A bride and groom enter their water side wedding reception from their boat in Essex, CT

CT Wedding Venues on the Water

Connecticut has a wonderfully diverse landscape. From its historic cities to its rolling country hills to its vast and furtive farmland to its glistening shores, Connecticut has something for everyone. Especially when it comes to planning a wedding!

In my last two posts, I focused on country themed wedding venues. In this post, I am highlighting a number of water-side wedding venues from the banks of the Connecticut River to the shores of the Long Island Sound to the historic Mystic Seaport. If you are a water lover, your are going to love these venues.

*Bonus: If you’d like for me to help you find the best wedding venue in CT for your style and vision, click here to book a complimentary venue discovery session with me! 

Let’s get to the venues shall we!

Eolia Mansion at Harkness Memorial

The Eolia Mansion at Harkness Memorial is one of the top Waterford, CT wedding venues.

Eolia Mansion weddings are something special. Built in 1906, the mansion sits on a 200+ acre property along the Connecticut shoreline. In keeping with the architectural trends of the Gilded Age era, Eolia Mansion is  reminiscent of the famed Breakers mansion in Newport, RI. The famous H-patterned floor plan features a central living foyer with two separate wings on either side. The back patio of the mansion opens out onto a perfectly manicured lawn that expands right to the shore of the Long Island Sound. The gardens of the estate, though, arguably steal the show and make for lots of romantic, outdoor photo opportunities. You’ll think you’ve stepped back in time celebrating your wedding at Eolia Mansion.

Inn at Longshore wedding ceremony photo of a bride and groom with the water in the background taken by jeff lundstrom photography

The Inn at Longshore

The Inn at Longshore is a Westport, CT wedding venue.

For an outdoor wedding on the water in Connecticut, it doesn’t get much better than The Inn at Longshore. Situated right on the shores of the Long Island Sound, the Inn is wildly popular with today’s brides and grooms, but it’s history is what makes it a Connecticut icon. Since 1890, the Inn has hosted the likes of the Roosevelts, the Rockefellers, F. Scott and Zelda Fitgerald, Frank Sinatra, and even Marilyn Monroe. So, if you decide to have your wedding at The Inn at Longshore, you’ll be in some pretty good company.

Want to see a real Inn at Longshore Wedding? Click the link to see Lisa and Josh’s Inn at Longshore Wedding

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Jacky Durrell Pavilion

Jacky Durrell Pavilion is a wedding venue in Fairfield, CT.

If a beach wedding is your thing, Jacky Durrell Pavilion just may be your perfect venue. Personally, I love Jacky Durrell. I love it for it’s laid-back, casual vibe. I love it for its family friendly feel. And I love it for it’s beach front. It feels like a summer share house in the Hamptons. The kind of place where everyone is welcome and there’s always a party! Not a bad place for wedding either!

Want to see a real Inn at Longshore Wedding? Click the link to see Amanda and Mike’s Jacky Durrell Pavilion Wedding


Penfield Pavilion

Penfield Pavilion is a wedding venue in Fairfield, CT.

Penfield Pavilion is another beach front wedding venue option that is just down the Fairfield Beach from Jacky Durrell. It’s a newer, larger venue that was completely renovated after Hurricane Sandy in 2012. It features an updated, more modern interior that is a blank canvas for you to design your wedding reception. Since it’s just down the beach from Jacky Durrell, Penfield enjoys the same expansive beach front which is perfect for sunset photos on the beach!

Madison Beach Hotel photo of a wedding ceremony on the beach in madison ct taken by jeff lundstrom photography

Madison Beach Hotel

Madison Beach Hotel is one of the best Madison, CT wedding venues.

Looking for ocean-side luxury for your wedding? Madison Beach Hotel is that resort-like spot you’ve been longing to getaway to. Located in Madison, CT (hence the name), the hotel is tucked away off the main road and only steps away from the waves of the Long Island Sound. It’s such a pristine beach front location that you’ll feel like you packed your bags and flew off to a destination wedding. A local destination wedding!


photo of an outdoor ceremony on the CT River at Saint Clements Castle in Portland, CT

Saint Clements Castle

Saint Clements Castle is one of the best Portland, CT wedding venues.

It may not be on the coast, but Saint Clements Castle has some of the most breathtaking views of the Connecticut River. You have your choice of saying “I Do” in a gorgeous replica English garden or on a dramatic hillside overlooking the Connecticut River. Built in 1898, the architecture of Saint Clements was influenced by the French Tudor style and borrows some of its features from the most famous of French Chateaux (Château de Langeais was the inspiration for its medieval style Art Gallery). You will literally feel like a princess on the grounds of Saint Clements Castle.

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Saltwater Farms Vineyard

Saltwater Farms Vineyard is among the best Stonington, CT wedding venues and one of the few vineyards in CT that sits on the shores of the Long Island Sound.

Love the water? Love wine? Then Saltwater Farms just may be your ideal wedding venue. At Saltwater Farms you get the romance of a vineyard coupled with some of Connecticut’s freshest sea breezes. What bride and groom wouldn’t love that!? Located on the tidal marshes of the Wequetequock Cove at the mouth of Little Narragannsett Bay, Saltwater Farms is a truly unique venue. Originally an airplane hangar back in 1930, Saltwater Farms Vineyard was masterfully (and lovingly) transformed into a sleek, modern structure that you see today. But it still maintains it’s iconic hangar-like facade. A symbol that lives on to this day on the label of each bottle of wine that Saltwater Farms produces. A wedding at Saltwater Farms is truly something special.

So, if you are looking to say I Do with a water view, then look no further than the venues listed above.

Want help figuring out which CT Wedding Venues on the Water might be the best fit for your style and vision? click here to book a complimentary venue discovery session with me!