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This Historic Country Estate Is One of Southwest Michigan’s Most Romantic Wedding Venues

We partnered up with Stonegate Manor & Gardens for this post! Details are subject to change, always reach out to the venue directly for the most up-to-date information.

Introducing Stonegate Manor & Gardens in

Benton Harbor, Michigan

Couple Kissing in Front of Manor House
Anji Monique Photo

Doesn’t this look like it could be the cover of a romance novel? We are head over heels for this timeless venue, and we know you will be too! You must tour this venue so you can see all of the beautiful hydrangeas, cottage rose garden and many other garden gems that make this venue magically romantic!

We Like to Describe this Venue As

Elegant, Romantic, Magical, Timeless, Charming, Classic, Vintage

Our Thoughts

Stonegate Manor & Gardens is a beautiful historic country estate that has been transformed into one of Southwest Michigan’s most romantic venues. If you’re looking for a spacious property that has that “hidden gem” appeal with tons of character, you must tour Stonegate Manor & Gardens as soon as possible! Located along the Lake Michigan coast, this venue offers couples the amenities of today, surrounded by the charm of a bygone era. Guests enter through the stone gates to see an awe-inspiring 1847 Manor House, Carriage House (Wedding Cottage) and Riverside Room (Indoor reception space). The outdoor area includes 27 acres of manicured lawns, vibrant flower gardens, lush forest, a handcraft pergola, well-wishing pond with custom built footbridge, an award-winning secret Fairy Garden, and an impressive custom built white-top tent. We truly believe getting married at Stonegate Manor & Gardens would be an absolute dream come true.

The Ceremony - Outdoor Options

First on the list to consider is your ceremony setup. This wedding venue has not one, but two beautiful ceremony choices and they are unbelievably gorgeous! Let’s take a look, shall we!

Bride and Groom Kissing During Ceremony in Fairy Garden

Option One: The Fairy Garden

Oh how beautiful! The Fairy Garden is tucked away in a forest clearing, surrounded by towering trees and lush foliage. Complete with a vintage white arbor, this is a great choice for couples looking for a whimsical, magical wooded wedding ceremony location.

Bride and Groom Under White Pergola

Option Two: The Pergola

Wow, how do you even choose which ceremony setup? This one is just as stunning as the first! The Pergola is an intimate, classic and elegant ceremony location, featuring a beautiful antique stone path and oversized white pergola, and located in the shadow of the Manor House.

What else does this historic country estate have to offer?

The Manor House

The Manor House

Isn’t it dreamy? The vintage beauty of the manor house is one-of-a-kind. The Manor House is a great place for your family to relax prior to the wedding, and it’s an amazing place to capture gorgeous wedding photos! There will be an amazing backdrop no matter where you’re standing. With the chandeliers, elaborate rustic woodwork, antique furnishings, stained glass windows and intricate tin ceiling… you can expect jaw-dropping photos!

Plus, make lasting memories by having lunch catered in or host pre-event cocktails with your family and wedding party! The Manor House has a full kitchen and 1 ½ baths, a dining room, parlor and music room. It’s yours to enjoy from noon until 8 pm of your special day.

The Wedding Cottage

The Wedding Cottage

What an amazing spot to get ready! The newly renovated 19th Century Carriage House is the perfect location for you and your wedding party to prepare for your special day. Filled with vintage charm, it provides couples with a unique space to dress and prepare. Luxuriating in the beautiful air-conditioned space, you will feel relaxed and refreshed when it’s time for your walk down the aisle.

The Reception - The Riverside Room

The Riverside Room at Night with String Lighting
Indoor Reception Area

Everyone looks forward to the reception, and this venue has an amazing place for it! With seating for up to 135, the air-conditioned Riverside Room is impressive! The room features stunning crystal chandeliers, a display of beautiful vintage china, gold antique mirrors and several chalkboards to list your menu and bar choices. For larger crowds or for couples who want to combine the air-conditioned comfort of indoors with the freedom of the outdoors, enjoy both with the option of a tent with outdoor dance floor!

For the ultimate indoor/outdoor flow, three beautiful French doors open onto the oversized covered patio, which runs the length of the building. This is the perfect space for cocktails and comes complete with a vintage bar. The lawn offers opportunities for fun, games, appetizers and more.

More Offers & Perks

  • Outdoor Tented Receptions

  • Indoor Receptions

  • Outdoor Weddings

  • All-Inclusive Elopement Packages

  • All-Inclusive Petite Weddings

  • Micro-Weddings

  • Small Weddings

  • Wedding Coordination

  • Indoor Temperature Controlled Reception

  • 40 x 60’ Canopy Tent for Reception Activities

  • Spacious Grounds

  • 2 Outdoor Ceremony Options

  • Lots of Free Decor Items

  • Beautiful Vintage Rentals

  • Wedding Cottage/Bridal Suite

  • Beautiful Gardens

  • Restored 1847 Victorian Manor House

  • Plenty of On-Site Parking

Wedding Capacity:

We just added a tent! It seats up to 160. The Riverside Room's capacity is 135. Larger crowds can use our tent and the Riverside Room for a combined Indoor/Outdoor event. Also, the tent abuts the long porch so with the 3 sets of French doors open, it becomes one continuous indoor/outdoor space.

Photos Provided by Venue

You Have Questions, We Have Answers!

How does catering work?

Stonegate Manor & Gardens works with any and all licensed catering companies. We do recommend two full-service caterers; CK Catering and Classic Catering.

How do decorations work?

We have a large eclectic collection of décor items we love for couples to borrow. Additionally, we have larger items…vintage furniture, specialty lighting, dessert table items…for a small rental fee. For the all-inclusive Petite Wedding package, décor is included.

What is the rain plan?

Stonegate Manor & Gardens has a couple of rain options. Please call to discuss the perfect backup plan!

Note from the Owner!

Over the years we have learned above all else listening to the needs and wishes of our couples has been the greatest joy and keepsake of Stonegate Manor & Garden's success. We have all faced a challenging year with the Covid-19 pandemic. We heard from many couples that wanted flexibility to still get married in a safe environment, so we adapted to make this a realization for many. While our venue is beautiful to the eye our passion for weddings is indisputable. We want couples to feel embraced and swept up in the charm of their fairytale wedding. To choose Stonegate Manor & Garden's is to choose a venue that believes in the magic of new chapters and the start of happily ever afters.

For more detailed information about what all they offer, get in touch!

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Stonegate Manor & Gardens

Address: 2251 Riverside Road, Benton Harbor, MI

Phone: (269) 930-0617




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