Long Island Wedding from Robert & Kathleen Photographers
June 17, 2011
Tri State
CasualBeach Weddings

In case you haven't noticed, we're really jonesing for the beach this week at the LBB Blog, and lucky for us, we have another seaside affair to close out the week. This Long Island wedding features all things nautical, from sailboats, to lighthouses, to boatloads of blues. And it's fabulous. I'm seriously so envious of those of you who can take a quick weekend retreat to the ocean, after spending time with this wedding's amazing images from Robert & Kathleen Photographers. Luckily for those of us who are landlocked, there is a blog (Robert & Kathleen's) jam-packed with more salt water beauty.

Courtney and Michael

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Mike and I are both fun-loving, laid-back “beachy” people, fitting for growing up on the south shore of Long Island.  We met on while working on the ferryboats that bring the masses to and from Fire Island.  I was a deckhand while Mike was a Captain on the ferries, and we were close friends for a few years before we started dating.

Four years later, we took a long weekend trip to Nantucket in July. We had brought our bikes to explore the island, and the first night we were there we decided to take a 6-mile bike ride to Madaket beach, famous for it’s beautiful sunsets. It’s a tradition of ours to see a sunrise and sunset, in every new city we are in. While still slightly sweaty, we found a spot on the beach to have a glass of wine while the sun set.  We were playing a game of “Either Or,” where you give your partner two options to choose from. Mike asked me “Forever or for now?” My response was “Forever” and he slipped the beautiful, round, brilliant cut diamond onto my finger.

The inspiration for our wedding was the casual, beach-chic style that we have grown up with and made our own. I tend to favor classic, understated and timeless approaches to style. My icon is Audrey Hepburn – simple glamour. For me, it’s all in the details.  We wanted the wedding to stay true to who we are as a couple – we wanted people to walk into the wedding and say “this is soo them” with subtle touches of the things we love the most.

After the ceremony, the bridal party and immediate family took a ferry ride over to the Fire Island Lighthouse for pictures. Since the Fire Island Ferries are were Mike and I met, it held a lot of meaning for us to be able to have a piece of our wedding take place their as well.  Robert and Kathleen photography took amazing photos of Mike and I running the boat, and our friends and family enjoying the ride.

The colors, raspberry and navy blue with hints of grass green, are a nod to our nautical ties – Long Island’s south shore, Fire Island, the ferries, and our engagement on Nantucket. The ladies in the bridal party wore navy blue pumps with their raspberry Coren Moore dresses. I loved the pops of colors and think it made a simple statement – young and trendy with classic fresh water pearl jewelry. I worked with designer, Meghan Hand of Shells by Hand to design the pearl necklaces that the girls wore: three strands of twisted pearls. The groomsmen wore custom-fitted navy blue Brooks Brothers suits with raspberry and green ties to match the bridesmaids.

Photography: Robert & Kathleen Photographers / Ceremony Location: Church of St. Patrick / Reception Location: The Bay View House / Formal Picture Location: Fire Island Lighthouse / Bridal Gown: Paloma Blanca / Bride's Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. / Hair & Makeup: Drew Patrick Spa / Flowers: The Little Flower Shop / Transportation: Fire Island Ferry / Entertainment: The Touch / Bridesmaid's Dresses: Coren Moore