This gorgeous North Fork wedding by Adam Piorkowski might have fallen on one unusually chilly June day, but a little rain and cold wasn’t about to stop this adorable bride and groom from having the time of their lives. Nope, they made sure to make the most of it by grabbing some cute as can be umbrellas and heading out into the drizzle for some very fabulous photos ops. Yep, how awesome are they?!? And with a wedding filled to the brim with gorgeous DIY details, an all-white color palette and the sweetest of nautical touches, you won’t be able to help but love them even more. Click here for all of the pretty!
From the Bride… I knew in planning our wedding that we really wanted to capture the essence of the North Fork since that is where we grew up and spend most of our weekends now. We chose a venue located on the Peconic Bay so people could enjoy the water view and the natural beauty of Southold. Founders Landing, the venue, is a very simple gray building that only fits about 125 people but we loved everything about it! The building is basically a blank canvas so with the help of my mom, Gerard’s mom and especially his aunt Kathleen, we created a masterpiece!
I wanted everything to be really simple and all white. For the tables we decided to cover them with different size mason jars filled with votives and hydrgangeas. I also took a page out of the SMP book and had a man in Mystic, Conneticut create the nautical rope table card holders I had seen at a previous wedding. I had discussed all of the flower details with our awesome florist Becky Jens but didn’t see the finished product until after the ceremony when I walked into the reception. I was IN LOVE! Becky chose the most beautiful full ivory hydrangeas, they looked absolutely gorgeous. Between the hydrangeas and the candles, the room had a very romantic cozy feel.
Gerard’s Aunt Kathleen handled many of the details around the room. She covered the walls with one of our favorite poems, “I carry your heart with me” by e.e. cummings. Each frame had a different verse of the poem. I also wanted to make sure our parents’ and grandparents’ wedding photos were included in our day so Kath made this beautiful frame out of beachwood, painted it gold and placed black and white photos of all the weddings before us. The best part was it sat atop a mantle on a fireplace that said, “Gift of the Southold Players, XMAS 1923” which I thought was really neat. Instead of a guest book we found these penguin postcards with vintage book covers of all the books they published and had everyone write us a special note. Kath situated them in a glass bowl filled with sand.
For the food we wanted to make sure it had a very local, seaside feel. We chose a raw bar as part of the appetizers and a lobster-bake for our main entree. Matt Kar, our chef, was amazing! He knew the exact menu we were going for and everything was delicious. Our cake was done by Miche Bacher of Sacred Sweets. Gerard and I had met with her to choose a cake and went through all of her beautiful examples. We thought we had chosen one and then I spotted a magazine cut out from a Martha Stewart Living article she had just been in and I said – THAT ONE! It was so beautiful and romantic. It was three tiers with the top tier sitting upon a delicate little cake stand and this glorious fluffy buttercream icing. Finally she added a beautiful peony on top, which was the very same flower as my and my bridesmaids bouquet.
Of course, we wouldn’t have been able to capture any of this without our amazing photographer and friend, Adam. We really wanted a photographer that knew us and could translate our essence into photographs. Adam did exactly that! The day was a very cold, cloudy, blustery, rainy day in June – hence the umbrellas. But it made for awesome photographs! My dreams of everyone roaming the grass down near the beach were squashed but the energy inside that little gray building was palpable. Adam was with us from start to finish and he put his heart and soul into this project. Our pictures aren’t traditional, but they represent perfectly what an amazing day we had!
Wedding Photography: Adam Piorkowski / Floral Design: Becky Jens of Moments in Time Floral Design / Wedding Cake: Miche Bacher of Sacred Sweets / Catering: Christopher Michael Catering / Wedding Ceremony Location: Sacred Heart Church / Wedding Reception Location: Founders Landing / Cellist: Jody Redhage / Wedding Wand Streamers: Craftupyourlife / Save the Dates: Architette Studios / Table Card Holders: Matt Beaudoin of Mystic Knotwork / Wedding Invitations: Simply Put, by Ashley Woodman / DJ: PopShop! DJs, DJ Colleen Crumbcake / Hair: Michael Lopez / Wedding Dress + Veil: J.Crew / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Groomsman Ties: J.Crew