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Eolia mansion gardens in CT

Are you dreaming of a romantic, intimate celebration surrounded by nature's beauty? Look no further than the enchanting garden elopements in New England! In this blog, I'll highlight the allure of outdoor elopements and the perfect garden elopement venues in Connecticut! Plus, I'll share why choosing a weekday for your elopement can make your special day even more magical. AND you'll also get an exclusive look into some real garden wedding days I've photographed that will surely inspire you!

Best Places to Elope in Connecticut

Connecticut is a treasure trove of outdoor wonders, making it an ideal destination for couples seeking a nature-inspired elopement. Whether you choose a charming meadow, a forest clearing, or at a waterfall, Connecticut's outdoor elopement locations provide a magical canvas for your love story. Embrace the serenity of nature as you say "I do" in a place that resonates with your unique connection. As your Connecticut elopement photographer I've got you covered with loads of resources to help make planning your day as FUN and simple as possible!

Garden Elopements in Connecticut - Where Love Blooms:

Connecticut boasts a plethora of picturesque gardens that serve as idyllic backdrops for your elopement. From vibrant floral displays to serene greenery, these gardens provide the perfect setting for an intimate and romantic celebration of love. Here's a list of the Top 9 Garden Elopement spots in Connecticut!

  1. Elizabeth Park Rose Garden in Hartford
  2. Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford
  3. Walnut Hill Park Rose Garden in New Britain
  4. Hollister House Gardens in Litchfield Hills
  5. Bartless Arboretum & Gardens in Stamford
  6. Hillstead Museum in Farmington
  7. Mayflower Inn in Washington Depot
  8. Bellamay-Ferriday House + Garden in Bethlehem
  9. Topsmead in Litchfield

Discovering the Perfect Garden Elopement Venue in Connecticut

For couples seeking a place to get married that combines both the beauty of the outdoors and romantic charm, Connecticut offers a range of garden elopement venues that seamlessly blend nature with sophistication. Choosing a garden elopement venue in Connecticut ensures that your photographs will be adorned with the beauty of blooming flowers and lush greenery, creating timeless memories to cherish. Let's dive into the top 5 garden elopement locations in Connecticut!

Elizabeth Park Rose Garden in Hartford

Known as one of the oldest and most enchanting rose gardens in the United States, Elizabeth Park boasts over 15,000 rose bushes! Stroll hand in hand with your beloved along meandering paths, each turn revealing a new burst of colors and textures! And it's not just about the roses either! Here' you can find a charming gazebo tucked away in a corner, perfect for if it rains on your elopement day! The park offers more than just a picturesque setting; it's an immersive experience where you become part of the vibrant tapestry of nature.

a couple standing under rose garden arches at golden hour

Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford

Eloia Mansion Wedding

This stunning state park hosts my favorite elopement and wedding venue in Connecticut - Eolia Mansion! Known for its beautiful gardens, architecture, sweeping landscape AND ocean views. It has been a favorite for many of my couples who have gotten married here over the years. The Renaissance-style mansion on the estate, adds a touch of timeless romance to your day - serious fairytale vibes!!

Harkness Memorial State Park is not just a stiff and formal wedding venue; it's an enchanting secret garden. Filled with lush foliage and charming nooks all around the estate. The perfect elopement destination for a garden love story!

PS: You can also book a garden engagement session too! Check out moody Eolia Mansion in the Winter!

Walnut Hill Park Rose Garden in New Britain

Walnut Hill Park Rose Garden is a treasure trove of natural and cultivated beauty! Every corner of the rose-adorned garden is idyllic. The pathways through shaded alcoves and charming fountains provide the perfect backdrop for an intimate ceremony. The park also has a rich history as a cultural landmark in New Britain including a WWI monument and lots of community support throughout its lifetime.

You will need to contact the gardens to request a ceremony permit (however that may be waived for a small elopement.) A minimum $100 donation is recommended to hold your reservation and liability insurance is required.

Hollister House Gardens in Litchfield Hills

The garden sits beautifully on a sloping, terraced site in the rolling hills of Litchfield County in northwestern Connecticut. Featuring an American interpretation of such classic English gardens as formal in its structure but then also informal and rather wild in its style of planting. Just like a love story.

Various 18th-century barns and outbuildings are visible from the garden and further help to root it in the history of the place. The garden unfolds in successive layers of space and color with delightful informal vistas from one section to the next. Eight-to-ten-foot walls and hedges define the progression of garden spaces – “rooms” as the English like to say – and create a firm architectural framework for the romantic abundance of the plantings. A winding brook and a large pond at the bottom of the lawn add to the variety of the garden scene.

Bartless Arboretum & Gardens in Stamford

Imagine saying "I do" on one of the most beautiful properties in Fairfield County! Bartlett Arboretum stands as a testament to the marriage of architecture and nature. The garden unfolds with a carefully curated design, incorporating diverse plant collections, thematic gardens, and captivating landscapes. From the majestic tree canopies to the tranquil water features. Every element is artfully arranged, creating a harmonious symphony of colors and textures.

While you or your photographer will need to be (or become) a member of the gardens, its a small cost to use the stunning grounds for your wedding!

Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington

Nestled in the heart of Farmington, the Hill-Stead Museum is not just a museum but a historical treasure surrounded by 152 acres of lush gardens! Its Sunken Garden is a masterpiece of horticultural art, offering a secluded and romantic setting for an elopement. Picture your ceremony amidst vibrant blooms and the tranquil backdrop of this colonial revival estate. For more information, visit Hill-Stead Museum's website.

Mayflower Inn & Spa in Washington Depot

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The Mayflower Inn & Spa provides an opulent setting with its meticulously landscaped gardens and elegant ambiance. Imagine exchanging vows in a serene garden, followed by a sophisticated reception. This luxurious retreat transforms your special day into an enchanting experience. I have also done several surprise proposals in this beautiful garden! It's a wonderful place to stay and have your family join you for an outdoor garden party.

Bellamay-Ferriday House + Garden in Bethlehem

Step into a piece of Connecticut's history and a world of botanical wonder at the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden. This early 18th-century home, set against the backdrop of more than an acre of formal gardens, offers an intimate and evocative setting for elopements. The garden, lovingly maintained, features a variety of perennials, biennials, and annual plantings, making it a vibrant setting for your special day from spring through fall. The property's rich history and beautiful landscapes provide a unique and charming locale for couples seeking a garden ceremony with a touch of historical elegance.

Topsmead in Litchfield, CT

For couples dreaming of an elopement surrounded by the serene beauty of nature, Topsmead State Forest presents a picture-perfect setting. Spread across hundreds of acres, this former private estate now offers the public a glimpse into a tranquil world of diverse landscapes. From the rustic charm of its woodlands to the pastoral peace of its fields and the cultivated beauty of its gardens, Topsmead provides a variety of natural backdrops for your ceremony. Whether you envision exchanging vows under the canopy of ancient trees, amidst the colorful splendor of garden blooms, or against the expansive views of open fields, Topsmead State Forest captures the essence of Connecticut's natural beauty. This venue is ideal for couples seeking a blend of elegance and the great outdoors for their elopement.

Weekday Elopements - Your Exclusive Celebration:

Escape the weekend hustle and bustle by opting for a weekday elopement (Monday through Thursday). Weekdays offer a more intimate and peaceful experience, allowing you to savor the moment without the distractions of crowds and other events! Trust me, it can make your elopement experience more intimate and peaceful. And if you can avoid holidays and school breaks, you'll get even more privacy!

Imagine having the entire garden or outdoor venue to yourselves, with the undivided attention of your photographer capturing every emotion. A weekday elopement in Connecticut provides an exclusive and personal touch to your special day, making it truly unforgettable. PLUS if you want to book an elopement or wedding venue, it's often cheaper to book a weekend vs. a weekend!

As your elopement photographer, I can help you narrow down the best time to elope for your garden wedding experience, and guide you through the planning process! And then I'll capture your day to the best of my ability

Eolia Mansion from a Couple's Perspective

Covid delayed Olivia and Andrews's wedding for over a year and rain couldn’t dampen their spirits. This couple had glowing smiles and laughter all day long. Jakkelyn Iris added even more botanical magic to the already beautiful gardens with her floral designs. Jen Strunk Events and I navigated a rainy day wedding with ease so this couple could enjoy themselves all day long with their beloved friends and family. Here is Olivia and Andrew’s perspective on their magical rainy day wedding:

What did you love about your wedding location?

"The beautiful gardens! Eolia Mansion is truly magical and is surrounded by the most colorful flowers. There were so many places for us to take incredible photos and we really appreciated our amazing photographer who was familiar with the venue and helped us pick the best locations for pictures!"

What memory from your wedding do you remember the most strongly? What part of the day had the most effect on you or your relationship?

"Our favorite memory from our wedding was our first look. Seeing Andrew in his tux and watching him see me in my dress for the first time was this amazing “OMG this is really happening we are about to be husband and wife” moment. We got engaged in 2018 and then had to reschedule our wedding because of Covid. Three years is a long time and we both felt like our first look was this shared moment where it all finally felt real."

You handled the rain like pros. Tell me how you really felt about it raining on your day and if you could do anything different, would you?

"Listening to Ironic by Alanis Morissette on repeat with our friends and family belting out “it’s like raaaaiiinnnn on your wedding day” definitely made the day more fun. Bad weather on your wedding day is never ideal but it’s also something you have no control over. I don’t think we would do anything differently. We were surrounded by an amazing team of vendors and who helped us navigate the rain and make the most of our special day!"

What advice can you give to future couples who are getting married?

"Don’t sweat the small stuff and do whatever makes you and your partner happy! It’s your wedding day and you both should enjoy every minute of it."

Their Eolia Mantion Wedding Vendors:

Venue | Eolia Mansion
Wedding Planner | @jenstrunkevents
Hair + Make-up | @alluretravelingbeauty
Dress | @pronovias
Suit | @suitsupply
Caterer | @athymetocook
Florals | @jakkelyn_iris
Lighting + Decor | @ryandesignsri @peakeventservices
Videographer | @jf3productions
Band | @silverarrowband
Photographer | @elopewithcorey

Eolia Mansion Elopement Photographer

If you enjoyed this blog, you might be interested in similar blogs featuring more garden weddings and elopements! And then be sure and check out my Connecticut Elopement Resource Guide for more info!

Connecticut elopement photographer

Are you looking for a connecticut elopement photographer who can capture your special day? Look no further! 

I’m Corey, a New England and worldwide elopement photographer. I have the knowledge and experience to help you plan an unforgettable elopement day with personalized location lists, vendor recommendations, permits, guides and much more. My  goal is to put couples at ease, inspire, encourage and empower them to break away from the traditional when it comes to their elopements!

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