The main entrance to Castle and Key makes the perfect backdrop for a wedding day.

Why You’ll Love A Castle and Key Wedding

There is no place more Kentucky than a bourbon distillery, but Castle and Key truly takes the cake. With a historic springhouse, gorgeous gardens, and ivy crawling up the exterior of buildings, we adore the etherealness these grounds emulate.   

Address: 4445 McCracken Pike Frankfort, KY 40601

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Bride and Groom walk to their cocktail hour through Castle and Key

Why do we recommend Castle and Key?

As wedding photographers in Kentucky, we adore being a part of all celebrations, but especially when we get a flavor of home.  Yet, not all distilleries are created equal.  The grounds are second to none, especially the gardens.  From the epic castle-front entrance to the Rickhouse, the sunken gardens to the reception hall, all of our couples wedding photos are incredible.

What makes this distillery different is the quality of service and willingness to help. Our couples have always found exquisite views, gracious staff, and of course, a wonderful cocktail.  We love the way Castle and Key caters to their couples by offering day-of coordination and an option to utilize golf carts for ease of travel between photography locations.   

For the Best Photos 

Inside one of the rickhouses of Castle and Key, a bride and groom look toward their future

Ceremony and Reception Locations

The Sunken Gardens

Most of our couples have chosen to have their ceremony in the Sunken Gardens.  A picturesque outdoor venue, there are numerous backdrops to create the romantic flair you’re looking for. Backdrops include the Wellhouse, a koi pond, or the castle.  

The Peristyle Springhouse

While the Springhouse is often also utilized for cocktail hour, the space can also be utilized in case of rain as a ceremony site.  Adjacent to the Botanical Trail, the Springhouse offers a historic backdrop not found anywhere else in Kentucky. Taylorton Station, the historic train depot turned cocktail bar, is within walking distance. 

The Shooking Building 

With stunning chandeliers, brick walls, and a concrete floor the reception space of a Castle and Key wedding is a blank canvas.  Seating 175 it offers climate control and wheelchair access. 

Main character moment? 

Bride and Groom kiss beside the koi pond in Castle and Key's Sunken Gardens


Can you go to Castle and Key w/o a tour?

Setting up a tour is not a requirement to check out the grounds. Grab and cocktail, sit by the creek, and enjoy the ambiance of historical bourbon country, KY. However, if you’re interested in using Castle and Key for your next event or wedding, we always recommend inquiring about a private tour with the events team, Inquire here.

Are Pets allowed at Castle and Key Weddings? 

Pets are allowed to be included in the wedding day activities. According to the Castle and Key website, the wedding contract has specifics outlining all things allowed and forbidden regarding including pets on your big day.

Cost of Castle and Key?

According to PartySlate, the minimum fee to rent for Castle and Key weddings is $10,000.  This includes access to the Sunken Garden, Springhouse and Shooking Building.  You have access to the Shooking Building the day prior from 10 – 5pm for table ad chair setup. .  Vendors can arrive at 10am beginning Saturday morning.  Access to the Sunken Gardens and Springhouse begins at 5pm. 

What was Castle and Key made for/ history?

With over 130 years of rich history, Castle and Key makes one of the oldest castles in all of Kentucky. Deeply inspired by European architecture, Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. birthed the idea to create a distillery that featured a magnificent castle, a springhouse, and even a sunken garden. Just short of 35 years of booming business, they had to seize all production and close their doors in order to accommodate the new Prohibition laws that affected Kentucky.

These constrictions caused chaos, resulting in the property having several owners and occupants over the next century, and eventually, falling into ruin. Fastforwarding to 2012, Will Arvin discovered photographs of the abandoned distillery and became fascinated. By 2014 Arvin had purchased the Old Taylor Distillery and swiftly began the remodeling process. Nearly a decade later and Castle and Key is thriving again as not only a distillery, but a flourishing wedding and event venue. 

Are there any specific vendors I have to work with? 

Castle and Key does require you to choose your caterer and planner from an approved list. If you have a planner or caterer you’d love involved with your wedding, but they are not on the approved list, you may email a request for review. Please note that a wedding planner is required. Castle and Key has a suggested vendor list for all other vendors, but you are not required to choose from those.

What are the restrictions of having a wedding at Castle and Key? 

If planning your wedding at Castle Key is your dream, keep these tidbits in mind as Castle and Key is classified as a historical venue. 

– Decor that may damage the venues infrastructure is prohibited

– Sparklers, birdseed, rice, confetti, glitter, floating lanterns, and helium balloons are prohibited

– Candles are allowed, but they must be enclosed in a glass container like a hurricane chimney or votive

Rain plan at Castle and Key?

In case of rain, Castle and Key utilizes the Springhouse as a backup to the Sunken Gardens.  The Shooking Building is completely indoors. 

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