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A Vintage Garden Wedding in Port Washington, NY

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Jodi & Asa in Port Washington, NY
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A lush, all-white bouquet with green accents had the timeless look Jodi wanted.
Doro’s Annex, New York, NY
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Jodi wore these white-satin open-toe heels for the ceremony and changed into comfy purple wedges for walking on the lawn.
Badgley Mischka
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Jodi chose Empire-waist dresses to keep her bridesmaids comfortable.
After Six, various stores
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Jodi grew up attending Notre Dame church in New Hyde Park with her family, so it meant a lot for her to get married there.
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The place cards (vintage postcards of Hempstead House) were displayed inside a card catalog.
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The couple served The Bee’s Knees as their signature cocktail. It’s made of gin, lemon juice and honey.
Creative Edge Parties, New York, NY
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Guests had a blast during the wedding, exploring the castle and taking in the amazing view of Long Island Sound from the lawn.
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Games like croquet, horseshoes and bocce ball were set up on the lawn to play up the Great Gatsby, garden-party vibe.
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Cut-crystal glassware, taper candles and gold flatware had an opulent look to match the castle’s interior.
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The arrangements included roses and other jewel-toned blooms, along with peacock feathers and ripe fruits like plums and pomegranates.
Doro’s Annex, New York, NY
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Each table was named after a theme, object, place or character from The Great Gatsby. The letterpress cards were displayed in detailed holders.
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This purple cake, with white arches and castle-inspired details, fit the theme.
Cheryl Kleinman Cakes, Brooklyn, NY
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The couple chose “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen for their first dance (they both love the song) and asked the band to play Jeff Buckley’s version.
Hank Lane Music, New York, NY

Jodi & Asa in Port Washington, NY

The Bride Jodi Lu Baldassano, 31, a marketing manager at Pragma Securities LLC The Groom Asa Johnson, 31, a freelancer in nonprofit development The Date August 28 Lifelong New Yorkers, Jodi and Asa wanted a less common venue -- one their guests hadn’t already been to for an event. The answer: Hempstead House, which made them feel like they were throwing a fabulous house party at their own castle. A fitting The Great Gatsby–meets–The Secret Garden theme set the tone for the décor.
- Jaimie Dalessio
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