Riviera Waterfront Mansion/Riviera at Massapequa
200 E Shore Dr, Massapequa, NY 11758
Have you photographed weddings here before?
Why do you recommend it?
If you’re looking for a riverfront wedding, then the stunning views from the Riviera Waterfront Mansion are a fantastic choice for both a wedding and a reception venue. Located on the shores of the Great South Bay, the venue has stunning 360 views and an open yet rustic feel inside. Once a country club, the venue has been renovated and turned into a premier wedding destination in Massapequa, New York.
The preparation suite is utterly charming and is located with a balcony view of the main ballroom, as well as a large deck area which can make for a great spot for photos with your bridesmaids, parents or grandparents before the ceremony if you don’t want to be seen before the wedding. If you do choose to do a first look, there are so many options for places to have it. The expansive green lawn near the bay is a great choice, or if you prefer to keep it indoors or the weather is not cooperative, the sweeping staircase in the lobby is a showpiece and an excellent spot for photos.
One thing to note that I don’t think should be overlooked, Riviera Waterfront Mansion provides valet service, which is a real plus. This venue is tucked away in an almost exclusively residential area, and it’s a sign of their commitment to service that they have made arrangements for parking to make things effortless for both the wedding party and the guests to enjoy the wedding day.
Ceremonies are held at the bank of the bay in or around the on-site white gazebo which always looks so great with a blue summer sky and can be accented with floral or tulle or whatever your creative mind can come up with.The grounds are meticulously maintained, and white chairs are provided for up to 300 guests. The Riviera only holds one wedding per day, so you and your guests won’t be sharing the space and can enjoy the indoor and outdoor features they provide.
After the ceremony, your guests can enjoy a cocktail in several different indoor or outdoor areas, and we can take advantage of the grounds for portraits. It’s all within steps, which means that your portraits won’t take you away from your guests for long. I love that I can utilize, water, sky, brick and green space, giving a different look to each wedding I photograph there, while still paying homage to the fact that weddings on the water are something special.
The ballroom itself has windows throughout, and meals are served with guests enjoying the view of the bay at comfortable tables in a bright, airy space. Catering is taken care of on-site, and they have an amazingly high ratio of staff to guest count. Their service is on point and efficient, flowing at just the right pace from cocktails through the dinner hour. The dance floor area is warm, with amber wood accents which look amazing after the sunsets. The tall, peaked ceilings are illuminated by Edison bulbs, and I love that they have left some of the original gothic touches in the wrought ironwork throughout.