A Colorful Fall Wedding in Southampton

November 19, 2020

When Christina and Anthony’s inquiry came through my inbox I was initially stunned at the fact that they had the same exact names as my sister and brother in law. It was a strange coincidence but it also seemed like fate that we would work together!

They each had many different ideas of what they wanted their wedding to look like. We had started out with either a very deep, dark and rich colored palette, or something more bright and airy with greenery and geo shapes. Things were all over the spectrum visually but in the end we sort of married everything together into one cohesive wedding design, and I also tweaked things … a lot 🙂

It was certainly a challenge to get all of their wanted colors, plus textures and tones just right. I didn’t want things to appear like a mishmash of unorganized ideas, and I also didn’t want them to end up with a very “typical” or “safe” wedding style. It was a great deal of work, but that’s exactly why couples hire me; to think outside of the box, work with exactly what the couple wants and then bring it all to life in the most beautiful way!

So let’s take a dive into their amazing wedding day, all perfectly captured by Trent Bailey Studio :

Anthony got ready with his parents and groomsmen at his family’s home in Southampton.

Christina, originally from California, got ready with her parents and bridesmaids at a private rented home also in Southampton. She had a beautiful, open back, two piece dress with a removable skirt from Spina Bride.

Christina opted for a “first look” with her parents, which I absolutely love. Your daughter getting married is one of the most special moments in every parent’s lives, these types of first looks always tear me up.

Christina had wanted a unique ride to the church, she certainly didn’t want a regular limo or basic “been there, seen that” type of vehicle. So her amazing mom made sure to get a hold of renting a 1957 Bel Air Limo, which was pretty awesome.

Christina and Anthony did not want a First Look, they wanted to read letters from one another while holding hands back to back just before the ceremony so that they could feel the emotional excitement but not give away that very special first look up at the alter.

This is their true first look and it is just the sweetest thing.

Along with the 1957 Bel Air Limo, Christina wanted a unique and cool ‘get away car’ from the church to the reception. My uncle had a classic Chevelle that he’d recently restored and was more than happy to do me the favor of personally driving this lovely couple to their reception. My infamous Aunt Tina was there to help the bride with her dress in and out of the car of course!

Their reception took place at the highly regarded Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton. The gates alone as you enter the premises are stunning.

The bridesmaids all wore asymmetrical, deep green, fit & flare dresses from Boden, while the groomsmen attire was a mix of navy and black from The Black Tux and all neutrally coordinated with the rest of the color palette.

Once wedding party and family portraits were complete, Trent took the couple around the property for some truly amazing portraits, with the most perfect sunlight – if I might add.

That light …

We truly had all of the colors of the Fall rainbow, and thanks to the team at Designs By Ahn, it was executed flawlessly.

The head table was made to pop, with a navy lamour table linen, lush floral arrangements with a lot of color, clear white pattered and gold rimmed chargers to pull through some of that navy blue, coordinating gold flatware, copper colored water glasses and grey velvet napkins to provide a more luxurious dining experience.

I chose to use clear ghost chairs so that we didn’t have another color in the mix risking the clash of our overall palette … but I ensured that we had grey velvet and gold trim chairs ordered specially for the bride and groom so that their seating could be more personal and stand out from the others.

Guests were certainly not forgotten about … their tables were covered in grey velvet linens with rich and full garlands, gold speckled chargers, beautiful eggplant lamour napkins, topped with calligraphed oyster shells as place cards. The couple absolutely loved oysters so that was my way of incorporating that fine detail into the overall design.

As the sun set, guests were able to really appreciate the beauty of all these colors, details and textures under this stunning clear top tent.

They could NOT wait to get the party started and we were all thrilled to see this super twinkly ceiling once the sun went down. A forever ‘thank you’ to the Matt Murphy Event Lighting team for working through the night in order to double up the tent lighting as a last minute request.

They were very much into wedding puns so we had created a dessert table displaying donut holes, chocolate covered waffles, various bundt cakes and candy apples on beautiful vintage stands from Early Bird Vintage … of course with corresponding signs : “I Cake thee”… “to be my Waffle-y wedded wife” … “in Hole-y matrimony” … “and to live Apple-y ever after” … too cute!

Everyone danced the night away, and like every wedding, it was over just too quickly!

These two were the best, if it were possible to have the same couples over and over again that would be a truly perfect world!


Photography | Trent Bailey Studio

Planning & Design | Michelle Elaine Weddings

Ceremony | The Basilica Parish of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus of Mary

Reception & Catering | Sebonack Golf Club

Floral Design | Designs By Ahn

Band | On The Move Entertainment

Tent | Sperry Tents Hamptons

Lighting | Matt Murphy Event Lighting

Wedding Dress Designer | A La Robe

Boutique | Spina Bride

Alterations | Sew Elegant

Groom’s Attire | Victor Talbots

Hair & Makeup | Victoria Elizabeth Official

Stationery Design | Paper Studio NY

Calligraphy (invitation) | Laurel Writes

Calligraphy (oyster place cards) | J Graham Lettering

Linen, Napkins & Chargers | BBJ Linen

Chair Rentals | Luxe Event Rentals

Tabletop Rentals | Party Rental Ltd.

Dessert Table Rentals | Early Bird Vintage

Lounge | Two Of A Kind Furniture Rentals

Guest Transportation | Hampton Jitney

1957 Bel Air Limo | M&V Limo