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Shopping for a Vineyard Wedding Venue

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My friends Adam and Irina striking a pose at a potential ceremony site: Duckwalk Vineyards in Southold, Long Island.

I recently third-wheeled out of the city with some of my best engaged friends to check out two potential wedding venues. The aim: A vineyard wedding in the fall of 2013. "In New York?" you may be asking. Yes!

East coasters (or anyone not close to Napa) take note: At 10 a.m. we began battling traffic out of Manhattan and by noon we were cruising past nothing but adorable road-side flower shops and rows of grape vines on the north shore of Long Island. We hit Duckwalk Vineyards in Southold then Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead, and were back by dinner. Here are a few pictures from our venue roadtrip.

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Duckwalk Vineyards is set up well for a both a ceremony and reception: Vows in the grass, cocktail hour on the patio, and dinner indoors.

1 Duckwalk Vineyards is set up well for a both a ceremony and reception: Vows in the grass, cocktail hour on the patio, and dinner indoors.

The vineyards make for an amazing backdrop for

2 The vineyards make for an amazing backdrop for "I do's" no?

The main reception space. The light wood gives the whole space an airy feel.

3 The main reception space. The light wood gives the whole space an airy feel.

Irina took notes while chatting about venue details with one of the event planning staff. The main takeaway: They'd have to make room in the budget for rentals because not much is provided other than the space at Duckwalk.

4 Irina took notes while chatting about venue details with one of the event planning staff. The main takeaway: They'd have to make room in the budget for rentals because not much is provided other than the space at Duckwalk.

Second vineyard of the day: Martha Clara. This winery was actually started by the Entenmann family and is on a bigger plot of land than Duckwalk -- 200+ acres!

5 Second vineyard of the day: Martha Clara. This winery was actually started by the Entenmann family and is on a bigger plot of land than Duckwalk -- 200+ acres!

Quintessential vineyard cuteness: Goats, pigs, and horses are scattered around the property to stop and feed.

6 Quintessential vineyard cuteness: Goats, pigs, and horses are scattered around the property to stop and feed.

How perfect are the classic red doors for wedding portraits?

7 How perfect are the classic red doors for wedding portraits?

The barn fits 200 and oozes rustic charm. The fresh-cut wood smell made us all fall in love.

8 The barn fits 200 and oozes rustic charm. The fresh-cut wood smell made us all fall in love.

Above the barn is this loft (complete with its own bar) for the groom and his party to get ready before the big show.

9 Above the barn is this loft (complete with its own bar) for the groom and his party to get ready before the big show.

The view from the loft. Plenty of potential for strings of lights and hanging lanterns!

10 The view from the loft. Plenty of potential for strings of lights and hanging lanterns!

For an outdoor ceremony, the bridal party would exit from this small farmhouse to a clearing in front of the vineyard.

11 For an outdoor ceremony, the bridal party would exit from this small farmhouse to a clearing in front of the vineyard.

This gravel spot is for perfect for cocktail hour. Horses are kept behind the fence and you can choose to have them out and about during all your festivities.

12 This gravel spot is for perfect for cocktail hour. Horses are kept behind the fence and you can choose to have them out and about during all your festivities.

Over-sized wine barrels like this one are available as decor, or even as cocktail hour tables.

13 Over-sized wine barrels like this one are available as decor, or even as cocktail hour tables.

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