Estate Weddings - A Brecknock Hall Wedding
We couldn't contain our excitement over this beautiful wedding at Brecknock Hall by Joseph Lin Photography. Every opulent detail of this couple's wedding day was unbelievable, from the bride's intricate henna to the gold sequence table runners. Reena & Brendan truly transformed the mansion and its vast grounds to create an atmosphere of wedding magic.
Hair & Makeup: Salon Karma / Venue: Brecknock Hall / Catering: Benares Catering / Wedding Planner: Opulent Event Management / Linens: Finishing Touch / Rentals: Something Different Party Rental / Flowers: James Anthony Floral / Tent: Sperry Tents / Photography: Joseph Lin Photography / Desserts: Prohibition Bakery / Drinks: Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
Jeanne & Matthew - A Brecknock Hall Wedding
Jeanne & Matthew's celebration at Brecknock Hall had some of the most amazing details we've ever seen, better yet many of them were designed by the groom himself! Matthew, who is a designer by trade, created the placement cards and labels for the honey jars their guests received as favors. The wedding was photographed by the talented Craig Warga, who captured the essence of this gorgeous couple despite the stormy weather.
Chelsea & Frank - A Brecknock Hall Wedding
Chelsea & Frank created a phenomenal vintage look for their summer wedding held at the Brecknock Hall Mansion. North Island Photography captured all of the glamorous details bringing the bride & groom's vision to life.
Dress: Unique Vintage / Wedding Planning, Flowers & Flowergirl Accessories: Little Miss Phoenix / Venue: Brecknock Hall / Photography: North Island Photography and Films / Tent: Tangelwood Catering / Catering: Tangelwood Catering / Desserts: Briermere Farms
Lianne & Brendan - The Mansion at Timber Point Wedding
Thanks to W Studios New York we are able to share with you one of the first beach weddings of the year. Brendan & Lianne's photos from Wading River beach are simply stunning and you would never know they were taken on New Year's Eve!
Makeup: Liz Aiello / Hair: Salon Expert / Dress: Maggie Sottero / Shoes: Anthropologie / Groom's Tux: Rico's Clothing / Venue: The Mansion at Timber Point / Catering: Lessing's Caterers / Florist: In Full Bloom / Photography: W Studios New York / DJ: Tommy’s Tunes / Cake: Black Forest Bakery
Sally & Andy - Jedediah Hawkins Inn Wedding
Jedediah Hawkins Inn was the perfect setting for Sally & Andy's intimate wedding. Combining rustic details & the season's brightest blooms, this couple created a warm atmosphere perfect for a Friday night feast with family & friends on the East End.
Emalyn & Mauro - The Pridwin Hotel, Shelter Island Wedding
Emalyn & Mauro's Shelter Island wedding was full of color & beautifully orchestrated details. The couple had a custom logo designed by the groom's sister for the special occasion, which appeared everywhere at the wedding including the bags of lavender which were thrown at the reception. It was even embroidered in the groom's jacket! For their reception, the couple chose a travel theme and had little paper airplanes in all of the centerpieces, as well as photos of the bride & groom and their family & friends scattered playfully on the tables. It was all artistically photographed by Joe Sanfilippo Photography.
Cathrine & John - Brecknock Hall Veterans Day Wedding
While many people believe 11-11-11 is a lucky day, Cathrine and John Schmanski are two active duty Army soldiers who know that to be a fact. The couple fell in love at a U.S. Army base in Vilseck, Germany in 2009. They said "I do," in May 2010 so they would be married before their deployment to Afghanistan, but never truly got to celebrate the momentous event with their friends and family. The Brecknock Veterans Day Wedding Giveback Contest, established by the lifecare retirement community Peconic Landing to recognize and thank active duty military personnel and veterans, offered Brecknock Hall as a free wedding venue to the winners. Soon, an outpouring of support from 20 sponsors added a long list of complimentary services and products to the list to give this couple the perfect wedding captured by Caroline Rocchetta Photography. To read the full story click here >
Dress: Roy and Nancy Morrow & Claudio’s Restaurant / Hair: Peconic Clipper / Makeup: Allison Pressler Professional Skin Care / Jewelry: Springfield Jewelry and Diamond Exchange / Groom's Tuxedo: Chaps Corner / Venue: Brecknock Hall / Caterer: Christopher Michael Catering / Appetizers: The Loft Restaurant / Wine: Macari Vineyards / Beer: Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. / Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. / Hotel: The Greenporter / Florist: Ivy League Flowers / Building Decorations: Environmentals / Photography: Caroline Rocchetta Photography / DJ: MVP DJ & Entertainment / Cake: Mali B Sweets / Wedding Poll: Times Review / Transportation: Eastern Long Island Limo / Valet Parking: Platinum Executive Security, Inc.
Lauren & Alex - East Moriches Estate Wedding
There is nothing more wonderful then seeing our favorite vendors collaborate to put together a beautiful wedding. Lauren & Alex held their affair at a private estate along the waterfront in East Moriches, New York. Karen Lenahan designed unique reception tablescapes, complete with a collection of china patterns provided by the mother of the bride. Each table sparkled with its own personality and was beautifully documented by Kelly Guenther Studio. And no table would ever be complete without the delicious food provided by Food for Forks.
Venue: East Moriches, Private Estate / Caterer: Food for Forks / Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. / Florist and Tablescape Design: Karen Lenahan Designs / Day-of Coordination: Unforgettable Hamptons Events /Photography: Kelly Guenther Studio / Tent: Sperry Tents / DJ: DJ Shakey (Julie Covello)
Kelly & Michael - Brecknock Hall Wedding
Kelly and Michael met about four years ago while teaching in the South Bronx. Kelly was immediate impressed with Michael's intelligence. Michael adored Kelly's passion for teaching. They spent the beginning of their relationship in the kitchen enjoying getting to know each other while making homemade pizzas, pastas, pies and other treats from the farmers market.
Kelly and Michael chose to include as many friends and family as possible in their wedding at the Brecknock Hall mansion. Kelly's best friend from college, Tiffany, sang at the wedding ceremony accompanied on the piano by Michael's Aunt Alice. Michael's brother Dan is an incredibly talented graphic designer who designed the save the date, invitation and menu. Michael's cousin Dave is a virtuoso on the piano and played during the cocktail hour.
Kelly and Michael were very committed to having amazing food at their wedding. They searched the forks for a caterer who could make local, sustainable food for the masses in a delicious and simple way. After a long search, they found Food for Forks. Peter is an incredible chef and all of the servers were extremely professional. Guests were impressed with the speed and precision of the oyster shucker!
All and all, they had an incredible day thanks to a whole host of dedicated and thoughtful professionals.
Tips from the Bride & Groom:
We truly had an amazing experience planning our wedding together. We made a deliberate choice in the beginning to never let this joyful event get to the best of us. We also chose that we wanted our wedding to be a reflection of us as a couple. We knew that it would require more work on our part, but we were willing to put in the extra effort to have a unique celebration.
When we got engaged in June 2010, we each wrote down 2-3 things that were really important to us and then started planning our wedding in order of importance to us. That made the process more enjoyable for us. We chose to listen to each other instead of all of the wedding advice that was coming at us. It worked out for the best in our opinion!
Other tips that worked for us:
- Have fun with it! If you want a band, plan date nights to see bands in action
- Save the reply cards from your invitation and use them to plan your seating arrangement
- Take time on the wedding night to get away as a couple
- Decide what tasks you do not want to have a hand in at all and delegate (For example: Michael's sister is extremely creative and organized, and I knew we could rely on her to create the welcome bags for the guests. We did not have to think twice about it and so many of our guests said it was the nicest welcome bag they ever received!)
- Over-budget for your expenses... the surprise savings will make your life easier in the end
Venue: Brecknock Hall / Caterer: Food for Forks / Dress: Judd Waddell (from Kleinfeld's in Manhattan) / Decor: Party Rental LTD / Day-of Coordinator: Caitlin Calke / Florist: Conni Cross (Environmentals in Cutchogue, NY) / Photography: Andrea Giarraputo / Tent: Wine Country Tent Rentals / Wedding Invitation Design: Daniel Cassaro / Wedding Invitation Letter Press: Scott McClelland / Band: Cafe Wha Band / Ceremony: St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church / Transportation: Metro Limo / Desserts: Mali B Sweets / Cake: Shirley Orozco / Favors: in lieu of a favor, we had a late night food truck roll in: Rolling in the Dough Pizza Truck. That was quite a hit. Friends are still talking about it!
Jade & Daniel - Brecknock Hall Wedding
We used such great vendors. Each one of them was so independently special and efficient, I could not believe that everything was so cohesive and calm, considering such a hectic and complicated event. We tried to keep everything local and mainly East End, we mixed South Fork and North Fork vendors to get the right feel. For the tent, we used NY Tent Company, catering was provided by Food for Forks, liquor was provided by Southampton Publick House (we were just in time for their Pumpkin Ale, which we put in everyone's welcome bags when they arrived at the hotel to get a sample of what was to come). Party Rental LTD did all of our tables, chairs and silverware. NYC Photo Booth provided us with a vintage photo booth, which we used as our guestbook.
About three weeks prior to the wedding my husband and I infused 160 small bottles of olive oil with rosemary and crushed red peppers to give out as favors, they were a hit and looked beautiful. We bought the little bottles and funneled each ingredient into them ourselves, definitely made with love! Sacred Sweets (now known as Mali B Sweets) made our cake, a stunning piece of art with butter cake and fresh peaches with dulce du leche inside. They also provided us with little cookies (Rosemary shortbread and Mexican chocolate), which were put into mini bakery boxes, tied with a ribbon that had each person's name and table number on them. Paul at Down Home was our florist and was fabulous; he worked within my budget and saw my vision immediately. I had collected various small vases in different shades of purple glass to be used throughout the cocktail hour with tiny assortments of flowers. He created a magical space and the centerpieces were a collection of wildflowers and herbs (rosemary was included-- I sense a theme here). David Beck provided our wait staff and servers. Bettina Yiannakourou performed the most intimate, personal and special ceremony. She is extremely talented and warm and infectious in her speaking and was actually a recommendation from Joseph Lin.
My mother was my maid of honor and Daniel's father and brother were his best men and we kept the bridal party very small to avoid the drama. My best friend's daughter (Ava Jade) was our flower girl and our little twin boy "ring security" walked her down the aisle-- actually they kind of dragged her, not realizing she was only a year old and couldn't walk as fast as they could. It made for a funny, cute interaction and she loved the attention and was all smiles being dragged around by these little blonde twin boys. Special Effects did our hair and Michelle Huber did the makeup. Memories, a small bridal salon in North Bergen, NJ, was where I got my dress and veil. The North Fork Trolley provided our guests' transportation to and from Brecknock Hall and Cliffside Resorts (which is where our guests stayed for the weekend); everyone loved riding a trolley around town!
We did a same day video edit that Joseph Lin recently started offering and it was so touching and wonderful. He gathered everyone around during the reception and we got to watch, movie style, a beautiful artistic highlight video, which was set to the song, to make you feel my love, of the events that just took place. It was something different that I'd never seen done before, and it was nice for my husband and I to see what was going on since, as the bride and groom, you are so caught up in the moment, you barely get a chance to take it all in.
Bridal Gown: Memories / Hair: Special Effects / Make Up: Michelle Huber / Venue: Brecknock Hall / Caterer: Food for Forks / Drinks: Southampton Publick House / Decor: Party Rental LTD / Florist: Down Home / Photo Booth: NYC Photo Booth / Photography: Joseph Lin Photography / Tent: NY Tent Company / Accommodations: Cliffside Resorts / Transportation: The North Fork Trolley / Officiant: Bettina Yiannakourou / Cakes & Desserts: Mali B Sweets
Arline & Joe - Brecknock Hall Wedding
If you ever questioned whether a Do It Yourself wedding could be as beautiful as one crafted by wedding pros, this one will remove all your doubts. Long before Arline & Joe's wedding day their floral arrangements were growing in Arline's aunt's backyard. Arline & her mom shopped for years gathering different plates & cups to fashion the dinner table. Every detail from the signs to the wedding cake was created by the couple and their family. Brecknock Hall provided the perfect venue & Sherry Pickerell the perfect images of the day.
Tonia & Greg - Estate Wedding
Tonia & Greg were married on one of the hottest days in July. The setting was perfect in New Suffolk, NY at a private estate on the bay. With the help of Christopher Michael Catering and the staff of Ashley O'Neil Events the grounds were transformed into a gorgeous garden of greens. The flowers were provided by Mattituck Florist and were truly exquisite. With the temperature topping at about 95 degrees, the beautiful fans really came in handy. Every fan had a little note acknowledging donations made to the American Heart Association and every centerpiece was donated to the local nursing home for the residents to enjoy. It was so incredibly thoughtful and really made a great impression.
Wedding Planner: Ashley O'Neil Events / Caterer: Christopher Michael / Florist: Mattituck Florist / Lighting: Ashley O'Neil Events / Baker: Sugar Sugar / Stationery: Alice B. King / Photography: Mark Kauffman & Ashley O'Neil Events
Evelyn & Frankie - Brecknock Hall Wedding
Evelyn & Frankie chose to tie the knot at Brecknock Hall. Their wedding was a beautiful blend of an estate & a beach affair. The yellow and purple hues in their wedding details complemented each other perfectly & the historic location added a sense of grandeur to the momentous occasion.