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Bachelorette Party in The Hamptons from Amy Rizzuto Photography

Bachelorette parties are the best, don’t you think?  I mean, really, who doesn’t love spending an entire day/weekend bonding with the besties?  Hands down, one of the most amazing memories you’ll ever make.  And this darling bride-to-be?  Well, she most certainly knows how to throw a party.  With the help of Picture This Plan That, her dream of an intimate seaside fête in The Hamptons became an absolute (and totally adorable) reality.  It’s a cozy celebration chock-full of sweetness, all captured in pretty, pretty images by Amy Rizzuto Photography.  See them all here.

From the Bride… Mason jars filled with soft wheat grass, pretty porcelain plates decorated with blue trim, cream cloth napkins clasped together with tiny white seashells, overly-loved book pages and a lace tablecloth laid delicately on the sand — these are just a few of the details that made up my bachelorette party in the Hamptons!

As a bride, I knew I wanted every detail of my wedding process to be unique! Through spending the last few summers in the Hamptons, I completely fell in love with the relaxed and laid-back feeling I have when I am there. I can’t imagine anything more perfect than soaking up the sun on the beach, reading a great book and hanging out with my favorite girlfriends. This is the experience I wanted to give my bridesmaids! I invited them up to stay with me at Gurney’s Inn in Montauk, New York, for the weekend. As the sun set over the horizon, we shared cocktails, a “cake pop” cake, and plenty of laughs, all to set to the gentle sound of the crashing waves behind us. I used our favorite old love stories to decorate the delicate lace tablecloth, along with a garland of worn sea wood and mason jars filled with simple, cream-colored flowers. Tiny scrolls with each girl’s name in loopy script acted as adorable DIY place cards that perfectly fit the theme!  I can’t imagine a more perfect way to celebrate my bachelorette party, and I know I will treasure these memories with my girlfriends forever!

Photography: Amy Rizzuto Photography / Party Venue: Gurney’s Inn in Montauk, New York / Event Design + Planning: Picture This Plan That / Floral Design: Wittendale’s Florist / Cake: Nadine Holewski Designs / Invitations: DIY by the Bride / Bride’s Dress: Urban Outfitters

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Navy Beach Restaurant Wedding by Minnow Park LLC

Boasting pretty maids in cardigans, hand-tied bouquets and the loveliest of oceanside views, this darling Montauk affair is ALL ABOUT adding a big ol’ dose of sweetness to our Monday morning – and we are head over heels for every last second captured by Minnow Park LLC.  Yep, the elegant meets laid back vibe, DIY touches and uber-adorable bride and groom have us smiling from ear to ear… and with an entire gallery filled to the brim with pretty, trust us, you will be, too.  Click here for more.

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From the Bride… My husband and I were married on the shore of Fort Pond Bay in Montauk, New York. He grew up in nearby Southampton, and I fell in love with Long Island on weekend trips we took whenever we could steal some time away. By the time the wedding rolled around, we had moved from New York to California, so we decided to spend the week before the wedding in Montauk instead of taking a honeymoon. It was perfect.

After wonderful weather for a rehearsal dinner of lobster rolls and s’mores around fire pits on Friday, we woke to heavy weather on Saturday. An hour before the ceremony the last rain fell and the sky broke into something incredible. We wanted a wedding with a beautiful backdrop where our promise could take center stage, and Navy Beach Restaurant delivered. Spanish guitar led the way for a ceremony full of close friends on the shore of the bay. Inside, we decorated the party with a few details, from countless paper crabs punched by my mother-in-law to pirate and sailor hats for the guests. Our fathers wore boutonnieres I made from felt and anchor buttons, and my husband made the origami boats used as table numbers. Only the girls had flowers, which we picked up at a local shop and tied just before the ceremony. The food — fried chicken and truffle mac and cheese — stole the show. We followed up with cupcakes and danced the night away. I’ve never had so much fun or felt so much love. We feel so lucky to have these memories (and these photos!).

Wedding Photography: Minnow Park LLC / Wedding Venue: Navy Beach Restaurant in Montauk, New York / Flowers: Purchased from East Hampton Florist + Arranged by the Bridal Party / Spanish Guitar: Jonathan Fritz / Wedding Invitations: Designed by the Bride & Groom + Printed by Culture Lite Printing (415-362-3893) / Bride’s Dress: Bloomingdale’s / Shoes: Bandolino / Jewelry + Pins: Heirlooms / Groom’s Suit: Macy’s

Montauk Yacht Club Wedding by E. Leigh Photography

We owe Erin of E. Leigh Photography a big huge THANK YOU for sending us this little number. It is about as perfect as you can get. An intimate beach side reception at Montauk Yacht Club full of breath-taking water views, a cake by Kathy Burton that is almost too cute to eat and loads of other fabulous details that only a gorgeous East Coast wedding can offer up. So kick up your heels and stay awhile because there is even more of this pretty day in the gallery!

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From E. Leigh PhotographyAfter an intimate NYC City Hall Wedding a year ago, Greg and Yolande were finally able to gather their far-flung relatives in one place for a chic, beach side reception at the Montauk Yacht Club. The ocean and the sun were the inspiration for their coral and turquoise color scheme that was reflected in the flowers, table designs and a scrumptious dessert table. The all white reception space at the Yacht Club really shined with these effortlessly chic designs. Because the ceremony was long over, guests were able to enjoy one another’s company during a small tea ceremony, dinner and dancing. Guests traveled from as far as Hong Kong and Minnesota for the occasion.

Honoring Greg and Yolande’s travels, each table was named after a city where they had lived, or spent time and each was graced with a cigar box containing a small Kodak video camera, pens and note to guests to “Capture the Moment”. Place cards and escort cards made from maps further complimented the travel theme. The dessert table echoed the wedding colors with piles of candy in either coral or turquoise.

Wedding Photography: E. Leigh Photography / Floral Design: Karen Lenahan Designs / Wedding Cake: Kathy Burton / Menus + Escort Cards: 0namesleft / Reception Location: Montauk Yacht Club / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Wedding Dress: Ann Taylor / Groom’s Blazer: Ralph Lauren / Candy: Candy Warehouse / Table Cards: DIY

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Montauk Wedding by Karen Wise Photography

This super darling Montauk wedding by Karen Wise Photography has me craving sweet, summer days by the shoreline like you would not believe. The casual yet elegant vibe of this affair is just what I love about summertime weddings. Not to mention, the bride’s dress could not be more adorable. It just could not be. I do believe my Monday morning will be spent  soaking up all of this sweet summer soiree in the full gallery, and I bet I am not alone on this one.

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From the Bride… Joe and I met through match.com in August 2007.  Turns out, we had lived less than one block apart for almost six years.  In fact, our apartment buildings almost backed up to one another. But our paths never crossed – at least not that we were aware of – until the internet brought us together.

After we got engaged, we really had no clear idea of exactly what we wanted for our wedding – other than a fun party that wasn’t too formal – or even where we wanted to get married.  Eventually, we settled on Montauk, where we had spent the last two summers, and it couldn’t have worked out better. It became a destination wedding, of sorts, and we were able to enjoy the full weekend with our family and friends.  Best of all, Mother Nature cooperated completely, giving us a string of perfect 80 degree days in the middle of one of the hottest, most humid summers on record in the northeast.

We were fortunate to work with some fantastic vendors who were able to implement our idea of casual but elegant with very little direction from us.  In fact, they often got little more than a list of what we didn’t want.  And throughout the planning process, I was always amazed by the patience and generosity of our friends and family, who pitched in to help in so many ways.

When we got the pictures back, we were absolutely thrilled.  Karen Wise and her assistant, Joan Cuenco, did an amazing job capturing the emotions and details of the day beautifully.  In particular, I think they got at least one picture of every one of our guests, which is something I hadn’t really thought about beforehand, but now I’m so glad to have all those shots.

Wedding Photography: Karen Wise Photography / Flowers: Karen Lenahan Design / Event Planning & Design: Anderson Green Events / Wedding DJ: PopShop DJs / Wedding Ceremony & Reception Location: East by Northeast / Wedding Invitations: Lion in the Sun / Bride’s Dress: Christina Kara of Blue / Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Navy Beach Restaurant

Montauk Wedding by Docuvitae

This wedding is all sweetness and love. Seriously. It just makes me smile in that, oh-how-completely-lovely kind of way. And the photographs by Rebecca at Docuvitae are rich, they are full of color and emotion and style and substance. And they tell the story to perfection. Although I have chosen only the color images so that you could see all of the steal worthy ideas, Rebecca also captured the most beautiful black and whites you’ve ever seen. Little works of art. Click here to see more pics from this wedding and to drool over all of the gorgeousness.

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Beautiful right? Well not shockingly, the bride and groom are super talented, super stylish people so they just KNEW how to do it right. Mark is a brilliant photographer in his own right and Amelia a fantastic actress, stylist and writer (check out her awesome blog, Clotheshorse NYC.

Venue…We knew that we wanted to be married in Montauk, we both fell in love with the community the first time we visited because it was our ideal mix of high and low; beautiful scenery but also a laid back vibe. That pretty much sums up my approach in planning the whole event. I would say in hindsight that my theme was “relaxed luxury.” A friend recommended Sole East and we put money down without ever having visited there. That was another constant in planning the wedding, don’t over think things, go with the gut.

Gown…I had tried on a few “form fitting” dresses and then I came out in this one. Everyone sort of burst into tears with exclamations of “thats the one”!! After you get a reaction like that you get the dress! It was made by Jim Hjelm and it was a new design. It also had pockets another huge plus and I felt gorgeous in it. Also, I would have hated to actually wear something tight all night.

Photography…I had been introduced to a female photog named Cheyenne Elllis whose work I really admired so I contacted her on the off chance that she shot weddings. Turns out she did and was represented by a company called Docuvitae. We were in LA on vacation and went to meet with the studio manager at Docuvitae, Rebecca Rotenberg, to discuss our event. Turns out Cheyenne was way out of our price range and Rebecca offered us some other options, including herself! We spent almost two hours talking with Rebecca that day and both got a really warm vibe so we left feeling like she was a great choice. Needless to say we were thrilled with the way our photos came out. Another gut decision.

Food…We had both our rehearsal bbq and our wedding dinner at Sole East. It poured the night of the rehearsal dinner but chef Larry was out in the rain grilling all night long. For the wedding dinner we opted for family style mainly because everything was so good. While we were taking pictures we served our guests passed hor d’euves, which included mini butternut squash soups. We also served a specialty cocktail that Sole East created just for us, a lemon and coconut martini. For dinner there was grilled  mahi mahi, churrasco steak, farfalle pasta, also bok choy and mashed potatoes as sides. I got a lot of “best wedding food ever” and I think someone even said it was the “best meal of their life” which is pretty impressive. We are big foodies so this made us really happy. Also most of the food and all of the wine was local.

The Cake…I hate wedding cake. My favorite cake in the world is a coconut cake from a Baltimore restaurant called Clementines. The owners not only baked eight coconut cakes and lots of lemon squares for my wedding they hand delivered them to Montauk! Which was great because no one in my family wanted the responsibility:) Amazing! I couldn’t believe their generosity of spirit.

The Flowers…The flowers were done by the wonderful Lisa Kattmann, a friend of ours from Texas. We used eco friendly confetti. Lisa also had the great idea to leave stamped postcards on each table in lieu of a guestbook. She then went around and collected the postcards and mailed them to us. This made the warm wishes last longer since we received the notecards in the mail when we got home.

photography by Rebecca for Docuvitae, photo slideshow / venue & catering by Sole East, contact Dave & Cindi Ceva (owners) / flowers by Lisa Kattmann / bride’s dress by Jim Hjelm / bride’s shoes by Steve Madden

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