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A Romantic Wedding with a Sweet Bohemian Vibe

Michelle’s vision for her wedding day was simple: a romantic, intimate setting with a sweet boho vibe. A truly gorgeous concept, but one that needs a truly gorgeous locale to work. Enter Sole East Resort, a stunning resort smack-dab in the heart of Michelle and Mike’s engagement city – Montauk. From the breathtaking gardens to the yummy cuisine (hey there, lobster rolls), it was a night that these two loves will never forget, complete with s’mores. Scroll to get inspired by every beautiful moment below.

From the Bride… I had a vision that my wedding would have a slight bohemian vibe, with whimsical accents and flowers. I knew I wanted it held in a romantic, intimate setting. Lucky for Mike and me – that’s exactly how it came to life. Sole East Resort had the perfect mix of what we were looking for: a beachy/boho vibe that still felt elevated enough to have black-tie optional, a space that our wedding guests could easily take over for a whole weekend as a home base, and a venue that could accommodate both the ceremony, reception and after party without having to move our guests in between.

My color palette was neutrals for the bridesmaids and paper (i.e. invites, menus, signs, etc.), but I definitely wanted a lot of different bold colors for the wild flowers. This worked well in the garden setting of Sole East Resort. We did our first look and initial pics before the ceremony at Sole East Resort and then at a spot out near Ditch Plains, but the Sole East Resort grounds were so beautiful in June with all of the flowers and greenery and are some of my favorites.

I loved the custom escort card display that my planner, James, put together. He created this huge tree out of wild flowers which was inspired by the tree we got married under at Sole East Resort. It was beautiful. Mike had the idea of using names of surf breaks as our table numbers instead of actual numbers, and we loved how that came to life. The reception was under a beautiful sailcloth tent that fit perfectly on Sole East Resort’s grounds. The shrubs make it very unique and didn’t interrupt the layout at all. My dress (Reem Acra) was my absolute favorite. I got it from Saks, and they really took care of me during all my fittings in the weeks leading up to the big day. I also loved my hair and makeup artists from MG Hair & Makeup. My Stylist Val was a gem! She kept me calm, and was spot on with my hair and makeup vision.

A real highlight on Sole East Resort’s part was the dinner. Definitely get the lobster rolls – big hit. The steak and fish were spot on, and all the veggies were so fresh, and doing it all family style was the best! Cindi, Dave and Sue at Sole East Resort were great. They really worked with our planner to help execute everything to perfection.

After the ceremony and cocktail hour, the rest of the night was a whirlwind of amazing dance floor moments, toasts, photo booth pics, and more dancing – our live band was awesome! We ended with an after party at the hotel bar, coupled with s’mores by the fire pit. Our wedding at Sole East Resort was at absolute dream. We could not have been happier with how the day turned out.

Michelle and Mike’s wedding was amazing, which is not at all surprising, since Sole East Resort is the kind of place that just does weddings right. From the spring blooms bursting at every corner (think rhododendron, swaying ornamental grasses and red maples), to the hammocks, adirondack chairs and St. Tropez lounge beds, to the amazing amenities and food, you can literally just sit back and relax while their talented staff handles it ALL. Which means that sophisticated garden wedding you’ve always dreamed of? It’s right at your fingertips – and so is lounging by the pool. To start planning that laid-back meets elegant affair, contact Sole East Resort today at events@soleeast.com or 631.668.2105. And don’t forget to ask about their spring discounts. Your big day is going to be so, so awesome.

Photography: JJ Ignotz | Floral Design: James Abel Events | Dress: Reem Acra | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering : Sole East Resort | Hair & Makeup: MG Hair & Makeup | Venue: Sole East Resort | Tent: American Tent Company | James Abel : James Abel Events | Wedding Reception & Lodging: Sole East Resort

We Found Your Venue If You Are Wanting Backyard Wedding Vibes

Backyard weddings are our jam, but if you’re not too keen on hosting your Big Day celebration at your own abode, we’ve got the perfect solution: Sole East Resort. Think of it as your home away from home with everything from gorgeous gardens, bamboo archways and a fire pit perfect for roasting post-nuptial s’mores. It’s that backyard vibe we absolutely adore meets a talented events team that will handle every jaw-dropping moment. You seriously can’t go wrong.

Sole East Resort has always been one of our fave Hamptons venues, and it’s not just because of the sweet Tudor charm and their 70 gorgeous guest rooms. Their accommodations are amazing and their onsite amenities make it the perfect place to relax and play with your friends and family. From their heated pool to their fab Montauk locale to their awesome (+ full-service) Backyard Restaurant, it’s the best place ever to spend a weekend celebrating you and yours. Gather your friends around the fire pit after your rehearsal dinner, take a 5-minute walk to the beach the morning of your Big Day to ease those butterflies and host your last hurrah with a goodbye brunch the morning after your nuptials. They literally have everything covered – and it’s all with that laid-back charm we love so much about the Hamptons.

Sole East Resort isn’t just the perfect place to tie the knot, they have the perfect staff, too. From planning your rehearsal dinner to coordinating your big moment to everything in between, the Sole East Events Team has you totally covered. Our advice? Shoot them an email pronto (events@soleeast.com) to get started planning your amazing nuptials. That backyard wedding you’ve always wanted is waiting – and there are still a few prime May and June 2018 dates available (with generous discounts!) if you’re last-minute planning!

Photography: 4Eyes Photography | Ceremony & Reception : Sole East Resort

When Talented Vendors Have Creative Freedom to Plan a Real Wedding

Although the Bride works in the wedding industry at Twobirds Bridesmaid, her vision for her own nuptials was simple and elegant – she wanted it to feel like a dinner party for family and friends. She carefully selected each of her trusted vendors then gave them creative liberty – and lovelies, it sure did pay off. Sag Harbor Florist created gorgeous grapewood spheres and florals inspired a sculptural installation at the venue, Longhouse Reserve, and Lisa Vorce Co. turned the Sperry Tent into a stunning reception space. There’s no better way to kick off your weekend than with this wedding, captured by Artisan Production and Braedon Weddings.

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For almost twenty years I have been spending my summers in East Hampton. Recently my parents became full time residents, so now it is the place I call home. When thinking about getting married, there was really no other destination I could think of to celebrate the most special day of our lives.

Our wedding was at Longhouse Reserve, a 16 acre sculpture garden in East Hampton, NY. The first time I visited Longhouse, I remember telling my dad this is where I wanted to get married. It is breath-taking – the grounds are covered with flowers and greenery as well as installations from a variety of artists.

I work in the bridal industry (Director of Operations at Twobirds Bridesmaid in Manhattan) but never really thought too much about my own wedding. I really just wanted it to feel like a big dinner party with my family and friends. We worked with Lisa Vorce (and her amazing team) who is a dream. She thinks of everything and made the planning process easy (i.e. I really didn’t do anything).

All of our vendors were so spectacular: Braedon, our photographer, and Aaron, our videographer, were the best to be around all day and fit in like they were wedding guests! We used a lot of the vendors that my sister used last spring, so it really felt like family. The band, Northstar from Elan Artists, was out of this world. Everyone at the wedding cannot stop talking about them! Flowers were done by the amazing Anasatasia at Sag Harbor Florist who outdid herself. Lisa collaborated with her on these gorgeous grapewood spheres inspired by Grace Knowlton’s “structural orb” installation that was on the property. I never would have thought of creating something so beautiful and allowing them to creatively express themselves without my input made it the most seamless process.

The local vendors were so special to have. Our home away from home in the Hamptons is Nick & Toni’s (the chicken is all my husband talks about) so to have them cater the wedding was a no brainer. We did it French style so the tables shared all the sides and you had the option to sample all the entrees. Nick & Toni’s pastry chef made us two cakes – one gluten free (for me) and one for Evan. I love weddings this way as it creates a more casual and relaxing vibe.

Thanks to my sister (Jamie Mizrahi who is a stylist in LA), I was outfitted in custom Brock Collection (my dream dress) for my rehearsal dinner! I am just waiting for another place to wear that dress. For the wedding day I wore Ines Di Santo – a simple dress with an open back. My flower girls (Twobirds CEO’s daughters and my best friends) were outfitted in our tulle flower girl dresses. It was so special to have them apart of our day and be able to see our creations come to life!

Thank you to everyone who helped make our special day the best day of our lives.

Photography: Braedon Photography | Cinematography: Artisan Production | Event Planning: Lisa Vorce | Floral Design: Sag Harbor Florist | Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo | Shoes: Nancy Gonzalez | Catering: Honest Catering | Makeup: Ashimoto | Hair: Scotty Cunha | Band: Elan Artists | Groom's Attire: Burberry | Wedding Venue: The LongHouse Reserve | Tent: Sperry Tents | Flower Girl Dresses: twobirds Bridesmaid | Rehearsal Dinner: Bell & Anchor | Rehearsal Dress: Brock Collection | Sunday Brunch: Nick And Tonis

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The Best Cocktail Hour Performance Ever

When the groom chooses to propose on April Fools’ Day because it’s his future-wife’s favorite holiday, be prepared for a wedding full of surprises! The event planning team at Duke + Van Deusen pulled together a dream team – including Cappy Hotchkiss Photography, Avaflora, and Face Time Beauty Concierge – to create this enchanting, garden-set celebration. From a custom floral crown station to a creative cocktail hour performance (two words: synchronized swimmers) and more, this whimsical wedding is sure to delight! See each fun-filled moment in the Vault.

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From Cappy Hotchkiss PhotographyLonghouse Reserve is a stunning jewel of a sculpture garden in East Hampton that only allows four events per year. These two hired the fabulous team of Duke + Van Deusen for their planning, who arranged synchronized swimmers during the cocktail hour as well as a flower crown bar (guests could choose which flowers they wanted, and Avaflora fashioned the crowns on the spot, resulting in a wedding full of gorgeous women and men of all ages and styles sporting flowers on their heads), a lemonade bar, a hotdog station, signature drinks, tons of beautiful signs, an old wagon filled with flowers as the place card holder, a dessert bar, hand painted invitations, and bridesmaids’ dresses in a pastel rainbow of colors. The ceremony was officiated by a friend of the bride and groom’s.

It is presumed that it was only a matter of time before Fred and Ali would meet, given they lived just a block away from each other in New York City. They probably even passed each other on the street, but it wasn’t until mutual friends got the idea to set them up that their lives would intersect and change forever. One of Ali’s best friends told her she had a guy to set her up with and sent along a link to his Facebook picture. With one look, Ali messaged her friend, “Make it happen.” The girls arranged for Fred and his friend to meet them out in the neighborhood one night, that way her friends could interrogate him all at once. To no one’s surprise, sparks flew instantly, everyone approved, and they both instinctively felt that this could be the start of something special.

Fred asked Ali if she wanted to come along with him on a business trip to a conference in Miami, and without hesitation Ali said, “No, thanks.” For a good month she thought she was in the clear, however Fred brought it up again, saying that his boss’s wife and his boss’s boss’s wife were going, and that it was really important that she make it if she could. This time Ali agreed. A day before the trip, Ali decided to swap her glittery nail polish for something a little more work-friendly, and upon returning from the nail salon, she noticed her dead bolt was unlocked, sending a wave a panic through her. Mind you, she was already on high alert because it was April Fools’ Day. She cautiously pushed open the door and proceeded to check the closets, behind the doors, and even under the bed, but she found nothing. Suddenly she noticed a giant bouquet of flowers sitting right in front of her on the dining room table, and she happily realized Fred had played the nicest April Fools’ Day trick on her.

She was calling her mom to tell her about it when the doorbell rang. Ali opened the door and was surprised to find Fred. She wondered why he wasn’t at work, but she thanked him for the flowers. Fred then got down on one knee, said some incredibly romantic words (that unfortunately neither of them can remember), and asked Ali to spend the rest of her life with him (and assured her the proposal wasn’t a prank). She of course said yes, but the story doesn’t end there. Overcome with emotion, Ali called her family, but instead of congratulating her, they thought it was a prank. You should know that April Fools’ Day is Ali’s favorite holiday. It was then she realized Fred had played the most ingenious April Fools’ Day prank ever. She called all of her friends that night, and not a single one believed her! Some people didn’t up until her wedding day, thinking the website, dress, and save-the-date were all part of an elaborate prank. As if things couldn’t get any better, after the proposal Fred whisked Ali away – not on a work trip to Miami, but to Mustique, where they spent the next few days laying in the sand and celebrating their engagement.

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Photography: Cappy Hotchkiss | Event Planning: Duke + Van Deusen | Floral Design: AvaFlora | Wedding Dress: Mira Zwillinger | Cake: Kathy Burton | Invitations: A Fabulous Fete | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jodi Fried | Caterer: Pete Ambrose Events | Makeup: Georgio Fernandez Beauty | Hair: Face Time Beauty Concierge | Lighting: Matt Murphy Event Lighting | Band: City of Six | Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: The LongHouse Reserve | Tent Rental: Sperry Tents Hamptons | Bridal Boutique: Mark Ingram Atelier | Save the Dates: Shannon Kirsten Illustration

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Adding a Personalized Touch to a Hampton’s Backyard Celebration

Sea side towns on the East Coast have a very distinct vibe. Think shingled gray ladies and hydrangeas galore set against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s so quintessential and pretty and when your family has a backyard in the Hamptons just begging for a wedding? You hop on that! Pore through this day captured by Kelsey Combe that embodies all the things we love about a DIY beach celebration.

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From the Bride… One early fall morning Kurt proposed on Wainscott Beach where we had spent the past several summers falling in love. Not only had Kurt been planning our engagement, he had also put together another proposal – a wedding on his family’s property in the Hamptons.

Kurt and I both love to plan surprises, parties, and other celebrations so we were beyond thrilled to take advantage of planning a DIY wedding the following summer. From designing my dress with Modern Trousseau, creating our wedding crest with Betsy from Lemontree Calligraphy, wedding paper with Sandy from Roseville Designs, and laying out the reception details—we enjoyed putting our personal touch on everything.

Our vision of a romantic garden wedding was easy to accomplish on his aunt and uncle’s property; it didn’t require much to enhance the natural beauty. We paired classic Hamptons white hydrangeas with white and blush garden roses to complement the green landscape. We strung bistro lights inside the tent, hung paper lanterns from the trees, and placed candles everywhere to create the romantic vision we had in mind.

We also wanted to incorporate our families and their traditions. Looking back, we are so happy to have done so. My mother and her sisters had my grandmother’s engagement ring made into necklace which I wore throughout the day. I also pinned a pendant that she had worn, on her wedding day, to my bouquet. Kurt’s mother made my gorgeous lace veil that perfectly complemented my dress. During our ceremony, we were able to light the same unity candle used in my parents’ wedding 35 years prior. We wrapped family photos that documented weddings from past generations around “Our Family Tree,” a focus point during the cocktail hour.

After the ceremony, we toured our favorite places in East Hampton with Kelsey Combe who captured the day with our bridal party and parents. One of our most memorable moments was taking our wedding portrait photos on the very spot where Kurt proposed. The lighting Kelsey captured on the overcast beach was magical.

The reception site was an absolute dream and would not have come to life without the assistance of our dedicated family. Our morning was stress free knowing that Gina, our day of coordinator, was also there making sure all the details we had planned were executed perfectly. Dancing under the stars, (and surprise fireworks set off by a neighbor!) with music from the talented Silver Arrow Band, was exactly how we wanted to spend the night with our guests. I look at the photos nearly every day, and pinch myself that this was how we celebrated the start of our lives together.

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Photography: Kelsey Combe Photography | Coordination: Details Wedding Coordination | Florist: East Hampton Flowers | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau | Cupcakes: Two Little Red Hens Bakery | Invitations: Roseville Designs | Ceremony Venue: Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Private Residence | Bride's Shoes: Dune | Engagement Ring: Heather Fletcher at Bespoke Fine Jewels | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Azazie | Catering: East End Events Catering | Hair & Makeup: Erica Does Makeup | Calligraphy: Meaghan Donlon | Band: Silver Arrow Band | Tent: The New York Tent Company | Crest Design: Lemontree Calligraphy | Signage & Dessert Table: DIY | Watercolor Artist: Lemontree Calligraphy & Illustration | Wedding Rings: Lauren B Jewelry

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A Gorgeous Hampton’s Dinner Party Meets a Wildly Romantic Wedding

Give me a vineyard and I give you one very happy lady. Now make it a gorgeous summer wedding at a spot that’s reminiscent of the most stunning Hampton’s dinner party and I’m done for. With planning by L. Marie Events and florals by Ovando, this wedding is proof that vineyards make for the dreamiest of venues. See what all the fuss is about with Brian Hatton’s gorgeous imagery right here.

From the planner… Bonnie & Michael’s Summer wedding at the Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack was absolutely gorgeous.  Wolffer Estate’s back patio is amazing in that it bridges the gap between inside and outside creating a seamless experience for guests.  Whites and greens were a counterpoint to the surrounding grape vines ready to burst for harvest while long tuscan style tables added a bit of rusticity.  Ample candlelight set a warm mood and allowed for photography to continue unobtrusively as the sunlight faded away.  Bonnie wore Reem Acra and Michael wore a bespoke Seize sur Vingt tuxedo with white jacket.  To cap things off, Bonnie changed in to her mom’s Chinese wedding dress to dance the night away.

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Photographer: Brian Hatton Photography | Cinematography: NY Filmworks | Event Planning: L. Marie Events | Floral Design: Ovando | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Invitations: Fourteen-Forty | Reception Venue: Wolffer Estate Vineyard | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Stone Creek Inn | Hair & Makeup: MG Hair & Makeup | Lighting: Matt Murphy Event Lighting | Band: On The Move Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Seize Sur Vingt | Officiant: Jeff Ragovin | Transportation: Hampton Jitney | Getting Ready: Baron's Cove

Elegant Hamptons Private Estate Wedding

I’m just going to come out and say it: Private estate weddings our my weakness. Reason being? We get to see some on the most incredible homes transformed into venues and that in and of itself is totally inspiring. Add in the talented Elena Wolfe behind the lens, and well it’s downright perfection. See it all in The Vault!

From The Bride…Trey and I met in college at the University of Florida at a 4th of July get together. He was about to graduate and I was just beginning there. Our relationship continued throughout my college career. Although we were long distance, he would travel each weekend to come visit.

He proposed just before Christmas while I was working on my master’s degree. We went back and forth on what kind of wedding we wanted. We started to plan the traditional big 200 person wedding but it became just too overwhelming and stressful. We decided that wedding planning should be something we enjoy and savor since we only get to do it once and we needed to change our plans to make it something we had fun doing.

After LOTS and LOTS of ideas and consideration we were so torn – Do we elope in a fun place like Europe or a beautiful island or do invite immediate family? I spoke to my aunt who lives in Southampton and she suggested us having an intimate family wedding in her home – that way we could have the people we love most, and have it a “destination wedding” but not too far away.. We immediately fell in love with the idea and started planning from afar.

We began planning at the end of August and set our date for the 21st of November, just before Thanksgiving. While research began online and with the help of recommendations from my aunt, a local, we quickly realized we needed to schedule a trip up to the Hamptons to meet with vendors and wrap our head around all of our ideas a little bit better. We went up for a long weekend in September and met with vendors and started to put our ideas into motion. From that point on the rest of the planning was done via email or phone and it worked out perfectly!

The wedding was everything we could have dreamed of and more. We got married by the fireplace in front of 16 of our loved ones. There was a lovely candle tribute to my mother who has passed away. The night included dancing, toasts, delicious food, and great conversation. It was truly the most special night of our lives. If we could do it over, we wouldn’t change a thing.

Photography: Elena Wolfe Photography | Cinematography: Intrigue Wedding Films | Floral Design: Lilee Fell Flowers | Cake: Sag Harbor Bakery | Invitations: Crane & Co. | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Shoes: Calvin Klein | Venue: Private Estate | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Photography - Assistance: Marielle Solan

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Think You’ve Seen An Elegant Beach Wedding? Think Again

The Hamptons. The name alone evokes luxury and elegance. And this East Hampton wedding from Brklyn View Photography embodies that classic Hamptons style. From the Bride’s monogrammed Jack Rodgers sandals to the handmade driftwood arbor adorned with soft, romantic flowers, this fall day is the beachy elegant wedding of our dreams. See it all now in The Vault!

From The Bride…When it came to planning our wedding we knew we wanted it to be a fun and intimate event that reflected our style as a couple. We grew up at the beach and wanted to incorporate the beachy elegance of The Hamptons into our wedding. After visiting East Hampton Point we knew their waterfront location was the perfect fit. We were married overlooking the water, surrounded by close friends and family, by the same judge that had married Brenden’s parents, and there was not a dry eye in the room by the end of the ceremony.

Little details were carefully planned to personalize the day. A custom laurel wreath monogram was created for our invitations and a vintage map of East Hampton was used for the envelope liner. For my something blue, I wore a vintage brooch on my bouquet that my Mother had worn on her wedding dress. We also created two signature cocktails, Little Plains Beach, the location where Brenden proposed, and Navy Beach, one of our favorite spots in Montauk.

The floral design was one of my favorite parts of wedding planning. We incorporated mercury glass vases and votives into the table design, along with pops of blush flowers to add a soft romantic feel. A handmade driftwood arbor filled with flowers created the perfect backdrop for our ceremony and fit in perfectly with the scenery.

I have been planning my wedding ever since I was a little girl and the day was everything I could have ever dreamed of and more. We were so lucky to have the help of our amazing families and vendors to make the day so perfect.

Photography: Brklyn View Photography | Floral Design: Karen Lenahan Designs | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Bride's Shoes: Jack Rogers | Hair + Makeup: Beautiful by Dina | Invitations + Calligraphy: Natalie Chang | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Venue: East Hampton Point

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Traditionally Elegant Hamptons Wedding

A refreshing mint palette paired with an oceanside views sound gorgeous enough, but add in the fact that this family affair is brimming with DIY details? Well, it puts the significance in the celebration. From the fabric draped ceilings adorned with hanging lanterns, to the friends and family that celebrated underneath a canopy of twinkling lights, Ashley Caroline Photography highlighted their love for family, friends, and the beach below!

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From the beautiful Bride… My college sweetheart and I had been together nearly 7 years before he popped the question on a brisk, beautifully grey day in February of 2013. This gave us more than enough time to figure out what we love the most as a couple. Cozy spaces, salty air, long weekends spent with family, cold beers, rainy days, and always toasting to the little things. While planning the most special day of our lives, we were inspired to highlight the most valued aspects of our life together – our love for family, friends, and the beach.

After quite the scavenger hunt for venues, we decided that Oceanbleu at Westhampton Bath and Tennis was the perfect location for our big day. Natural chiavari chairs, blue & white striped fabric draped ceilings adorned with hanging lanterns and a whimsical chandelier, a boardwalk to nowhere, and crashing waves as the backdrop for our intimate tent ceremony. With the beach venue only 30 minutes from my childhood home on Long Island, it made our decision an easy one. Once the vibe was set, I began a collection of assorted mercury glass containers and set aside items from our southern-style home in Atlanta: antique seafoam bottles, vintage blue ball jars, mint shutters, various picture frames, and a jadeite cake stand to name a few – all subtle details that remained true to our minty theme. It proved to be the perfect combination of rustic elegance and southern charm.

The forecast leading up to our wedding was an unwavering 100% chance of rain. Needless to say, we embraced the not so pretty weather, which miraculously transformed into a breathtaking golden hour just in time to walk down the aisle. The early morning hours were spent at my mother’s dear friends home in Bridgehampton, where the girls and I prepped for the big day in our matching shortie pajama sets by Plum Pretty Sugar and were treated to a delicious breakfast spread of pastries, egg casseroles, fruit and bubbly. The boys gathered in Southampton and relived the college days bonding over football while drinking keg beer out of red solo cups. At both locations, there was no shortage of smiles, big hugs, and happy tears from loving siblings and parents. With the steady rainfall well underway, Evan and I met at the old Parrish Museum for the big reveal. We exchanged cards and giddy kisses and shared a private moment away from all of the morning excitement and chaos.

Having the wedding so close to home presented the opportunity for my amazingly talented cousin to do all of our flowers. After discussing our vision for the day, she provided the following description for our floral design: “A soft mix of lush blooms to include hydrangea, dahlia, roses, stock, lisianthus, tuberose, and hypericum in white and ivory with hints of pale peach, seafoam, and accents of rosette succulents in mint shades. The complementing greenery of seeded eucalyptus, variegated pittonegra, boxwood, and laurel. The cocktail and reception flowers were arranged in an eclectic mix of mercury glass vases and mason jars. The overall décor reflected vintage, rustic, romantic, elegant themes.” Little did she know, my wedding dress is the Amsale ‘Dahlia’ so her suggestion to incorporate the flower in our arrangements couldn’t have been more fitting! When the bouquets were delivered the morning of our wedding, they were more gorgeous than I ever could have ever imagined.

Walking into the reception space prior to our guests arrival was like entering a dream. I was literally in awe of my cousin’s creations and how the room had been transformed. The mercury glass centerpieces and votives were thoughtfully placed on the green burlap table runners, which were handmade with love by my sweet mother. Mint monogrammed koozies were placed at every table setting accompanied by our delectable menus. Garlands of silver dollar eucalyptus embellished with clusters of peach roses and cream hydrangea draped the tent openings and we said our ‘I do’s’ under a canopy of twinkling lights.

The Oceanbleu staff did an exceptional job staging the scene with all of our décor. No detail went unnoticed. They set up a beautiful welcome table with glowing mercury glass jars and sentimental photographs, and our guests retrieved their hand written place cards from miniature sandboxes – the perfect accessory for a beach wedding. The photography was extremely important to us, and we couldn’t have been luckier to have Ashley photograph our special day, with the added styling services by Little Red’s Well. The soft, artistic thoughtfulness of Ashley’s photos captured the true essence of our relationship and we will cherish the beautifully frozen memories for a lifetime.

It meant the world to us to have close family and friends play such a pivotal role in the planning and execution of our vision. A friend from high school made our stunning succulent cake, my childhood hairstylist did all of the girls’ hair, and one of our best guy friends in Atlanta married us and delivered the most heartfelt ceremony. Our parents are high school and college sweethearts and we were happy to take this time to honor their marriages – we even surprised Evan’s parents by incorporating their wedding vows that they had recited to one another 35 years prior. It all came together so naturally and although I may be a wee bit biased…it truly was the Best. Day. Ever.

Photography: Ashley Caroline Photography | Videographer: Mint Wedding Cinematography | Floral Design: Late Bloomer Flowers | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Robbins Wolfe | Makeup: NY Artistry | Beach Front: Oceanbleu | Details + Decor Rental: Coco Prop Shop | Stylist: AOK Style + Planning

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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

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.

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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

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: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | 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

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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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

Hamptons Wedding Inspiration from Frost Photography

This is the kind of shoot that you can breath in. It’s so fresh, so romantic, so clean you can just smell the cherry blossoms and taste the sweets. Frost Photography was behind her well-seasoned lens, letting the simplicity of romance shine through her images. And those gems from KiraKira? All of them are officially on my Birthday List. Click here to see it all!

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From the jewelry designer… This bridal shoot was inspired by all the loveliness the Hamptons has to offer in spring. Perfect for any NYC bride wanting to escape the city for her wedding day. Entirely shot at public spaces in Southampton, this elegant open air wedding could easily be recreated in the Hamptons or any other such picturesque setting in New England. The bride and bridesmaids wear jewelry from the NYC based accessory line ‘KiraKira’.

Quiet, open and breathtaking, this location right off Old Town Road is perfect for a wedding ceremony especially in the spring when the cherry blossoms are peaking. Instead of creating a floral arbor we utilized a natural canopy of the branches, with the flowers filtering the afternoon light into a beautiful, softer blush tint for bridal portrait shots. The morning shower left the grass perfectly sprinkled with a confetti of pale pink petals. Full pink peonies, tea roses and contrasting bright green hydrangea in the bouquets from Topiaire (Southampton, 51 Jobs Ln) pulled in the colors of the landscape, spring green and pink.

The bride wore a simple textured gown reminiscent of fans or seashells and fuchsia sapphire drop earrings that drew from the pinks of the setting and bouquet. Gold bangles added a casual more bohemian romance to the the ensemble and an antique rose cut pink sapphire engagement ring added a nostalgic style but modern pop of color.

The maid of honor wore a blush shade that also reflected the pastel light under the trees and held a bouquet of fleshy white peonies tinged with pink. Lemon and lavender quartz drop earrings were subtle but wove in pastel, fresh colors. She also wore an antique opera length chain with a Kira Kira ‘Sakura’ (japanese for ‘cherry blossom’) charm. Designed by Suz Somersall, while she lived abroad in Japan, the front is decorated with the elegant silhouette of Sakura branches and the back of the charm reads a custom Kangi inscription.

Tea and desserts from the Blue Duck Bakery and a game of croquet to complete the New England charm. Antique jewelry, including deco aquamarine settings and emerald cut cocktail rings decorated the fingers and wrists of the bride and her maid of honor as they sipped tea and played croquet on the lawn. The mid 19th. century British tea set and place settings are family heirlooms. We loved the buttery yellow palate with touches of gold in the rope trimming.

The evening ended with a sunset on the beach. Branching, asymmetrical jewelry blended reflected the organic, simple setting of reeds by the water. On the beach the bride wears a coral inspired sterling necklace and the by the lake she has on a sea inspired cuff, drop earrings patterned from branching coral and a glittering druzy agate cocktail ring.

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Photography: Frost Photography | Jewelry: KiraKira | Bouquets: Topiaire | Desserts: Blue Duck Bakery & Café | Stylist: Claudine at Caravan NYC | Models: Jessica Benson (bride) and Janai Devon (bridesmaid) | Bride’s Dress: Carmen Marc Valvo | Bridesmaid’s Dress: Jenny Yoo

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Hampton’s Wedding from Forged in the North

I may have to declare today Forged in the North day after swooning all morning over the gorgeous Hampton’s wedding they’ve shared with us! The intimate + romantic affair took place at a private residence in Sag Harbor and was crisply decorated with white linens and lots of candles. The adorable couple ended their best day ever by inviting their guests to the beach to light + send off wish lanterns! Be sure to see the rest of this beauty in the full gallery.

From the Bride…  Let me start by saying that wedding planning was a joy for my husband and I. We really enjoyed every moment which was, I am sure, due to the fact that we had an intimate affair of 85 guests. Every single person at our wedding was and is the most important people in our lives, and that made everything else easy. We were, of course, also thrilled to start our lives together and pretty much had the same vision in mind for the process- to enhance our lives together and not to stress out or add friction to our relationship over one night. When Roy and I started wedding planning, we quickly knew that we wanted our wedding to be different and reflect our relationship. As we started looking into venues, we toured a handful of catering halls, and immediately we just knew it wasn’t us. We desired an intimate yet sophisticated setting, customized to our personalities and we knew that would mean bringing everything in. This eventually led us to look at summer homes in the Hamptons- the perfect setting for our May wedding.

The house we rented was the perfect backdrop for us, the decor was minimal yet elegant, and there was a private beach down the road which is where we would host our ceremony. We were really taking a leap of faith because, while we would rent a tent, the entire ceremony and cocktail hour would be outdoors. The odds were in our favor because on that Spring day, the rain dried up, the clouds parted and we were blessed with the most perfect sunny, 80 degree day. As for decor, people would always ask us “What colors are you using?”, and we would say, “White with candles” which is all we wanted. In the natural, green setting of the backyard, with the deep blue pool in the middle, the fresh white linens, the draped tent and the white flowers added a clean, crisp touch. The candles also provided such a romantic feel, especially at nighttime as the sun went down and we danced in the dim lit tent.

The best part of the wedding was at the end of the night, when we recruited (and surprised) all of our guests by asking them to return to the beach where we said our nuptials and light wish lanterns. It was a sea of black (well past midnight at that point) and everyone held lanterns to lead the way. Then one by one we all watched our wish lanterns fly into the sky. It was a magical day which ended in a magical way.

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Wedding Photography: Forged in the North | Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue: Private Residence in Sag Harbor, New York | Wedding Planning: Oventz International Planning | Wedding Cinematography: Wellspun Weddings | Floral Design: D for Decor | Wedding Cake: Sweet Creations by Susie | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Groom’s Attire: Tommy Hilfiger | Hair: Beautiful Brides by Lauren | Makeup: Jacqueline Shepherd

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The Hamptons Backyard Wedding from Jennifer Rau Photography

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

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

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

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Long Island Wedding from Robert & Kathleen Photographers + Jubilee Events

This lovely bride literally fell head over heels for her sweet, sweet groom and the love story that followed was one that could produce a wedding so chic and beautiful it will never be forgotten. The two teamed up with Jubilee Events to create the romantic soiree and made the second most important decision of their wedding (first being the “She said yes!” moment) when they hired the talent that is Robert & Kathleen Photographers to capture their big day. Who just so happened to fill a gallery with hundreds of pretty moments – so enjoy!

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If you’re dying for a little more of this sweet, sweet soiree, grab the tissues and take a peek at Vintage Cinema’s view.

Our story began in Civil Procedure class during our first semester of law school when I literally fell head over heels for my future husband.  But, instead of sitting behind me laughing at the colossal klutz I had just proved myself to be, Ben quickly jumped out of his chair and picked me up.  And, well, he’s been picking me up and carrying me ever since. 

We always joke that we did things just a little backwards.  We started dating in 2008, moved in together in 2009, and by 2010 we were geographically separated and engaged.  Now, we are married and currently living across the world from one another due to my commitment with the Air Force.  So, in those moments when I turn over in my bed and wish he was here, I can relive this incredible wedding day where I made a promise for a lifetime thanks to these genius photos from Robert & Kathleen and video from Jim Altieri.  

Being a geographically separated couple, it was virtually impossible for us to plan a wedding without help.  Enter the amazing talents of Diana from Jubilee Events.  She quickly signed up for the difficult job of being our eyes and ears and developed a plan to reflect us—a New York couple who met by way of Arizona via Colorado and Virginia now living on two separate continents.  She introduced us to some seriously incredible vendors, including the gorgeously skilled Nichole of Coral Pheasant, who created our wedding paper.  We had the idea of naming our tables after places in the world that meant something to both of us and telling our story on each table card, so our friends and family could get to know us better.  Nichole did an incredible job of bringing these stories to life.

One vendor we knew we had to incorporate was the chocolatiers of Lilly’s Homemade Chocolate in Tremont, OH, who we met while we lived in Cleveland.  Ben and I spent many weekends in this underrated city sipping our favorite drinks, mine a French 77 and Ben’s an Old Fashioned, while devouring Lilly’s mouthwatering chocolate confections.   So, we elicited the help of Lilly’s to create epically delicious treats inspired by both signature drinks for all of our guests to enjoy. 

Probably one of the most important touches of our wedding involved the handiwork of Ben’s step-father, who handcrafted the base for our cake and our escort card holder out of reclaimed wood from a 200 year old barn on his parents’ property.  It was a gorgeous, rustic touch all the way from upstate New York, where Ben was born and raised.  Also, Ben’s mom provided my something old and borrowed—an incredible vintage necklace from the 1800s given as a wedding gift to Ben’s great-grandmother, and she handmade all of the fascinators my bridesmaids and I wore.

Additionally, some of our photos were taken in places I fondly remember from my childhood.  My family is an avid supporter of the local fire department.  My father, uncle, and brother are all members, totaling over 75 years of service, so my family knew it would be the best place to welcome Ben to our family, and he spent his morning before the wedding with his groomsmen and parents at the local department, while my bridesmaids and I spent our time just down the road in my childhood home.     

In the end, Ben and I wanted to make sure we never lost sight of the purpose of this day.  So five months before our wedding, on Christmas Day, instead of exchanging presents, we exchanged our wedding vows.  We were preparing a traditional Catholic ceremony, including traditional vows, but we wanted to make sure to also personalize our messages to each other.  Also being a traditional couple, we decided not to see each other before the ceremony.  So we wanted to make our personal promises to each other in private, and before we embarked on this incredible journey together.  We decided on Christmas, and in the quiet of our little home, we read our vows out loud to each other.  We displayed them at our reception, as a reminder of the promises we made to each other months before.  And, I’ve carried those same vows across the world, even if I couldn’t carry him with me.

Photographer: Robert & Kathleen Photographers / Videography: Vintage Cinema / Wedding Gown: Kenneth Pool / Bridal Salon: Kleinfeld Bridal /Bridesmaid’s Dresses: JLM Occasions / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Hair: Diane Cuomo / Hair Pieces: Handmade by the Groom’s mother / Make-up: Andrea Gamble from Lola Loves Makeup / Event Planning & Design: Diana Chouinard from Jubilee Events / Flowers: Rountree Flowers / Paper: Coral Pheasant / Ceremony Location: St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Syosset, New York / Reception Location: Fox Hollow / Linens: La Tavola / Band: The Elements

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