An Elegant Delaware Wedding Venue

December 15, 2023

Located between multiple major East Coast cities, Delaware is a great place to get married. Between the natural beauty and convenient location, it’s worth exploring all the amazing venues here when you’re planning your wedding. Winterthur is a beautiful Delaware wedding venue with historic charm. Amanda and Klaus’s elegant nighttime wedding here was unforgettable.

A bride and groom stand for a courtyard ceremony at a Delaware wedding venue.

Winterthur: Elegant Delaware Wedding Venue

This Delaware wedding venue shows just how beautiful our little state can be. The amazing grounds are in full bloom with cherry trees and gardens in the summer and alive with fall color in the later part of the year. It’s a space to breathe and be with your favorite people. Even though it looks like a castle, you can balance that swept away feeling with being grounded in your relationships.

Winterthur, a Delaware wedding venue, sits on a hill behind some trees.
A groomsman helps a groom tie a bowtie in a getting ready suite at Winterthur.
Two gold wedding rings sit on a brightly colored rug.
A bride's mother helps her fasten her modern wedding dress.

Winterthur is so big that there are six options for ceremony and reception locations. The over 1,000 acres include a reflecting pool, atrium, terrace, and various gardens. Amanda and Klaus had their ceremony at the reflecting pool in the evening. The lights strung across the courtyard made the space festive and romantic. 

A bride poses for a bridal portrait beside a window in a Delaware wedding venue.
A bride and groom sit on a bench holding hands.
A bride and groom pose for wedding photos on a garden staircase outside a Delaware wedding venue.

As historic wedding venues go, Winterthur has a lot to offer. The architecture of the building itself is amazing. Since the venue is also a museum, its decor is really unique. It includes pieces of American decorative arts dating back to as early as the 17th Century. You don’t invest a lot in elaborate decor because it’s already beautiful.

A bride and groom walk through an atrium at Winterthur.
A bride and groom stand in a window in a historic Delaware wedding venue.
A bride and groom pose for film wedding photography at Winterthur.

When you’re figuring out the cost of this Delaware wedding venue, you have to consider the catering minimums alongside the site fees. Combined, packages can vary between $26,500 and $46,500. Prices don’t vary significantly in the off season, so if you’re planning a Winterthur wedding, you might as well pick a date you love.

A bride and groom hold hands and walk down a garden path at a Delaware wedding venue.
A groom puts his arm around a bride at the entrance of a garden.
Winterthur is lit up at night.

Winterthur is located just twenty minutes northwest of Wilmington. Philadelphia is about 45 minutes north on I-95. The venue is in a more relaxed, picturesque area not far from Brandywine Creek State Park. It’s a great place to invite locals and out of town guests to celebrate because there’s so much to do, especially in the summer.   

Guests gather around the reflecting pool at Winterthur for a nighttime wedding.
A bride and groom listen to an officiant speak at a Delaware wedding.
A groom reads his vows at a Winterthur wedding.

Candid Wedding Photography at Winterthur

This Delaware wedding venue is so elegant that you might think you have to take formal wedding photos here. Amanda and Klaus’s wedding photos are a great example of how well candid wedding photography can work at Winterthur. These photos tell a story of connection and presence. The images are of moments, not a checklist of poses.

A bride and groom dance alone in a wedding tent.
A bride puts her arm over a groom's shoulders while they listen to toasts at a Delaware wedding venue.
Wedding guests sit and listen to toasts.
A groom puts his arm around a bride's back at their reception table.

When Amanda and Klaus reached out to me, they didn’t have a huge list of “must take” photos. They did know that they wanted a few images of their beloved dogs. Candid photography is ideal for moments with pets. Instead of trying to wrangle their greyhound into a perfect pose, Amanda snuggled her and enjoyed a moment of connection.This photo shows so much more about their loving relationship than a posed photo could. 

Wedding guests dance with their arms in the air.
Little metal horses hold place cards for a bride and groom at a Delaware wedding.
A wedding guest photographs a man and woman on their phone.

Klaus and Amanda’s Winterthur Wedding

Amanda and Klaus’s wedding embraced the natural beauty and elegance of this Delaware wedding venue. We spent time exploring the grounds and taking creative portraits. I always appreciate when clients have breathable timelines because it’s easier to follow my intuition and create really artistic images. 

Wedding guests raise their glasses during a toast at a Delaware wedding venue.
Lights shine behind a bouquet of wedding flowers.

This wedding stood out from a lot that you see when you look at photos of Winterthur online. Their nighttime ceremony showed a different side of this venue from your typical afternoon ceremony. I took advantage of the opportunities to do more direct flash and editorial-inspired photos at the reception, too. As a result, this gallery really gives you a sense of being in the moment with authentic feelings artistically represented.

A bride and groom cut their wedding cake at a Winterthur wedding.
A bride puts a piece of wedding cake on a plate.
Wedding guests head to the dance floor at a Delaware wedding venue.

Are you interested in having me photograph your wedding? I’m a Delaware wedding photographer specializing in film and Super 8. Let’s document your wedding with creative candid photos! Inquire with me here.

Thank you to the vendors who helped make this wedding amazing:
Delaware Wedding Venue: Winterthur Museum
Photographer: Jason Moody Photography
Caterer: Restaurant Associates
Planner/Coordinator: Proud to Plan 
Florist: Sweet Peas of Jennersville 
Entertainment: Bachelor Boys Band 
Rentals: Vision Furniture Rentals and Collective Event Group
Cake Baker: Desserts by Dana
Transportation: ACE Limo 
Bridal Gown: Vera Wang 
Bridesmaids Gowns: Jenny Yoo