I grew up on LI, but only made it out to Montauk for the first time a few years ago. I love that if you drive that little extra bit past the Hamptons you find this laid back, casual beach town vibe. Even better when you go in the off-season. So a wedding on a beautiful May day just before Memorial Day weekend was ideal. Nicole and Brian picked Montauk for their wedding because they’ve spent every summer there since they’ve been together. They chose a beautiful setting overlooking Montauk’s Fort Pond.
I must admit to thinking it was pretty cool when Nicole told me that Brian’s family owned the Memory Motel in Montauk. Mick Jagger supposedly played there a few times and the Rolling Stones’ Memory Motel from their album Black and Blue takes it’s title from there.
Nicole’s choice of decorations and details were very appealing. I loved the lavender of her bouquet and the boutonnieres and the beautiful brooch from her great grandmother than adorned her bouquet. Nicole wanted their wedding to have a ‘rustic chic’ style and not be overly formal. She thinks of peonies and hydrangeas as feminine blooms. The candy buffet appealed to her sweet tooth and her love for old-fashioned candy stores.
I’ve been really loving the dresses of my brides. Nicole had a beautiful Vera Wang design with ivory cap-sleeves which she felt contributed to the romantic, vintage feel she was going for. Her first job in New York was working for Vera Wang so it was particularly fitting that she wore one of the designers dresses years later.
P.S. Those photos of surprise on Nicole’s face are all about Brian surprising her with a trip to Africa.
Venue: East by Northeast
Makeup/Hair: Erica Ogawa
Flowers: Bella Flowers
Band: Green Machine