A Laid-Back, Bohemian, Beach Wedding at a Private Residence in Quogue, New York

Aubrey (29, a designer) and Andrew's (47, a consultant) love story began by pure coincidence—over a display of fresh strawberries at the Whole Foods i

Aubrey (29, a designer) and Andrew's (47, a consultant) love story began by pure coincidence—over a display of fresh strawberries at the Whole Foods in Union Square. A quick trip for groceries became a classic “meet cute” when they began chatting and Andrew asked Aubrey out for a drink. Casual cocktails led to a date later in the week, then a second and then another. "I was intrigued by his straightforwardness,” Aubrey says. "He was so easy to read, and it was refreshing." Seeking a beachside, Hamptons affair with a hint of vintage whimsy, Aubrey and Andrew decided to host their nuptials at their friend’s summer home in Quogue. The couple kept the design simple to allow the cozy cottage charm of the beach house to speak for itself. “Because the home was already perfectly decorated, we let the colors of the season dictate our design,” Aubrey says. “Locally grown hydrangeas in antiqued ivory and sage hues were the source of our inspiration.” Bamboo poles tied with ribbons in the day’s shades led loved ones to the celebration brimming with laid-back, seaside style. Vintage bird cages and tulle pom-poms hung overhead as guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres in lieu of a traditional sit-down feast.

"My wedding dress was very simple—a silk slip with a sheer organza overlay, Aubrey says of her vintage-inspired Saja wedding dress. "The skirt was full but very light and airy, which made it perfect for the beach setting."
Champagne Bridal Sash
Aubrey paired her vintage wedding dress with a classic red lip and and soft updo.
Andrew Awaiting his First Look
Pink Rose and Thistle Boutonniere
Aubrey and Andrew First Look
Aubrey and Andrew Beach Wedding Guests
Guests removed their shoes for the sandy beach nuptials.
Aubrey and Andrew Intimate Beach Wedding Ceremony
Green and White Ribbon Wedding Arch
Aubrey and Andrew Wedding Vows
"I'm happy that we picked which elements of a 'traditional' wedding suited us and left out the ones we didn't," says Aubrey. "For example, we are not religious and it was more meaningful for us to have an old friend serve as our officiant. "
Aubrey carried a bouquet of local green and antique ivory hydrangea.
"We didn't stick to bridesmaids for me and groomsman for Andrew—we had my brother stand on my 'side' and a couple of women on Andrew's 'side,'" explains Aubrey, "Some of Andrew's closest friends are female so we really wanted them to stand with him."
Aubrey and Andrew Wedding Guests
Bohemian Beach Wedding Soft Bridal Updo
Andrew's friend, an artist, made rustic signs our of driftwood to direct guests throughout the day's activities.
Aubrey and Andrew Hamptons Beach Wedding Location
Antique bird cages hung from the ceiling of the cottage, which Aubrey and Andrew accented with tulle poufs.
At the reception, Andrew surprised Aubrey by serenading her with a few songs.
Aubrey and Andrew Wedding Reception Hora