Terri and Alex had a magical, fairy tale, book-inspired wedding in Montauk, NY. The day included a first look at a lighthouse, a ceremony surrounded by brightly colored wildflowers, a walk on the beach with their dog, and a reception filled with books, library lights and typewriters, and lots and lots of love.
The couple shared their first look at the Montauk Lighthouse.
The couple included a quaich, an ancient Scottish tradition, in their ceremony. The quaich is a two-handled cup that seals the bond of two people and celebrates the blending of two families. The tradition symbolizes love and trust as the couple shares the first drink of their marriage together.
After the ceremony, we went to Navy Beach with their pup to get some photos with a very important family member, Cosmo.
Terri shares, “We met on Tinder while living in Syracuse, NY, a day or two after Alex’s 24th birthday. My roommate was actually helping me swipe and we think she was the one who matched with Alex. Our first date was at Green Lakes State Park where we walked and talked for about two hours without a moment of silence. It was perfection from the beginning.
Alex proposed on our 3-year first date anniversary, but only after a bet was made during our quarterly performance review about whether he had an engagement ring. That evening he posted a series of post-it notes along the hallway and staircase leading to the roof. When Terri unscrambled the post-it’s, they spelled out “Pay up and marry me.” So she gave him $150 bucks and he gave her the engagement ring.”
Terri continues, “Our wedding was a genuine fairy tale. The goal was to make it a book-themed, whimsical story come to life and Coordinated to Perfection helped us do it. We loved everything about the entire weekend. Ruschmeyer’s is owned by our family and when we went to Montauk for the first time, we felt this peacefulness and magic. We knew we had to get married there.
Magic was pervasive throughout the entire weekend, but we had a few really amazing moments; the first look was breathtaking – seeing each other for the first time, facing the Atlantic Ocean, there was no moment that could be more surreal. The speeches given throughout the entire weekend helped reaffirm the love we have in our lives from all of our family and friends and served to remind us why we were there in the first place – to marry each other and join all our loved ones together. And finally, we finished the night of our wedding at the oceanfront at Montauk Blue with our closest friends and family and dove into the Atlantic Ocean in full wedding attire. Nothing screams fairy tale quite like that.”
Simone Vega of Coordinated to Perfection helped the couple create an enchanting design. Look closely at the centerpieces–each one was unique and included everything from antique-style bookends to library card holders bursting with flowers.
The couple shared their first dance to If I Aint Got You by Alicia Keys.
The wedding cake was an incredible design by Pure Sugar Inc that showcased a golden snitch and a re-creation of the bride’s grandmother’s jewelry box.
Congratulations Terri and Alex!
Special thanks to the team:
Wedding Planner: Coordinated to Perfection
Photo Location: Montauk Lighthouse
Photo Location: Navy Beach
Beauty: Marlena Orlowska
Cake: Pure Sugar Inc
Stationer: Ceci New York
Catering: Grace & Grit Caterer
Entertainment: Generation Events
Florals: NYC Flower Project
Officiant: John Gaffney
Rentals & Decor: Evolution Event Rentals
Lighting: Ambient Events
Dance Floor: Go To Shout
Tent Rental: Sperry Tent
Rentals & Decor: Party Rental LTD
Bridal Gown: Maggie Sotero from Kleinfeld’s
Jeweled Belt: Kleinfeld’s
Shoes: Elegant Park, Amazon
Hair jewel: Fairy Moda, Amazon
Coffee Cups: CoffeeTimeDesigns, Etsy
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography with David Troncoso
Natalie and William had one request for their engagement photos: aspens! And I’m so glad they did! The Colorado aspens are stunning. It looks like yellow confetti was thrown all over the forest to celebrate this engagement and it was so much fun to photograph.
We met at Maxwell Falls in Evergreen in early October to capture the golden leaves.
Natalie shares, “Will and I met in Chicago five years ago, after being introduced on a dating website! Our first date almost didn’t happen–it was a Friday after work and Will had failed to reach out to confirm we were still on to meet up until 4:30 pm. After the long week, I almost blew him off, but thankfully my roommate convinced me to go. We met at a cocktail bar called Barrelhouse Flat, then hopped over to Delilah’s, a whiskey dive bar to play a few games of pool, and I was hooked!
From there, we enjoyed a lot of firsts together in Chicago: Cuban food on a patio, Zoo Lights, trips to the Field Museum, and lots of late night pizzas at Ranalli’s. My roommate decided to move back to Kansas, and it was the perfect opportunity for Will and I to test our relationship and move in together with our dog, Berkeley. Thankfully, all worked out and we decided to move across country to Denver just a year later!
For our third anniversary, I was whisked away on a surprise trip to San Francisco/Sonoma–my favorite vacation spot. Will had coordinated with my boss and co-workers for me to take a week-long vacation, at the start of which he proposed. The proposal didn’t go exactly as planned. Will had been working with my cousin, Kirstin, to drive me to the top of Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County to pop the question, but just an hour before we were set to drive up he discovered that the road was closed to the top due to wind. So, change of plans! We drove part way up the mountain, then took (what felt like) a 30-minute hike to a scenic spot, where he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. My cousin was hiding in a tree and got the whole proposal on camera.
It was genuinely a wonderful moment and something I will never forget. Such a well-thought-out plan in one of my favorite places on Earth. After the proposal, we got to enjoy the rest of the week exploring San Francisco and drinking wine in Sonoma–not too shabby at all!
So here we are, two years later, just about to celebrate our five-year anniversary together and FINALLY getting married! I’m not much of an event planner myself, so the wedding kept getting put off because I just didn’t know where to start with the planning process. Will’s mom and sister finally got fed up with all of my procrastinating, and offered to plan the wedding for us if we agreed to show up (which was a total win for me). The big day is November 9th, and we just can’t wait to be married!”
They will be getting married this November in Lyons, Colorado. Happy engagement Natalie and William!
Nicole and Nic were married at The Lobby in Denver. Preparations for the wedding day began at the Maven Hotel.
Nicole shares, “Looking back on the wedding, I was over the moon with the entire experience. The weather was perfect and we caught some light right before the sunset. Our nieces and nephews walking down the aisle were adorable from what I could see! I wasn’t really nervous to walk down the aisle — just so excited to finally see Nic. And he looked so handsome in his suit. The ceremony was beautiful. Father Messina did an amazing job. It meant a lot to to be able to stand up in front of everyone and say those vows to each other. Nic was more nervous than me to be the center of attention – if it had been up to him we would have eloped in Vegas in the Circus Circus Chapel. But he went through the stress of the event for me, and I’m so grateful.
The best part about the wedding was having all of our family and friends together to celebrate. Nic’s family is from Colorado and Oregon, and mine is from New York, so this may be the only time we’ll ever have everyone in one place. It was so much fun to talk to everyone and see all of our guests having a good time. The music, flowers, food (and photography!) were all awesome and really exceeded my expectations.
It was a really joyful occasion. We are very blessed with family and friends who love us and gave us the opportunity to have this beautiful wedding to celebrate our life together.”
Congratulations Nicole and Nic!
Special thanks to the team:
Venue: The Lobby
Coordinator: Meg Batizy
Officiant: Fr. Michael Messina
Cake: Gateaux Bakery
Cake topper: Archie McPhee
DJ/Band: DJ Maestro
Florist: Ed Moore Florist
Makeup: Glam 5280
Hair: Erin Ferris, Tonto Salon
Rings: Shane & Co. (bride) & Lashbrook (groom)
Bride’s Dress: d’Anelli Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Jewelry: Ali Christine Bridal on Etsy
Groom’s Suit: Indochino
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography
Megan and Jeremy were married at the Chief Hosa Lodge in Golden, Colorado. The day began at the Table Mountain Inn.
Megan shares, “Our romantic, rustic wedding in the foothills of Golden, CO was a destination wedding for most guests, with my family being from Pennsylvania and Jeremy’s from Alabama. The venue, Chief Hosa Lodge in Golden, overlooks sweeping views of the continental divide, with Interstate-70 just below – the highway where we first said “I love you” upon returning from a camping adventure nearly five years prior.”
Congratulations Megan and Jeremy!
Mindy and Michael were married on a beautiful September day at the Brooklyn Winery. The day began at the St. Regis hotel and with photos in Central Park.
Mindy met Michael at the southeast corner of Central Park for their first look.
Mindy and Michael began working together at SafeRent in 2010 and really got to know each other in 2015 through work. Mindy shares, “I was so impressed with his charm, chivalry and of course, his professionalism. I knew at once that Michael was a wonderful person and was so glad he was in my life”
Michael asked Mindy to marry him in Central Park on April 21 of this year.
Mindy had a special surprise for Michael. She shares, “He was certain I got him a watch as a wedding gift. Instead I bought him a necklace he had admired in Peru (the week before the wedding) but didn’t buy and put it in an empty watch box. It was great to see his surprise (and confusion) when he opened the gift. We chose the cufflinks he wore for the wedding together in Peru as well.”
Mindy shares, “The wedding was better than I ever imagined it would be. My fascination with Indian culture and weddings inspired the decor and color scheme for our wedding. Kehrin made this vision come to life with a hint of Indian tradition paired with a color palette that was bright and vibrant with beautiful traditional floral garlands. The winery’s warmth from the reclaimed wood succulent wall, paired with the modern concrete floor and light filled atrium made for a perfect venue for what turned out to be a dream wedding for me. Seeing the room set for dinner prior to the guests entering brought tears to my eyes. It was magical and everything I imagined.
I loved everything about the day, from the luxurious room at the St Regis to getting ready with my darling nieces to seeing Michael for the first time in Central Park to walking down the aisle and seeing everyone I love in one place to pronouncing our love in front of them all to the delectable black and white cake from Amy’s Bread. It was all just perfect.
Michael forgetting his vows at home, his button popping off of his tuxedo when he was getting ready and my veil catching fire during my procession all just added to the special memories from the day. I was so honored to have my mother walk me down the aisle and give me away, my best friend standing beside me and my brother reading in the ceremony and sharing his lovely daughters as flower girls. My heart is so full. Our first dance was punctuated by Dorothy, my oldest niece, twirling around Michael and I. I wouldn’t have had it any other way.”
Congratulations Mindy and Michael!
Special thanks to the team:
Planning & Design: Jet Set Wed
Hotel: St. Regis
Venue: Brooklyn Winery
Florist: Doe + Jay Studio
DJ: Beat Train Productions
Hair and Makeup: MG Hair and Makeup
Car: Transportation Buster
Invitations & Paper Products: Mc Calligraphy
Linen: BBJ Linen
Lighting: Universal Lighting and Sound
Cake: Amy’s Bread
Bride Dress: Made with Love
Bride Shoes: Tory Burch
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography