Anytime Christian Oth stops by for an afternoon of gorgeousness is a really good day in my book. In the wedding industry, Christian is a total celebrity. His photographs are shockingly gorgeous and have been featured in some of the most beautiful publications you could ever imagine. And yet while he’s still kind of like the cat’s meow…he also happens to be really thoughtful, really kind, really authentic. A perfect combination in my book. Well, lucky for us, Christian is spending the day with us and he’s brought along three insanely beautiful weddings and some GREAT tips for you brides out there coming up later today. First up, I couldn’t resist this picture perfect Hamptons affair. It’s proof that a stunning venue only requires simple, refined details to take it to a new level of pretty. Click here to see even more.
From Shawn, the groom, on his proposal…
I had her best friend Melissa fake an emergency to get her out of the office on Friday around 11am (I had also let her boss know so she would be able to leave). The plan was for them to get an early lunch at a nearby restaurant, but Melissa called at the last minute and said she was so upset she couldn’t handle being in a public restaurant and that Kristen needed to meet her upstairs at the outdoor rooftop lounge. I had the whole rooftop blocked off and was waiting for her to arrive. She arrived on the roof at around 11:20am where she found me waiting for her. I walked her over to the corner of the rooftop with a view North (Empire State Building etc) where I had a table set up with champagne, chocolate covered strawberries and the ring there for the proposal. She said yes and then I surprised her with a trip to Turks and Caicos for the weekend.
From the bride, Kristen…
We selected Wolffer Estate because we love the Hamptons especially in the summer, we wanted to get married outdoors and it’s so beautiful there with all the lush greenery and gorgeous white hydrangeas. I’m from New Orleans and Shawn is from Boulder so we thought it was a good compromise location that would embrace both of our personalities and tastes.
We loved our ukulele player Josh Cho who played and sang Somewhere Over The Rainbow / What A Wonderful World while I walked down the aisle. He also played Jack Johnson’s Better Together for the bridesmaids to walk to.
Our gift bags that we worked so hard on were natural cotton totes that were reusable and earth friendly. The totes had a map of the Hamptons on the front and were filled with local snacks like Tate’s cookies, North Fork Potato Chips and Wolffer Estate Wine. We personalized everyone’s dinner menu with their name on it as a nice touch.
My wedding dress and veil: Vera Wang / My Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Shawn’s suit: Valentino / Shawn’s shoes: Prada / Wedding bands: Kwiat / Bridesmaids dresses: Thread / White Roses/White Hydrangeas: Sag Harbor Florist / Food and Wedding cake: Fresh Flavors / Florist: Sag Harbor Florist / Hair/Makeup: Daniel Martin and Seiji Yamader (Wall Group) / DJ: DJ Ray Jarrell and DJ Ani Quinn / Videographer: Open Eye Media / Photographer: Christian Oth
PS…For those of you who are loving the Today Show Wedding happening live, we’ve got the gorgeous images from Denis Reggie right here on SMP. Click here to see the all of the pretty!