An Organic, Relaxed Beach Wedding in Bridgehampton, New York
Sarah and Evan
Sarah and Evan met in New York City, where the interior designer and lawyer live. A friend insisted they'd be the perfect match, but after a string of blind dates, Sarah was hesitant to be set up again. When the friend showed up at Sarah's apartment, with Evan in tow and no warning, Sarah's opinion quickly changed, and the rest is history.
About two months later, the dating duo traveled to Bridgehampton, a place Sarah grew up visiting with her family. Nearly five years after that, on June 1, 2013, Sarah and Evan tied the knot at the Bridgehampton Surf and Tennis Club -- the sole venue they considered for their organic and relaxed East End wedding.
Happy Menocal kicked off the couple's stationery suite with a save-the-date card topped with a custom crest.
Zigfried, the couple's adorably mischievous golden-retriever-poodle mix, looked dapper in a navy gingham bow-tie collar and matching leash by Silly Buddy. Of course, Evan and Sarah also dressed up for the occasion, wearing a J.Crew "Ludlow" three-piece suit and Sperry Top-Sider shoes, and a Monique Lhuillier gown and veil, Calypso shoes, and antique diamond earrings, respectively.
The trio, and the bridal party, took photos together before the ceremony, which took place at half past seven.
The Bridal Party
Sarah's gals all sported custom dresses made by one of the bridesmaid's clothing lines, Novis.
Bridesmaids carried loose, asymmetrical bouquets of peonies, spray roses, scabiosa, poppy pods, and dusty miller in the palette that reflected the colors found on the dunes.
Wed on the Beach
The beachside ceremony began with a processional set to a string of favorite songs by the Beatles, played by a local string quartet.
The Grand Entrance
Like the groom, Sarah was escorted down the aisle by both parents. Ladies ditched their shoes for the ceremony on the sand.
The edges of the programs (which doubled as fans for the summer soiree) were cut out to mimic undulating waves.
An Open-Air Ceremony
The friend who first introduced the bride and groom to one another read e.e. cumming's "Love Is More Thicker than Forget." The 200 guests had prime views of the Mecox Bay and Sam's Creek as the couple exchanged vows they wrote themselves.
During the Jewish service, the couple stood under a huppa made of driftwood and decorated with trailing vines designed by Saipua.
Happy Menocal also penned the escort cards, which were housed in small light-blue envelopes.
Tables were covered with sequined cloths and draped with gauzy overlays, adding a soft shimmer once the lights were dimmed during the indoor reception and evoking a subtle essence of a shipwreck.
Bundles of driftwood were hung from the ceiling to bring the beach inside. Votive candles were suspended from the ends in hanging glass holders.
The Table Numbers
Driftwood painted with Roman numerals labeled each table, and the interiors of cleaned oyster shells were painted a soft gold and scattered around the centerpieces.
Illustrated and hand-lettered menus outlined the dinner offerings: a starter of burrata with confetti tomatoes, basil, tangled mache, and watercress herb vinaigrette; entrees of citrus-and-herb-marinated Montauk sea bass with vibrant green herb sauce, and grilled herb-butter marinated tenderloin of beef with peppercorn mustard sauce. Side dishes of grilled zucchini, portobello mushrooms, red onion and eggplant, and wheat berries and wild rice with hazelnuts and dried currants were served family style to create a dinner-party style atmosphere.
"We almost fell off our chairs, and it was great," Sarah said of the hora, the traditional dance done during Jewish wedding celebrations. As for their first dance song, that was Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic," which the bride describes as "perfectly romantic and fittingly nautical."
Let Them Eat Cake
A cake table hosted a selected of smaller cakes made by Mali B Sweets that were topped with fresh flowers.
Sarah and Evan got involved with The Center for Discovery, a charity that provides a wide range of services for children and adults with disabilities, and gave jars of spices grown in their biodynamically certified farm as favors. "We loved using that moment to educate our guests about a cause so special to us," Sarah said.
The pair shared another thing they hold dear to their hearts with the attendees -- after the reception, guests ventured to the waterfront at the bride's parents' house for late-night bonfire and s'mores. The combination is something Sarah and Evan enjoy every summer on vacation.
Photography: Max Wanger
Location: Bridgehampton Surf and Tennis Club
Event Planning: Jill Gordon Celebrate
Catering: Robbins Wolfe
Officiant: Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman of the Jewish Center of the Hamptons
Stationery and Calligraphy: Happy Menocal
Cake: Mali B Sweets
Music: Groove Society
Rentals: Party Rental Ltd; La Tavola
Hair: Bella Ferreira; Tomas Totilo
Makeup: Kimara Ahnert
Transportation: Elite Transport
Lighting: Matt Murphy Event Lighting
Engagement Ring: Aroc Urtu