In a residential neighborhood in the Highland Avenue Historic District in Birmingham, sits the Donnelly House on a street lined with crepe myrtle trees. This beautiful Georgian – colonial mansion, once the home of James Donnelly, has not only hosted many an elegant wedding but also President Taft. In 2011 it was purchased by Carl Schoettlin and his wife who then took on the monumental task of renovating the stately home to its current glory in order to once again serve as a wedding venue. When I asked Carl what his favorite part of the venue was, he mentioned the large white marble floors throughout the downstairs. This unusual feature is usually relegated to smaller sections of flooring but the original owner being an art enthusiast, probably installed theses beautiful floors to reflect light back up on his collection of paintings hanging on the walls of his home.
In speaking with Carl last week, he noted that the Donnelly House is a classic mix of gorgeous green gardens mixed with old-town charm, a rare find within that area of Birmingham where most venues offer either a garden or an indoor location. Offering a variety of indoor and outdoor event spaces for gatherings both large and small, The Donnelly House is a great choice to host a classic southern wedding. The 12,000 square foot mansion, along with its lush patio garden and romantic gazebo, is designed to provide brides with a classic, romantic, and ethereal wedding experience complete with beautiful white marble floors throughout the downstairs space.
This beautifully classic southern home with its columned front porch plays the perfect backdrop to a sparkler exit into a vintage car for any bride. As you plan your Birmingham wedding make sure that you sign up for our bridal newsletter with a complimentary download of our favorite stress reducing tips.
images provided by the Donnelly House