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Nautical Montauk Wedding at Gurney’s Resort & Spa

A classic wedding with just a touch of nautical pretty… this, loves, is how you really kick off a Wednesday morning.  It’s lush, pink blooms from Hamptons Weddings & Events meets yummy snacks from Dreesen’s Doughnuts meets one magical image after another captured by Alison Conklin Photography, and it’s all set against the stunning Gurney’s Resort & Spa.  How awesome is that?  Click here for more.


From the Bride… I still fight back tears and thoughts of my wedding day, even through my honeymoon. I know it’s close enough that it’s still a conversation piece, but the longing felt by friends and family for even the chance to hear the ocean roar one more time is a conversation I hear every day.

I am thankful to have pictures of me in my mom’s stomach when she and my father were building our house on the land in Hither Hills Montauk that they bought in 1985, at a humble 30 years old. I am even more thankful to look at Alison Conklin’s photos of my husband and I now, me a glowing bride, gushing over how beautiful a celebration July 20, 2013 truly was — and at how handsome of a husband I have! Growing up I spent summer after summer in Montauk taking art and sailing lessons, training to be a junior lifeguard at Indian Hills Beach, and taking second to last place in the Hampton Classic. An only girl between my three brothers, I honestly never dreamt of my wedding gown or flowers because this type of talk wasn’t present in my parents’ home. I did, however, dream of a celebration of love over a weekend in Montauk because I knew it was a special place as so many young adults are finding it to be in more recent years — to my family’s dismay. You see we are not locals out there, but we’d like to think we are –locals would call us “seasonals” — despite my brother’s opinion. Montauk used to be a place people would ask me to repeat “did you say ‘Monnn-talk’?” because they never fathomed fighting the traffic to discover such place otherwise known as ‘The End.” Montauk is the ultimate destination, and our wedding was a celebration Carl Fisher would have tipped his hat too on 7/20, overlooking the ocean on the decks of Gurney’s Inn.

Our celebration weekend started with a cocktail infused BBQ at my parents’ home on Holly Street. That Friday the 19th, our rehearsal night, we toasted the night away with a cool breeze off the boats docked at the Montauk Yacht Club. My parents’ home sits only a half a mile away from Ralph Lauren’s palatial estate which happens to kiss the edge of Gurney’s Inn on it’s port side. I frequented Gurney’s Inn growing up because it is a place that welcomes you in. I can’t say that it’s welcoming existence will last forever considering the owners have just been bought out by a NJ developer rumored to have visions of cabanas and bottle service similar to the happenings of Surf Lodge and Ruschmeyer’s. What made our day unlike any other is that through our DIY attempts, it represents the plunge towards posh that Gurney’s hesitantly is about to take.

The weddings at Gurney’s before ours were smothered in seashells and starfish, lighthouses and lobster pots because I think that is what most brides want from a seaside wedding. I explained to Ginny, John, and Phyllis in the Banquet Department at Gurney’s that if I happened to see one ounce of sand or model seagull on my escort table or cake, I may turn as red as a lobster. With the extreme patience of our vendors – Hampton’s Weddings and Events — Alejandra (florist), Party Rental Ltd’s Pat (chairs and cloth napkins), La Tavola (ivory sequin table linens), RSVP-to-Me’s Kelly Samm Adams (Invitations), Diva Gone Domestic (escort cards/table numbers) I spent the entire year second guessing my own decisions! Without their help, and the help of my family and Andrew, I probably never would have made one decision! I was inspired by vintage romance and honestly the Little Mermaid. I have reddish hair similar to Arial which is the look I was going for when I picked out my gown and accessories. The image cover on Well Wed – Hamptons — No. 7 Spring and Summer 2007 magazine was my first inspiration. I obviously used Pinterest and nautical inspiration from Style Me Pretty to DIY the wedding myself. I think what is so inspiring about our wedding is the unique, romantic, nautical details and the almost Gatsby naivety about us in pictures. My dad’s vintage 1955 Volkswagen Beetle was a hit and made for a special moment for him and I before the ceremony and obviously looked adorable in pictures! My one color inspiration was the Dusty Miller plant. I use it to describe green tones all the time and people always look at me like I’m nuts. I built the rest of my color palette (navy, blush, champagne) around Dusty Miller because I love it’s soft furry delicate influence! Another favorite of mine was the ivory sequin table linens all the way from La Tavola in Napa, CA (NYC location coming this fall I believe — a little too late for me). Once I tested them out with my mom in the reception hall of Gurney’s I initially thought, “Too sweet 16?” but once I saw them with the mercury glass and our color palette I felt an almost underwater coral feel when the light hit them at the right angle. I knew I had to have them!

I think what I was most proud of was the positive reaction of my vendors, family and friends when they saw how much detail and thought Andrew and I put into the wedding without the help of a planner, which my vendors might be used to in the Hamptons. A couple of the Sicilian guests (who we were beyond thankful were in attendance) shared these compliments with us, ” you have shown me that there is still hope and inspiration among our younger generations — your love is a reminder to all that life can not be taken for granted. I am forever inspired.” Andrew and I were married through our own vows which you don’t often see anymore because I think brides often lose sight of their relationship and the celebration of love that is expected to be everlasting. You can feel it through our photos, that Alison Conklin so candidly documented, that Andrew and I have an old-fashion love and appreciation for one another that was so intimately celebrated on 7/20. I can’t thank our families, friends, and vendors enough. Throughout the process we had the support of the most talented and down to earth vendors because we took the time to get to know them and find out what a perfect match they were for us! We can’t thank the Banquet and Spa Departments at Gurney’s as well as Alejandra at Hampton’s Weddings and Events enough for their confidence, support, and relentless smiling! We are most thankful to Alison and Geoff Conklin for their grounded and calm influence throughout the entire weekend. We can’t believe how great you both made us look! You are both truly gifted.

Photography: Alison Conklin Photography | Floral Design: Hamptons Weddings & Events | Cake: Gurney's Resort & Spa | Invitations: RSVP To Me | Bride's Shoes: Via Spiga | Bridesmaids: Amsale | Hair & Makeup: Gurney's Resort & Spa | Wedding Favors: Dreesen's Doughnuts | Men's Attire: Tates Menswear | Band & DJ: East End Entertainment | Bride's Clutch: Kate Spade | Bride's Dress: Watters | Cards & Table Numbers: Diva Gone Domestic | Groom's Bow Tie: Ralph Lauren | Menus: William Arthur | Napkins & Chairs: Party Rental LTD. | Table Linens: La Tavola | Venue: Gurney's Resort & Spa

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Montauk Yacht Club Wedding from Betsi Ewing Studio

If you logged onto your computer today not feeling 100%… maybe a little tired, a little sad, a little uninspired, you’ve come to the right place. With the help of Betsi Ewing Studio and a fabulous couple, we are here to brighten your day so much, you’ll need to grab your sunnies. It’s casual, romantic, intimate, and happy, and it’s made the SMP offices, already happy places, even happier.

Yacht Club

From the Bride … Going into our wedding we had three main goals in mind: (1) keep it intimate, (2) keep it laid-back, and (3) get everyone out on the dance floor. We thought that finding a venue that would meet all of our goals would be difficult, but Montauk Yacht Club screamed “casual elegance,” and could not have been more perfect. Its location on the marina also mirrored our love for the water. We have done our fair share of traveling and have always been drawn to the water, including when Pete proposed with one knee in the water in Mexico. The beautiful Farmhouse Ballroom complete with a stunning fireplace, candelabra, and Beth’s brilliant yellow flower arrangements far exceeded our expectations.

By and large, the most compliments we have received over the past three months have surrounded our ceremony. The ceremony was kicked off by my cousin who sang Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow as I walked down the aisle. It was very important to us to have a very personal ceremony that elicited plenty of laughs. This could not have been possible without our officiant, Joanna. A friend of mine for over a decade, she put together a ceremony that was meaningful, touching, and very funny. She not only focussed on our story (15 years in the making), she emphasized the importance of our family and friends presence, our love of Montauk, and our dedication to each other. Our ceremony was so very special. Our best friend read a poem on friendship, four married couples provided words of wisdom (“Happy wife, happy life” being one of them), and Joanna asked all attendees to pronounce us husband and wife. It was so heartwarming to look out at all of our guests, and hear a booming, “We now pronounce you husband and wife.” It was truly amazing.

My something new, old, and borrowed all held great meaning. My something new was a beautiful pair of earrings received from coworkers turned family. My something old was a handkerchief embroidered with my name and wrapped around my bouquet. I received this handkerchief from my Aunt Tina who had been holding onto it for the past 30 years. It belonged to my namesake, and Tina and my father’s favorite Aunt Sally. Lastly, I wore the same barrette that my best friend, Ali wore in her hair on her wedding day two months earlier.

After the phenomenal speeches by our maid of honor, best man (one of our three), and mutual best friend, Lost in Paris started to jam out. At one point, a friend looked around and said to the groom, “You know it’s a good party when no one is sitting in their seats,” and sure enough, there was not one person sitting. The band kept the party going all night, and as our guest devoured the delicious cupcakes, we stood back, took it all in, and smiled when realizing that our night was absolutely perfect! We keep saying that we want to do it all over again. Perhaps for our 5 or 10 year anniversary? Our advice to any couple planning a wedding is to HAVE FUN throughout the process and make sure to laugh…or, you will surely cry!

Photography: Betsi Ewing Photography | Floral Design: Amagansett Flowers by Beth | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Invitations: Matthew Kelsey | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Band: Lost In Paris | Groom's Shoes: Bruno Magli | Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss | Officiant: Joanna Fernandes | Ceremony Music: Hillary Powell | Cake + Cupcakes: Sag Harbor Bakery | Flower Girl's Dresses: J.Crew | Hair + Makeup: Ali, Long Island Makeup and Hair | Paper Goods: JackandElla | Paper Goods: ThePinkLantern | Ring Bearer Attire: J.Crew | Signage: Alexander & Company | Wedding Venue: Montauk Yacht Club

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Late Summer Wedding at Montauk from Skilled Concept

Before I even get into how much I love every moment of this stylish wedding at Sole East Resort by Skilled Concept - can I just say that this Bride’s Jenny Packham is totally my dream dress. I could write paragraphs on how pretty it is, and she wore it perfectly. The entire day was equally as perfect, actually. From the gorgeous florals by Karen Lenahan Designs to the sweet kisses stolen by the handsome Groom, and every thing in between – it goes without saying this gallery is a must see this Monday. See it all here.


From the Bride… Gui and I met in New York City in 2006. In 2007 we went on their first holiday to the Hamptons. We arrived in Montauk and instantly fell in love with Sole East. Two and a half acres of incredible back yard, revamped 1970′s architecture and simple white in every room. You instantly feel relaxed and at home. When we got engaged, we instantly knew that is were we wanted to marry. Gui is from Brazil, I am from Colorado and we were living in London through the engagement. New York is where we fell in love. There was no second choice for the wedding.

A laid-back, family affair. A bit rustic, a touch of elegance, plus a first (and last) attempt at DIY! The space is beautiful all on it’s own. We didn’t want to ruin that. Small touches with a pastel palette. Hand-picked and close to the heart.

With only 58 rooms and the weekend after Labor Day, we took over the hotel for a long-weekend of relaxation and fun. We got married under a beautiful tree dressed with embroidery hoops filled with lace. Our best friend married us and we accidentally kissed as soon as I arrived at the alter.

All of our vendors had the same demeanor as us. No stress and absolutely incredible at their jobs. When you hire people to trust, there isn’t anything to worry about. Letting them guide helped me stay sane on a separate continent, planning all by myself.

My dress is my favorite thing in the world. The combination of simplicity and intricacy is second to nothing. And trust me, I looked EVERYWHERE. Jenny Packham is a British designer and that felt very special to me. Living in London while planning my wedding gives me such a connection to that city. My shoes are Charlotte Olympia, British as well. My Bridesmaids all wore the same skirt and a monogram necklace gifted to them the night before. They picked their own top and kick-ass shoes! Gui’s suit was custom-made in London and the boys wore matching suits, pink and white gingham ties and boat shoes of their choice. the ring bearers and ushers wore plaid shorts and pastel pink bow-ties.

Gui is a creative director so his vision and our crest is where everything else flowed from. Invitations, website, menus… all collateral was created by him. I took inspiration from some of our favorite restaurants and my new found obsession with Style Me Pretty for the rest. I sourced 8 vintage fabrics to make the napkins and collected beautiful copies of The Great Gatsby for each table. Along with the flowers, I found pinwheels + the wine holder table numbers on BHLDN. We were gifted the Olivetti typewriter from a friend at work who bought it when she was a teenager to “write love poems on”. This became our guest book.

For the place cards, we collected the corks and documented each bottle of wine or champagne we had from our engagement year. Those, along with gifts from some of our favorite restaurants. I took two corks, tied them with ribbon and secured them together with twine. We printed out the list of memories (almost all with guests at our wedding) to sit at the table as people picked up their cards.

Our traditional cake, created by Momofuku Milk Bar (and driven with care from Brooklyn to Montauk in our backseat) was one of the best decisions we made. I think it is stunning to look at and the flavors were just incredible. That was for Gui. I am more savory. I had seen in London instances where people used wheels of cheese as a cake. To me that is heaven. I called our favorite cheese shop in Brooklyn and they graciously accommodated our request for a 4 layer cake of delicious cheese.

The food was all sourced from The Backyard restaurant at Sole East. All fresh and locally produced. Passed hors d’oeuvres, family-style dinner and late-night food. We heard, and continue to hear over and over- BEST WEDDING FOOD EVER. We agree. We served special micro-brewed Colorado beer and Gui’s favorite brand from Brazil. We also had a s’mores bar at the fire pit later that night. My mom’s family are Hershey’s so this gave a special place to highlight her heritage.

Because you can never have enough photographs, we enlisted a photobooth to capture even more.

The best part? When the tent closed, the DJ moved inside to the bar on the property and we danced until my 6″ heels couldn’t take any more.

Photography: Skilled Concept | Floral Design: Karen Lenahan Designs | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Bride's Shoes: Charlotte Olympia | Bracelet: Jenny Packham | Catering: Backyard at Sole East | Hair: Under Her Veil | DJ: Play Something Good | Groom's Shoes: Commes De Garcon | Bride's Hair Piece: Jennifer Behr | Bridesmaids' Skirts: BHLDN | Cake Stands: BHLDN | Cheese Cake: Bedford Cheese Shop | Cufflinks: lanvin | Groom's Ring: David Yurman | Groomsmen Attire: Zara | Makeup: Rachel Wade of Chic to Cheek | Napkins: Dot and Army | Photobooth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co. | Pinwheels: BHLDN | Table Numbers: BHLDN | Wedding Venue: Sole East Resort

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