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We knew that Kat and Aaron's wedding was going to be incredible from the very first conversation we had with them (via Skype from India!)...they're both fun, fashionable architects who fell in love while working together at their design firm in the Hamptons. Ever since our first "meeting" with them, we had been anxiously awaiting meeting them in person and being a part of their beautiful northeastern coast wedding!
It turns out that Kat and Aaron are two of the sweetest, hospitable, warm, engaging, and fun people we have ever met. Ever. Seriously! Whether it was offering us their guestroom to stay in, special ordering a lobster for us (thanks Caitlin!), or inviting us back the day after the wedding for breakfast with the family; they went out of their way to make us feel at home and make sure we were welcomed as friends. The more time we spent with them, the more we realized that this is just who they are. This is just the way they treat people, and above all else I think that's what makes them so different. Everything they say and do exudes the love they have for the people around them, and it's intoxicating. ~Gerald
Kat & Aaron's wedding touched me in so many ways...I was inspired, moved to tears, and challenged. I was inspired. By the beautiful ocean scenery and the lines created by wooden beams, telephone poles, and bridges. By the bridesmaids' billy ball & succulent bouquets. By Kat's gorgeous Amsale gown. By the sweetness of Kat & Aaron's love for each other. And by the tight-knit community that exists among the people who live in the Hamptons year-round. I cried. During the rehearsal dinner when some bongo drummers came to honor the memory of Kat's brother. When Caitlin loaned a special blue bracelet to Kat. When Kat & her dad were waiting in the hallway getting ready to walk down the aisle. At the end of the weekend when I had to say goodbye to our new, dear friends. I was challenged. To be a better person and to seek ways to help & appreciate those around me. To not take myself too seriously--i.e., grab a glass of champagne & dance! To stretch myself creatively, and to continue to take risks in life & in art. ~Airika
I'm not sure why, but for me this image sums up what I think it feels to see East Hampton from a non-tourist perspective. Far from the crowded beaches and high-end shopping, this place has beauty and character. The old roads, lined with power lines, only seem to get used by locals heading home, or fishermen looking for a fresh catch of fish or clams to serve up for their family at dinner that evening...
While we were shooting these next few photos on Lily Pond Lane (I think we were blocking Bon Jovi's driveway while we took this photo!), several cars slowed down to ask if it was a real wedding or a fashion shoot. Then, a photographer from the local paper (the East Hampton Star) stopped and grabbed a few photos of us while we worked. She didn't show our faces or mention our name, but at least our backs are now locally famous! ;)
We love the church that Kat & Aaron picked for their ceremony. The Old Whalers' Church, built in 1844, was so iconically northeast with its rows of wooden pews, a proudly displayed American flag, and tall white pillars. The only thing missing was its steeple--which was completely blown off during a hurricane in 1938. Personally, I'm a big fan of the church with no steeple, but rumors are that they have plans to rebuild it. I'm so glad we had a chance to takes photos of it before they do!
Oh-and I love the following series of photos--Kat as she snuck into the church, Aaron's joyful expectation of his bride, and the look that Kat & her dad shared coming down the aisle.
Our walk through downtown Sag Harbor was pretty amazing. I'm pretty sure that everyone in this town knows and loves these two! They could hardly walk down the street without being pulled into another restaurant for free drinks.
Bridal: Amsale Gown, Wedding Salon of Manhasset | Makeup: Bobbie Brown Saks Fifth Avenue | Hair: Vincent Dasilva & Special Effects | Pre-Ceremony Portraits: East Hampton | Photography: The Popes | Flowers: Claire Bean | Ceremony: Old Whalers' Church, Sag Harbor | Reception: B Smith's, Sag Harbor | Cupcakes: Sacred Sweets | Live Band: New Life Crisis