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Wedding Venues

A Celebration of Love at The Lillian Gardens Wedding Venue!

When you live in a state as beautiful as Georgia, it’s hard to resist a wedding full of Southern charm. Nestled into the quaint historic area of Newnan, just 30 minutes south of Atlanta, is the Lillian Gardens wedding venue, an estate with a rich history and a legacy of hosting stunning events. With a gorgeous mansion and award-winning gardens, a Lillian Gardens wedding is full of beauty, elegance, and, of course, charm. 

A bride looks over her shoulder while hugging her new husband while standing in front of a vine covered pergola Newlyweds kiss while standing on a brick path in front of a pergola covered in vines Newlyweds hold hands and smile at their rings whiel standing in a garden A bride sits in a chair with legs crossed as her husband stands behind her with a hand on her shoulder in a garden A bride sits on a wooden chair at her head table as her husband sits across from her kissing her hand A groom leads his bride by the hand as they walk through a garden by a stone bench and bird bath

About The Lillian Gardens Wedding Venue

Though it has been beautifully updated and is now equipped with many modern amenities, Lillian Gardens has over a century and a half of rich history. The Davis family built the antebellum house on the property in 1859. During the war, it served as a makeshift hospital for wounded soldiers. Around the turn of the century, the estate was sold to the Banks family. They added some of the venue’s most charming features, like the wrap-around porch, oak floors, and winding staircase. 

Decades later, after being generationally passed through the Banks family, another Davis, Virginia, and her daughter, Martha Sue, purchased the home and opened a tearoom. “Something Special” became a cherished community landmark and a wonderful gathering space. 

Newlyweds kiss in the stone aisle lined with roses while holding an umbrella at sunset Newlyweds walk down the aisle holding hands and laughing as their guests shower them with paper airplanes at a lillian gardens wedding A bride walks down the aisle holding her white bouquet and an umbrella on her shoulder at a lillian gardens wedding A bride stands in her dress holding an umbrella and a white floral bouquet as her groom stands in front of her holding the lapel of his white jacket at lillian gardens wedding venue Newlyweds celebrate as they walk up a stone aisle from the gazebo at lillian gardens wedding venue Newlyweds kiss at a champagne drink cart stacked with pink glasses in a garden under a tree at an lillian gardens wedding

In 1996, the home was purchased and reopened as “Something Special Events,” a venue for weddings and other celebratory gatherings. In 2000, extensive renovations and restorations were made, adding valuable event space that fit the estate’s aesthetic. They also added stunning gardens, and the space was soon awarded for its beautiful restoration. 

Current owners Ashley Keely-Bercich and Philip Kirby purchased the home in 2016, renaming it Lillian Gardens. They continued to host beautiful weddings and gatherings, eventually adding all-inclusive packages to take the stress out of wedding planning. In 2021, a strong tornado damaged many homes and structures in the town, including the Lillian Gardens wedding venue. Undeterred, Ashley and her team pivoted to hosting events under tents in the gardens while overseeing a massive reconstruction. 

Today, Lillian Gardens is back up and running as a full-service wedding venue. Couples from all over choose to start the next chapter of their love story at this historic estate and leave with memories they’ll never forget. 

Newlyweds dance and smile in a garden while still holding the bouquet Newlyweds smile at each other while the bride holds onto his arm and they walk through a garden A bride holds onto her groom in a black tuxedo as they walk through a garden A bride walks through a garden holding her colorful bouquet and pulling her hair back behind her ears A bride holds her colorful bouquet over her head in a white dress while standing in a garden path

Details of the Grounds

When you host your wedding at Lillian Gardens, you can choose from seven unique event spaces that accommodate up to 150 guests. 

As you prepare for the main event, you and your wedding party can get ready in their gorgeous bridal suite. Complete with salon-style seating and cozy furniture, it’s the perfect spot for a little pre-wedding pampering. They haven’t forgotten about your partner, either; they’ll be able to get ready in a separate space with comfy leather furniture and a television. 

Host your ceremony outdoors amidst their stunning gardens. Their most popular ceremony site is in front of an elegant white gazebo, surrounded by clean white fencing and beautiful landscaping. Adorn the gazebo with flowing fabric or your signature floral arrangements for a truly unique look to your dream wedding. 

Newlyweds hold hands and celebrate as they walk down the aisle after their ceremony A groom kisses and dips his bride in the stone aisle leading to a gazebo lined with white roses Newlyweds smile at each other while holding hands and walking down the aisle after their ceremony lined with white roses Newlyweds kiss while holding an umbrella in the aisle of their wedding ceremony lined with white roses Newlyweds kiss while standing in the stone aisle of a garden wedding ceremony as their guests cheer while holding umbrellas

The Lillian Gardens wedding venue’s stunning ballroom is the perfect place to gather and celebrate for an indoor ceremony. Its tall ceilings make the space feel open without sacrificing coziness and intimacy, and floor-to-ceiling windows bring the beauty of the surrounding gardens into the room. An opulent crystal chandelier hangs from the ceiling, and neutral colors make it easy to transform the ballroom into the wedding of your dreams.

Whatever you envision for your wedding, Lillian Gardens wants you to share your ideas! They are a venue that celebrates individuality, and they love making out-of-the-box ideas a reality. Their events team believes that weddings shouldn’t just be beautiful – they should be FUN and totally unique to you and your partner. 

A bride stands in a garden holding umbrellas with her three bridesmaids Newlyweds sit on a white iron bench in a garden kissing A cake covered in flowers sits on a pink table with gold silverware in an outdoor garden wedding reception Newlyweds sit in a chair and on the brick pavers by the fountain in a garden A bride stands with her bridesmaids holding wicker and pearl bouquet baskets

Photography Opportunities

One of the best parts of having a Lillian Gardens wedding is the seemingly limitless photo ops around the property. We can wander the lush, beautiful gardens to find hidden nooks and corners decorated with flowers and tall grasses. Several beautiful fountains make beautiful photo features, including the charming gazebo. 

We’ll also take photos on the wrap-around front porch and the front steps. Inside, we can use quaint parlors and other cozy spaces for intimate portraits with a unique vintage touch. Like your wedding, your album will be full of character and romance. 

A groom in a black suit dances and lifts his bride while they dance on the brick patio outside the lillian gardens wedding venue A bride's dress hangs from a vine covered pergola on a brick path in the lillian gardens wedding venue garden Details of an outdoor wedding reception table setup with wooden chairs and white florals by the fountain on a brick path through the lillian gardens wedding venue A groom holds his suit jacket over his shoulder while standing in the garden by a bird bath in the lillian gardens wedding venue A groom in a black suit adjusts his buttons while looking off into the lillian gardens wedding ceremony location Newlyweds cut their cake together at a pink linen flower covered table in a garden at an lillian gardens wedding

Wedding Details

One of the biggest draws to your wedding at Lillian Gardens is their packages. Each of their three available packages includes basics like exclusive facility use, tables and chairs, linens in the color of your choice, and an onsite wedding coordinator. 

The Enchanted package is an all-inclusive option that takes a little more of the work out of wedding planning. Their experienced and knowledgeable events team will help you plan your perfect wedding so you can spend more time living and playing and less time planning. With the Enchanted package, you’ll have a five-hour time frame for your ceremony and reception and unlimited access to the bridal suite and groom’s chamber day-of. 

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It also includes a catering package that accommodates cocktail hour and dinner, a wedding cake and groom’s cake made to suit your tastes and a floral allowance that typically covers the cost of ceremony flowers. You’ll also have a DJ and/or pianist for your ceremony and reception and chauffeur services for you and your partner at the end of the night. Of course, the Enchanted package also includes a full-service event planner with two face-to-face planning sessions. 

Don’t need all the bells and whistles for your wedding, or are you looking for something smaller? No worries! Lillian Gardens also has a variety of other packages to accommodate elopements and more intimate celebrations. 

Their catering occurs in-house, and they will customize it to suit your taste, style, and budget. The team makes every dish from scratch and deliciously fresh, so you will surely enjoy your first meal as a married couple. 

A bride stands on a porch with hair curled in her dress at a lillian gardens wedding Newlyweds walk down the aisle holding hands and laughing as their guests shower them with paper airplanes at a lillian gardens wedding A groom in a white suit jacket and black pants sits on a leather chair with hands together looking over his shoulder at an lillian gardens wedding Details of a wedding sign set up in a garden with florals Details of an outdoor wedding reception table set up with pink linen and gold silverware next to a fountain at lillian gardens wedding venue Details of a white rose lined path leading to a gazebo set for a wedding ceremony at lillian gardens wedding venue

Lillian Gardens Wedding

A Lillian Gardens wedding is charming, stunning, and historic – the perfect way to start the next chapter of your love story. It would be my honor to photograph this incredible day for you. I promise I’ll capture every intimate moment and detail. Let’s connect!

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