If you’re dreaming of a European-inspired wedding but also want to host a celebration close to home, you’re in luck! I’ve had the privilege of shooting at some historic venues all over New England and New York in recent years and I’ve come to find that there’s a lot of vintage charm and hidden gems in our neck of the woods. So, I’ve rounded up some of the best European-Inspired wedding venues in New England and New York.
Your very own mansion nestled in the middle of the woods.
This Beaux Art-style mansion dates back to the 1900s when Colonel Wadsworth began creating plans for his then summer residence. In a concerted effort to aid the environment (he was definitely ahead of his time!) Wadsworth was then responsible for planting thousands of trees and greenery. His landscaping plan transformed the surrounding property of the mansion into the natural, woodland setting that it is today. As far as historic mansions go, this one takes the cake if you’re planning a European-inspired wedding in New England.
Sweeping ocean views and English castle vibes.
The Crane Estate is a 165-acre National Historic Landmark overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The scenic views of salt marshes and barrier beach are pretty breathtaking on their own but wait until you see inside. The land was first purchased back in 1910 and the estate is most famous for it’s 59-room mansion resembling old British castles, designed by world-renowned architect David Adler. Basically, this place feels like you’re in a living painting.
New England winery meets vintage European chateau.
Established in 1933, Shepherd’s Run was designed by Thomas Pym Cope in the Norman Romanesque style – a medieval European style inspired by the Romans. You totally feel those European vibes throughout this venue and you can certainly sense the charm. In addition to the medieval nods, there’s also a very intimate feeling about this property that makes wedding celebrations here all the more special.
Spectacular garden charm at the Carriage House.
If you’re looking for a beautiful blend of contemporary and historic elegance, the Gardens at Elm Bank is your perfect match. As a part of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, its lush gardens and natural landscapes greet you and your guests as soon as you step foot on the property, and transport you immediately to the ornate gardens of European estates. It’s a pretty sweet first impression if you ask me!
Welcome to the Italian garden party wedding of your dreams.
M & D Farm is comprised of 58 acres of romantic European-inspired gardens, fields and woods located in the Hudson Valley and Catskills region of Upstate New York. Sounds magical, right?! The property also includes a mid-19th century farmhouse and a European-inspired outdoor barn, which is perfect for wedding receptions. This venue has intimate, cottage core garden party wedding written ALL over it.
Elegant summer mansion vibes with panoramic sound views.
Getting married at Eolia feels like you’re instantly transported to a renaissance style Italian Villa. Built in 1907 as the elegant summer mansion for the Harkness family, this historic property overlooking the Long Island Sound is over 230 seaside acres of sweeping lawns and formal gardens. Hello chic Italian garden vibes!
A Gilded Age mansion along the Rhode Island coast.
This classical French revival mansion in the heart of Newport, RI is truly as dreamy as it sounds. The architect, Stanford White modeled Rosecliff Mansion after the Grand Trianon, the garden retreat of French kings at Versailles. It’s grandeur and intricate details speak for itself. You may also recognize this venue from the many movies it is featured in like, The Great Gatsby and 27 Dresses. I mean, talk about inspo at every corner for your European-inspired New England wedding.
OG European architecture atop scenic ocean bluffs.
Hammond Castle was built with the intention to commemorate one man’s private collection of authentic European artifacts. When it comes to the best European-inspired wedding venues in New England and New York – this pretty much hits the nail on the head! The castle is set right on the ocean bluffs and features so many original European architectural elements. You may as well be in Europe.
Classic and cozy New England country mansion.
Castle Hill Resort and Spa features English Cotswold-style architecture giving you that quaint storybook feel. With it’s luxury amenities and historic rooms decked out with period furnishings, it’s hard to find anything not to love! Additionally, the venue offers couples a wide variety of settings from their outdoor gardens to formal dining rooms and their library – depending on your unique vision. It’s modern day fairytale romance meets old world elegance wrapped into one!
Vermont mountain charm and an ode to Austria.
If you’re a fan of the Sound of Music, you may have already heard of this place! The Trapp Family Lodge is an Austrian-inspired mountain resort situated on 2,500 acres with scenic views of Stowe. Also, it is indeed owned by the von Trapp Family depicted in the movie! I actually grew up going here as a kid so I know first hand how cool this property is. The European-style accommodations paired with Vermont’s cozy mountain charm is just as good as it sounds.
The elegance of a French chateau on New York’s Long Island.
Oheka Castle is one of the 200 remaining Gold Coast Mansions built during the Roaring 20’s Great Gatsby/Gilded Age Era. The sweeping property has since undergone $40 million in restoration efforts and is featured in movies and TV shows like Citizen Kane and Succession. Basically, this grand venue feels like your own little slice of Versailles in the heart of Long Island. So, if you’re looking for a European-inspired wedding in New England or New York, this one would be pretty freaking cool.
As a lover of art and architecture (and travel), I couldn’t dream of anything better than documenting weddings at European-inspired venues across New England. I mean, I could think of worse things! If you’re speaking my language, you can reach out through my contact form, here. For more wedding venue suggestions, browse through some more of my favorites here. Happy wedding planning!