Mariel and Jamie love the Hamptons. So it’s no surprise that they would plan the most important day of their lives to take place here. Ironically, one of Mariel’s close family friends recently bought a beautiful horse farm in the Hamptons and Mariel’s dad happen to see it. Once he saw the staircase, he said “Mariel is going to get married here one day.” Fast forward to their engagement party, that same family friend surprised the bride and groom by offering the home for their wedding location. Of course they said “yes.” The weekend started off at Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club for their rehearsal dinner followed by a beautiful bonfire on the beach after dessert. The next day was the big day. The ceremony took place right next to the reception tent during sunset followed by an outdoor cocktail hour. The reception was decorated like a dream wedding featuring all-star entertainment by Marianne Bennett Productions. We had the pleasure of working with talented photographer Ira Lippke and his team of Ira Lippke Studios as well as the mastermind behind all the planning Sofia Crokos and her team at Sofia Crokos Events. Music licensed by Music Bed Aegis by Jordan Critz Stadium Lights by Airplanes
Event Planning: Sofia Crokos Events Photography: Ira Lippke Studios Entertainment: Marianne Bennett Productions Floral & Event Design: Ron Wendt Design Lighting: Luminous Designs & Tommy Ortel Catering: Cloud Catering Cake: City Sweets & Confections
Julie and Joseph’s story is right out of a movie. They met by chance in college, lost touch, and then reconnected four years later. Joseph knew then that Julie was the one, but there was a problem. She was moving to Korea. This would have ended most relationships. Except Joseph made the kind of romantic gesture that makes the rest of us look bad. He decided to fly to Korea and to tell her how he felt. We couldn’t have made up a better story if we tried.
Julie and Joseph told us they chose Blue Hill because it reflected who they were as a couple. They love how quaint it is and how it wasn’t a typical wedding ballroom. We love shooting there for exactly the same reason. It’s rustic, beautiful and the food is awesome.
We had a great story to tell and a great venue, but we also had a few outstanding professionals to work with. Anisha Arouza and her planning team from Just About Married kept the day moving and organized. DJ Jason Fioto from Generation Events helped us get the best audio possible.
“Celestial” by Moncrief | Music Licensed by The Music Bed
Day-of Coordinator : Just About Married
Venue : Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Entertainment : Generation Events
Make Up Artist : VickyC5
Hair Stylist : VickyC5
Floral Design : Poppies & Posies
Bride Dress : Marchesa
Bride Shoes : Jimmy Choo
Groom Tux : Hugo Boss
Rustic Wedding Video | Cedar Lakes Cabin
Amy and Brandon were married in sleep-away camp style at Cedar Lakes Cabins in Port Jervis, New Jersey. They chose the venue because they were attracted to the idea of making it a fun active weekend with family and close friends. One of the things we like to ask our couples is the story of how they got together. Amy and Brandon met online, but during their first date they discovered that they actually had been living right across the street from each other. These are the kind of details you can only get by doing your research and speaking with the couple before the wedding day.
We set their first look up near a lake with Brandon standing on an intimate dock while Amy approached him. This allowed us and the photographer to get creative sequences with the bride and groom before the formalities kicked in. By the time the bride walked down the aisle the sun was completely down and we provided additional film lighting outside. This made it possible for us to capture the ceremony as it was literally pitch black outside.
“We Can Make It” by Bastian | Music licensed by Audiosocket
Photographer: Douglas Benedict
Wedding Planner: Amy Hardisty, White Hall Events
Venue: Cedar Lakes Estate
Flowers: Meg Low/ That Time Events
Cake: Sweet Love and Cake
Catering: Cedar Lakes Estate, Lisa Karvellas
Hair: Tovah Avigail
Make Up: Ashlee Glazer
Blue Hill Wedding at Stone Barns, New York
In spring of 2004, Blue Hill at Stone Barns opened it’s doors in Pocantico Hills, New York. A four-season organic farm 30 miles north of New York City that Julia and Kevin fell in love with, not only for the rustic beauty, but also for the healthy farm-to-table dinning experience that they would share with their guests.
Kate Ignatowski was a photographer we had never worked with before but she shared in our creativity and inspiration. We had a brief conversation before the wedding to share our styles and approaches and we collaborated a great game plan to deliver the best experience to Julia and Kevin.
For their ceremony, the couple invited one of their close friends to officiate which added a intimate and personal feeling. The ambiance of the entire venue grounds created a classy feel to the event. During our discovery meeting weeks before the wedding, Julia and Kevin openly shared their passions and past times. This helped us get to know them and allowed us to capture their best stories.
Dean from Bounce Entertainment provided one of the most talented live bands I have ever worked with. Being a former professional musician myself, I knew they were high caliber players. He also allowed us to use our own wireless mic system for the ceremony and reception speeches which guarantees great quality audio both in our films and live.
Director: Adam Forgione
Editor: RJ Weyant
Cinematography: Adam Forgione, RJ Weyant
Flyer: Movi M5
Cams: Canon C100 + 5DMK3
Lenses: Canon L-Series, Zeiss
Edit: Adobe Premiere
Color Grading: Davinci Resolve
Music licensed: Song Freedom
Wedding Planner : Cynthia Ross Affairs
Photographer : Kate Ignatowski
Venue : Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Entertainment : Eastside Mix by Bounce Entertainment
Make Up Artist : Anny Chow
Hair Stylist : Anny Chow
Floral Design : Poppies and Posies
Bride Dress : Elizabeth Fillmore (Gabriella Bridal Salon)
Bride Shoes : Christian Louboutin
Groom Tux : David Reeves
Groom Shoes : Allen Edmonds Bridesmaid
Dresses : Amsale Cake : Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Rings : Richard Wasserman