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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
- kim hymes
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