I have a serious soft spot in my heart for some pretty, pretty beach nuptials – and this gorgeous East Hampton affair just climbed to the top of my favorites list. The combination of those breathtaking ocean views with the sophisticated, laid back vibe and two seriously adorable college sweethearts is all kinds of beachy wonderful… and that glorious Amsale gown? Yep, I am in love. Lauren Gabrielle Photography captured every last ounce of pretty and trust me when I tell you it doesn’t get any more fabulous. See it all here.
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From Lauren of Lauren Gabrielle Photography… He first set eyes on her at a college sorority blind date party. The funny thing is, Mike didn’t attend the party intending to meet a girl — he decided to go with some friends just to have fun. Little did he know he would meet his future wife, Mika. At first they were just friends, but over time they knew something special was happening to their relationship. Mike proposed to Mika near his childhood home on Rockaway Beach … it was the perfect setting for such a romantic occasion with the smooth sand, crashing waves, soft breeze, and the sentiment that Mike for this beach. Mika and Mike decided they also wanted to have a beach wedding and figured that the Hamptons was the easiest “destination wedding” that they could have within driving distance from Manhattan. Their original plan of renting a house and setting up a tent for the reception didn’t pan out, but luckily they somehow stumbled upon Race Lane. As soon as they walked into the space, they knew it was just what they were looking for! It had a great indoor/outdoor space, lovely decor, delicious food and great owners. The owner’s wife even created all of the table arrangements herself! As for the music, Mika’s childhood friend plays in a band so it worked out great that they were able to have him as part of a trio to play music at the ceremony and reception. Overall, all the elements of the day came together perfectly, and it was such a pleasure to witness and photograph the love between this beautiful couple!
Wedding Photography: Lauren Gabrielle Photography / Ceremony: The Beach at The Hermitage at Napeague in Amagansett, New York / Reception Venue + Table Floral Arrangements: Race Lane in East Hampton, New York / Saxophonist: Tacuma Bradley, A Friend of the Bride / Wedding Dress: Amsale / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew / Rehearsal Dinner: Main Beach in East Hampton, New York / Rehearsal Dinner Catering: Food for Forks
Though this East Hampton wedding was warm enough for the stunning bride to don a strapless gown on the beach, the colors and feel of the day evoke the perfect ambiance for today’s wintery air. The always fabulous Karen Hill Photography was the lady behind the lens, and boy are we glad she was. She captured the elegant beauty of this wedding phenomenally. Make sure to save time for the rest right here in the full image gallery!
The first time Matt and I went to East Hampton, NY for a mini-vacation, I fell in love with a church at the town entrance. One year later, we were saying our vows in front of close friends and family in that exact church. Our story, however, began eight years earlier at Williams College where we were in the same circle of friends but only started really spending time together our Junior year. The summer before our Senior year on campus we started dating. From there we went to New York City and have never left each other’s sides.
When Matt proposed on our first trip together to California, I immediately started thinking about the church that I had fallen in love with. For our wedding day, we both knew that family and friends would be the most integral piece. I’m the oldest of six and Matt is one of three so our families are a major constant in our relationship. I grew up going to the Hamptons every summer and knew that I wanted to incorporate our summer home in Quogue into the weekend celebration. With Quogue as our weekend start point, we finalized plans for the ceremony at St. Luke’s Episcopal and the reception at The Maidstone Club, both in East Hampton, NY.
The inspiration for our wedding was found in the setting itself. Getting ready in my home incorporated family in every way. The warm colors and environment of the church combined with the scale of The Maidstone was a reminder of the intimacy we wanted our guests to feel while in an elegant setting. We incorporated a lot of white combined with silver and greys to capture the muted tones of the beach in Fall. Then of course, we had some splashes of purple as a nod to our college colors.
Small details like our guestbook of Hamptons scenery and the comfort food at the after-party we hoped would impart the love and care that we had put into planning this weekend. Jill Gordon Celebrate was with us every step of the way. With Jill’s guidance and advice, and of course coordination considering we were coming from all over the island, we were able to have the wedding of our dreams.
Photographer: Karen Hill Photography / Ceremony: St. Luke’s Episcopal / Reception: The Maidstone Club / Stationary: Elum, from Village Invites in NYC / Dress: Marchesa / Tuxedo: Joseph Abboud / Florist: Stone Kelly, NYC / Lighting: Matt Murphy Event Lighting / Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. / Linen: Wildflower Linens / Band: Groove Society from Marianne Bennet Productions |Element Music / Caterer: The Maidstone Club / Cake: Sacred Sweets / Wedding Planning & Design: Jill Gordon Celebrate
This gorgeous wedding by Todd France Photography embodies that modern elegance you can’t really put to words. Understated and classic yet incredibly stylish – it’s a wedding that will never go out of style, but is unique and oh so fabulous. It’s an affair that will make your Friday feel so much more glamourous, and really – how can you go wrong with that? See even more of this elegant beauty here!
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From Todd France Photography…Sean is the hotelier and restaurateur behind such massive successes as The Jane, The Maritime, and The Bowery Hotels, and Rachelle is the founder of guestofaguest.com. The couple embodies modern elegance and style both in their work and in their personal lives, so it was no doubt that their wedding was a tasteful affair to be remembered. Rachelle’s dress was designed by Cynthia Rowley, who was on hand to make sure everything was as beautiful as can be. The couple celebrated on the gorgeous Montauk property of photographer Peter Beard. Guests were treated to a lush, intimate setting complete with a flower-petal lined pathway which led to the tent where the reception was held. Inside, the celebration continued into the evening amongst family, friends, music, and delicious food.
Wedding Photography: Todd France Photography / Event Production: Jenny Landey Productions Inc. / Ceremony + Reception Location: Private Montauk Oceanfront Property / Tent: Sperry Tents / Lighting: Luminous Designs / Wedding Gown + Veil: Cynthia Rowley / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo + Stuart Weitzman / Hair + Make-up: Ric Pipino / Floral Design: Flower Girl NYC / Catering: Debbie Geppert Caterers / Wedding Cake: Sacred Sweets