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A Guide to Hosting Your Thornewood Castle Wedding

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If you are one of those brides (or grooms) who have dreamt of a castle wedding all your life, Thornewood Castle can make your dreams come true. Located in the Seattle/Tacoma area, this incredible estate has authentic castle features, lush gardens, and plenty of ways to curate the wedding of your dreams. Keep reading to learn more about what makes a Thornewood Castle wedding an unforgettable event. 

About The Thornewood Castle Wedding Venue

Thornewood Castle is the only genuine private castle on the West Coast. In 1907, original owners Chester and Anna Thorne built this majestic estate by purchasing a 400-year-old Elizabethan manor in England. 

Then, piece by piece, the ancient manor was dismantled and shipped across the world to be included in their new Washington estate. The castle was completed in 1911, and to this day, features like the front door, oak paneling, and oak staircase are all original to that now 500-year-old English manor.

A bride in a strapless cream dress rests a hand on her chest with flowers on her arms and a long pony tail stands in a studio

Details of the Grounds

Thornewood Castle offers a variety of indoor and outdoor options for ceremonies and receptions so you can put together the true wedding of your dreams. 

For an outdoor ceremony, you already have options! The Outdoor Garden gives off lush secret garden vibes, sunken and surrounded by beautiful flowers, brick walls, sculptures, and a fountain. It’s a space so effortlessly beautiful you don’t even need additional decor (though it’s always welcome.) You can also say “I do” with a waterfront ceremony overlooking American Lake. If you time your ceremony just right, you’ll even catch the most beautiful sunset reflecting off of the beautiful still water. Both of these ceremony sites can accommodate up to 200 guests. 

For an indoor Thornewood Castle Wedding ceremony, you can make a grand entrance striding down the 500-year-old oak staircase. Meet your partner in front of a gorgeous sandstone fireplace flanked by stained glass windows. This elegant, cozy space is perfect for cooler months or inclement weather and can accommodate 125 guests. 

Regarding your reception, you can celebrate outdoors on the Front Castle Lawn with views overlooking the lake. Your guests will love dining and dancing under the stars, or talk to their events team about your tent options (ideal for weddings of up to 200 guests.) The Ballroom is a stately option for an indoor ceremony. It has antique furnishings and architecture for a more formal, elegant aesthetic. 

On your wedding day, you’ll have access to all of these spaces (and more) as the exclusive event of the day. So take your time deciding which spaces are best for your wedding; they’re at your disposal all day!

A bride in a white lace dress and flowers on her arms stands in a white room by a window at a Thornewood Castle Wedding

Photography Opportunities

Thornewood Castle wedding venue has incredible photo opportunities. From the lush gardens that come alive with colorful blooms to a backdrop featuring the castle itself, the outdoors make for some exquisite wedding portraits. Not to mention the beautiful views of the lake! Inside the castle, lavish features and antique touches are exquisite for elegant photos. Your wedding will feel like a true fairy tale. We can talk about what you dream of in a wedding album and make it all come to life!

A bride in a white dress and flowers on her arms rests her hands on her cheeks while standing against a white wall at a Thornewood Castle Wedding

Wedding Details

Thornewood Castle makes it easy to throw the wedding of your dreams. You can choose your caterer, though they can always provide you with a list of preferred vendors. You’re also allowed to bring in your own alcohol with a banquet permit, though they don’t allow hard liquor on the premises, only beer and wine.

Additionally, Thornewood Castle offers beautiful overnight accommodations for you and select guests at a great discount! These rooms offer a true castle experience with all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay. It’s a great, convenient way to keep everyone in one place! 

Thornewood Castle Wedding

A Thornewood Castle wedding is a luxury event with all the fairy tale touches you need for a dream wedding. 

As a Seattle-based wedding photographer and a lover of all things castle and fairy tales, it would be my honor to photograph every moment and detail of your wedding day.

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