Elizabeth and Chris were married on a warm autumn day in Southampton. The day began with preparations at a beach house.
Lyz shares the story of how they met and got engaged, “We met freshman year of college – we were housed on the same freshman hall, just a few doors down from each other, in a dorm with co-ed bathrooms. We joke that we’ve shared a bathroom since we met. We started seeing each other about midway through freshman year and have been together now for 15 years.
Chris proposed during our vacation in Southampton in June 2016. We took the boat out for a ride with the family dog to our favorite spot on a small island in the Little Peconic Bay. We went for a long walk out to the point and on the way he said some sweet things and then got down on one knee. It turns out that for much of the walk he was trying to hide the fact he was working to unzip two zip-lock bags that he had in his bathing suit pocket without me noticing. It was a perfect day and, even after 14 years, I was absolutely surprised.
My engagement ring is a very special piece connecting me to both Chris’s mother and grandmother. I love the sapphires and loved the idea of a making a wedding band that would help to highlight the uniqueness of the family heirloom.”
The ceremony was held at the Basilica Parish of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. It is a beautiful church that was created with stone discarded from the New York Public Library.
I loved including the dogs in the family portrait!
It has been a busy and exciting year for Lyz and Chris! She shares, “We were consumed with house-buying which was our priority and, therefore, did zero wedding planning for almost a year. Then, oddly enough, a few of us had the same idea in the same week – what if we just did the reception at the Coast Grill? One call to Pam, the restaurant owner, and I was sold – her approach matched mine – let’s just have a really fun, stress-free party, without all the fuss that often comes along with weddings.
The Coast Grill is just two houses away from Chris’s parents’ house and it’s our family’s go-to spot for dinner on the weekends when we want to get out of the house, and it’s not just because we can walk there. Pam and her husband have created such a warm and welcoming environment, with the bonus of delicious food; we are so lucky they are so close. It was just the perfect place for us to bring all of our family and friends together.
We went for ease wherever possible. We made our own save the dates, I found my dress online, picked our invitation design from Etsy and used vendors we knew well or had been recommended by friends.
The whole day was perfect. The ceremony was beautiful and moving, getting photos with our 6-month old puppy on the beach was so fun, and having all of our family and friends together, at the restaurant we love, was so special. It really was the perfect wedding.
Also exciting was our nieces and nephew meeting for the first time – two live in California and one in New York. They were instant friends and had so much fun together as the flower girls and ring bearer.”
An exercise in patience..!
Congratulations Lyz and Chris!
Special thanks to the team:
Church: The Basilica Parish of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Southampton
Reception venue: The Coast Grill
Hair & Makeup: Alicia Cook, Revolve Hair
Bride’s Ring: Bario Neal
Cakes: Tate’s Bakeshop
Favors: Southampton Soap Company
DJ: Eric Visa, with 74 Events
Invitations & Programs: Etsy – DigitalRstudio
Flower Girl Dresses: Etsy – Totes Moda
Dog Bowtie & Leash: Etsy – LA DogStore
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz