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Pink + Purple Wolffer Estate Vineyard Wedding

When your engagement story starts with seeking shelter from the rain in a Tiffany’s, the act that follows is bound to be romantic and beautiful, and this wedding was. With Brian Dorsey Studios on the job, every single image is perfection embodied, and we’ve put everything from the Village Invites to the glowy exit, in this beautiful gallery!


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From the stunning bride… Dan and I began dating in 2007 as University of Virginia undergrads, and in 2012, during a rainy July weekend in East Hampton, we dashed into Tiffany’s to escape a downpour — and who could resist trying on engagement rings? Dan observed I loved the round solitaires and discreetly noted my size. One month later, over drinks in Madrid during our August vacation, he pulled the perfect ring from his pocket and popped the question, receiving a resounding “yes”!

Now the hunt was on for the ideal wedding venue. When we toured Wolffer Estate in Sagaponack, NY, a working vineyard with a stylish tasting room, we saw it had the very atmosphere we wanted for our wedding: rustic and relaxed, yet beautiful and elegant.

One year later, on September 21, 2013, Wolffer provided the perfect setting for our big day. The late afternoon ceremony was in the vineyard, with clusters of ripe grapes hanging on the vines; this was followed by a cocktail hour on the adjacent lawn, where guests sipped Wolffer’s Cabernet Franc and a string quartet played Sinatra classics; supper was served on the open-air veranda, followed by dancing in the Italianate tasting room, to pop tunes spun by our terrific DJ, Ray Jarrell.

Our design decisions for the event were inspired by Wolffer’s glorious fall beauty. Jeff Pennington of Southampton NY was our floral designer, and his arrangements reflected the lush ‘Indian summer’ feeling of Wolffer in late September. The flowers included dahlias, scabiosa, calla lilies, and orchids in brilliant wines and purples offset with blue and green; these were flanked on the tables by compotes of pears, figs and tiny green tomatoes; and he placed trees hung with candles in amber glass pendants in the tasting room. I picked Vera Wang’s “Diedre” wedding dress, because its jagged organza ruffles had a country-chic vibe, and the spiced wine bridesmaids’ dresses stood out dramatically against the dark green vines. Lighting designer Matt Murphy installed wrought iron chandeliers on the veranda and lights that shimmered in the vines after sunset.

We couldn’t have done it without our wonderful event planner, Jill Gordon, who helped create the rustic yet elegant feeling we wanted. For the wedding supper she helped me choose gold-rimmed formal china and crystal, rich golden napkins, and dark purple menus with gold calligraphy, which contrasted with the roughhewn farm tables, burlap table runners, and craft place cards tied with raffia and rosemary sprigs. Calligraphied silver gray escort cards were placed on garden stakes in Jeff Pennington’s pave arrangement of jewel-colored hydrangeas, and the thick creamy icing of caterer Fresh Flavors’ carrot wedding cake was adorned with simple spider plants. Jill set up fun photo booth accessories, a basket of pashminas, and a late night Hamptons Popcorn bar, and she provided guests with wands of streamers to wave us to our vintage silver Rolls getaway car. Our good-bye gift for guests was a half-bottle of Wolffer Chardonnay.

It was amazing to have all our family and friends share our wedding celebration, and we felt photographer Chris Owyoung, of Brian Dorsey Studios, completely captured our joyous mood. The one thing we couldn’t have arranged in advance was the full harvest moon that hung in the sky over Wolffer that night, providing a perfect end to an incredible day.

Photography: Brian Dorsey Studios | Floral Design: Pennington Flowers | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Invitations: Village Invites | Hair & Makeup: Hiroko Takada | Lighting: Matt Murphy Event Lighting | DJ: DJ Ray Jarrell, Jarrell Entertainment | Catering & Cake: Fresh Flavors Catering | Ceremony & Cocktail Musicians: East End Chamber Players | Event Planning & Design: Jill Gordon Celebrate | Wedding Venue: Wolffer Estate Winery

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Glamorous Pink + Black Wedding

Take a location like the breathtaking Hempstead House and glam it up with some glittery details and a whole lot of romance and the results are seriously amazing.  Now add in a dream team of vendors (think Once Upon a BrideSwank Productions and L&L Style Photography) and a duo that is the epitome of stunning and it’s almost too pretty to believe (trust me).  See it all in the full gallery.

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Summer
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Mansion

From the Photographer…  This wedding took place on July 6th, 2013 at the sumptuous Hempstead House in Long Island, an old estate and mansion built in 1917. The day was hot but events were planned accordingly with the guests wearing light dresses and suits and protection from the sun by Chinese style umbrellas.

Paula and David looked spectacular. They wanted to have a first look and say some special words to each other in a private space before the guests arrived. After that bridesmaids and groomsmen got together for some pictures. Everything had a “beginning of the century” feeling, framed by the gorgeous mansion and the gardens.

The music had a vintage tone as well, with old jazz tunes performed live and giving it all a Gatsby touch, which was inspired in this location.

Photography: L&L Style Photography | Videography: Mackler Studios/ Michael Van Beuren | Event Planning: Swank Productions | Hair And Makeup: Rob Harmon | Entertainment: DJ Trife/ Dana Wise | Officiant: Reverend Don | Bridal Hair: Once Upon A Bride | Live Music: Brian Newman | Mansion & Estate: The Hempstead House | Photobooth: Majestic Photobooth | Transportation: Amex Limo/ Anna

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Engagement Inspiration at Martha Clara Vineyard

If I had the ability to rock the color red, this beautiful gown from Free People would be my everything. It’s absolutely stunning, and happens to be the perfect compliment to an engagement inspiration shoot that can only be described as enchanting.  From those crazy gorgeous paper goods from Jillian Schiavi to the pretty images captured by Marjorie Prvl Photography.  See them here.

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Fall
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Vineyard
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Romantic

From Marjorie Prvl Photography… The idea for this engagement shoot came to when I came across the stunning headdress at Free People, which then led me to discover the maxi dress that I couldn’t pass up. With a color scheme in place, Jillian Schiavi created the stunning invitation suite. We drove out to the east end of Long Island to Martha Clara Vineyard to photograph this sweet inspiration shoot.

Photography: Marjorie Prvl Photography | Dress: Free People | Invitations: Jillian Schiavi | Calligraphy: Jillian Schiavi | Headdress: Free People | Vineyard: Martha Clara Vineyard