Eolia Mansion


One of the most beautiful venues we have had the honor of working on is the Eolia Mansion at Harkness State Park in Connecticut.  This venue is perfect for the quintessential New England Wedding. Named after the island home of Aeolus, god of the winds, this elegant summer mansion was the home of the Harkness family. Set on over 230 seaside acres of sweeping lawns and panoramic views of Long Island Sound.

Luxurious gardens with lush, colorful flowers combined with the sea breezes set the scene for a romantic wedding that neither the hosts nor the guests will forget. Brimming fountains, original Oriental sculptures and hidden garden paths with entangle the guests’ senses and whisk them away to a magical evening that will appeal to all senses. To insure the unique, special wedding, Eolia hosts only one event each day.

Bought by Mary and Edward Harkness in 1907, they chose this property for its incomparable beauty and now it can be offered for weddings, celebrations and conferences.  For wedding ceremonies, Eolia offers two distinctively different locations that provide astounding views of the natural seaside landscape of Long Island Sound. Located next to the wildlife sanctuary, a more natural setting overlooking sand dunes, beach and rolling waves can be found in their open-air, seaside amphitheater. Overlooking a nationally recognized and award winning Italian garden complete with original sculpture, fountains and pottery, the Pergola covered tearoom with draping wisteria vines and original Harkness graperies would be the ideal setting for a new couple’s exchange of wedding vows.

Multiple accommodations within the mansion create a magical setting that will have lifelong memories. Most popular for cocktails and dancing is the tent and terrace. Café tables and chairs placed throughout the terrace allow guests to dine and dance as the moon can be seen also dancing on the waters of the Long Island Sound. Another favorite room for all brides is the Breakfast room.  Drenched in painted floral arrangements along the ceilings depicting the four seasons, the breakfast room has been a stunning location for the cake as well as coffee and desserts. And tucked away on the second floor, is the Bride’s Dressing Room. This light room provides the tranquility and luxury a new bride and her wedding party can use to prepare for her special day before she descends the staircase to meet her groom.

The Eolia Mansion in  Harkness State Park creates the most unforgettable memories and accommodations for those seeking a magical venue for their special wedding. The mansion is available Memorial Day through Labor Day for amazing weddings beginning after 5:00 pm. During the off-season, the mansion is available during the day or evening. With 230 acres of sweeping lawns, stately trees and spectacular gardens, the Eolia Mansion can also accommodate 150 guests and is fully accessible to people with disabilities. Park staff is present throughout the entire event with tent, tables and chairs provided as well as event insurance.  Let Exquisite Events manage your wedding day at Eolia in Westport Connecticut so that you can enjoy this ethereal location and be a guest at your own wedding.  Centrally located between New York and Boston on the magnificent Connecticut shoreline, Eolia Mansion provides the perfect location for your New England Wedding – one that your guests will be talking about for years to come.


For more information contact us at Exquisite Events or http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/stateparks/parks/harknessweddingbrochure.pdf