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Pink + Purple Wolffer Estate Vineyard Wedding

When your engagement story starts with seeking shelter from the rain in a Tiffany’s, the act that follows is bound to be romantic and beautiful, and this wedding was. With Brian Dorsey Studios on the job, every single image is perfection embodied, and we’ve put everything from the Village Invites to the glowy exit, in this beautiful gallery!


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From the stunning bride… Dan and I began dating in 2007 as University of Virginia undergrads, and in 2012, during a rainy July weekend in East Hampton, we dashed into Tiffany’s to escape a downpour — and who could resist trying on engagement rings? Dan observed I loved the round solitaires and discreetly noted my size. One month later, over drinks in Madrid during our August vacation, he pulled the perfect ring from his pocket and popped the question, receiving a resounding “yes”!

Now the hunt was on for the ideal wedding venue. When we toured Wolffer Estate in Sagaponack, NY, a working vineyard with a stylish tasting room, we saw it had the very atmosphere we wanted for our wedding: rustic and relaxed, yet beautiful and elegant.

One year later, on September 21, 2013, Wolffer provided the perfect setting for our big day. The late afternoon ceremony was in the vineyard, with clusters of ripe grapes hanging on the vines; this was followed by a cocktail hour on the adjacent lawn, where guests sipped Wolffer’s Cabernet Franc and a string quartet played Sinatra classics; supper was served on the open-air veranda, followed by dancing in the Italianate tasting room, to pop tunes spun by our terrific DJ, Ray Jarrell.

Our design decisions for the event were inspired by Wolffer’s glorious fall beauty. Jeff Pennington of Southampton NY was our floral designer, and his arrangements reflected the lush ‘Indian summer’ feeling of Wolffer in late September. The flowers included dahlias, scabiosa, calla lilies, and orchids in brilliant wines and purples offset with blue and green; these were flanked on the tables by compotes of pears, figs and tiny green tomatoes; and he placed trees hung with candles in amber glass pendants in the tasting room. I picked Vera Wang’s “Diedre” wedding dress, because its jagged organza ruffles had a country-chic vibe, and the spiced wine bridesmaids’ dresses stood out dramatically against the dark green vines. Lighting designer Matt Murphy installed wrought iron chandeliers on the veranda and lights that shimmered in the vines after sunset.

We couldn’t have done it without our wonderful event planner, Jill Gordon, who helped create the rustic yet elegant feeling we wanted. For the wedding supper she helped me choose gold-rimmed formal china and crystal, rich golden napkins, and dark purple menus with gold calligraphy, which contrasted with the roughhewn farm tables, burlap table runners, and craft place cards tied with raffia and rosemary sprigs. Calligraphied silver gray escort cards were placed on garden stakes in Jeff Pennington’s pave arrangement of jewel-colored hydrangeas, and the thick creamy icing of caterer Fresh Flavors’ carrot wedding cake was adorned with simple spider plants. Jill set up fun photo booth accessories, a basket of pashminas, and a late night Hamptons Popcorn bar, and she provided guests with wands of streamers to wave us to our vintage silver Rolls getaway car. Our good-bye gift for guests was a half-bottle of Wolffer Chardonnay.

It was amazing to have all our family and friends share our wedding celebration, and we felt photographer Chris Owyoung, of Brian Dorsey Studios, completely captured our joyous mood. The one thing we couldn’t have arranged in advance was the full harvest moon that hung in the sky over Wolffer that night, providing a perfect end to an incredible day.

Photography: Brian Dorsey Studios | Floral Design: Pennington Flowers | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Invitations: Village Invites | Hair & Makeup: Hiroko Takada | Lighting: Matt Murphy Event Lighting | DJ: DJ Ray Jarrell, Jarrell Entertainment | Catering & Cake: Fresh Flavors Catering | Ceremony & Cocktail Musicians: East End Chamber Players | Event Planning & Design: Jill Gordon Celebrate | Wedding Venue: Wolffer Estate Winery

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The Hamptons Backyard Wedding from Jennifer Rau Photography

This wedding captured by Jennifer Rau Photography has a long list of reasons to shine. At first glance, it’s a perfect backyard affair nestled in-between the sea and a gorgeous Hamptons cottage. But if you dig a bit deeper, you’ll start to see that it is a day packed with sentiment and a whole lot of soul. Held at the Bride’s childhood summer home, it’s full of details paired down to only the most meaningful; details that pay homage to the Bride’s late father, an amazing writer, and moments that brought this day back to the tree where the Bride played as a little girl. This is one of those warm and fuzzy one’s that has reminded me EXACTLY why I love weddings so. See even more right here.

From the Bride…  I first came up with the idea for my wedding because I wanted to have a rustic Hamptons wedding. Our backyard is where my dearest memories in the summer. My dad was the biggest influence in my life and after he passed away I wanted to honor his life. I decided to buy an old vintage typewriter and type all the menus by hand onto library cards, and used my father’s book titles as the table numbers. I went around Santa Monica and to all the flea markets in LA trying to find first editions of all his books to place on the tables. It was then that my wedding was to have a book theme, with Happily Ever After as the inspiration.  I wanted to get married under the tree that I had swung on a tree swing as a little girl. I had no wedding planner, it was my idea from start to finish including designing the menu completely. The color palette was vivid poppy with touches of orange.

Wedding Photography: Jennifer Rau Photography / Wedding Venue: Bride’s Family’s Hamptons Home in Sagaponack, New York / Floral Design: Thorn Bird Floral Boutique / Wedding Catering: Art of Eating / Wedding Cake: A Simple Cake / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Outdoor Sagaponack Wedding from Timothy Lee Photographers + Sperry Tents

There is a Great Gatsby feel to this New York wedding, sent to us by Timothy K. Lee Photographers. I’m not sure if its the Sperry Tent, or the grandiose florals, or the fact that the whole lavish love fest took place at the couples private home, but whatever it is, I’m eating it up with a spoon. The fashion, the decor, the whole ambiance is the definition of pure glamour. I spent hours taking in every, little detail of this affair, and now it’s your turn. Click here for the full image gallery.

Romy is a makeup artist and Justin is a real estate developer. We met through our mutual best friends Ebon and Yelena at Ebon’s birthday. The first time we met we didn’t exactly ‘remember’ each other but our friends persisted – eventually ended up in the right place at the right time again and, well, let’s just day the rest was history.

We decided to have the reception at Romy’s parent’s house and were lucky enough to have the beautiful Wolffer Vineyard right across the street.  We loved having the ceremony in the field, the cocktails at the vineyard and then the excitement and drama of walking to Romy’s parents home to a fabulous tent across the street. We were really lucky the way everything worked out.

The inspiration was a bit Belgian, a bit Edward Gorey lots of greys and natural flax linens, hits of black, pale lilacs. Lewis Miller of LMD brought in incredible pottery, objets, seashells, sea horses, lanterns – he has an incredible sensibility and a dream to work with.

My most vivid and favorite memory is going into the wine cellar right after the ceremony with Justin to catch our breath and have a moment alone together before the madness…we were both up in the clouds.

Venue: Couples Private House in Sagaponack, NY / Photographer: Timothy Lee Photographers / Event Planner: David Reinhard Events / Tent: Sperry Tents /  Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Videographer:  Hart Pictures / Floral Designer: Lewis Miller Design / Lighting: Matt Murphy Event Lighting / Invitation Designer: Bride, Romy Soleimani / Cake & Desserts: Have Your Cake, Ltd. / Wedding Gown Designer: Mayle, designed by Maid of Honor, Jane Mayle / Caterer: Olivier Cheng Catering

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