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Historic Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens is the perfect place to hold a storybook wedding. The estate features a variety of natural surroundings, providing breathtaking beauty at every turn. Whether a couple prefers a dramatic or a more intimate wedding, Stan Hywet offers an array of ceremony and reception options in one convenient location in Akron, Ohio.  In 1957, Stan Hywet became a non- profit historic house museum so that the public could benefit from the cultural, educational, and inspirational riches of one of the most significant achievements in architecture and horticulture to come out of America’s Industrial Age. Stan Hywet is accredited by the American Asso- ciation of Museums and it is Akron, Ohio’s oldest National Historic Landmark. Above the Manor House entryway, the crest bear- ing the motto Non Nobis Solum (Not for Us Alone), welcomes guests as warmly today as it did more than a century ago. Great options for garden weddings Designed by well-known landscape architect Warren Manning, Stan Hywet’s gardens and grounds are impressive. “The horticulture team carefully plans each garden every year with a variety of colors that vary from season to season,” Ulm explains. “These spaces always work so beautifully with weddings.” According to Ulm, about 50 percent of Stan Hywet’s wedding ceremonies take place at the Tea Houses at the end of the beautiful Birch Tree Allée, a 550-foot- long pathway with more than 100 gray birches lining both sides. “We call this our wedding aisle – the birch trees lean into the pathway creating a breathtaking canopy of leaves. In the spring, the path- way is lined with vinca and blooming lily of the valley.” At the end of the Birch Tree Allée are two stone and slate Tea Houses, locat- ed on a breathtaking overlook with views of the Lagoon below, and the Cuyahoga Val- ley in the distance. It is an ideal setting for a wedding ceremony of under 200 guests. A popular location for a larger wedding ceremony is the West Terrace, providing spectacular views of the back of the majestic Manor House, (including the beautiful stained glass window) and sur- rounding gardens. “The ceremony may take place on the upper terrace or on the lower terrace or West Terrace Overlook, closer to the reflecting pool and impres- sive fountain, with guests seated on the surrounding lawn.” For couples who prefer a more rustic setting, the Dell is a secluded location shaded by a canopy of tall trees and sur- rounded by wildflowers. Beyond its natu- ral beauty, the Dell also has historical significance: F.A. and Gertrude Seiber- ling’s youngest daughter, Virginia, was married in the Dell in 1919. The English Garden is the perfect space for smaller weddings of up to 50 guests. This sunken, walled “secret gar- den” features a reflecting pool, The Garden of the Water Goddess statue, and more than 3,000 perennials. The ceremony is held under a lichgate, a roof-covered entryway, with a canopy of Dutchman’s pipe, a flow- ering vine with large heart-shaped leaves. The newest space for a wedding cere- mony is the intimate Hidden Aspect, a stone picnic pavilion near the Tea Houses. It is positioned to take advantage of two major vistas of the Cuyahoga Valley. LOVE § MARRIAGE § HOME § LIFE § 83  STAN HYWET HALL & GARDENS 

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