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Tying the Knot in Orlando: The Great Outdoors

Romantic garden settings start at Harry P. Leu Gardens with more than 50 acres (20.2 hectares) of verdant grounds, including the Southeast’s largest camellia collection featuring more than 25 species from around the world. Nestled in a 55-acre (22.2-hectare) habitat park, the bucolic Mead Gardens Amphitheater is designed to seat up to 400 guests with a raised stage that is accented by white wrought-iron and large hanging baskets of flowers. One of Florida’s highest points is at the serene Historic Bok Sanctuary, a National Historic Landmark located just one hour west of Orlando. A special bonus is the beautiful 204-foot (62-meter), 60-bell carillon that makes a scenic backdrop.

The Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens is a gorgeous spot to tie the knot. The three lush acres (1.2 hectares) and historic home gracing Lake Osceola are filled with more than 200 classical sculptures and paintings created by or belonging to the late Czech-American sculptor. Maitland Art Center offers a romantic outdoor setting with a charming open-air chapel, tranquil fountain, lush foliage and carvings inspired by Mayan and Aztec cultures.

The family-owned, 625-acre (252.9 hectare) Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort is like a private country estate, surrounded by rolling hills, lakes, covered walkways and intimate courtyards.

A favorite wedding ceremony location is the resort’s Plaza de la Fontana, a courtyard bordered on three sides by covered walkways and by a balcony overlooking a lake. The Rivership Romance, a 100-foot (30-meter) Great Lake Steamer-style ship, fully licensed and regulated by the U.S. Coast Guard, provides a distinctive wedding experience for up to 200 as it cruises the St. Johns River. Located in nearby Lake Wales, Chalet Suzanne has many romantic spots for nuptials, including the Autograph Garden and Wedding Gazebo. Out-of-town guests will love staying at the 30-room country inn.

IThe Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens is a gorgeous spot to tie the knot
The Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens is a gorgeous spot to tie the knot



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