Connecticut Charm

Connecticut is home to a wide array of wedding venues: time-honored estates, romantic wineries, sea-inspired bed-and-breakfasts and bucolic inns. Classic or custom, the state boasts inspiration around every corner and is an ideal place to wed; it is also great for guests close to home or those traveling from afar. “From an elegant outdoor event at a quintessential country estate to a glamorous occasion along Mystic’s waterfront, and everything in between, [Connecticut is] the perfect setting for your special day,” says Rena Calcaterra, marketing and public relations coordinator for the Connecticut Office of Tourism.

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A sweet photography moment captured.

Virtually unspoiled, Connecticut has a bit of wine country in the southeastern part of the state and with its vast landscape, is a dream destination for open-air nuptials. “Off the beaten path and wonderfully untouched, a visit to a local winery makes a wonderful day trip for out-of-town wedding guests, a fun stop at a bachelorette party, and an even better wedding reception location,” says Sarah Taggart, wedding planner and founder of a Polished Plan. “Two of my favorites are Saltwater Farm Vineyard and Jonathan Edwards Winery. Delicious wine and beautiful scenery.”

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First dance as husband and wife at The Barns at Wesleyan Hills in Middletown

If an evening under the stars is what you desire, then The Barns at Wesleyan Hills in Middletown is the idyllic venue. With a feature spot on Say Yes to the Dress, and a majestic landscape comprised of willow trees, ponds and islands, The Barns has an aged charm that can reflect multiple styles. Another top pick is the secluded Water’s Edge Resort & Spa in Westbrook. Situated on 25 acres and named the “number-one wedding destination in Connecticut,” you can exchange vows along the shoreline with a view of Long Island Sound.

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Water’s Edge Resort & Spa in Westbrook.

Worth visiting during a long wedding weekend is the Essex Steam Train. “Not every state can say that they have a vintage steam train available for charter!” says Taggart. A memorable experience, particularly during fall foliage, you can take guests for a private ride along the Connecticut River on a restored Pullman diner from the 1920s. And if you’re craving a bit of urban ambiance amidst the serenity, consider nontraditional catering options like food trucks. “Connecticut has some truly delicious and unique options that would make a great addition to your wedding cocktail hour, dessert buffet, or you can even offer a variety of food trucks as the main entrée for your reception,” says Taggart.

By selecting Connecticut as your wedding destination, your day can be as simple or as ornate as you want it. Either way, there is a pocket of this state that works for every taste.

Written by Danielle Raciti

Published in Southern New England Wedding Destination 2013 edition.

VENUES & ACCOMMODATIONS

Sweet sites, CT style:

WATER’S EDGE RESORT & SPA          THE BARNS AT WESLEYAN HILLS
1525 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook            616 Long Hill Rd., Middletown
860-399-5901                                             860-347-7171

GWYN CAREG INN                                 THE WADSWORTH MANSION AT LONG HILL
68 Wolf Den Rd., Pomfret Center          421 Wadsworth St., Middletown
860-928-5018                                            860-347-1064

THE RIVERVIEW
10 Winslow Place, Weatogue
860-651-5005

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