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North Fork Wedding at Bedell Cellars from Shannen Natasha Weddings

I often catch myself feeling beyond lucky for getting to spend my days poring over love stories. And if that wasn’t good enough, I get to swoon over the stories captured by talented people like Shannen Natasha Weddings. Whose images of this Bedell Cellars wedding make me feel like I am right there dancing the night away with this stunning couple after a perfect day. That’s nothing short of lucky, and I couldn’t be more thankful that my day will be spent right here.

From the Bride… I grew up in a small beach town on the North Fork of Long Island—90 miles and a world away from New York City. After Billy and I started dating, I introduced him to the area, and he loved it as much as I do. We’ve spent some of our happiest, most relaxing weekends there, and it was an obvious spot for our wedding. The North Fork has great beaches, farms and vineyards, and we wanted our wedding to reflect everything that we love about the area. We hosted a rehearsal dinner BBQ beach bonfire at my parents’ house, and planned the wedding at a nearby vineyard.

We wanted the wedding to feel rustic, but elegant—and most of all, to celebrate our love for each other and our guests. We worked with a wonderful florist, who sourced local, seasonal flowers. Instead of a wedding cake, we served pie from a local farm stand. To reflect our love of travel, we asked guests to sign a giant, Lonely Planet travel book—picking a destination that was special to them. We brought in a phenomenal band from Manhattan, and danced like maniacs all night.

Our lovely photographer, Shannen Natasha Weddings, took photos before the wedding—at my parents’ house and on their boat. She made us feel comfortable and relaxed, and captured our emotions perfectly. I bought inexpensive shoes, knowing that if that if we threw the kind of party we wanted, I’d be barefoot and dancing by dessert. Thankfully, we were right.

Wedding Photography: Shannen Natasha Weddings / Wedding Venue: Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue, New York / Floral Design: Rebecca Jens from Moments in Time Floral Design / Dessert: Briermere Farms / Band: Rhythm Collective via Elan Artists / Wedding Invitations: Crane & Co. / Wedding Stationery: The Ink Spot / Wedding Dress: Alvina Valenta via Kleinfeld Bridal / Rings: T. Gluck / Bridesmaids’ Attire: J.Crew / Groom’ s + Groomsmen Attire: J.Crew / Men’s Ties: Vineyard Vines / Hair + Makeup: Carolyn’s Salon

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North Fork Wedding at Bedell Cellars Winery from Bia Sampaio Photographs

If there ever was a wedding that is both laid back and so beautifully elegant, this is it. Pay close attention and you’re guaranteed to be inspired by all the gorgeous details. From the bride’s amazing Vera Wang gown and shoes to the spectacular al fresco reception, this vineyard wedding is fast becoming one of our favorites. We’ve got Bia Sampaio Photographs to thank for all the beautiful images of which there are so many more right here.


Don’t miss this gorgeous film by Jess Levey for Josh Strauss Weddings

From Bia Sampaio Photographs… Jill and Mike are one of the most fun couples I have ever photographed. I immediately fell in love with them and their story: they met in a bathroom and it was just a year later that Mike asked Jill out. Their email to me asking to photograph their wedding had me laughing for days (it included details of a coin toss and dizzy nephew). It was an unusual meeting that has led to an unpredictable, amazing journey so far! The wedding was a great mix of elegance and fun. Highlights included a grand exit with sparkles and the groom’s Mustache Mobile Food truck at the end of the party (The groom owns Tony Boloney’s in Atlantic City.).

From the Bride… Mike and I had a long engagement, over three years. We were first thinking of a destination wedding in Costa Rica, and when that didn’t happen, we put things on hold. After being engaged for two years, we decided it was time to set a date. My parents drove us from vineyard to vineyard on the north fork, and it was love at first sight when we drove into Bedell. There was no question — this was where we would be married. The laid-back but elegant venue would be the perfect setting for us to celebrate with our family and friends. The gorgeous landscape was picture perfect. Our day was flawless, and we wish we could do it all again because we would not change a thing!

Wedding Photography: Bia Sampaio Photographs / Wedding Venue: Bedell Cellars Winery in Cutchogue, New York / Event Planning: Daria Culver Events / Floral Design: Karen Lenahan Designs / Wedding Cinematography: Jess Levey for Josh Strauss Weddings / Wedding Invitations: Oblation Papers & Press / Music: Vali Entertainment / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Bride’s Shoes: Vera Wang

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Long Island Wedding at Martha Clara Vineyards by Patricia Kantzos Photography

Any family that has the tradition of creating a unique photo booth for each family member’s wedding day is pretty darn cute in my book! That alone can tell you that this next wedding by Patricia Kantzos has got soul. I absolutely love the feeling of a dinner party hidden away in a secret barn retreat and how darling are the pretty petals by Amy Febinger!?  Keep the party going by checking out the full gallery here.

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From Patricia Kantzos PhotographyAlison and Matt were great to work with, and it was an honor to photograph their wedding. It was evident from when we first met they wanted their wedding to reflect their style while making sure their family and friends had fun. You can see from the images that this is a group that lives, loves and laughs. Both Alison and Matt are in creative fields, so I knew their wedding would have many special details. I LOVED all the flowers. Amy Febinger is so talented. Another of my favorite details was the photo booth. I was thrilled when they asked me to help them set this up. Alison, Matt and their friends have a tradition: for each wedding, they together design and construct a backdrop. I provided all the photography. The Adam and Eve backdrop was perfect.

Wedding Photography: Patricia Kantzos Photography / Wedding Venues: A Private Estate + Martha Clara Vineyards in North Fork, New York / Floral Design: Amy Febinger of Bourgeon / Catering: Russ Moran Catering (631-728-3474) / Wedding Cake + Pies: Briermere Farms (631-722-3931) / Wedding Invitations: Erin Napier of Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence / Music: Dan Nelson of Tommy Tunes (631-732-5886) / Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston (Now Closed) / Bride’s Shoes: Caparros / Bride’s Hair Piece + Jewelry: BHLDN / Hair: Patrick Keogh ( / Makeup: Lauren Cosenza ( / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klein / Lighting: Stortz Lighting

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