A Chic, Nautical Wedding at East Hampton Point in East Hampton, New York
Jill Garry (30 and a merchandise planner for Saks Fifth Avenue) and Conor Sullivan’s (34 and a merchant mariner) wedding had an elegant nautical vibe. After toying with the idea of a destination affair in places like Block Island or Vermont, the couple decided to keep the festivities local, hosting the event at East Hampton Point in East Hampton, NY. “Having met in the Hamptons and spending so much time there in the summer with our family and friends, we knew in the end that it was the place for us,” says Jill. Playing off their love of the water and Conor’s work as a merchant mariner, the couple decided to weave a subtle nautical theme throughout the day, offset with classic, elegant elements that would give the day a polished, timeless feel. Rope knots made an appearance during the ceremony, dotting the ceremony aisles, and infused the church with an unexpected, yet playful maritime vibe. They resurfaced for the reception, serving as the base for the shimmery script table numbers. As a nod to their proposal (where Conor, at the spur of the moment, decided to pop the question, presenting Jill with a shackle that would serve as a place holder until they went shopping for a ring), the couple used shackles for their napkin rings. Other nautical details included a boat bookshelf, which Jill and Conor painted and used to display the escort cards. A color palette of gray, mint, white, pale pink and silver, plus arrangements of lush, full blooms kept the decor feeling sophisticated and classic. Fun surprises like a lively New Orleans-style band, which kicked the reception off with a second line parade, unexpected treats (like candied bacon!) and an after party at the couple’s favorite local bar, the Stephen Talkhouse, full of dancing and tasty late-night snacks spoke to the couple’s fun-loving personalities and were touches that went over big with guests. “For Conor and I, the most important things were a great band, great food and plenty of booze! We just wanted everyone to be able to concentrate on having a really good time, so we also tried to arrange for as much transportation for people as possible,” says Jill.