There is just something so lovely about a winery wedding, and this pretty little fête by Samantha Shay Photography is o-ver-flowing with with all the loveliness I adore so much about them. Sweet little details with a hint of rustic and a pinch of vintage filled the affair with a whole lotta pretty – not to mention it looks like this adorable duo tied the knot on the most beautiful, light-filled evening making for a gallery full of lovely image after lovely image!
From the bride…Growing up on Long Island I was blessed with being surrounded by beautiful coastlines, farms and wineries. This is where my true inspiration came from when planning my dream wedding. As a little girl, I always dreamed of my “big day”, what I would wear, what flowers I would use, what the tables would look like, etc. The one thing I didn’t wonder about was where I would have my wedding. That I knew. It would be out on the North Fork of Long Island. The North Fork is a hidden gem, a special place to me and a place where I come to escape the hustle and bustle of New York City. As soon as I introduced my fiancé to the North Fork he fell in love too with the charm and quaintness of the area. We agreed that one day this area would be perfect for our wedding.
Throughout the three years that Matt and I dated, each time we came to visit my parents in Greenport, Long Island we go wine tasting. With over 50 wineries on the Eastern End of Long Island we had many to try. Every tasting we went on there was always one winery that stood out in our minds, Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue, NY. You could call it love at first site for myself and love at first taste for Matt. We loved Bedell for not only its amazing wines but for the ambiance and calmness that came over us every time we would go there.
My vision for our wedding (This is where the fun began for me!) was for it to be homey, vintage, rustic, yet slightly romantic. All these elements fit perfectly in with the surrounding land. I took the beauty of the winery and the natural colors already there to create my color palette. Antique white, sage green, rose petal pink and cream. It was very important for me to keep everything local and to be as organic as possible. Our food was bought at local fish stores, farm stands, local gourmet stores and even the oysters at our raw bar came from my Dad’s own oyster farm! Our wine jelly favors were made from Bedell grapes and even some of our flowers were sourced from backyards. Each reception table was named after local towns on the North Fork, to create an intimate feel. I wrote a fact about each town and framed them in frames made from old barn wood. Texture played a big and important role in my wedding décor too. From the antique skeleton keys that I had collected over the years to the rattan table linens, to the type of flowers that were used, to the torn paper chosen for our invitations, escort cards, favor tags, each detail played an important role in the overall décor.
Photography: Samantha Shay Photography / Location: Bedell Cellars Winery / Caterer: A Small Affair / Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. / Florist: Karen Lenahan / Wedding Planner: the bride / Hair: Patti at Alter Ego Hair Salon (516-921-1100) / Makeup: Beth Rachel / Brides dress: Christos / Brides shoes: Christian Louboutin / Brides Earrings + Bracelet: Jennifer Miller / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Groom + Groomsmen Suits: Lauren by Ralph Lauren / Groom + Groomsmen Ties: JoS. A. Bank / Ceremony Music: Miriam Shilling / Cocktail and Reception Music: Hank Lane of The Downtown Band / Reception Lighting: Matt Murphy Event Lighting / Officiant: Reverend Alison Caiola / Escort Card Holder: TreehouseWoodDesigns / Guest book: EmersonBindery / Reception table frames: braggingbags / Wedding Chair Signs: AnistaDesigns / Ring Bearer Pillow: NanaMontana / Large D&M Initials: thebackporchshoppe / Robe Worn by Bride While Getting Ready: Pretty Plum Sugar