The Branford House Mansion, part of UConn Avery Point, is an excellent place for weddings! Because of the historic nature of the Branford Mansion, there are some stringent rules for Branford Mansion weddings. Other parts of the Avery Point Campus, such as the gazebo, are less strict.
In one photo the bride and groom are discussing last-minute preparations for their seaside wedding with their caterer. The view is from the water side of the Branford Mansion, looking north.
"The Castle at Avery Point" is one way people refer to the Branford Mansion. Your guests may feel like they've been invited to a castle wedding! (Yes, your Avery Point wedding will be that special.)
The restored Avery Point Lighthouse is one of the three lighthouses easily visible from Avery Point. The other two are New London Ledge Light (actually also in Groton!) and New London Harbor Light, on the West Bank of the Thames River.
In Connecticut we pronounce "Thames" just as it is spelled, with a long a. Visitors from England find it quaint that we don't pronounce "Thames" as "Tems", like they do.
There are acres of lawn overlooking Long Island Sound and the Thames River, with several islands, lighthouses, sailboats, ferries, and other boats (and the occasional submarine) visible without binoculars.
Scattered around the grounds are sculptures, both representational and abstract. The University of Connecticut at Avery Point (UConn Avery Point) has constructed what they call Sculpture Path by the Sea to enhance public accessibility. The walkways meander long the edge of the Avery Point Campus, taking you and your guests to sculptures, the lighthouse, and an observation deck. It's worthwhile visiting even if you don't plan to get married at Avery Point!
Please be aware that the Branford Mansion usually has only one event per day, and is often booked more than a year ahead in the months of May, June, and July. You can reach The Branford House directly at (860) 405-9072. Of course I'd love to be your wedding officiant at Avery Point!
The Avery Point Lighthouse Society Site (AveryPointLight.Com) has pictures of the restoration of the Lighthouse.
There are several other places with lighthouses along the Connecticut coast suitable for a shoreline wedding. Pictures of the Stonington Lighthouse Museum, in the Borough of Stonington, are on the Stonington, Connecticut Page, and other lighthouse wedding photos from Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, Connecticut are on my Lighthouse Point Park Page.
In addition to Groton, CT and Stonington, CT there are many nice places for weddings in New London County. Harkness State Park, Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Seaport, Rocky Neck State Park, and Gillette Castle, just to name a few places, are popular for New London County weddings. And, of course, I'm a New London County Justice of the Peace.
Because of privacy, the names of the brides and grooms and the dates of their Avery Point weddings are not listed here.
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