Five Beautiful Backdrops for your Destination Wedding
Dating back to the 14th century, this epic estate will take your breath away. Storybook gardens, a sweeping vista overlooking the Wicklow Mountains and a fully festooned ballroom will make you feel like a Disney princess. The service is white-glove and the catered meals are sourced from local farms and seasonal produce. Your Irish eyes will certainly be smiling, just twenty minutes south of Dublin.
Tucked in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you’ll be swept back in time at Biltmore. The French chateau style home was built in 1895 and the grounds have been expanding ever since. You can say your vows overlooking the estate from the Diana sculpture in an enchanting hemlock forest, or channel your inner Appalachian at the rustic yet elegant Antler Hill Barn. The photo-ops will abound as you stroll the whimsical arbor and lush conservatory, and there is even a vineyard that produces palate pleasing Cabernets and Chardonnays.
The only remaining fortified city in North America, Quebec City is a magical slice of medieval charm and architecture. The Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac is the crown jewel of the whole region. Majestic on its perch overlooking the St. Lawrence River, this 17th century fortress is the perfect setting for an elegant, regal wedding. Catch a horsedrawn carriage around the Old City and even Cinderella will be jealous.
If it was good enough for Matthew Crawley, it’s surely good enough for us! The Downton Abbey castle is a magnificent spot to say “I do.” Take timeless photos in the grand Saloon or meander amongst the quaint gardens and follies the 17th century estate provides. Impeccably furnished in lavish fittings of the era, the castle is ideal for a period themed wedding day.
New Zealand’s only “castle,” Larnach commands a view second to none in the world. Built in the late 19th century, it is one of the only estates of this magnitude left from colonial times. Overlooking the stunning Otago Peninsula and the city of Dunedin, it boasts idyllic herb gardens, a 1930s cupola and a magnificent ballroom. The unique flora of the island contrasts with the elegant European vibe of the property, creating wedding photographer’s dream backdrop.
Noella Schink is a travel writer from Portland, Maine who wishes she could throw a new wedding every year for all the gorgeous dresses, locations and DIY flower arrangements she finds. When you do settle on your fantasy wedding day, book your car rental in Europe, Canada, the US and beyond, and have an epic honeymoon, too!
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