About Stonegate Manor & Gardens

One of the Best Wedding Venues in Southwest Michigan

est. 1847

Completed in 1847, this beautiful historic country estate has been transformed into one of Southwest Michigan’s most romantic event and wedding venues. Stonegate Manor & Gardens & Gardens is a hidden gem that offers couples the amenities of today, surrounded by the charm of a bygone era. The Estate was founded by a wealthy farming/trading family, the Dickinsons. Ideally located on the Paw Paw River and near the Lake Michigan shore, the estate has a hub of continuous activity for many years. The members of the Potawatomi tribe were often seen on the land as they headed towards St. Joseph to trade.

“The owner, Prudy Nelson, is kind, professional, detail-oriented, communicative, and trustworthy.” – Clarisa V.

tom & prudy buy the property

Surrounded by orchards, the estate itself became an active center of commerce & a station on the Underground Railroad. The current Manor House was built in 1847. In the 1990s, Tom (a Family Court Judge) and Prudy (a Pediatrician) Nelson bought much of the property surrounding the Manor House to build their dream home. Fast forward to 2013, Prudy returned from working in Uganda with the dream of doing something to help the orphans and vulnerable children she fell in love with. Along with a Ugandan colleague, the Nelsons co-founded the Welfare Organization for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (WOOVC). To support the WOOVC, Prudy founded “My Mother’s Attic Vintage China and Tableware Rental”. It was a great success providing school fees for lots of kids and baptized Prudy in the wedding industry.

restoring the property into the perfect wedding venue

Shortly after retiring from their professions, an acquaintance suggested the then-for-sale Manor House and outbuildings would make an amazing, unique and beautiful wedding venue. The Nelsons agreed and Stonegate Manor & Gardens & Gardens began to take shape.

“I have no idea how we could have done our wedding without Prudy and the amazing people at Stonegate.” – Megan D.

With much love and care, along with a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, the estate was transformed to its present-day beauty. The original Carriage House and stables have been converted into the beautiful Wedding Cottage. The old House of David Museum became the elegant Riverside Room. The Manor House pretty much stayed its same amazing self and is a wonderful place for family and close friends to gather as they help prepare for the big event. And, let’s not forget, the amazing pictures that can be taken with its jaw-dropping backgrounds.

As you drive past the namesake stone wall and gates, the newly restored Manor House, Carriage House (Wedding Cottage) and Riverside Room await you. Indoor spaces feature custom vintage characteristics such as original stained glass windows, marble fireplace, antique furnishings and decor, grand stairway, french doors, covered verandas, and more.

Come enjoy this enchanting & romantic retreat where friends and family can gather in a fairytale-like setting. The outdoor spaces include 27 acres of manicured lawns, vibrant flower gardens, lush forest, handcrafted pergola, trellis, and a Well-Wishing pond with a custom-built footbridge. All create beautiful options for your outdoor ceremony – from classic to woodsy, elegant to rustic with dashes of vintage and fun!

your wedding story

There is abundant indoor and outdoor space for large or small events; the opportunities to create your dream celebration are endless and the sky is the limit with what you can do!

We would love to host your special day and are honored to assist in making your dreams come true. You and your guests are our first priority. Let us provide the ideal backdrop for your elegant and romantic countryside wedding in a beautiful estate that has stood the test of time.

“At Stonegate Manor & Gardens & Gardens you will feel more like family than a business transaction. The owner, Prudy Nelson, is kind, professional, detail-oriented, communicative, and trustworthy.” – Clarisa V

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2251 Riverside Rd, Benton Harbor, MI 49022