Springville, Alabama is a quaint, fast-growing town known for its adorable main street and country feel. However, hidden away is one of the best wedding venues in Alabama: Mathews Manor.
The manor has a unique history dating back to 1930 when it was Forks Inn Restaurant. In 1999, the Mathews family took ownership of the now private residence. Rebecca’s Garden (which is one of the venue’s onsite ceremony and reception spots) saw its first visitors in 2001, and couples have made their whimsical wedding dreams come true ever since at the venue.
Today, I am exploring seven reasons couples love this venue and bringing you an inside look (from a photographer’s perspective) at the reasons why Mathews Manor is the epitome of elegance and southern charm.
Step foot into the charming outdoor garden with seating for up to 130 guests. Stare in wonder at the 20-foot white gazebo, wandering gardens and waterfalls throughout. Multiple reception areas, including covered pavilions and a large, indoor great room, are available. Lounging areas and a groom’s room make the garden a spectacular experience for guests.
Micah’s Meadow is a fairytale waiting to happen. Walk across the bridge, say “I do” in the wooden arbor or walk on the 50-foot stone stage, with chandeliers hanging down from 100-year-old oak trees. Finally, celebrate in the custom barn that brings the elegance of the natural outdoors indoors for couples.
Grace Hall is the final onsite venue on today’s list. The Hall offers indoor and outdoor spaces, with 50-foot draping, space for up to 500 guests and suites for the bride and groom. Outside of the hall is a triple-tier fountain, tall trees and a courtyard along with a fireplace.
Mathews Manor has three commercial kitchens and a first-class staff that will make delightful dishes for your guests. Catering includes options for:
If you want family recipes made for your big day, the staff will follow them exactly to bring grandma’s special dish to life for your wedding. Go ahead and check off caterer from your list of vendors to hire when you have your wedding at Mathews Manor.
Every space – Rebecca’s Gardens, Micah’s Meadow and Grace Hall – offers magical photography opportunities. There are so many great places to take pictures, but here are some of the reasons you might choose to have your wedding at Mathews Manor if photography is of great importance to you:
Mathews Manor offers fantastic photo opportunities at every corner, which makes this the perfect venue for you if wedding photography is on the top of your vendor list.
Mathews’ owner, Debbie, is a baker who once sold cakes out of her home. Today, she has 30 years of experience designing dream cakes for couples, including bride or groom cakes. Endless flavors and designs are available. Debbie bakes delicious, one-of-a-kind cakes for a wedding experience that will delight even the pickiest of guests. This means you can also check off a cake vendor from your list! With Mathews Manor, you get the venue, catering, and cakes all in one!
One of the things I’ve come to realize when speaking to brides and grooms is that the crew at Mathews Manor helps make the wedding experience stress-free. Here are some of the things people say about the venue:
And on top of all of this, Mathews Manor is just 25 minutes from Birmingham, so your guests will have more than enough options for hotels and anything else that is needed for convenience.
If you are still looking for a dream wedding photographer for your wedding at Mathews Manor, then let’s connect. Contact me HERE to work together and capture your wedding’s magic! I can’t wait to hear from you.
I'm Shelby, your Alabama Wedding Photographer. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for checking out this blog post. I hope you find it helpful in your journey of wedding planning.