Elizabeth + Kurt's Deliciously Classic Oakdale, NY, Wedding

Feb 18, 2011

Things have been soooo so busy in Chez CB this week! After the best Valentine's weekend to date {rivaling the year J proposed to me way back in 2004}, spent in Paris with my love, I haven't had a chance to catch my breath! I can't wait to share all about our romantic escape and highlight all of the sweet things we got to see and do with you in another edition of European {Honeymoon} Travel! But first, I have so many great posts waiting on the sidelines - I thought I'd start today with one of my faves!

One of CB's top-favorite photographers, Patricia Kantzos, has kindly sent over another stunning wedding she captured oh-so-perfectly to share today! Every single detail of this wedding seems so brilliantly timeless and I'm really adoring the family photos on the mantelpiece {how divine is that equestrian shot?}, the super cute flowergirls and, of course, the venue! Elizabeth and Kurt were wed at the incredibly beautiful Bourne Mansion along Montauk Highway in Oakdale, NY - so perfectly dreamy! Scroll down for all the eye candy plus some gems of insight from the bride ...


I must say, I adore every aspect of this beautiful wedding ... some weddings leave me grasping to find one magical detail but this wedding leaves me with a list a mile long that I could gush about for days ... the genuine smiles and laughter, the fabulous guests' attire {c'mon, you don't see that everyday!}, the lovely celebratory romp on the lawn ... *sigh* ... love!

Let's hear about this beautiful day from the lovely bride, Elizabeth {isn't she goooorgeous?!}:

Tell us about some of your favorite personal touches at the wedding ...

- I loved having photos of family and friends on the fireplace mantels and throughout the mansion. We tried very hard to have at least one photo of each guest. Throughout wedding planning we focused on making the wedding not only about the love that we share with each other, but also for our family and friends. The photos definitely helped us to accomplish that task by warming and personalizing the mansion. Our friends and family also told us that during the cocktail hour they enjoyed walking around the mansion reminiscing as they looked at the photos and being surprised when they found photos of themselves.

- The icecream sundae bar was a huge hit. Kurt doesn’t like cake so in addition to the cake and pastries we wanted to have an option he would enjoy. It showed a childlike side of everyone as they ran passed the coffee and cordials directly to the sundae bar.

- As far as what I wore, I loved the additions to my dress - the buttons down the back and the straps, which I was able to remove for the reception. I ordered extra material of the fabric used for the bow and my seamstress at Kleinfeld’s made the straps. I also loved the pin (which was my “something borrowed”), as well as my necklace.

- Music – although difficult to capture in photos, the music throughout the wedding was very special. From the quartet during the ceremony, to the saxophone and piano players during the cocktail hour, to the outstanding band for the reception, the music certainly set the elegant, but fun mood we wanted.

- Centerpieces – Kurt and I used to enjoy the annual Cherry Blossom Festival while I was in college in Washington, DC, so we wanted Cherry Blossom branches, but they were unavailable in June. Instead we had branches draped with orchids, which we ended up loving just as much, if not more than the cherry blossoms.

What was your favorite part of your wedding?

- Greeting guests after ceremony – originally I didn’t want a receiving line, but it turned out to be a great way to see each guest.

- Walking into reception – I loved the way our maitre d organized our entrance

- Speeches – we loved the toasts given at our wedding, they were all very special and my brother’s was hilarious.

- Dancing with my Dad – I loved dancing with my dad at my wedding. I think it’s one of those moments you always picture and it was perfect. I also loved dancing (swaying) with both my parents as we watched Kurt dance with his mom.

- That we didn’t have a tornado – right after my mom and I had our hair and makeup done we heard that there was a tornado warning. Luckily, it never happened, and instead the lighting was absolutely gorgeous.

- Taking pictures outside during the cocktail hour – I had hoped to have all of our pictures done before the wedding, but we didn’t have an opportunity to go outside beforehand. Not only do I love the pictures, but it was very relaxed so it was nice to spend some quiet time as husband and wife.
Thanks so much for sharing, Elizabeth! And a big congrats to you and Kurt! Thanks, also, to Patricia for sending over these lovely images!!! xo.

Vendor Credits:
Florist – James Cress Florist (Smithtown, NY)
Dress – Christos (purchased and altered at Kleinfeld’s, New York, NY)
Stationary – William Arthur
Cake – Audrey’s Fine Baked Goods (Sayville, NY)
Venue – The Bourne Mansion (Oakdale, NY)
Jewelry: Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands – London Jewelers (Manhasset, NY)
Other jewelry (including hairpin) – Thomas Knoell
Hair/Makeup – T. Carlton Salon (Smithtown, NY)
Photography – Patricia Kantzos

Patricia Kantzos Photography is a current CB Sponsor but this is not a sponsored post.


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