Autumn's dramatic pink and purple sunset skies and naturally golden foliage make an outdoor wedding absolutely magical, and it also happens to be the most economical season in which to say 'I Do' -- especially if you venture outside the big city.
For couples seeking special destinations to tie the knot, hotel search trivago.com has found 7 of the best kept secrets in North America for an unforgettable autumn wedding.
The fall leaves in Park City are breathtaking, but drive just 5 minutes and you'll reach the enchanting slopes of Deer Valley, one of the most stunning fall wedding venues in the state. The five-star Stein Eriksen Lodge in Deer Valley, offering an incredible panorama of the valley, is also where actress Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley tied the knot. Whether you're planning a small intimate affair, or a star-studded bash, the mild temperature and vivid hues of Deer Valley in autumn will certainly inspire.
The hidden waterfalls, lush forest and river views of the beautiful town of Montebello offer a timeless setting for an elegant autumn wedding. This jewel of Quebec, sitting at the crossroads between Montreal, Ottawa and Mont Tremblant, is home to the world's largest log cabin -- or should we say log-château -- the Fairmont Le Château Montebello. The Château's rustic gazebos, set next to the shimmering waters of the Ottawa River in the heart of the Canadian wilderness, are set alight by the dazzling fall colors for an incredibly romantic walk down the aisle.
Vermont's famous fall foliage and breathtaking landscape is par for the course in the cozy town of Woodstock. Perfect for a rustic and laid-back autumn wedding, Woodstock's location offers stunning views of the Green Mountains and access to the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park. Hold hands in the historic 'Mary and Laurence' chairs overlooking the valley, celebrate your vows with a hot air balloon across Vermont's rolling hills and take your first dance as husband and wife under the sheltering boughs of gold and scarlet sugar maples.
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia (Canada)
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Named one of the 'Prettiest Painted Places in Canada,' this gem of the Maritimes is also a UNESCO heritage sites, with historic architecture hailing back to the 1700's. An increasingly popular spot for weddings and Hollywood films alike, Lunenburg's traditional tall ships make for an incredibly dramatic backdrop. The crisp salt-laden breezes and tempestuous Acadian landscape will add a touch of drama to your fall wedding -- be sure not to miss a photo op as the sun sets over the Atlantic.
Fall is a special time in the Adirondacks, nature subtly shifts to deep purples and reds amongst unchanging emerald conifers, and the secluded town of Lake Placid sparkles against the high peaks of the distant mountains. Bordered by two crystal-clear lakes, Lake Placid is a bucolic idyll for the outdoorsy bride. Take advantage of the blazing scenery to exchange your vows alfresco next to the lake, and celebrate your nuptials with a display of fireworks over the mirror-bright waters.
Rowley, Alberta (Canada)
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No need to fear prairie phantoms, the town of Rowley may have been abandoned by the railroad, but this Central Alberta ghost town has transformed itself into an incredible venue for truly unique weddings. Brides-to-be can rent out the entire town, which includes the beautifully restored chapel, the natural outdoor aisle amongst the tracks of the former railway station and even a few abandoned boxcars. Ideal for the vintage bride, take advantage of the temperate fall temperatures and idyllic fall colors to take photos along the tracks of Rowley's historic 'Elevator Row.'
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Our final recommendation for an incredibly unique fall wedding fall can be found under a bridge -- Portland's St. John's Bridge to be exact. Portland's Cathedral Park creates an intimate natural sanctuary in which to exchange your vows and is transformed in fall with bright yellow and red accents. The bridge's towering gothic arches and iconic spires set a deeply romantic tone, and it is truly one of the most spectacular hidden gems in Portland to say 'I Do.'
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