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Tying the knot in Connecticut? Begin your venue search with these incredible destinations that speak to the state’s coastal character, agricultural past and rich history. [Photo: Saint Clements Castle & Marina / Love and Perry ]

Lord Thompson Manor

Lord Thompson Manor Thompson, CT  

Enjoy an exclusive destination wedding experience in the quiet countryside of Connecticut. Lord Thompson Manor is a historic location with beautiful reception options, enchanting gardens and sumptuous accommodations. [Photo: Ashley Largesse Photography]

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The Barns at Weslyan Hills  Middletown, CT 

This rustic venue has it all: fresh farm-to-table cuisine, expansive grounds, impeccable service and of course, a beautiful barn.

Candlelight Farms Inn

Candlelight Farms Inn  New Milford, CT

At Candlelight Farms Inn, storied elegance meets modern charm. Host a tented reception on the Inn’s expansive lawn or a rustic affair in The Hangar. The property can accommodate weddings for up to 300 guests, offering a variety of wedding packages to serve your unique celebration vision. [Photo: Tim Nosenzo Photography]

Saltwater Farm Vineyard

Saltwater Farm Vineyard Stonington, CT  

A preserved coastal farm, restored WW-II era airport and vineyard–this venue is unique to say the least. We love the ceremony site overlooking the grape lanes and interior design that combines rustic character with modern style. [Photo: Julia Jane Studios]

Wadsworth Mansion

Wadsworth Mansion Middletown, CT 

Originally built in 1900 as a countryside retreat, today Wadsworth Mansion is one of Connecticut’s most sought-after event venues. The property’s architecture and impeccable grounds maintain the elegance of its past, while the staff and amenities ensure the comfort of the present. [Photo: Eric Foley Photography]

Interlaken Inn

Interlaken Inn Lakeville, CT

This lakeside escape is perfect for couples seeking a simple, yet sophisticated celebration site. You and your guests will enjoy exclusive access to the property, complete with top notch amenities like comfortable suites, on-site pool and waterfront lawn. [Photo: YMVisuals]

Water's Edge Resort & Spa

Water’s Edge Resort & Spa Westbrook, CT

For over 30 years this beachfront resort has provided couples with the perfect place to tie the knot. Located on the shores of the Long Island Sound, the property upholds it’s reputation as one of the best in New England with their excellent service, gorgeous grounds, premium spa and so much more. [Photo: Leslie Dumke Studio]

Saint Clements Castle & Marina

Saint Clements Castle & Marina Portland, CT

Your fairytale awaits at Saint Clements Castle and Marina. Nestled on 90 acres in the Connecticut River Valley, this destination features lush gardens, stone courtyards, grand ballrooms and scenic views of the Connecticut River. [Photo: Kevin Kelly Photography]

The Riverview

The Riverview Weatogue, CT

Enjoy the serenity of rural Connecticut with the glamour of an upscale city venue. You’ll fall in love with The Grand Ballroom’s sparkling chandeliers, cathedral ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and polished granite dance floor. [Photo: Lindsay Flanagan Photography]

The Loading Dock

The Loading Dock Stamford, CT

This modern event space is the perfect alternative for couples seeking a chic industrial atmosphere. Hardwood floors, exposed ductwork and brick walls create a blank canvas to let your personal design tastes truly shine.

 

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Mountain View Grand Resort

Known for warm hospitality, tranquil lakes and rolling mountains, its obvious why local and destination couples alike choose New Hampshire for their special day. Whether you’re looking for a quaint New England inn or an impressive estate, we’re sure you’ll fall in love with one of these incredible properties.[Photo: Mountain View Grand Resort / Rodeo & Co.]

Wentworth By The Sea

Wentworth by the Sea New Castle, NH  [Photo: Lindsay Flanagan]

Situated on the shores of scenic Portsmouth, this oceanfront resort boasts a long history of hospitality. Wentworth by the Sea can accommodate celebrations for up to 250 guests with a variety of all inclusive packages. You’ll love the elegant guest rooms, pampering spa services and of course, the amazing views!

Bishop Farm Weddings & Events

Bishop Farm Weddings & Events Lisbon, NH  [Photo: Kelsey Regan Photography]

The possibilities are endless at Bishop Farm. This cozy bed and breakfast features a gorgeous 1876 restored Reception Barn, acres of rolling pasture and on site accommodations. Seven well-appointed guest rooms in the farmhouse and eight individual cottages offer ample room for your closest overnight guests. Ceremony options include the rolling back lawn and Ceremony Barn.

Bedford Village Inn

Bedford Village Inn Bedford, NH  [Photo: Dreamlove Photography]

Enjoy a quintessential New England wedding experience at the Bedford Village Inn. This 10-acre estate features manicured grounds, wisteria-lined walkways and a range of beautiful indoor and outdoor event spaces. Whether you prefer a casual garden party or a formal affair in the Great Hall, the experienced staff will cater to your every nuptial need.

Castle in the Clouds

Castle in the Clouds [Photo: Steve Holmes Photography]

Originally built in 1914 atop the Ossipee Mountain Range, Castle in the Clouds is a fairy tale destination for your New Hampshire wedding. The estate maintains the elegance of it’s storied past with all the amenities of modern comfort. Interior reception spaces boast sophisticated decor and impeccably restored architecture. Outside, you’ll enjoy lush gardens and 180 degree views of Lake Winnipesaukee.

LaBelle Winery

LaBelle Winery [Photo: Patrick McNamara Photography]

LaBelle Winery is the perfect place for couples seeking a rustic, yet modern venue. Acres of vineyard lanes make the perfect backdrop for ceremonies year round. Inside, three different reception spaces feature urban industrial decor and views of the functioning wine cellar and stainless steel tanks. Of course, you can’t forget about the local wine and farm-to-table cuisine!

Camp Cody

Camp Cody Freedom, NH  [Photo: Krista Photography]

Create a one-of-a-kind wedding weekend with a celebration at Camp Cody. You and your guests will enjoy exclusive use of 100 wooded acres along the shores of Lake Ossipee. Comfortable cabin accommodations, lakeside ceremony sites, an on site chef, cozy reception hall and plenty of classic summer camp activities (water skiing anyone?) are just a handful of reasons couples choose Camp Cody for their big day.

Wolfeboro Inn

Wolfeboro Inn [Photo: Callan Photo]

Nestled along Lake Winnipesaukee and the Belknap Mountains, this classic New England inn offers all the charm and comforts of a country estate. The lakefront gazebo and gardens are perfect for summer weddings, while the inn’s elegant interiors create an aura of warmth and welcome for celebrations in the chillier months. You’ll enjoy a stress free wedding experience with the help of knowledgeable staff to pull everything together flawlessly.

Mountain View Grand Resort

Mountain View Grand Resort Whitefield, NH [Photo: Anastasia Shephard Photography]

This venue is a must-see for couples planning an elegant New Hampshire wedding. Tucked away on 1,700 acres in the heart of the White Mountains, you’ll enjoy the quiet of nature with all the perks of a top notch resort. Multiple ceremony and reception sites provide a bevy of options, each outfitted with sophisticated decor, restored architecture and breathtaking mountain views.

Whitney's Inn at Jackson

Whitney’s Inn at Jackson Jackson, NH  [Photo: Eric McCallister]

Dreaming of a rustic mountain celebration? Look no further! Whitney’s Inn at Jackson will exceed every expectation. Built in 1842, the restored Shovel Handle Pub is a beautiful barn outfitted with twinkling lights and classic country decor. The surrounding acres of manicured lawns are perfect for outdoor ceremonies, while the nearby Whitney’s Inn offers sumptuous accommodations and event space for intimate weddings.

The Toad Hill Farm

The Toad Hill Farm Franconia, NH 

Experience your very own New Hampshire homestead at The Toad Hill Farm. The venue offers exclusive booking from Thursday afternoon to Monday morning so that couples and guests can enjoy all the wedding festivities in one beautiful location. The newly built Main House accommodates up to 16 and additional guests are welcome to camp in one of the nearby fields. On the grounds you’ll find ample space for a tented affair with unparalleled views of the mountains beyond.

 

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When it comes to incredible wedding properties, Maine takes the cake. The state’s celebrated maritime character comes to light in a bevy of waterfront event spaces ranging from quaint inns to luxe resorts. On the other side of the coin, you can find breathtaking rustic venues inland and along the coast that speak to New England’s rich agricultural history. Whatever your wedding day vision, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect place to say, “I do!” in Maine. Here we’re gathered a list of our favorites–among many others!–in the state:

 

The Nonantum Resort

The Nonantum Resort Kennebunkport, ME

Located on the pristine coast of Southern Maine, The Nonantum Resort has been a longtime favorite for local and destination couples alike. Open seasonally for celebrations in the spring, summer and fall, this location offers award-winning cuisine, exceptional service and stunning celebration spaces right on the water.

Hardy Farm

Hardy Farm Fryeburg, ME  

Dreaming of a Maine barn wedding? You’ll fall head over heels for Hardy Farm. The venue is a true homestead with a gorgeous barn and comfortable accommodations on site in the Farmhouse and Lodge. The event barn, on-site sailcloth tent, woodland chapel and lush gardens provide a bevy of options for the ceremony and celebration. [Photo: Emily Delamater Photography]

Camden Harbour Inn

Camden Harbour Inn Camden, ME

This boutique hotel is everything you’ve dreamed of–and more! The natural beauty of Camden Harbour and impeccably manicured grounds offer the ideal backdrop for your ceremony. Inside the Inn itself, you’ll find everything you need at your fingertips. Luxurious suites, first class service and delectable cuisine–sign us up!

Hidden Pond

Hidden Pond Kennebunkport, ME  

This tranquil, yet modern retreat is the perfect choice for couples looking for a balance between waterfront and “on the farm” atmospheres. While centrally located in Kennebunkport, you’ll find this venue secluded on acres of pristine landscape. Aside from the beautiful scenery, Hidden Pond’s perks include exclusive site booking for your celebration and cuisine from their award-winning restaurant, Earth. [Photo: Jamie Mercurio Photography]

Newagen Seaside Inn

Newagen Seaside Inn Southport, ME 

No surprises here! Generations of couples have chosen this Boothbay Harbor wedding venue for it’s oceanfront views, top notch planning services and gourmet menu fare. Unique amenities include a variety of elegant ceremony and celebration sites, lobster bake rehearsal dinners and an on-site candlepin bowling lane. [Photo: Bethany and Dan Photography]

Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm

Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm Wells, ME 

Considered one of Southern Maine’s “best kept secrets” this property offers a rustic setting along the seaside. This restored saltwater farm and rustic barn is located on the protected Wells Reserve featuring expansive lawns, sandy beaches and miles of nature trails. The property’s practical strengths include a working kitchen, proximity to nearby accommodations and plentiful space for all of your event needs. [Photo: Kivalo Photography]

Samoset Resort

Samoset Resort Rockport, ME

This historic resort is nestled on 230 oceanfront acres overlooking Penobscot Bay. Beautifully manicured grounds and jaw-dropping views of the coastline will set the scene for your ceremony. After the “I do’s” you’ll have your pick of enchanted ballrooms or a tented pavilion for the reception. Every step of the way, you can count on the venue’s on-site wedding specialists to ensure every element of your day comes together flawlessly.

Beech Hill Barn

Beech Hill Barn Pittston, ME 

One of Maine’s newest rustic properties, Beech Hill Barn is the perfect choice for couples seeking a home away from home. The newly renovated event barn features gorgeous post and beam interiors, modern restrooms and space for up to 240 guests. Outside, the lawn offers ample room for a tent and gorgeous views of the surrounding countryside. Last but not least, the private Country House is perfect for bridal party prep and guest accommodations.

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58 Fore | The Portland Company  Portland, ME

Industrial elegance at its finest. This venue provides couples an opportunity for an urban wedding on Maine’s coast. Located in the heart of downtown Portland, you’ll enjoy the conveniences of a city wedding without sacrificing waterfront views. You’ll have your pick from a collection of event spaces, each featuring exposed brick, wooden floors and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the harbor below. [Photo: emilie inc.]

Inn on Peaks Island

Inn on Peaks Island Peaks Island, ME

It doesn’t get more “Maine” than a wedding venue only accessible by ferry. This charming inn is located just 15 minutes from Portland in the heart of Casco Bay. Upon arrival, you will be blown away by the island’s natural beauty and the inn’s exceptional services. An on site restaurant, experienced staff and well-appointed guest rooms are just a few of the property’s many perks. [Photo: Lexi Lowell]

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Find the perfect sparkly surprise for your sweetheart at Day’s Jewelers. A long time jewelry destination for Maine, Day’s Jewelers is a local favorite offering an expansive selection of earrings, necklaces, watches and engagement rings. Whether you’re popping the question or seeking a meaningful token, you’re sure to find the perfect piece with the help of Day’s expert staff. Here are some of our top picks for your special someone:

Long Term Love Birds
Diamond Heart Journey Necklace
“This exquisite diamond heart journey necklace features shimmering diamonds that increase in size to represent the steps of your journey together. Love intensifies and becomes more meaningful over time as your commitment deepens.”

Something Special
Love Compass
“This whimsical and fun pendant features a compass design in sterling silver with L, O, V and E as the directional points. Shimmering diamonds adorn the compass rose which reminds us to stay focused and remain on course.”

Pop The Question
Northern Star Cushion Cut
“Day’s Jewelers exclusive Northern Star diamonds are exceptionally brilliant and thus named after one of the brightest stars visible from Earth. Northern Star diamonds feature 90 facets compared to the traditional 58 facet diamond.”

See more Valentine’s Day gifts under $300.00 from Day’s Jewelers here.

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Laura & Scott - Douglas Levy

Elopements have always been a deeply romantic wedding trend since the days of Romeo and Juliet. Today in the modern wedding world,  we’ve seen a resurgence in this celebration option for couples across the country. Elopements are no longer affiliated with “leaving out” loved ones.  Shorter guest lists are easier understood among distant relatives and acquaintances.

Whether driven by financial benefits or the desire to simplify, here are some ideas to consider for a smaller affair.

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“Local” Destination Wedding
When you hear “destination wedding,” leis, sandy beaches and hefty travel fees come to mind. Keep your guest list limited as if you were jetting to a faraway island, but welcome them to celebrate in the city you currently live in.

A smaller guest list allows for more family involvement in the ceremony and a true wedding weekend. Share everyday pastimes with your guests and enjoy the ease of navigating the choices of where to eat, where to stay, how to get there and all the other things that pile up when orchestrating an event in an unfamiliar place.

When it comes to venues, the options are not as limited as you may think. Look into your favorite local restaurants, nearby community centers, inns or even farms. Your own home is always a great option for an intimate gathering–no rental fees required!

Maine Woods Elopement - Emily Delamater

Elopements
Celebrate your love with the most exclusive guest list: you and your partner. You’re in this thing together going forward, you might find tying the knot alone the perfect way to celebrate the beginning of the many special moments you’ll share as a married couple.

Nix the idea that elopements are solely spontaneous. While the excitement of waking up one day and walking over to City Hall is still a common–and romantic!–way to do it, some couples will plan their elopement in advance just like a traditional wedding. Traveling to a beloved vacation spot, city from your shared past or a new place you’ve always wanted to explore are great ways to jumpstart the honeymoon after the ceremony.

Spread the Love
Today modern communication allows us to share big life moments with friends and family across the globe. If you opt for a smaller celebration or an elopement, be sure to document the big day with photos. A personal website or private Facebook album can allow those who weren’t present, to see pictures, send well wishes and feel included in the celebration.

See more from our favorite intimate weddings and elopements pictured here:

Laura & Scott / Douglas Levy Photography

Lindsay & Fitz / Darling Photography

Lyda & Shane / Emily Delamater

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Today we’re cozying up against the storm with our favorite floral creations from some of New England’s top designers. Get your planning hats on and look forward to upcoming trends in everything bouquets, boutonnieres and ceremony details–we’re sure this will brighten your Tuesday! [Photo: Watershed FloralKivalo Photography]

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Whim Events | Boston, MA [Photo: Yartizia Colon]

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Blue Fern Designs | Portland, ME [Photo: Cuppa Photography]

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Emily Herzig Floral Studio | Littleton, NH [Photo: Rodeo & Co.]

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Pretty Flowers | Brunswick, ME  [Photo: Courtney Elizabeth]

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By Emily B. | Sunapee, NH [Photo: Rodeo & Co.]

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Stone Blossom Floral & Event Design | Warren, RI  [Photo: Stephanie Sunderland]

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Nectar Floral Design | Woburn, MA [Photo: Chris Brojanovich]

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Flora Fauna | North Yarmouth, ME [Photo: Jamie Mercurio]

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Watershed Floral | Portland, ME [Photo: Emily Delamater]
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Valley Flower Company |White River Junction, VT [Photo: Ashley Largesse via Ruffled]

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