~ Recommended Wedding Reception and
Wedding Ceremony Locations ~
The Historical
Thatched Cottage
One of my favorite things about the Thatched
Cottage is that every time I go there it keeps on
getting better and better. They only do one
wedding at a time. This is important to many
Brides. It ensures that you will get all the
attention that your special day deserves. Located
on Long Island's North Shore in Centerport,
guests are treated to breathtaking sunsets over the
bay, beautifully landscaped gardens, and service
that is second to none. While an indoor chapel is
available for ceremonies, the gazebo - which is
far away from the noise of busy roads and right
on the water - is in use and quite comfortable for
the majority of the year. I also love the presence
of the swans swimming in the background,
because as everyone knows swans mate for life.
Even if you have been to the Thatched Cottage
before so many renovations have taken place that
a second look is needed to grasp how beautiful
this venue is.
Raphael
Vineyards
Long Island's "Wine Country" is the newest alternative to the traditional catering hall wedding
ceremony and reception site. The vineyards themselves are ripe with marriage metaphors. And
that same devotion and attention to detail shows in every event that Raphael hosts. This is
without exception the best of the best, when it comes to Long Island Vineyard Weddings.
Upscale and nature blend seamlessly in the open and airy great hall, while gazing out at the
grounds is reminiscent of Tuscany. Transported for the day or the weekend to the welcoming
world of Raphael you will feel and be treated like family from beginning to new beginning!
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The Riviera
The Riviera is located in Massapequa on the beautiful Great
South Bay. The inside is rich and warm with glowing wood,
hanging tapestries, sweeping staircase, baby grand piano,
balcony and not one but two fireplaces in the main room. All this
gives a "great hall" kind of feel, yet with the windows offering a
panoramic water view, it is light and inviting. The outdoor
gazebo is fresh and new, ideal for outdoor ceremonies or
wedding pictures. The Riviera is a single event venue, which
ensures that you and your wedding get full and undivided
attention. Their professional staff are more than willing to work
with you to help you achieve the wedding of your dreams. The
confidence they have in all that they can provide gives the
Riviera a reputation as a place for "no stress brides"
Lessings:
The Pavilion at
Sunken Meadow
Lessings:
Smithtown Landing
Country Club
When it comes to quality, longevity, and experience there is no comparison to Lessings.
They have been serving and catering to Long Islands elite and their fabulous functions since
1890. Smithtown Landing Country Club is located on the North Shore, overlooking the
Nissequogue River. It offers three buildings which ensures that your affair have all the
privacy and attention that your special day deserves. The grounds and the building make for
wonderful photos and serve equally well for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies.
Are you looking for that laid back and relaxed toes in the sand Beach
Wedding without going all the way out to the Hamptons? If so the
Pavilion at Sunken Meadow State Park is a must see before choosing
a venue. Ceremonies can be performed either on the beach itself or
they have a deck that extends over the sand. The site is run by the
folks at Lessings which means professionalism with a staff that is
friendly relaxed and truly happy to be there with you on your day.
And just look at the pictures above, those are real couples, the Long
Island Sound is truly that blue and the sunsets are that gorgeous! So if
this is your idea of what you want your Beach Wedding to be like
then this is the venue for you.
Lessings:
West
Sayville
Country
Club
Walking in to the West Sayville Country Club is like entering the great house of a country
estate. It is warm and welcoming, charming and inviting. It was built in 1909 by Commodore
Frederick G. Bourne as a wedding present for his daughter, Florence, upon her marriage to
Anson Hard. So the building holds not only the memory of happy events but the longevity of a
long and happy marriage. The glassed in deck brings the natural beauty of the surroundings
which inspired the name "Meadow Edge" right into your reception. This is a single event venue
that comes with friendly, personalized attention, a huge and fully appointed bridal suit, and a
master chef that will delight and amaze the epicurean in all! Ceremonies and receptions there
ALWAYS get rave reviews.
See a slideshow of the West Sayville CC  Photos thanks to Park Avenue Studio
Larkfield
The All New Larkfield Manor is here!
Always a leader in the industry, the Larkfield
Manor's standards have been head and shoulders
above even the best of Long Islands Catering Halls.
Now they are going above and beyond with "Ground
Breaking" Renovations that must be seen to be
believed! Larkfield is the perfect place to make your
dreams come true! Light, airy, immaculately clean,
and grand beyond belief, with food is always a
culinary masterpiece. Their new design has blended
all the romance and old world charm of a
Mediterranean Villa with modern technology.
Elegance and intelligent lighting, rich woods and
plasma screens, plush carpet and i-docks to play
your own music through their house sound system
all await you at Larkfield. The outdoor ceremony
location is tucked away in a perfectly manicured
patio. And even in all this grandeur you are treated
like real people by real people, who actually care
about what you want, and desire to give you just
that rather than pitching their product.
Fire Island  Lighthouse
This little known ceremony only location is
ripe with many metaphors for the journey of
marriage. It also has all the benefits of a beach
wedding with easy access for the older folks,
(unless of course you're going all the way to
the top which is on your list of options!) and
an indoor option "just in case". The price is
very reasonable, less than most halls add to
have your ceremony on site. The location
unique, the staff is warm and wonderful, and
they do all the paperwork with the Parks
Department for you. Well worth a look!
de Seversky Center
If you thought a real mansion was out of your price range
GO SEE THIS VENUE
The de Seversky Center is a Grand Old Gold Coast Mansion in
every aspect of the term. White marble greets you in the exquisite
entrance way with the grand staircase ready for the perfect ascent.
The walls are of rich wood. Corinthian columns line the mansions
exterior which looks out on over 100 acres of Old Westbury's
finest landscapes. There is also a brick and glass atrium, perfect
for the ceremony itself. Pioneers of "Mansion Style"  and
"European Style" dining the de Seversky Center is every bit as
opulent as one would expect, but she is surprisingly warm and
intimate. The food is everything you would expect and more as
they gladly cater to your requests, the service is first class and the
staff are skilled, friendly, professional and down to earth. It is also
one of the frw venues where the general manager is an active and
interactive part of your event. This is a Must See if you are
thinking Mansion.
Below is a list of some of the places that recommend my services, the places that I call home.
This page is not here as a requirement of being one of their house vendors but as a resource to
you, because I believe whole heartedly that all of these locations show the same genuine
concern for their Brides and Grooms as I do. They each have a different feel and who knows!
Maybe one of them is just what you've been looking for! If you are looking for a simple
elopement ceremony with just you and two witnesses, you are always welcome to begin your
life together by signing your license at my home. If you want to have a few guests I offer
something similar to my "Just Marry Us" option at Argyle Gazebo in Babylon Village.
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The Bailey
Arboretum
Originally built in the 1820's and newly renovated in 2005, the Bailey is anything but the
same old thing. The mansion is perfect for intimate affairs with it's formal dining room, a
spacious double living room, and a large enclosed sun porch looking out over the
gardens. For larger events, the 43 acre property has more than one lawn large enough to
host a tent wedding. The Baily also welcomes photography and  ceremony only requests.
Best of all the price for this Hidden Jewel of Long Island's Historic Homes is far less than
one would expect.
Sky Dive
Long Island
Wedding Ceremonies that are not for the faint of heart! Are you
on the adventurous side? Sky Dive Long Island may be just the
place for you to make your promises. Some make their promises
in the air, and others would rather have their marriage ceremony
performed on the ground and then go up to jump as their first
act as husband and wife. This venue has a house photographer
& videographer who comes with a helmet cam to capture the
moment and share it with friends and family. If the wedding
itself will be a more traditional one another option is to let Sky
Dive Long Island be your Ultimate Jack and Jill
Bachelor/Bachelorette Party!
(No, I haven't jumped yet. Will your wedding be my first?)
Photos thanks to Park Avenue Studio
photos by
Candid Like
Life Photography
More photos
The Royalton
Mansion
at the
Roslyn Country Club
The Royalton at Roslyn Country Club is a colonial mansion from the early 1900s, set on 10
acres of wooded arbor and English Garden, it's been completely restored to its timelessness
and glory, combining tradition of perfection and modern sophistication. Upon entrance a
mahogany doorway opens to a two story lobby, adorned by a crystal chandelier, wood floors
dressed in oriental rugs, and a wood carved, curved master staircase. A plush carpeted hall
takes you to a Coventry stone patio and rich wood-paneled rooms, ideal for cocktails with
their two fireplaces. The Grand Ballroom is elegantly decorated with beautiful sconces, hand
carved crown moldings and Brazilian hardwood floors. The Mahogany Library features
floor-to-ceiling mahogany walls and moldings, arm chairs, plush couches, a fireplace and
mahogany barrister bookshelves. The bridal suite is in fact the original master bedroom of
the mansion's first owner Edward Moore; it features a mahogany four post bed, gas burning
fireplace and a luxurious master bathroom. The Conservatory, complete with coffered
ceilings is another perfect setting for your cocktail hour; its large windows offer incredible
views of the English-styled gardens and fountains. With its green Coventry stone walls, a
wrought iron lamp post and a gate, the Ivy Courtyard is perfect for a romantic ceremony.
This is a true Long Island mansion, and even with all this opulence the people there are
warm and friendly, with a genuine desire for your wedding day being everything you could
dream of in their hearts.
If you are looking for a single event venue but are thinking you do
not have enough guests, this is truly a wonderful place for an
intimate wedding. Located in Historic Miller Place, Miller Beach
Surf Club boasts a panoramic view of the Long Island Sound. It is a
single event venue with friendly, experienced staff and management
that is willing to tailor the entire event to fit your needs. The food,
service, private beach for photos and the blending of spectacular
grounds with an intimate indoor dining room may make this the
place of your dreams.  
Miller Beach
Surf Club
Chateau La Mer has long been a Long Island favorite. Located
in Lindenhurst right on the Great South Bay it has a breezy
seaside feel coupled with all the opulence of crystal chandeliers
and imported marble. The multilevel deck is fabulous for both
ceremony and cocktail hour with food that will delight and
amaze your guests. Another aspect that many couples love is
being taken away after the ceremony by private Yacht, not only
to make a grand entrance... but also to have those first few
minutes as husband and wife alone and say to one another "We
really did it!" Thirty years of experience will ensure that none
of the fine details of your special day will be overlooked as
Chateau La Mer combines extraordinary food, superior service
and an elegant atmosphere to turn your wedding into the perfect
dream come true.
Chateau La Mer
Argyle Gazebo is located across
from Argyle Lake on Montauk
Highway in Babylon Village. The
village does issue permits and one
is always required.

Other Ceremony Only Sites
Last 3 photos were taken by Laura Ryan Photography
"It has been said that
marriage requires
a leap of faith!"
Westbury  Manor
This Victorian Era Mansion has been meticulously restored to
recapture its original charm. Set on six acres of beautifully
landscaped gardens, enhanced by ponds, waterfalls and
gazebos, it offers a stately setting for an outdoor cocktail hour
or garden chapel ceremony. Colorful peacocks, ducks, and
perched parrots adorn the expansive grounds. As you enter the
grounds through large brick pillars with concrete finials and
enter the manor's driveway lined with picturesque gas street
lamps, you are taken back to a Victorian era of long ago.
Plantings are seasonal and include an incredible display of
spring tulips and daffodils as well as a winter setting of tiny
white lights that create a luminous wonderland. The interior is
styled in estate era woods of mahogany, cherry and rose
accented by leaded stained glass windows and detailed plaster
ceilings. The decor is plush upholsteries, brass fixtures, and
timeless heirlooms. European trained chefs will skillfully
prepare and personally create any dish or delicacy that is
desired. The renowned cuisine that has made the Westbury
Manor famous is evident at every party regardless of budget or
menu.

For a better look at the rooms and gardens see
Silverfox's Video
Interview with Jerry Scotto, the most approachable owner in
the industry. He understands that you are not just a number and
that YOUR wedding day is a once in a lifetime event.
Lessings:
The View
The newly renovated VIEW! It doesn't get more on the water than this!
The panoramic water views of the Connetquot River and Great South
Bay are inescapably beautiful. This unique venue attracts a fun loving
and laid back type couple. The dining room is marked by fireplaces on
each end, and VIEW’s raw sushi bar is always a big hit. New features
to this intimate space include a waterfall backdrop made of blue and
white seashells behind a marble bar top, beach-inspired and artwork.
The main dining room, which seats up to 165 guests, pairs nautical
elements with white china, sleek beige leather chairs and sand wash
walls to complement mahogany tables and matching columns against
hardwood floors. The Grill Room provides more casual dining for up to
70 guests and boasts a lively bar scene with French doors leading to the
outdoor patio where the ceremony is held in nice weather. The view is
perfect for those looking for a more relaxed setting with better food
than your guests have ever had at a wedding!
Chateau Briand
Their motto is: "Our style may not be for everyone, which
makes it perfect for you" If you love grace and elegance of the
art deco period, with all the perks of modern technology, then
this may be your venue! There are many features that will
surprise and delight your guests. The option to use their
outdoor space for a club type setting is as inviting as the
formal elegance of the ballrooms. All this combined with
world class cuisine make Chateau Briand a truly unique venue.
Fox Hollow
Nestled upon eight private acres of Long Island's Gold
Coast...
The Fox Hollow features picturesque gardens with
cascading waterfalls, elegant indoor and outdoor chapels,
spacious photo salon, plush private bridal suite, fine
dining restaurant for your rehearsal dinner or post
wedding brunch, and an award-winning all-suite luxury
hotel...all in one convenient location.
This season, the Fox Hollow brings you Long Island's
newest wedding venue, The Somerley. Set apart from the
estate's manor, The Somerley combines traditional grace
with modern elegance to create an awe-inspiring
experience.
Majestic Gardens
Majestic Gardens is a family owned, single event venue, in Rocky Point. The Formal English
Gardens combined with the Mediterranean inspired fountains, and other landscape design
elements are a perfect setting for photos. Serving from a most intimate gathering of 75 to a
rocking party of 350 the cuisine and attention to detail that every wedding gets is unsurpassed.
The traditional ballrooms boast a beautiful ivory granite dance floor with a black scrolling
border, hand-painted murals and the rich hand-carved mahogany barsare. It is grand and
opulent but with the ability to be transformed into a club like setting with uplights and lounge
furniture. The Atrium is a 4,000 square foot glass-enclosed area designed especially for
indoor-outdoor cocktail hours that blends Nature and the comforts of climate control
seamlessly. Majestic Gardens has expert wedding planning assistance included in the many
services they offer to make your special day stress free.
The Watermill
All the enchanting beauty of Long Island's Gold Coast is captured in the
newly-renovated Watermill, situated in Smithtown, NY. Watermill Caterers
symbolizes the revival of the Original North Shore and it was pronounced a Suffolk
County landmark over 50 years ago. Entirely redecorated, this magnificent catering
establishment is incomparable in offering some of the highest quality cuisine and
outstanding service. It's perfect for the celebration of any special occasions like
weddings, anniversaries, formal corporate affairs, engagements, bar mitzvahs and
christenings. Watermill is committed to providing you with the very best of
everything so that you can be sure your affair will be remembered for a lifetime.