Vintage Style Meets Rustic Elegance
There’s something special about southern weddings at our historic ranch estate. The pastoral setting of Southern Grace will leave your guests astonished with its natural beauty and easy elegance. Our 250+ acre working ranch in central Florida provides an idyllic backdrop for special events. Vintage charm and personality abound in our historic chapel, expansive barn, grandfather oaks and covered bridge. The versatile setting can be casual with a fun, laid back feel, or transformed into a blend of elegant details enhanced by the country atmosphere. Currently, Lonesome G Ranch is active with numerous herds of Brahman influenced cattle. The Gill family homesteaded Fort Lonesome in 1863, and we can proudly say we’ve raised six generations on this property. Caring for our land and our loved ones go hand in hand. We are happy to share that love with you and your family.
Wedding Ceremonies at Southern Grace
Celebrate your nuptials in an atmosphere of natural beauty and rustic romance. Create a meaningful beginning to your married life together with your ceremony in our vintage, historic white clapboard chapel nestled in a picturesque meadow. Framed by swaying oak trees, the chapel overlooks a natural spring and pond. Exchange vows in our beautiful church, lit by antique chandeliers and decked with flower swags. Southern Grace chapel is an idyllic setting for your wedding with a capacity for seating up to 150 guests on our antique, wooden church pews.
Uncooperative weather is no cause for worry. An appropriate weather plan is determined during the planning of an outdoor event.
Wedding Receptions at the Southern Barn
Every wedding deserves a celebration befitting the occasion. Our tranquil central Florida setting and authentic barn provides the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable wedding reception. Whether a relaxed barbecue and barn dance or a fabulous gala with a ten piece band, Southern Grace is an ideal venue for your wedding day. Our spacious reception setting includes:
- Expansive grounds with lawns, natural meadows, and terraces
- A 20 x 20 square foot dance floor and entertainment area within the barn
- Adjoining reception spaces including a covered Pavilion
- Turn of the century Fort Lonesome General Store
- Bride’s Suite and Groom’s Cottage for dressing
One of the best features of Southern Grace is our close proximity to Tampa, Brandon, Sun City, Plant City, Lakeland and Orlando as well as Interstate 75. Click on our Directions for a driving guide from various points in the mid-state area. Our ten acre Self Parking Lot is private and protected, and can easily accommodate all of your guest’s vehicles. Optional valet parking services can be arranged.