A Charming Destination WeddingWords by Taylor Wilson
Photos courtesy of Astrid Photography
The quaint and quiet charm of this small town in New York is what drew Amy and Peter to Cutchogue. Searching for the perfect location for this rustic destination wedding was easy, thanks to the sentimental attachment the couple had to this town.
Amy and Peter chose to host their destination wedding where Peter grew up vacationing on the North Fork. While he and Amy were dating, they would go back during the summers because of the town’s local charm. Once they knew they were going to host their wedding in Cutchogue, it was easy to find their venue. “Bedell Cellars is such a beautiful location and once we saw it, we were sold,” says Amy.
When Amy and Peter told their families about their plans to host a destination wedding, they were excited! “We are very lucky to have such supportive families and friends with a great sense of adventure, so we did not have any negative reactions,” explains Amy. Guests who had never been to Cutchogue were eager to explore a part of New York they had never been to. On the other hand, Peter’s family was ecstatic to revisit a place that held so many precious memories. The only issue was that in this small, sleepy town there were no major hotels. However, Amy attributes half of the fun to exploring and finding charming B&B’s and boutique hotels for their guests to stay at.
Amy and Peter were also excited about the other treasure they found in Cutchogue. John and Nikki, a team that doubles in catering an event planning, were their biggest help throughout the planning process. They coordinated everything from cocktails and food to the rentals and timeliness. John and Nikki were also able to make sure everything was running smoothly and recommend local vendors to the couple. Aside from John and Nikki, Amy and Peter also relied heavily on blogs and websites about the destination and testimonies from other brides and grooms.
This small-town wedding was filled with fun DIY elements that made the weekend that much more personalized. Amy and Peter prepared wedding weekend survival boxes for their guests to enjoy at the hotel, filled with things they love. The boxes were stuffed with goodies like North Fork Potato Chips (locally made), Peppermint Patties (the couple’s favorite ski snack), a few water bottles, some Advil for the morning after the reception, a book of information on the town and a map of North Fork for their guests to use to explore. “Our other project was fun because we were able to get our nieces and nephews involved during the wedding weekend,” says the bride of their hand-stamped doughnut bags. The kids stamped each of the doughnut bags, which were their late night snack, with an “M” and “Thank you!” contributing some special help to the W-Day preparation.
Each unique element combined made Amy and Peter’s Cutchogue destination wedding a success. The weekend was filled with unforgettable memories in a place filled with such special moments, which made it even more meaningful to the couple. Amy offers other brides some advice when it comes to planning a destination wedding. “Enjoy every minute of it from your engagement to your honeymoon. There is so much more than your actual wedding day, and that is easy to forget if you are only thinking about that one event. If you can savor every moment, the entire experience is that much better.”
Vendors: Photographer: Astrid Photography, Ceremony/Reception Site: Bedell Cellars, Gown Designer: Alvina Valenta, Lula Kate, Florist: Karen Lenahan Designs, Groom’s Clothing: Brooks Brothers, Bridesmaids/ Groomsmen’s Clothing Designer: JCrew, Catering and Event Planning: Catering By A Small Affair, Nikki and John Perry, Lighting: Dan Lenahan, Music: Band of New York, Pies: Briermere Farms, Doughnuts: Wickhams Farm, Valet Parking: Platinum Security
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