Claire Bean does some of the most beautiful flower creations you’ll ever see (remind me to tell you sometime about a wedding she did with a tiny pot of African violets at every seat), so I knew this would be a lovely wedding as soon as I saw her name in my inbox. Then I saw the photos from Our Labor of Love, and read the story from lovely bride Kat, and I knew you’d all just love it.

From the bride: We had what we referred to as “summer-spectacular-Monday-wedding at the Wolffer Estate.” So first let me explain the obvious: MONDAY. Ben and I are both actors living in NYC and working on Broadway (I’m in “West Side Story” and Ben is in “American Idiot”), and Monday is the traditional day off in our world, so basically if we wanted to have any of our actor “family” at the wedding, we really had to hold it on this most untraditional day. Since we spend our lives on stage, we really wanted our wedding day to be more personal and to put the focus on family, so we aimed for personal and familial, kind of like an elegant outdoor dinner party for our closest family and friends.

After looking at every possible venue in Manhattan, we finally decided on a mini-destination wedding in the Hamptons. Turn the corner into the circular driveway at Wolffer Estate Vineyard, and its like being swept away to Tuscany – we felt completely secluded and in another world.

Ben has a huge, close knit family filled with little ones, so our way to incorporate them was to have his 8 nieces and nephews, 2 half-brothers and 1 half sister, plus my 3 young cousins serve as our “child attendants/flowergirls/ring bearer” – 14 children under the age of 11! Just shiny, happy kiddos parading down the aisle on a gorgeous summer day. What could be better than that?

One of my favorite parts of the wedding was our friends singing…I gotta brag and just say that we have the most talented friends and family in the world! So you better believe that we were going to have them “make a joyful noise” on this most sacred day, including my very good friend Jennifer Sanchez who sang me down the aisle (Jen is one of my closest friends and has one of my all time favorite voices. We did our first Broadway show together and we sat next to each other in the dressing room for 2 years and nearly 700 performances!).

Father Callahan’s ceremony was serene and sacred when it needed to be, but more than anything it was joyful. Like, laugh out loud joyful. Heart-burstingly joyful! We imagined a beautiful summer wedding with a laid-back and relaxed, sweet, fun, whimsical, romantic, elegant and did-I-mention-FUN vibe, and that’s exactly what we got. It was seriously the most perfect summer day imaginable…one of those perfectly warm, low humidity, clear bluest sky days that just make you happy to be alive!

We fell in love by accident, not to mention that Ben is the poster child for “accident prone,” and we wanted our first dance to reflect that, so our first dance was to “Accidentally In Love” by the Counting Crows. Fun, joyful, up-tempo and completely unexpected. He was twirling me around the dance floor so well that many people thought our dance was choreographed, but we were just winging it!

Photography: Our Labor of Love

Venue: Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, New York

Bride’s dress / belt / shoes: Monique Lhuillier / Lela RoseYves Saint Laurent

Bridesmaid dresses: Thread

Groom’s suit: J.Crew

Ring bearer dish: Paloma’s Nest

Day-of stationery: The Village Invites

Flowers / day-of coordination: Claire Bean

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Catering: Fresh Flavors

Music: Vali Entertainment

A big thanks to Claire Bean and Our Labor of Love for sharing this gorgeous wedding with us, and to Kat for taking the time to share so much about her beautiful wedding.

I’ll leave you with some advice from the bride, which is the same advice I’d give after my own wedding: Work with amazing vendors. It will take a load off of your mind! They know what they are doing….so trust – it will seriously add years to your life. We researched and researched (and researched….) to find the right vendors who shared our style and aesthetic and then just let them do what they do best. No need to micromanage!

Paloma’s Nest is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

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  1. Laura

    What a sweet wedding! I love the bride’s dress, the flowers, and all the decor! They look so in love and adorable together!

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  2. Maggie Eisenstat {I Do Love It}

    I love this wedding. The kids look adorable and I love white bridesmaid dresses! The bride and groom’s style is great too.

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  3. Kamie

    Gorgeous! I love it all!! How neat to have so many kids involved!! Have I mentioned the flowers-just so pretty!

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  4. CAMILLE STYLES

    These flowers are positively breathtaking… what a perfect day!

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  5. Debbie @ Bridalhood

    Wow – the ceremony arch of flowers and all the bright florals are amazing!

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  6. lizzie

    the FLOWERS! i’m not even a huge fan of flowers in general and these are stunning!

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  7. holly

    the florals are the best ive seen!! gorgeous colors.

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  8. Rachel – theWeddingVine

    There’s so many things I love about this wedding! The YSL shoes are gorgeous, the dress is incredible, the parasol is so pretty and the flowergirls almost steal the show they are so cute!!

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  9. Sarah

    Absolutely gorgeous! Love the dress and the flowers! Lace and Billy balls are my favorite.

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  10. lydia {ever ours}

    her bouquet is absolutely stunning!!

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  11. Caroline

    One word: DELICIOUS!

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  12. em

    this was beautiful and i absolutely loved the bride’s description. they chose some amazing vendors but more than that you can tell how thoughtful they were in creating a really meaningful day. love. xoxox.

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  13. Katie Kingman | Brilliant Event Planning

    The images from this wedding are priceless! The moments and colors are so vivid. Oh to be a guest at this wedding :)

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  14. Alexis – OMG I’m Getting Married

    OMG how cute are those flower girls? Beautiful wedding palette and fab bridal hairpiece! x

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  15. Julie Crowley

    What a beautiful wedding! The photographer captured such amazing moments and the flowers were beautiful too. You will keep these memories close to your heart. I am glad my friend Claire Bean, shared this!

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  16. Laura Whitney

    Oh, those flowers are all SOOOOO pretty! The color scheme is fab!

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  17. TT

    Love everything about this wedding! Does anyone know where to find the bride’s fabulous belt/sash? Is it also Monique Lhuillier?

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  18. Lissa (The Wedding Bistro at Bellenza)

    From that first breathtaking bouquet photo, I was hooked! Absolutely fabulous floral creations. Then, adorable touches like those yellow sneakers on the little ones. And to top it all, Broadway veterans singing for the ceremony. Too much!

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  19. ARTiculateART

    The flower bouquets are beautiful! It really brightens the whole wedding!

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  20. billy fagen

    I was @ this event. It was flawless! Absolutely lovely in EVERY WAY. I would attend it again if there was a chance to repeat it every year!

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  21. kat

    @TT: hi tt, this is kat the bride…my belt was actually by Lela Rose.

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  22. Marissa

    Beautiful! Where did you get those turquoise vases?

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  23. Claire Bean

    The vases were from Cultural Intrigue they are the wholesale division of the popular website Luna Bazaar http://www.lunabazaar.com
    They were actually embossed votive holders.Hope that helps.
    Claire

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  24. TT

    Thank you, thank you, Kat for taking the time to fill me in! You & your husband are adorable– congratulations & best of luck!!!

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  25. Naomi

    Beautiful, stunning bride, so happy, and love the colors!!!! Congratulations!!!
    I have to ask, where did you get those beautiful yellow earrings? SO beautiful!
    Thx
    N:)

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  26. Naomi

    ok wait, I made a mistake. Not on the birde but the yellow flower earrings on a bridesmaid. Any idea where she got those? I’m in love with it!!!! :)

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