A Bright, Bohemian Beach Wedding at Sun and Surf Beach Club in Atlantic Beach, New York

Since they met at the Coachella music festival, Vanessa Cancilla (34 and works in event design and staging) and Thomas Casa Jr. (35 and a chef) planned a vibrant hippie-chic-inspired event for their early-fall wedding in Atlantic Beach, New York. The Sun and Surf Beach Club offered the ideal setting for the couple’s free-spirited fete, with ocean views and a laid-back boathouse aesthetic to channel the low-key vibe they were after. “The space was the perfect blank canvas for us to create our own aesthetic and theme, and it was situated on the water,” Vanessa says. “You would have thought we were at a venue in California, and not half an hour away from New York City.” After an intimate first look on the boardwalk, Vanessa and Tommy joined their friends and families on the Sun and Surf Beach Club deck for the ceremony. With the beach and the Atlantic Ocean as their backdrop, Vanessa and Tommy exchanged vows under a custom wooden wedding arbor adorned with vibrant blooms, paying tribute to the festival theme. “We had so much fun choosing our flowers,” Vanessa says. "They were a mix of deep red and plush pink with white and yellow accents." Vanessa’s eye for design was apparent throughout the reception. The event designer enlisted the help of her team at RentQuest to infuse the seaside setting with bohemian flair, with elements such as vintage turquoise sofas, clear acrylic coffee tables, gold accents and colorful Persian rugs to bring the couple's vision to life. The reception took on a more glamorous, modern tone with gold chargers and centerpieces featuring textured bouquets piled high atop candelabras adorning each table. But the music-festival feel was ever present, as evidenced in the 10-piece band that rocked the reception. —Libby MacCarthy