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From Miami Nightclub to Montauk Summer Wedding Magic

With her simple, little request to rest her tired legs at a Miami club one night, this beautiful Bride found her forever love and the rest is history. And lucky us, we get to see it all come to fruition with this romantic Hamptons celebration captured by Heather Waraksa. Facetime Beauty helped our lady shine and Nine Cakes created a confection with pretty little petals almosttt too cute to eat. More in our Vault!

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From Heather Waraksa… Danielle and Kyle met on April 24th, 2012. The Magic City brought these two together while Danielle was residing in Miami and Kyle was on his company’s annual retreat. On a Tuesday night, while waiting for her girlfriends at the club Wall at the W Hotel in South Beach, Danielle approached Kyle’s table, needing a place to sit because “her legs were tired”. What started as wanting a free drink, turned into something much more. That week, while Kyle skipped nearly all of his meetings, he and Danielle spent many special moments together at the Fontainebleau, Mansion Nightclub, and Monty’s Sunset. Although Danielle left Kyle early on his last night, their connection lasted as Kyle went back home to Manhattan. From their first days together in South Beach, to their summers in Montauk and essentially every other trip they have taken together, the beach has always been the choice getaway for Kyle and Danielle (especially Danielle!). The two also always agreed they should take a tropical trip together to celebrate their birthdays, which are only four days apart. When spring of 2014 proved to be an extremely busy time of year, they decided to push this birthday trip until Memorial Day and that Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Mexico was their destination. Given the choice in such a romantic resort and the fact this was the first Memorial Day since 2003 that Kyle had not spent in the Hamptons or Montauk, Danielle should have known this was going to be more than just a birthday celebration, but she didn’t…. Upon finally picking up the ring (that Kyle and his brother Tory had been designing for months) the day before they left for their trip, Kyle was a bundle of nerves. As they finished packing that morning, he continued to second guess where he was packing the ring as he obviously did not want Danielle to find it, but equally as important, the Mexican Customs Agents. After the longest four hour flight of Kyle’s life, they were now in the Customs line where their system involved an extremely complex process (note the sarcasm) where each person is to press a large button with an agent watching, and if the light turned red they would search your bags or green and you were good to go. Kyle still is not sure how Danielle did not see his shaking hand hitting that button, but she didn’t and thankfully the light turned green. Had it not, Kyle would likely have had to get down on one knee right there. After finally getting to the resort and checking in, the next obstacle was killing two hours until the beach proposal setup was ready, as an anxious, nervous Kyle tried not to show his cards while still keeping Danielle in the pretty dress she had on as she continually tried to change into more comfortable clothing. In order to get Danielle to go to the beach at an explicit time, Kyle had told her there was a bottle of champagne waiting there for them as the resort does this to welcome all their guests. This was a full proof plan if anyone knows how much Danielle likes her champagne. When finally arriving to this secluded, private section of the beach with a sheet awning, champagne and fruit, Danielle looked at Kyle as they walked down and said “Wow, I can’t believe they do this for everyone, this place is great!” Still completely clueless as they entered the awning, Danielle turned around from looking at the water and Kyle was down on one knee. After the initial shell shock and tears, she was finally able to pronounce the word, YES…. From the Bride… We wanted our wedding to be a big weekend event; from our Friday night party at Navy Beach, the ceremony, reception and after party at Solé East, to the Sunday mimosa-filled brunch, everyone was invited to everything. We wanted our guests to feel the love we not only have for each other, but for the beautiful town we spend a lot of our time in. Since it was an outdoor wedding, we wanted to encompass the natural beauty of our venue and warmth of early fall. We had the tent filled with lots of candles to play off of the natural tones of cream, light pink, and pops of champagne. Our good friend Matt, was one of the first people to know us as a couple. We knew from the minute we got engaged he was the perfect person to officiate the ceremony. And we were right. His words were personal, heartfelt, and absolutely beautiful. Our friends and family couldn’t stop raving what a gorgeous ceremony it was. My favorite moment is our first dance. We did a mashup of Zedd’s “Find You” with it’s acoustic version featuring Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant. We took some lessons and rehearsed a beautiful, sexy slow dance, with dips, twirls and lifts. Then, around then 1:30 mark, the song transitioned to its dance version and everyone went nuts. It was so us. My gown and veil, by designer Hayley Paige, made me feel like a true princess. It was the first dress I tried on. Our favors were custom canvas tote bags packed with not only food and drinks, but some of our favorite things from Montauk including Sea and Sand glass candles and Whalebone magazines. My advice to brides-to-be: hire a videographer. We were unsure if we wanted one, and made the best decision to use one three weeks before the wedding. We could not be happier that we did, as watching our trailer brings us to tears with every viewing.

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Photography: Heather Waraksa | Cinematography: Orange Films | Event Planning: Lauren Daversa Events | Floral Design: Flower By Beth | Cake: Nine Cakes | Hair + Makeup: Face Time Beauty Concierge| Lighting: Matt Murphy Event Lighting | DJ: DJ Gizzmo | Band: Lost In Paris | Groom’s Attire:Rothman’s | Wedding Venue: Sole East Resort | Bride’s Shoes + Purse: Jimmy Choo | Cocktail Hour Band:David Higgins Band | Custom Stationery Design + Branding: Sean Dimmer | Desserts: Sweet D’Cor | Groom’s Shoes: Left Shoes Company | Maid of Honor Dress: Reformation | Photo Booth: Sweet Booths | Rehearsal Dinner: Navy Beach Restaurant | Rentals: Party Rentals Ltd | Wedding Dress + Veil: JLM Couture, Inc | Welcome Totes: Sean Dimmer

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Beautiful Weddings at Solé East

Solé East has played host to some of our all-time favorite weddings, so dedicating an entire day to this sweet Long Island venue is, well… sort of a no-brainer.  From its fabulous proximity to the beach to the ah-mazing wedding weekend options to the luxurious rooms that will leave all of your guest talking, Solé East is a Montauk paradise simply made for marrying.  Take a look.

Picture a dreamy ceremony in a manicured garden, a stunning tented reception under the stars and an after party complete with non-stop dancing and you’ll land squarely on your Big Day celebration at Solé East, a place that knows all there is to know about hosting a breathtaking wedding.  I’m talking customizable menus featuring fresh, local and seasonal cuisine, transportation to and from the hotel to the Hampton Jitney + the LIRR stops AND a complimentary stay in a Garden Suite the night of the wedding. It’s basically everything you’ve ever wanted, all set against the modern loveliness that is Solé East.  We love.

Newly renovated and seriously chic, Solé East doesn’t just know how to host your Big Day, they’ll make sure you and your guests are comfortable, as well.  From your weekend of non-stop relaxation at their fabulous pool (read: oversized pool mattresses) to their hip, full-service restaurant and lounge (The Backyard) to hammocks dotting the lush lawns.  Not to mention the climate-controlled rooms with pillow-top mattresses and Italian cotton linens.  That’s just awesome.

Contact Solé East today to begin planning that wedding of your dreams, loves. We can’t wait to see.

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See the Designer Behind Lulu Frost Get Married + Win $500 to Shop Her Line!

The stars were indeed aligned for Lisa’s and Marlon’s big day (and we’re not just talking about those constellation earrings). For when the founder of Lulu Frost married her longtime love in a contemporary ceremony with Trent Bailey Studio behind the lens, we knew it’d be a day to remember. Complete with heirloom jewelry, a custom convertible gown, and unprecedented levels of chicness, we’ve got it all in The Vault. Psssst: Enter to win $500 to shop Lulu Frost jewelry for your own Big Day below!

SMP: Tell us about your favorite moments from the wedding day

LISA:  I have so many favorite wedding day moments, but some of the highlights include getting ready with my hilarious bridesmaids, one of whom is the uber-talented right-hand makeup artist of Bobbi Brown, Miss Cassandra Garcia. Another favorite memory was when our (Marlon and my) sweet nephews William and Beau approached us during the wedding ceremony clutching a precious Japanese wooden box given to us by dear friends from Tokyo containing two handmade teacups for married couples. We placed our wedding rings in each of the cups and the little boys brought us the rings in the most serious yet adorable manner. As William said later in his tiny voice, “Uncle Marlon, I was not going to mess up!”

A moment that took my breath away happened just as our dear friend and writer Lesley M.M. Blume was marrying us. All of a sudden, as we were exchanging vows, the Montauk sun came out brilliantly from behind grey scattered clouds and lit up the wall of strung marigolds that were swaying behind us in the breeze, hand crafted by florist extraordinaire Tess Casey of Aisling Flowers, against the Atlantic Ocean as a backdrop. Guests later told me that the marigolds literally looked like they were on fire, and it felt to me as if the Universe was blessing our marriage with stunning beauty.

Our reception was full of hysterical speeches and amazing dancing, but without a doubt my favorite moment was when I looked in amazement around the packed dance floor to observe a trio of unforgettable moments – my Jewish uncles doing the Hora, Marlon and his buddies in a rap circle with our friend/dancer/actor AdeChike Torbert on the mic, and in the far corner of the dance floor an epic Voguing battle going on between several star Broadway actors. I don’t think that particular trifecta of dancefloor activities will soon be repeated, and I loved every minute of the unique mix of people that Marlon and I brought together.

SMP: We’d love to hear about your dress, hair/makeup look and of course, jewelry!

LISA: My dress, how I love thee! I was fortunate to work with the talented team at Romona Keveza to create the most wonderful convertible dress that I wore in three ways throughout my wedding. The dress as a whole was perfect in its utter simplicity, with nary a bead or bit of lace. The triple-faced silk dress was perfect in its artistic shape and structure and let me be the star of the show. I walked down the aisle in the sheath dress with detachable sleeves that elongated my silhouette and gave me a feeling of elegance and grace. For the cocktail hour and first dance, I removed the sleeves and added a fabulous horse-hair and tulle voluminous and sculptural skirt which added a ton of great drama to the first dance. Finally, for the reception I removed the overskirt and danced the night away in the formfitting sheath which had a wonderful asymmetrical back detail. During all this heavy dancing, what seemed like a large goblet of red wine was actually spilled on the dress, but my friends came to the rescue and assured me it didn’t matter – I was planning to dye the dress after the wedding anyway to a deep navy to get more wear, so the wine gave me a head start! The spill just showed me how the wedding is all about your attitude and the fun you’re having, not the perfection of each and every moment.

As for the hair and makeup, I went for a cool classic look that best accentuated my natural beauty. Makeup genius Cassandra Garcia created a gorgeous wide-eye for me with liner and shadow and individual lash inserts for a bit of glamour. My friend and talented hair stylist Allen Thomas Wood of Bumble & Bumble worked with my platinum short crop of hair, courtesy of the brilliant Rita Hazan, affixing a stunning clutch of fresh magnolias into my locks. The magnolia flower is one of my favorite scents, so my floral genius Tess Casey lovingly wove them into a comb that looked and smelled amazing all evening.

Onto the all-important jewelry of course – one of the most crucial elements! I opted to wear my grandmother Elizabeth Frost’s pearl and diamond studs to bring a touch of light to my face, and in each of my second holes I wore studs from our newest fine jewelry collection, based on constellation signs. I wore my star sign, Scorpio, in my right ear, and Marlon’s sign, Cancer, in my right to symbolize our union in the universe, not just on this earth. Each earring is crafted from 10 carat gold and the constellation stars are represented by tiny diamonds – one of the most meaningful pieces of jewelry I’ve ever created.

SMP: Any advice you’d pass on to other Brides-to-be?

LISA: My advice to other brides-to-be is to do your very best to make the process of wedding planning fun, whatever that means to you individually. There are many stresses that go into creating such a special day, but it comes and goes so quickly so taking your time to savor the special moments is crucial. My approach to this conundrum was to make the whole six months leading up to the wedding feel like a part of the special day. I relished planning the tablescapes, going to fittings with my mom and sister, working on flowers with Tess and hand-painting escort cards on pieces of driftwood for my guests. I even taught myself calligraphy over about a week and hand-inked all of my invitations. This was such a fun learning process for me.

Of course if you’re not the hands-on-type bride, that’s great too, just remember to slow down and enjoy the process. So in the words of my very wise mother, my real advice is: Just Breathe. Other people I’d like to call out: Happy Menocal who made my amazing custom invitations, crest with Marlon and my initials and menus. And of course Trent Bailey for his amazing photography!

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Photography: Romona Keveza | Photography: Trent Bailey Studio | Floral Design: Aisling Flowers | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Stationery: Happy Menocal | Shoes: Sophia Webster | Jewelry: Lulu Frost | Makeup: Cassandra Garcia | Hair: Allen Thomas Wood | Groom's Attire: Lanvin | Wedding Venue: Gurney's Resort & Spa | Rentals: Rent Patina

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