I’m having a bad day. I know, I’ve never actually said that out loud on SMP, but it’s true. It’s just been one of those wish-I -could-go-back-to-bed-and-start-over days. Well it WAS one of those days, until I laid my eyes on this next little beauty of a wedding. The kind of wedding that single-handedly turned my not so great day into a huge, wedding smile. I’m not sure if it’s the girl crush that I have on the bride, the obsession with all of the perfect little details that she infused or the fact that I’ve actually been to this crazy beautiful venue myself and to see it all decked out is well, SUCH a treat. Add to that a handful of ridiculously gorgeous, should-be-in-a-book images from Charlotte Jenks Lewis and florals by my friend, Yumiko at Hana Floral Design and well…this ain’t such a bad day after all. Oh, and there is so much more in the gallery.
From the Bride…Matt proposed after a surprise pre-Valentines Day dinner (as he called it) at one of our favorite West Village restaurants, the Little Owl. I will never forget seeing Matt down on one knee in the middle of a snowy sidewalk, an outstretched arm holding the most beautiful ring I had ever seen. I couldn’t believe my eyes! And so, the planning began.
Matt and I were both born to families who LOVE to travel. My mom is a flight attendant and has been for the majority of her life so I am a born and bred airline brat, Matt has been obsessed with airplanes since the days that I dreamt about marrying him, and we both spent childhood summers and fell in love in Montauk (a small swim across the Long Island Sound) which made Saltwater Farm Vineyard the absolute perfect venue for our wedding. The vineyard and its stunning mix of old and new, rustic and modern, natural and landscaped, is an embodiment of so much of our lives. We were married in the vines and had our reception in their 1930’s era airplane hangar which has been preserved and converted into a winery – it was perfect.
Quite the dreamer, I wanted to give attention to every little detail but yet still make it look effortless – despite the fact that we were doing everything ourselves! Well, effortless it wasn’t, but we had more fun than I ever thought possible. Matt was incredible and very involved in all of the planning (I know how lucky I am!). Aside from our Elum Designs vintage letterpress invitations, he created everything – from itineraries to place cards, programs, menus, gift tags and announcements. We designed, we printed, we cut – may I never have to use a paper slicer again!
Our ceremony was by far our favorite part of our wedding. After a beautiful but foggy morning, the clouds parted and the sun started to shine just as our guests were arriving. It was such dramatic timing – we couldn’t have planned it better ourselves. As my mom and I stepped out of the hangar to begin our incredible walk down the grass aisle, a breeze caught my cathedral length veil, sweeping the whole thing out from behind me. It took my breath away as I couldn’t help but wonder if it was my dad, who passed away a few weeks before my eighth birthday, wrapping his arms around me from above. We (tried) to hold back tears of happiness throughout the whole ceremony which was so much more magical than I ever could have imagined. After saying we do, our guests made their way back to the hangar where the feast and merriment began.
Wedding Photography: Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography / Floral Design: Hana Floral Design / Event Design + Planning: The Bride / Location: Saltwater Farm Vineyard / Wedding Invitations: Elum Designs / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Wedding Dress: The White Gown / Caterer: A Thyme to Cook / Groom’s Tuxedo: Lanvin / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo / Groomsmen’s Bowties: Jeff Salinas / Bride’s Hair: Rachael Lyon, Timothy Pamment Salon / Bride’s Makeup: Naomi Martinez