Classic Wedding in Oyster Bay, N.Y.

Classic Wedding in Oyster Bay, N.Y.
Christen and Eric wed at a private club in Oyster Bay, N.Y., overlooking Long Island Sound. The couple chose a simple and elegant color palette of ivory and green and included a nod to Napa Valley (where Eric proposed) with olive branches and wine barrels. / Images by Patricia Kantzos.

Says Christen, “Having grown up spending my summers at the club, I always imagined my wedding would take place there. The view from our ceremony location was spectacular; lush green golf course running down to the beach and the Long Island Sound is unlike any other. As a true lover of golf, Eric was more than happy to be married while overlooking the course! Equally as special is the Beach Club where we had our cocktail hour before entering the tent on the beach. On a normal night the sunset is beautiful, but on the night of our wedding it was unlike any other sunset we’d ever seen. The venue choice was a no-brainer! As for style, we wanted to keep it simple, yet elegant and with a hint of Napa Valley flair since that is where we got engaged. White flowers, olive branches and lots of greenery, wine barrels, farm tables intermixed with formal tables, mercury glass and candles of varying heights. It was romantic, rustic yet formal, and so very ‘us.’ 

I wanted desperately to find my dress on the day I set up my first three bridal salon appointments. I asked my Mom, Aunt and God Mother to come with me, knowing they would give honest feedback without being overly critical. At the first salon, there was a lot of silence and blank expressions; not typical for these ladies. The dresses seemed to be wearing me rather than me wearing them. Moving on to the second salon, it was more of the same and I began to tear up, thinking maybe I just wasn’t ‘bridal.’ It was then that my bridal consultant, Polly, brought in two dresses by the same designer. They were formal, yet light, they had special subtle details, but one had a full skirt and the other was form-fitting. I was torn but Polly came to my rescue with the incredible idea of trying on a full skirt overlay on top of the form fitting dress – Voila! – one dress became both! All four of us teared up (happy tears, of course!) and we knew it was my dress. I wore the overskirt during photos and the ceremony, and then removed it for the cocktail hour and the reception. I never felt more beautiful!

Christen & Eric’s Love Story | Eric and I both grew up in New York on Long Island. We lived about 35 minutes from one another, but never crossed paths. However, the summer before our senior year of college we both interned in Charlotte, N.C. While we were in different programs, it didn’t take long for us to meet and realize the connection we had. At the end of the summer, we left it open as to what would happen. Two weeks later, Eric had gone back to the University of Virginia and I was driving back to Wake Forest University from New York. A crazy thunderstorm rolled in as I was driving through Virginia. My Mom called and asked me to stop to let the storm pass and suggested I stay with my friend, Eric. One of the best pieces of advice my Mom ever gave me! A few months after graduation we both moved to Charlotte, fast forward six years to Eric’s proposal and then one year later, we were married!

The couple honeymooned in Italy. They spent two weeks visiting Lake Como, Florence, Montalcino, Positano and Rome.
Credits: Photography: Patricia Kantzos | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Private Club | Florist: Petals | Wedding gown: Palazzo by Jane White | Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux | Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Alfred Sung | Wedding Stationery: The Printery | Cake and Caterer: Private Club | Transportation: Long Island Trolleys | Hairstylist: Jorge at Morel