Tucked away in Derry, NH, dreams can and do come true on the elegant property of Birch Wood Vineyards Event Center. What I was about to encounter at this premier wedding venue, was more than I could have imagined. As I entered the main entrance of the building, the sight of the floor to ceiling cultured stone fireplace in the main foyer both surprised me and took my breath away. Parallel to and balancing the grand fireplace, is an impressive built-in wine cellar with wine barrels neatly stacked above. Although the ceiling is sky-high, the feeling is one of entering an elegant yet rustic and cozy mountainside lodge. I immediately noticed the thoughtfulness that went into every detail. From the custom-made Adirondack leather seating to the bent-wood wine barrel and bronze-ringed chandelier perched above, I knew in an instant this was a special place. I couldn’t wait to be even more surprised as I explored the rest of this sprawling venue.
After taking in the stunning foyer and off to the left, I entered what is fittingly called the Vineyard Room. Set upon the backdrop of the property’s own vineyard (yes, they really do have their own vineyard), this just as impressive room is mainly used for cocktail hour and receptions. Continuing the theme, this room is furnished with custom-made Adirondack-style furniture as well as wine barrel high top tables. If the copper top bar with wine stave center, wine box panels, and, of course, custom lighting to match your wedding colors doesn’t impress you, then just wait until you see the view of the landscape, both indoors and outdoors.
Imagine having your own birch forest as the backdrop to your reception, without having to be outside. Drawing you into the Vineyard Room and directly opposite the bar area, is a hand painted birch forest mural. Once again, I feel in awe and surprised by the details of this beautiful venue. The floor to ceiling windows frame the perfectly manicured grounds and, centered between rows of symmetric grapevines, is a grand pergola and a tiered bronze grape leaf-shaped water fountain surrounded by a pool of lily pads and water lilies. This heavenly and picturesque view is used for outdoor ceremonies all year round.
As I exit the Vineyard Room onto the attached deck, also used as an extension of the indoor reception area, I can’t help but want to explore the grounds even further. Once again, and to my surprise, I find tucked away to the right of the vineyards and set upon the backdrop of towering pines, another stunning landscape. Greeting my eyes and sweeping me with a feeling of serenity is another pergola perched behind a large koi pond and arched walking bridge. I notice yet another thoughtful detail – two bronze life-size cranes standing elegantly to the side of the pond, as if permanently encapsulated in this dreamy sanctuary. And if this wasn’t enough, hanging between twin pine trees, a precious wooden swing awaits and welcomes both bride and groom to capture even more memory-making images. I can only imagine how lucky these couples are to have this as their backdrop.
For those who prefer to have their wedding ceremony indoors, the grand Estate Room welcomes guests with its large sliding barn door entrance, located just to the right of the main foyer. Flanked by two floor to ceiling birch trunks, the Estate Room resembles a large barn and continues to reflect the rustic elegance throughout with its hickory wainscoting, hardwood floors, and custom chiavari chairs encircling the many tables placed throughout. Centering this grand room, another floor to ceiling stone fireplace creates the perfect backdrop for the bride and groom as they take their vows. A unique detail to add to this already stunning room and experience, is the option for the bride and groom’s personalized monogram to be projected onto the stone fireplace. This can be designed on site and used in any color to match the theme of the wedding. Another element of color that can be selected to enhance the mood, is the custom lighting used to illuminate the gorgeous wooden beams perched above and the beams that hold up this elegant barn. Located at the center of the room, is the dance floor for post-ceremony celebrations. A scaled down copper top bar similar to the one located in the Vineyard Room, is also available towards the back. Although this room is of considerable size, the feeling of intimacy permeates throughout, creating the perfect atmosphere for weddings large and small.
To help with pre-wedding preparations, a large bridal suite is available on site, which includes a large sitting area, private changing room, bathroom, and two salon chairs. A separate room for the groomsmen is available as well.
A state of the art commercial kitchen is also located on site to prepare an array of delicious menu options, created by their experienced and professional kitchen staff. Wedding packages include options for these mouth-watering appetizers and entrees.
Future brides and grooms have the opportunity, with the guidance of an experienced staff, to create a wedding dreams are made of. Every detail imaginable for a customized wedding can be created from a list of the area’s top-notched wedding vendors. From the initial planning stages through the moment of saying “I do”, this venue’s creativity and attention to detail will give any couple, and their guests, an experience to remember. From grand elegance to simpler charm, Birch Wood Vineyards Event Center, located in Derry, NH, provides the perfect setting for a unique and elegant wedding day.
By: Christine Hunt
Birch Wood Vineyards Event Center
Address: 199 Rockingham Road, Derry, NH 03038