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The North Fork has it all in when it comes to weddings — rustic farms, charming vineyards, beautiful beaches, nautical venues — plus locally sourced wine, food and flowers. Choose your vibe and let us do the work for you.

The Venue

Photo by Ashley Elaine Photography

For a more classic elegance, the renovated 10,000-square-foot Peconic Bay Yacht Club offers Peconic Bay views through its giant windows and versatile grounds. Capacity was increased in the spring to allow for indoor weddings up to 260 guests and 300 out on the lawn, said general manager John Ovanessian. Overlooking the marina, the ballroom is ideal for larger parties and designed for dinner and dancing in the traditional style. On the main floor, a fireplace adds warmth to the stately lounge, while the gallery and terrace offer some of the best panoramic water views around. If a micro wedding is more your style, set up a table in the more intimate wine cellar.

Decor Idea

“At all weddings, we encourage the couple to work with us to create a custom logo for the event, which is incorporated into invitations, cocktail napkins, programs, table numbers, menus, custom cocktail signage and favors,” said Kessler. “Nautical weddings are a particularly fun theme for the logo creation because you can go in so many directions with it … anchors, sailboats, shells or a compass rose.” 

The Food

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Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs is the exclusive caterer for the Peconic Bay Yacht Club, and with the acclaimed Southold Fish Market just across the street, the freshest seafood is always a menu highlight. Favorites include a North Fork raw bar, plus seared sea bass served with roasted sunburst squash, heirloom carrots, tomato farrotto, sweet pear purée and pea tendril garnish. Guests can snack on creamy tomato soup in teacups or the mini fish tacos with cilantro crema served with a margarita in a mini Patrón bottle.

Extra Touches

“We have had a couple of clients arrive via boats to make a grand entrance into their cocktail party,” said Ovanessian. “Sometimes we can make arrangements to dock the boat overnight, although no one has stayed overnight on their boats … yet.” And for dessert? Despite its in-house catering, PBYC does allow guests to bring in their own cake. A monogram cake from The Cookie Shop LI adds a personal twist to the traditional.

First Dance Song

Points East band recommends: “I Can See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash 

The Flowers

Photo by Ashley Elaine Photography

“Peconic Bay Yacht Club leans to a Nantucket-Martha’s Vineyard vibe, being very summer garden-y yet sophisticated,” said Peggy Kneski, owner of Riverhead Flower Shop. She brings in shades of blue to accent the neutral palette along with grays and silver. “It may be just a touch of thistle, forget-me-nots or white anemones with a dark center, or it could be mostly blue hydrangea.” Kneski puts centerpieces in a low, mercury-glass pedestal vessel, so that the flowers complement the beautiful view without competing with it.


Photo by Carina Skrobecki

Melinda Morris of Arni Paperie recommends these summery invites from the New Bella Figura collection.