Classic Peconic Bay Yacht Club Wedding in Southold, New York

Classic Peconic Bay Yacht Club Wedding in Southold, New York

Caitlin and Chris married in late August at Peconic Bay Yacht Club in Southold, New York. The couple chose to echo the beautiful water views and lush greenery of the surroundings in their wedding decor and style brought to life by Amanda Barbara Events and Sag Harbor Florist. A smattering of chandeliers, candles, draped fabric and greens created a most romantic tented reception. / Images by Liz Banfield.

Says Caitlin, “We went to Greenport a few years ago for a summer weekend getaway and instantly fell in love with its beachy charm and low-key atmosphere. Chris proposed on a Thursday night in August 2018, and we happened to be on our way to Greenport the very next day for another getaway. While we were out there together again, we realized pretty quickly it was where we wanted to get married. We wanted a destination that felt like a departure from New York and our daily lives, but that was also easily accessible for our friends and family, most of whom are on the east coast. Greenport checked every box. When we visited Peconic Bay Yacht Club later that year, they only had a handful of available dates, one of which was August 24th 2019, exactly 1 year and 1 day after the day we got engaged. It felt like a sign, and even though I had been picturing a fall wedding, Chris convinced me it was meant to be. He was right, and we ended up with the most beautiful day of summer.

Favorite memories of the day (bride)? Getting ready, messing around in the morning with my best friends; dancing and drinking champagne with my girls in the boat house right before we walked down the aisle; seeing Chris’s face when he saw me at our first look (we both teared up, it was magical); his face when I walked down the aisle; reading my vows and hearing Chris read his to me (we wrote our own and they were both very personal and had so many people tell us afterwards how special they were); all of our speeches from our dads and my maids of honor; dancing the night away with our phenomenal band – especially the moments on stage and the moment I was surrounded with horns in the middle of the dancefloor; dancing with my Dad to ‘I Say A Little Prayer for You’ and with my grandfather who’s presence meant the world to me; and, of course, officially becoming Chris’s wife.

How did you meet? The crazy thing is, Chris and I realized years later we had met in passing two or three times beforehand, but we cite our official meeting date as May 2012 at a New York City night club called Southside. By no means did either of us imagine we’d be meeting our future spouse at a place like Southside (dark, loud, and overfilled with over served twenty-somethings) but, as Chris says, we had an instant connection. One of my best friends, Heather, knew Chris and as she started to walk over to say hi, he and I locked eyes, I pointed at him, and then motioned for him to come over to us, and he did! It was the boldest I had ever been in getting a guy’s attention, but it worked. After that, we couldn’t stop talking and laughing all night. He played it relatively cool for a few months afterwards and we went on our first official date in August at Mermaid Oyster Bar in SoHo. We finished 2 bottles of wine and closed the place down because we couldn’t stop talking. And we still can’t!

What was your vision for the wedding? Our wedding was truly a reflection of the beautiful scenery at Peconic Bay Yacht Club, the beach town charm of Greenport, and our personal style. We aimed for design that was at once elegant and laid back which we felt was very natural to us and to our setting. Peconic Bay Yacht Club has beautiful water views and lush greenery which really played into our color palette of all sorts of shades of blue and leafy greens. One word we kept saying throughout the design process was ‘romantic’ which was reflected in our chandeliers, draped greens and fabric throughout the tent, and in all our décor pieces like candles and place settings. 

Tell us about your wedding dress. We had already visited a few ateliers, so had a general sense of what I was looking for before arriving at Carolina Herrera. The Holland was the first dress I saw at the store that I knew I had to try. That being said, Carolina Herrera only makes sensationally beautiful dresses and there were a few others I had to rule out before deciding on Holland. Ultimately though, it was an easy choice. I loved the classic shape, the unique cut of the neckline and the embellishment detailing that perfectly mimicked the draped greenery we were picturing inside the tent, not to mention the cathedral length train – had to go big! It felt like the perfect combination of the big bridal moment I envisioned that also matched our setting and vibe.

Tell us how you coordinated your bridesmaid’s dresses? I let them choose their own (with supervision)! My vision was varying shades of light blue that would mimic the sky and the ocean. I couldn’t have imagined how beautiful they would all look in the setting. 

One of my favorite pieces was our oversize white bar, which featured our monogram and accompanying moldings in light blue. It was the perfect centerpiece under the tent and looked beautiful alongside our tablecloths and florals.

Another was our escort board, where we wanted to bring all different shades of blue together in dreamy watercolors, with heaps of flowers below. It made a beautiful statement as guests entered cocktail hour that set the tone for the evening. 

Advice? Be decisive and go with your gut. Do what feels right. Don’t lose sight of the important stuff.

Where did you honeymoon? We took a quick mini moon to the Rosewood Hotel in Bermuda right after the wedding and absolutely loved it. Our honeymoon in New Zealand and Bora Bora in February was sensational. I now firmly believe New Zealand is the most beautiful place on earth. Our favorite activity in New Zealand was a helicopter tour of Milford Sound. The views were like nothing we’d ever seen before. Bora Bora was the perfect way to decompress after all our NZ activities. Lots of sunshine and turquoise waters.

Photographer: Liz Banfield | Ceremony and Reception venues: Peconic Bay Yacht Club | Event Planning and welcome bags: Amanda Barbara Events | Florist: Sag Harbor Florist | Wedding Gown: Carolina Herrera | Wedding Gown Shop: Saks Fifth Ave | Groom’s Attire: Canali | Bride’s Jewelry: John Hardy (earrings) | Bride’s shoes: Aquazzura | Bridesmaids’ attire: various – picked out their own dresses | Wedding Stationery: Ipanema Press | Cake: Magnolia Bakery | Caterer: Robbins Wolf | Hairstylist: Nikki Avanzino | Make-up Artist: White Rose Collective – Charlie Riddle | Wedding Band: Sugar Lane – Hank Lane | Tent: Sperry Tent | Rentals: Party Rental LTD – Tables, silverware, china, kitchen needs; Elite Party Rental – Specialty Glassware, Chairs, and Farm Tables; Exquisite Events – String Lighting, Chandeliers, Draping in the tent, bars, and lounge furniture | Lighting: Matt Murphy Events | Linens: LaTavola Linens