Sometimes love is just meant to be. Katie and Connor first met in elementary school, and became high school sweethearts. The pair stayed together through college and post-grad plans, and when it came time to propose, Connor decided to pop the question in Quogue, New York where Katie’s family owns a summer home. They knew this was where they should have their wedding.
By having the wedding in her parent’s backyard, Katie hoped to avoid a cookie-cutter event. “I have spent many birthdays, holidays and special times with friends and family at the house,” she tells Twirl New York. “I thought nothing would be more special than getting married in the backyard of the house my parents built. They picked out everything from the door knobs to the floors. It was our dream to get married at the sweet and beautiful church in town and then have the reception close by at my parents’ house, which made sure our guests didn’t have to travel too far.”
Through creative inspiration and the help of their wedding planners, Sarah Duke and Taylor Van Deusen of Duke + Van Deusen, the couple hosted a “dinner party” in an open-air tent set-up in the backyard. “We wanted one large dinner party that felt as if it was an extension of our home with touches of color and pattern,” explains the bride.
There is nothing better than marrying your best friend, and someone who has seen you through so many important life events. —Sarah
“It was important to Katie to incorporate color, so together we chose a vibrant orange, blue and white color palette for the event,” says Sarah Duke. “To create something out of the ordinary, we mixed and matched beautiful linens sourced through La Tavola. Ginger jars and lamps from her family’s home were incorporated in the tent, adding a personal touch.”
“I love the color orange and I’ve always thought it was so vibrant and beautiful. The blue paired nicely and felt a little beachy,” adds Katie.
The bride credits her mother with the idea to incorporate the stripes detail. “We loved the blue and white stripe so much,” shared Katie. “It felt classic, preppy and nautical all at the same time. It was initially used on the invitations and found itself on many aspects of our wedding including the bouquets, cookie gift boxes, wedding cake, flower girl dresses and the champagne bottles!”
And while stripes, different shaped tables with uniquely patterned tablecloths and vibrant colors were the decor accents of the day, the great food was just as memorable. “Towards the end of the night we had mini cheeseburgers, french fries, milk and cookies and strawberry shooter shakes being passed,” recalls Katie. “The highlight of the desserts though was the freshly made Dreesen Donuts that were made for the guests. People are still talking about the donuts!”
Wedding Planning Duke + Van Deusen Events
Venue, Ceremony Church of the Atonement
Venue, Reception Private Residence
Floral Design Sag Harbor Florist
Wedding Dress & Veil Designer Oscar de la Renta
Bridal Salon Saks Fifth Avenue
Programs, Escort & Menu Cards Ipanema Press
Programs Plum Prints
Guest Book Assouline’s The Big Book of The Hamptons
Catering Pete Ambrose’s Endless Summer Catering
Wedding Cake Leanne’s Specialty Cakes
Videography Well Spun Weddings
Music, Reception Naked Soul
Rentals Party Rentals Ltd.
Linens La Tavola
Bride’s Shoes Manolo Blahnik
Groom’s Suit, Suit Supply
Groom’s Tie J.Mclaughlin
Groom’s Shoes Gucci
Groomsmen’s Pants Castaway custom
Groomsmen’s Tie Brooks Brothers
Bride’s Earrings, Engagement & Wedding Rings Hartgers Jewelers
Bridesmaids’ Dresses Shoshanna
Hair Luvate Wisdom
Makeup Freedom Makeup