March 31, 2020
The McAlister-Leftwich House is a wedding venue located in a historic Greensboro neighborhood just minutes from downtown. The venue has only been around for a couple of years, but the wedding industry here will never be the same for it.
Personally, I love MLH because of its history and its Colonial and Gothic Revival architecture. It makes me nostalgic for Savannah, where my husband and I used to live before moving here to Greensboro. The venue is an absolute dream for brides planning a wedding with 150 guests or fewer!
I have had the pleasure of shooting three weddings (including Chelsea and Evan’s wedding, if you remember that one!), two bridal sessions, and one styled shoot at their amazing venue, and I will continue to sing their praises! I mean, don’t tell anyone, but I secretly wish I could just shoot every wedding that happens there. I genuinely love it that much!
Why do I adore it so? Girl, for a multitude of reasons… read on to see why YOU should choose it as your wedding venue (and allow me to document the day, of course)!
One aspect of a venue that often gets overlooked when brides are searching for the perfect place for their upcoming wedding is the state of their getting ready spaces. McAlister-Leftwich House sets the new standard by which I judge all other venues’ getting ready spaces!
The bridal suite consists of 4 spacious rooms and one large restroom. All four rooms are spacious, tastefully yet minimally decorated, and bright. These lovely features make photographing here a dream, as I never have to worry about getting enough light or about color-casting from dark walls. Can I get a hallelujah?!
The groomsmen get the attic, a beautifully finished space that offers plenty of room to lounge, play cards, or even watch the game (a typical pain point for some gentlemen–no one wants to miss the big game due to a wedding!). They, too have their own bathroom and a separate entrance, so there is no risk of the groom and bride accidentally running into one another.
I touched on this a bit already, but MLH was tastefully restored in a way that preserves its unique history while also catering to the needs of its new purpose. As such, it has a ton of gorgeous, natural light that floods in through its many windows. To further enhance the beauty of the light, MLH is painted white in all its rooms, which lends itself to stunning, well-lit photos. And y’all… I am HERE. FOR. IT. This is a time when photos speak louder than words, so take a look for yourself:
Seriously, The Hallway deserves a subheading all its own!
There is some secret sauce in this hallway. I haven’t yet figured out if it’s in the windows, the tile, or the historic accents, but it’s there, I tell you! This is where many a magical portrait and first look have taken place. It’s just GORGEOUS.
MLH is great for any season, because they have beautiful space for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies. There are several options for you to choose from when deciding where you’d like your ceremony to take place.
If you book your wedding at McAlister-Leftwich House, you are also allotted time for a bridal session there. I LOVE when my brides opt to do this! It’s such a lovely time to explore all the corners of the house and capture jaw-droppingly gorgeous photos.
Like every other self-respecting Southerner, I LOVE me some front porches, bless my little heart! In evidence of perfect serendipity, MLH has not one, but TWO fabulous porches! McAlister’s front porch covers much of its facade, making it perfect for portraits of all kinds. Leftwich’s front porch makes a statement, perfect for ceremonies and grand exits. I don’t know which one I love more, as they both provide such important, integral parts of the MLH experience! I’m sure you’ll agree:
Now, I’m sure you’re just as enamored as I am. There is SO much to love about this incredible venue, and I hope I fill my calendar with weddings at this stunning place. MLH, you forever have my heart (and my camera)!
Considering McAlister-Leftwich as your venue? If you can’t tell, I love to it there, and would LOVE to be your photographer. Let’s connect soon, friend so I can provide you with joyful, sentimental, timeless photos to treasure for generations to come.