Tucked inside the urban bustle of New York City's Brooklyn borough is an oasis of tranquility known as the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The pastoral lawns, towering trees, and flower borders are brought to vibrant life thanks to the seasonal blossoms that make fall the perfect time of year to get married in one of New York's best-kept secrets.
Missouri is home to one of the greatest fall wedding destinations in America — the Ozarks. Big Cedar Lodge is billed as "Mother Nature meets luxury." The luxury comes in the form of high-end accommodations and an 18,000-foot spa with 11 treatment rooms. The Mother Nature part is provided by the eye-popping beauty of the Ozarks in autumn.
Thanks to panoramic views of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range, the Jewell Terrace at Omni Mount Washington offers breathtaking views any time of year. Fall, however, is when the gardens, greenery, and forested mountains come to life with a rainbow of colors. The perfectly crisp and cool weather doesn't hurt, either.
The natural bounty of Yosemite draws visitors from around the world. Considering a wedding in one of the planet's most awe-inspiring natural landscapes? Check out Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite. The place has elegant and refined accommodations that contrast with the wild and rugged wilderness that lurks just outside.
The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) at Hallam Lake opens its doors to couples looking for a unique venue for a small, low-key, but unforgettable place to host their wedding. Cozy and charming, the wooden patio, fire pit and reception hall are just part of the attraction. The real draw is the surrounding Colorado wilderness.
Once the summer heat is in the history books, Arizona becomes the perfect destination for a fall wedding, and few venues sum up the experience like The Saguaro. Between five and 500 guests can celebrate in any one of 17 event spaces, all located in the heart of sunny Scottsdale, and the chef's creations are the product of locally sourced ingredients.
Perched on the crest of a waterfall, Shadow Lawn oozes fall goodness. The perfectly manicured grounds are trapped in another time, with a restored barn serving as the centerpiece of the 19th century property. There's also a Dutch stone house, paper lanterns and, of course, crackling bonfires in the evening.
Built by a local magnate between 1925-1927, the Rollins Mansion is a relic from another time and place. It's partially built with beams from an inn where William Shakespeare performed, as well as from wood harvested from 16th century ships. The mansion was designed in the English and Tudor styles, earning it a coveted spot on the National Register of Historic Places.
Mississippi is beautiful, historic, and hot. But when fall rolls around and the weather shows some mercy, it's hard to argue that there's a finer state in the country for a wedding. Natchez is among the most historic towns in Mississippi, and Stanton Hall and Longwood Plantation have both been named National Historic Landmarks. The Antebellum plantation estate epitomizes the grandeur of old Mississippi, both in its architecture, sprawling grounds, and romance-inducing ambiance.
Generally reserved for larger weddings with 50 guests or more, the Hoffman Haus dedicates the entire grounds to each wedding. That means both the courtyard and garden are all yours, as are the grand hall. Anyone familiar with the Texas Hill Country knows that the natural landscape is at its finest in the fall, and the Hoffman Haus embodies the region's rugged beauty.
Before the rough Wisconsin winter takes hold, the Barn on Stoney Hill offers everything beautiful about the midwest in the fall. Although the barn has been converted into an elegant hall, none of its original rugged beauty has been lost, including the massive silos that still tower over the structure itself. The elevated wraparound deck is teeming with flowers, greenery and plants, too.
Classically designed yet Southern California through and through, the Resort at Pelican Hill is an Orange County gem. With soaring, 180-degree views of the Pacific, the grounds are dotted with century-old olive trees and lavender. Private but wide open, the venue begs for a fall SoCal wedding.
Tucked between the foothills of the towering Cascade Mountains and the open desert, Broken Top Club offers the best of Oregon's natural beauty. Before winter makes the event a chore, your autumn wedding will take place on the banks of a six-acre lake at a venue that's backed by a full-fledged resort club.