Amanda + Austin | An Abandoned Hotel Ceremony on a Perfect Fall Day

THIS. WEDDING. DAY. You guys, we had no idea what we were in for when Austin and Amanda told us they were going to be married at the site of an abandoned hotel. To be completely honest, I may have been sleeping under a rock because I had no idea that this awesome spot was a 30 minute drive out into the country from our home.

So, a bit of history on this cool space! Maribel Hotel was built in 1900 and used to be a spa for movie stars back in the day. It’s rumored to have once been owned by Al Capone himself. What started off on a great foot quickly turned dark, as the hotel burned down three times, all on the same date. Creepy?? Locals refer to it as “Hotel Hell” now because of it’s dark history, so you might be thinking that this is an interesting place to be married. But honestly, it’s so perfect for Austin and Amanda. These two have a bit of an edge to them and were looking for something completely different for their wedding day.

Austin and Amanda spent lots of time out by these caves hiking and knew that they wanted to get married in this place that had so much meaning to them. A chance encounter with the owner of the property led them to gaining permission to host their ceremony here. What makes it so cool is that they will likely be one of the only couples to ever get married here. The owners keep a pretty tight watch on the property since the building has structural issues. While they were happy to let Austin and Amanda spend their first day as husband and wife here, they have no plans to open the space up to other couples. So! Feast your eyes on this completely unique wedding day! We loved this one so much.

Sending love to these vendors:

Ceremony: Maribel Caves Park + Maribel Hotel | Reception: Golf Course at Branch River | Florist: Posy Floral Design | Bakery: Amber’s Cakes and Confections | Officiant: Sara Rautmann | Bridal Dress Shop: Bridal Event Appleton | Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal | Hair/Makeup: Gabrielle Taylor | Mensware: Haberdasher Limited | Transportation: Night Owl Limousine | Rentals: Ruby Design | Film processing: The FIND Lab

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