Thursday, September 2, 2010

Outside the Ballroom: Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales, Florida

There are so many outside the box venues that we've been really fortunate to shoot at. One of those is Bok Tower Gardens. From the amazing tower to the gorgeous reflection pool this venue truly feels like Wonderland. The tower is a very interesting work of art and totally intrigued me when I read about it. Here's a little snipet of how they describe it on the website: "Looking up at the 205 foot neo-Gothic and art deco Singing Tower carillon is an experience like no other. The scheme for the sculptures and grille work is mostly birds and plants with a few other forms of wildlife depicted. The Great Brass Door and wrought iron gates on the north side of the Tower depict the Book of Genesis, starting with the creation of light and ending with Adam and Eve being ousted from the Garden of Eden."

The Singing Tower was sited at the highest elevation south of the reflection pool, so the water reflects the tower's full image. It definitely makes a great place for photos ;-)

What you need to know about this venue:
Location: 1151 Tower Blvd. Lake Wales, FL
Price range: $$$
Ceremony site: Yes
Reception site: Yes
Outside caterer's allowed: Yes
Parking available: Yes
Valet: No
Outdoor space: Yes
Capacity (without a dance floor): 200
Styles: Museum/Art Gallery, Mansion/Historic Site

Outside the Ballroom: This is a series about discovering other amazing venues that exist for weddings and other events, ranging from castles, to traditional antique ballrooms, to bed and breakfasts, to anything that cannot be classified as a modern ballroom or meeting room. We also want to hear from you about the venues you've discovered, so please submit them in the comments or email them to with Outside the Ballroom in the subject. For more info you can find it at the Introduction.

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