Originally built in 1878, Gratitude & Grace is a stunning rustic wedding venue located in Ithaca, New York. Unlike most wedding venues, you get a weekend wedding experience here where the premises is yours to enjoy all weekend long
Ron Riddle, a professional musician, and composer is now the owner of Gratitude & Grace. He purchased the property in 2000 as a family home. Over the years they had many wonderful parties and celebrations and "Gratitude & Grace" became a haven for their close friends and families.
Wanting to share the beauty and magic of this amazing place, Ron decided to offer "Gratitude & Grace" to wedding couples as a weekend retreat. Now people come from all over the world to get married and have the best weekend of their life!
My wife and I absolutely loved Gratitude and Grace. This venue was perfect for our fall wedding, the colors on the property were stunning! Everyone who stayed in the Inn thought it was the most gorgeous place they had ever stepped foot in, my wife and I both felt the same. There are an astounding amount of amenities on the property which include a heated pool and a hot tub. The owner Ron has a very live and let live attitude, he checked in a couple of times very discreetly to see if we needed anything but was otherwise hands off and very accommodating. We could not say enough good things about our experience at Gratitude and Grace.
MAGICAL…the only way to describe Gratitude and Grace!!! We knew from the moment we stepped onto the property that there was something truly special about it. Between the house, the barn and all of the outdoor space, it was an amazing setting for the backyard/barn wedding we were looking for. Being able to stay on the property was an added bonus, especially since we were able to enjoy the pool and Jacuzzi (when we had the time!). Every room in the house had it’s own unique décor and comfortably accommodated our wedding party. The barn is rustic, yet elegant…and has an epic dance floor! The landscaping on the property and the surrounding fields are breathtaking and made for beautiful wedding photos. Since we were having around 200 people attending our wedding we decided to put a tent out the back of the barn for the tables/chairs and it worked out wonderfully! Our guests were able to enjoy the sunset as we were eating dinner and there was plenty of room to dance inside. Ron, the owner, is awesome!! We truly enjoyed his company and found he was there to help with anything and everything needed throughout the entire weekend. Make sure you look at the list of suggested vendors on the G&G website, they’re great!
What a killer venue! And if the barn, with amazing foliage as a backdrop weren't enough, there's a house on the property that the bridal party can stay at! But wait... there's more! Ron, the proprietor of the venue, is one of the nicest guys you could ever come across. He legitimately just wants to make your day as special as it can possibly be and goes above and beyond. Dealing with Ron is such a pleasant and easy experience that it almost makes up for some of the other vendors you'll inevitably deal with. Gratitude & Grace is a gorgeous venue that overlooks an equally gorgeous vista - seriously, it's breathtaking. There's even a separate water/power hookup for restroom trailers. Can't recommend this place enough!
Thanks Jay for a wonderful review and thanks so much for having your wedding weekend at Gratitude and Grace! It was such a pleasure getting to know both you and Rachel and your families. Please stop in anytime you and Rachel are in the area!
Gratitude and Grace. Those words will always mean something profoundly special to me having just experienced both at the wedding of our daughter on October 25. It was almost miraculous that there was an available weekend in October for our event on such short notice, so we booked it immediately not having any idea of how one goes about creating a wedding in a barn. We had a very short time to pull everything together, since her engagement was announced midJuly. But with Ron Riddle's help, cooperation and easy ways, the wedding of a lifetime was created in the span of just a few months. To begin with, the house is amazing, truly amazing beautifully appointed, gracefully and so lovingly decorated, that when our guests entered it was obvious how happy they were to be there instead of a hotel/motel somewhere waiting for the big event. Twelve of our guests stayed at the house with us and everyone just loved it. The house is a fine example of Victorian architecture that has somehow managed to survive the ravages of time without a bit of deterioration. One can only guess what the Riddles did to refurbish or tweak the place, but they did it beautifully. And she's a grand old lady, that house. . . welcoming, comfortable and simply lovely with a fantastic kitchen- gathering room. We found ourselves spending most of our time in that space where we could look at the barn across the yard and imagine what was to occur. Just standing on the grass between the house and the barn filled me with such peace and joy that at times I was overwhelmed. The freedom we all had to enjoy the entire complex, although it was too cold to use the inviting swimming pool, immediately provided everyone with a sense of true relaxation. And that last word is hardly ever synonymous with wedding planning, particularly for principles like the bride, groom, and their parents. But, relax we did as we savored the sheer beauty of the surroundings. We loved, loved, loved the barn. There's a sense of nobility about it that's hard to describe. And the event that took place there, under the archway for the ceremony with the cornfield and beautiful foliage in the background, was a photographer's dream. The photos taken outside are some of the most beautiful I've ever seen. And the reception we held inside was nothing but magical. Our guests were able to relax and enjoy everything about being in a venue that was the antithesis of stuffy or stiff. So, if you're the kind of person who thinks out of the box, you can see Gratitude and Grace as a blank slate on which you can create the event you want with almost no restrictions.It is with great admiration and appreciation that I applaud what Ron Riddle and his bride Andrea created in this place. My only regret is that both of my children are married now and I can't have another wedding there. Hmmm....maybe a vow renewal though! With gratitude and respect Thanks for the memories, Ron.
Thank you for this beautifully heart-warming review. It's was an honor to have you and your families here! Thanks again!
Weekend Weddings at Gratitude & Grace (Friday to Sunday) includes:
The “Wedding Barn” - Friday until checkout on Sunday
The "Victorian Home" Accommodations for 14 people for the weekend (1 king bed, 3 queen beds, and 3 full beds). Also, Included is “Love Shack” cabin (which has a queen bed).