Tasteful Christmas Season Wedding

Tasteful Christmas Season Wedding

Courtney and CJ married in late December in East Norwich, New York. Following a glowing candle-lit ceremony, the couple invited friends and family to celebrate at the Muttontown Club. With planning by L. Marie Events, the ‘Gold Coast’ mansion was draped in cream, powder blue and lavender-hued florals by Scarsellas Flowers to create an enchanting feel. / Images by Liz Banfield.

Says Courtney, “Our goal for the decor was to bring nature inside by filling the space with an abundance of greenery and flowers. The table arrangements had a moody, ethereal feel with a variety of flowers from anemones to ranunculus to delphinium in soft whites, blues, and purples. Our venue was an old ‘Gold Coast’ mansion and we wanted it to look enchanted, as though the flowers and greens were growing out of every seam in the building and coming to life for the evening.

The gorgeous earrings I wore were a gift from my mother, made of the same diamonds and pearls from a bracelet my father gave her on their wedding day. They were a stunning tribute to my father who passed away on 9/11 and complimented my dress perfectly.

How did you meet? CJ and I met in 2011 while on staff of the National High School Model United Nations conference in New York City during our freshman year of college. We quickly became close friends and eventually started dating in 2013.

My bouquet was wrapped with a handkerchief that was CJ’s baby bonnet from his christening.

Favorite memories? The wedding ceremony was truly the most special moment of our lives filled with the love and support of our family. My older brother walked me down the aisle and was my Man of Honor, my grandmother gave the first reading, CJ’s brother was his Best Man, and one of CJ’s cousins gave the second reading. It was a beautiful way to symbolically unite our two families as one and a wonderfully happy way to start the evening.

Dancing! The Hudson Project Band was amazing and got everyone out of their seats for a celebratory night on the dance floor. At one point during the evening, CJ and I stepped to the side for a moment to watch all of our family and friends dancing the night away. It was obvious that everyone was having just as much fun as we were!

CJ and I currently live in Amsterdam, which is famous for its endless fields of flowers. As a nod to the Netherlands, the only flower used during cocktail hour were brilliant white tulips. At the end of the night, small bouquets of these Dutch flowers were given to guests as a parting gift. This influence carried over to our escort card table, an enormous center arrangement surrounded by over a hundred candles with hand painted tiles for each guest. It looked like something from an Old Masters painting with the guests becoming immersed in the installation as they walked around the table to find their name.

Where did you honeymoon? We spent three weeks traveling around Thailand and Cambodia. We started our trip on the beautiful island of Koh Pha Ngan, then traveled to Bangkok, Siem Reap, and Chiang Mai. It was the perfect combination of relaxation, adventure, fabulous food, and elephants!

Photography: Liz Banfield | Event Planning: L. Marie Events | Ceremony venue: St. John’s of Lattingtown | Reception venue: Muttontown Club, East Norwich, NY | Wedding gown designer: Monique Lhuillier, ‘Beatrice’ style | Wedding dress shop: Wedding Salon of Manhasset | Bride’s shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bride’s accessories: Custom earrings made from family jewels | Bridesmaid dresses: Assorted (picked out their own) | Groom’s attire: The Blk Tux | Groomsmen attire: Florence Eisenman | Flower girl attire: Pashley, Cold Spring Harbor | Hair: Lauren B from Salon Pop | Makeup: Alexa Rae Johnson | Florist: Scarsellas Flowers | Invitations: Beloved Paper Company | Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Cathy | Cake: Wonderful Wedding Cakes | Rentals: Evolution Rentals | Linens: The Finishing Touch NY | Lighting: Scarsellas Flowers | Welcome Boxes: Beloved Paper Company | Reception Band: The Hudson Project Band via Elan Artists