Tupelo Honey Wedding Co. has been photographing weddings and events in Gainesville, Florida for several years and we have carefully curated the most beautiful locations for engagement photo sessions and elegant wedding portraiture. From the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens and the lush greenery of Payne’s Prairie to the historical district where Sweetwater Branch Inn is found, we have photographed them all. The glorious lighting in The Baughman Center can’t be beat and the historic character of 1908 Grand is where wedding dreams are made. The Depot Event Space captures the creativity of the rail line in Gainesville and The Wooly makes for one hip reception venue with speak easy vibes. The rolling landscape on Valley View at Santa Fe River Ranch is a gorgeous place to exchange vows and capture dreamy sunset photographs as a couple. And, don’t forget the chance to connect with nature at the Granville Plantation!

Valley View

Top 6 Venues for Gainesville, Florida.

Valley View is nestled just north of Gainesville off highway 235. Tucked up within 2200 acres of some of the most beautiful grounds Florida has to offer. Don't settle for just any place for your wedding or next event. Valley View is North Central Florida's newest resort. Perched atop a beautiful rolling valley on 2,200 acres, Valley View is the sister venue of the Santa Fe River Ranch, which is over 8 years old and has hundreds of weddings and worthwhile events.

Its beautiful landscape, views, facilities and staff are second to none. The Valley View staff provide a 5 star service and are there to help all of our customers from start to finish. We want to ensure a stress-free process and provide the highest level of service so that our clients have the wedding or event of their dreams. Another step we take to ensure a smooth process is to include a wedding coordinator for every wedding we have at our facility.

  • Elegant large venue
  • All inclusive packages
  • Multiple ceremony areas

Valley View Website

Top 6 Venues for Gainesville, Florida.

1908 Grand

Looking for the perfect place to celebrate your next wedding, business meeting, social gathering or other special event? Then look no further than the 1908 Grand. The historic building has undergone a complete renovation and offers the perfect blend of history, beauty, modern amenities and convenience. With indoor and outdoor spaces, there are a variety of options for weddings, business meetings, galas and fundraisers, special occasions and everything in between! Centrally located on Main Street, it's easy to get around town and find accommodation nearby. Each room is filled to the brim with historic charm, traditional windows, beautiful crystal chandeliers, and state-of-the-art technology. Our newest addition to the building offers four more bathrooms and an elevator. Let our team help you create an estate plan that best fits your needs and budget. We can also provide restoration services, math and much more! Whether it's work, sports or milestones in life, we've got you covered! Choose one or all of our sites according to your needs and let our team help you realize your dreams!

  • Downtown Location, Parking across the street
  • Newly Renovated specifically for events
  • Old world feel
  • Ballroom and courtyard

1908 Grand Website

Top 6 Venues for Gainesville, Florida.

Sweetwater Branch Inn

One of the most romantic spots in Gainesville, FL. If you are looking for a intimate Florida getaway, then Sweetwater Branch Inn is here for you. In the heart of historic downtown Gainesville, North Central Florida, this charming inn is the perfect venue for enchanting weddings, lavish receptions and elegant rehearsal dinners. The beautiful Sweetwater Branch Inn property exudes vintage charm and elegance as well as Victorian romance.

Your wedding should be a memory that will last a lifetime. You are in good hands at the Sweetwater Branch Inn! Whether you're imagining an indoor or outdoor wedding on the patio, under the gazebo or in the colonnade surrounded by beautiful gardens, you can choose the space that best suits your needs and style. We have two fabulous venues for your reception, the intimate and historic McKenzie House and the elegant McKenzie Hall. Did we mention our amazing accommodations and amenities that make our properties the perfect place for a wedding night and honeymoon? When you get married at the Sweetwater Branch Inn, you get the whole experience. Contact us to make an appointment for a guided tour for your special event. Tours are by appointment only and are scheduled Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm. m. at 17:00 m. Please complete our inquiry form to request a free tour or catering consultation.

  • 3 Column Arches
  • Bright white interior for high key photography
  • Onsite catering
  • Large open courtyard for guests

Sweetwater Branch Inn Website

Top 6 Venues for Gainesville, Florida.
Top 6 Venues for Gainesville, Florida.

Baughman Center

Nothing in Gainesville screams iconic like the Baughman center. With a elegant chapel like feel, this is one incredible backdrop to tie the knot. The University of Florida calls this a contemplation space, rather than a chapel to create inclusivity among it patrons.

Designed by John Zona, it was ranked third on the Florida Architecture: 100 Years, 100 Places list published by the Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and boasts soaring windows and delicate natural materials mimic the tranquil Florida surroundings in a design that attempts to bring the lovely outdoor atmosphere indoors.

The Baughman Center, located in the center of the University of Florida campus, is a beautiful, elegant place for reflection, peace and union. There is no doubt as to why this is one of Gainesville's most picturesque and serene locations perfect for memories to be created.

  • Architectural masterpiece
  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Intricate woodwork

The Baughman Center Website

Top 6 Venues for Gainesville, Florida.
Top 6 Venues for Gainesville, Florida.

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Kanapaha's 68 acre wonderland is an incredible choice for any earthy couple. Simply elegant scenery and flora is all you will need for this wedding venue. They have a indoor space for receptions and various locations around the preserve for your ceremony location.

If you are planning a local back yard or a personal and intimate wedding, look no further than Kanapaha for your Bride and Groom portraits.

  • Manicured gardens
  • Several ceremony sites
  • Relaxed atmosphere

Kanapaha Gardens Website

Top 6 Venues for Gainesville, Florida.
Top 6 Venues for Gainesville, Florida.

Flow Space


Gainesville's Oil Depot was built in the 1930's by the Chicago Rails-men. Since those humble beginnings, Flow Space creators turned this into a unique space for all Gainesville residents and beyond. Rustic heart-pine arches decorate the room along with the original floors boards give a warmth that many newer venues struggle with.


Directly connected to the Hawthorn trail, Flow Space can accommodate up to 120 for a seated buffet meal, or up to 300 guests for an indoor/outdoor cocktail-style event.

  • Old world brickwork
  • Rustic floors and barndoors
  • Open layout for event customization

Flow Space Website