Eight unique New England wedding venues

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Janelle D'Ambrosia

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November 16, 2023

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You’re getting married in beautiful New England but you don’t know exactly which venue to pick. You want something that stands out and breaks against the mold of the traditional “barn” or “ballroom” venues we see time and time again across New England. I’ve photographed weddings at so many fun locations and am always eager to photograph weddings at unique venues. I find the location really can help inspire the photographs that are captured. When picking out your venue, it’s important to love how it looks because ultimately, your venue becomes the backdrop to your entire wedding gallery. Pick a venue that represents you two as a couple whether that’s colorful and artsy, classic and refined, or laid back and fun, I promise you, you don’t have to get married at the same venues as everyone else from your hometown. Here are a few of my favorite New England wedding venues that I would absolutely love to photograph your love at!

  1. Providence Athenaeum – This is the perfect place for book lovers to get married! Set right in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island, the athenaeum has been around for almost 200 years and features gorgeous architecture, a rich history, and so many books! This one has been on my bucket list for a while now. It’s perfect for both elopements and larger weddings up to 80ish guests.

  1. Crane Estate – This 2,100-acre seaside estate in Ipswich, Massachusetts is straight out of a movie. From the perfectly manicured lawn to the gorgeous architecture, it makes for a stunning wedding venue for the romantic couple.

  1. Autocamp Cape Cod – Looking for unique? Look no further than Autocamp Cape Cod located in Falmouth, Massachusetts. This is a laid back, design-forward venue that has airstream campers galore and wonderful spaces to host your wedding or elopement guests!

  1. Scotland Fields – Perfect for the Maine lovers. Located in York, Maine this property is available to rent out for the whole weekend making it a fun spot to host your closest family and friends! There are two renovated, historic homes to stay in, a multi level barn, and picturesque views making it the perfect backdrop for your celebrations.

  1. Dye House – This former mill turned boutique hotel in Providence, Rhode Island is for the creative spirits. Consider it a blank canvas with twenty foot ceilings, original brick floors, and lots of unique details. Scroll through instagram to check out how other couples have transformed this space to make it their own!

  1. Fortland Maine – Your guests are sure to never forget your wedding if you host it at Fortland on House Island off the coast of Portland, Maine. The experience and memories would be endless at this venue that is perfect for the outdoorsy couple. Start your day with a boat ride over to your venue, spend time with your guests amongst civil war era architecture, take in the incredible views, and even camp out on the island if you’d like! 

  1. Herb Lyceum – Set in Groton, Massachusetts, this is a farm filled with herbs gardens, greenhouses, and a beautiful carriage house. From what I hear, they also serve food that is absolutely delicious. Host your wedding or elopement here for all of the cozy vibes.

  1. Fort Adams – When people think of Newport, Rhode Island they typically think of the mansions, but there’s a hidden gem of a venue called Fort Adams located right on the coastline of Rhode Island. One of my favorite features of this venue is the 200 year old architecture and stunning spots for portraits.

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Feeling present during your celebrations, staying connected to your partner and the people you love most, and absolutely not worried about how your photos are coming out is what you deserve on your wedding day. I'm here to document your day as it unfolds and support you when you need it. No two love stories are the same and yours should live on forever. 


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