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A Classic Navy + Greenery-Filled Wedding

Meghan and Sean’s love story began in high-school but fast forward 10 years and you’ll see their long-awaited wedding day that was nothing short of perfect. They prioritized involving their 5-year-old daughter in the celebration, and she even hand-painted their table numbers made with love. Photographed by Ashley Caroline, this is one gallery you don’t want to miss.

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From Ashley Caroline PhotographyMeghan + Sean’s day was very special. Together, they have the sweetest 5-year-old daughter, Molly. It was evident throughout the day that she is not only the light in their lives but in so many close family and friends as well. Molly painted the table “numbers” and was so excited to show everyone her adorable artwork. It was a lovely personal touch. The day was beautiful from the bride + groom table full of candles to the greenery covering the tables and the portraits at golden hour. The bride’s J. Crew dress stunned everyone. It was a lovely day with the best trolley ride and I couldn’t wait to share it with you. My favorite moment was towards the end of the night when the groom serenaded the bride. He sang a song and played on his guitar and it was the sweetest moment.

From the Bride… Sean and I met freshman year of high school in keyboarding class, and although we would both later admit to an immediate mutual crush, we didn’t start dating until the summer before our senior year of college. We had run into each other at a dive bar one random, fateful night; I was there with my sister, who had recently gone through a breakup and Sean had gotten dragged out of bed by a friend in search of love. Sean was wearing gym shorts and black mid-calf socks under sandals – I thought no one had ever looked better. I’ll never forget how happy I was to see him, a happiness I have felt seeing him thousands of times since. Sean swears that he was the first one to text after that night, and I’m certain that the opposite is true, but we both agree that the summer that followed was one of the best of our lives. After 7 years of friendship and 3 of dating, we entered into our next and greatest adventure: parenting. Molly was born on a warm, sunny day in the middle of September. She has Sean’s eyes, my smile and both of our love for laughter and music.

Our wedding day was also on a warm, sunny day in September, 5 years later. Our wish was to have a day that was just bursting at the seams with love, and I am very happy to say that that wish was granted. We got married in the church where my Father grew up, a church where we said goodbye to my Grandpa earlier this year. Being there as a family again, celebrating a birth of sorts, was a beautiful, emotional experience. We took our pictures in Bayard Cutting Arboretum, where my brother’s wedding pictures were taken, and then headed over to the reception in our trolley. The party was held at The Snapper Inn on the south shore of Long Island, in an open air gazebo overlooking the water. I will never forget the feeling of the breeze drifting in and out as we ate dinner at our candlelit table and looked around at 200 of our favorite people, wishing we could hold onto these treasured moments as they passed by relentlessly. Although there were many moments I loved, it is easy to say that the highlight of the night was listening to Sean play “This Must be the Place” by Talking Heads. He sings and plays so beautifully and it was a true moment in time, seeing him share that talent with the people we love.

While we were on our honeymoon in Italy I said to Sean that the greatest gift we could have given to our friends and family on our wedding is to have a night where they can forget about work or obligations and just simply celebrate love. The greatest gift to us was looking around at these wonderful people, people who have been there for many milestones in our lives, and seeing the pure joy they felt in being there, being present, and frankly, tearing UP the dance floor. We don’t get to experience joy that way on a daily basis and it is such a beautiful reminder of how much we need love and need each other. It was a bit difficult coming back to reality after a night like that, but to steal a line from our wedding song, “I guess we’ll just begin again.”

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Photography: Ashley Caroline Photography | Floral Design: Flowers by Burton | Wedding Dress: J.Crew | Cake: Audrey's Fine Baked Goods | Reception Venue: Snapper Inn | DJ + Live Music: Paul Loren | Flower Girl's Dress: J.Crew

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A Wildly Beautiful Garden Wedding in the Middle of the City

Black tie affairs are a staple in New York City but pulling off a crazy elegant garden wedding in the middle of that bustling metropolis is another story entirely. Oh does Brooklyn Botanical Garden fit the bill. And all gussied up with elegant details from Oleander Floral & Events, it’s nothing short of perfection, despite the pouring rain. Peek at the full gallery of images by Lauren Fair + the prettiest film by Willow Tree Films below.

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From Lauren Fair Photography… Mary Catherine + Chris’s elegant summer New York wedding was perfection – such a stunning, clean color palette, incredibly in-love bride + groom and portraits in one of my favorite locations at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens – the desert greenhouse. Even though it poured rain, they were all smiles and kept the focus on all the joy surrounding them with the ones they love!

From the Bride… What was most important to Chris and I, was that everyone we loved could be there – Given that our entire extended families are local, we made it a black-tie New York City affair, and split the day between our two native boroughs, Manhattan and Brooklyn. First Presbyterian is one of the most beautiful churches in Manhattan, and was where my parents got married three decades before us. Brooklyn Botanic’s Palm House is the most incredible ballroom I’ve ever been in, and it served as the perfect backdrop for the clean, elegant, and whimsical atmosphere that Oleander Florals brought to life that day. What we will always remember about that night was dancing, jumping, singing and sweating, immersed in a sea of people that we couldn’t live without.

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Photographer: Lauren Fair Photography | Cinematography: Willow Tree Films | Invitations: Bella Figura | Reception Venue: Brooklyn Botanical Garden | Hair and Makeup: Face the Day NY: Makeup and Hair Services | DJ: Scratch DJ's | Florals and Design: Oleander Floral & Events

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The Perfect Spot for that Quintessential Montauk Garden Wedding

Sure, wedding planning can be a tad bit stressful, but finding that perfect Montauk venue? Not as difficult as you think. With Sole East Resort, saying “I do” in sophisticated + laid-back style is as simple as relaxing poolside in their St. Tropez lounge beds… easy. From their manicured gardens to their amazing service, this is quintessential Montauk to a tee. Scroll to plan that fairytale wedding.

Saying “I do” in a glam day that is equal parts luxurious AND relaxing isn’t always easy, but Sole East Resort manages to make it all happen… and beautifully. Think an understated, yet totally elegant garden party meets that laid-back Montauk vibe and you are on the right track. Not to mention the completely tasty cuisine at their Backyard Restaurant and the proximity to those world-famous Atlantic Ocean beaches. It’s a full-service property basically meant for a weekend retreat with your nearest and dearest. Just ask bride, Alison. “We had a vision of the setting, mood, ambiance and wanted to find the right venue where we could create the setting… Sole East was the perfect destination for our dream wedding.”

Ready to begin that journey to an authentic celebration rich in FUN and crazy beautiful details? Contact the amazing staff at Sole East Resort TODAY to start planning.

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Sole East Resort is offering a 50% discount off catering rental fees for booking available 2017 Spring & Fall wedding dates, along with a complimentary wedding night stay in a Garden Cabana Suite for the Newlyweds! Call now, friends.

Photography: Jay Ackerman | Photography: Matthew Burke | Event Design: Ali Reeve Design | Floral Design: Mimosa Floral Design Studio | Wedding Dress: Mark Zunino | Lighting: Matt Murphy Event Lighting | Tent: The New York Tent Company | Ceremony & Reception: Sole East Resort | Day of Wedding Planners: Duke + Van Deusen | Paper & Calligraphy: Overdressed Paperie | Rentals: Party Rentals LTD

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