I can’t think of a better way to start this week than by sharing this elegantly sublime Montauk wedding. After years of long distance love, Stephanie and Zach both found themselves in NYC and couldn’t wait to wed any longer. Amalia Dayan (Stephanie’s boss and Luxembourg & Dayan gallery owner) and her husband graciously offered their Montauk estate overlooking the Atlantic for the ceremony venue. Stephanie and Zach started working closely with Lauren Sozmen, of Loli Events, and a truly unforgettable day was planned. / Photos by Trent Bailey Photography.
Stephanie’s custom gown was made by her incredibly talented friend, the young designer Katie Ermilio, and her birdcage veil was designed by another talented friend of hers, Satya Twena. She wore nude Christian Louboutin wedges.
The most recognized of the art pieces at Amalia Dayan’s beautiful Montauk estate is ‘Untitled (Lamp/Bear),’ the creation of Swiss artist Urs Fischer. This piece used to live on Park Avenue in Manhattan.
Says the couple, “We met in high school in New York a few months before Zach left for college on the East Coast and we stayed very good friends throughout college despite my having left for the West Coast a year later. We even met in Istanbul when I was a senior visiting my father in Paris and Zach was in graduate school in London. Six months later, I was preparing for my own move to London for graduate school and Zach was moving back to New York for law school, and our relationship really started to evolve — he knew all about London, but was also imparting all his wisdom for an upcoming family graduation trip to Israel and we started spending a lot more time talking on the phone. However, nothing that summer went as planned. My family had to cancel our vacation and we ended up in the Dominican Republic (bad idea – it’s the rainy season!), only to learn soon after our arrival that my grandfather had passed away (not to mention that in the midst of all of this my housing in London fell through). It was then that I realized the only person I wanted to speak to about all of this was Zach – and we hadn’t even started dating. Another six months passed, and after endless hours on skype, I flew to New York to visit Zach because I needed to figure out what was going on between us. I booked my ticket on Wednesday, arrived in New York on Friday, and the first thing Zach did when he saw me was kiss me. Despite my pleas that we could not date because we were never in the same place, we spent the next several years in a long long-distance while finishing our studies and embarking on our careers – we did London-New York, San Francisco-New York, a brief year of New York-New York, followed by New York-DC, where Zach went for a 2-year government fellowship. Finally in the summer of 2011, Zach returned to New York, we moved in together in September, and in February shortly after our 5-year anniversary, Zach proposed in our new home. By then we were eager to get married as quickly as possible!
When the gallery founder and her husband offered their Montauk home to us as a potential wedding venue, I knew our search was over and it would be perfect. The backyard is filled with incredible contemporary sculpture and the view of the Atlantic was stunning.
We wanted an intimate wedding that focused on bringing our friends and family from around the globe together and a day that reflected our mutual desire to do things in a slightly non-traditional manner. We also wanted to incorporate our many talented family and friends into the preparations and festivities. We were married by Rabbi Sarna, the NYU Hillel rabbi – a friend and now colleague of Zach’s, under the huppah we built with my step-father and from which hung our fathers’ prayer shawls. Our friend played all of the music at the ceremony […] and as a sweet end to our day, my mother baked all of the brownies and pies on our dessert bar to accompany the wedding cake!”
Says Lauren Sozmen, of Loli Events: “After the ceremony, guests went to The Inn at Windmill Lane in Amagansett where they were greeted with a lavender champagne cocktail and a handwritten note from the newlyweds. The overall feel of the reception was understated luxury. There were day beds, rattan furniture, Moroccan blankets & lanterns through out the perfectly manicured gardens. The receptions had nods to lavender and figs through food, drinks, flowers and scented candles, to pay tribute to the brides family vacation home in Ibiza. Guests enjoy lavish Mediterranean style stations and danced the evening away. To finish off this perfect day, guests joined around the fire pits in large adirondack chairs to make s’mores.”
Credits: Wedding Photography: Trent & Dara of Trent Bailey Photography | Super 8 Film: Trent Bailey Photography | Wedding Planning: Loli Events | Floral Design: Amagansett Flowers by Beth | Ceremony: Private Estate | Reception: The Inn at Windmill Lane | Film Processing: Indie Film Lab | Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. | Lawn furniture: Taylor Creative | Tent: Sperry Tent | Flower Girl Balloons: Geronimo Balloons | Catering: Peter Ambrose Events Catering | Wedding Cake: Tates Bakery | DJ: 74 events | Makeup: Facetime Beauty | Hair: Rafael | Wedding Dress: Custom by Katie Ermilio | Parasol: little shop in Paris | Veil: Satya Twena | Shoes: Christian Louboutin