Truth be told, this Montauk wedding has officially made my Monday morning. Marked with a sense of understated elegance and impeccable style, it’s the kind of modern Hamptons affair that makes my heart feel a little fuller thanks to flawless planning on the part of Loli Events. Trent Bailey sent over all the swoon-worthy snapshots, and you absolutely, positively can’t miss the wedding film that’s like icing on the perfect cake.
From Trent Bailey Photography…We absolutely loved this gorgeous Montauk wedding….every aspect of the day was just GORGEOUS, from Stephanie’s custom made dress, to the ceremony location, and the idyllic reception spot. We also filmed the day on super 8, a service we are excited to begin offering to our couples.
From Lauren Sozmen, Loli Events…Besides having family on Long Island and the beautiful summer weather of the Hamptons, the big draw for Stephanie and Zachary was the opportunity to use an incredibly unique backdrop for their ceremony. Stephanie works for Luxembourg & Dayan and Amalia Dayan offered her Montauk backyard for the ceremony. This is not any backyard, but rather an oasis of unique art pieces over looking the ocean. The most recognized of the art pieces, is “Untitled (Lamp/Bear)” the creation of Swiss artist Urs Fischer. This piece used to live on Park avenue in Manhattan. Guests were escorted down a long gravel path before arriving to the stunning view. After the ceremony guests went to the Inn at Windmill Lane in Amagansett when they were greeted with a lavender champagne cocktail and a hand written note to each couple from the newlyweds. The overall feel of the reception was understated luxury. There were day beds, rattan furniture, Moroccan blankets & lanterns through out the perfectly manicured gardens. The receptions had nods to lavender and figs through food, drinks, flowers and scented candles, to pay tribute to the brides family vacation home in Ibiza. Guests enjoy lavish Mediterranean style stations and danced the evening away. To finish off this perfect day, guests joined around the fire pits in large adirondack chairs to make s’mores.
From The Bride + Groom…We met in high school in New York a few months before Zach left for college on the East Coast and we stayed very good friends throughout college despite my having left for the West Coast a year later. We even met in Istanbul when I was a senior visiting my father in Paris and Zach was in graduate school in London. Six months later, I was preparing for my own move to London for graduate school and Zach was moving back to New York for law school, and our relationship really started to evolve — he knew all about London, but was also imparting all his wisdom for an upcoming family graduation trip to Israel and we started spending a lot more time talking on the phone. However, nothing that summer went as planned. My family had to cancel our vacation and we ended up in the Dominican Republic (bad idea – it’s the rainy season!), only to learn soon after our arrival that my grandfather had passed away (not to mention that in the midst of all of this my housing in London fell through). It was then that I realized the only person I wanted to speak to about all of this was Zach – and we hadn’t even started dating. Another six months passed, and after endless hours on skype, I flew to New York to visit Zach because I needed to figure out what was going on between us. I booked my ticket on Wednesday, arrived in New York on Friday, and the first thing Zach did when he saw me was kiss me. Despite my pleas that we could not date because we were never in the same place, we spent the next several years in a long long-distance while finishing our studies and embarking on our careers – we did London-New York, San Francisco-New York, a brief year of New York-New York, followed by New York-DC, where Zach went for a 2-year government fellowship. Finally in the summer of 2011, Zach returned to New York, we moved-in together in September, and in February shortly after our 5-year anniversary, Zach proposed in our new home. By then we were eager to get married as quickly as possible!
When the gallery founder and her husband offered their Montauk home to us as a potential wedding venue, I knew our search was over and it would be perfect. The backyard is filled with incredible contemporary sculpture and the view of the Atlantic was stunning. We wanted an intimate wedding that focused on bringing our friends and family from around the globe together and a day that reflected our mutual desire to do things in a slightly non-traditional manner. We also wanted to incorporate our many talented family and friends into the preparations and festivities. We were married by Rabbi Sarna, the NYU Hillel rabbi – a friend and now colleague of Zach’s, under the huppah we built with my step-father and from which hung our fathers’ prayer shawls. Our friend played all of the music at the ceremony and my dress was made by my incredibly talented friend, the young designer Katie Ermilio, and my matching head piece was designed by my talented friend Satya Twena. And as a sweet end to our day, my mother baked all of the brownies and pies on our dessert bar to accompany the wedding cake!
Wedding Photography: Trent & Dara of Trent Bailey Photography | Super 8 Film: Trent Bailey Photography | Wedding Planning: Loli Events | Floral Design: Amagansett Flowers by Beth | Ceremony: Private Estate | Reception: The Inn at Windmill Lane | Film Processing: Indie Film Lab | Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. | Lawn furniture: Taylor Creative | Tent: Sperry Tent | Flower Girl Balloons: Geronimo Balloons | Catering: Peter Ambrose Events Catering | Wedding Cake: Tates Bakery | DJ: 74 events | Makeup: Facetime Beauty | Hair: Rafael | Wedding Dress: Custom by Katie Ermilio | Parasol: little shop in Paris | Veil: Satya Twena | Shoes: Christian Louboutin