Venue Review | The Willis House, PA

Jul 13, 2017

The Willis House resides in York, PA. It’s a beautiful historic home that sits on more than 5 acres of amazing greenery, perfect for those who just want nature to be their backdrop. 

Todd and Lisa Hake are wonderful home owners as well as day of staff, guiding guests and vendors and making sure your day is taken care of. Their daughter can be hired on as a wedding coordinator and she is the most pleasant and attentive coordinator I have had the pleasure of working with—She’s on it! Not only did I acquire a friendor, but I got to know her and her family, making me and I’m sure many others comfortable and welcomed.  

They offer photographers a small handful of amazing locations to photograph, most of which is nature inspired and well within an easy walking distance. If you have time for a little drive during happy hour, you can quickly (5 min) navigate to downtown York, PA for a nice balance of urban photo opportunities! The pond has a little catwalk you can utilize and the sun sets right behind the ceremony area (Can you hear the angels singing?). If you navigate to the left side of the home, you’ll find a garden sanctuary and it’s a great private spot to whisk away the family for photos after the ceremony. 

The many unique features of this property include the historic home, great for getting ready (although not a lot of natural light), and a beautiful oversized pavilion, perfect for receptions and WAY better than your standard tent! The best part, the barn ruins with a fire pit, and the creek-fed pond. They both offer a to-die-for backdrop and an enjoyable environment for all your guests! The ruins are even up-lit at night and the string lights make for a fun bokeh opportunity. Oh! And the bathrooms are so nice! I really should have taken a picture of those… 

I can’t wait to shoot my next wedding here!






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