While many wedding venues offer the refined luxury that has come to define New York style, few offer an escape from it all. By this we mean a setting that feels far off, magical, and is surrounded by blooming flowers and sprawling greenery. This is what makes Stone Mill at New York Botanical Garden so special. Tucked away in the lush, natural grounds that were founded in 1891, Stone Mill blends historic charm with modern comforts. With a capacity of 60 to 120 guests, it provides outdoor and indoor spaces to accommodate a wedding from start to finish. Marked by exposed wooden beams, original brick walls, and warm lighting, the newly renovated building radiates intimate romance.
Every wedding we have done at Stone Mill has been an unforgettable experience and left us completely inspired. The venue’s versatility caters to many décor styles ranging from classic elegance to enchanted garden. It’s also remarkable how the venue takes on a different and tranquil atmosphere with the changing of the season.
Couples planning to marry at Stone Mill can rest easy knowing their wedding will be flawless thanks to the venue’s specialized team at Constellation Culinary Group. Understanding this is one of the most important events in a couple’s life together, they take great care making sure the food and atmosphere feel deeply personal and unique to their clients. For these reasons and more, we are excited to have Constellation Culinary Group answer some questions about Stone Mill at New York Botanical Garden as part of our BB Venues We Love blog series.
Couples have a pick of wedding venues to consider in New York City. What makes Stone Mill at New York Botanical Garden so unique?
It’s the location! The Stone Mill is located within New York Botanical Garden, which covers 250 acres. The venue is surrounded by lush greenery making it feel like Upstate New York in the heart of The Bronx.
Can you tell us about the spaces that are available to couples planning to get married at Stone Mill?
Ceremonies tend to take place on the beautiful stone terrace overlooking the Bronx River. The ceremony flows right into the indoor/outdoor cocktail hour before guests move upstairs to dinner. One of the most amazing things about the space is how it allows for a continuously flow over the course of an event. Transitioning from the different parts of the wedding feels effortless – there is no interruption to the mood and atmosphere. We usually only do indoor ceremonies if it rains or there is an inclement of weather.
Can you tell us about the New York Botanical Garden experience? How does your planning and work ensure that your clients have the wedding of their dreams?
We work very closely with our couples throughout the entire planning process. We want to make sure every client receives the same individualized attention when it comes planning their wedding day.
Stone Mill has a history and natural charm that makes you forget that you’re in one of the world’s biggest cities. How can a couple make the most of this on their wedding day?
Each and every wedding we have at the Stone Mill is unique in its own way. We are lucky that we have the flexibility to work with different floor plans and design elements to create unforgettable experiences. The botanical gardens provide a backdrop for unforgettable wedding photos. Couples can also have the dance floor outside on the terrace under the stars.
Does Stone Mill accommodate a space for the bride and her bridal party to get ready?
We have one suite on site that is available three hours prior to the start of the event. Bridal parties usually have their hair and makeup done off site and change at the venue.
How far in advance should a couple that wants to get married at Stone Mill contact the venue? Do seasons affect availability?
The booking window for Stone Mill is around nine to twelve months. Our peak season is May through October with July and October filling up first.
Do you offer a vendor list to your clients? Do couples have the option to bring in their own vendors?
We have a full preferred vendor list with required florists that the couple can choose from. All outside vendors who are not on our list are required to provide a copy of insurance.
Cuisine is a very important component of a wedding and often reflects a couple’s tastes and cultural backgrounds. Can you tell us about the various catering options that you offer?
Our catering menus are very seasonal and we aim to source our products locally. We can work with our chefs to accommodate any specific cultural aspects a client is looking for. Ultimately, we want the couple to feel that their wedding cuisine is unique and speaks to their style and personality.
We’ve had the wonderful opportunity to do a handful of weddings at Stone Mill this summer – it’s been great to see how the venue works with all the different styles. We are wondering what are your favorite ways to see the space decorated?
What makes Stone Mill such a great space is that it looks different with each event. I love the look of long farm tables with elegant candlelight and greenery – it makes an already intimate setting look that much more romantic. Of course, dancing outside under a canopy of stringed lights is an unforgettable way for guests to enjoy the space.
A big thank you to Constellation Culinary Group for sharing all the must-know details about Stone Mill! For more information visit: nybgevents.com