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It’s such a treat for me to have my friend Jill Gordon on Snippet & Ink today – she’s the go-to planner for anyone getting married in the Hamptons, and creates some of the loveliest weddings. Karen and Dogan’s sweet June wedding is no exception – an elegant yet low-key garden party.

Karen used her grandmother’s wedding ring in the ceremony. Says the bride, “We were very close but she passed away a few years ago, so it meant a lot to me to get married with her ring.”

Guests went home with bags of local favorite, Dreesen’s Donuts.

Bride Karen kindly answered some questions about the lovely wedding day…

Why did you choose this location for your wedding? Growing up, I spent every summer at my family’s house in the Hamptons, and Dogan and I wanted to take advantage of the beauty of the area and get married there. When we saw Bridge Gardens we fell in love with it. The fact that it had just opened to the public was a big bonus as I didn’t love the idea of getting married in a “wedding factory.” I also loved that it was essentially a blank canvas.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? I was inspired by the Hamptons’ style and more specifically, the decor of my parents’ house in the Hamptons. I wanted a shabby chic look, mostly whites and beiges, fat flowers, understated, very classic and beautiful, like we were having friends over for dinner and setting a beautiful country table.  I wanted it to be like a beautiful garden party, not black tie, no flashy or bright colors, nothing over the top.

What advice do you have for other brides? When you get to the day, drop the small stuff and just try as best you can to be in the moment and take everything in. You should have fun at your wedding and not be worrying about anything at all. What allowed me to do that was my wedding planner Jill Gordon. She coordinated everything down to the minute and I knew I didn’t have to worry about anything. If you’re not working with a wedding planner, I would highly recommend at least hiring a day-of coordinator to free you up from the event production.

 

Menu

Drinks: Apricot Mint tea, Fresh Squeezed Lemonade // Passed Hors d’Oeuvres: Grilled Cheese on Semolina Bread with Sundried Tomato Tapenade, Lobster and Corn Salad in a Cherry Tomato, Spicy Tuna and Fluke Escabeche Summer Rolls with Five Chili Sauce, Fresh Figs with Ricotta and Prosciutto, Hand-Chopped Lamb Adana with Sumac Onions on Crisp Lavash, Nueke’s Pigs in Puff Pastry Blanket with Horseradish Mustard, Leek and Squash Blossom Tempura, Potato Pancakes with Chunky Apple Sauce // Dinner: Flight of Tomatoes (Shooter of Smooth Tomato Gazpacho, Sliced Tomato Bruschetta with Lemon Aioli and Fava Beans, Grilled Marinated Shrimp on Orzo with Tomato and Basil), Hanger Steak with Grilled Vidalia Onion and Toasted Bread Crumb Salsa, Leek Roasted Yukon Gold Potato Wedges, Medley of Local Asparagus and Sugar Snap Boats, Grilled Radicchio Wedges // Dessert: Orange Zest and Grand Marnier Cake with Fresh Orange Conserve and Buttercream Frosting, Dark Chocolate Hearts, Local Strawberries with Balsamic Drizzle and Crème Fraiche Sorbet, Cornmeal Biscotti


Vendors

Photography: Weddings By Two / Venue: Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton, New York / Planning: Jill Gordon Celebrate / Bride’s dress: Reem Acra / Groom’s suit: Burberry / Groom’s shirt: Thomas Pink / Groom’s tie: Michael Kors / Floral design: Pennington Flowers / Stationery: Sugar Paper / Catering: The Art of Eating / Cake : Sacred Sweets / Favors: Dreesen’s Donuts / Music: Love Jones / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Sperry Tents, Matt Murphy Event Lighting

 

Weddings By Two is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

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When Deirdre and Robert decided to wed in San Sebastián on the northern coast of Spain, they called on the talents of Lisa Vorce and Mindy Rice to create an intimate destination wedding for them and their 40 guests. The couple entrusted Lisa and Mindy with all of the design decisions, and the result was nothing short of delightful. Photos by the always talented Aaron Delesie.

Welcome bags included local treats and splits of champagne.

Exiting the Basilica, Deirdre and Robert were greeted by Basque dancers who did several traditional dances in their honor: “It felt like we had stepped back in time!”

The dinner reception was held in an historic Gastronomic Society just around the corner from the church. Says planner, Lisa Vorce, “Gastronomic Societies are an institution unique to the Basque country, and particularly to San Sebastián. Historically, they were a place where men would gather to cook, eat, drink and discuss all things related to cooking, eating, and drinking! It wasn’t until recently that women have been allowed to join as well. This was the first wedding hosted in this particular gastronomic society, and I can’t believe our local contacts were able to get us in.”

“Designing tabletops on the spot with Mindy [Rice] is quite magical,” says Lisa. “We never know which direction we’re going to go in. There’s always that one thing that dictates the design, and part of the excitement is finding that one thing. In San Sebastián it was the miniature kumquat trees from the local nursery. They were absolute perfection, and we knew we had to have them on the tables. From there, Mindy sourced fresh herbs, seasonal fruits, and flowers from local growers to create the stunning tablescapes.”

From Deirdre and Robert…

Why did you choose San Sebastian for your wedding? We traveled to San Sebastián together three years ago and loved it – it’s a city that has the charm of an ancient Spanish town, steeped in history, yet also provides the benefits you desire from a cosmopolitan Riviera destination. The food is spectacular, with more Michelin-rated restaurants per capita than Paris. All of this, coupled with the fact that San Sebastián has some of the best beaches in all of Spain, made it an ideal place for our destination wedding.

What was your favorite part of the day? Receiving what felt like a blessing from the entire city – when we exited the church we were greeted by over 200 locals, a traditional basque dancing troupe that performed an authentic wedding celebration dance (called the Jota), and even by an 80 year old woman who pulled us aside during the festivities to hold our hands and give us her blessing in Basque.

What is your advice to other brides? Realize that every detail of your wedding preparation is something to savor, from hair and makeup to putting on your dress. They’re are also beautiful and fun memories of the wedding day, so don’t rush through them or stress. Oh, and don’t forget to eat something during the day while you are getting ready!

 

Vendors

Photography: Aaron Delesie / Ceremony venue: Basilica de Santa Maria del Coro in San Sebastián, Spain / Reception venue: Cofradía Vasca de Gastronomía / Planning, design: Lisa Vorce / Flowers, design: Mindy Rice / Bride’s dress and veil: Melissa Sweet / Bride’s shoes: Valentino / Flowers: Mindy Rice / Stationery: Papel Paper & Press / Groom’s suit: Canali / Groom’s cufflinks: Tiffany & Co.

 

See lots more gorgeous photos from Deirdre and Robert’s wedding over on Aaron Delesie’s blog!

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