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RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | The bedroom at The Farmer’s House Bed and Breakfast where couples can purchase elopement packages for a more intimate, smaller wedding.

Shortly after Joyce and Robert Barry launched the The Farmer’s House Bed and Breakfast at their Cutchogue home three years ago, the couple began receiving inquiries from guests about a service they hadn’t explored before: elopement packages.

“I can’t tell you how many couples are frazzled because their parents insist on these huge weddings their kids never wanted,” Ms. Barry said. “People have said to me, ‘Oh, I wish I could have had my wedding here, at the bed and breakfast.’ ”

Stirred by her guests’ wistful laments, Ms. Barry obtained a certificate allowing her to perform wedding ceremonies. She also set to work creating an elopement package that begins at $1,800 and includes a ceremony, a bridal bouquet and a two-night stay in one of the house’s luxury suites. Additional items, like a gift certificate for dinner at a local restaurant, are available at an extra cost.

“They’re very intimate and quiet,” said Ms. Barry, who hosts three or four weddings a year and generally limits them to a maximum of 20 guests. “It’s really about the bride and the groom. There’s so much stress involved when there shouldn’t be. It should be about the commitment a bride and groom have to each other and to have your most intimate friends and family witness that, without all the hoopla.”

The Farmhouse isn’t the first North Fork bed and breakfast to offer elopement packages. Sylvia Daley, who has run Quintessentials Bed and Breakfast and Spa in East Marion for the past two decades, began offering small wedding services to guests eight years ago.

“People started phoning me about it,” Ms. Daley said of her decision to begin hosting elopements. “Or, when guests came here and got engaged, they would say, ‘Do you do weddings?’ That’s when I started learning more about it.”

Budget-friendly elopement packages are not just a local trend but a service offered at small inns across the country. At Historic Heights B&B in Minneapolis, couples can get married for $1,000 or less with a package that includes 20 guests, an officiant, champagne, appetizers, cake and a room and gourmet breakfast for bride and groom. Travel to the Bluff Mountain Inn in Sevierville, Tenn., for the Elope to the Mountains package and the owners there will provide all the requisite wedding accoutrements, plus a wedding planner, for just under a grand.

At East Marion’s Quintessentials, elopement packages range from $1,200 to $1,800 and include a ceremony that takes place in a fully dressed gazebo at the property’s “secret garden,” a wedding cake, champagne and a bridal bouquet. Spa services, videography and photography can be added on for an additional fee.

Ms. Daley, who is an ordained minister, thinks it’s “wonderful” that couples are opting for small, intimate weddings. She said she performs six to 10 ceremonies a year.

“With the economy, a lot of people realize that it might not be a bad idea to have a simple wedding ceremony with two or four of their best friends and then go out to dinner afterward,” she said. “They can save the money they would have spent on a big wedding for a house or go on a honeymoon at a later date.”

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10/26/11 11:59am
10/26/2011 11:59 AM

You can help pick elements of the Schmanski wedding at Brecknock Hall.

In a partnership with Brecknock Hall, Times/Review readers will have the opportunity to vote on certain elements of the Schmanski wedding on Nov. 11. The wedding reception is being donated to the husband and wife, both of whom serve in the U.S. Army.

The results from last week’s poll are in.
With 68% of the vote, the bridal party pictures will be taken out on the beach.

In this week’s poll, you can select the bride and groom style.

08/31/11 11:16am
08/31/2011 11:16 AM

Erin Grubb and Ricky Stevenson

Erin Grubb and Ricky Stevenson were married on June 25, 2010, in Las Vegas, Nev., and renewed their vows before family and friends on June 25, 2011, in Flanders.

Ricky, son of June and Richard Stevenson of Riverhead, served for five years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Erin, daughter of Jon and Julie Grubb of Lincoln, Neb., is a 2001 graduate of Norris High School in Nebraska and a 2006 graduate of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

The couple resides in Spring Hill, Tenn.

07/26/11 8:57am
07/26/2011 8:57 AM

Kristen Claus and Frank Lingen

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lingen Jr. of Cutchogue have announced the marriage of their son, Frank, to Kristin Claus, daughter of Arthur and Helen Claus of Whitestone, N.Y.

The wedding took place April 30 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Whitestone, with a reception at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

The bride, a graduate of St. Agnes High School in College Point, N.Y., earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from St. John’s University.

The groom graduated from McGann-Mercy High School in Riverhead and holds an M.B.A. degree from Dowling College.

Frank and Kristin are both employed by the U.S. Social Security Administration and reside in Northport.

07/26/11 8:56am

Malory Tooker and Kevin Lescenski

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lescenski of Jamesport have announced the marriage of their son Kevin to Mallory Tooker, daughter of Jacquie Spudis of Ormond Beach, Fla., and Colin Tooker of Riverhead.

The wedding and reception took place March 25 at Windows on the Lake in Lake Ronkonkoma.

The bride and groom are both graduates of Riverhead High School. Mallory is employed by Chase Bank in Riverhead. Kevin, who also graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island, works at Capital One Bank in Mattituck.

After a honeymoon in St. Lucia, the couple resides in East Moriches.

11/29/10 9:13pm
11/29/2010 9:13 PM

Tracy Stark and Christopher James

Tracy Stark and Christopher James were married Sept. 4, 2010, at St. Isidore R.C. Church in Riverhead. A reception followed at Oceanbleu in Westhampton.
Tracy, who works in economic development, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Stark of Riverhead.
Chris is the proprietor of CRJ Services. His parents are Walter James of Riverhead and the late Carol James.
The couple resides in Aquebogue.