November 18, 2014

Destination Wedding Photographer | Shelter Island, NY | Valentine + Erich

Wedding

Valentine and Erich’s stateside wedding fete felt like a great, big, comfortable family reunion that just happened to have a gorgeous woman in a white dress and a very dapper groom by her side (and up on stage).

Valentine and Erich were first married in Valentine’s homeland, Greece, the previous month.  After their honeymoon in Santorini, Mykonos, and Geneva, they returned home to New York for a celebration with the Americans at the Shelter Island home of Erich’s late grandfather, Governor Hugh Carey.  Their wedding “invitations” were passport replicas, announcing the destination wedding theme: passport to party.passport wedding invitation for Greek bride and New York groom for destination wedding on Shelter Island, New York

Valentine first wore the dress she had donned for the Greek wedding.   She had tried on dozens on other dresses and expected something streamlined but her mother in law saw this one and it was a winner.  The lacey cap-sleeved neckline is to die for.

Provonias dress and veil for destination wedding on Shelter Island, New York Greek bride getting ready for wedding day at backyard wedding on Shelter Island, New York

Erich’s mother gave her a family heirloom horseshoe pin to wear on the special day.

Greek bride getting ready for wedding day with family heirloom pin at backyard wedding on Shelter Island, New York

The couple did their first look around the property that Erich has known since childhood.

bride and groom at backyard wedding on Shelter Island in New York bride and groom on swings at backyard wedding on Shelter Island in New York

The bridesmaids wore subtly sparkly short champagne dresses and carried beautiful bouquets of succulents, dahlias, roses, rosemary, and ferns wrapped in trailing burlap ribbons.

short bridesmaids dresses in champagne for backyard wedding on Shelter Island, New York succulent and purlap bouquets and short bridesmaids dresses in champagne for backyard wedding on Shelter Island, New York

The groomsmen were given hats (classic Carey) and looked perfectly breezy in khaki suits with blue button down shirts.  I totally dug Erich’s brown and white wingtip shoes.

brown and white wingtip groom shoesgroomsmen in tan suits and blue shirts with sunglasses and hats for backyard wedding on Shelter Island, New Yorkgroomsmen in tan suits and blue shirts with sunglasses and hats for backyard wedding on Shelter Island, New York

Their ceremony was held in a small Catholic church not far away, Our Lady of the Isle.

maid of honor during Catholic wedding ceremony at Our Lady of the Isle Church on Shelter Island, NY bride and groom during Catholic wedding ceremony at Our Lady of the Isle Church on Shelter Island, NYlittle boy during Catholic wedding ceremony at Our Lady of the Isle Church on Shelter Island, NY bride and groom during Catholic wedding ceremony at Our Lady of the Isle Church on Shelter Island, NY

Valentine and Erich exited to a marvelous New Orleans style Mardi Gras band that paraded them down the street with lots of revelry and into a bright blue pickup truck for the ride back to the reception.

bride and groom leaving church with jazz band at backyard wedding on Shelter Island in New York

Valentine changed into her reception gown, a sleek Provonias number.

Provonias dress for destination wedding on Shelter Island, New York bride and groom with blue pickup truck at backyard wedding on Shelter Island in New York

In Greek tradition, the wedding bands are worn on the right hand.bride and groom in sepia at backyard wedding on Shelter Island in New York

They appeared on the Carey property to bagpipes, oyster shucking, shrimp grilling, children running, and guests just taking in the stunning day and views overlooking the water.

bride and groom walking into backyard wedding on Shelter Island in New York bagpiper at backyard wedding on Shelter Island in New York bride and groom at backyard wedding on Shelter Island in New York peach, yellow, and pomegranate centerpiece at tent wedding on Shelter Island in New York shrimp grilling station at backyard wedding on Shelter Island in New York oyster shucking station at backyard wedding on Shelter Island in New York

The two enjoyed their first dance to “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison.

first dance with bride and groom at tent wedding on Shelter Island in New York

There is something that you should know about the Carey family.  They are performers deep down to the core.  Flower girls sang the national anthem to guests before dinner, Erich serenaded his beaming bride, and the entire gang joined in rip-roaring sing-alongs to “The Weight” and “Proud Mary.”  There were so many happy voices and swaying bodies in that big tent.

groom playing guitar to wife during tented wedding reception on Shelter Island, NY family singalong at tent wedding on Shelter Island in New York

Valentine and her family brought their own traditions, including a Greek dance and an ice cream sundae bar.  Valentine’s family had owned Gelina’s, an ice cream shop, for years.

Greek wedding dancing at wedding reception at tent wedding on Shelter Island in New York kids ice cream station at backyard wedding on Shelter Island in New York

Sunset over the water was breathtaking.  Guests stood outside on that warm evening to watch the spectacular colors.

guests at sunset at backyard wedding on Shelter Island in New York

Valentine gave me one of the greatest complements I had ever received.  She crowd sourced her vendors.  She said that she had seen over 25 weddings in the past 5 years and, out of all of those pictures, she knew that she had to have me for her wedding.   It was an incredible day and I feel so lucky to have gotten my own #passporttoparty that weekend.

bride and groom at sunset at backyard wedding on Shelter Island in New York

 I can hear her heart beat for a thousand miles
And the heavens open every time she smiles
And when I come to her that’s where I belong
Yet I’m running to her like a river’s song
~ Van Morrison, “Crazy Love”

Wedding Ceremony: Our Lady of the Isle, Shelter Island, NY
Wedding Reception: Private Family Estate, Shelter Island, NY
Engagement Session: Manhattan
Wedding Photographer: Lindsay Docherty Photography
Officiant: Rabbi Seth Frisch
Florist: The Dedicated New Yorker
Wedding Dress Designer: Provonias (both gowns)
Veil: Provonias
Wedding Dress Shop: Provonias
Earrings and Brooch: heirloom
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Hair Stylist: Tina, Hollywood Salon and Day Spa
Makeup Artist: AmandaHollywood Salon and Day Spa
Maid of Honor Dress: BHLDN
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo
Musicians: The HooDoo Loungers
Reception Band: The HooDoo Loungers
Lighting: NY Tent
Tent: NY Tent
Invitations & favors: Checkerboard Invitation
Caterer: Ray Congdon
Wedding Bands: I. Friedman & Son
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