SUBMIT WEDDING
View Posts By:

categories

 

tags

 
This Southampton Day is Not Your Average Beach Wedding

When this gorgeous Bride and Groom began planning their dream wedding, they knew they wanted a beach wedding with a certain level of elegance. And, based on these gorgeous photos from Jonathan Young, it’s safe to say they got it. From the ceremony in the sand to the classic tented reception, every detail of this day is elegant beach wedding perfection. See all the pretty in The Vault!

Colors
Seasons
Fall
Settings
BeachOutdoor
Styles
Al Fresco

From The Bride…Zach and I met in college and after dating for almost 7 years we got engaged just before New Years on a hike to the top of Aspen Mountain. It was picture perfect! Surrounded by family and friends we immediately fielded questions about where and when we wanted to get married and we didn’t hesitate in choosing the Hamptons. I grew up going there in the summer and now my dad lives there full time so we’ve been fortunate enough to spend a lot of time there. With our mutual love for the beach, we couldn’t wait to share such a special place with our friends and family. September is such a beautiful time out East so we decided to enjoy a longer engagement, which also gave us plenty of time to plan our wedding from across the country since we live in San Francisco. I actually loved the planning process, so I was happy to have plenty of time to really think through every decision and keep the stress to a minimum!

It’s been my dream since I was a little girl to get married on the beach, but we wanted to ensure a certain level of elegance too. We didn’t want it to feel like a casual family clambake, although we certainly love those! We wanted a classic but casual elegance to really inform the design and feel of the day and we were fortunate enough to find The Bridgehampton Club for our venue which allowed us to have our ceremony on the sand and also have a Sperry Tent that was a bit more protected from the what could be harsh conditions on the beach. It was the best of both worlds!

For the ceremony on the beach I really didn’t want to over-decorate and compete with the natural beauty of the beach and the ocean. We decided to go with white benches rather than chairs to keep things as casual and natural as possible. Instead of doing an archway or something similar to mark the altar, we decided to add beach grass to define the space while still feeling appropriate for the beach. And of course, Claire Bean truly executed it perfectly. We also loved designing our own ceremony from song selections, to readings, to writing our own vows. It all felt so perfectly us and I think our friends and family would agree!

In true Hamptons fashion, we went with a blue and white color palette keeping the flowers primarily white with pops of greenery. We brought in the navy blue with throw pillows for the chaises during cocktail hour, hand-stitched napkins with our wedding logo, customized menus that also acted as our place cards and blue and white ginger jars filled with hydrangeas to flank the dance floor. One of my favorite DIY details was the escort cards that we designed. Zach and I, and the majority of our friends, were members of The Tiger Inn in college. We designed our escort cards to mimic a TI pass. We though it would give everyone a laugh! At cocktail hour, his and hers cocktails were inspired by our dog Jake, a Labrador Retriever who sadly had to stay home. We were worried he’d try to go swimming during the ceremony! Zach’s choice was a “Ginger Lab” and mine a “Salty Dog.” The dinner menu was inspired by all of the incredible local bounty in the Hamptons — we served a burrata salad to start, the Groom’s favorite, and then the guests were given a choice of striped bass or chicken for the main course. It was delicious!

I’m not quite sure how to go about choosing one moment as my favorite part of the day. Zach and I decided that we wanted to do a first look prior to the ceremony. While it certainly allows you to spend more time with your guests during cocktail hour and the reception, it also was important for us to see each other so we could calm our nerves. I knew that once I saw Zach and we had a special moment alone, I would feel totally calm, at ease, and ready to get married! I also did a first look with my Dad, which was so wonderfully emotional and the perfect way to start such a magical day. I got dressed in my room with my mom and bridesmaids and walked down the stairs to see my dad holding my bouquet. He wanted me to keep my dress a secret, so it was pretty emotional when he saw me in my wedding gown for the first time! Another memorable moment was during the ceremony when our good friend Kyle came up to do his reading of the Apache Wedding Blessing. Zach published a novel last year — Kings and Pawns, check it out on amazon! — and Kyle came up to do his reading out of Zach’s book! Everyone laughed and at first I thought they must be laughing at me! It was such a fun touch. Kudos to Kyle on that one!

We cannot thank all of our vendors enough for making our vision really come to life. And the weather! I’m not quite sure what we did to deserve such perfection, but we couldn’t be happier about it! And a special thank you to Claire Bean who made planning a wedding from so far away such a wonderful, fun experience and really getting us. She even went so far as to decorate the chandeliers with my favorite flowers — hydrangeas — which really escalated the understated, but lush florals that we wanted for the reception. Walking into the tent for our first dance my draw dropped. It was even better than I could have envisioned it. And I spent a lot of time envisioning it! The party would also not be the same without our fabulous band, 45 Riots. One piece of advice I would give to a bride-to-be would be to consider doing a mini dance set prior to dinner. It was so fun to get everyone up on the dance floor after our first dance and get them really excited for all the dancing that was to come. A key factor for us in our wedding planning was to have one big fun dance party and 45 Riots made that happen. Every since person danced the night away with us! We went so far as to choose a final song — Billy Joel’s Piano Man — which had everyone singing along. In fact everyone put their arms around one another and created a big circle around the dance floor swaying back and forth singing. Zach then pulled me into the middle for our final dance of the night. It was an unforgettable moment and an unforgettable night!

Vault CTA

Vault CTA

Photography: Millay & Young Photography | Wedding Dress: Peter Langner | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Brent Newsome | Band: 45 Riots | Groom's Attire: Acustom Apparel | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Bridgehampton Club | Bridal Boutique: Mark Ingram Atelier | Event Planning + Floral Design: Claire Bean Events | Photography - Assistance: Tanya Salazar Photography | Rentals: Party Rentals Ltd | Tent Rentals: Sperry Tents Hamptons

These Featured Designers are members of our Look Book.
For membership information, click here
Elegant Black Tie Hamptons Beach Wedding

For starters, any wedding that involves a furry bundle of love is a winner in my wedding book. Add in that this stunning affair seamlessly married two backgrounds into one sweet interfaith ceremony, and you’ve got yourself one picture perfect day. It’s the ultimate celebration captured by Kelsey Combe Photography and it’s all waiting for you in THE VAULT!

Colors
Seasons
Summer
Settings
BeachOutdoor
Styles
Whimsical

From The Bride…After I graduated from Colgate in 2010, I moved to Manhattan with my college friend Nikki. Her boyfriend and his roommate, Billy – both also Colgate grads – started to “suggest” more and more roommate dinners and evenings together… and eventually I caught on to what those three were up to. It’s all a bit Melrose Place-y but in the best way possible. Billy and I are still close with these mutual friends and stood by their side as they married in 2013 (as they did for us last August). It’s worthy to note that they’ve since set up three couples to be married – talk about a hot streak!

Billy and I dated for three years during which we traveled to five continents, moved to Chicago for his MBA program, and grew our family with a spunky pup named Mollie. We all moved back to Manhattan after his grad school graduation in the summer of 2014, after which Billy led me back to the speak-easy where we shared our first official date to ask me to marry him. It was such a special evening filled with one last surprise – he had our friends and family waiting at another bar to share in the celebrations.

We set our hearts on a summer wedding out east on Long Island where we both have spent our summers since we were young. The Oceanbleu at Westhampton Bath and Tennis stood out as a perfect venue for us with its beautiful beach setting and spacious ballroom that could accommodate our 250+ guest list. Once we booked the club (and started praying for good weather for the next 365 days!), we laid out our vision for the weekend.

We were very aware that traveling to the East End of Long Island in August is no small feat. Because of this, we wanted to provide as much fun and merriment for all of our guests all weekend. Billy’s family hosted everyone for a beautiful evening of dinner and dancing at their home on the North Fork the night before our big day. Susan Martin of SMART Productions sourced stand-out North Fork vendors like Grace and Grit and Macari Wines, and she planned an epic dance party in our favorite college party theme to end the evening. The night brought our guests together under the stars in New Suffolk – what a special way to start the weekend.

Food and fun were our focus for Saturday’s celebrations; Robbin’s Wolfe caterers and The Village Cheese shop were perfect vendors for designing our event menu. Rosemary at the Cheese Shop was an outstanding partner and was as excited to assemble our cheese “cake” as we were – which, for any cheese lover, is a dream come true. We booked the Sultans as soon as we set our date, knowing their band’s sound and late-night DJ set were exactly what we wanted to keep our dance floor groovin’ all night.

Planning our ceremony took a bit more effort. Billy and I come from different faiths, both of which were quite important to our parents. We worked with our two officiants and families to develop an interfaith ceremony that reflected the most important parts of each religion. We included readings that were meaningful to Billy’s family with traditional Jewish wedding elements like the Ketubah, Chuppah, and stomping of the glass. Many thanks to Rabbi Steve Meltz and Pastor Eric Olsen for their help and support through our planning process; our guests continue to tell us how unique and inclusive our ceremony was.

Our vision for the event was to bring the black-tie, Manhattan aesthetic to this beachside setting. We did have quite a few folks to dress for the big day; we had 13 bridesmaids and groomsmen in honor of Colgate’s lucky number 13. To illustrate this style, bridesmaids wore flowing, french blue Amsale chiffon gowns while the guys sported sperry topsiders with their tuxes. Billy’s tuxedo was one of my favorite details — we worked with the team at My Suit in Manhattan to customize the perfect blue to match our color palette. Our florist Rori did a beautiful job developing the green, blue, and white floral tones for the event; I’m transported back to our wedding every time I now smell eucalyptus and freesia. My wedding gown (the Vivienne by Austin Scarlett) matched this aesthetic twist as well. The sleek, silk gown has a stunning (and dramatic!) train which flows in waves like the sea.

We could not have gotten through our wedding day without the help of our photographer, Kelsey Combe and our stylist, Allie O’Connor of Little Red’s Well. Managing such a large wedding party in black tie attire amongst the sand, sunshine, ocean breeze, and puppy paw prints was no small feat. Kelsey did an incredible job capturing the weekend’s events; we’ll cherish her beautiful photos for decades to come. Allie was such a help ensuring that we were on time and looking our best, and kept me smiling all the while. My advice to brides who are in the thick of planning would be to find vendors who you click with as friends ; it makes everything much more fun.

Thank you to our vendors for your time and effort in creating our events. You were a pleasure to work with and we’ll continue to recommend you to our friends and family. Finally, thank you to our parents, families and friends for an incredibly memorable weekend. We are so fortunate to have had you all at our side!

See even more beach weddings in THE VAULT! 

Photography: Kelsey Combe Photography | Cinematography: Ambrose Eng | Event Styling: AOK Style + Planning | Floral Design: Flowers By Rori | Wedding Dress: Austin Scarlett | Cake: Village Cheese Shop | Invitations: William Arthur Fine Stationery | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Robbins Wolfe | Hair And Makeup: Erica Does Makeup | Band: Sultans Of Swing | Groom's Attire: My Suit | Venue: Oceanbleu | Bouquet Charms: Bouquet Photo Charms | Custom Napkins And Matches: For Your Party | Escort Cards: Minted | Groomsmen's Shoes: Sperry | Ketubah: Ketubah.com | Photo Booth: Premiere Photobooth | Signage: Sweet Carolina Collective | Stamped Forks: Ethan Jane | Tablecloths: Party Rentals Ltd

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
These Featured Designers are members of our Look Book.
For membership information, click here
Southampton Wedding from Images by Berit

Brides who think outside of the box in the most gorgeous ways are ladies I can adore. Take this bride, for instance. Her wedding took full advantage of her stunning home and Save the Date created a soiree around a harvest theme. Totally something I’ve never seen before, but totally something I love. Images by Berit was on hand to capture the whole beautiful day, and we can’t thank Berit enough for sending them our way!

Colors
Seasons
Summer
Settings
Al Fresco

From the photographer… Lilly and Niklas had a beautiful, hot summer day for their backyard wedding in South Hampton, NY. It was important to them to be surrounded by the place, people, and things they love most. They had a beautiful clear top tented wedding reception in their backyard, and used local produce and resources. Lilly chose a ‘harvest’ type of theme for her decor, using local organic vegetables and beautiful tree branches for her table decor. When she and Nik first moved into together in their home in South Hampton, they planted a group of birch trees in their backyard that they knew would some day be a part of their wedding – and it was! We took most of the family photos by these beautiful trees. The weekend ended on a beautiful note at Lilly’s Aunt’s home for a home made brunch.

Photography: Images by Berit | Wedding Planner: Save The Date | Flowers: Kim Jon Designs | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Wedding Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Wedding Invitations: Fancy That NYC | Bride's Shoes: Louboutin | Catering: Brent Newsome | Band: Soul Play | Tent: The New York Tent Company | Bride's Dress for Day After Brunch: Angel Sanchez | Bride's Hair: Salon Xavier | Bride's Makeup: Michelle Dittrich | Event Lighting: Matt Murphy Event Lighting | Groom's Tuxedo: Z by Zegna | Maid of Honor's Dress: J. Mendel | Wedding Linens: Party Rentals Ltd | Wedding Rings: Cartier

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
These Featured Designers are members of our Look Book.
For membership information, click here