Lovelies, let’s start this Monday off right-with a beautiful couple whose love started on Spring break, took a several year hiatus and finally culminated in a gorgeous vineyard wedding. The perfect blend of rustic and elegant, this stunning celebration truly spoke to the bride and groom (and their adorable pup!). Janelle Brooke Photography + McKenzie Miller Films beautifully captured all of the thoughtful touches from this vino-inspired wedding. You can uncork the rest of the images right here!
From the Bride… Jeremy and I met on a spring break vacation to the Bahamas with zero intention of finding our soul mates! We were each with our own friends at the pool one day when we met. It was absolutely electric! There was no way we could possibly stay away from each other. While on vacation, we stayed up countless nights on the beach talking about everything and nothing … and soon found out that we lived only a half hour away from each other on Long Island. I was 19 and he was 22, and we tried to make our relationship work, but being young, we never gave it a real shot. We kept in touch over the years and coached each other through our dysfunctional relationships. We’d joke and say that one day we would get married, and somewhere deep down we both hoped it would come true. Life went on as we traveled our different paths until we decided it was our time to finally give it a real shot! After six months of a long-anticipated relationship that lived up to every expectation we built up over the years, Jeremy proposed!
We enjoyed our engagement and wedding planning. We both wanted our wedding to feel personal, like we thought of every single person while wedding planning. The last thing we wanted was another generic wedding. We wanted a very natural space with absolutely no “glitz and glam,” a really raw, rustic feel. Jeremy and I both love wine, so the vineyard was an easy choice for us. We learned that we would have to bring in every single vendor, but that left us able to customize, which was exactly what we wanted. We had to choose everything from flatware to floor plans and so much more. Jeremy is incredibly handy, and we made our details ourselves… our place cards were slices of wood that he cut and sanded, then I stained and wrote everyone’s name and table numbers on them. We made our four-tier cake/cupcake stand (we got dessert from my favorite bakery, Two Little Red Hens in NYC), our ceremony and cocktail hour signs, our wine bottle table numbers, etc. In doing all these projects together, we were able to share a vision of what we wanted our big day to be, and we really enjoyed spending the time together while creating everything. Most importantly in any wedding planning, we found the most incredible, down to earth vendors, who later became friends. Amanda from Amanda Barbara Events paid even more attention to detail than I did, something that I didn’t think was possible! She executed every detail and the vision that we had the day of that would never have been created without her. Janelle and Terrie from Janelle Brooke Photography captured every movement of the most magical day of our lives. Not only did they do our photography, but they kept my sanity the whole way through! McKenzie from McKenzie Miller Films, whose car we jumped in to go from site to site to take photos before the ceremony, was such a calming influence that day! Jacqui from PTG Rentals that was able to get us everything from the tent, to the flatwear, to the candy cart and the linens we wanted! There are just too many vendors to name them all, but everyone was just amazing!
When the big day came, everything fell into place and even the weather cooperated! Seeing Jeremy for the first time privately before our ceremony was one of my favorite moments of the day. It was such an intimate and personal time that we would never have gotten, had we tried to cram our photos in after the ceremony. The ceremony went according to plan, and our beloved bulldog, Elby, walked down the aisle with ease! We were feeling confident that the rest of the day would go off without a hitch — until the kitchen caught fire, and we and our 165 guests were evacuated! Advice to all future brides out there: if something out of your control happens, just sit back and let it go! It’s SO NOT WORTH freaking out! Luckily after an hour, we all came back in to Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” very appropriate for our situation and because we are both Billy Joel lovers! We danced and enjoyed the rest of the evening. We are lucky to have such amazing friends and family that were able to stay calm and roll with the unexpected situation! It was certainly an event our guests will not forget!
Wedding Photography: Janelle Brooke Photography / Wedding Venue: Pellegrini Vineyards in Cutchogue, New York / Floral Design: Flowers by Burton / Wedding Day Planning: Amanda Barbara Events & Decor / Wedding Cinematography: McKenzie Miller Films / Wedding Invitations: PaperTiger Studio / Wedding Cake: Two Little Red Hens / Cake Topper: M&M Clay Creations / Props: PartyGoodies / Rentals: PTG Event Services / Favors: Pellegrini Vineyards 2007 Chardonnay / Signs, Cake Stand, Place Card Board: DIY by the Bride & Groom / Wedding Dress: Pronovias / Bride’s Veil: Bridal Reflections / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka via Nordstrom / Bridal Hanger: Erica May Made / Bride’s Necklace: From her Grandmother / Bride’s Bracelet: Borrowed from her Mother-in-Law / Bride’s Engagement Ring: Michael’s Jewelery / Wedding Bands: Rosanne’s Jewelery / Hair: CoCoBelle / Makeup: Faye, A Friend of the Bride / Bridesmaids’ Gifts: Necklaces by Guenevere Rodriguez / Groomsmen’s Gifts: Ray-Ban Sunglasses via Accent on Eyes