A dashing groom in uniform, a stunning bride in Ulla-Maija Couture and a breathtaking wedding all set against an amazing Greenwich backdrop: this, my friends, is the epitome of a traditional wedding.  From the beautiful blooms crafted by KD&J Botanica to the elegant Belle Haven Club reception, it’s a day of non-stop sophistication, all captured by Melani Lust Photography.  Soak in every last detail right here.


From Melani Lust Photography… They met on the beach in the Hamptons where they were spending a weekend with mutual friends. Their meeting didn’t get off to a promising start. Jennifer was engrossed in one of the Hunger Games books, and conversation was cut short as a result. Young adult fiction had never been the key to Carter’s heart, but he was making an equally immature impression through various sophomoric drinking games.

Fortunately, things went up from there. Little did Carter know that Jennifer had met her Prince Charming! The next seven months were spent improving Jennifer’s military knowledge and vocabulary: “trinkets” became “medals,” “soldiers” became “Marines,” and “outfits” were properly identified as “uniforms.” Upon return from his deployment to Afghanistan, Carter proposed on New Year’s Eve.

The day began with a soft, delicate rain, and sunny skies came out just in time for their first look. It was a fairytale ceremony in an historical church followed by the American Military custom of the arch of swords, giving a symbolic pledge of loyalty to them from their Marine family. It is also a tradition for the sword bearer on the right to give the bride a “swat” on her rump and utter “Welcome to the Marines!” Off they went to the Belle Haven Club where Katherine of KD & J Botanica created a fun and elegant reception design in pink and navy. The families celebrated with dancing, games and fresh cigars; laughing into the evening when a dramatic storm swirled through the club, a passionate ending to a perfect day.

Photography: Melani Lust Photography | Floral Design: KD&J Botanica | Wedding Cake: Palmer's Bakery | Invitations: Therese Saint Claire | Ceremony Venue: Christ Church | Reception Venue: Belle Haven Club | Bride's Shoes: Louboutin | Catering: Belle Haven Club | Makeup: Dalinda Cox | Hair: Christopher Noland Salon | Bride's Attire: Saks Fifth Avenue | Bridesmaids' Attire: Jenny Yoo | Reception Music: JukeBoxx | Wedding Dress Designer: Anna Maier

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