Best Photo Worthy Wedding Venues In and Around Calgary Alberta

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As a wedding photographer, I see over and over again what a difference it makes when a couple has an easy-going day. Everyone is free of stress and fully present in the joy and celebration! One way to keep your day stress-free is to choose a venue with these three qualities! Read and then scroll down to my list of stunning wedding venues in and around Calgary, Alberta that follow these three criteria!

3 Things to Look for When Searching for Your Wedding Venue

1. The venue facilitates multiple parts of your wedding day celebration.

With these wedding venues, you will not only check “Wedding Venue” off your list of things to book. You can also check off: getting ready space, stunning photo spots, entertainment for guests, amazing coordinators, and lodging! Below each venue I have listed many of the incredible services, spaces and entertainment available for your celebration.

The best part about this is that you can spend your wedding day TOGETHER… not in a vehicle travelling between locations! No need to coordinate rides, text addresses, deal with traffic, find parking, gather belongings, walk to the spot… etc. Avoiding all of that sounds like a relief, doesn’t it? And think about how much time you will miss spending at your own wedding! Book a venue with beautiful photo spots on site (more on that below) so you can spend time at your wedding instead of in a vehicle.

2. The on-site coordinator and staff love weddings.

Some venues treat weddings like the elegant, once-in-a-lifetime celebration they are. Others…. treat it like any old booking. The care and quality of service at a venue can make a major difference in communication leading up to your wedding day as well as the professionalism on your wedding day. Venues that know weddings, know how to do their work in a way that recognizes how special your day is. (Not clearing dishes behind you as you do your first dance… yikes.) 

P.s. There is a difference between a wedding venue coordinator and a wedding planner. Not sure what the difference is? Make sure to have a read of this article! But make sure to clarify with your venue what services they do and do not offer so expectations are clear and your dream becomes reality without any hiccups.

3. The venue and property are photo-worthy!

Creating beautiful images and capturing candid moments between your family and friends is such a joy in beautiful spaces. These venues are designed for weddings and wherever a moment is happening and whatever angle we have to capture it – the photo is going to look amazing! (In photography world – the light is *muah!!*) Not to mention, instead of paying us to drive around, we can take more portraits and candids of your celebration.

Without further ado, here are my favorite wedding venues that – confirmed by Jeff and I with our wedding photographer expertise – are SO STUNNING that you can stay on-site all day, enjoy gorgeous surroundings and, most importantly, enjoy the ENTIRE day together AT your wedding.

Stunning Wedding Venues In and Around Calgary

Azuridge Estate

This whole venue is STUNNING. It is an estate home turned hotel / event venue and every inch of it put me in awe. Just trust me and go visit this place. They offer multiple ceremony and reception spots both indoors and outdoors around the property that will wow your guests. It’s a mini retreat, just outside the city.

Spots we love to photograph: The fountain and pond, water tower, balcony, views of the countryside, manicured lawns, and unique architecture.

Reasons we love this venue:
– Great for large or small weddings.
– Gorgeous accommodations on site for wedding party, guests and getting ready.
– Outdoor and indoor venue options.
– Indoor and sheltered options for photos.
– The chef is actually an old friend of my family and is so talented!!

Location: 25 Min West of Calgary, Priddis AB

Capacity: Up to 250 Guests


The Gathered

The Gathered Best Calgary Wedding Venue
The Gathered Best Calgary Wedding Venue

This venue warms your heart. It is the feeling of home, a cozy garden and big blue skies all around. The owners of this venue go above and beyond to give that personalized touch. They provide so many things including custom designed home-styled, locally grown meals, beautiful rustic chairs and tables, hanging lights, lawn games for your guests and a month-of wedding coordinator. It’s relaxing from start to finish and absolutely stunning.

Spots we love to photograph: Garden pathways, open fields, sunsets, bridal suite, and the gravel road with overhanging trees.

Reasons we love this venue:
– Private, white and rustic, day-of bridal suite for getting ready
– Outdoor transparent tent for your event giving you the outdoor experience with no fear of weather
– Guest entertainment includes lawn games, wandering the gardens, and visiting farm animals
– Their food is unreal. I will eat anything they create.

Location: 30 Min East of Calgary, Kathyrn AB

Capacity: 140 Guests


Norland Historic Estate

My jaw hit the floor the first time I turned onto the driveway and the venue came into view. It is elegant and sophisticated in every way. The historic building and surrounding property is literally out of a movie with manicured lawns, gazebo and balcony.

Spots we love to photograph: Veranda or balcony, manicured lawns, gazebo and along the pathways.

Reasons we love this venue: 
– Indoor and outdoor venue options.
– Indoor and sheltered options for photos.
– Elegant reception space with large windows and chandeliers.
– Packages include set-up and take-down as well as a staff of catering professionals for a stress free, luxury experience.

Location: 2 Hours South of Calgary in Lethbridge, AB

Capacity: Up to 300 Guests


Cochrane Ranchehouse

For those who like a rustic vibe, Cochrane Ranchehouse is a fantastic option! Although they don’t have a getting ready space, once you arrive for the ceremony, you won’t have to go anywhere else.

The property is so wide open and beautiful. The variety of nature for your wedding portraits is endless.

Beautiful spots for photos: The lawn view, stone fireplace, winding pathways, rocky cliff view, open field, mature trees over paved pathway.

Reasons we love this venue: 
– Stunning property with a variety of nature views for photos.
– Great as a small or large wedding venue.
– Outdoor ceremony with beautiful indoor back-up option.
– Indoor and sheltered options for photos.

Location: Cochrane, AB


Spruce Meadows

Spruce Meadows is an iconic venue in Calgary. The beautifully manicured property has a historic elegance that suits a variety of wedding styles. Photography locations include the famous staircase, pond, manicured lawns, main road, and unique buildings.

Reasons we love this venue:
– The Victorian-style British House is a beautiful indoor location for your event and for indoor photos with large windows and chandeliers.
– Many outdoor and indoor venue options on site to choose from.

Location: Edge of SW Calgary

Capacity: 200 – 700 Guests



I was blown away by the beauty, service and variety of backdrops for photos at the Calgary Zoo. Ceremonies are held in the beautifully manicured Dorothy Gardens and the private reception hall pictured here – complete with a dance floor – is connected to the beautiful conservatory. This venue can be as elegant and classy as you are dreaming – with fun included.

Spots we love to photograph: Beautifully manicured gardens, rainforest, suspension bridge, conservatory lobby and garden, gazebos, and – if you fancy it – a visit to see your favorite animal.

Reasons we love this venue: 
– Sheltered and indoor photo options.
– Private photo access after 4:30 pm when the zoo closes.
– Guest entertainment is included!
– Outdoor and four indoor venue options.

Location: Near downtown Calgary

Capacity: Up to 300 Guests

Well, there ya have it! 7 wedding venues in and around Calgary that are so stunning, you won’t need to drive anywhere for photos.

Have any questions about wedding photography? I would love to chat!
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Happy wedding planning!
– Ashley

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