WEDDING STYLE BLOG

Inspiration for the Long Island Bride

  • Date: Oct 11, 2019
  • Author: Long Island Bride and Groom, Gab Varano
  • Category: General   

Take a break from wedding planning this fall and just spend some time with the apple (or pumpkin) of your eye! From active to relaxing, Long Island is ready for you to have  some autumn fun! Head outside and turn up the romance before the temperature drops with activities from this list of apple picking, pumpkin picking, horseback riding, hiking, strolling and picnicking spots!


 

 

- Hayden’s Peach Orchard, Wading River

- Milk Pail U-Pick Farm, Water Mill 

- Seven Ponds Orchard, Water Mill 

- Woodside Orchards, Jamesport 

- Filasky Farm, Aquebogue 




- Fairview Farm at Mecox, Bridgehampton

- Fink’s Country Farm, Wading River 

- Harbes Family Farm, Mattituck and Jamesport

- Gabrielsen’s Country Farm, Jamesport 

- Greenland Family Farms, Cutchogue 

- Helen’s Pumpkin Farm, Aquebogue 

- Krupski Farms, Peconic 

- Brightwaters Farms , Bay Shore 

- Elwood Pumpkin Farm, Huntington 

- Glover Farms, Brookhaven 

- Schmitt’s Family Farm, Melville 

- White Post Farms, Melville  

 



- Wickham’s Fruit Farm, Cutchogue 

- Lewin Farms, Calverton 

- Hank’s PumpkinTown, Water Mill 

- Harbes Family Farm, Riverhead 

 

 

- The New York Equestrian Center, West Hempstead 

- Babylon Riding Center, West Babylon

- Bethpage Equestrian Center, Old Bethpage 

- Deep Hollow Ranch, Montauk 

- Big River Barn, Old Westbury 




- Shadmoor State Park, Montauk (also has picnic area)
 

- Sunken Meadow State Park, Kings Park (also has picnic area)

- Cold Spring Harbor State Park, Cold Spring Harbor

- Trail View State Park, Woodbury

- Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich (also has walking trails)

- Hempstead Lake State Park, West Hempstead (also has picnic area)

- Caleb Smith State Park, Smithtown

- Sands Point Preserve, Sands Point (also has picnic area)

- Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Quogue (also has walking trails)

 



- Oheka Castle, Huntington

- Cupsogue Beach, Westhampton

- The Nautical Mile, Westhampton

- Wickham’s Fruit Farm, Cutchogue (see apple and pumpkin picking section)

- Roger’s Mansion, Southampton

- Fire Island Lighthouse, Fire Island

- Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge, Sag Harbor

 



- Old Westbury Gardens, Westbury (also good for walking and hiking)

- Gerry Pond Park, Roslyn

- Indian Island County Park, Riverhead (also has hiking trails)

- Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, Oyster Bay

- Sunken Meadow State Park, Kings Park (also has hiking trails)

- Belmont Lake State Park, West Babylon (also has walking trails)

- Heckscher State Park, East Islip (also has hiking trails)



So, take advantage of this warm(er) weather and take a big breath of fresh air to calm down before the stress of wedding planning returns!

 

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Take a break from wedding planning this fall and just spend some time with the apple (or pumpkin) of your eye! From active to relaxing, Long Island is ready for you to have  some autumn fun! Head outside and turn up the romance before the temperature drops with activities from this list of apple picking, pumpkin picking, horseback riding, hiking, strolling and picnicking spots!


 

 

- Hayden’s Peach Orchard, Wading River

- Milk Pail U-Pick Farm, Water Mill 

- Seven Ponds Orchard, Water Mill 

- Woodside Orchards, Jamesport 

- Filasky Farm, Aquebogue 




- Fairview Farm at Mecox, Bridgehampton

- Fink’s Country Farm, Wading River 

- Harbes Family Farm, Mattituck and Jamesport

- Gabrielsen’s Country Farm, Jamesport 

- Greenland Family Farms, Cutchogue 

- Helen’s Pumpkin Farm, Aquebogue 

- Krupski Farms, Peconic 

- Brightwaters Farms, Bay Shore 

- Elwood Pumpkin Farm, Huntington 

- Glover Farms, Brookhaven 

- Schmitt’s Family Farm, Melville 

- White Post Farms, Melville  

 



- Wickham’s Fruit Farm, Cutchogue 

- Lewin Farms, Calverton 

- Hank’s PumpkinTown, Water Mill 

- Harbes Family Farm, Riverhead 

 

 

- The New York Equestrian Center, West Hempstead 

- Babylon Riding Center, West Babylon

- Bethpage Equestrian Center, Old Bethpage 

- Deep Hollow Ranch, Montauk 

- Big River Barn, Old Westbury 




- Shadmoor State Park, Montauk (also has picnic area)
 

- Sunken Meadow State Park, Kings Park (also has picnic area)

- Cold Spring Harbor State Park, Cold Spring Harbor

- Trail View State Park, Woodbury

- Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich (also has walking trails)

- Hempstead Lake State Park, West Hempstead (also has picnic area)

- Caleb Smith State Park, Smithtown

- Sands Point Preserve, Sands Point (also has picnic area)

- Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Quogue (also has walking trails)

 



- Oheka Castle, Huntington

- Cupsogue Beach, Westhampton

- The Nautical Mile, Westhampton

- Wickham’s Fruit Farm, Cutchogue (see apple and pumpkin picking section)

- Roger’s Mansion, Southampton

- Fire Island Lighthouse, Fire Island

- Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge, Sag Harbor

 



- Old Westbury Gardens, Westbury (also good for walking and hiking)

- Gerry Pond Park, Roslyn

- Indian Island County Park, Riverhead (also has hiking trails)

- Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, Oyster Bay

- Sunken Meadow State Park, Kings Park (also has hiking trails)

- Belmont Lake State Park, West Babylon (also has walking trails)

- Heckscher State Park, East Islip (also has hiking trails)



So, take advantage of this warm(er) weather and take a big breath of fresh air to calm down before the stress of wedding planning returns!

 

  • Date: Sep 18, 2019
  • Author: Long Island Bride and Groom, Gia Tims
  • Category: General   

Throughout the craziness of planning your wedding, you might be longing for a night in with your girls. This list has got you covered with categories of all the wedding-related flicks you and your bride tribe can binge watch in your sweats at home!

Classics Everyone Loves:

The crowd pleasers. A wedding movie night would be incomplete without them.

-Father of the Bride
-Runaway Bride
-Pretty Woman
-The Notebook
-My Big Fat Greek Wedding

RomComs for Laughs:

Films that will have you and your girls crying from laughter while gushing from the mushy moments.

-Wedding Crashers
-27 Dresses
-The Wedding Singer
-50 First Dates
-The Wedding Planner


Girl Gang Faves:

These movies are centered around the besties and the girl gangs. It'll make all of you feel grateful to have each other by the end of the night!

-Bride Wars
-My Best Friend’s Wedding
-Something Borrowed
-Mamma Mia!
-Bridesmaids

So gather up your girls and take a break from the matrimonial madness! It’ll be a fun night that all of you will cherish and remember forever.

  • Date: May 07, 2019
  • Author: Courtesy of Waerator, Eric Leckey Sommelier, WSET 3, CSW
  • Category: General   

Wine can intimidate and confuse and there is no real need for this. Drinking wine has been around for a long time (see below) and can be too steeped in tradition and formalities at times. As with most traditions in our society, they are based in superstition more so than fact and the perceived “snootiness” of wine does not help to attract new wine drinkers.

That said, there are lots of confusing and/or interesting facts that might be fun to learn. Maybe we can remove the shroud of mystery that envelops wine and learn some interesting facts about the best thing you can put in your glass…wine.

Waerator 

·   Toasting- The Romans started the practice of dropping actual pieces of toast in their glasses of 
    wine. This was to help with the excessive acidity that was common in early versions of wine-making.

   ·  Wine deteriorates when oxygen hits it, yet it is the introduction of oxygen to the wine which gets the
    wine in the most enjoyable and recommended tasting profile. It is a delicate balance between too much
    air and not enough air. That is why everyone should aerate their wines properly with a good,     
    quality 
wineaerator.

·   Vegan: While a lot of wine is Vegan, it would surprise you to know that a lot of wine is filtered through
   gelatin and other animal products. So, if you are a vegan, remember to read the label first.

·      ·     Italy- There is a fountain that dispenses wine, and yes, it is free. This is Italy after all.


·       ·  The oldest bottle of wine has been traced back to 325 A.D. You can go see (not taste) the bottle which is
  on display in a museum in Germany.


·       ·   Sense of smell- Sommeliers like myself can tell you that the sense of smell is the most important
   process involved in tasting and evaluating wine. What is interesting is physically, women are better at
   tasting and evaluating wine than men. This is due to their heightened sense of smell.


·      ·    Bubbles- In ancient Greece, it was thought that the bubbles in wine were from the phases of the moon
   reacting to the wine, and was also blamed on evil spirits.


·       ·   Wine Barrels- Why are they so expensive? The average age of a French oak tree that is used in making
   the most common wine barrel in Europe is 170 years old.


·      ·   There are around 10,000 varieties of wine grapes. A Grand Master Sommelier must know and
  understand each of them as well as where the grapes would grow.


·       ·  The Declaration of Independence was toasted with some Madeira wine that was imported for the King’s 
   presumed visit. When he canceled his trip, the founding fathers thought it 
appropriate to use the wine 
   that was meant for the King of England as a worthy wine to toast with.


·      ·   Napa was known for prunes before being known for wine.


·      ·   Resveritol is a chemical found in red wine that is shown to reduce heart attacks and acts as a free-
  radical remover. 
 


·       ·  A new planting of wine will take 3-5 years to produce the fruit needed to harvest for wine. This is an   
  expensive wait for the prospective winery owner and is another reason that wine startup companies are
  expensive to own.


·       ·  Prohibition- some wineries were able to survive prohibition by making sacrament wine for churches. Of
  course, the output for this sacrament wine exceeded 1200% of needed production for churches. I wonder
  what they could have possibly done with all that excess wine?


·      ·  One Glass of wine needs a cluster of grapes to produce enough juice to fill the glass. This is about 75
  grapes per glass.


·      ·  One Bottle= 750 ml, 2.4 lbs of grapes, and will pour 4 full glasses of wine.


Bet you didn’t know THAT about wine….

Saluti’
Eric Leckey
Sommelier, WSET 3, CSW 

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Wine can intimidate and confuse and there is no real need for this. Drinking wine has been around for a long time (see below) and can be too steeped in tradition and formalities at times. As with most traditions in our society, they are based in superstition more so than fact and the perceived “snootiness” of wine does not help to attract new wine drinkers.

That said, there are lots of confusing and/or interesting facts that might be fun to learn. Maybe we can remove the shroud of mystery that envelops wine and learn some interesting facts about the best thing you can put in your glass…wine.

Waerator 

·   Toasting- The Romans started the practice of dropping actual pieces of toast in their glasses of 
    wine. This was to help with the excessive acidity that was common in early versions of wine-making.

   ·  Wine deteriorates when oxygen hits it, yet it is the introduction of oxygen to the wine which gets the
    wine in the most enjoyable and recommended tasting profile. It is a delicate balance between too much
    air and not enough air. That is why everyone should aerate their wines properly with a good,     
    quality 
wineaerator.

·   Vegan: While a lot of wine is Vegan, it would surprise you to know that a lot of wine is filtered through
   gelatin and other animal products. So, if you are a vegan, remember to read the label first.

·      ·     Italy- There is a fountain that dispenses wine, and yes, it is free. This is Italy after all.


·       ·  The oldest bottle of wine has been traced back to 325 A.D. You can go see (not taste) the bottle which is
  on display in a museum in Germany.


·       ·   Sense of smell- Sommeliers like myself can tell you that the sense of smell is the most important
   process involved in tasting and evaluating wine. What is interesting is physically, women are better at
   tasting and evaluating wine than men. This is due to their heightened sense of smell.


·      ·    Bubbles- In ancient Greece, it was thought that the bubbles in wine were from the phases of the moon
   reacting to the wine, and was also blamed on evil spirits.


·       ·   Wine Barrels- Why are they so expensive? The average age of a French oak tree that is used in making
   the most common wine barrel in Europe is 170 years old.


·      ·   There are around 10,000 varieties of wine grapes. A Grand Master Sommelier must know and
  understand each of them as well as where the grapes would grow.


·       ·  The Declaration of Independence was toasted with some Madeira wine that was imported for the King’s 
   presumed visit. When he canceled his trip, the founding fathers thought it 
appropriate to use the wine 
   that was meant for the King of England as a worthy wine to toast with.


·      ·   Napa was known for prunes before being known for wine.


·      ·   Resveritol is a chemical found in red wine that is shown to reduce heart attacks and acts as a free-
  radical remover. 
 


·       ·  A new planting of wine will take 3-5 years to produce the fruit needed to harvest for wine. This is an   
  expensive wait for the prospective winery owner and is another reason that wine startup companies are
  expensive to own.


·       ·  Prohibition- some wineries were able to survive prohibition by making sacrament wine for churches. Of
  course, the output for this sacrament wine exceeded 1200% of needed production for churches. I wonder
  what they could have possibly done with all that excess wine?


·      ·  One Glass of wine needs a cluster of grapes to produce enough juice to fill the glass. This is about 75
  grapes per glass.


·      ·  One Bottle= 750 ml, 2.4 lbs of grapes, and will pour 4 full glasses of wine.


Bet you didn’t know THAT about wine….

Saluti’
Eric Leckey
Sommelier, WSET 3, CSW 

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  • Date: Sep 26, 2018
  • Author: Long Island Bride and Groom - Stephanie Bongiorno
  • Category: General   
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