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A Hampton Wedding that Will Most Definitely Put You in a Summer State of Mind

Four years ago this month I was preparing for my own Big Day—just one month out. A summer-lover at heart, a July wedding was always in the cards for me and one by the ocean, of course. Today’s nautical Montauk fete from Brklyn View Photography is taking me back big time with it’s seaside views and east coast vibes. I don’t doubt it’ll get you in the summer state of mind too!

From Brklyn View Photography… Fall is one of my favorite seasons in New York. I love when the weather gets a bit cooler, the leaves start to change, and it’s the perfect time of year for a wedding. Margaret and Phil love Montauk. They spend many Summer’s together growing their relationship out in the Hamptons so it was the only place to have their wedding. The held their wedding ceremony and reception at the stunning Gurneys Star Island Resort.

The bride wore a stunning wedding gown from Pronovias and her grandmother’s wedding ring in her honor. Her bridesmaids wore blush peach dresses and held delicate bouquets from AvaFloral. Margaret’s all white wedding bouquet is one of my favorites ever! So simple and so stunning. The groom wore a light blue suit and his best men were a mix of the bride’s brother and his childhood best friend. Margaret and Phil had their wedding ceremony outside in front of the cottages with the lake view at Gurneys Star Island Resort. The stood under the beautiful floral arch that framed the couple perfectly.

As the couple exchanged their vows and became husband and wife, everyone was overcome with emotion and celebrated the newlyweds as they walked down the aisle arm and arm. The Farmhouse Ballroom was decorated with white and pops of greenery. Margaret and Phil love to dance and A Sterling Band kept the dance floor packed the entire reception. It was such an honor to be with Margaret and Phil on their wedding day and I can’t wait to see what life has in store for this amazing, sweet, and lovable couple!

Photography: Brklyn View Photography | Floral Design: AvaFlora | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Wedding Cake: Montauk Bake Shoppe | Invitations: Pixie Chicago | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Hair & Makeup: Cherise Loren Beauty | Groom's Attire: My Suit | Wedding Venue: Gurney's Newport | Wedding Band: Sterling Band

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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

We Have the Secret To the Perfect Garden Wedding

If you dream of a wedding filled with cherry blossoms, daffodils, forsythia and hydrangea, you’re definitely not alone. The question is – where exactly to host this bloom-filled wedding, and when? We’ll let you in on a little secret. Before the Montauk summer crowd gets crazy, May and June are the perfect months for that garden party you’ve always wanted. And Solé East Resort is the perfect locale to host.

If we’re being honest, outdoor weddings are some of our favorite ways to say “I do.” We’re always down for a ceremony smack dab in the middle of a garden paradise, followed by a tented reception… or an al fresco celebration under the starry night sky. Which is just one of the many reasons we love Solé East Resort – not to mention their gorgeous manicured lawns, amazing Backyard Restaurant and fabulous pool, complete with St. Tropez lounge beds. And when you book your Big Day during those breathtaking spring months, you’ll even get pre-season room rates for your guests. That’s a win-win in our book.

If you’re ready to take the plunge and say “I do” amongst the beautiful gardens at Solé East Resort, call 631.668.2105 or email info@soleeast now to start planning your dream day. And don’t forget to ask about the Spring 2018 Wedding Discounts for available May and June dates.

Venue : Sole East Resort | Mark Kopko Photography: Mark Kopko Photography

You’ll Love the Surprise at This Montauk Wedding

This couple wanted their Hamptons wedding to feature a “JDM” – a jaw-dropping moment their guests (many of whom travelled to New York from the UK to celebrate) would never forget. With the help of their Ever Swoon Weddings & Events, they landed on the idea of having a confetti blower unexpectedly shower guests during the reception’s dance party led by Hank Lane Music. The surprise was wildly successful, and their beautiful beach chic wedding is one that will not be forgotten. Lucky for us, BETSI EWING STUDIO captured the “JDM”, so don’t forget to press play below after seeing the gorgeous gallery.

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From the Bride… Montauk is such a special place to us – it is where we spend our summers and where we got engaged (at Gurney’s, to be exact). Only minutes after our engagement, we found ourselves sipping celebratory champagne at the outdoor bar watching them prepare for a wedding that evening. At that very moment, we knew Gurney’s was going to be our venue. With the picturesque ocean views, cotton candy skies at sunset, and modern yet beach inspired décor – there was no question.

My husband is from England, so we had many guests traveling from across the pond to celebrate with us, and we wanted to ensure they had the most amazing experience. One night was not enough, so we planned an entire wedding weekend. On Thursday, we started with our Rehearsal Dinner at The Surf Lodge’s private outdoor space with 50 of our closest friends and family. On Friday, we rented out The Sloppy Tuna and invited every wedding guest to join us for passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails accompanied by live music and corn hole!

For the big day, Saturday, we were married at St. Therese Church right in town, which was so convenient for guests as they could walk from their hotels (although we did organize roundtrip transportation for everyone regardless of where they were staying). Our cocktail hour was on the outdoor lower deck at Gurney’s with an over the top raw bar to fit the beach theme as well as many other delicious cuisines. And, you can’t forget our signature cocktail – champagne with an upside down popsicle, perfect for a warm summer day! Everyone LOVED it! For cocktail hour entertainment, we brought in a steel drum player to set the vacation mood and help our guests unwind. It was the perfect touch!

Finally, all guests were escorted to the main event, which took place underneath a grand marquis/tent overlooking the ocean. Our wedding location inspired my vision for our tent decor – I like to call it “beach chic”. I chose natural and neutral colors, driftwood accents, hints of metallic and mercury glass, and a touch of greenery. I wanted everyone to feel like they were outside even though we were under a tent! Our amazing florist brought this vision to life – our centerpieces were unexpected, like a piece of abstract art mimicking the unpredictable aspects of nature. Our flowers focused on ivory hydrangea and snapdragon, pale pink dahlias, and hints of green willows and eucalyptus. The head table was my favorite part – it featured a table runner made of driftwood filled with mismatched floral arrangements and endless candlelight and a wall of cascading greenery and flowers that hung behind the table providing the perfect backdrop for pictures.

I was also in love with our escort card display. I love a good boxwood wall, and our florist was able to recreate my vision exactly – two, six feet boxwood walls covered in the most perfect shade of green with pink and white roses affixed to the perimeter. The escort cards were pinned to satin ribbon which ran down the length of the display. It was a show stopper for sure! Since the flowers and escort card display had a rustic and natural feel, I wanted to balance out the tent to make sure it felt luxurious, so we brought in crystal chandeliers, fabric drapery for the ceilings and walls, as well as white-washed wood floors. It truly was the perfect combination of beach and chic.

Something that was very important to me was adding an element of surprise for our guests. My wedding planners and I discussed possibilities for a “JDM” (jaw dropping moment). Most of our ideas such as fireworks never came to fruition because of fire code or town regulations, but we didn’t stop there. Instead we rented two commercial confetti blowers that sat on either side of the stage where our band was. Just as the dance floor started to get crowded and one of our favorite songs played, the blowers went off, firing gold and silver confetti into the air. Everyone was blown away from the excitement! Since I couldn’t just stop at confetti, we took it one step further. Following the reception, everyone moved to the Regent Cocktail Club for our after party, for which we had a DJ. My husband and I made a grand entrance accompanied by a saxophone player who stayed for over an hour playing alongside the DJ. He was the life of the party, standing on chairs getting the crowd going. It was hands down one of the most memorable parts of the entire day and one that our guests still talk about!

So, those were all of the fancy and materialistic things we did – which, don’t get me wrong, were all amazing and made it such an unforgettable weekend. But, the most important part of it all was being able to look at my best friend and my now husband and think, “Wow! This is just the beginning!” It has been almost six months since our wedding day, and I must admit, every day gets better! My one piece of advice for all future rides is to not get caught up in the planning – things will go wrong and be stressful, but always remember you are marrying your best friend and nothing else matters!

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Photography: BETSI EWING STUDIO | Cinematography: BETSI EWING STUDIO | Event Planning: ever swoon | Floral Design: L'Atelier Rouge | Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo | Stationery: East Six | Ceremony Venue: St. Therese of Lisieux | Reception Venue: Gurney's Montauk Resort And Spa | Makeup: Cassandra Garcia | Hair: Joseph Maine | Lighting: Fushion | DJ: DJ Nicole | Groom's Attire: Baldwin Formals | Transportation: M & V Limo | After Party: Gurney's Montauk Resort And Spa | Music: Hank Lane Music | Photo Booth: Photomadic | Rehearsal Dinner: Surf Lodge | Rosé: Wolffer Estate Vineyard | Tent Rentals: The New York Tent Company | Welcome Dinner: The Sloppy Tuna

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Clean + Classic Nautical Wedding in the Hamptons

A day spent in the Hamptons is always a good idea. Especially when it involves a styled-to-the-nines wedding day photographed by Brklyn View Photography. Think soft and classic with a decidedly nautical vibe, not to mention the prettiest blush Weddington Way bridesmaid dresses you ever did see. Hop to the gallery for even more of this waterside love fest from start to finish.

On a perfect day in the Hamptons, Catherine and Rob were married at the Montauk Yacht Club in front of their closest family and friends. The stunning bride wore the most amazing modern elegant wedding dress from Vera Wang. The groom looked ever bit the part in his custom made tuxedo from Berel and Co. and Ferragamo velvet loafers.

Catherine and Rob have a wonderful sense of style and humor – they love to laugh and have a good time! The couple shared their first look at the Montauk Yacht Club before heading over the to the Montauk Lighthouse for epic portraits with sweeping views of the ocean. Rob gave Catherine a truly stunning wedding gift, a custom diamond necklace made with diamonds from his Mother’s wedding ring. Their ceremony took place outside on the great lawn at the Montauk Yacht Club just as the sun was beginning to set. It was an emotional, touching and joyous ceremony filled with so much love and laughter.

Guests were treated to a cocktail hour outside overlooking the bay before moving inside the Farm Ballroom for the stunning reception. Karen Lenahan Designs created a whimsical Hamptons retreat inside the ballroom with her use of greens and flowers. The Artie Stuart Band from Hank Lane Music brought the house down! Absolutely no one sat down the entire reception!

The newlyweds shared a first dance to Bruce Springsteen and danced the night away with everyone they love so much.

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Photography: Brklyn View Photography | Floral Design: Karen Lenahan Designs | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Invitations: Ginger P Designs | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Weddington Way | Hair + Makeup: The House Of Makeup | Lighting: Matt Murphy Event Lighting | Band: Hank Lane Music | Groom's Attire: Berel & Co. | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Montauk Point Light | Wedding Venue: Montauk Yacht Club | Bride Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Groom's Shoes: Ferregamo | Ring Box: The Mrs Box

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Beach Wedding Done Right

This is a beach wedding done right. The Bride and Groom both hold a strong affinity for the ocean, and they even got engaged while seaside! It only made sense for them to celebrate saying “I do” in Montauk, surrounded by their loved ones at their favorite location. From the place cards nestled in sand to the use of beachgrass as decor and driftwood as centerpieces and a ceremony arch, classic beach elements were used in a natural and organic way. The result is breathtaking, so don’t miss a single photo in this gallery by Levi Stolove Photography.

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From Levi Stolove PhotographyNicole grew up in Minnesota and Elliot in Long Island, but when the two met in Hong Kong while traveling for work, something was sparked. They were both living in New York City a year later when they met at a restaurant and realized they had found a true partner. Both of them feel a strong connection to the ocean, and when Elliot was ready to propose to Nicole, he chose a beautiful beach setting, so when it came time to plan their wedding, they felt it would be great to connect the engagement to the wedding by way of the landscape and environment. The beach vibe –both elegant and laid back – suited their personalities well. Most important to them was to have a fun and lively day connecting their families and friends together.

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Photography: Levi Stolove Photography | Event Planning: A-List Marketing LLC | Floral Design: A-List Marketing LLC | Reception Venue: Gurney's Montauk Resort And Spa | Lighting: The New York Tent Company | Band: Hank Lane Music | Linen Rentals: Party Rental LTD | Tent Rentals: The New York Tent Company

This Is How a Romantic, Nautical Wedding Is Done

From the navy, pink, and gray color palette and the Montauk Yacht Club venue to the bride’s lace, Monique Lhuillier gown and lush, rose bouquet crafted by AvaFlora, this wedding strikes just the right balance between nautical and romantic. When you’re done pinning each and every image by Brklyn View Photography, continue indulging in this wedding perfection, captured in the video by Betsi Ewing Studio.

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From Brklyn View PhotographyFrom the very first moment Jessica met John, she knew he was the one. They met at a small bistro in Brooklyn Heights and quickly became exclusive. During their courtship, they spent a lot of time in Montauk, so when John proposed, they knew they wanted to celebrate their marriage in their favorite place in New York. The couple chose the stunning Montauk Yacht Club Resort and Marina for their nautical chic inspired wedding.

Jessica wore the most delicate and detailed Monique Lhuillier wedding dress I have ever seen. The intricate layers of tulle, lace, and silk fit her like a glove. She wore cream colored, crystal encrusted Manolo Blahnik shoes and carried her grandmother’s beaded clutch for her something borrowed. The couple prayed for good weather, and the heaven’s did not disappoint. Crystal clear blue skies and bright sun shined throughout their wedding day, which was the picture perfect backdrop for their outside ceremony. Jessica was moved to tears while reciting her wedding vows and John looked on with pure happiness that he was becoming her husband.

All Who Wander Events coordinated and designed their wedding, creating a seamless flow between events. Ava Flora created stunning wedding flowers for the entire wedding party, ceremony space, and reception. After the ceremony, guests were treated to a sunset cocktail hour outside on the lawn overlooking the water before heading into the Farm Ballroom for the reception. The East Coast Band brought the house down! Every single person danced on the dance floor, and the Bride and Groom were having so much fun that they didn’t want the night to end! I’m so honored and delighted to have been part of Jessica and John’s wedding day. I knew from the moment we met, I wanted to be their wedding photographer, and I’m thrilled to call them friends. Congratulations!

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Photography: Brklyn View Photography | Cinematography: BETSI EWING STUDIO | Coordination: All Who Wander Event Design | Floral Design: AvaFlora | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Sugar Sugar Custom Cakes | Invitations: The Wedding Library | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Hair + Makeup: Face Time Beauty Concierge | Band: East Coast Band | Groom's Attire: Robbie's Suits NYC | Venue: Montauk Yacht Club | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Party Rental Ltd.

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We’ve Found the Perfect Locale for Your Wedding in Montauk

Sole East Resort is the type of locale where wedding day dreams just happen. Maybe that’s because this gorgeous boutique is one part total sophistication and one part laid-back elegance… or maybe it’s the breathtaking gardens or fabulous service. Our guess? It’s a sweet combo of all of the above. Scroll for a lesson in seaside pretty from one of our fave resorts in Montauk and be sure to ask about available discounts for remaining 2017 dates (hint: June 3rd is totally open).

Spring has officially sprung, and if you are planning on the tying the knot during the season of beautiful blooms, it doesn’t get much better than Sole East Resort. (Or anytime of year, really.) Located in the heart of the sleepy-beachy seaside capitol of the world, Sole East Resort is that understated, yet seriously luxurious locale that will take your nuptials to the next level with great service, breathtaking backdrops and fabulous food. Think yummy offerings at their Backyard Restaurant, close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean beaches and manicured gardens that will leave you in awe. In other words? It’s a full-service property will make that fairytale wedding you’ve always dreamed of an absolute reality. We promise.

Whether you are planning a small, intimate ceremony with just your nearest and dearest or want to celebrate with all of your friends and family, Sole East Resort can make it happen. Contact them today to schedule a tour of their spectacular grounds and start planning your sure-to-be gorgeous celebration. And don’t forget to ask them about available discounts for remaining October 2017 and May 2018 wedding dates. You’re going to love every moment of working with them.

Photography: Heather Waraksa | Reception Venue: Sole East Resort

Modern + Chic Al Fresco Hamptons Wedding

Just because you say “I do” seaside, doesn’t mean you need to fill your celebration with that classic nautical decor. With a love for all Montauk has to offer, this couple decided to amp up their oceanside wedding; with black and white stripes, gorgeous florals and a soft, stylish color palette, it’s beach chic perfection. James A. of Judy Pak Photography captured it all – see more in our Vault right this way!

From Judy Pak PhotographyWhat happens when two quasi-New Yorkers meet on a hot summer afternoon at The Surf Lodge, fall in love over delicious food and touring SoHo shops, and aspire for a ceremony that captures past, present, and future and pays homage to a shared love for the Hamptons? A summer wedding in Montauk.

Bride and groom, Risa and Doug, chose Gurney’s Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa for their wedding celebration. Surrounded by the pristine waters of the Atlantic and dramatic views of the dunes, Gurney’s pays homage to the classic style of old Montauk while infusing chic modern elements into every part of the hotel. Their love for the beach, for simplicity and elegance, made no concessions here.

Risa has a love for design and brought together all of the detailed elements to make her dream wedding come true: romantic bistro lights, black and white stripe napkins, glass beaded charger plates, a sprawling outdoor tent, flower arrangements with texture and depth, green moss, mercury glass, farm tables covered with candles, an overall feeling of “perfection.” Every last detail was captured by the talented James A. from Judy Pak Photography. James has an eye for detail and knows how to capture real moments authentically. They could not have achieved their wedding day aspirations without him.

Risa and Doug were married on the Forward Deck, overlooking the ocean underneath the most beautiful and chic lush green chuppah designed by Pola Rebisz from Rosehip Social, on a foggy yet romantic September afternoon. Their officiant, Cantor David S. Wisnia, has a remarkable life story: he was a holocaust survivor, a composer and also married Doug’s parents over 45 years ago. They were so honored to have him marry them given his history with Doug’s family. Their bridal party was large, 25 to be exact, but they couldn’t have imaged it any other way. Risa and Doug had their best friends and family walk down the aisle along with eight rowdy, but adorable children. From the laughs under the chuppah to the smiling faces of their guests, it was a moment they will never forget.

The cocktail hour was held outside the tent on the Spa’s rooftop deck overlooking the ocean. The cocktail hour was quite a spread and featured many of Risa and Doug’s favorite food: lobster tails, shrimp cocktail, oysters, sushi, pigs in a blanket and some of Risa’s favorite rose. A dinner of filet mignon with red wine and shallot butter sauce followed, lit by table candles and lanterns overflowing with flowers created by Pola and her team.

The reception was held under a canopy of bistro lights and featured one of New York’s most talented bands, Radio Underground, from Element Music. The dance floor was never empty and the band left everyone wanting more.

It was important that the day felt personal to them. They wanted to capture themselves, where they found each other, and where they hope they’re heading.

Risa and Doug’s wedding celebration ended up capturing them, expressing the pure joy of their love for one another and for their guests so effortlessly that the only thing they could do and wanted to do was get on the dance floor and enjoy each and every minute of it.

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Photography: Judy Pak Studio | Cinematography: Forged in the North | Wedding Coordinator: Peter Pizarro | Floral Design: Rosehip Social | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Invitations: A Fine Press | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: The Wedding Library | Makeup Artist: Kari Ellen Winik | Band: Element Music | Officiant: Cantor David Wisnia | Wedding Venue: Gurney's Montauk Resort And Spa

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The Perfect Spot for that Quintessential Montauk Garden Wedding

Sure, wedding planning can be a tad bit stressful, but finding that perfect Montauk venue? Not as difficult as you think. With Sole East Resort, saying “I do” in sophisticated + laid-back style is as simple as relaxing poolside in their St. Tropez lounge beds… easy. From their manicured gardens to their amazing service, this is quintessential Montauk to a tee. Scroll to plan that fairytale wedding.

Saying “I do” in a glam day that is equal parts luxurious AND relaxing isn’t always easy, but Sole East Resort manages to make it all happen… and beautifully. Think an understated, yet totally elegant garden party meets that laid-back Montauk vibe and you are on the right track. Not to mention the completely tasty cuisine at their Backyard Restaurant and the proximity to those world-famous Atlantic Ocean beaches. It’s a full-service property basically meant for a weekend retreat with your nearest and dearest. Just ask bride, Alison. “We had a vision of the setting, mood, ambiance and wanted to find the right venue where we could create the setting… Sole East was the perfect destination for our dream wedding.”

Ready to begin that journey to an authentic celebration rich in FUN and crazy beautiful details? Contact the amazing staff at Sole East Resort TODAY to start planning.

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Sole East Resort is offering a 50% discount off catering rental fees for booking available 2017 Spring & Fall wedding dates, along with a complimentary wedding night stay in a Garden Cabana Suite for the Newlyweds! Call now, friends.

Photography: Jay Ackerman | Photography: Matthew Burke | Event Design: Ali Reeve Design | Floral Design: Mimosa Floral Design Studio | Wedding Dress: Mark Zunino | Lighting: Matt Murphy Event Lighting | Tent: The New York Tent Company | Ceremony & Reception: Sole East Resort | Day of Wedding Planners: Duke + Van Deusen | Paper & Calligraphy: Overdressed Paperie | Rentals: Party Rental LTD

Brighten Your Day With This Colorful Boho Wedding

The holidays have come and gone and all our red and green decor is packed away. The post-holiday blues may be creeping in, and the only solution I know of is lots of bright colors and sweet love stories. So that’s exactly what we’re delivering today. This boho beauty is full of pink petalsfloral crowns included thanks to Crowns By Christy – and seaside sights that are giving us the breath of fresh air we’re all craving. Betsi Ewing captured all the beautiful hues – see every bit in our Vault gallery right this way!

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From Betsi EwingRachel and Donny knew their big day would be best celebrated on the water – they both grew up on Long Island fishing, beaching, boating and surfing. So when The Surf Lodge in bohemian cool Montauk became available for their September date, they jumped right in! A warm, late summer breeze blew through the entire gorgeous event, and Rachel chose bright turquoise and muted gold accessories with loads of garden roses, bushing bride, ferns and monstera leaf to punctuate the laid back Cali retro style of the venue. “It was the perfect place for us and the best night of our lives” Rachel says. “It really represented us.”

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Photography: BETSI EWING STUDIO | Coordination: Bloombar | Floral Design: Bloombar | Wedding Dress: Leanne Marshall | Cake: Sugar Lane Cake Shop | Invitations: tied & two | Bride's Shoes: Schutz | Jewelry: Avigail Adam | Bridesmaids' Dresses: The Jet Set Diaries | Catering : Surf Lodge | Hair + Makeup: Face Time Beauty Concierge | DJ: 74 Events | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Groomsmen's Attire: J.Crew | Wedding Venue: Surf Lodge | Flower Crown: Crowns By Christy | Photo Booth: Shake & Share Media | Veil: Kleinfeld Bridal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From Miami Nightclub to Montauk Summer Wedding Magic

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

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

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

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Beautiful Weddings at Solé East

Solé East has played host to some of our all-time favorite weddings, so dedicating an entire day to this sweet Long Island venue is, well… sort of a no-brainer.  From its fabulous proximity to the beach to the ah-mazing wedding weekend options to the luxurious rooms that will leave all of your guest talking, Solé East is a Montauk paradise simply made for marrying.  Take a look.

Picture a dreamy ceremony in a manicured garden, a stunning tented reception under the stars and an after party complete with non-stop dancing and you’ll land squarely on your Big Day celebration at Solé East, a place that knows all there is to know about hosting a breathtaking wedding.  I’m talking customizable menus featuring fresh, local and seasonal cuisine, transportation to and from the hotel to the Hampton Jitney + the LIRR stops AND a complimentary stay in a Garden Suite the night of the wedding. It’s basically everything you’ve ever wanted, all set against the modern loveliness that is Solé East.  We love.

Newly renovated and seriously chic, Solé East doesn’t just know how to host your Big Day, they’ll make sure you and your guests are comfortable, as well.  From your weekend of non-stop relaxation at their fabulous pool (read: oversized pool mattresses) to their hip, full-service restaurant and lounge (The Backyard) to hammocks dotting the lush lawns.  Not to mention the climate-controlled rooms with pillow-top mattresses and Italian cotton linens.  That’s just awesome.

Contact Solé East today to begin planning that wedding of your dreams, loves. We can’t wait to see.

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The stars were indeed aligned for Lisa’s and Marlon’s big day (and we’re not just talking about those constellation earrings). For when the founder of Lulu Frost married her longtime love in a contemporary ceremony with Trent Bailey Studio behind the lens, we knew it’d be a day to remember. Complete with heirloom jewelry, a custom convertible gown, and unprecedented levels of chicness, we’ve got it all in The Vault. Psssst: Enter to win $500 to shop Lulu Frost jewelry for your own Big Day below!

SMP: Tell us about your favorite moments from the wedding day

LISA:  I have so many favorite wedding day moments, but some of the highlights include getting ready with my hilarious bridesmaids, one of whom is the uber-talented right-hand makeup artist of Bobbi Brown, Miss Cassandra Garcia. Another favorite memory was when our (Marlon and my) sweet nephews William and Beau approached us during the wedding ceremony clutching a precious Japanese wooden box given to us by dear friends from Tokyo containing two handmade teacups for married couples. We placed our wedding rings in each of the cups and the little boys brought us the rings in the most serious yet adorable manner. As William said later in his tiny voice, “Uncle Marlon, I was not going to mess up!”

A moment that took my breath away happened just as our dear friend and writer Lesley M.M. Blume was marrying us. All of a sudden, as we were exchanging vows, the Montauk sun came out brilliantly from behind grey scattered clouds and lit up the wall of strung marigolds that were swaying behind us in the breeze, hand crafted by florist extraordinaire Tess Casey of Aisling Flowers, against the Atlantic Ocean as a backdrop. Guests later told me that the marigolds literally looked like they were on fire, and it felt to me as if the Universe was blessing our marriage with stunning beauty.

Our reception was full of hysterical speeches and amazing dancing, but without a doubt my favorite moment was when I looked in amazement around the packed dance floor to observe a trio of unforgettable moments – my Jewish uncles doing the Hora, Marlon and his buddies in a rap circle with our friend/dancer/actor AdeChike Torbert on the mic, and in the far corner of the dance floor an epic Voguing battle going on between several star Broadway actors. I don’t think that particular trifecta of dancefloor activities will soon be repeated, and I loved every minute of the unique mix of people that Marlon and I brought together.

SMP: We’d love to hear about your dress, hair/makeup look and of course, jewelry!

LISA: My dress, how I love thee! I was fortunate to work with the talented team at Romona Keveza to create the most wonderful convertible dress that I wore in three ways throughout my wedding. The dress as a whole was perfect in its utter simplicity, with nary a bead or bit of lace. The triple-faced silk dress was perfect in its artistic shape and structure and let me be the star of the show. I walked down the aisle in the sheath dress with detachable sleeves that elongated my silhouette and gave me a feeling of elegance and grace. For the cocktail hour and first dance, I removed the sleeves and added a fabulous horse-hair and tulle voluminous and sculptural skirt which added a ton of great drama to the first dance. Finally, for the reception I removed the overskirt and danced the night away in the formfitting sheath which had a wonderful asymmetrical back detail. During all this heavy dancing, what seemed like a large goblet of red wine was actually spilled on the dress, but my friends came to the rescue and assured me it didn’t matter – I was planning to dye the dress after the wedding anyway to a deep navy to get more wear, so the wine gave me a head start! The spill just showed me how the wedding is all about your attitude and the fun you’re having, not the perfection of each and every moment.

As for the hair and makeup, I went for a cool classic look that best accentuated my natural beauty. Makeup genius Cassandra Garcia created a gorgeous wide-eye for me with liner and shadow and individual lash inserts for a bit of glamour. My friend and talented hair stylist Allen Thomas Wood of Bumble & Bumble worked with my platinum short crop of hair, courtesy of the brilliant Rita Hazan, affixing a stunning clutch of fresh magnolias into my locks. The magnolia flower is one of my favorite scents, so my floral genius Tess Casey lovingly wove them into a comb that looked and smelled amazing all evening.

Onto the all-important jewelry of course – one of the most crucial elements! I opted to wear my grandmother Elizabeth Frost’s pearl and diamond studs to bring a touch of light to my face, and in each of my second holes I wore studs from our newest fine jewelry collection, based on constellation signs. I wore my star sign, Scorpio, in my right ear, and Marlon’s sign, Cancer, in my right to symbolize our union in the universe, not just on this earth. Each earring is crafted from 10 carat gold and the constellation stars are represented by tiny diamonds – one of the most meaningful pieces of jewelry I’ve ever created.

SMP: Any advice you’d pass on to other Brides-to-be?

LISA: My advice to other brides-to-be is to do your very best to make the process of wedding planning fun, whatever that means to you individually. There are many stresses that go into creating such a special day, but it comes and goes so quickly so taking your time to savor the special moments is crucial. My approach to this conundrum was to make the whole six months leading up to the wedding feel like a part of the special day. I relished planning the tablescapes, going to fittings with my mom and sister, working on flowers with Tess and hand-painting escort cards on pieces of driftwood for my guests. I even taught myself calligraphy over about a week and hand-inked all of my invitations. This was such a fun learning process for me.

Of course if you’re not the hands-on-type bride, that’s great too, just remember to slow down and enjoy the process. So in the words of my very wise mother, my real advice is: Just Breathe. Other people I’d like to call out: Happy Menocal who made my amazing custom invitations, crest with Marlon and my initials and menus. And of course Trent Bailey for his amazing photography!

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Photography: Trent Bailey Studio | Photography: Romona Keveza | Floral Design: Aisling Flowers | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Stationery: Happy Menocal | Shoes: Sophia Webster | Jewelry: Lulu Frost | Makeup: Cassandra Garcia | Hair: Allen Thomas Wood | Groom's Attire: Lanvin | Wedding Venue: Gurney's Resort & Spa | Rentals: Rent Patina

Nautical Inspired Montauk Yacht Club Wedding

What do you get when you take a nautical themed wedding and add in stunning Ceci New York stationery, gorge Twobirds Bridesmaid gowns, and a heavy dose of glamour? I’ll tell you – Lauren & Danny’s perfect day. With Images Life Media filming every moment of merriment, this is certainly one celebration worth sharing and thanks to captures by 4 Eyes Photography it’s all in THE VAULT!

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From the Bride…Daniel and I met four summers ago through mutual friends in Montauk, New York. We began spending time at all the local venues, such as Surf Lodge, Rushmeyer’s, and Navy Beach. His charismatic charm and sarcastic humor immediately drew me to him. Being that we both lived in Manhattan, our romance began to florish through the Fall. I woke up two years later to a surprise note on my nightstand saying to “pack a bag, we were going on a special trip”. We jumped in the car and ended up at Wolffer Vineyard in BridgeHampton, New York . After a little wine tasting, Daniel asked me to go for a walk in the Vineyard…I turned around to see him on one knee asking me to marry him, and to my surprise a photographer hidden in the bushes!! We spent the rest of the romantic weekend at Topping Rose House in Bridgehamtpon Daniel and I immediately knew the Wedding had to be in Montauk, where we had spent the past three summers together. The next day we toured the Montauk Yacht Club, where my family had spent many summers boating. The wedding was immediately booked that day and the fun planning began!!!

Even though Daniel and I met in Montauk during the Summer time, the Fall has always been our favorite season. Pumpkins, fall leaves, drinking warm apple cider in front of a fire will always feel like home to us. Driving out to Montauk on Route 27 and passing farm stands were the inspiration behind their wedding. We looked for deep burnt orange, grays, pewter and copper. Dusty millers and succulents, gilded copper pumpkins, burnt orange calla lilies and dalhias all helped pull together the warm feel of the Fall out East. Daniel and I loved the cozy feel of candles and used white lanterns to bring in a nautical Montauk feel.

As they guests walked into the Ceremony, they were greeted by cartoon illustrations of our bridal party, including our Maltese puppy, Dolce. Small pins were set on a table, saying “Team Bride” and “Team Groom” for guests to wear as funny conversation starters. Personalized Mad libs were on each chair for guests to fill out as they waiting for the Bridal party to walk down the aisle. Satin and lace wands with small bells were also handed out for guests to wave as we walked back down the aisle as husband and wife.

The sun shinned throughout our special day and we wanted a sunset cocktail hour. Baskets were filled with ivory and charcoal gray pashmina’s to help keep the ladies warm. Soft blankets were laid on each of the couches outside for guests to wrap around them as they sipped on pumpkin spiced martini’s mixed by the Yacht Club’s Mixologist.

After we were announced as “Mr. and Mrs.” we immediately went into our first dance, “Running on Faith” by Eric Clapton. Although the more upbeat sounds by our DJ and guests waving their “Lauren and Daniel” glow sticks were memorable, we are most fond of our moment dancing for the first time as husband and wife. Speeches made by the two Matrons of Honor and the Groom’s Best Man, brought tears to both of our eyes and reminded us of how lucky we were to be surrounded by so much love and support from family and friends.

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Photography: 4Eyes Photography | Cinematography: ImagesWeddings | Event Design: L. Marie Events | Event Planning: L. Marie Events | Floral Design: Flowers By Beth | Cake: Mark + Colette Evans | Stationery: Ceci New York | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Jewelry: Raineri Jewelers | Bridesmaids' Dresses: twobirds Bridesmaid | Makeup: Bridget Lembo | Hair Stylist: Elle Kinney | Officiant: Louis Olivieri | Harpist: Janet King | Wedding Venue: Montauk Yacht Club | Groom + Groomsmen's Attire: Alton Lane | Groom's Cake: The Sweet Peace | Groom's Tie: Tom Ford | Large Wedding Sign & Table Blocks: Sweet Carolina Collective | Reception Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. | Signage + Escort Cards: Marrygrams | Singer: I'll Be Frank | Veil: Suzanne Neville | Veil: Sara Gabriel | Venues: Wolffer Estate Winery

Glamorous + Sophisticated Seaside Montauk Wedding

This, my darling Brides-to-be, is how you throw a fabulously chic beach wedding. Rather than choose the “expected and boring” nautical theme, this chic couple decided to make their wedding about the venue’s natural beauty “using tans, light water colors, beach woods, and pearlescent accents throughout the wedding.” See all the pretty from Ever SwoonTwo Of A Kind Rentals and Shannen Natasha in THE VAULT!

From The Bride…When Josh and I got engaged during the summer of 2014, we didn’t know where to begin with planning. Since we grew up in too very different areas (Josh is from Louisiana and I’m from Connecticut), we thought New York City would be the perfect middle ground for our wedding.

But after lots of searching, it become clear to us that the city lacked something we really wanted on our big day–which was an atmospheric outdoor setting.

At the suggestion of my father, we visited Gurney’s Inn in late September on a beautiful end-of-summer day, and we were instantly hooked. The resort had gorgeous sweeping views of the Atlantic from its decks, making it the perfect setting for our wedding.

Once we locked in our date, we instantly knew what we didn’t want our theme to be. Despite being by the beach, we refused to have a nautical theme—it felt way too expected and boring! Instead, with the help of my brother, we decided to make our wedding theme more about the natural beauty of the beach, using tans, light water colors, beach woods, and pearlescent accents throughout the wedding.

Selecting Gurney’s was a bit of a gamble since the resort was due for renovations with no guarantee of them being completed by our wedding day. In the end, the changes to the resort totally exceeded our expectations, the new Gurney’s felt fresh, modern, and like a whole new resort.

The day of turned out to be a gorgeous early summer day, allowing us to take advantage of all of the resort’s outdoor areas. We took our pictures in the maze of decks across the property, we had our ceremony on the tented upper deck over looking the beach, cocktail hour outside, and a beach bonfire after the reception.

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Elegant Montauk Wedding

It doesn’t get much better than a “modern coastal meets English garden” soiree, but add in a breathtaking bride and groom who know a thing or two about fashion (custom gown, anyone?) and it’s an entirely new level of awesome. Think crisp navy blue hues, a beautiful seaside ceremony and one fab moment after another captured by Betsi Ewing Photography.  Fall in love right here.

  

From the beautiful Bride… Mike and I couldn’t think of a better place to get married, than on the beach near my family home in Amagansett. There weren’t too many locations that provided both a picturesque ceremony setting along with an elegant reception area quite like Gurney’s Montauk Resort. The venue has an atmosphere of casual elegance that was perfect for our late afternoon nuptials. For our wedding, we really tried to do a mix of high end and DIY, splurging on crucial components like the band and venue, but doing a lot of the decor elements ourselves, which created a day that was both perfect and personal.

I didn’t start off with a specific wedding scheme in mind, but the whole affair took on an English garden meets modern coastal theme. Drawing my inspiration from the landscape of Montauk in early fall; I started off with a classic navy blue and white color palette and then layered accents of lavender, cream and spring green. For the groomsmen, we went for a crisp cotton navy suit, adding a touch of whimsy with floral chambray ties and pocket squares. For the bridesmaids, I decided on asymmetrical cream silk dresses, with a dainty floral pattern.

I knew I wanted to complement our beach surroundings when creating my own wedding gown. I designed a dress with a blush colored silk sweetheart bodice, fully covered in a modern pattern of Swarovski crystals, which caught the sunlight when I moved. The skirt was pleated silk mousseline with a detachable chapel train, that created a sense of drama when blowing in the wind on the beach. Mike likes good style as much as I do, so he went for a custom navy suit made by Martin Greenfield in Brooklyn and accessorized his look with a bowtie, suspenders and a pocket round from Alexander Olch.

The wedding day arrived bright and sunny but quickly turned overcast. Instead of putting a damper on things, the gray skies made the greenery and ocean more vivid and cast a stunning light for our pictures. We spent the early afternoon with our wedding party gallivanting around Montauk, taking pictures in areas that really highlighted the surrounding natural beauty. We started at the beach near our venue, then made our way to the lighthouse at the tip of Montauk, and then finished at this great dock in the national park. Betsi Ewing, our photographer, and her associate were absolutely amazing, wrangling our boisterous friends, making everyone feel at ease, and capturing some of the most beautiful photos I’ve ever seen!

Our misty day quickly turned to full on rain just as the ceremony started. But as a true testament to our friends and family, they stayed on the beach creating a canopy of umbrellas, parasols and beach blankets, to the opening strains of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong singing “Dream a Little Dream of Me”. The rain lent a storybook quality to the early evening, as my dad officiated a ceremony full of stories of our lives, inspired readings, and personal vows. By the time we jumped the broom, the rain was really coming down and everyone quickly ran inside to our tented cocktail hour full of sushi and signature cocktails. I couldn’t be more appreciative of our wedding coordinator Ginny Davis and the Gurney’s staff as they not only kept our special evening running smoothly but stood outside in the pouring rain holding umbrellas over our guests so they could walk from the cocktail hour into the ballroom for our reception.

For the reception, I wanted everything to feel light and romantic, so I played with contrasting textures in neutral shades. Mike’s sister made all of the table numbers by painting on acrylic sheets, a hard modern element, which contrasted nicely with the menus she individually watercolored in a soft blue. Anastasia, at Sag Harbor florist used seasonal florals including astilbe, white clematis, white and pale pink garden roses and an abundance of greenery to create beautiful table arrangements in tall and short clear glass vases giving the illusion that the flowers were floating above the table. Finally, we added a metallic touch with silver mercury glass tea lights and rose gold sequined tablecloths on the sweetheart and card table.

With all the decorations in place, we danced the night away to Motown’s greatest hits, dined on a delicious asian inspired menu and finished it all off with champagne cake filled with fresh strawberries topped with our initials in sparklers. We couldn’t have imagined a better way to celebrate our marriage then to be surrounded by our closest friends and family. It’s a day we will never forget.

Photography: BETSI EWING STUDIO | Floral Design: Sag Harbor Florist | Invitations: Lucky Penny Paperie | Bride's Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Zimmermann | Band: Hank Lane Music | Grooms Attire: Martin Greenfield | Groomsmen's Attire: Bonobos | Wedding Venue: Gurney's Montauk Resort And Spa | Bride's Hair Piece : Twigs & Honey | Bridesmaids' Button Downs: Ralph Lauren | Groom's Accessories: Alexander Olch | Party Sunglasses: Knockaround | Photography - Assistance: Weddings By Averie

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