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Classic Coastal Summer Wedding

Katy and Sean’s coastal summer wedding in Rye, New York was classically elegant to the core from Katy’s timeless Vera Wang gown to the ceremony at Katy’s childhood Church of the Resurrection to the flawless reception at the Shenorock Shore Club. The blush and seafoam color palette the couple chose was enchanting against the coastal backdrop. / Images by Kelsey Combe.

Says Katy, “I grew up in Rye and have so many fond memories playing on the beach at Shenorock Shore Club as a little girl. I’d always dreamed of having my wedding there one summer – and then when I met Sean on a June night overlooking the beach, I knew it was only fitting that we have a classic, coastal June wedding to celebrate our union. For the overall style, I wanted a traditional summer wedding with soft hues and elegant accents. While I wanted the wedding reception to overlook the water, it was important to me that we have a religious ceremony. My family is Catholic and I had my Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation all at the Church of the Resurrection in Rye so this was a natural choice for our ceremony. Overall, I really saw the wedding as an opportunity to share Rye, this small, quiet, coastal community where I’d grown up, with all of our dearest friends and family. I knew I wanted the wedding to be somewhat formal so it was easy to choose that the men wear tuxes. For the bridesmaids, I wanted a soft pastel hue that would photograph well against the Long Island Sound. I knew I found the perfect shoreside gown in Monique Lhuhllier’s stunning ‘seafoam’ dresses. While it was important to me that the wedding party look refined, I wanted our guests to feel comfortable and relaxed so we made it black tie optional. I chose the longest Saturday of the year so that the guests could enjoy extra sunlight and appreciate the ease of the indoor-outdoor flow at Shenorock from the traditional ballroom to the deck overlooking the beach and the Long Island Sound.

Favorite moments? I was so hyper-aware on my wedding day that I honestly captured so many moments as mini-vignettes to cherish in my mind for years to come. One of these favorite memories is getting ready with our moms and my bridesmaids. Feeling their love and support as I prepared for the biggest day of my life was both humbling and invigorating. This memory was made even more special when my bridesmaids, many of whom I’ve known since I was a child, surprised me with a blue scrapbook filled with all the fun photos and memories we’ve shared together. As fun as getting ready with the girls was, my absolute favorite memory was walking down the aisle to see Sean. We didn’t do a first look (I’m old fashioned!) so it was particularly powerful to see him for the first time that day while surrounded by all of our friends and family.

When it comes to family heirlooms, I was very close to both my grandmothers, whom unfortunately passed away before my wedding day. Though they were physically gone, it was important to me that I still find a way to include them in the celebrations. For my wedding day purse, I used the same clutch my paternal grandmother used on her very own wedding day. And around my wedding bouquet, I had the florist tie the sleeve of my grandmother’s wedding gown, which her mother, a seamstress, had sewn with her own hands. I felt both their love with me all day. Anyone who knows me knows I am a fairly particular person so it’s no surprise that I went to about a dozen bridal shops in Manhattan before finding *the one.* But when I tried on a simple, classic fit and flare lace dress at Vera Wang’s upper east side atelier, I knew it was perfect. It was timeless. It was comfortable. It was lace. There was no mistaking: It was my dress.” Sean & Katy’s Love Story | I met Sean on a summer night in Montauk on a rooftop bar overlooking the beach. As fate would have it, by the time Sean arrived, I was already leaving but a mutual friend quickly introduced us. The exchange was friendly but truthfully lasted no more than two minutes. And before Sean could ask for my number, I was gone—but that didn’t deter him. Sean is a resourceful guy and quickly put together that a friend of a friend had my number. He went through a lot of hoops to get my number but when he finally did, he called me and we went on our first date back in New York City at a wine bar near my apartment. Over the course of the next few months, we spent a lot of time together. On the weekends, we went to Montauk. During the week, we spent time at my apartment pool and enjoyed going to restaurants all over Manhattan. On that Labor Day, with the summer coming to a close, Sean asked me to be his girlfriend. From there, the adventures continued. We met each other’s families and spent every summer in Montauk together. We planned vacations in places like Deer Valley, Santa Monica, Australia, New Zealand, Anguilla, Mexico and more. We even did a sailing trip together, chartering a boat to sail around St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Through all of these adventures, big and small, we were falling madly in love and committed to one another. This all culminated on a romantically rainy day in March 2015, when Sean brought me to the Montauk Lighthouse. When we arrived at the lighthouse, we walked out to our favorite spot, on the rocks, overlooking the very end of Long Island. As we stood there together in the pouring rain, Sean told me how special the lighthouse was to him because it reminded him of me. He said, ‘I could come here every day with you and never tire of it. And I know we will continue to come here together… because I want to spend the rest of my life with you.” With that, he got down on one knee and asked, ‘Will you marry me?’ Of course, I said, ‘Yes.’ Technically I said ‘Thank you’ first and then ‘yes’ – but I said ‘yes.’

Katy’s advice? Have fun on your wedding day! The day will go by quickly either way so you might as well enjoy it.

The couple honeymooned in Hawaii & Bora Bora.

Credits: Photography: Kelsey Combe | Ceremony: Church of the Resurrection – Rye, New York | Reception Venue: Shenorock Shore Club | Florist: Amodio’s | Wedding gown & veil: Vera Wang | Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux | Bride’s Jewelry: Mervis Diamond Importers & BHLDN | Bride’s shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Bella Bridesmaids – Monique Lhullier | Invitations & Paper Goods: William Arthur, via the Rye Stationer | Cake: Corner Stone Caterer | Videography: Kiss The Bride Films

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