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Runaway Romance

Looking for love in all the right places

Destination weddings don’t have to be a flight away. With their wealth of scenic settings and charming churches, out-of-the-way hamlets have great nuptial potential. Maysville, Kentucky, is one that has fully embraced its quaintness and is actively marketing itself to brides and grooms. The girlhood home of one Rosemary Clooney, Maysville’s quaint brick buildings, opulent Art Deco–era Russell Theatre, sweeping views of the Ohio River, and historic event venues make it a unique wedding setting. A favorite reception spot is The Cox Building, constructed in 1887 in the brawny Richardson Romanesque style, with two ornate ballrooms, historic murals, turrets, and even gargoyles. At the end of the night, you can pack everyone off to the French Quarter Inn and make sure your room has a river view. cityofmaysville.com; frenchquarterinn.com

Miami U grad or not, Oxford, Ohio, is a picturesque setting for getting hitched. Choose from the school’s Medieval-style Kumler Chapel; the Formal Gardens (also known as the front yard of the Marcum Conference Center), which is dotted with ponds and footbridges, fountains, and a Dogwood Grove; or the classic Sesquicentennial Chapel, dedicated in 1959 to celebrate the university’s 150th year. hdg.muohio.edu/Weddings

If you’ve dreamed of an elegant wedding at home but you don’t have that kind of home, there are B&Bs ready to help. One of the prettiest is in Versailles, Kentucky. A Storybook Inn deserves its name. The 1830s property has original features like ash wood floors and a stone pond, and is surrounded by flowering trees. Up to 150 guests can take over the historic home for a weekend and enjoy a classic country inn breakfast of eggs Benedict, French toast, quiche, and innkeeper C. Elise Buckley’s blackberry pudding. 277 Rose Hill Ave., Versailles, KY, (859) 879-9993, storybook-inn.com

Originally published in the August 2013 issue