Unique Wedding Sites in Portsmouth New Hampshire

Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden: 154 Market St., Portsmouth, 603-436-8221, www.moffattladd.org *A National Historic Landmark; Georgian mansion with private terraced formal gardens and newly-renovated “warehouse” rental available for weddings and functions. Located near the Hilton Garden Inn/Downtown Portsmouth (100 High St., 603-431-1499, www.portsmouthdowntown.stayhgi.com) and the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel (250 Market St., 603-431-2300,www.sheratonportsmouth.com)

Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion: 375 Little Harbor Rd., Portsmouth, 603-436-6607, www.nhstateparks.org  *A National Historic Landmark overlooking the picturesque inland waterways of Little Harbor. Grounds and Coolidge Center available for event rental. Located down the road from Little Harbor Chapel (seasonal, 603-436-4902). For information about weddings at the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion State Historic Site, please call the state office at 603-271-3556.

Governor Langdon House: 143 Pleasant St., Portsmouth, 603-436-3205, www.historicnewengland.org *A National Historic Landmark. Expansive lawn behind the mansion shaded by trees, enclosed by hedges and a perennial flower border. 100-foot rose and grape arbor leads to secluded pavilion. Adjacent carriage house with restrooms & catering space. Rental limited to outdoor seasonal use; up to 150 guests. Tours of the 1784 Langdon House may be arranged in advance for function guests.

North Church of Portsmouth UCC: 355 Spinney Rd., Portsmouth, 603-436-9109, www.northchurchportsmouth.org *Non-member weddings for a fee. Up to 500 guests. Available Saturdays, 10am-noon; 1-3pm; 4-6pm; 7-9pm. Space not available for Sunday weddings. Organist/pianist available. Please call for more details.

The Portsmouth Pearl, 45 Pearl Street, Portsmouth, 603-431-0148, www.portsmouthpearl.com *Originally built in 1868, The Pearl retains many of its distinctive features: the two-story windows topped with stained glass, the curved staircase and balcony and the pressed tin ceiling. The Pearl is the only historic African-American church structure in the state of New Hampshire. It was here that Martin Luther King, Jr. preached in 1952, while still a divinity student at Boston University.

The Red Barn at Outlook Farm: (The Links at Outlook golf course), Rt. 4, South Berwick, ME, 207-384-GOLF (4653), www.outlookweddings.com

Seacoast Beaches and Parks: With only 18 miles of seacoast, New Hampshire holds one of the most magnificent and diverse coastlines in the world.  From the pristine beaches to the rocky coastline, the sand dunes and sea grass, to the historical sites and abundant wildlife, the New Hampshire seacoast has it all. Please contact the NH Division of Parks and Recreation, Event Management Office, Hampton, NH  03843-0924 or call 603-227-8717. www.nhstateparks.org

Great Island Common: New Castle, NH, 603-431-6710 *Ocean front park overlooking two lighthouses and the Isles of Shoals – amazing photo opportunities!

Fuller Gardens: 10 Willow Ave., North Hampton, NH, 603-964-5414, www.fullergardens.org *Public display garden, located on the ocean, featuring over 1700 rose bushes, formal English perennial borders, Japanese Garden, annual display beds and a tropical and desert conservatory. Small wedding ceremonies (up to 25 people) or a larger reception (up to 100 people) can be held in the gardens for a nominal fee. Open mid-May to mid-October.

Isles of Shoals Steamship Co.: 315 Market St., Portsmouth, 603-431-5500, www.islesofshoals.com *200-passenger vessel available for weddings, rehearsal dinners and bachelor/ette parties (May-October)

Star Island: Conference center and small stone chapel, located in the Isles of Shoals off the coast of Maine & New Hampshire. *Weddings, civil unions, and other ceremonies (but typically not receptions) can be accommodated on “changeover” days between conferences; Saturdays, June-August. Contact: Star Island Corporation, Portsmouth, 603-430-6272. Transportation available on Portsmouth Harbor Cruises, 49-passenger vessel, 603-436-8084, www.portsmouthharbor.com

Prescott Park, a public park filled with gardens overlooking the Piscataqua River – beautiful photo opportunities! Across the street from Strawbery Banke: 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth, 603-433-1100, www.strawberybanke.org *Grounds ideal for tent rentals, surrounded by historic homes, landscapes and gardens.

Seacoast Science Center: Located on the ocean’s edge within historic 135-acre Odiorne Point State Park. Expansive lawn for a seaside ceremony and an amazing backdrop for your photographs. From the fun of a lobster bake to a formal dining experience, the Center becomes yours on your special day. Intimate gatherings can be held year-round in the stone fireplace room; larger weddings under the festive tent. 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye, NH 603-436-8043, www.seacoastsciencecenter.org.