Peoria has many beautiful wedding ceremony and reception venues, but it can be daunting beginning your search. Central Illinois is a broad area, how do you know what are the very best wedding venues to narrow down your search? I’ve been photographing weddings in this area for 13 years and due to that fact, I’ve seen many a venue 🙂 This list contains some of the most beautiful wedding venues Central Illinois area has to offer. From industrial chic to cozy vintage barns and everything in between, these venues are the best of the best. Certainly not a comprehensive list as there are many other lovely spots to wed, but these are some of our favorites from throughout the years.
Venue Chisca is a renovated warehouse in downtown Peoria and is an absolute STUNNER. Definitely one of our favorites due to its industrial glam appeal and proximity to all the good things Peoria has to offer.view Klay and Kaitlyn’s wedding ceremony and reception at Venue Chisca
The Cannery is a converted pumpkin cannery, this wedding venue is absolutely amazing. The work that has clearly gone into making this venue beautiful is something to behold and certainly to admire. The owners are so kind and go above and beyond for their couples. The ceremony space is a gorgeous grassed and landscaped courtyard and there are multiple indoor spaces as well as the most beautiful bridal suite I’ve ever seen. View Caleb and Kristin’s wedding reception at the Cannery.
Trailside is yet another gorgeous converted warehouse building in Peoria Heights. View Cory and Rachel’s wedding ceremony and reception at Trailside
Luthy is a classically beautiful garden wedding venue. I’d love to shoot a reception here some day, and a ceremony in one of the shaded private little coves off to the sides of the gardens would be amazing – shade is your friend both photographically and for your summer time skin that’s covered in beautiful wedding clothes 🙂
This barn is a new construction wedding and event facility in Metamora Il
I love the laid-back vibe of Camp Wokanda – their outdoor spaces are just gorgeous! It is a perfect for venue for couples with a boho or woodland feel to their weddings and who like to be a bit adventurous during their wedding portraits , certainly perfect for canoeing in your wedding dress!
Pettengill Morron House Peoria IL
This is ideal for the couple looking to incorporate a little Peoria history into their wedding day. The grounds were just beautiful and it was such a peaceful area for an intimate wedding.
Ravina has a beautiful screened in reception area looking out over the lake. With room for 300 guests it’s a perfect option for temperate seasons.
This one is always a nostalgic favorite of mine as Wildlife was such a part of my childhood and now a place I bring my kiddos. There are lovely wooded areas and beautiful prairies and this shaded ceremony location is just beautiful.
A classically elegant golf course venue!
And for those wanting to go further afield…
Ewing Manor is truly something special. It’s like stepping back into another time period and reminds me of a romantic chateau in Europe. The front lawn was PERFECT for an outdoor reception, beautifully shaded by large trees and strung with cafe lights, it’s truly perfect.
This venue looks absolutely stunning – a true labor of love of the owners who have a rich family history on the land. I definitely can’t wait to shoot here!
Hornbaker is a bit of a jaunt from Peoria but has been well loved by couple’s as it’s always booked up – the grounds are so pretty as it’s also a nursery and there are many lovely spots to photograph out here.
I’ll update this post in a few weeks after we have our first wedding here – it looks to be SUCH a gorgeous venue though and I can’t wait to photograph here.
We’ve only gotten to shoot here once over the years but loved the romantic Midwest farm feel of Walnut Grove!
Pear Tree Estate simply exudes elegance and their food is absolutely amazing!
Allerton is truly a gem of the Champaign area. Manicured gardens, a gorgeous and romantic mansion and pond set the scene for a perfect wedding day. View Taylor and Madison’s Allerton Park winter wedding
Epiphany Farms Estate
This is a gorgeous blank slate to work from, a beautiful area where the Epiphany Farms restaurants grow and raise their farm to table produce. It was so fun to see where the food was grown then eat it later in the evening (and it was DELICIOUS!)
I immediately fell in love with the Elmore Stock Barn upon arriving, it is so cozy and beautifully lit and everything a barn wedding/reception should be – especially wonderful with those wide open barn doors letting lovely light and lovely air flow in
Last but certainly not least – our very favorite venue of all…….private family property! We ADORE weddings that take place somewhere personally special to you as a couple and know how much work goes into having a wedding on your family property but it’s always always worth it! So special and beautiful <3
And that wraps it up!