This refined organic September wedding at Warrenwood Manor was…so fun! Believe me when I say that not all weddings are as laid back and fun as Stacey and Christian’s wedding. I guess that is what happens when you are celebrating the marriage of two really GOOD and funny people! Stacey and Christian held their ceremony in the barn and their reception in and around the house. Their day had a touch of traditional with warm earthy elements creating a natural, organic feel. The locally grown, farm fresh flowers provided by their family gave the event spaces a special touch of character and charm. See for yourself!
Abby and Joe tied the knot at Warrenwood Manor in August of 2015. It was a classic event with a touch of rustic flair. They opted for an outdoor ceremony in front of the cottage. The aisle was lined with pink and ivory floral arrangements atop wooden stumps while the cottage was decked out with garland and two huge hydrangea arrangements. To top if off, they provided shade for their guests with canvas umbrellas. It was stunning! The reception took place in the house and on the back patio. Even after a little rain, it was a beautiful evening. Abby and Joe are the sweetest couple and we were so happy to be a party of their special day!
Warrenwood Manor is nestled in the heart of Kentucky on 100-acres of rolling green hills. The land was originally purchased in 1785 by Captain William Warren, a Revolutionary War soldier, and later developed by his descendants, John Fouche Warren and Samuel Wilcox Warren. Now, cattle roam the majority of the land while events are held at the front of the property. Large, mature trees cover the grounds giving year-round character and color to the landscape. The historic home is the foundation of the property, but several out buildings, new and old, also dot the estate.
The cottage, located directly behind the main house (#3 on the map), is said to have been one of the original structures on the property. The Warren brothers lived in this tiny, three-story cottage as the main house was being built which would have been several years. We haven’t been able to restore the cottage yet, but we hope to eventually. For now, it serves as the backdrop for many of our outdoor ceremonies.
Behind the cottage is a garage and carport (#4). This building was added in the 1970’s or 80’s for practical purposes and is now usually used for event extras like a kids area, photo booth, etc. It doesn’t match the style of the house exactly, but attempts were made for this building to compliment the other buildings.
Not much is known (to us) about the barn at Warrenwood, but you can read about it in our recent blog, History & Highlights: The Warrenwood Manor Barn. A corn crib and running shed stand next to the barn. This space is used for event extras just like the carport. Sometimes it even houses the bar.
Beyond these buildings, you can look in any direction to see pastures, ponds, and trees galore. Warrenwood changes drastically throughout the season with each offering something special. Event photographers use every inch of Warrenwood to creatively capture the beauty of the property, the people, and the event. Below is a curated collection of images that will make you feel like you’re strolling the Warrenwood grounds. Enjoy!
Leah Barry Photography, Christy Lee Photography, Unveiled Studio, Cassie Lopez Photography, Honey Heart Photography, Kevin and Anna Photography, Daring Tales Darling Bones, Hilly Photography, The King’s Daughter Photography, Emily Wakin Photography, Becky Willard Photography, Erin Trimble Photography, Ben Keeling Photography, Rainwater Photography, Sarah Katherine Davis Photography, Grant Aumiller Photography and Legacy Art Photography & Videography
Do you want to have your wedding at Warrenwood Manor? We’re now booking events for 2018! Check out our website for more information then contact us to arrange a tour.
The Warrenwood Manor barn isn’t often the center of attention when we talk about the history and architecture of the property, but it should be. The house at Warrenwood is gorgeous, but the barn has its own charm and intrigue as well. We just don’t know as much about the barn’s past as we do about the house. It is believed to have been built in the early 1900’s as one of two, maybe even three large barns on the property. At one point the barn was painted white and green, but it was black and white when we purchased it. That is pretty much all we know. When renovations began in 2014 the barn had a dirt floor, horse stalls, a large grain bin and a full hay loft. There were holes in the roof and every door was either missing or broken. As changes were made we took every opportunity to maintain the character of the structure. We also salvaged every piece of old wood we could, most of which is a beautiful tongue and groove oak, for use on other property projects. These are a few photos to show how far we have come.
We did some major sprucing up for my wedding in October 2014, but a lot of work happened over the winter of 2014 and 2015. Since then gradual improvements have turned the Warrenwood barn into a rustic charmer. We now have concrete floors, string lights and chandeliers under a new roof. Over the winter, we even added on a men’s restroom, women’s restroom and a prep kitchen for caterers in order to bring the entire space up to all Kentucky occupancy code requirements. The barn has become the main event space comfortably seating 180 guests for a reception. It provides a dry place for events regardless of the weather. Housing either the ceremony and/or reception, the barn has taken on so many different looks over the past two years. Here is a peek at some of our favorite moments in and around the barn.
Becky Willard Photography, Tara Young Photography, Honey Heart Photography, Rainwater Photography, KM Russel Photography, Christy Lee Photography, The King’s Daughter Photography, Hilly Photography, Kevin & Anna Photography, Daring Tales Darling Bones, Leah Barry Photography, Erin Trimble Photography, Jessica Moore Photography, Ben Keeling Photography, Legacy Art Photography and Videography
Photography by: Becky Willard Photography, Tara Young Photography, Honey Heart Photography, Rainwater Photography, KM Russel Photography, Christy Lee Photography, The King’s Daughter Photography, Hilly Photography, Kevin & Anna Photography, Daring Tales Darling Bones, Diverse Photographers, Leah Barry Photography, Erin Trimble Photography, Jessica Moore Photography, Ben Keeling Photography, Legacy Art Photography and Videography and Cassie Lopez Photography
At Warrenwood Manor, we like to say that we honor the past by celebrating the future. We celebrate marriages, babies, birthdays and all that these occasions mean for the future. Meanwhile, guests get to experience and appreciate first hand the beautiful, craftsmanship and charm of what the past has made of the Warrenwood estate. As so many old homes are being demolished, we are thankful to have found a way to keep Warrenwood thriving.
The Beginning of Warrenwood Manor
In 1785 Captain William Warren, a Revolutionary War Soldier, purchased 304 acres of land. This purchase included the 100 acres upon which Warrenwood Manor now sits. It wasn’t until 1856 that descendants of Captain Warren, John Fouche Warren and Samuel Wilcox Warren, would commission the construction of the house.
Warrenwood is one of three Gothic villas, including the Helm-Gentry House and the Mound Cottage, constructed between 1852 and 1856 in the Danville area. All three homes were modeled after the Elley Villa of Lexington and roughly based on sketches published by A. J. Downing and A. J. Davis. The builder of these villas is unknown, but they were probably designed and built by the same architect due to their similarities. It is believed possible that the houses were constructed by Robert Russell Jr., a local Danville builder, who is attributed with the construction of most of the early brick structures in the area.
The home rests on a foundation of stone allowed to settle for two years before the bricks were laid. The dark red bricks that make up the home’s exterior and interior walls were made on the property and laid four deep in the thinnest parts of the walls. Lumber, cut from the property, was used to construct rooms measuring eighteen feet square and ceilings fourteen feet high. The front door, surrounded by leaded, Venetian glass opens to a large hall lit by two Venetian hall lamps. Solid walnut details include doors throughout the house, window facings, massive mantels and the banister ascending to the third floor.
The Warrenwood home is full of elegance and southern charm around every corner. Warrenwood, along with the Helm-Gentry House and the Mound Cottage were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 for their architectural and historical significance. Over time additions were made to the back of the house, but the main structure has remained remarkably intact and serves as a snapshot of the past.
The Recent History of Warrenwood Manor
Warrenwood Manor was loving restored in 2014 before opening for it’s first wedding season in 2015. It is and will always be a work in progress, but that is part of the charm. After sitting empty for almost a decade, we like to think that Warrenwood loves being filled again with love and laughter every weekend. By the end of it’s third year of operation, Warrenwood will have hosted nearly 100 weddings and countless other events. Below we share some of the most stunning images taken in and around the Warrenwood home over then past two years.
Photography Credits to: Unveiled Studio, Daring Tale of Darling Bones, Ben Keeling Photography, KM Russel Photography, Christy Lee Photography, Jessica Moore Photography, Emily Wakin Photography, Leah Barry Photography, Rainwater Photography, Becky Willard Photography, Honey Heart Photography, Cassie Lopez Photography, Erin Trimble Photography, Hilly Photography and Legacy Art Photography & Videography
Y’all I cannot get over this spring wedding! I’m serious! It’s been over a year now since Megan and Jason tied the knot, but I still can’t get over how this spring wedding was just so perfect in every way. And not just because Megan is my sister-in-law, but because this sweet couple made sure that their wedding day celebrated their marriage and who they are. Plus, all the details and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect! A beautiful, yet simple afternoon wedding with pops of color and personal touches is just what we all need today, right?
In September of 2016, Mary and Dan celebrated their marriage at Warrenwood Manor in a stately southern affair. Throughout the event charming, romantic touches brought personality to the timeless aesthetic of a blush, navy and white color palette. Every detail was fitting for this couple. In front of the cottage, Mary and Dan tied the knot in a ceremony that truly honored their strong religious foundation. Then they danced the night away in an upbeat barn reception. This sweet couple perfectly balanced fun and faith on their special day!
Kaylon and John’s summer wedding was just so perfect I can’t even explain it! Kaylon knew exactly what she wanted for her big day from the very beginning and she made it happen in a big way. It was so awesome to see so many great people come together to make this wedding special. Really, the best part of my job is getting to know couples, their friends, and family. I loved working with Kaylon and John and getting to know those who love them most was a true joy! From their cowboy boots to their sparkler send off, this rustic farm wedding was just perfection from beginning to end!
We’ve been blessed to have some amazing photographers and videographers shoot weddings at Warrenwood Manor. Each has their own style and personality. I love to see the variety of settings, lighting, poses and content photographers choose to capture the essence of a wedding day. A great way to get a feel for the work of a photographer is to check out their online portfolio and blog. Here, we have shared blog posts in which photographers showcase their work from Warrenwood Manor. Enjoy!
A note to photographers and videographers who have worked at Warrenwood Manor:
We couldn’t promote our business the way we do without the use of your amazing photos and videos. We are forever thankful for your generosity and willingness to share. I’m sure we have accidentally left someone off this list of blogs so we encourage any photographer/videographer to comment below with a link to your Warrenwood Manor work. We’d love to promote and share your work!