A Romantic, Fall Wedding at Sole East in Montauk, New York

Michelle Condon (28 and an event manager at Blue Hill at Stone Barns restaurant) and Steve Rollery (29 and works for the Four Seasons Hotel & Resorts)

Michelle Condon (28 and an event manager at Blue Hill at Stone Barns restaurant) and Steve Rollery (29 and works for the Four Seasons Hotel & Resorts) planned a romantic, elegant affair at Sole East in Montauk, New York, for their mid-October wedding. Baton NYC and Celadon & Celery brought the couple’s vision for a stunning yet laid-back affair to life with plenty of warm candlelight, luxe neutral linens, gilded accents and organic arrangements of richly colored blooms. “I used a neutral base and then mixed in navy, maroon, deep magenta and gold,” Michelle says. “I wanted to keep everything light for the most part, but loved tying in some of the deeper tones since it was a fall wedding.” The day started with an outdoor ceremony officiated by Steve’s uncle, in which the couple exchanged emotional vows under a lush floral, ivy and fern garland, followed by dinner and dancing under an open-air tent. Long farm-style tables were dressed in airy neutral linens, with lengths of ivy, deeply hued centerpieces and crystal candelabras infusing the space with undeniable ambiance. Gilded chiavari chairs were draped in faux-fur throws to add a cozy feel to the decor, while vintage-inspired colored glasses inspired an air of old-world charm. Guests indulged in decadent eats like lobster rolls and tuna tartare, with mini ice cream sandwiches putting a totally sweet spin on the traditional wedding cake. In addition to dancing, the couple’s families and friends could kick it by the fire pit and make s’mores or strike a pose at the prop-stocked photo booth. A tip from Michelle: “On the day of your wedding, just have fun and commit to no longer worrying about anything. There is nothing left to change and everything will happen as it should. That doesn’t mean it will always be perfect, but if something happens that's unplanned, it’s likely that no one will notice.”

While Michelle’s close friend took the reigns on the majority of the couple’s wedding stationery, Michelle and Steve turned to Minted.com for their invitation suite. The pair chose a garden-inspired design with watercolor floral garlands, which fit the organic, wild vibe of Celadon & Celery’s reception centerpieces.
“This is going to sound extremely unbridal, but I actually trusted Bess so much that I told her the color scheme and just told her to do what she wanted,” Michelle says. “The only thing I asked her not to incorporate were roses. I was thrilled by the result.” The fall-inspired bouquet was filled with a fresh mix of dahlias, lisianthus and more in seasonal shades of burnt orange, coral and plum.
While Michelle was originally convinced that she would walk down the aisle in a Grecian-inspired gown, after she tried on Hayley Paige’s Kira gown, a strapless A-line dress with a lace bodice and silk georgette flounced skirt, all bets were off. “I added a detachable lace-cap sleeve bolero, which formed a keyhole in the front and back,” Michelle says. “That piece made the dress for me.” She completed the look with her mother’s pearl-embellished veil, pearl earrings and pearl bracelet.
When it came to the bouquets, Michelle let Bess of Celadon & Celery do her thing. “I know Bess’s work is stunning and I trusted her to do what she does best,” Michelle says. “Her visions are always amazing, and I am a firm believer in letting professionals do their thing.”
To create a cohesive look, while still allowing her bridesmaids to show off a little of their personalities, Michelle had them choose their own dress styles from Amsale’s bridesmaid line. “I opted for a neutral color because the flowers were so bold,” Michelle says. “I really wanted them to pop against the bridesmaid dresses.”
The ceremony took place on Sole East’s expansive lawn. Steve’s uncle, a pastor, officiated and the couple exchanged heartfelt vows, which they’d written themselves. “It was something Steve had been dreading, but I think he was happy he did it in the end,” Michelle says.
After exchanging vows, the newlyweds and their guests headed to the open-air tent for the reception. Warm candlelight and twinkling strands of bistro lights filled the space with ambiance, while arrangements of richly hued blooms and ivy with a wild quality injected a note of romance into the decor.
Michelle put her close friend Kristin’s design skills to work, having her maid of honor design the wedding’s programs, welcome bags, signage and menu cards. “We served a family-style meal, but I loved the idea of presenting to our guests,” Michelle says.
In addition to a scattering of votive candles, the reception tables were illuminated by elegant crystal candelabras holding white tapered candles. The warm candlelight infused the room with romance and ambiance, tying in seamlessly with the garden-inspired centerpieces and cozy faux-fur throws.
Before turning the reception into an all-out dance party, Michelle and Steve took to the dance floor for the traditional first dance, set to the tune of “So High” by John Legend. “Steve loves John Legend, and I couldn’t take away his dream of dancing to John Legend,” Michelle says. “We just loved the words to this song.”
When guests needed to rest their dancing feet, they headed outdoors to the fire pit to relax by the fire and make s’mores. Shearling throws and cushy pillows were scattered throughout to play up the cozy feel of the outdoor space.