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The perfect venue. The perfect details. The perfect wedding.

They say when you know, you know… and for this darling duo and their search for the perfect seaside venue, that statement couldn’t have been more true. Because the second they stepped foot into the Montauk Yacht Club, they knew THIS was the place they would host their incredibly thoughtful + classic day. From their beautiful invites from Bella Figura to their popcorn place cards to their heartfelt moments all captured by Brklyn View Photography.  See it all in THE VAULT right this way.

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From the Bride… Since the beginning of our relationship seven years ago, Brian and I have shared a love of visiting lighthouses. When we arrived at the Montauk Yacht Club during our venue search and saw that they were not only just down the road from the famous Montauk Lighthouse but that they had their own small lighthouse featured in the middle of the hotel, we knew we had found the perfect place.

As we began our planning, we decided we wanted our wedding to have three things; all of our activities at one location (from the rehearsal dinner to the ceremony to the reception to the day after brunch), a getaway feeling for our guests so they could properly unwind, relax and celebrate and finally bursts of both of our personalities throughout. We often read during our research that after picking the venue, everything else is simple – and it happened exactly that way for us. The venue search was a bit stressful, we saw many places, but neither of us felt a connection to any of them until we arrived at the Montauk Yacht Club. It was our third venue visit that day (the other two were disappointments) and the last one we had scheduled – and luckily we walked in and felt it – that connection. After that, as they say, all the pieces fell into place.

We were able to create a three day weekend for most of our guests (we both have very big families so more than half the wedding was invited to the rehearsal dinner) which allowed everyone to relax and take advantage of the Montauk Yacht Club’s numerous activities – from spa services to water sports. This made us so happy. One other big advantage of having all our events at the same location all our guests were staying at was that it eliminated any transportation or driving for the whole weekend. We think this allowed everyone to relax a little bit more knowing they didn’t need to worry about any logistical issues.

We let our personalities shine through at every opportunity we could over the weekend. We wanted our wedding to be unique but more importantly, we wanted everyone to feel like they knew us a little bit better as a couple when they left. We started this with custom ceremony programs that featured a timeline of our relationship, highlighting major and memorable moments as well as a breakdown of our relationship by the numbers – showing how many movies we had ever seen together, how many birthdays we had celebrated together and so forth. It continued with Brian’s father officiating the ceremony and us reading our own vows to each other. We felt like it was like no other ceremony we had ever been so, and it was very much ours.

The cocktail hour featured a playlist curated by Christianna as well as a few of our favorite foods including two different types of hot dogs and macaroni and cheese. The wedding began with guests picking up their place cards which were fastened to the front of small boxes of popcorn – Brian’s favorite snack and heading to their tables which were marked with pictures of both of us at the age of their table number. Throughout the reception we included more personal touches like a cigar table featuring my father’s favorite brand and our mothers’ signature cookies and our favorite frozen yogurt, 16 Handles, for dessert.

As we look back on the day, I still cry when I think about the ceremony and Brian remembers how happy he was that our personalities shined through so much. If we can give one piece of advice to couples planning their own weddings it would be to remember that your wedding should reflect you both – from your favorite colors, the hobbies you share, and even the hot dog recipes you both love. Make it yours!

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Photography: Brklyn View Photography | Floral Design: Flowers By Beth | Wedding Dress: J.Crew | Invitations: Bella Figura | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Makeup: Amy Klewitz Beauty | Band: The All Stars | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Venue: Montauk Yacht Club

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The Montauk wedding of your dreams? It happens here, lovelies.

Not all seaside venues are created equal.  And when it comes to that quintessential Hamptons locale that delivers time and time again, Sole East Resort is IT.  Think the perfect marriage of glam + sophisticated with a laid-back Montauk vibe that is all sorts of awesome. From the hammocks to the lawn games to the manicured gardens, setting the stage for your Big Day has never been more fabulous.

Here at SMP, we’ve spent many a days swooning over Sole East Resort and it’s stunning landscaped gardens and luxe pool complete with St. Tropez lounge beds.  And, honestly… one look at ANY wedding hosted in this gorgeous resort and it’s easy to see why we are so very, very smitten.  Think a short jaunt to Montauk’s fab Atlantic Ocean beaches, yummy bites at The Backyard Restaurant and exemplary customer service that will wow you AND your guests. It’s a full-service property known for spoiling you, which means you can spend your entire wedding weekend (or week!) sitting back, relaxing and letting the fun happen. (We adore that.)

From fab welcome barbecues to cocktail or pool parties to farewell brunches to THE Big Day, Sole East Resort has you totally covered. Contact them NOW to start planning that Hamptons wedding of your dreams.

Photography: Whyman Studios | Wedding Planner : Duke + Van Deusen | Florist: Karen Lenahan Designs


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From Miami Nightclub to Montauk Summer Wedding Magic

With her simple, little request to rest her tired legs at a Miami club one night, this beautiful Bride found her forever love and the rest is history. And lucky us, we get to see it all come to fruition with this romantic Hamptons celebration captured by Heather Waraksa. Facetime Beauty helped our lady shine and Nine Cakes created a confection with pretty little petals almosttt too cute to eat. More in our Vault!

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From Heather Waraksa… Danielle and Kyle met on April 24th, 2012. The Magic City brought these two together while Danielle was residing in Miami and Kyle was on his company’s annual retreat. On a Tuesday night, while waiting for her girlfriends at the club Wall at the W Hotel in South Beach, Danielle approached Kyle’s table, needing a place to sit because “her legs were tired”. What started as wanting a free drink, turned into something much more. That week, while Kyle skipped nearly all of his meetings, he and Danielle spent many special moments together at the Fontainebleau, Mansion Nightclub, and Monty’s Sunset. Although Danielle left Kyle early on his last night, their connection lasted as Kyle went back home to Manhattan. From their first days together in South Beach, to their summers in Montauk and essentially every other trip they have taken together, the beach has always been the choice getaway for Kyle and Danielle (especially Danielle!). The two also always agreed they should take a tropical trip together to celebrate their birthdays, which are only four days apart. When spring of 2014 proved to be an extremely busy time of year, they decided to push this birthday trip until Memorial Day and that Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Mexico was their destination. Given the choice in such a romantic resort and the fact this was the first Memorial Day since 2003 that Kyle had not spent in the Hamptons or Montauk, Danielle should have known this was going to be more than just a birthday celebration, but she didn’t…. Upon finally picking up the ring (that Kyle and his brother Tory had been designing for months) the day before they left for their trip, Kyle was a bundle of nerves. As they finished packing that morning, he continued to second guess where he was packing the ring as he obviously did not want Danielle to find it, but equally as important, the Mexican Customs Agents. After the longest four hour flight of Kyle’s life, they were now in the Customs line where their system involved an extremely complex process (note the sarcasm) where each person is to press a large button with an agent watching, and if the light turned red they would search your bags or green and you were good to go. Kyle still is not sure how Danielle did not see his shaking hand hitting that button, but she didn’t and thankfully the light turned green. Had it not, Kyle would likely have had to get down on one knee right there. After finally getting to the resort and checking in, the next obstacle was killing two hours until the beach proposal setup was ready, as an anxious, nervous Kyle tried not to show his cards while still keeping Danielle in the pretty dress she had on as she continually tried to change into more comfortable clothing. In order to get Danielle to go to the beach at an explicit time, Kyle had told her there was a bottle of champagne waiting there for them as the resort does this to welcome all their guests. This was a full proof plan if anyone knows how much Danielle likes her champagne. When finally arriving to this secluded, private section of the beach with a sheet awning, champagne and fruit, Danielle looked at Kyle as they walked down and said “Wow, I can’t believe they do this for everyone, this place is great!” Still completely clueless as they entered the awning, Danielle turned around from looking at the water and Kyle was down on one knee. After the initial shell shock and tears, she was finally able to pronounce the word, YES…. From the Bride… We wanted our wedding to be a big weekend event; from our Friday night party at Navy Beach, the ceremony, reception and after party at Solé East, to the Sunday mimosa-filled brunch, everyone was invited to everything. We wanted our guests to feel the love we not only have for each other, but for the beautiful town we spend a lot of our time in. Since it was an outdoor wedding, we wanted to encompass the natural beauty of our venue and warmth of early fall. We had the tent filled with lots of candles to play off of the natural tones of cream, light pink, and pops of champagne. Our good friend Matt, was one of the first people to know us as a couple. We knew from the minute we got engaged he was the perfect person to officiate the ceremony. And we were right. His words were personal, heartfelt, and absolutely beautiful. Our friends and family couldn’t stop raving what a gorgeous ceremony it was. My favorite moment is our first dance. We did a mashup of Zedd’s “Find You” with it’s acoustic version featuring Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant. We took some lessons and rehearsed a beautiful, sexy slow dance, with dips, twirls and lifts. Then, around then 1:30 mark, the song transitioned to its dance version and everyone went nuts. It was so us. My gown and veil, by designer Hayley Paige, made me feel like a true princess. It was the first dress I tried on. Our favors were custom canvas tote bags packed with not only food and drinks, but some of our favorite things from Montauk including Sea and Sand glass candles and Whalebone magazines. My advice to brides-to-be: hire a videographer. We were unsure if we wanted one, and made the best decision to use one three weeks before the wedding. We could not be happier that we did, as watching our trailer brings us to tears with every viewing.

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Photography: Heather Waraksa | Cinematography: Orange Films | Event Planning: Lauren Daversa Events | Floral Design: Flower By Beth | Cake: Nine Cakes | Hair + Makeup: Face Time Beauty Concierge| Lighting: Matt Murphy Event Lighting | DJ: DJ Gizzmo | Band: Lost In Paris | Groom’s Attire:Rothman’s | Wedding Venue: Sole East Resort | Bride’s Shoes + Purse: Jimmy Choo | Cocktail Hour Band:David Higgins Band | Custom Stationery Design + Branding: Sean Dimmer | Desserts: Sweet D’Cor | Groom’s Shoes: Left Shoes Company | Maid of Honor Dress: Reformation | Photo Booth: Sweet Booths | Rehearsal Dinner: Navy Beach Restaurant | Rentals: Party Rentals Ltd | Wedding Dress + Veil: JLM Couture, Inc | Welcome Totes: Sean Dimmer

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