Whether blanketed in snow or spring wildflowers, mountain ranges can add a dramatic backdrop to any wedding. And what's more romantic than exchanging vows on top of a mountain, surrounded by nature and loved ones? These new wedding venues, featuring indoor and outdoor options, offer fresh, panoramic views for saying your "I dos". Take a peek at these peaks.
Where: Long Eddy, New York
At this new 93-acre property in the Catskills, just two and a half hours from New York City, ceremony options include a meadow with views of the peaks and an apple grove. Receptions of up to 200 take place in a restored 240-year-old barn with cathedral ceilings. For pre-party prep (and a day-after mini-moon), there's a historic three-bedroom farmhouse nestled in the hills.
Party Tip: Throw in a bonfire for guests to gather around, and you have the makings of an unforgettable weekend.
The Details: Venue rental from $15,000, handsomehollow.com.
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Where: Banner Elk, North Carolina
After renovating an old barn for their nuptials, the owners decided to rent it to others dreaming of a Blue Ridge Mountain event. Twinkling lights hang from 30-foot rafters in the gray-walled space, which is outfitted with reclaimed-wood tables and cross-back chairs. For the ceremony, you can choose the barn itself, a platform in Mary's Meadow, or an intimate chapel (opening in 2017).
Party Tip: Cap off the night with s'mores in the fire pit; ask your caterer to supply the ingredients.
The Details: Venue rental from $6,000, overlookbarn.com.
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Rush Creek Lodge At Yosemite
Where: Groveland, California
This 143-room resort neighboring Yosemite National Park is the first to open in the region in 25-plus years. There are on-site ceremony spots, but most couples exchange vows in the surrounding forest (shown), returning to the property's light-filled lodge for a dinner of grilled elk loin and other locally inspired dishes.
Party Tip: Before the big day, organize a guided hike—complete with Sierra Nevada views.
The Details: Venue rental from $2,500, rushcreeklodge.com.
High West Distillery
Where: Wanship, Utah
Getting hitched at this distillery and ranch just east of Salt Lake City means saying "I do" against the Uinta and Wasatch ranges. Groups of up to 125 may opt for an outdoor ceremony in front of towering peaks, while smaller parties can cozy up in the chapel. Postvows, Adirondack chairs beckon guests to relax—bourbon in hand—before dinner in the great hall, where huge picture windows set the stage for rib eye and river trout.
Party Tip: Offer a distillery tour during cocktail hour.
The Details: Venue rental from $10,000, including food and drink, highwest.com.
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