A waterfront wedding at St. Mary’s College of Maryland;
Where history meets beauty, and river meets romance.
Nestled between the historic first capital of Maryland and a quiet bend of the St. Mary’s River, you can find one of Southern Maryland’s treasured wedding locations.
From vibrant sunsets and the wildlife of our natural arboretum – to timeless historic buildings – a St. Mary’s College wedding captures the perfect balance between historical richness and natural beauty.
St. Mary’s College of Maryland has ample space for weddings and receptions up to 200 guests.
Facilities may be rented for weddings from the end of May through mid-August.
The Garden of Remembrance
With its traditional pergola, classic stone fountain, and beautiful view of the St. Mary’s River, the garden captures the true essence of a waterfront wedding ceremony.
Built in 1934 in honor of the Tercentenary of St. Mary’s City, the Garden of Remembrance at St. Mary’s College has been a prime wedding location for alumni and community members for almost a century. The garden was even featured on NBC’s “Today Show Throws a Hometown Wedding.”
The May Russell Lodge Lawn
Enjoy the breathtaking waterfront views and lush magnolia trees on the May Russell Lodge Lawn. This location is sure to provide a reception that keeps you looking through your wedding photos for years to come.
The May Russell Alumni Lodge
The May Russell Alumni Lodge is available for overnight use by SMCM Alumni. With a historic brick front overlooking the St. Mary’s River, it is the perfect spot for wedding guests to celebrate and relax after a long night of dancing.
Please carefully review our section on wedding policies for information on grounds, parking, catering, directions, and more.
We know choosing a wedding location can be stressful. That’s why the Office of Events & Conferences is here to help you every step of the way. From the first tour of the garden to the last dance at the reception, we’re honored to be a part of your special day. Spaces fill up quickly; get in touch well in advance of your intended date.
Interested in touring the location? Have questions? Please submit an interest form. Our staff will get back with you shortly to discuss your wedding plans.