Luke and Karen

Until Karen and I found Santarella, no venue felt right.  We were looking for an affordable venue in a beautiful natural setting, with accommodations on site for a small group of friends and family, which was close to hotel and a reasonable commute from both New York and Boston.  With Santarella we got all of this and so much more.

We put together a dream team of vendors from Denise and Dennis’ list of recommendations.  Caterer Kate Baldwin made a customized seasonal buffet that everyone loved.  DJ Julie Jakolat kept our dance party going at full speed for four straight hours.  Photographer Kari Giordano (Sundae Graphics) captured the day in a beautiful and artful style.  But Santarella’s owners Denise and Dennis were the backbone of our operation – they were responsive, communicative, professional, honest and wonderful every step of the way.  It was invaluable to know we were in good hands and could relax and enjoy our wedding.

We were married by the pond, surrounded by early fall foliage.  Our guests played Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” on kazoos during the processional.  During cocktail hour we gave tours to our guests, who were enchanted by the architecture and surrounding gardens.  After dinner, we moved to the Gingerbread house for the dance party, limbo contest and  photo booth; it was the perfect setting, and to complete the vibe we provided hand-made gnome hats, fake beards and felt flowers.  Afterwards we had a small afterparty at the farm house with homemade pizza.

We were told by many of our guests that it was the most fun, unique and memorable wedding they had ever been to.  I know that wedding guests always say that, but because of Santarella’s unique magic and our incredible vendor team, I actually believe them.  We feel very indebted to Denise, Dennis and the rest of our crew for making our wedding the best day of our lives.

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