Vow Worthy Venues

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.

VINO VIEWS
If you or your intended is a wine lover, surely you already know that the East End is the best place on the East Coast for your celebration. Located on the North Fork, Bedell Cellars is widely regarded as among the finest wineries on Long Island, and their estate is a picture postcard of views ideal for all of your photos.

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.

SURF CHIC
For salt air in your hair and sunshine off the surf in your photos, picture-perfect Gurney’s Montauk is a terrific choice. Their on-site venues range from intimate cocktail parlors overlooking the beach to sprawling reception halls to an expansive outdoor roof deck with waterfront views. The Beach Club is right on the sand beneath a rustic pergola of Edison bulbs and is the only on-the-beach dining venue in the Hamptons. WiFi and a sound system are also available, so your al fresco a air needn’t be totally analog.

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.

MODERN FAIRYTALE
No wealthy great-uncle with a stone mansion? No problem. Enter Brecknock Hall. This gracious-yet-comfortable venue is the stuff of fairy tales, with sunset views of the water, white pillars supporting the front porch, expansive drawing rooms ideal for artful photos, and a generous policy of offering you and your guests 48 hours of unfettered access to the property for your ceremony and reception.

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.

COUNTRY CHARM
Built in 1680 (!!!), the Mulford House is considered one of the most significant English Colonial farmsteads remaining in America. Largely unchanged since 1750, it’s a living story, with plenty to tell about the bold men and women who first set foot on what would become American soil and thought to make a home here. What could be a more moving location for your vows than one of the country’s earliest homes, peopled by so pioneering a family? Today, Mulford Farm is in the care of the East Hampton Historical Society and makes a breathtaking backdrop for a cozy Hamptons wedding.

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.