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Vizcaya Museum and Garden Weddings

The Vizcaya Museum and Garden is a majestic Miami wedding venue.

The Vizcaya Museum overlooks the National Historic Landmark, Biscayne Bay, and with its majestic, late-1800s architecture and stunning gardens.

Although I photograph the tea house, the secret garden, the terraces, the maze garden, the fountain garden, and the Vizcaya Stone Barge areas of this venue, I capture all the moments you spend with the people you love.

As you can tell from my photographs, my style is complementary to this venue.


Vizcaya is available for rent all year around except mayor holidays.

You can have daytime and evening ceremonies.

Daytime Intimate Ceremony

Fee: $1,500 (up to 25 guests)

Each additional guest: $25 (up to 25 additional, max 50 guest)

Daytime ceremonies are also available at Vizcaya for small weddings. You can held wedding ceremony at the garden with up to 25 people including the photographer, you and your guest will have no access to the Main house.

I recommend using the Vizcaya Cafe, as an option to setup a pre o post cocktail hour ceremony since you are not allowed to bring any food or drinks from outside.

Evening Weddings

You can rent the venue during 6:30 p.m - 11 p.m.

The rental fee for during that time are: on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday is $12500. The rental fee for Monday, Wednesday and Thursday is $7,500. Extra hours are $1,500 per hour.

This fee includes 125 guest, additional guest cost is $ 5 per guest

Please check Vizcaya Museum and Gardens website for additional fees.

13 Top Locations

These are the top locations for wedding photography at the Vizcaya Museum and Garden.

Tea House

Stone Barge

The Stone Barge, an emblem for Vizcaya, is a partly submerged stone breakwater “ship” that is covered with mermaids and other mythical creatures, sculpted by Alexander Stirling Calder.

Mermaids over the years have been slowly changing shape, because of erosion, due that they are build of limestone,. Limestone is a soft rock and is vulnerable to Hurricanes.

The Barge reminds me to Venice, Italy. actually during parties they would take gondolas to the stone ship,

This is a great location for nautical weddings (or if you want an epic background for your cocktail party).

If you are looking for a wedding sendoff ideas the Stone Barge spot is perfect for: Fireworks, Setting off Sparklers, Releasing Chinese Sky Lanterns, Releasing friendly Ballons, releasing Butterflies or doves, setting off confetti poppers, etc.

Pillar Candles along the stairs create a romantic lead way to the water.

Secret Garden

Easter Terrace

Main House

The weathered patina of the main house (the mansion) creates the perfect engagement aesthetic, one that is echoed by the old-world beauty and charm of the stone features and gazebos. To me, old-world beauty means … I incorporate that into your photography by doing …

Inside, the French-inspired mansion offers several decadent photo locations, including the main staircase and library (in case you wanted a Beauty and the Beast aesthetic for your photos), and a balcony that overlooks the magnificent estate.

South Terrace

Center Island


Garden Maze Garden

Fountain Garden

Garden Mound Oval Plaza

Rockland Hammock

Mangrove Natural Forest

Terraces and Gardens

Museum and Garden History

Commonly referred to as the Gilded Age estate, the Vizcaya mansions were built in the late-1800s by Parisian, James Deering (one of the richest bachelors in South Florida). Its expansive 43 acres of Renaissance gardens and preservation woodland recede into a mangrove shoreline, making it a perfect backdrop for your engagement photos.

5 Tips

Here are 5 great tips if you're getting married at Vizcaya.


Since you're getting married at the venue, you don't need a photo permit. This requirement is different if you're having an engagement session at this location.


The seasons can impact your wedding photography at Vizcay. Plan accordingly.


It's hot.


Winter is best.


Lots of leaves.


Watch out for hurricanes.

Time of Day

If you plan your cocktail hour at this time, that's best.


Since this location is outdoors and grassy areas about, you might consider wedges over high heels.