Get Some Air
Nestled in the heart of the Musconetcong River Valley near where the Musconetcong and Delaware Rivers meet, this 93-acre vineyard of sustainably farmed vines and gardens provides a serene and soaring backdrop for a Tuscan-inspired outdoor wedding. Ceremonies take place under a huge walnut tree on the highest knoll of the property and are followed by a tented reception in the field. The property can accommodate big parties—up to 1,800—for a flat daily fee of $2,500. 269 Riegelsville Warren Glen Rd., Milford, N.J.; 908-995-7800; albavineyard.com.
Bedell tends to be a love-at-first-sight venue, as many brides will attest. The grounds are well-manicured yet informal, with an apple orchard and lavender and herb gardens to complement the scenery. Receptions are never grandiose or super formal. Here it’s all about quiet elegance. The plot with a huge, shady oak tree is the most popular spot for ceremonies: Cocktail hour calls for parasols and Champagne toasts within the vineyard, and the party picks up just steps away in the mahogany porch pavilion that accommodates up to 200 guests for seated dinner and dancing. Site rental ranges from $10,000 to $15,000. 36225 Main Rd., Rte. 25, Cutchogue, N.Y.; 631-734-7537; bedellcellars.com.
Jonathan Edwards Winery
This Connecticut winery prides itself on its mix of New England charm and Napa style (where there is, indeed, a sister property). The landscape here is reminiscent of the West Coast’s finer vineyards—full and open with an easy air and superb grounds. Reception details are simple and straightforward. For larger events up to 200, it’s a tented affair (included in the site cost of $10,000 to $10,500) on the hillside lawn overlooking the vines. 74 Chester Main Rd., North Stonington, Conn.; 860-535-0202; jedwardswinery.com.
Saltwater Farm Vineyard
It’s rare to come across a stunning seaside winery like Saltwater Farm Vineyard. It’s rarer yet to come across one whose vintage infrastructure was refurbished not too long ago with modern amenities for in-house parties. The 108-acre site is home to a private airport, and the central building—an architecturally gorgeous 1930s hangar—was strategically converted into a double-duty tasting room-meets-event space. It was outfitted with thoughtful touches like a bridal loft for hair-and-makeup prep. Ceremonies take place among the grapevines or on one of two terraced areas surrounding the hangar (and occasionally at the end of the airstrip near a small beach). Guests then segue to a terrace overlooking the fields for cocktails before heading into the hangar for dinner, dancing, and lots of vino. The space can hold up to 180 and rates vary from $6,500 to $11,000. 349 Elm St., Stonington, Conn.; 800-818-7258; saltwaterfarmvineyard.com.