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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 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.
THE INN AT WOODSTOCK HILL
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.
THE LODGE AT WRIGHTS MILL FARM
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.
LORD THOMPSON MANOR
THE NATHAN HALE HOMESTEAD
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.
ROSELAND COTTAGE, BOWEN HOUSE
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.
SHARPE HILL VINEYARD
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.
UNITARIAN MEETING HOUSE
Restored 18th century meetinghouse available for weddings on the Brooklyn
Green. No facilities.
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.
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.
WHITE HORSE INN AT VERNON STILES
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.
A full-service bridal boutique, including tuxedo rentals and sales, bridal
gowns and alterations, veils, attendants' dresses, mothers' dresses, jewelry,
undergarments, shoes and more.
DISTINCTIVE WEDDING ACCESSORIES
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.
EARLY MORN TOO
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.
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.
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.
MUSICAL MOMENTS BY MICHAEL
THE POTTED PALM - Frank Rogers
Outstanding floral displays by a creative master. Specializing in weddings
and providing full, personalized and innovative services.
YOUR HEART'S DESIRE CATERING
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!
YE OLDE HAMPTON DRESSMAKERS
HILLSIDE VINTAGE LIVERY, LLC
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