Our Story

Completed in 1847, this beautiful historic country estate has been transformed into one of Southwest Michigan’s most spectacular event and wedding venues. Stonegate Manor is a hidden gem which offers couples the amenities of today, surrounded by the charm of a bygone era.

“From the bridal suite to the main house to the reception hall, I was continually blown away by how pristine the venue is.”
— Cait, July 2018

The Estate was founded by a wealthy farming/trading family, the Dickinsons. Through the years, the estate has continuously been a hub of activity. The members of the Potawatomi tribe were often seen on the land as they headed towards St. Joseph to trade. Surrounded by orchards, the estate itself became an active center of commerce, as well as a station on the Underground Railroad. The current Manor House was built in 1847 and remains as beautiful as it was the day it was built.

In the 1990’s, Tom (a Family Court Judge) and Prudy (a Pediatrician) Nelson bought much of the property surrounding the Manor House to build their dream home on the Paw Paw River. As often happens, dreams change and their new home was built elsewhere.

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 Orphan Welfare Organization. To support the OWO, Prudy came up with an idea that combined her penchant for collecting, her love of beautiful things and her passion for parties. My Mother’s Attic Vintage China and Tableware Rental began. It was a great success providing school fees for lots of kids and baptized Prudy in the wedding industry. She loved it!

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 began to take shape.

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 characteristics such as original stained glass windows, marble fireplace, antique furnishings and decor, grand stairway, french doors, covered verandas and more.

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

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 countryside wedding in a beautiful estate that has stood the test of time.

 “We are so thrilled to have discovered Stonegate Manor.  It was the perfect venue for us.  We wanted someplace where we and our guests could have fun…play games, mingle outside, enjoy nature…and yet still have all the amenities (including air-conditioning!!!) that an elegant venue would have.  Well, we hit the jackpot!” 
— Tom, October 2017