Recently, I had the opportunity to visit one of the most exclusive venues in the South, and I wanted to share it with you! The Musgrove Retreat and Conference Center is an absolutely gorgeous private estate on St. Simon’s Island in Georgia. I got to take some pictures and learn all about the amazing history of the venue. If you’re looking for a beautiful and private southern wedding venue, Musgrove Retreat might be perfect for you!
Currently, The Brenn Foundation manages Musgrove Retreat. It was constructed in 1938 by R.J. Reynolds. His heir, Nancy Susan Reynolds, was a philanthropist and felt that Musgrove should be a place for family gatherings and philanthropy. Lucky for us because this is why the estate is open to private events. Not only that, but every contemporary president has visited the home, and President Carter’s first pre-inaugural cabinet meeting took place there. This venue has such a long history that you can really feel as you walk through!
The estate is full of original art, including two large Warhol paintings as well as numerous unique prints and artifacts. There are tabby walls as well as original 1950’s MCM furniture, wallpaper, and features. My favorite details were the movable pocket doors and the bar with a moveable glassware wall! It was so incredible to see these original and unique details on the property. I’m so glad I got the chance to see it all! The most special thing is how guests are taken on an experiential journey throughout the property.
When I say exclusive, I really mean exclusive. The Reynolds still use Musgrove Retreat as an active vacation home, so they only accept about eight weddings a year! The price to book includes the entire weekend, so you can really take advantage of the space. You can use it for your welcome dinner and rehearsal dinner. Most couples have their wedding ceremonies either at the Maze Garden or Oaks Bluff. Oaks Bluff overlooks the water and has amazing oak trees and Spanish Moss as its background, which is why it’s so popular with couples. For the reception, couples typically have a tented affair on Riverbend Court, the old tennis courts with waterfront views, or build up the Magnolia Lawn. There are even more locations to take advantage of as well!
Visiting Musgrove Retreat was a great experience, and I’d love the opportunity to go back and shoot a wedding there. If you’re planning your own wedding (regardless of where it is!), I’d love to hear all about it. Let me know how I can help you create your best day!