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Lenz Vineyard & Winery Engagement Party

One of the things I adore most about saying “I do” is all of the parties leading up to the big day. Engagement parties, bachelorette parties, bridal showers… you name it and I am soooo there ready to celebrate the night away.  So to say I am smitten with this lovely Lenz Vineyard & Winery engagement party?  A total understatement.  Because this is the type of affair that simply screams “awesome” with beautiful blooms from Landscape Adventure and one gorgeous moment after another captured by Rebecca Yale.  See them all here.

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From Rebecca Yale Portraits… Sandy and Kain’s beautiful engagement party was the perfect end of the summer bash to kick off their wedding celebrations next year. The party was held at Lenz Winery on the North Fork of Long Island where Kain proposed to Sandy. The beautiful vineyard setting was further enhanced by the beautiful florals and framed photographs of the couple that decorated wine barrels throughout the courtyard. Landscape Adventure and Lenz created a stunning tablescape for the couple with beautiful pink and cream flowers offset by succulents scattered around the tables. The guests enjoyed a sunny cocktail hour on the patio drinking wine made at the vineyard and enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvres made by Lia Fallon of the Riverhead Project.  Next, guests headed into a tree-lined courtyard with beautiful banquet tables to enjoy their family style dinner. As the sun set over the vines the guests enjoyed a beautiful dessert table prepared by Kiss My Cake and homemade treats from the groom’s mother.

From the Groom… Sandy and I reconnected right after graduating college. Sandy was taking a class at FIT, so I took a train into the city to see her and the rest is history. We have come to love traveling and anything that has to do with food – any and all kinds are acceptable. We still love going to bars and getting a few beers and some wings (that’s more my doing) – but Sandy has opened me up to the world of wine as well. We took a wine tour in Seattle when we were visiting, and even have to come to love exploring wine in our own backyard of Long Island, New York. During the fall and beginning of winter, we would venture out east where we could experience the vineyards without all the tourists and summer crowds. The north fork became a special place for us because we always enjoyed the farms, antiques and environment that always didn’t feel quite like New York (in a good way). This is why I chose to propose to Sandy at Lenz Winery – because it was a special place for us and it just felt right to make a lasting memory in a place where we felt so comfortable. This now makes wine that much more special for the two of us – because behind each glass reminds me of the woman I love so dearly.

From the Groom… Kain and I reconnected after college but we initially met in high school. We hardly spoke to one another back then and we only shared one class together which was a freshman math class. I remember Kain sat right behind me in class and would always bug me (haha)! On our first date we had Thai food in the lower east side. it was Kain’s first time having Thai so I felt very honored, but little did I know that it was the start of our many food adventures and a lifetime of happiness.

Lenz has ALWAYS been my favorite vineyard on Long Island and now it’s extra special because it was where Kain proposed and where we had our engagement party. There is something about Lenz that always gave me this warm comfortable feeling of being at home.

This was the first time many of my close family and friends had met so it was extra special for us in that regard as well. We wanted everyone to get a taste of the things we love and the atmosphere that we really appreciate which is good food, good wine, gorgeous and just relaxing. Lenz was the perfect place for that. Everything about Lenz was beautiful and absolutely magical. The gorgeous top terrace to the breathtaking bottom terrace which were both covered in vines and ivy was simply amazing. The harpist, Janet King, also made it that much more relaxing. Our chef, Lia Fallon from the riverhead project, did an amazing job preparing our favorite dishes: from the assortment of local artisan cheeses to the butternut squash soup shooters to the Peruvian potatoes of the side dishes for our entree(My family enjoyed that as they are Peruvian). Everything was local, had tons of flavor and was executed magnificently! Our beer was also from a local distributor called crooked ladder brewing company which is literally down the street in town. Our desserts were from kiss my cake in Huntington which featured rainbow cookie, cotton candy, and bacon chipotle macaron as well as a variety of others. The chocolate chip cookies were homemade by Kain’s mom.

The party is a wonderful memory because it not only brought together all the people that are so special to us in our lives, but it also brought together Kain and I in our new lives together in our favorite place where we have always enjoyed spending our time together as a couple.

Photographer: Rebecca Yale Portraits | Florist: Landscape Adventure | Bakery: Kiss My Cake | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Caterer: River Head Project | Groom's Attire: Lacoste | Harpist: Janet King | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Location: Lenz Vineyard & Winery

 

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Cedarhurst Wedding from Expressions Cinema

I dare you to watch this beautiful film from Expressions Cinema and not shed a single tear.  That’s right… I dare you.  Because this is the kind of film that fills your heart with sooo much happy, you can’t help but ADORE every last heartwarming, love-filled moment.  It’s a fairytale story meets a darling bride and groom (so cute) meets all kinds of pretty.  Don’t wait another moment and hit play to soak it all in.

From Expressions Cinema… Angela was brought up in Guatemala. During college she decided to go to Hong Kong for a semester to study. While over there, she met Judah who was brought up in West Hempstead, NY. They became friends which eventually turned into a relationship. They were engaged after three long-distance years while scuba diving in Curacao… the ring was in a seashell! 

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Photographer: Clean Plate Pictures | Cinematography: Expressions Cinema | Caterer: Genadeen Caterers | Band: Nafshenu | Reception Hall: Sephardic Temple

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Long Island Vineyard Wedding from Lindsay Madden Photography

No matter how many times I see a minty blue I do, my heart still flutters. It’s the one hue I can’t seem to get enough of, but with weddings like this Long Island stunner from Lindsay Madden, there’s no reason I should. Decked out with fabulous paper goods from Momental Designs and neutral yet wildly stunning blooms by Sprout Home, I think we’ll all be doing some serious swooning right here.

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From Lindsay Madden Photography…. I absolutely love Long Island’s wine region. So when Allyza & Bobby asked for me to photograph their August wedding at Raphael Winery I was incredibly happy. Shooting out east is special. The North Fork is only ninety miles from New York City yet I always feel like I’m shooting a destination wedding. Allyza & Bobby’s day was was elegant and romantic yet, they still managed to incorporate the laid back feel the vineyard had to offer. With cocktails starting at 2pm and the party going to midnight, this couple knew from the very beginning that their family and friends were their priority. I am so grateful to have been able to photograph their perfect summer affair!

Photography: Lindsay Madden Photography | Cake: Have Your Cake | Stationery: Momental Designs | Ceremony Venue: Saint Isidore | Reception Venue: Raphael Winery | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Entertainment: The Projekt | Groom's Shoes: Hugo Boss | Groom's Suit: Armani | Accomodations: Hotel Indigo | Bride's Dress: Ines Di Santo | Floral Robes: Pretty Plum Sugar | Florals: Sprout Home

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Wolffer Estate, Vineyard Wedding, Hamptons, New York from Melani Lust Photography

I profess my love for timeless elegance quite a bit on the pages on SMP, but can you really blame me when weddings like this one from Melani Lust fall perfectly in that category? I don’t think you can. After one look at this (beautiful) Bride’s Romona Keveza gown or their reception overflowing with perfectly timeless florals from Pennington Flowers, and you’ll be joining the timeless elegance fan club too. See it all here.

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From Melani LustI have for you a fresh, sunny wedding in a venue in the Hamptons, not often used for weddings: Wolffer Estate Vineyard. The bridesmaids got ready in crisp, white shirts, each with a personalized monogram. The bride wore a regal Romona Keveza dress, which took everyone’s breath away. Then, she slipped in to a fabulous reception shift. The bride and groom exchanged vows in a charming and quaint Bridgehampton church before heading to the venue in a classic antique car. This wedding is filled with candid moments and soft pink details. The light in the vineyard was particularly amazing and shifted each hour.

From the Bride… As soon as we were engaged on the beach in Sagaponack, we knew that an East End wedding was a must. My family has spent over 40 years on the east end and was excited by our choice. We were so excited to have Melani Lust as our photographer to capture the sheer beauty of what was a picture perfect day with a crystal blue sky, a purple twilight and clear spring evening.

While planning our wedding we wanted our guests to feel as if they were at a classic, elegant dinner party followed by a late night dance party. Wolffer Estate proved to be the perfect setting and backdrop for our magical day. As soon as my husband and I arrived at Wolffer Vineyard on our wedding day, we were overhwhelmed by the sheer beauty of the venue. Tabletops of peonies and hydrangeas combined with gold mercury votives and set against the sage custom runners were the delicate tabletop touch we had envisioned. We had Wolffer install chandeliers which were then hung with greenery to give an even more gentle and ethereal green touch. Our florist Jeff Pennington had gone beyond any expectations!

Upon arrival guests were greeted with a welcome cocktail of Wolffer’s famous Rose. Southsides were also served from a mix handmade by my husband and delivered to the venue early the morning of the wedding. Guests were able to stroll the vineyard while sipping a cocktail and indulging in fabulous hors’ douveres. Our band Code Bleu was one of our favorite parts about the wedding. They kept everyone rocking all night long and allowed us to have the dance party we had hoped for! The outdoor bar in the vineyard was another aspect that we loved, as we could mingle with guests among the vines and enjoy the fabulous night sky.

One of my favorite aspects of our wedding was my dress. Originally not what I had in mind at all, I traveled to a bridal salon to try on a dress my maid of honor had found over a year before! After realizing it wasn’t the dress for me and about to leave, I caught my Ramona Kevecza dress out of the corner of my eye. As soon as I put it on, I realized I had found it. I absolutely adore the fact that it was completely different from any dress I had seen in any magazine, or on any bride I had EVER seen. It completely reflected the classic elegance I was aiming for. I truly believe that the dress I chose illustrated the sheer timelessness of our whole wedding!

Photography: Melani Lust Photography | Flowers: Pennington Flowers | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Cake: Fresh Flavors Catering | Invitations: The Pear Tree Shop, by William Arthur | Church: Queen of the Holy Rosary, Bridgehampton, NY | Reception Venue: Wolffer Estate Winery | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Hair and Makeup: Crimson Salon | Ceremony Chamber Music: East End Chamber | Day of Wedding Coordinator: The Wedding Sitter | Dress Salon: Manhasset Bridal Salon | Groom Attire: Ralph Lauren | Reception Music: Code Bleu

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Long Island Vintage Garden Party Backyard Wedding from Minnow Park

When a wedding has this much heart, you can almost feel it.  Like the pure joy and love that went into crafting this Big Day is almost too much for the internet to handle (it is).  I guess that has a little something to do with the darling bride and groom, who went about creating a day that will not only stand the test of time, but knock your socks off with its pretty.  Think lush, pink blooms from Violet and Verde meets a gorgeous backyard setting. See every beautiful moment captured by Minnow Park in the full gallery.

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From the Bride… My husband John and I were married on June 22, 2013 after 8 1/2 years together. We had just over 100 people, and carried on my parent’s tradition of marrying on my grandfather’s beautiful property in Woodbury, Long Island, NY.

We were so lucky to have had so many amazing family heirlooms to use that tied in perfectly with our vintage theme. We utilized my great-grandmother’s 1920′s sewing machine as a cake table (also a nod to my fashion design career), milk glass from our families (including some from my parent’s wedding on the same property) for our centerpieces, and lace from my mother’s dress adorned my self-made veil and wrapped all the bouquets.

Aside from all of the family antiques we injected into our big day, our wedding was largely DIY and definitely budget! I handmade my veil, sash, hair pieces for my MOH, and some signage. Our whole entire family pitched in to landscape the property, which was severely damaged by hurricane Sandy.

Basically, we put our hearts into this, everyone had a great time. and we are so proud of the finished product!

Photographer: Minnow Park | Florist: Violet and Verde | Stationery: GG Circus Papers | DJ: Sugartown Industries- DJ Wells | Officiant: Rev April Grismondi | Bridal Salon: The White Gown | Bride’s Vintage Rings: Erie Basin | Bridesmaids Dress: Lord & Taylor | Bridesmaids Dress: ModCloth | Day-of Coordinator: Dear Jeni | Dress Designer: Blue by Enzoani | Groom + Best Man’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Groom’s Ring: Blue Nile | Maid of Honor Dress: Ann Taylor | Makeup: Erin Rachel’s Faces | Photobooth:Majestic Photobooth | Rentals: A to Z Party Rental

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Oheka Castle Wedding from Amy Rizzuto Photography + Heritage+Joy

I can’t help but love every wedding that comes out of Oheka Castle. The venue is so versatile no two weddings feel the same – yet they all have that je ne sais quoi that wins me over. Take this one from Amy Rizzuto Photography. From the stunning invites from Heritage+Joy to the sunset kisses and every perfect detail in between, I am smitten.


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From the beautiful bride… Our wedding day theme of international travel was born out of our long distance relationship, traveling between New York and England to visit each other. Since Lee is from England, we really wanted a European/Castle element to our day and since we decided to have the wedding in New York, Oheka Castle was the perfectly place. Our entire wedding took place on-site and it had the perfect ambiance of old world glamour and beautiful gardens for our May wedding.

Within the reception space, each table was named after a different place we had visited and was decored with vintage postcards that I sourced online. The greeting card box was assembled from three different suitcases stacked on top of each other with a “Cards” sign made from vintage-inspried map paper.

Additionally, the escort card table was decorated with vintage replicas of suitcases and a globe. Pictures of us from pour engagement photo shoot were place around the castle. The bride’s friend from the New Yorker Magazine also created a funny photoshopped image of the couple on the cover that originally depicted the british royal family after Will and Kate’s wedding. The new cover included the date of the couple’s wedding and was a tongue in cheek detail as a nod to the groom’s heritage.

All of the themed decor was complimented by seasonal flowers. To tie into the grandeur of castle, large table center pieces were made of pink cherry blossom branches and alternated with low center pieces of peony, roses, vintage hydrangea and orchids with tall pillar candle holders. The ceremony space was simply decorated with rose petals and tulle, with two large cherry blossom trees creating the altar. Bouquets were made of peonies and the groom wore an orchid.

The wedding invites, menus and signage also reflected the travel theme, complete with air mail border detail and location stamps of places the bride and groom have traveled, all done in cream, navy and pink color theme.

During cocktail hour, guests dined on a variety of hors devours and food stations and were offered two signature cocktails, “Blushing Bride” or “Marry Me Mojito.” Afterwards, guests were lead into the grand ballroom for dinner and dancing. The menu consisted of Baby Arugula and Endive salad followed by a choice of Grilled Sterling Silver Filet Mingon, Pan Seared French Cut Chicken Breast or Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass.For desert, guests were invited into a separate room for a desert cafe as well as wedding cake with tiers of chocolate fudge and Dulce de Leche.

Rather than dress in a traditional ballgown for the castle, I wore a mermain style gown with a chapel train to add a bit of modern glamour while Lee wore a traditional tuxedo.

We chose “Kiss Me” by Ed Sheeran for our first dance. As soon as we heard the first line, “Settle Down with me…” we knew it was our song.

The most memorable part of the day was our first look. We didn’t decide to do it until a couple of weeks before hand and we were glad we decided to do it. We met each other by the grove of trees near the formal gardens. It was a windy day and my hair was blowing everywhere and getting messed up but it was emotional and beautiful and we had a chance to be by ourselves (plus the photographers).

We also had a great time in our photo booth and it is a great addition to the formal pictures we have.

Photographer: Amy Rizzuto Photography | Videographer: AJ Ingoglia Films | Flowers: Pedestals Floral Decorators | Ceremony Venue: Oheka Castle | Reception Venue: Oheka Castle | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alvina Valenta | Makeup: Perfectly Blended Makeup By Vivian | DJ: Scratch Weddings | String Quartet: Art Strings Ensemble | Assistant Photographer: Mekina Saylor | Belt & Veil: Kleinfeld Bridal | Bride's Dress: Dennis Basso for Kleinfeld | Earrings: Tejani | Invitations & Day-of Stationery: Heritage+Joy | Venue / Catering: Oheka Castle

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