The Short & Longer Stories
The short Story
We are E+M Wedding Favors but we also are E&M Gold Beekeepers, a New Jersey family owned local beekeeping business located near Red Bank, Asbury Park, Freehold and Middletown, NJ, in our 22nd year. As local Beekeepers we look upon our work as an honor and responsibility that we take seriously and we see ourselves as stewards who guide, who coax and who help our Honeybees! When you can, please visit our E&M Gold Beekeepers web site to view our Beekeeping operation!
Over twelve years ago five of our regular E&M Gold Beekeepers' Honey customers asked if we could produce Honey Favors for their Weddings and Baby Showers. And since then we have worked with over 2,000 Brides and Mommies-to-Bees from New Jersey to California and in between - and provided them their unique Honey Wedding Favors, Honey Bridal Shower party favors and Baby Shower Favors filled with our New Jersey Raw Local Honey from our own Honeybees! Our customers tell us they picked our Honey Favors because they are delicious, natural, local and they knew they would be a hit with their guests!
The Slightly longer E+M Wedding Favors Story
Hello. We're Ed & Mary Kosenski from E+M Wedding Favors a family NJ beekeeping business which produces raw honey wedding favors & naturally selects strong honeybees. Our joint beekeeping experience began in 1997 as E&M Gold Beekeepers. We had seen the Peter Fonda move, Ulee's Gold, shortly after our move to Tinton Falls - it is about a beekeeper in Florida who pulls his troubled family back together while in the middle of harvesting tupelo honey from his honeybees. The day after viewing the movie Ed called me to say we would be picking up our first beehive from a beekeeper in Vineland, NJ.
Since that first hive we have grown to 100 hives. For the past nine years we have been working towards developing a stronger honeybee using natural methods.
For the last ten years at our sister company, E+M Wedding Favors, we have been producing Honey Wedding Favors and Baby Shower Favors and have worked with over 2,000 Bride-to-Bees and Mommie-to-Bees. In addition we offer custom tags and labels for our Wedding Favors and Baby Shower favors. We have been voted by our Brides-to-Bees the Best of The Knot Wedding Pick in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 and also nominated for the Knot Hall of Fame!
Mary was the stand-out amongst all of the farms (I must have contacted at least 5) for her professionalism and excellent customer service, and I'm proud to feature her honey at my wedding.
Mary comes from an agricultural family; her father was a sideline beekeeper in Maryland and Georgia. Early in her career, while working at the Beltsville Agriculture Research Center in Maryland, Mary kept and worked with bees. Mary also runs the beeswax side of our business - creating beeswax wedding favors, formal beeswax candles, beeswax figurine candles and beeswax lip balms.
We are active members of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association (NJBA), the Central Jersey Beekeepers Association (CJBA), the American Honey Producers Association (AHPA) and the National Honey Board (NHB). In addition we give educational talks and presentations at schools, Garden Clubs, Beekeeping Associations and we mentor new beekeepers.
At E+M Wedding Favors and E&M Gold Beekeepers we are the Beekeepers - but it is more than that - it is an honor and responsibility that we take seriously to the point that we see ourselves as stewards who guide, who coax and who help our Honeybees face the parasitic mite, the loss of habitat and evolving pesticide dangers.
Ultimately our Honeybees really do all the work - the way they have been doing it for 14 million years! The queens lay the 1,000 to 2,000 eggs a day and the foragers collect the nectar and bring back the pollen and by mid-summer our Hives have 50 to 150 pounds, each, of newly made Honey!
We have been at this for 22 years and we are committed to offering the finest Honey and Honey Favors from the best-kept bees in Monmouth County, NJ!
Checkout our Unique E+M Wedding Honey Jar Favors
Knowing that our honey favors came from a local vendor that takes great pride in their facilities as well as the making of their products was important to us.