Beth & Mark | Traditional Church Wedding in New York

Overlooking the Long Island Sound, Beth and Mark’s lovely July wedding incorporated classic details and personal touches – I love the morning coats as a nod to the groom’s English background!

The classic calligraphy invitations were letterpressed in pale lavender blue ink on creamy paper with rounded corners.

Says the bride, “We chose Wainwright House for its idyllic setting – a gorgeous French country manor style house with charm and style that we both loved the instant we walked in. The fact that the house opened out onto a great lawn in the back, with a backdrop of Long Island Sound, clinched the deal!”

Escort cards were nestled in a bed of lavender buds, surrounded by a moss border.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  The French countryside was a big inspiration for our wedding. We brought lavender sprigs, macarons, and a specialty drink called the ‘Poire Williams’ into our theme. We also played off the fact that Mark is English, so he and his groomsmen wore traditional morning coats (full coattails!) and we had Cherry Bakewell tarts – an English favorite – as favors.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  We absolutely loved our wedding ceremony, but outside of that, there were two favorite moments: Listening to the speeches from my husband and my dad which were incredibly touching, funny, and was a moment I will never forget. We also loved that during cocktail hour we were able to escape for a few quiet minutes and have a few hors d’oeuvres on our own, looking out over the water, and marveling that we were husband and wife!

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  ‘Something old’ was my grandmother’s bracelet, ‘something new’ was the pearl necklace (and gift from my husband), ‘something borrowed’ was my mom’s pearl earrings, and ‘something blue’ was a small embroidered ribbon of my initials and wedding date that was sewn just inside my dress.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Without a doubt the best advice was to simply enjoy the day, and not stress. I also appreciated the advice to savor as many moments as I could – it all goes by so fast, and there are so many memories that you’ll want to re-live over and over.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Don’t sweat the details – the day will turn out brilliantly and beautiful, and the guests will remember what a beaming beautiful bride you are!


See more of Beth and Mark’s traditional wedding in the gallery!

Vendor Credits

Photographer: Stefanie Kapra / Event Planner: Stacie Shea / Venue: Wainwright House in Rye, New York / Dress, Veil: Jane Wilson- Marquis / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Morning Suit: Baldwin Formals / Tie: Brooks Brothers / Shoes: Allen Edmonds / Bridesmaid Dresses, Flower Girl Dresses: Jenny Yoo / Floral Designer: Dirt / Ceremony Music: C3 Worship / Reception Band: Clark Eno Orchestra / Catering, Cake: Cornerstone Catering / Hair, Makeup: Jennie Fresa / Limousine: Morano's Limousine / Stationery: Jessica Haley


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