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Glamorous + Sophisticated Seaside Montauk Wedding

This, my darling Brides-to-be, is how you throw a fabulously chic beach wedding. Rather than choose the “expected and boring” nautical theme, this chic couple decided to make their wedding about the venue’s natural beauty “using tans, light water colors, beach woods, and pearlescent accents throughout the wedding.” See all the pretty from Ever SwoonTwo Of A Kind Rentals and Shannen Natasha in THE VAULT!

From The Bride…When Josh and I got engaged during the summer of 2014, we didn’t know where to begin with planning. Since we grew up in too very different areas (Josh is from Louisiana and I’m from Connecticut), we thought New York City would be the perfect middle ground for our wedding.

But after lots of searching, it become clear to us that the city lacked something we really wanted on our big day–which was an atmospheric outdoor setting.

At the suggestion of my father, we visited Gurney’s Inn in late September on a beautiful end-of-summer day, and we were instantly hooked. The resort had gorgeous sweeping views of the Atlantic from its decks, making it the perfect setting for our wedding.

Once we locked in our date, we instantly knew what we didn’t want our theme to be. Despite being by the beach, we refused to have a nautical theme—it felt way too expected and boring! Instead, with the help of my brother, we decided to make our wedding theme more about the natural beauty of the beach, using tans, light water colors, beach woods, and pearlescent accents throughout the wedding.

Selecting Gurney’s was a bit of a gamble since the resort was due for renovations with no guarantee of them being completed by our wedding day. In the end, the changes to the resort totally exceeded our expectations, the new Gurney’s felt fresh, modern, and like a whole new resort.

The day of turned out to be a gorgeous early summer day, allowing us to take advantage of all of the resort’s outdoor areas. We took our pictures in the maze of decks across the property, we had our ceremony on the tented upper deck over looking the beach, cocktail hour outside, and a beach bonfire after the reception.

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Photography: Shannen Natasha | Event Planning: Ever Swoon | Floral Design: Sag Harbor Florist | Band: Hank Lane | Groom's Attire: Alton Lane | Venue: Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa | Rentals: Two Of A Kind Rentals | Rentals: Party Rentals Ltd | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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Elegant Montauk Wedding

It doesn’t get much better than a “modern coastal meets English garden” soiree, but add in a breathtaking bride and groom who know a thing or two about fashion (custom gown, anyone?) and it’s an entirely new level of awesome. Think crisp navy blue hues, a beautiful seaside ceremony and one fab moment after another captured by Betsi Ewing Photography.  Fall in love right here.

  

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From the beautiful Bride… Mike and I couldn’t think of a better place to get married, than on the beach near my family home in Amagansett. There weren’t too many locations that provided both a picturesque ceremony setting along with an elegant reception area quite like Gurney’s Montauk Resort. The venue has an atmosphere of casual elegance that was perfect for our late afternoon nuptials. For our wedding, we really tried to do a mix of high end and DIY, splurging on crucial components like the band and venue, but doing a lot of the decor elements ourselves, which created a day that was both perfect and personal.

I didn’t start off with a specific wedding scheme in mind, but the whole affair took on an English garden meets modern coastal theme. Drawing my inspiration from the landscape of Montauk in early fall; I started off with a classic navy blue and white color palette and then layered accents of lavender, cream and spring green. For the groomsmen, we went for a crisp cotton navy suit, adding a touch of whimsy with floral chambray ties and pocket squares. For the bridesmaids, I decided on asymmetrical cream silk dresses, with a dainty floral pattern.

I knew I wanted to complement our beach surroundings when creating my own wedding gown. I designed a dress with a blush colored silk sweetheart bodice, fully covered in a modern pattern of Swarovski crystals, which caught the sunlight when I moved. The skirt was pleated silk mousseline with a detachable chapel train, that created a sense of drama when blowing in the wind on the beach. Mike likes good style as much as I do, so he went for a custom navy suit made by Martin Greenfield in Brooklyn and accessorized his look with a bowtie, suspenders and a pocket round from Alexander Olch.

The wedding day arrived bright and sunny but quickly turned overcast. Instead of putting a damper on things, the gray skies made the greenery and ocean more vivid and cast a stunning light for our pictures. We spent the early afternoon with our wedding party gallivanting around Montauk, taking pictures in areas that really highlighted the surrounding natural beauty. We started at the beach near our venue, then made our way to the lighthouse at the tip of Montauk, and then finished at this great dock in the national park. Betsi Ewing, our photographer, and her associate were absolutely amazing, wrangling our boisterous friends, making everyone feel at ease, and capturing some of the most beautiful photos I’ve ever seen!

Our misty day quickly turned to full on rain just as the ceremony started. But as a true testament to our friends and family, they stayed on the beach creating a canopy of umbrellas, parasols and beach blankets, to the opening strains of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong singing “Dream a Little Dream of Me”. The rain lent a storybook quality to the early evening, as my dad officiated a ceremony full of stories of our lives, inspired readings, and personal vows. By the time we jumped the broom, the rain was really coming down and everyone quickly ran inside to our tented cocktail hour full of sushi and signature cocktails. I couldn’t be more appreciative of our wedding coordinator Ginny Davis and the Gurney’s staff as they not only kept our special evening running smoothly but stood outside in the pouring rain holding umbrellas over our guests so they could walk from the cocktail hour into the ballroom for our reception.

For the reception, I wanted everything to feel light and romantic, so I played with contrasting textures in neutral shades. Mike’s sister made all of the table numbers by painting on acrylic sheets, a hard modern element, which contrasted nicely with the menus she individually watercolored in a soft blue. Anastasia, at Sag Harbor florist used seasonal florals including astilbe, white clematis, white and pale pink garden roses and an abundance of greenery to create beautiful table arrangements in tall and short clear glass vases giving the illusion that the flowers were floating above the table. Finally, we added a metallic touch with silver mercury glass tea lights and rose gold sequined tablecloths on the sweetheart and card table.

With all the decorations in place, we danced the night away to Motown’s greatest hits, dined on a delicious asian inspired menu and finished it all off with champagne cake filled with fresh strawberries topped with our initials in sparklers. We couldn’t have imagined a better way to celebrate our marriage then to be surrounded by our closest friends and family. It’s a day we will never forget.

Photography: Betsi Ewing Photography | Floral Design: Sag Harbor Florist | Invitations: Lucky Penny Paperie | Bride's Shoes: Ferragamo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Zimmermann | Band: Hank Lane's Downtown Band | Grooms Attire: Martin Greenfield Clothiers | Groomsmen's Attire: Bonobos | Wedding Venue: Gurney's Montauk Resort And Spa | Bride's Hair Piece : Twigs And Honey | Bridesmaids' Button Downs: Ralph Lauren | Groom's Accessories: Alexander Olch | Party Sunglasses: Knockaround | Photography - Assistance: Weddings By Averie | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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Romantic Garden-Inspired Montauk Wedding

Gorgeous garden-inspired weddings are my weakness. Even more so given that this hospitable duo crafted their Big Day around relaxed romance and colorful blooms. From the Bride’s beautiful Lovely Bride gown, to the candle-filled tent graced with Jarrell EntertainmentRobert and Kathleen Photographers captured a gallery sure to make you smile. See it all over here!

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From Robert and Kathleen PhotographersThe bride and groom both work in the hospitality industry in Manhattan and wanted a relaxed, romantic wedding in their favorite destination: Montauk, NY. As special events manager at the Gramercy Park Hotel in NYC, Michelle has planned countless weddings and worked with some of the very best wedding industry professionals in New York. When it came time to plan her own wedding, she compiled a dream team of vendors to expertly craft the vision she and Steve had come up with for their day. From their romantic, colorful floral designs to the candle-filled tent and stunning tables, Michelle and Steve’s wedding was warm, welcoming and comfortable. We felt honored to have been there to share their day with them and to photograph all of the amazing moments that made up their day.

Photography: Robert And Kathleen Photographers | Floral Design: Celadon & Celery | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Shoes: Calvin Klein | Jewelry: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | DJ: Jarrell Entertainment | Groomsmen's Attire: Vera Wang | Venue: Sole East Resort | Bridal Boutique: Lovely Bride | Day-Of Coordination: Baton NYC | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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