If fall foliage is the backdrop you are looking for on your wedding day, consider a fall foliage destination wedding.
In Bretton woods, New Hampshire, the Omni Mount Washington Resort has the best foliage in mid-September to late October. Over one-hundred years old and a national historic landmark, this New Hampshire resort has played host to presidents, movie stars, and moneymakers.
Multiple, picturesque spots are available for your ceremony around the property. Are you there for the leaves? Consider holding your ceremony and reception on the resort's rooftop Jewell Terrace, where you'll have a spectacular view of Mount Washington. After dinner and dancing, host an after-party at The Cave, the resort's prohibition-era speakeasy.
In Yosemite National Park in California, The Ahwahnee Hotel is the host spot for fall weddings with the best time for foliage in late September to late October. This 1920s style hotel doesn’t need much in the way of decoration, in thanks to its stained glass, hand stenciled beams, and giant stone fireplaces. It is located in the middle of Yosemite, which means guests will be surrounded by the sites of Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and Glacier Point.
Ceremonies are held on the South Lawn and receptions are held in the Ahwahnee Dining Room, where the floor-to-ceiling windows framed with stained glass, will let natural light in, not to mention the beauty of the park itself.
In Manchester Village in Vermont, the Equinox Resort and Spa has the best foliage from mid-September to late October. This expansive resort has 195 rooms in four unique buildings so if you’ve got a large party, this may be your spot. The onsite activities may be just what your bridal party is looking for. Consider playing golf, going to the spa, joining a shooting party, taking a fly-fishing class, or getting acquainted with falconry.
For the best foliage backdrop, consider holding your ceremony outdoors in the property’s 1811 House Gardens overlooking the Green Mountains.
Need a break after all this excitement? Consider taking a private horse-drawn carriage ride to your reception at the rustic Pond Pavilion, located at the base of Mt. Equinox.
In Lake Placid, New York, the Lake Placid Lodge is another fall favorite. The fall is at its peak from mid-September to mid-October. This rustic-chic lodge offers easy access to the surrounding Adirondack Mountains. For leaf peeping, guests can take a canoe out onto the lake, hike the nearby trails, or enjoy the serenity from the resort itself.
The lodge provides full wedding coordination services, with a bonus of having onsite floral design, pastry chefs, and catering staff. The stone porch offers the perfect spot to hold your ceremony. With amazing views of the water and the Whiteface Mountain, a bride and groom couldn’t feel more connected to fall, foliage, and a beautiful ceremony. Post-ceremony, couples can enjoy some alone time on a private, chauffeured ride around the lake aboard the resort’s wooden Hacker-Craft boat or consider ending the evening with fireworks over the lake.