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DIY Vineyard Wedding at the The Old Field Vineyards

Monday mornings call for weddings just like this one. A wedding that will inspire you as much as it will make you smile – kicking the week off in the prettiest of fashions. Captured beautifully by Raquel Reis Photography, this entire gallery is worth some serious attention, so grab you cup of jo and join me here

From the Bride…I was drawn to the idea of a “DIY wedding,” but quickly came to learn that I had to be thoughtful about which projects to take on order to maintain my sanity. The key to everything coming together was staying organized and my wonderful coordinator/lifesaver, who set up dozens of boxes worth of decorations the morning of our wedding, along with our dad’s who carried wine barrels to the beach and bravely hung lanterns and signs from the trees on the property.

I used re-purposed frames, windows, and scrap wood to make all of the signs for the wedding, a task that turned out to be surprisingly relaxing during the chaotic days before the wedding. I have to give credit to my mother-in-law, who turned out to be the DIY queen of our wedding. She spray-painted wine bottles gold to serve as table numbers/vases, and also made the menus and place cards for the tables.

We turned to places like Etsy, BHLDN, Pottery Barn, and even IKEA for the rest of the décor. My parents’ basement was stuffed to the brim with bottles, jars, lanterns, luminaries, votives, napkins, straws etc.
One of my biggest projects turned out to be the cigar and scotch lounge on the beach, which was my wedding gift to Joe. Now Joe is the guy that has everything, so traditional gifts were out of the question. A celebratory cigar on the beach with his favorite people is more valuable to him than any physical gift. Also, he is an amazing gift giver and I almost never can pull off an equally perfect surprise gift for him, so I had to take advantage of this opportunity.

As I know nothing about cigars or scotch, I had to do a fair amount of research as to what I should get as well as all necessary accessories. I borrowed wine barrels from the vineyard to serve as a “bar” and added lounge furniture to the rentals. I also got adorable matches that read “Joe’s Cigar Lounge” for him and his friends to keep as favors. I still can’t believe that it all came together and stayed a secret until the wedding!

We chose August 24th for our wedding mostly because I have three weeks off at the end of every August (perfect amount of time to relax, get hitched, and honeymoon). Luckily, I also happen to think this is the best time of the year on the North Fork, when the weather is almost always perfect.

Well, if we were going to get married over the summer, it had to be on the North Fork. Not only does it come alive in the summer, but it’s also where Joe and I met and fell in love. Though we live in Brooklyn, we spend most summer weekends with our families out there – it’s worth sitting through 3 hours of traffic. We chose to have our wedding and reception and The Old Field Vineyards for two reasons. It was on the water and they make incredible wine – two features very representative of the North Fork. I also love the idea of having the whole event at this one location, where guests could enjoy the entire stunning property and flow from ceremony to cocktail hour to reception without a pause in the festivities!

Our ceremony came together last minute, but turned out wonderfully. Our guests were greeted with beverages and simple yet lovely musical accompaniment of a single acoustic guitar. We chose contemporary music for the ceremony, I was able to peek through a trellis to watch our friends and family walk to The Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” and I walked down the very long aisle with my Dad to the Beatles “Here Comes the Sun.” We chose short but touching vows and managed to get through them without tears or stage fright. By far the most special thing about our ceremony was having friends and family participate. Each of our godmothers did readings (Joe’s sister and my aunt), and we were married by Joe’s high school English teacher. Joe’s younger sister gave the most thoughtful and touching of speeches – she truly had everyone reaching for tissues. At the end, everyone danced down the aisle and onto the bar to Dean Martin’s “That’s Amore!”

Aside from getting married (woohoo!), the most special thing about our wedding was being able to spend some truly amazing times with our favorite people! The week before the wedding was a nonstop celebration with all of our family and closest friends, a wonderful time that we will never forget!

I never would have shopped for a dress if it wasn’t for my mom, who lit the fire under my behind to start the process. We first went to a few boutique salons in New York, where I got a taste of what I liked and didn’t like. I realized that I was not the kind of bride who would have an “Ah-ha” moment when I found my dress. So when my mom begged me to go to Kleinfeld’s, I went in with the mindset “now you have seen everything, so you pick your favorite.” I chose my dress because, as my consultant pointed out, it was the one that I smiled the most in and always went back to. I am so grateful for her advice, because I felt unique, pretty, and most importantly like myself on my wedding day!

I borrowed my Kate Spade earrings and feather clutch from Rent the Runway – a truly no-fail service.I chose 3 styles of long chiffon dresses for my 7 gorgeous maids. I loved how elegant and flattering they were while still being beachy. The girls each accessorized with their own belts, shoes and jewelry to make the dress their own.

We chose black suits for the guys to contrast the pale dresses the girls wore and also because I think that Joe looks oh so dapper in black! Joe’s nieces and nephews served as our adorable flower girls and ring bearers, and wore similar outfits to the bride and groom with blush accessories.

I think that I somehow arrived at my “style” throughout the planning process. I knew that while I wanted guests to feel relaxed and comfortable at the wedding, I still wanted elegance. It was important to me that the wedding to have stylish and beautiful elements without being stuffy or cliche. I went by the principal that, as long as I was choosing everything, it would somehow become cohesive by representing my tastes. It was so fun getting to see it all put together on the day of the wedding! Everything from the bridal party to the tables looked even more gorgeous than I could have ever imagined. In the end, I think we were able to pull off a style that was worthy of a stunning summer night and vibrant party!

It was important for Joe and I to use as many local resources as we could, as the North Fork has so much to offer. We served wine from The Old Field, our amazing florist used seasonal and local flowers, we served locally grown produce and locally caught fish, and we brought in cookies and ice cream from nearby shops.

Photography: Raquel Reis | Wedding Coordinator: Valerie Hallock | Floral Design: Moments in Time Floral Design | Dress: Reem Acra | Wedding Dress: Kleinfeld Bridal | Ceremony Venue: The Old Field Vineyards | Reception Venue: The Old Field Vineyards | Bride's Shoes: J.Crew | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Peter Ambrose Catering | Hair And Make Up: Special Effects Salon & Spa | Suits: Ralph Lauren | Hotel: Greenport Hotel | Tent: The New York Tent Company | Band And Musicians: Current Affair | Brides Accessories: Kate Spade | Ice Cream: Magic Fountain, Mattituck | Macaroons: D’Latte, Greenport | Rentals: Party Rentals Ltd, Bridgehampton | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Stationer: Smock | Stationer: Lion in the Sun | Wedding Rings: Pesselnik & Cohen Inc., New York

Classic Long Island City Wedding

Whats pink and gilded, classy, veiled in lace and pretty all around? You guessed it. This stunning affair from Lindsay Madden Photography! It’s dripping with elegance and a perfect touch of glamour, from the Bride’s Danielle Caprese dress to the glowing candlelit reception. For even more, head to the gallery!

From Lindsay Madden Photography… On a warm spring day, Nadege and Steve were married in Long Island City. Shortly after their heartfelt ceremony, we headed to Gantry Plaza Park for portraits of the newlyweds. This park is wonderful because it provides you with the most gorgeous views of Manhattan. Nadege looked effortlessly beautiful in her lace wedding dress by, Danielle Caprese for Kleinfeld and I loved how her gold Jimmy Choo shoes complimented her gold bangles and belt. She also had henna inked on her feet from her Hindu ceremony two days before! “The more henna you have, the more blessings you will receive,” Nadege told me. Pedestals Florist provided the romantic flowers for Nadege and Steve’s special day and I especially loved Nadege’s all white peony bouquet! So classic & sophisticated. Nadege wanted her reception to feel warm and welcoming so she opted for lots of candles. As Nadege, Steve and their guests danced further into the night courtesy of Scratch DJs, they were gifted with the most incredible view of Manhattan. I had such an amazing time capturing Nadege and Steve’s classic spring wedding!

Photography: Lindsay Madden Photography | Flowers: Pedestals Floral Decorators | Wedding Dress: Kleinfeld Bridal | Stationery: Andrea Espach Design | Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Hair: Styles On B | Entertainment: Scratch Weddings | B&G Pictures: Gantry Plaza Park | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Water's Edge Restaurant | Groom's Tux: Jack Victor

Intimate Wedding in the Hamptons at Trumpets

So I don’t even know these two dapper gents, but after spending my morning swooning over their engagement session and my afternoon swooning over their wedding, I’m pretty sure I love them (hope that’s ok guys). Because not only do they have serious style, but I can feel the love pouring out of every gorgeous image from A Guy + A Girl Photography , and that makes me weak in my wedding-loving knees. See more of their stunning day here.


From A Guy + A Girl Photography …Jason + Nick’s intimate wedding was nestled in the beautiful and fabulous Hamptons. Their coordinating suits were custom-made by Brooklyn tailors. Nick’s grandmother baked bowtie cookies, iced with the couples’ wedding colors that were found throughout the wedding weekend. Rebecca Shepherd florals warmed up their waterside ceremony and the cozy indoor reception. Their first dance was a show-stopping number, choreographed by Jason (a broadway industry exec and musical theater-enthusiast), himself and the duo had clearly rehearsed to perfection. It was not only entertaining and impressive, their dance was one of the most memorable moments of the entire celebration.

Photography: a guy + a girl photography | Floral Design: Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design | Reception Venue: Trumpets At The Gate | Catering: Trumpets At The Gate | Grooms Attire: Brooklyn Tailors

Summer Barn Wedding at Hallockville Farm

This adorable duo nailed it. They crafted a wedding around their laid back personalities and the result is a glowing summer soiree that is oozing with the love. Starting at the fresh palette and carrying right on through to a delish BBQ and a barn dance party (the best kind!), W Studios New York made sure no detail went un-caputed. This gallery is sure to put a little pep in your mid-week step.


From the beautiful Bride… We wanted our wedding to be a representation of who we are as a couple and what we enjoy. We are laid back people who love the North Fork of Long Island and spending time with our family and friends. For these reasons, having a dance party in a barn with delicious BBQ food on 4th of July weekend seemed like a perfect fit, and it was. We tried to use local vendors wherever we could from our centerpieces to the amazing entertainment provided by The Lone Sharks. We asked Meghan’s aunt to perform the ceremony and she did a beautiful job creating a special moment for us and our guests under the beautiful big oak tree. Our guests were able to enjoy a beautiful Summer sunset over the farm as they danced in the barn or socialized in the tent. Our advice would be to not feel pressured into doing anything because it is a wedding and your guests may have certain expectations. Have fun celebrating who you are as a couple and sharing that with your guests and they will be honored to be part of your day.

Photography: W Studios New York | Videography: Millimeter Photo | Event Coordinator: B. Hock Events | Florals: Andrews Family Farm | Florals: Project Plant | Dress: J.Crew | Invitations: Minted | Catering: Maple Tree BBQ | Makeup: Elizabeth Aiello | Hair: Hale Koa phineas Estate | Band: The Lone Sharks | Suits: Rico's | Transportation: North Fork Trolley | Transportation: First Student | Wedding Venue: Hallockville Museum Farm | Tent: American Tent Company | Desserts: Hale Koa phineas Estate

Nautical Long Island Wedding

There’s an entire world of lovely happening in this sweet Long Island affair.  It starts with the prettiest bouquet you’ll ever lay your eyes upon from Thorn Bird Floral Boutique and continues right on down to a laid-back waterside ceremony and a fabulous reception filled with crazy cool colors and a nautical theme.  In other words?  It’s amazing.  See every moment captured by Khaki Bedford in the full gallery.


From Khaki Bedford Photography… This is a beautiful fall wedding of a surfer/chef and his bride in East Quogue, New York. Before joining himself in marriage to Briana, Scott’s last bachelor acts were the exilaration of surfing the waves in the early morning and using his chef skills to grill for the wedding party and vendors. Prior to the ceremony, the couple’s first look involved a surf board followed by family portraits on the beach. Their love of the sea was further evidenced in the nautical navy blue and white color scheme and the oceanside setting for their exchange of vows. Pops of hot pink were found throughout the wedding from Briana’s gorgeous bouquet, to the groom’s socks, to the table centerpieces, to the sailboats and anchors printed on the escort cards. The reception began with a raw bar of oysters, shrimp, and sushi, followed by dinner and a night of dancing and celebrating. A gelato truck ended the night with special treats for all. The guests wished Briana and Scott smooth sailing ahead!

Photography: Khaki Bedford Photography | Flowers: Thorn Bird Floral Boutique | Wedding Dress: Wedding Atelier | Invitations: Lion in the Sun | Shoes: Milk and Honey Shoes | Rings: Erie Basin | Catering: Dockers Waterside | DJ: 74 Events | Birdcage Veil: Marisol Aparicio | Cake & Treats: The Treats Truck | Cake Topper: Lollipop Workshop | Groom's Accessories: J.Crew | Guest Book: Odelae | Location: Dockers Waterside

Elegant Shelter Island Wedding

Here’s what happens when preppy meets traditional with just a dash of vintage glamour: it’s fabulous. Think stunning navy and pink hues, gorgeous baby’s breath-filled centerpieces from Colony Florist and awesome Victorian candlesticks.  Throw in a breathtaking setting like Shelter Island and it’s more lovely than you can handle from Samantha Lauren Photographie.  Dive right in.

From the Bride… We wanted to catch the last days of summer sunshine for our wedding on Shelter Island in the dog days of September. I felt the romance and love throughout the whole day and there were so many personal touches close to our hearts merging 50’s vintage love and modern class and elegance. I wore a classically cut Amsale gown, with my bridesmaids beside me in Alfred Sung. We wanted to incorporate the preppy, laid back feel of the island in our attire so the groomsmen wore navy suits and J.McLaughlin ties. Sam had a custom-made suit also adorned with J.McLaughlin. The little members of our bridal party were definitely the icing on the cake. The two flower girls adorned with their baby’s breath crowns, alongside our adorable ring bearer wearing a classic navy blazer, khaki shorts, knee high socks and bucks! I wanted all of our florals to match the aesthetic so I carried a classic hand tied bunch of Vendella roses and white morjorlica spray roses. My bridesmaids all had antique green hydrangeas, white ranunculus, white lisianthus, white marlise roses, and apricot spray roses. All of the styling was incredible and came together in the best way!

I got ready literally down the street from the church so when the time came for the ceremony I walked hand in hand with my mom and dad right down the street and into the service. After our traditional ceremony, we jumped into a picturesque “getaway car” complete with a “Just Married” sign, and cans! It was so much fun and really added the bit of vintage flair I was hoping for! The rest of the wedding party boarded a trolley and we all met at the Shelter Island Yacht Club for wedding party photos. The island winds were picking up but I really felt our photographer was able to capture the true essence of the day in our photos!

Next we rode over to The Pridwin Hotel and I truly felt like we were jumping out of a bridal magazine! Before we went inside to the reception, the whole bridal party made its way to the end of the private narrow dock, the girls stepping lightly in their high heels on the wood for some more amazing photos. I wanted our reception to have a very clean feeling to it which is why we used a lot of neutral colors and spheres of Baby’s Breath with cascading variegated ivy in Victorian silver candlesticks for our flower centerpieces. Ours was one of the largest weddings that The Pridwin has seen to date and we danced late into the night to the sounds of Bob Marley, Bruce Springstein and lots of 80’s jams! The whole day was perfect and I really think it reflected the amazing love Sam and I have for each other!

Photography: Samantha Lauren Photographie | Wedding Coordination: Tony Delisi Memorable Events | Floral Design: Ken Norman- Colony Florist | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Invitations: Crane & Co. | Church: Our Lady Of The Isle | Reception Venue: The Pridwin Hotel | Bridesmaid Dresses: Here Comes The Bridesmaid | Band: Craig Scott Entertainment | Groom's Attire: My Suit | Groomsmen's Attire: J. McLaughlin | Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hair And Make-Up: Nickie - Hello Gorgeous | Photo Location: Shelter Island Yacht Club | Veil: Vera Wang

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Glamorous East Hampton Wedding

As a West Coaster, I’ve never actually ventured to the Hamptons (I know, it’s a total travesty), but judging from this gorgeous Montauk affair, it’s exactly where I want to get married.  Because if my wedding day is even one tenth as glamorous and gorgeous as this stunning day is, I’ll consider myself seriously blessed. See it all captured beautifully by Jonathan Young Weddings right here.

And a beautiful film from Tweed Weddings… amazing.

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From the Bride… For years Montauk has been our favorite place to escape to. We live in Manhattan but find ourselves venturing out there as often as we can. Having vacationed there for many years with his family, Richie introduced me to “The East End” the first year we started dating and I was immediately smitten. There is something about being out east, especially on the cliffs of Montauk, that makes you feel as though you are at the end of the earth. It’s awe-inspiring and magical.  Richie proposed to me at the base of the cliff at Montauk’s lighthouse. So when the time came to start planning our wedding, we knew “The East End” was the perfect spot — we felt like it represented us equally and we were eager to share such a special place with our family and friends.

Our wedding ceremony was held at St. Therese of Lisieux in Montauk, a beautiful airy church that overlooks both the village of Montauk and the ocean. Our reception was held in East Hampton at really neat venue, East Hampton Point. Originally East Hampton was not at all part of our plan, but that quickly changed with our first visit to EHP – it was the perfect space and captured just what we were looking for. Its chic and timeless, yet modern, and provides just the right dose of nautical charm. We couldn’t have wished for a better venue or setting.

Since not only the reception venue, but our entire wedding weekend was basically set on the water, I didn’t want to play into the nautical theme too much – it spoke for itself. Instead I opted to keep our overall vision classic with tiny touches of glamour strewn throughout. I wanted it to have the look and feel of a true affair. It all came together seamlessly thanks to our wonderful vendors, all of whom I cannot speak of highly enough!

Planning a wedding without a “planner” or “day-of coordinator” can definitely be tricky, stressful and often very overwhelming. Thankfully our families and friends were very helpful throughout the entire process. Some of my favorite details were the most personal. My mom hand-wrote the calligraphy for our invitations, place-cards and other paper goods. My parents created a Gaelic inspired wedding sign (a nod to both of our Irish heritages) to help our guests find their way, and many endless hours of ribbon tying, letter stamping and other personal touches were generously donated by our families and a few close friends.

The day itself could not have been more spectacular. The weather cooperated, our mass was beautiful (a personal family friend presided over our vows), and our reception was a complete blast.  The dance floor was packed throughout the night, which is exactly what we was hoping for, the food was unbelievable and toasts so full of love and laughs. What was most remarkable however, was the fact that the most special people in our lives were there for us in that one place – a rarity that we will always treasure. There is only one thing I would change. If I could, I would have the day last twice as long. It truly was THE. BEST. DAY. EVER.

Photography: Millay & Young Photography | Cinematography: Tweed Weddings | Floral Design: Karen Lenahan Designs | Church: St. Therese of Lisieux, Montauk NY | Reception Venue: East Hampton Point | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Makeup: Erica Whelan | Hair: Shannon Wall | DJ: Scratch Weddings | Brides Gown & Veil: Monique Lhuillier | Cocktail Paper Goods: Society Social | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Musician: Ryan Dobby | Save The Date & Invitations: Lion in the Sun

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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!

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

Glamorous Pink + Black Wedding

Take a location like the breathtaking Hempstead House and glam it up with some glittery details and a whole lot of romance and the results are seriously amazing.  Now add in a dream team of vendors (think Once Upon a BrideSwank Productions and L&L Style Photo) and a duo that is the epitome of stunning and it’s almost too pretty to believe (trust me).  See it all in the full gallery.


From the Photographer…  This wedding took place on July 6th, 2013 at the sumptuous Hempstead House in Long Island, an old estate and mansion built in 1917. The day was hot but events were planned accordingly with the guests wearing light dresses and suits and protection from the sun by Chinese style umbrellas.

Paula and David looked spectacular. They wanted to have a first look and say some special words to each other in a private space before the guests arrived. After that bridesmaids and groomsmen got together for some pictures. Everything had a “beginning of the century” feeling, framed by the gorgeous mansion and the gardens.

The music had a vintage tone as well, with old jazz tunes performed live and giving it all a Gatsby touch, which was inspired in this location.

Photography: L&L Style Photo | Videography: Mackler Studios | Event Planning: Swank Productions | Hair And Makeup: Rob Harmon | Entertainment: Scratch Weddings | Officiant: Reverend Don | Transportation: Amex Limo/ Anna | Bridal Hair: Once Upon A Bride | Live Music: Brian Newman | Mansion & Estate: The Hempstead House | Photobooth: Majestic Photobooth

Engagement Inspiration at Martha Clara Vineyard

If I had the ability to rock the color red, this beautiful gown from Free People would be my everything. It’s absolutely stunning, and happens to be the perfect compliment to an engagement inspiration shoot that can only be described as enchanting.  From those crazy gorgeous paper goods from Jillian Schiavi to the pretty images captured by Marjorie Prvl Photography.  See them here.

From Marjorie Prvl Photography… The idea for this engagement shoot came to when I came across the stunning headdress at Free People, which then led me to discover the maxi dress that I couldn’t pass up. With a color scheme in place, Jillian Schiavi created the stunning invitation suite. We drove out to the east end of Long Island to Martha Clara Vineyard to photograph this sweet inspiration shoot.

Photography: Marjorie Prvl Photography | Dress: Free People | Invitations: Jilly Ink | Calligraphy: Jilly Ink | Headdress: Free People | Vineyard: Martha Clara Vineyard

Pastel Wedding at The Old Field Club

If you ask me, this couple deserves some kind of serious trophy. Because not only did these two designers DIY the heck out of their seaside wedding, they did it SO well it looks 100% by the pros. From the decor to the website and every little paper good in between, this my dears, is a true labor of love. Miss Laura Ivanova was on-hand to document the day, and it’s all waiting for you here!

From the Bride… It was 9/29/2013, a memorable day for me and Ryan. We had been together for 3 years, and we were and still are deeply in love. The goal in our relationship is to be together, grow together, and love each other unconditionally – as difficult as it sounds, it is our ultimate wish. Therefore, we found it important to convey this message by designing, managing, and executing our wedding solely by ourselves.

We both are designers and are extremely particular about the details of our wedding. We wanted to do everything right and on our own – from the website, engagement photos, invitation, favors, guest signature tree, seating board, dessert table, boards, signages, painting, décor, props, theme colors, to the dog leash for our special guest. It was all DIY. Not to mention, Ryan and I spent 4 months learning how to sing and dance.

We spent countless hours for 9 months shopping in thrift shops, craft stores, etc. for raw material, or simply for inspiration. We didn’t want to just have any kind of wedding. We put a lot of thought and personal style into it. We wanted a wedding that would be remarkable, one that would draw us even closer together.

Our wedding: the venue is in The Old Field Club, East Setauket, Long Island. We visited many venues. We picked this one because of its lofted ceiling and floor to ceiling windows all around the dining area. This gave me a sense of open space. We planned to have our wedding in the daytime, therefore sufficient natural sunlight was one of our criteria. We also liked that the venue is clean, airy, and soft which matched well to the theme of my wedding, and also to my personality. Most importantly, the venue is not overly decorative which left us room to decorate.

The style of our wedding was Rustic Elegant. The theme color was coral pink. Our favorite décor was the door signage which is hand painted by Ryan with acrylic paint. The vanity chest filled with flowers and our balloon photo gallery gave a warm welcome to our guests. We got married under a clear blue sky, blessed with warm, beautiful weather. The highlight of our wedding was Ryan singing “Grow Old With You” with his ukulele while I walked down the aisle in the outdoor ceremony.

Our favorite part of the art projects in this wedding was the wedding invitation and favors. In the invitation, Ryan did the graphic design part, while I created the envelope idea and machine-sewn opening of a regular brown paper bag. In the favors, as a Christian, I wanted to share God’s words to inspire all our guests such that they would leave with a positive attitude. Therefore, I created a chocolate bar wrap with ten impactful bible verses. For signage, we picked up a pallet from the trash, recycled it, painted it with chalkboard paint, and created a repurposed wedding sign. Each of our table numbers were hand painted as well.

Finding the perfect dress: my ceremony and reception dress is by Pronovias. I found it hard to choose a dress as I tried on many different ones. While I thought many of the wedding dresses were very nice, picking one that speaks to you, touches your soul, and tells people who you are was certainly my main criteria. My dress is very simple, sweet, and elegant. Ryan had chosen a blue J. Lindberg suit, therefore, I had my mom sew on a pink sash to match the color scheme. I also chose a J. Crew dress to wear before the ceremony to take photos.

Working with the vendors: our florist, dessert table caterer, and photographers are the most amazing people I ever worked with. They are all very talented and professional. Working with them was a great experience. I’d like to extend a special thank you to my florist who helped me execute the decoration with zero worries.

As I mentioned above, teamwork is what’s important to our wedding. This wedding definitely is a prelude to our lifetime journey.

Photography: Laura Ivanova Photography | Groom's Attire: J.j.lindeberg | Venue: Old Field Club | Bestman Attire: J.Crew | Bride Dress: Pronovias | Bride Second Dress: J.Crew | DJ & Emcee: Joy Creation | Decoration Design & Arrangement: Bride | Dessert Catering: Koei Bee | Floral Arrangement: WI Events | Invitation Design: Bride & Groom | Maid Of Honor Dress: Donna Morgan | Painting Signages: Groom | Ukulele: Fender | Wedding Website Design: Groom

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Lenz Vineyard & Winery Engagement Party

One of the things I adore most about saying “I do” is all of the parties leading up to the big day. Engagement parties, bachelorette parties, bridal showers… you name it and I am soooo there ready to celebrate the night away.  So to say I am smitten with this lovely Lenz Vineyard & Winery engagement party?  A total understatement.  Because this is the type of affair that simply screams “awesome” with beautiful blooms from Landscape Adventure and one gorgeous moment after another captured by Rebecca Yale.  See them all here.

From Rebecca Yale Portraits… Sandy and Kain’s beautiful engagement party was the perfect end of the summer bash to kick off their wedding celebrations next year. The party was held at Lenz Winery on the North Fork of Long Island where Kain proposed to Sandy. The beautiful vineyard setting was further enhanced by the beautiful florals and framed photographs of the couple that decorated wine barrels throughout the courtyard. Landscape Adventure and Lenz created a stunning tablescape for the couple with beautiful pink and cream flowers offset by succulents scattered around the tables. The guests enjoyed a sunny cocktail hour on the patio drinking wine made at the vineyard and enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvres made by Lia Fallon of the Riverhead Project.  Next, guests headed into a tree-lined courtyard with beautiful banquet tables to enjoy their family style dinner. As the sun set over the vines the guests enjoyed a beautiful dessert table prepared by Kiss My Cake and homemade treats from the groom’s mother.

From the Groom… Sandy and I reconnected right after graduating college. Sandy was taking a class at FIT, so I took a train into the city to see her and the rest is history. We have come to love traveling and anything that has to do with food – any and all kinds are acceptable. We still love going to bars and getting a few beers and some wings (that’s more my doing) – but Sandy has opened me up to the world of wine as well. We took a wine tour in Seattle when we were visiting, and even have to come to love exploring wine in our own backyard of Long Island, New York. During the fall and beginning of winter, we would venture out east where we could experience the vineyards without all the tourists and summer crowds. The north fork became a special place for us because we always enjoyed the farms, antiques and environment that always didn’t feel quite like New York (in a good way). This is why I chose to propose to Sandy at Lenz Winery – because it was a special place for us and it just felt right to make a lasting memory in a place where we felt so comfortable. This now makes wine that much more special for the two of us – because behind each glass reminds me of the woman I love so dearly.

From the Groom… Kain and I reconnected after college but we initially met in high school. We hardly spoke to one another back then and we only shared one class together which was a freshman math class. I remember Kain sat right behind me in class and would always bug me (haha)! On our first date we had Thai food in the lower east side. it was Kain’s first time having Thai so I felt very honored, but little did I know that it was the start of our many food adventures and a lifetime of happiness.

Lenz has ALWAYS been my favorite vineyard on Long Island and now it’s extra special because it was where Kain proposed and where we had our engagement party. There is something about Lenz that always gave me this warm comfortable feeling of being at home.

This was the first time many of my close family and friends had met so it was extra special for us in that regard as well. We wanted everyone to get a taste of the things we love and the atmosphere that we really appreciate which is good food, good wine, gorgeous and just relaxing. Lenz was the perfect place for that. Everything about Lenz was beautiful and absolutely magical. The gorgeous top terrace to the breathtaking bottom terrace which were both covered in vines and ivy was simply amazing. The harpist, Janet King, also made it that much more relaxing. Our chef, Lia Fallon from the riverhead project, did an amazing job preparing our favorite dishes: from the assortment of local artisan cheeses to the butternut squash soup shooters to the Peruvian potatoes of the side dishes for our entree(My family enjoyed that as they are Peruvian). Everything was local, had tons of flavor and was executed magnificently! Our beer was also from a local distributor called crooked ladder brewing company which is literally down the street in town. Our desserts were from kiss my cake in Huntington which featured rainbow cookie, cotton candy, and bacon chipotle macaron as well as a variety of others. The chocolate chip cookies were homemade by Kain’s mom.

The party is a wonderful memory because it not only brought together all the people that are so special to us in our lives, but it also brought together Kain and I in our new lives together in our favorite place where we have always enjoyed spending our time together as a couple.

Photographer: Rebecca Yale Portraits | Florist: Landscape Adventure | Bakery: Kiss My Cake | Bride's Shoes: Louboutin | Caterer: River Head Project | Groom's Attire: Lacoste | Harpist: Janet King | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Location: Lenz Vineyard & Winery


Cedarhurst Wedding from Expressions Cinema

I dare you to watch this beautiful film from Expressions Cinema and not shed a single tear.  That’s right… I dare you.  Because this is the kind of film that fills your heart with sooo much happy, you can’t help but ADORE every last heartwarming, love-filled moment.  It’s a fairytale story meets a darling bride and groom (so cute) meets all kinds of pretty.  Don’t wait another moment and hit play to soak it all in.

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From Expressions Cinema… Angela was brought up in Guatemala. During college she decided to go to Hong Kong for a semester to study. While over there, she met Judah who was brought up in West Hempstead, NY. They became friends which eventually turned into a relationship. They were engaged after three long-distance years while scuba diving in Curacao… the ring was in a seashell! 

Photographer: Clean Plate Pictures | Cinematography: Expressions Cinema | Caterer: Genadeen Caterers | Band: Nafshenu Orchestra | Reception Hall: Genadeen Caterers

Long Island Vineyard Wedding from Lindsay Madden Photography

No matter how many times I see a minty blue I do, my heart still flutters. It’s the one hue I can’t seem to get enough of, but with weddings like this Long Island stunner from Lindsay Madden, there’s no reason I should. Decked out with fabulous paper goods from Momental Designs and neutral yet wildly stunning blooms by Sprout Home, I think we’ll all be doing some serious swooning right here.

From Lindsay Madden Photography…. I absolutely love Long Island’s wine region. So when Allyza & Bobby asked for me to photograph their August wedding at Raphael Winery I was incredibly happy. Shooting out east is special. The North Fork is only ninety miles from New York City yet I always feel like I’m shooting a destination wedding. Allyza & Bobby’s day was was elegant and romantic yet, they still managed to incorporate the laid back feel the vineyard had to offer. With cocktails starting at 2pm and the party going to midnight, this couple knew from the very beginning that their family and friends were their priority. I am so grateful to have been able to photograph their perfect summer affair!

Photography: Lindsay Madden Photography | Florals: Sprout Home | Cake: Have Your Cake | Stationery: Momental Designs | Ceremony Venue: Saint Isidore | Reception Venue: Raphael Winery | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Entertainment: The Projekt | Groom's Suit: Armani | Accomodations: Hotel Indigo | Bride's Dress: Ines Di Santo | Floral Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Groom's Shoes: Hugo Boss

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Wolffer Estate, Vineyard Wedding, Hamptons, New York from Melani Lust Photography

I profess my love for timeless elegance quite a bit on the pages on SMP, but can you really blame me when weddings like this one from Melani Lust fall perfectly in that category? I don’t think you can. After one look at this (beautiful) Bride’s Romona Keveza gown or their reception overflowing with perfectly timeless florals from Pennington Flowers, and you’ll be joining the timeless elegance fan club too. See it all here.

From Melani LustI have for you a fresh, sunny wedding in a venue in the Hamptons, not often used for weddings: Wolffer Estate Vineyard. The bridesmaids got ready in crisp, white shirts, each with a personalized monogram. The bride wore a regal Romona Keveza dress, which took everyone’s breath away. Then, she slipped in to a fabulous reception shift. The bride and groom exchanged vows in a charming and quaint Bridgehampton church before heading to the venue in a classic antique car. This wedding is filled with candid moments and soft pink details. The light in the vineyard was particularly amazing and shifted each hour.

From the Bride… As soon as we were engaged on the beach in Sagaponack, we knew that an East End wedding was a must. My family has spent over 40 years on the east end and was excited by our choice. We were so excited to have Melani Lust as our photographer to capture the sheer beauty of what was a picture perfect day with a crystal blue sky, a purple twilight and clear spring evening.

While planning our wedding we wanted our guests to feel as if they were at a classic, elegant dinner party followed by a late night dance party. Wolffer Estate proved to be the perfect setting and backdrop for our magical day. As soon as my husband and I arrived at Wolffer Vineyard on our wedding day, we were overhwhelmed by the sheer beauty of the venue. Tabletops of peonies and hydrangeas combined with gold mercury votives and set against the sage custom runners were the delicate tabletop touch we had envisioned. We had Wolffer install chandeliers which were then hung with greenery to give an even more gentle and ethereal green touch. Our florist Jeff Pennington had gone beyond any expectations!

Upon arrival guests were greeted with a welcome cocktail of Wolffer’s famous Rose. Southsides were also served from a mix handmade by my husband and delivered to the venue early the morning of the wedding. Guests were able to stroll the vineyard while sipping a cocktail and indulging in fabulous hors’ douveres. Our band Code Bleu was one of our favorite parts about the wedding. They kept everyone rocking all night long and allowed us to have the dance party we had hoped for! The outdoor bar in the vineyard was another aspect that we loved, as we could mingle with guests among the vines and enjoy the fabulous night sky.

One of my favorite aspects of our wedding was my dress. Originally not what I had in mind at all, I traveled to a bridal salon to try on a dress my maid of honor had found over a year before! After realizing it wasn’t the dress for me and about to leave, I caught my Ramona Kevecza dress out of the corner of my eye. As soon as I put it on, I realized I had found it. I absolutely adore the fact that it was completely different from any dress I had seen in any magazine, or on any bride I had EVER seen. It completely reflected the classic elegance I was aiming for. I truly believe that the dress I chose illustrated the sheer timelessness of our whole wedding!

Photography: Melani Lust Photography | Flowers: Pennington Flowers | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Cake: Fresh Flavors Catering | Invitations: The Pear Tree Shop, by William Arthur | Church: Queen of the Holy Rosary, Bridgehampton, NY | Reception Venue: Wolffer Estate Winery | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Hair and Makeup: Hale Koa phineas Estate | Ceremony Chamber Music: East End Chamber | Day of Wedding Coordinator: The Wedding Sitter | Dress Salon: Wedding Salon Of Manhasset | Groom Attire: Ralph Lauren | Reception Music: Code Bleu

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Long Island Vintage Garden Party Backyard Wedding from Minnow Park

When a wedding has this much heart, you can almost feel it.  Like the pure joy and love that went into crafting this Big Day is almost too much for the internet to handle (it is).  I guess that has a little something to do with the darling bride and groom, who went about creating a day that will not only stand the test of time, but knock your socks off with its pretty.  Think lush, pink blooms from Violet and Verde meets a gorgeous backyard setting. See every beautiful moment captured by Minnow Park in the full gallery.


From the Bride… My husband John and I were married on June 22, 2013 after 8 1/2 years together. We had just over 100 people, and carried on my parent’s tradition of marrying on my grandfather’s beautiful property in Woodbury, Long Island, NY.

We were so lucky to have had so many amazing family heirlooms to use that tied in perfectly with our vintage theme. We utilized my great-grandmother’s 1920’s sewing machine as a cake table (also a nod to my fashion design career), milk glass from our families (including some from my parent’s wedding on the same property) for our centerpieces, and lace from my mother’s dress adorned my self-made veil and wrapped all the bouquets.

Aside from all of the family antiques we injected into our big day, our wedding was largely DIY and definitely budget! I handmade my veil, sash, hair pieces for my MOH, and some signage. Our whole entire family pitched in to landscape the property, which was severely damaged by hurricane Sandy.

Basically, we put our hearts into this, everyone had a great time. and we are so proud of the finished product!


Photographer: Minnow Park | Florist: Violet and Verde | Stationery: GG Circus Papers | DJ: Sugartown Industries- DJ Wells | Officiant: Rev April Grismondi | Bridal Salon: The White Gown | Bride’s Vintage Rings: Erie Basin | Bridesmaids Dress: Lord & Taylor | Bridesmaids Dress: ModCloth | Day-of Coordinator: Dear Jeni | Dress Designer: Blue by Enzoani | Groom + Best Man’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Groom’s Ring: Blue Nile | Maid of Honor Dress: Ann Taylor | Makeup: Erin Rachel’s Faces | Photobooth:Majestic Photobooth | Rentals: A to Z Party Rental

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Oheka Castle Wedding from Amy Rizzuto Photography + Heritage+Joy

I can’t help but love every wedding that comes out of Oheka Castle. The venue is so versatile no two weddings feel the same – yet they all have that je ne sais quoi that wins me over. Take this one from Amy Rizzuto Photography. From the stunning invites from Heritage+Joy to the sunset kisses and every perfect detail in between, I am smitten.

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From the beautiful bride… Our wedding day theme of international travel was born out of our long distance relationship, traveling between New York and England to visit each other. Since Lee is from England, we really wanted a European/Castle element to our day and since we decided to have the wedding in New York, Oheka Castle was the perfectly place. Our entire wedding took place on-site and it had the perfect ambiance of old world glamour and beautiful gardens for our May wedding.

Within the reception space, each table was named after a different place we had visited and was decored with vintage postcards that I sourced online. The greeting card box was assembled from three different suitcases stacked on top of each other with a “Cards” sign made from vintage-inspried map paper.

Additionally, the escort card table was decorated with vintage replicas of suitcases and a globe. Pictures of us from pour engagement photo shoot were place around the castle. The bride’s friend from the New Yorker Magazine also created a funny photoshopped image of the couple on the cover that originally depicted the british royal family after Will and Kate’s wedding. The new cover included the date of the couple’s wedding and was a tongue in cheek detail as a nod to the groom’s heritage.

All of the themed decor was complimented by seasonal flowers. To tie into the grandeur of castle, large table center pieces were made of pink cherry blossom branches and alternated with low center pieces of peony, roses, vintage hydrangea and orchids with tall pillar candle holders. The ceremony space was simply decorated with rose petals and tulle, with two large cherry blossom trees creating the altar. Bouquets were made of peonies and the groom wore an orchid.

The wedding invites, menus and signage also reflected the travel theme, complete with air mail border detail and location stamps of places the bride and groom have traveled, all done in cream, navy and pink color theme.

During cocktail hour, guests dined on a variety of hors devours and food stations and were offered two signature cocktails, “Blushing Bride” or “Marry Me Mojito.” Afterwards, guests were lead into the grand ballroom for dinner and dancing. The menu consisted of Baby Arugula and Endive salad followed by a choice of Grilled Sterling Silver Filet Mingon, Pan Seared French Cut Chicken Breast or Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass.For desert, guests were invited into a separate room for a desert cafe as well as wedding cake with tiers of chocolate fudge and Dulce de Leche.

Rather than dress in a traditional ballgown for the castle, I wore a mermain style gown with a chapel train to add a bit of modern glamour while Lee wore a traditional tuxedo.

We chose “Kiss Me” by Ed Sheeran for our first dance. As soon as we heard the first line, “Settle Down with me…” we knew it was our song.

The most memorable part of the day was our first look. We didn’t decide to do it until a couple of weeks before hand and we were glad we decided to do it. We met each other by the grove of trees near the formal gardens. It was a windy day and my hair was blowing everywhere and getting messed up but it was emotional and beautiful and we had a chance to be by ourselves (plus the photographers).

We also had a great time in our photo booth and it is a great addition to the formal pictures we have.

Photographer: Amy Rizzuto Photography | Videographer: AJ Ingoglia Films | Flowers: Pedestals Floral Decorators | Ceremony Venue: OHEKA CASTLE | Reception Venue: OHEKA CASTLE | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JLM Couture, Inc | Makeup: Perfectly Blended Makeup By Vivian Drago | DJ: Scratch Weddings | String Quartet: Art Strings | Assistant Photographer: Amy Rizzuto Photography | Belt & Veil: Kleinfeld Bridal | Bride's Dress: Kleinfeld Bridal | Earrings: TEJANI | Invitations & Day-of Stationery: Heritage+Joy | Venue / Catering: OHEKA CASTLE

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Hamptons Inspiration from Jacqueline Patton and Michelle Wolfe

If I could start my morning with this Hamptons inspiration shoot every day I think I’d require much less caffeine. Allow Me Events pulled together a look that is altogether casual, beautiful, and chic, and with Jacqueline Patton and Michelle Wolfe snapping the beautiful pictures, this gallery is worth a cup of coffee or two!

Our rustic Hamptons inspiration shoot was inspired by blending varying elements to create a garden-meets-ocean setting. Laid-back elegance was the overall feel. An ocean-front estate’s cliffside was the perfect location for a large farm-table, canopied in white fabric (using actual branches) and nestled into a clearing surrounded by trees. Kerri of Allow Me Events incorporated coral-pinks flowers as a pop of color among the moss and other greenery, all set atop a burlap runner.

The bride is dressed in a Coren Moore chiffon gown – perfect in heels AND in cowboy boots! The Coren Moore chiffon bridesmaid dresses in blush and mustard perfectly complimented the coral/green floral designs without being matchy-matchy.

Custom invitations were designed with a modern yet romantic and rustic aesthetic, incorporating the blush and mustard hues. Matching table-number cards were displayed in a bleached wood frame. And instead of cake, pies and tarts were the perfect dessert for this seaside fete.[dotted]

Photography: Jacqueline Patton Photography | Photography: Michelle Wolfe Photography | Event Planning: Allow Me Events | Floral Design: Allow Me Events | Invitations: Village Invites | Wedding Dress: Coren Moore | Makeup: Celeste Loft | Bridesmaid Dresses: Coren Moore | Boots: Durango Silver | Pies: Blue Duck Bakery Cafe | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Event Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Southampton Wedding from Patricia Kantzos Photography

East coast elegance is basically defined by this Southampton stunner captured (beautifully, I might add) by Patricia Kantzos Photography. It’s anything and everything that has ever described the perfect east coast fête wrapped up in one gorgeous post. With it’s simple yet sophisticated vibe and classic yet fresh feel, I’ll go as far as to say it’s completely perfect. Actually, it definitely is. See it all here.

From PatriciaI love everything about Whitney and Sim’s wedding. It’s elegant, fun and filled with gorgeous details. When we met to discuss their wedding photography, Whitney & Sim expressed that being near the ocean in Southampton set the tone for their wedding day. They wanted to keep things simple and free of formalities. They hoped to achieve the same with their photography. They wanted to tell the narrative of their day in a way that was real and true. Capturing the fun was key.

I was thrilled when Whitney explained she understood the importance of working with natural light. We organized the day’s photography around the most beautiful available light. I also love that Whitney embraced the elements of nature. Being near the beach, there was no getting away from wind. We took advantage of this gift from nature. Whitney is gorgeous. Her simple makeup, wind swept hairstyle and fluid wedding dress was perfect. The result was something magical – you can see it in every image. [dotted]

Photography: Patricia Kantzos Photography | Ceremony Venue: Dune Church Southampton, New York | Reception Venue: Meadow Club Southampton, New York | Floral Design: Sag Harbor Florist | Event Coordination: Margot Louthan | Invitations: Shine Invitation |Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bride’s Jewelry: Rent the Runway | Bridesmaids’ Dresses + Groomsmen Jackets: Rent the Runway | Hair + Makeup: Hair by Rachael | Rentals: Party Rental LTD | Saxon Band: John Doboe | Accomodations: South Hampton Inn | Childcare: Easthampton Babysitters

Long Island Wedding from Robert & Kathleen Photographers

At the heart of every wedding is a love story. A weak at the knees, let’s grow old together kind of story that sets my heart aflutter time and time again. But what makes this one a wee bit sweeter is that this adorable duo grew up together — even attending the same pre-school. But as fate would have it, it wasn’t until just five years ago that they truly fell in love. The celebration? A classic Long Island affair with pops of pink blooms by Bayport Flower House. The whole day was captured by Robert & Kathleen Photographers, and there’s an entire gallery and film waiting for you below.

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From Robert & Kathleen PhotographersKathleen and Dan had known each other for years. Growing up in the same town, they seemed to orbit around one another – attending the same preschool, elementary school, high school. They knew each other’s names, would recognize each other in town. But in all those years they had never really gotten to know one another. Until a dinner on the Upper East Side five years ago changed all that for good. That night, they shared sushi and traded stories and, in the process, found that they had much more in common that just living within the same zip code as kids. They talked for hours and by the time the night was over, Kathleen knew she wanted to see Dan again. Because in those few hours with him, she knew deep down that something incredible was beginning.

After that night, Dan couldn’t seem to stop thinking about Kathleen’s laugh. That infectious, Julia-Roberts-style laugh that made him smile at the mere thought of it. He needed to see her again. He needed to hear that laugh again. Because seeing Kathleen’s smile, hearing that laugh, made Dan feel something he never had felt before. Over the next four years they shared many more dinners. They discovered new New York neighborhoods, traveled to beautiful places, and dreamt of the life they would share together. After all those years of passing by one another, they knew that this time the timing was exactly right. They had “found” each other and they weren’t going to take that for granted.

Last year there was another dinner. Another night on the East Side, sharing sushi and trading stories. After dinner Dan got a phone call. He was needed at work, right away. He had to go fix something at a job site. With no time to spare, he told Kathleen she would have to come with him and that it shouldn’t take long. She agreed, thinking it must be a serious emergency since Dan would never usually takes her to a job site. They were ushered into Grand Central, met by security and granted access to the 59th floor.

But there is no 59th floor in the MetLife building. There was no work emergency for Dan to rush to either. When the elevators door opened, Dan escorted Kathleen out onto the roof of the building. He took her hand and walked her around, showing her the view of Manhattan from nearly 60 stories up. There, with the city traffic rushing by below them and the Empire State Building standing tall behind them, Dan got down on one knee and asked Kathleen to be his wife. Fourteen months later, they gathered together all of their family and friends, all the people who had shared this journey with the two of them, in one of their favorite places in the world. They promised to love each other forever and hosted the celebration of their lives, with bonfires by the water and dancing well into the night. There, at the end of Long Island, Kathleen and Dan’s married life began.


Photography + Cinematography: Robert & Kathleen Photographers | Venue: Montauk Yacht Club | Floral Design: Bayport Flower House | Wedding Cake: Manhattan Sweets Boutique Bakery in Islip, New York | Band: Peat Moss and the Fertilizers | Wedding Dress: Marisa via Bridal Salon: Bridal Reflections | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan 

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