Kate and Derek married in late September in the town they first met one another – Montauk, New York. Their venue was the Montauk Lake Club and Amanda Barbara Events and Wildflower Floral Events created a stunning backdrop for the couple’s joyous celebration. / Images by Liz Banfield.
Tell us about your venue. Nothing beats Montauk in September! Most of the summer crowds are gone. And on a nice day the natural beauty of Montauk shines even brighter! And it’s a special place to us, as it is the town where we met.
Says the couple, “We wanted to host a weekend where everything felt festive and easy. Beautiful scenery, good food and drinks, and a great party band to get people out of their seats. For our ceremony, we wanted our guests to feel close to us.
How did you meet? We met on July 3rd, 2016, the old fashioned way … at a bar! (The Surf Lodge in Montauk, NY). It was the final night of a long 4th of July holiday weekend for both of us. We were introduced by a mutual friend, and the rest is history … Kate made fun of Derek’s shirt because it looked like a picnic table cloth. Derek claims Kate then followed him to the dance floor (unlikely). The next day, Derek tricked Kate into meeting his entire family.
Favorite memories? The ceremony. We wrote our own vows; it was very special, and almost surreal, to share our feelings not only with each other, but with the people who had supported us throughout our lives. The first dance was also a highlight. We took a few last minute dance lessons that really paid off! We didn’t get all the steps right, but had fun trying.
Where did you honeymoon? The Maldives and Sri Lanka! The weather was unseasonably terrible – but totally worth it, given we had the most beautiful weather day for our wedding.
Photography: Liz Banfield | Event Planning and Design: Amanda Barbara Events | Wedding gown designer: Pronovias | Wedding gown style name: Ina | Wedding dress shop: Pronovias NYC | Bride’s shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids dresses: Alfred Sung | Wedding rings: Cartier | Groom’s attire: Zegna | Hair and Makeup: Morgan Mabry Makeup & Alan David Hair | Flowers/Florist: Jenny Wildflower of Wildflower Floral Events | Invitations: The Paper Studio | Reception Catering: Montauk Lake Club | Cake baker and designer: Montauk Bake Shoppe | Rentals and Linens: Party Rentals Ltd. | Lighting: Matt Murphy Lighting | Tent: Sperry Tent | Welcome Bags: The Paper Studio | Cocktail Musician and Reception Band: The Barnstorm | Photo booth: Premier Photo Booth | Transportation: Hampton Hopper