Set in what is (in our opinion) Connecticut’s best city, the New Haven Lawn Club also happens to be one of our favorite venues in the state. The Lawn Club’s distinct art-deco architecture makes it the perfect venue for a couple looking for an elegant ballroom in which to host a black-tie wedding. Founded in 1891, the Lawn Club is a stately Georgian mansion set in New Haven’s prestigious East Rock neighborhood. The current main building was built in the late 1920’s in the colonial revival style. The club is a staple for New Haven area events, frequently hosting functions for nearby Yale University. It has a long and storied history and counts Eli Whitney as one of it’s founding members.
After admiring the building’s brick exterior, guests make their way through a covered portico and into a circular lobby featuring black-and-white checkered terrazzo floors. Wood-burning fireplaces are located throughout the main floor of the club and are typically filled with candles for events. Cocktail hour takes place in the Main Dining Room which features two fireplaces, large windows and a grand piano. The true gem of the Lawn Club is it’s Ballroom. Dramatic and majestic from it’s star-accented, barrel-vaulted ceiling, floor-to-ceiling windows, and four gorgeous Austrian Art Deco crystal chandeliers, we have literally heard guests gasp when they walk into the room. The ballroom can host up to 225 people for a sit-down dinner and has a stage that is perfect for a large band. A terrace is located just outside the doors of the Ballroom and can be accessed by guests throughout the night.
For many of our couples who have gotten married at the Lawn Club, one of their favorite experiences of the planning process was working with the Lawn Club coordinator, Christine. We have known Christine for many years and always enjoy getting to work with her because she is so good at what she does. She is incredibly attentive to the couple and their families. She always makes sure wedding days run on time all while making everything come together so seamlessly it appears effortless.
Guests traveling in from out of state or thinking about staying for the weekend can look forward to some of the many experiences the city of New Haven has to offer. They can try some of the city’s famous pizza, visit area museums and tour the campus at Yale. New Haven also has a number of fantastic hotels, our favorite is The Study at Yale - a chic, boutique hotel where they can enjoy the amazing brunch at Heirloom (the hot caramel apple doughnuts are incredible).
Stay tuned on the blog for two recent weddings we photographed at the Lawn Club this month. In the meantime, here are some of our favorite images from Lawn Club weddings that truly show off the grandeur of the space.