A Rustic-Chic Beach Wedding at Maguire's Bayfront Restaurant in Ocean Beach, New York

Although Caitlin LaRocco (31, an art teacher) and Thomas Alfano (32, a contractor) grew up a mile away from each other, had the same interests, the sa

Although Caitlin LaRocco (31, an art teacher) and Thomas Alfano (32, a contractor) grew up a mile away from each other, had the same interests, the same friends and lived on the same mile-wide barrier beach for seven years, their paths never crossed until Tom sat down next to her on night at Maguire's Bayfront Restaurant. "How we had never spoken before, was just inexplicable," says Caitlin. ?The two began talking and quickly realized just how much they had in common. "It was just IT," she adds. "From that moment we were inseparable." Just over a year later Tom proposed on the top of Fire Island Lighthouse with an aquamarine engagement ring, perfect for his beachy bride. Given their love for Fire Island, it was an easy choice for their rustic-chic beach wedding. Driftwood, seashells and beach glass paired with a color palette of aqua, assorted blue tones and tan accents made their day look like an extension of the ocean.

Blue Stone Engagement Ring
"Tom and I both knew that we wanted something a little nontraditional for our wedding day outfits that would fit with our rustic chic beach theme," says Caitlin. Tom's light-weight tan suit and aqua tie mirrored the colors of their beach setting.
Palms Hotel Fire Island Beach Wedding Ceremony
Blue mason jars filled with baby's breath lined the ceremony aisle.
Palms Hotel Fire Island Beach Wedding Ceremony Guests
"Our nephews were pulled in on a Fire Island Flyer wagon down the aisle by the matron of honor—they totally stole the show!" says Caitlin.
Caitlin's bridesmaids wore Donna Morgan silk chiffon dresses in four different shades of aqua. "I wanted my sister, the matron of honor to stand out, so I let her have her own shade," says Caitlin. "The rest of them wore assigned hues of aqua for a result that resembled an assortment of beach glass."
White and green bouquets popped against the bridesmaids' aqua dresses.
During their beach ceremony, Caitlin and Tom mixed two jars of sands to symbolize their union.
Caitlin and Tom Ceremony Recession
Caitlin and Tom Fire Island Wedding Photos with Bike
Caitlin and Tom Fire Island Wedding Location
The tented escort cards were printed on white ecru paper with an small aqua seashell.
"At the cocktail hour guests were greeted by a musician on a steel drum playing the classic sounds of the islands, as they sipped on the 'Tom the Bomb'—the groom's specialty drink made with fresh frozen lemonade and a sweet tea vodka floater," recalls Caitlin.
Blue Glass and Baby's Breath Centerpiece
Chunky Woven Charger and Blue Napkin Placesetting
The reception decor included a number of art pieces Caitlin made for Tom.