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. 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 we have been producing Honey Wedding Favors and Baby Shower Favors and have worked with over 1,800 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 and 2018 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.
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.