Sunday, June 27, 2010

Three months!

On June 26th we hit the three month mark, and the weekend before we hit Montauk and Gurney's Inn!

We took Father's Day weekend off to get out of the city, visit with family and touch base with our wedding coordinator, Ginny. We always look forward to seeing her because she is so enthusiastic about our wedding, and so helpful with ideas and tips. We also sat down with Judge James Ketcham, who will be officiating our wedding on the beach. A retired judge with a quick wit, he kept us laughing throughout the meeting. But it was easy to see that, just like the staff at Gurney's, he takes his job seriously. We are sure he will do a wonderful job performing our ceremony. Before we parted ways with Ginny we met Jon, another wedding coordinator, and then headed down to the beach bar to sample their drink of the day, the tangerine cosmopolitan.
On the beach we met a few more staff members, including executive chef Angelo "Chip" Monte, Jr. and general manager Paul Monte. Everyone was relaxed and friendly, and only made it more obvious that we picked a great place to have our wedding.

The weather was beautiful and suggestive of what we may have in September, but even if it's hot and humid or cool and rainy we know that it will be fabulous.

After our tangerine cosmos we wandered the many decks and wooden walkways surrounded by plants and shrubs that give Gurney's a hidden feeling as if it simply sprung up in the midst of these seaside cliffs. Our last stop was at The Sea Grille where we toasted with a couple of glasses of Prosecco while sampling some of their amazing clams and oysters on the half shell, mussels in white wine broth, and tuna carpaccio.

It was so beautiful and relaxing it made us excited for the fun we will have in September with all our family and friends around us.

The rest of the weekend was spent relaxing at the Feleppa house in East Hampton, eating more delicious food and laying around on the beach. With one more task on our To Do list before the weekend was over, we headed back into the city on Monday morning. Once we were home, unpacked and showered it was time to hop on the subway and hit the diamond district in search of our wedding rings. We had already done some preliminary shopping in SoHo but now it was time to get down to business (and bargaining). A few friends had made some suggestions so we knew where we planned on looking but after our first stop we decided to go see Jonro Jewelers, a couple that had been very helpful when Alex was shopping for engagement rings and other sparkly things.

They immediately remembered Alex and as we chatted they showed us some of their beautiful handiwork. Jon and Rochelle are both knowledgeable and opinionated, and they offer some great quality pieces. Before we knew it we had found two rings that were absolutely perfect and within our budget. We took a deep breath, said "let's go for it" and now are eagerly awaiting our finished rings. You'll just have to wait until the wedding for any more details.

Needless to say, wedding planning is in high gear and I'm pretty sure the next three months are going to fly by. It's going to be a busy and exciting summer!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Question of Beach Wedding Attire

A few people have asked what is appropriate beach wedding attire and that's a good question.

We definitely want people to be comfortable but we don't want people to err on the side of being too casual. Montauk is by nature a casual town, but Gurney's is a top-notch resort so we want people to dress for the occasion. Immediate family will be in some sharp looking suits and fancy dresses. For the gents we suggest a suit or jacket and dresses for the ladies, open to your own interpretation of course. Shy away from shorts, jeans are not acceptable, and opt for button-downs over polo shirts. There will be an ocean breeze and temps in the upper 60's so no one should be too warm. Rest assured that ladies will want to bring a light wrap or cover-up for later in the evening. The ceremony itself will be right on the beach so if you want to kick off your shoes that is just fine. After the ceremony you will climb stairs to the sun deck for the cocktail hour and then enjoy dinner and dancing within the big ballroom so you will need comfy dress shoes for that. We will be at Gurney's until 9:00pm at least and the temperature will definitely drop after the sun sets. Montauk evenings are breezy and cool, especially if you want to go back down to the water's edge for some fresh air.

As far as what to bring for the rest of your time in Montauk we tend to bring a lot of layers. Tourism aside Montauk is a low key, casual fishing town. Locals and weekenders alike will tell you that Montauk is not "The Hamptons", it's less pretentious and a bit more honky tonk. Days will be warm and the ocean temp will still be tolerable so not a bad idea to bring your bathing suits. We figure it will still be shorts and T-shirt weather but it's always worth checking the forecast as it can be variable out there. In case of some showers or overcast days a light windbreaker or waterproof jacket can be really good to have. Nights can get cool enough that you will need a pair of jeans or long pants, and a cozy sweater or sweatshirt. Most restaurants are casual, some more like dress casual, so not a big deal if you want to go out on the town.

Hope this helps.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

And They're Off!

As you know by now the wedding invites are out! Since we are asking people to trek all the way out to Montauk with us and also make the trip during a popular time of year we wanted to jump the gun a little bit and get the invites out earlier than the typical two to three months before the wedding date. And thank you all for the great compliments to the design and elements we opted to go with. Friends and family have mentioned different aspects of the invite that they like especially and that certainly puts a big smile on our faces. They were a bit of work but we too were really happy with how they came out. And for those people that are checking this website out because you are planning your own wedding we wanted to do this quick post to recommend the DIY wedding invites. If you have a computer and a decent printer and are willing to do the design work yourself they are a great, less expensive option to consider. Krissy found LCI Paper and on their website we picked out a few samples that appealed to us. When we got them we created Word documents the same size as the samples and experimented with fonts and format, wording, etc. Ultimately we picked the design we liked best, printed a test run on the sample, and pleased we realized we could produce our own invites at home for significantly less than a paper or print shop would charge. We ordered enough material to compensate for the inevitable learning curve - for us we bought 100 pieces of everything and ended up with about 75 complete invites, which was enough for our needs. The paper was less than $300 and the only other expenses were pens, a roll of double-sided tape, an extra black ink cartridge, and postage. Going another route we could have easily spent twice as much. It definitely took patience and a little Do-It-Yourself creativity but for us it was the perfect option, and the perfect compliment to the comfortable and personal wedding we intend to have.
...and the response cards have already begun to roll in - amazing!
Hope you are as excited as we are!
Cheers,
Alex & Krissy