I am a complete sucker all that is vintage, old-world, and classic and with my Downtown Abbey obsession, my passion has been particularly zeroed in on the gilded high society of the 1920’s. Needless to say, I was dying with excitement in anticipation of Holly and Sam’s 1920’s inspired wedding. Holly and Sam fittingly referred to it as their Great Gatsby Wedding – made all the more perfect given the location of their wedding: Long Island where the story takes place. Although unlike Gatsby whose self-sacrificing love is unrequited and unappreciated in the time and world he is in, Holly and Sam’s love story has a happy ending. The backdrop for their gorgeous day was Cold Spring Country Club, which rests in the shadow of Oheka Castle’s opulent exterior. They pulled together such a perfect day which was not surprising with an amazingly talented bride like Holly who works in special events. The ballroom was filled with the most beautiful touches from gold-painted roses in the centerpieces to a spectacular, bejeweled, Art Deco cake which I was obsessively photographing for 10 minutes before my second shooter was like, ” I think you got it!”
Speeches are one of my favorite parts of the night because it’s an insight into my couples’ lives and the impact they’ve made on those around them. I said it before after their engagement shoot, but from our short time together I really got the sense that Sam and Holly are such beautiful people inside and out. My suspicions about them were confirmed by what their friends and family had to say about them in their speeches. Sam’s brother’s moving speech about what a great brother Sam was moved their father to tears. Holly’s dad and cousin reiterated what blessing she’s been in their lives. It was such a perfect night full of lots of beauty, love, joy and laughter, and I feel so fortunate that I got to be there to capture every smile and every tear of joy.
Thank you Mekina for the beautiful images you took second shootin and Kristy my faithful and organized assistant for all your hard work that day.
Photography by New York Wedding Photographer Caroline Frost