An Intimate, Elegant Wedding at a Private Residence in Fire Island, New York

For their long-awaited nuptials, David Biemesderfer (55, and a CEO) and Bruce Anthony Jones (57, and a professor) wanted to create a vibe that was bot

For their long-awaited nuptials, David Biemesderfer (55, and a CEO) and Bruce Anthony Jones (57, and a professor) wanted to create a vibe that was both elegant and casual. From their white linen suits to their intimate pool-side reception, the couple did just that. Having spent a number of summer vacations on Fire Island over the years, David and Bruce just happened to be there on June June 24, 2011—the day same-sex weddings became legal in New York.  Finally! They had often talked about how Fire Island would be perfect for a wedding, and that moment solidified their decision to wed in the beautiful beach town. The couple rented a modern beach house just steps from the ocean for their day, which they decorated in shades of blue and pink (to match their suits, of course!) and summery pops of mango. After nearly 20 years together, it was important to David and Bruce that their wedding feel like more of a festive celebration of their love than an "event."

Like they do almost every summer, David and Bruce were vacationing on Fire Island the day that same-sex marriage became legal in New York. That moment cemented their decision to get married there.
Both grooms wore a single, pink orchid boutonniere on their linen lapels.
Poolside Wedding Ceremony Entrance
White Linen Suit with Blue Striped Shirt and Pink Bow Tie
David and Bruce Wedding Ceremony Vows
The reception was held on the pool deck overlooking the beach and Atlantic ocean.
Passed Appetizers Cocktail Hour
The couple's 24 guests sat around the swimming pool at the intimate, al fresco wedding reception.
Simple calligraphed place cards were tucked into white linen napkins.
Red Rose Reception Centerpiece
After 20 years together, David and Bruce made a mutual decision to tie the knot.
"We deliberately created a festive environment knowing that the atmosphere that you create has a significant effect on people," says the couple. "So for us this was not about an event so much as it was about creating a memorable experience through the love that we showed for each other, the food that we served, the music that we provided and the magical location."
Mango-colored sugar flowers dotted the modern, white wedding cake.