Maybe you’ve been planning this day for as long as you can remember. Or perhaps you’re in a swivet about what to do or how you’re ever going to get it done—it’s a lot of work!
Sit down. Breathe deeply. Then allow these supremely gorgeous North American wedding venues to transport you. A little daydreaming could inspire the direction of your dream wedding. Or you may just find a new happy place to mentally retreat to for a dose of zen.
The Surf Lodge
Montauk attracts Brooklynites looking to put sand between their toes and waves beneath their boards. Although the town draws crowds (it’s sometimes referred to as the Hamptons for hipsters), it maintains a tranquil cool that befits any wedding. The Surf Lodge offers both indoor and outdoor spaces to stage your ceremony or soirée. Whether on a sunny deck, beachside or in their clapboard restaurant, your partnership will benefit from good vibrations.
Exchange your vows in an Italian villa without leaving the country. Marriage Italian style at the Carondelet House in Los Angeles is an elegant affair. With its luxurious collection of art and decor (a baby grand, a terra cotta fountain, two courtyards), the Carondelet provides abundant photo ops the moment you step into its columned foyer. Enjoy its Old-World craftsmanship, from the stone and wood floors to the gourmet dishes on French country tables.
Make lush forests, fishing holes and Great Smoky Mountain foothills the backdrop to your matrimonial mise en scène. Blackberry Farm in eastern Tennessee is the fantasy homestead of any farm boy or girl. House your reception in the beautifully maintained, classic red barn. The farm really is a functioning agricultural hub with gardens, poultry, sheep, horses and bees. So be sure to take advantage of their fresh menu for the evening’s dinner.
Bella Luna Farms
Like a page out of a Beatrix Potter book, Bella Luna Farms enchants visitors with 12 acres of forestland, English gardens and traditional European-style buildings. Walking paths meander past goats and chickens, an apiary, an outdoor wood-burning oven, ponds and flowerbeds. Enjoy a farm-to-table dinner in the Grape House, a glass and stone dining hall warmly lit and surrounded by vines. Just a half hour from Seattle, Bella Luna provides a storybook setting for your wedding.
Inn at Dos Brisas
A Texas wedding is rarely a small to-do. Though intimate, with only nine guest rooms, the Inn at Dos Brisas is big on luxury. This Spanish-style ranch caters to Houston-area brides and grooms with 313 acres featuring meticulous gardens, a heart-shaped pond, groomed trails, a swimming pool, equestrian facilities and a 7,000-bottle wine cellar. Elegant, rich decor gives this serene outpost a familial warmth—only it’s the kind of cozy that comes from having relatives with oil money.