39390 Main Rd., Peconic, N.Y.; 631-765-1100; raphaelwine.com
Cost: $8,000-15,000 location fee (discounts available on Fridays), which includes some rentals, valet, and wait staff; $100-130 per person for food; $35 to $45 per person for liquor.
Capacity: From 120 to 200 people.
With access to the 60-acre vineyard, as well as the upstairs and downstairs cellar of the winery, couples can pick and choose their site locations here. Ceremonies are typically held overlooking the vineyard, followed by cocktail hour in the great hall (with two balconies), and dinner in the Renaissance Room. Known for their merlots, Raphael just put out a port, which is now available for your drinking pleasure.
THE OLD FIELD VINEYARDS
59600 Main Rd., Southold, N.Y.; 631-765-0004; theoldfield.com
Cost: $7,000 location fee; minimum purchase of four cases of the Old Field wines with 15 percent off the case price, excluding sparkling wine.
Capacity: Up to 120 guests seated and served, with dancing.
The lone vineyard on Long Island with a private beach, plan your entire wedding on the bay-front lawn adjacent to this winery—which is only available for use between June 15 and September 15.
WÖLFFER ESTATE VINEYARD
139 Sagg Rd., Sagaponack, N.Y.; 631-537-5106; wolffer.com
Cost: $14,000 to $20,000 location fee with a 15 percent discount on bottles of wine.
Capacity: 175 seated and served.
“It’s the nicest of the wineries on the South Fork,” Hamptons wedding planner Jill Gordon says of this Tuscan-style winery. “Every choice they’ve made is tasteful—down to the doorknobs!” A gazebo set in the 50-acre vineyard generally sets up the ceremony, followed by cocktails on the lawn; a reception on the columned, stone terrace bordered by hydrangeas; and dancing in the adjacent tasting room with terra cotta floors.
133 Hands Creek Rd., East Hampton, N.Y.; 631-329-3568; longhouse.org
Cost: Location fee upon request.
Only allowing one wedding per year (the exclusivity is more a reflection of maintenance concerns than elitism), the sculpture gardens, arboretum, and Shinto-designed house at this non-profit art organization provide a unique outdoor backdrop for your nuptials. The location fee gives you complete access to the grounds, but in May, go with the Red Garden, where azaleas in full bloom create a natural, makeshift aisle.
EAST HAMPTON POINT
295 Three Mile Harbor/Hog Creek Rd., East Hampton, N.Y.; 631-329-2800; easthamptonpoint.com
Cost: Buyout fee upon request; it includes the restaurant and its surrounding areas for the entire night.
Capacity: 200 seated and served, with a dance floor.
Perched along East Hampton’s three-mile harbor, this restaurant and marina has water views in every direction. With a large blue-stone terrace that can be tented as well as a porch over the restaurant with windows that slide completely open, it’s nearly impossible to miss the sun as it sets directly in front of you, preferably during your ceremony.
JONATHAN EDWARDS WINERY
74 Chester Maine Rd., North Stonington, CT; 860-535-0202; jedwardswinery.com
Cost: $4,800 location fee; wine is priced according to consumption with a 10 percent bottle discount, excluding sparking wine.
Nestled in lush farmland and yet a mere ten minutes from Rhode Island’s pristine beaches, this classic New England style winery is where “big city couples looking for something that’s not cookie cutter” come to exchange their vows, according to manager Erica Robertson. Ceremonies held in the vineyard tend to be followed by cocktail hour on the winery’s stone patio and back deck, with a formal dinner taking place on the side lawn, which is perfect for tenting. Napa and Connecticut vintages are both available.
2800 State Route 228, Alpine, N.Y.; 607-594-2008; fontainebleauinn.com
Cost: $2,000 location fee, which includes use of the inn’s tent. Six rooms are available for overnight guests, from $135 per night.
Capacity: 150 seated and served, with a dance floor.
Since their car broke down near this 1814 estate almost twenty years ago, John and Terri Van Soest have been running the historic inn on the shores of Cayuta Lake. The ten-acre property levels out towards the water, offering an ideal location for a ceremony. Usually people have cocktails under a tent, then come inside to the banquet hall for the reception, and go back outside for dancing under the stars.
GENEVA ON THE LAKE
1001 Lochland Rd., Route 14, Geneva, N.Y.; 315-789-7190; genevaonthelake.com
Cost: From $150 per person plus a ceremony fee of $10 per person. Block room rate upon request.
Italian Renaissance architecture sets the tone for your ceremony at this former monastery that has exclusive views of Seneca Lake. Couples usually say their “I dos” at the property’s “Semi Circle at the Bluff,” a half-circular walk lined on one side with pedestals and on the other side by a lawn with seating for guests. From Memorial Day through September, a three-peak tent is pitched over a paved, brick inlaid court for the reception, accompanied by a beautiful bridal chamber and kitchen.
149 Girdle Ridge Rd., Katonah, N.Y.; caramoor.org
THE SOUNDVIEW RESTAURANT
57185 North Rd., Greenport, N.Y.; (631) 477-0666; soundviewrestaurant.com
From the Summer 2008 New York Wedding Guide