The revamped Wharf in Oakdale, on the Connetquot River, has quickly emerged as a big player in the South Shore wedding game.
The “new” Wharf was announced in January, and island brides and grooms are lining up, with over two dozen wed or booked already.
“This is not a set, structured catering venue,” said Lauren Salamone of operators Lily Flanagan’s Restaurant Group, which oversaw the property’s overhaul and provides all the food. “It could be a rustic affair, or more formal. We can make it as fancy or as casual as a couple needs.”
That’s what seems to differentiate The Wharf from all the rest, she said.
To get a taste, check out these recent wedding photos by White Pear Photography.
The restaurant group took over the mainstay tavern at the southern end of Vanderbilt Boulevard in May of 2020. Upgrades began immediately.
What resulted were features that include, among others, three sprawling paved patios, an outdoor bar, several fireplaces and two party tents with room for up to 250 guests to eat, drink and dance.
All with the backdrop of panoramic views of the river, bay and Fire Island.
The river boat dock, the owners said, only enhances the experience, especially for photos.
The company can provide couples with music, flowers, desserts and more for complete wedding and event packages, and weddings at The Wharf can be as small as 40 guests, or as big as 250.
Couples also have the option to book the whole space, which includes the indoors for cocktail hours or after-parties, or celebrate solely outside.
“Whatever you want to do, we can accommodate,” said The Wharf’s manager, Justin Crowe.
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Below photos by Holly Raudies.