Leia and Nikle celebrated each other, and many of their favorite local jaunts, tastes, sounds and spots in Montauk when they got married there last Spring. They kicked off their wedding weekend with a Welcome Party at the Montauket, which,”according to the locals, is the best place to watch the sunset on Long Island,” Leia tells Twirl New York. They rented the entire outdoor space, brought in heat lamps to protect guests from the ocean breeze, served casual fare such as lobster sliders and fish tacos, and had an open bar, which included buckets of Wolffer Rose. A reggae band out of Harlem they often hear in Montauk called Royal Khaoz was hired, and the celebration continued.
The morning of the wedding was anything but traditional. Since many of Nikle’s guests had played soccer with him over the years, he thought it would be awesome to arrange a game the morning of the wedding! He got a permit for the field in town and approximately 60 guests (including his dad, brother, and college coach) joined him in an athletic competition before it was time to get ready for the ceremony.
The couple shared their first look at the bride’s parent’s home and then took photos on the property. After the church ceremony, they headed over to Kirk Park for some bridal party photos on a hidden little dock and gazebo on the lake. To give an indication of how committed to this celebration the father of the bride was, he power-washed and painted the gazebo, which is public property, the week of the wedding. Family photos and additional shots of the bride and groom were taken on the beach at Gurney’s prior to the cocktail hour.
“My dad likes to surprise all of his children at their weddings with one or two quirky additives. Since I am the baby, he sort of went all out—in addition to bringing in a fresh mozzarella station, he hired ribbon dancers, an acrobat and two plant dancers. Cocktail hour was a little like Cirque Du Soleil!” Leia enthusiastically recalls.
Our wedding weekend was the most magical weekend of our lives!—Leia
The bride couldn’t have been happier with her reception. The couple danced to John Legend’s All of Me. “Our band absolutely killed it the entire night! We received so many compliments about the energy, everyone had a blast! At the end of the night, Lupe Fiasco (who was a guest at the wedding, my husband works with him and he is a close friend) took over and performed two of his hits: Touch the Sky and Show Goes On (a personal favorite),” the bride shared.
The couple’s wedding weekend concluded the next day, with a brunch at the Montauk Yacht Club.
Wonderful weather was the icing on the cake of this very sweet celebration. As Leia describes it, she was having so much fun at the reception that the day-after brunch was a great way to see those she missed at the wedding. “It was so wonderful to be able to chat with people who I didn’t get to see much of the night before, because I was glued to the dance floor.”
Wedding Planning Sincerely Yours Events
Venue, Ceremony St.Therese of Lisieux Church
Venue, Reception Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa
Floral Design C. Whitmore Gardens
Wedding Dress Designer Ines Di Santo
Bridal Salon Bergdorf Goodman
Invitations Dauphine Press
Officiant Father Tom at St.Therese of Lisieux Church
Catering & Wedding Cake Gurney’s Montauk Resort
Videography Phil Cho at Noledge Productions
Music, Ceremony String Quartet from Vogue Music Events
Music, Reception Hank Lane Band “The Highline”
Rentals Party Rental Ltd
Transportation M & V Limousines Ltd.
Bride’s Shoes Jimmy Choo
Groom’s Attire Windsor Customs, NYC, velvet shoes for ceremony, Converse sneakers for the reception
Bridesmaids’ Dresses Amsale and Monique Lhuillier, from Claudia Hanlin’s Wedding Library
Hair & Make up GlamSquad
Welcome Bags Outreach Promotional Solutions
Favors A donation was made to the Quinn for Win Foundation in support of their good friend Patrick Quinn’s fight against ALS, which he was diagnosed with at age 30.