Meadow Brook Hall
350 Estate Dr, Rochester, MI 48309
Oakland University Campus
We have been so lucky to be able to tour some amazing venues so far this year, Meadow Brook Hall was next on our list and OH MY GOODNESS did this place not disappoint. When pulling up, the drive into the "campus" of the hall was stunning all in itself: rolling green hills, beautiful gardens, and lines of trees surrounding the area.
When I first arrived I took a quick lap around this very large hall, what I noticed is that this building has no "ugly" side. I can imagine weddings being held on every inch of its property, leading to the conclusion, that this location is very easily personalized to each couple and their desires for their big day.
When meeting with Lori she was extremely welcoming and ready to show me all this venue had to offer. When I say this place had a ton to offer.....I mean it.
Lori gave me a very detailed tour explaining all the options their couples have; inside, outside, tented, multiple rooms and I really would strongly suggest that if you fall in love with this venue spending time with her and work with her on making this day 150% personalized to you.
This venue also has a quite the history, in short from the Meadow Brook Hall website:
"A National Historic Landmark, Meadow Brook Hall is the historic home of one of the automotive aristocracy’s most remarkable women, Matilda Dodge Wilson, her second husband Alfred Wilson, a lumber broker and their four children, Frances and Danny Dodge, and Richard and Barbara Wilson. It exists as an indirect product of the achievements and good fortune of her first husband, automotive pioneer John F. Dodge, co-founder of Dodge Brothers Motor Car Company who quickly prospered in the burgeoning auto industry before his tragic death in 1920, leaving Matilda one of the world’s wealthiest women. This fortune not only built one of America’s finest residences and country estates, it also supported numerous Detroit charities and organizations, and made possible the founding of Oakland University."
One of the best parts of about the venue is the preservation of its architectural and interior qualities.
"Meadow Brook Hall is especially renowned for its fine craftsmanship, exquisite architectural detailing and grand scale. The architecture is the embodiment of enduring quality in both its design and use of fine construction materials.
The exterior combines various textures and patterns using American materials of brick, sandstone, wood timbers and a roof of clay shingle tile. The house also features 39 uniquely designed brick chimneys that distinguish the picturesque roofline.
Interiors of the house are elaborately detailed with carved wood and stone, handmade hardware and ceramic art tile, ornately molded and carved plaster ceilings, stained glass window insets, crystal and art glass lighting fixtures, and gold-plated bathroom fittings. And while the interiors reflect various historic styles, the house is equipped with every modern amenity available in the late 1920s. It was fully electric with a central heating system, two elevators, three kitchens and a full size home theatre.
The exterior and most of the interior rooms at Meadow Brook Hall were designed in the Tudor-revival style. However, a few rooms were decorated in other period-revival styles: the dining room and Matilda’s study are 18th-century Neo-classical, Matilda’s room and the French bedroom are 18th-century French Rococo, and Frances’ bedroom is American Colonial."
Weddings at the Hall
Check out this couples day at the hall! Captured by Captured Couture:
At Meadow Brook the outside of the hall is just as stunning as the inside. One way to enjoy the grounds is by hosting your reception inside the tent provided on the lawn adjacent to the hall. Check out this couples day below captured by Dan Stewart Photography!
One of the beautfiul things about this venue is that they give couples the options to hold their ceremony on the premises even if they do not hold their reception. With the gardens and architecture of this venue being so beautiful, why wouldn't couples opt for this option! The wedding below did just that!
Check out this couples beautiful ceremony at the hall caught by Kari Dawson!
From a designers perspective...This hall does not need very much added. When using the interiors of the hall you need very little decor, and any decor you do use should compliment the space...not fight it... Meaning, traditionally styled, solid or basic patterns, and brass or gold elements would do very well contrasting the wood and blending in with the style of the space. Use greenery and your florals to soften the space.
If you are using the tent, The OPTIONS are endless. You are getting the benefit of a blank slate that is adjacent to a building that already has a view and a strong personality. Any color story, and most styles, would fit into this draped tent very well. Whether you prefer a lighter color story fitting of a garden themed wedding, or a jewel moody toned story that contrasts the white tent, both would look amazing. If you are a lover of both modern and traditional style the tent is your best option to make that come to life without feeling displaced.
Meadowbrook Hall's Holiday Tour
Another exciting element that this venue posses are their holiday tours. . The space takes on a whole new look and feel during this time of year. We look forward to re-visiting later this year to see the displays. Check out some of the images below and click the to check out tour information!
We would like to thank Lori and her team for allowing us to stop and visit their beautiful venue. With so many amazing options for each couple, and just a beautiful historic site for everyone, you cannot go wrong by choosing to visit or book with Meadowbrook Hall.
Check us out next month to see our next stop!