Where to Proclaim Forever on the East End
What could be more romantic than a Hamptons getaway? A Hamptons wedding, of course! Whether you just got engaged, are seeing someone new, or simply love to daydream, there’s no shortage of swoon-inspiring settings on the East End. The diversity here – from farms and fields to vines and vineyards to the open ocean – leaves almost endless possibilities for brides- and grooms-to-be, and the only thing more difficult than saying “yes!” might be deciding where to say “I do.” Here, four of our favorites, each suited to a very different but no less festive celebration.
The venue itself is the winery’s tasting room, complete with cathedral ceilings and an attached 4,000-square-foot mahogany deck overlooking the vines. The apple orchard and lawn nearby are also available for cocktails and ceremonies, in case you want to be closer to nature. The event coordinator here works closely with a variety of caterers to help meet your budget and taste, and of course, if it’s wine you want, you’ll have no shortage of top-notch options to toast your nuptials.
Looking for something a bit more glamorous? The Great Hall can accommodate gatherings of up to 300 and also subdivides into three equal-sized rooms for smaller parties. Blackout capabilities make for a dramatic entrance for the new couple, and soaring windows o er an up-close view of the waves reaching the shore.
Make yourself at home and at ease, with a restroom attendant and security available on site to keep your event moving smoothly. A private bridal suite allows the lady of the hour to prepare in peace with her ’maids, while the groomsmen’s quarters give the gentlemen a place to await the big moment. Access to a private beach on the sound is also available for photos, and ample parking makes arrivals and departures a breeze.
If your flower budget is modest, you’ll want to explore Rachel’s Garden, the on-site recreation of an 18th-century dooryard garden. Once a home to medicinal, culinary, dyeing, and housekeeping plants, it was also the property’s supply of cut flowers and is expertly maintained by the East Hampton Garden Club’s devoted members.