An At-Home Wedding in Orient, New York

On their 10-year anniversary as a couple, Lindsay and Jay became husband and wife under a cherry tree in the bride’s grandmother’s backyard on Long Is

On their 10-year anniversary as a couple, Lindsay and Jay became husband and wife under a cherry tree in the bride’s grandmother’s backyard on Long Island. The casual-yet-classy summer affair focused on friends and family with only one dinner table for the couple’s 75 guests.

The bride and groom walked down the aisle together and wrote their own vows for their relaxed, backyard ceremony.
With such a beautiful venue, the couple wanted to keep decorations to a minimum, so all they used were small vases of hydrangeas hanging from the cherry tree.
Guests dance late into the night on an open dance floor under romantic lights.
Lindsay and Jay both collected rocks from the beach when they were young, so they wrote on the stones and used them as place cards.
Creative presentation made the passed hors d’oeuvres that much more special.
The couple provided parasols to keep their guests cool and out of the sun during the outdoor ceremony in case of a hot July day.
Arrangements of peonies and stephanotises in a variety of glass vases created a romantic, eclectic dinner table.
The bride and groom hired a jazz quartet to play during the ceremony and afterward during the cocktail hour.
Lindsay wrapped her bouquet in burlap and lace, and decorated the wrap with heirloom charms from her godparents and her late father.
Because the couple didn’t want much color in their reception, the centerpieces were made up of white flowers and linens, plus silver elements like tea candles.
Lindsay’s professional background is in culinary arts, so it was important for her to create a menu that wasn’t typical wedding food, from the cocktail hour through their four-course dinner.
Because they only had one dinner table, the couple made sure to have ample lounge-style seating for their guests.
The design of Lindsay and Jay’s invitation suite matched their backyard venue and casual-chic vibe.
Lindsay and Jay held their ceremony under a cherry tree near the water in the bride’s grandmother’s yard.
“The first design element that helped us shape the entire event was that all of our guests would sit at the same table,” Lindsay says.
After trying on nearly 40 dresses, Lindsay decided on a chic, strapless dress. She wasn’t as indecisive when it came to her hair: “Since I was a little girl, I’ve wanted to wear a flower crown,” she says.