So, you’ve decided to elope! You’ve said nope to the big traditional wedding, months of stressful planning, and a steep bill. Now your options are seemingly endless. Wander deep into the woods for an intimate ceremony in the trees, find a unique space at a local winery or museum, or find a historic inn to use as your backdrop. Getting married in the Finger Lakes has never been so romantic.
For the outdoorsy couple looking for an all-natural backdrop head to the Uplands Hiking Trail in Onanda Park. A 1-mile out & back hike will lead you through the woods, along a creek, and eventually to a waterfall. Host a small ceremony at the base of the waterfall or find one of the gazebos or overlooks for a serene elopement. This is a popular trail so try to aim for a golden-hour sunset ceremony or a weekday elopement to have the whole place to yourself.
During the summertime, no place is more beautiful than Sonnenberg Gardens in the heart of Canandaigua. A historic mansion is adorned with some of the most meticulously kept gardens in the state. They have dedicated spaces where ceremonies up to 20 people can be held, but if you have a small elopement in mind, your options are seemingly endless. Say ‘I Do’ underneath a rock arch, in front of your favorite section of the garden, or on the veranda stairs. After your ceremony, head to one of Canandaigua’s incredible restaurants for an intimate reception with some delicious food.
A popular gathering place for summer concerts, farm to table fare, and farm fun, Lincoln Hill Farms was created for celebrations. They have two options for your small wedding. A silo & pavilion perfect for a wedding with a night full of dancing, yard games, and sitting around the campfire or the stunning sunflower field. The sunflower field provides a colorful and intimate space perfect for a small elopement. The fields are in peak bloom mid-August through September and provides a unique setting just for you.
Just an arm’s reach away from Canandaigua on 5 acres of land lies a quaint Victorian-era home known as Sutherland House Victorian Bed & Breakfast. This historic home is a frequent stop for couples celebrating engagements, anniversaries, honeymoons, and simply romantic weekend getaways. If you don’t want to mess with venue rentals, catering companies and deposit fees, plan a small elopement right here at our picturesque B&B. Pick one of our old-growth trees or our gazebo as your backdrop or if the weather turns, host your sweet ceremony in our grand room in front of the fireplace. Get ready in your private suites and at the end of the day, curl up together in your luxurious room at the inn.
Take off with the love of your life and elope in the Finger Lakes. Whether you want an intimate woodsy wedding or a historic venue, the Finger Lakes has the perfect elopement spot for you. The best part? You’re already in one of the most beautiful places in the world and can start your honeymoon off right. Stay at Sutherland House B&B for your honeymoon and shower each other with love. Let your innkeepers know that you’re starting your life off together in their inn and they’ll help you make it as special as can be. Bouquets of roses, chocolate-covered strawberries, massages, and everything else you’ve ever dreamed of.
Looking to elope in the Finger Lakes? Book a stay at Sutherland House Victorian Bed & Breakfast, a historic inn located in the heart of beautiful Canandaigua, New York.