic of photographs throughout the day.

Bluegrass Pavilion & Patio

Okay, the mansion may be my favorite for overall aesthetic, but let me tell you about ceremonies on the Bluegrass Patio! Given the weather is good and you time your ceremony right, the sun shines through the trees and creates this beautifully glow around you when you walk down the aisle.

A fountain is the backdrop for this ceremony location, and I typically sneak behind it for a photo capturing the couples and guests in the background.

The reception pavilion is literally right next to the patio, making it easy access for guests. The ceiling is draped with fabric and has rows of chandeliers. Overall, a great place to get married.

Paddock Pavilion & Patio

If having your ceremony directly next to this location, usually it’s done in the grass area just off the patio. It provides a scenic backdrop of the golf course, and the pavilion is incredibly spacious.

Great for a larger guest count, it has 5400 sq. feet of space, and thanks to the large windows, is bright throughout the day. At night, the chandeliers provide most of the light.

Grand Ballroom

When I photographed this room, it was for a guest count of over 400 and it easily held everyone. An elegant room for wedding receptions. According to Marriott, they can accommodate up to 700 guests or a little as 50 in this ballroom since it can be divided.

The Terrace

With floor to ceiling windows overlooking the golf course, this is truly a great location for a small reception or gathering for up to 100 guests. I’m always a fan of large windows, because light is everything, plus I can get pretty creative with window reflections.

The Overlook

While I haven’t photographed a wedding here, I have taken wedding portraits here. Griffin Gate provides its wedding couples with golf carts so we can go exploring around the property for photos.

Do you recommend this venue?

Yes, but it depends. The plus side is it’s such a large venue, there are photo opportunities everywhere. Especially once we get out and explore the golf course. Some of my favorite weddings have been here.

The downside is there could be multiple weddings on your day. While we can usually get some portraits in front of the mansion, we can’t always because someone may have rented it out for the ceremony and reception. You may also see other couples walking around.

Now, Marriott does a good job of keeping things separate, but if you want to be the only couple there, this may not be the venue for you. However, don’t be discouraged because of this, because it truly does provide a ton of opportunity.

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