Ithaca Wedding Photographer's Favorite Local Wedding Venues 2023

Ithaca, NY

As an Ithaca wedding photographer, I know then when you start looking for venues in the area, there are a lot to choose from. I hope I can make your decision a little easier by laying out my 6 favorite venues to photograph in the Ithaca area in 2023 and letting you know a little bit more about what makes each one so special.

1. Ithaca Farmer's Market

bride and groom stand under Ithaca Farmers Market Sign and brides and her bridesmaids laugh

The bride and groom kiss and dance under the pavilion during their wedding at Ithaca Farmers Market in Ithaca NY


Ithaca Farmer's Market is the perfect venue for a colorful, lakeside wedding and I'm dreaming of the day I get to go back. Leala and Ray (the couple pictured here) had their ceremony next to the dock and instead of walking down the aisle, Leala sailed in on a sailboat. After the ceremony the guests came back under the pavilion for cocktail hour and as it got darker the string lights added even a little more magic to the reception. I love that even though the cocktail hour and reception took place under the pavilion, it still felt very much like we spent the whole day outside. This is the perfect venue for couples who want their wedding day to take place entirely outdoors, but still want the security of having some coverage in case of rain.

One thing to keep in mind is that the market doesn't close down to the public before weddings, so to give your vendors time to set up after the market has closed, ceremonies typically don't start until 6 PM. We were able to do Leala and Ray's first look at the Market before the ceremony, but if you're looking for other locations for photos before the ceremony starts, I've written another blog post about some of my favorite photo locations in Ithaca


Ithaca Farmer's Market Pavillion
Steamboat Landing
545 3rd Street
Ithaca, NY 14850


2. Robert H. Treman State Park

North Pavilion at Robert H Treman State Park in Ithaca NY decorated for colorful wedding

bride and groom have their first dance while family watches at robert h treman state park wedding

If quirky, and outdoorsy is your thing, Robert H. Treman State park is SUCH a cute reception space and I really can't recommend it enough. The inside is a cute and quirky blank canvas just waiting for you to add your own personality. Olivia and Shane chose to get married in a church before their reception, but ceremonies can be held in the park as well. See more of Olivia and Shane's Robert H. Treman State Park Wedding here.


Robert H. Treman State Park
105 Enfield Falls Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850


3. Cornell University / Sage Chapel

bride and groom share a kiss outside Sage Chapel and smile during their ceremony at Cornell University in Ithaca NY

Bride and Groom kiss in front of the Cornell Clock Tower and bride and bridesmaids smile during Cornell University Wedding

Sage Chapel on the Cornell University campus is a stunning place for your wedding ceremony. The high-gothic style interior of the chapel transports you to a different time, and there are so many beautiful spots around campus for photos. You also have the option to have your reception right on campus or have your reception at a different location. Alex and Aaron chose to have their reception on campus at Willard Straight Hall, which fit the romantic, literary feel they wanted for their wedding perfectly. If you're looking for gorgeous architecture on your wedding day, Cornell is the perfect venue.

Sage Chapel
Ho Plaza
Ithaca, NY 14853


4. Dutch Harvest Farm

Barn and ceremony pavilion at Dutch Harvest Farm in Lansing NY

bride walks down the aisle, reception decorations, and bride and groom portrait at Dutch Harvest Farm wedding in Lansing NY

Dutch Harvest Farm in Lansing, NY is a beautiful barn wedding venue with gorgeous views and it's only a 20-minute drive from downtown Ithaca. My absolute favorite thing about this Finger Lakes wedding venue is its pavilion ceremony space. The custom white pavilion looks amazing in ceremony photos and the view can't be beat. If you're thinking about a barn wedding, but are looking for something a little more chic than rustic, you'll definitely want to check out Dutch Harvest Farm.

Dutch Harvest Farm
1487 Ridge Rd.,
Lansing, NY 14882


5. New Park Event Venue 

Couple walks down the aisle and stands in front of beautiful wooden door at New Park Event Venue & Suites in Ithaca NY

bride and groom smile with their sides of the wedding party during their wedding at New Park Event Venue and Suites in Ithaca NY

The best way I can describe New Park Event Venue is Art Nouveau meets Lord of the Rings (in the best possible way). It's artsy and quirky and set on the most beautiful woodsy property. The ceremony space among the tall trees is to die for. You get the feeling of being married in the middle of the forest without your guest having to go for a hike because this grove of trees is just a short walk from the reception Pavilion. New Park also has accommodations for up to 22 guests on-site, so your VIP's won't have far to go when the celebration finally starts winding down. If you'd like to see more of New Park, check out this stunningl fall New Park Event Venue and Suites Wedding.


New Park Event Venue & Suites
1500 Taughannock Blvd.
Ithaca, NY 14850


6. Apple Blossom Acres

Bride and groom share their first kiss, Bride and Groom hold hands and walk through a field at Apple Blossom Acres in Dryden, NY

Bride and groom smile, reception decorations, and bride and groom share first dance at their wedding at Apple Blossom Acres in Dryden, NY

If you're dreaming of an open-air wedding in the middle of a field, Apple Blossom Acres is a beautiful choice. Erin and Dan held their ceremony outside and had a tent for their reception and a separate tent for dancing and drinks. One of the things I love about Apple Blossom Acres is that you can stay in their beautiful camper on-site before and after your wedding day. As for the rest of the guests, a lot of Erin and Dan's family and friends chose to camp out on the property too so they could all stay together after the celebration. 


Apple Blossom Acres
1922 Dryden Rd,
Freeville, NY 13068


Bonus Venues
As a bonus, I want to include a few other venues around Ithaca. Even though I haven't photographed entire weddings at these venues, I would definitely recommend them!


Coltivare Restaurant 

bride and groom share their first dance during their wedding at Coltivare Restaurant in Ithaca, NY

If you're having your ceremony and Ithaca but are looking for a separate reception space, Coltivare in downtown Ithaca is a cozy modern, industrial wedding venue with a delicious Farm-to-Bistro menu that your guests will love.


235 S Cayuga St,
Ithaca, NY 14850


Argos Inn

Bride gets ready at Argos Inn in Ithaca NY

If you're getting married in Ithaca and you're looking for somewhere for you and your wedding party to stay (and a gorgeous getting-ready space) you'll definitely want to check out Argos Inn. While I've only photographed a wedding party getting ready here, I also know that the Inn can be rented for weddings.


Argos Inn
408 E State St,
Ithaca, NY 14850


Ithaca Wedding Photographer

As a wedding photographer in Ithaca, and in Upstate NY in general, I'm thrilled to say that I get the opportunity to shoot a lot of weddings in the Finger Lakes region. As I continue to photograph in and around Ithaca, NY I'll be updating this post with more wedding venues and more information.

Ithaca wedding venues I'll be photographing in 2023:

The Treman Center - 95 Hines Rd, Newfield, NY 14867, USA

Gratitude & Grace - 235 Harvey Hill Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

Silver Queen Farm - Silver Queen Farm, 5286 Stillwell Rd, Trumansburg, NY 14886, USA


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