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Connecticut's Quiet Corner
13 Canterbury Road, Suite 3 P.O. Box 145
Brooklyn, CT 06234-0145
Phone: 860.779.6383
Fax 860.779.6390
Toll free 888.628.1228
Email:quietcorner@snet.net

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Every bride and groom wants their wedding day to be perfect. Connecticut's Quiet Corner offers every possible setting and amenity to make your special day the most memorable of your life. Whether you dream of a romantic candlelit ceremony or want to exchange your vows in a sun-dappled maple grove, it's possible in the Quiet Corner. Horse drawn carriages, Victorian mansions and historic inns provide the idyllic setting for the couple seeking traditional splendor, while country barns, cornfields and wildflowers add rustic flavor to a country wedding. Sculptured gardens, rolling hills and charming gazebos provide picturesque photography backdrops. Here, too, you'll find everything you need to fulfill your wedding day fantasy - sumptuous gowns and stylish tuxedos, customized floral arrangements, delectable cuisine to suit parties of all sizes and tastes, and every other service designed to help personalize your wedding day. The Quiet Corner is a great central meeting place, whether you're traveling from Massachusetts, Rhode Island or New York.

This brochure was produced by the Northeast Connecticut Visitors District in cooperation with the participating wedding facilities. Funded in part by the CTC/CDECD Tourism Office. For your convenience, we have tried to make all information accurate and up-to-date. Nevertheless, we advise that you check times and charges to avoid disappointment. The Northeast Connecticut Visitors District cannot assume responsibility.

 

WEDDING AND RECEPTION SITES


THE GARDENS AT THE ORIGINAL ACADEMY BUILDING

486 Route 169, Woodstock, CT 06281
phone (860) 928-4421, e-mail rjudith@neca.com
outdoor, wedding site, reception site

The gardens surrounding the 1801 Academy Building offer a glorious setting for an intimate garden wedding and/or wedding photography location. Featured in national magazines, such as Fine Gardening, Judith's gardens are lush with roses, allees, arbors and garden rooms outlined with old garden roses. Appropriate for small catered wedding parties, custom wedding planning and photography services can be arranged. A Justice of the Peace is also available on premises.
Season: mid-May through mid-October. Fee: varies with rental, wedding planning services; photography $75/hour.

 

THE INN AT WOODSTOCK HILL
94 Plaine Hill Road, South Woodstock, CT 06267
phone (860) 928-0528, fax (860) 928-3236email innwood@snet.net
http://www.webtravels.com/woodstockhill
historic, wedding site, reception site, indoor/outdoor

Nestled on 19 gently sloping acres and surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens, The Inn at Woodstock Hill is the perfect choice to make memories. Twenty-two spacious, immaculate, professionally-decorated guest rooms boast elegant decor. Private baths, fireplaces, TV's, four poster beds, and luxurious relaxation. Award winning gourmet dining accented by candlelight, sparkling crystal, beautiful china and elegant silver. The delightful amenities include pampered personal service, fresh flowers, freshly baked cookies, a cozy reading library, a sparkling white gazebo, and sherry by the fireside. Story book weddings begin at The Inn at Woodstock Hill with its romance, warmth, elegance and charm.
Season: year-round. Fee: varies with size of party.

 

THE LODGE AT WRIGHTS MILL FARM
63 Creasey Road, Canterbury, CT 06331
phone (860) 774-1455, fax (860) 774-0440 e-mail info@wrightsmillfarm.com
http://www.wrightsmillfarm.com
indoor/outdoor, wedding site, reception site, livery

With an outstanding view of the rolling countryside, this 250-acre farm is a lovely country setting for indoor or outdoor weddings. An antique mill site frames the background as bride and groom arrive in a horse-drawn carriage. Seating for 500 can be accommodated in the lodge; the outdoor pavilion seats 350. Wrights Mill Farm also offers wedding planning services, including catering and flowers.
Season: year-round. Fee: varies with rental package and services.

 

LORD THOMPSON MANOR
Route 200, Thompson, CT 06277
phone (860) 923-3886, fax (860) 923-9310
historic, indoor/outdoor, lodging, wedding site, reception site, livery

It's hard to decide what is more impressive - the 30-room manor itself or the carpet of emerald lawn surrounding this stately building. Built in 1917, the manor exudes New England charm and features parquet floors, wrought-iron balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows and multiple chimneys. For years the manor served as a summer estate. Easily accessible from Interstate 395, yet set in a small New England village, the manor retains its elegant and gracious character. The "Weekend Wedding", a specialty of the Manor, spans Friday through Sunday, with rehearsal dinner, ceremony, an after-party and concludes with Sunday brunch. The owners can attest to the perfection of the setting since they held their own New Year's Eve wedding at the Manor. A luxurious setting for weddings large and small. Horse-drawn carriage is also available.
Season: year-round. Fee: varies with size of wedding party, and services.

 

THE NATHAN HALE HOMESTEAD
2299 South Street, P.O. Box 25, Coventry, CT 06238
phone (860) 443-7949, (860) 742-6917, fax (860) 447-8082 e-mail memebaker@aol.com
wedding site, historic, outdoor

Imagine exchanging your vows on the historic family homestead of Connecticut's official State Hero, Nathan Hale. Rich in rustic, Revolutionary-era atmosphere, the 1776 Colonial farmhouse, now a museum, is surrounded by fields and farm roads and hundreds of acres of the Nathan Hale State Forest. A popular place to exchange vows is The Holy Grove, a sugar maple plantation planted in 1812, once the site of prayer meetings. Other wedding locations include a field of wildflowers and the gardens beside the cornfield. Only outdoor ceremonies. No receptions. No indoor facilities available.
Season: weather permitting, hours by arrangement. Fee: membership in the Antiquarian & Landmarks Society.

 

ROSELAND COTTAGE, BOWEN HOUSE
556 Route 169, P.O. Box 186, Woodstock, CT 06281
phone (860) 928-4074, fax 860) 963-2208
wedding site, historic, reception site, indoor/outdoor

Once the summer getaway of wealthy merchant, Henry Bowen, this 1846 Gothic Revival estate in the picturesque town of Woodstock, includes sculptured boxwood parterre gardens. The porch of the gaily painted main house, now a museum, makes an intriguing frame for wedding photographs. The carriage house and grounds can be rented for weddings and receptions; a kitchen and handicap-accessible restrooms are available. A party of 80 to 100 can be accommodated in the carriage house, or up to 300 with a tent placed on the grounds. Museum tours can be arranged for guests. Referrals to local florists, caterers and other wedding services are also offered.
Season: May through mid-October. Fees: $100 per hour.

 

SHARPE HILL VINEYARD
108 Wade Road, P.O. Box 1, Pomfret, CT 06258
phone (860) 974-3549, fax (860) 974-1503
outdoor, wedding site, reception site

A lovely site for small or large weddings, receptions are held either on the grounds surrounding the seven acres of vineyards or in the European-style wine garden. Views from the vineyard overlook three New England states -Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Season: May through October. Fee: negotiable.


The Harvest
37 Putnam St./Rte. 44 928-0008
An award-winning restaurant, from its fine cuisine to its list of wines from around the world. Voted "Best New Restaurant" in Connecticut Magazine. Hours: Tue.-Fri. lunch 11:30 AM - 2 PM; Tue.-Sat. dinner 5:30 - 8:30 PM; Fri. & Sat. dinner until 9 PM; Sun. brunch 11 AM - 2 PM, dinner 2:30 - 7:30 PM.

UNITARIAN MEETING HOUSE
Routes 169 and 6, P.O. Box 38, Brooklyn, CT 06234
phone (860)774-5146

Restored 18th century meetinghouse available for weddings on the Brooklyn Green. No facilities.
Season: year-round. Fee: $350. THE VINE

 

BISTRO
85 Main Street, Putnam, CT 06260
phone (860) 928-1660
reception site, indoor

This stylish bistro is ideal for your rehearsal dinner or intimate wedding dinner for up to 50 guests. Featuring the best in contemporary American cuisine - The Bistro has been voted best overall restaurant in Connecticut Magazine, two years running.
Season: year-round. Fee: no rental fee when purchasing dinner.

 

WHIPPLE'S CHAPEL
101 Pineville Road, Ballouville, CT 06241
phone (860) 774-2742
indoor, wedding site

This unique stone chapel, tucked away by the Five Mile River, has been the site of over 800 wedding ceremonies and is idyllic for a very intimate wedding, since it measures a mere 8 feet by 9 feet inside. Adding to its unique appeal is the fact that the chapel was built from granite brought from all over the world. Ceremonies are officiated by Mervin Whipple, a Justice of the Peace, who also holds the distinction of being known as "Mr. Christmas," because each winter he transforms the grounds into a Christmas Wonderland, resplendent with thousands of lights and hundreds of animated figures.
Season: year-round. Fee: by arrangement.

 

WHITE HORSE INN AT VERNON STILES
Routes 193 and 200, Thompson, CT 06277
phone (860) 923-9571, fax (860) 923-0291
indoor, historic, wedding site, reception site

A quintessential New England tavern built in 1814, the inn sits on the town green in a pristine village of stately homes and tall-spired churches. Boasting outstanding cuisine, fine wines, sumptuous interiors and personal attention, the inn is handsomely renovated, with luxurious intimate dining rooms and a spacious, sunlit room for large parties. The inn was a popular wedding site in the 1800s. Between 1842 and 1847, because of Connecticut's less stringent marriage requirements, 650 couples, mostly from Rhode Island and Massachusetts, were married here.
Season: year-round. Fee: varies with size of party. Wedding Services

WEDDING SERVICES

BRIDALS PLUS
23 Ballou Street, Putnam, CT 06260
phone (860) 963-2252

A full-service bridal boutique, including tuxedo rentals and sales, bridal gowns and alterations, veils, attendants' dresses, mothers' dresses, jewelry, undergarments, shoes and more.
Hours: Mon.-Wed. 9AM-5PM; Thu.-Fri. 9AM-6PM; Sat. 9AM-3PM.

 

DISTINCTIVE WEDDING ACCESSORIES
360 Child Road, Woodstock, CT 06281
phone (860) 974-0247

Custom and handmade cake tops, cake knives and servers, toasting glasses, albums, bubble bottles, card receptacles and favors done in your wedding colors and theme.
Hours: by appointment.

 

EARLY MORN TOO
39 Hartford Tpke./Route 44, Eastford, CT 06242
phone (860) 974-2544

This is the home of "The Bouquet You Never Throw Away." Custom-designed dried flower wedding arrangements and bouquets, in brides’ colors. Flowers can be made of cornhusk or silk, blended with naturally preserved flowers.
Hours: April through December: Wed.-Sat. 10AM-5PM; Sun. 9AM-4PM. January through March by appointment. Fee: Free consultation.

 

ELEGANT EVERLASTINGS
289 Barlow Cemetery Road, Woodstock Valley, CT 06281
phone (860) 974-2415

Lovely, individually designed everlasting floral arrangements. Dried bouquets, baskets, wreaths, corsages, swags, centerpieces and other wedding decorations. A wedding consultant will help you select florals for the entire wedding week of celebration. Many of the flowers are grown and harvested on the family farm, which you are encouraged to visit.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 2-6PM; Sat. 10AM-5PM. Fee: One free one-hour consultation.

 

LILIUM
86 Main Street, Danielson, CT 06260 &
201 Providence Street Putnam, CT 06260
phone (860) 774-5395, fax (860) 774-1172

A full-service florist with quality floral designs in traditional, modern, contemporary, Victorian and elegant country styles. Largest selection in the area of wedding decor available for rental, including trees, trellises, archways, gazebos, chupahs, candelabras, pew candles, pillars, centerpiece stands/risers, mirrors, votives, vases and more. A personal touch and special care are given to all floral details.
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9:30AM-5:30PM. Fee: Free initial consultation.

 

MUSICAL MOMENTS BY MICHAEL
33 Winter Street, Danielson, CT 06239
phone (860) 774-5397

Piano entertainment for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Pianist Michael Dell performs classical, jazz, contemporary, blues and more. Can be accompanied by a vocalist and wedding band; provides his own piano.
Season: year-round. Fees: competitively negotiable.

 

THE POTTED PALM - Frank Rogers
Pomfret, CT 06259
phone (860)974-3901

Outstanding floral displays by a creative master. Specializing in weddings and providing full, personalized and innovative services.
Hours: by appointment.

 

YOUR HEART'S DESIRE CATERING
17 Shawnee Drive, South Killingly, CT 06239
phone (860) 779-7129, fax (860) 779-7129

Catering and more for your wedding. Your own personal chefs for the day, Dominic and Lynda LaCasse, will provide tastefully seasoned cuisine prepared on location for 2 to 200 guests. From appetizers to desserts, select homemade pastas, fresh produce, hot-off-the grill roasts, poultry and seafood - whatever Your Heart Desires!
Hours: by reservation. Fee: free consultation.

YE OLDE HAMPTON DRESSMAKERS
932 Pomfret Road, Hampton, CT 06247, phone (860) 455-2232
email: YeOldeHmptnDress@aol.com
A once-in-a-lifetime event deserves more than a dress off the rack. Katina Mitsopoulos will create a custom gown or ensemble specially designed and fitted for the Bride, the Mothers, Attendants, or Guests. Special care is given to details, fit and style; producing a quality, one-of-a-kind, tailored garment. While Katina sews all types of garments and accessories, non-traditional bridals and historic reproductions are her passion.

HILLSIDE VINTAGE LIVERY, LLC
10 Barber Road, Woodstock, CT 06281, phone (860) 974-1011
email: hillsidevintagelivery1@juno.com
On your wedding day, you will arrive at the church and reception in an elegant horse-drawn Victorian carriage. The white Vis-à-vis carriage is pulled by two Belgium horses and has a convertible canopy with a dark blue velvet interior. Your coachman will be dressed in an Edwardian-style tuxedo and top hat. The carriage may be personalized to your specifications with floral and ribbon details. Your photographs will be especially memorable, and a Justice of the Peace is also available. Season: mid April through October. Please contact us for fees and rental packages. Deposit is required to secure reservation.

BALLOONS & BEYOND by Mind Games, etc.
41 Route 171 – Little River Plaza
So. Woodstock, CT 06267, phone (860) 963-1168
Whether creating an illusion or enhancing a board meeting. . .decorating with balloons creates the right atmosphere. Let us set the mood for you; Camille and Louise have been from New York to Chicago, working with some of the best balloon artists around. A canopy of balloons can transform the local hall or gymnasium into a ballroom. Lighted balloons in a dim setting are like shimmering stars and create an extra special ambiance. Imagine an archway, column, or a bursting mirror ball. Throw in a multitude of colors, lots of curly ribbon, and sparkling pizzazz. . .Let us help make your dreams come true.