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The Upchurch Wedding Venue

A Historical Home Wedding Venue in Cary, NC

Bride and groom toasting at the Upchurch wedding venue

You’ll Like the Upchurch if you’re looking for:

  • An elegant historical home wedding venue
  • Ample natural light & white spaces
  • In-house catering
  • Indoor & outdoor options

Event spaces at the Upchurch

The Upchurch is an elegant wedding venue in Cary, NC just a 20 minute drive from Raleigh. The venue is comprised of the Upchurch-Williams historical home from 1905, as well as the Conservatory, a new 4,200 square foot indoor event space. Between the two buildings sits the Magnolia Lawn, a 2,000 square foot circular lawn perfect for ceremonies, cocktail hours, and portraits.

The Main House hosts two dressing suites so that the entire wedding party can get ready on site. The large porch, outdoor patio, and views of the lawn make it a peaceful spot for getting ready, and beautiful for first looks and portraits later on in the day.

The Magnolia Lawn is gorgeous for outdoor ceremonies and cocktail hours, and the Conservatory is perfect for indoor ceremonies and receptions, seating up to 225 guests. Three walls of windows and high ceilings with wooden beams make it a beautiful space to celebrate your wedding.

The Conservatory at the Upchurch wedding venue in Cary, NC

Cost and Rental Details

According to their website at the time of this article (January 2024), weekend rentals range from $6000-$9000 with a weekday rate of $600 per hour (5 hour minimum). Rental includes full use of the Main House, the Conservatory, and the lawn. Tables and chairs are included, as well as a venue host. The Upchurch partners with Rocky Top Catering and requires use of them for your catering needs.

wedding portrait in front of the fireplace at the Upchurch

Best Locations for Portraits

The Upchurch has plenty of locations for portraits, including the lawn, the Main House, and the Conservatory back patio. Several of these locations are covered, so even on a rainy day you don’t have to worry! Check out a few of my favorite portrait spots below.

groom portrait at the Upchurch in Cary, NC

bridal portrait on the lawn at the Upchurch wedding venue

If you’d like to find out about more wedding venues in the Raleigh area, check out: 11 Amazing Wedding Venues Near Raleigh, NC

The Photographer Behind the Lens

I'm Megan, a wedding photographer based in Raleigh, NC who is obsessed with telling love stories through the art of photography. I'd love the chance to tell your unique love story, too!

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