Cherry Valley Club Wedding by Raquel Reis Photography
April 4, 2012
Tri State

There is something so wonderful about a classic and sophisticated soiree. One that has details that will withstand the test of time and emotion seeping through each image. Well, we have Raquel Reis Photography to thank for sending over just a soiree for us to gush over this morning. Simple yet stunning, it's a wedding that will never go out of style, and we couldn't adore it more. See it all here!

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From the Bride... Jack and I met in 2006 through my older brother, Matt. I had just graduated from college, and Jack was in his last year of law school. Shortly after meeting him, I told my sister that I was going to marry Jack one day. She thought I was crazy, but a few months later, Jack called my brother to see if he could take me out to dinner. The rest is history. Jack and I dated for five years, almost to the day. Our first date was on October 12, 2006. We got engaged on October 22, 2010 and then got married on October 15, 2011. Needless to say, the month of October is an important one for our relationship. Our wedding style was classic, clean and sophisticated. We wanted the entire feel of the day to be calming, fresh and light, so we chose all neutral colors for our overarching wedding scheme — from the flowers to the invitations and the attire to the décor.

Jack and I grew up 10 minutes away from each other, so we knew that we wanted to get married at our local church by a priest that we both remember fondly. At the ceremony, trumpet players greeted guests outside of the church with festive tunes as they walked in to find their seats. The trumpet players also played during the ceremony and afterwards, as guests left the church on their way to the reception. Being that we were having our ceremony at 6:15 p.m., with our reception immediately following the ceremony, Jack and I decided to see each other for the first time down at the beach. Because the harbor is so special to both of us, it was the perfect place to meet and take pictures with our immediate families and wedding party. Jack was standing at the edge of a dock when my limo first pulled up to the beach. It wasn’t until I got out of the limo and started walking toward him that Jack turned around to see me for the first time. I’ll never forget that moment. Our friends and family are super fun. They also happen to be fabulous dancers, so we knew that our dance floor would be packed the entire night — especially with our incredible Motown band, Eturnity Band Orchestra, rocking out. My father is one of the best dancers around, so we’ll never forget when he hit the floor during the first song of the night to do his famous “curly spin!” It got our guests amped to leave it all on the dance floor, and, today — months after our wedding — we constantly look back at the dance floor photographs for a guaranteed smile and good laugh.

We assembled wedding boxes for all of our wedding guests who were staying at local hotels. Within each of the boxes were a variety of goodies, including Jack’s mother’s famous homemade granola mix, including old-fashioned oats, almonds, peanuts, coconut and more!  In keeping with the look and feel of our wedding, we tied the bags of granola with rope and put a vintage-looking sticker on top, which read: “Made With Love, Kitty’s Granola.” Jack’s mother is also a talented jewelry maker, so we designed silver key tags for each of the groomsmen, which featured their nicknames creatively hand-engraved on the tag. Jack’s sister and myself both helped Jack’s mom to hammer the nicknames onto the tags. These DIY elements were both very special moments I shared with my now mother-in-law and I will have the memories of making them forever.

Wedding Photography: Raquel Reis Photography / Wedding Venue: Cherry Valley Club, A Private Country Club in Garden City, Long Island / Floral Design: Doris the Florist, Inc. / Wedding Invitations: Lion in the Sun / Motown Band: Eturnity Band / Family Photos Location: Cold Spring Harbor Beach Club in Cold Spring Harbor, New York / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier via The Wedding Salon of Manhasset / Bride's Earrings: Bijoux Heart via Net-a-Porter / Bride's Rings: Antique from Her Great-Aunt (One Borrowed from Her Sister) / Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka (Randall in Ivory) via Zappos / Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew (Monde in Fawn) / Bridesmaids' Shoes: Sam & Libby via Marshall's / Flower Girl's + Junior Bridesmaid's Dresses: J.Crew (Joliette in Ivory)