This gorgeous boho beach wedding has such fun, colorful details and a laid back vibe! Vanessa and Tommy met in 2012 at the Coachella music festival in Indio, California and wanted to infuse their wedding day with “hippie chic” elements to honor how they first met. These two free spirits decided to get married at the Sun & Surf Beach Club in Long Beach, NY. The boathouse-style raw space was the perfect canvas for them to create their own aesthetic. They chose a mix of deep reds, blush pinks, white hydrangeas and yellow accents. Vanessa wore a leafy flower crown with red, orange, and pink roses to match their invitations, menus, and party favors. Their little pup Diego was dressed and ready for the big day too! UP Studios is behind the lens.
More Details From the Bride…
Tommy and I are both free spirits and wanted our wedding day to be a special event for everyone – something sophisticated, but a laid back party for us, family and friends. While we both come from traditional Italian families, we wanted to put our own stamp on a lot of the wedding details – for instance, our selection of venue. We decided to get married at the Sun & Surf Beach Club in Long Beach, NY. The boathouse-style raw space was the perfect canvas for us to create our own aesthetic and theme. Situated right on the water, you would have thought we were at a venue in California (where we met) and not a half an hour from New York City.
We first saw each other for photos on the boardwalk along the beach. I will never forget that moment. Tommy and I were experiencing pure bliss. Later, our families joined for group photos thanks to Marcie at UpStudios. My bridal party chose their favorite dress under the color scheme I suggested to them. The groomsmen dressed in classic black tuxedos with gold accents to match the decor. Even our little pup Diego was dressed and ready for the big day! Then it was off to the venue where the magical night all took place. The ceremony was held in the back of the venue where the floral arch awaited us to say our vows underneath. We had so much fun choosing our flowers.
I run an event furniture and prop rental company called RentQuest, so with my team we were able to bring my hippie chic vision to life. We created an array of eclectic seating outside of the venue with a mix of vintage sofas, bright colored accent chairs, clear acrylic coffee tables filled with flowers and tied all of them with multicolored Persian rugs. Each table had a different center piece. Gold bases holding a wide variety of white and blush florals to complement the gold chandeliers above the dance floor.
Our love for music was an overarching theme of the event as well. For the ceremony, we had hired a piano that played a selection of our favorite songs. Tommy walked down the aisle with his parents our favorite Beatles song: in my life. The bridal party walked down to “Stand by Me” and me the Bride walked down to “Your So Cool” by Hans Zimmer, the theme song from our favorite Movie True Romance. For the reception, we had a live 10-piece band that totally rocked and got our guests up on the dance floor. It was not just the band that entertained; my mom, who is a professional singer, helped me surprise my new hubby after the cake cutting by singing a song from his favorite movie as a kid “Somewhere over the Rainbow.” Later on, me the bride, who loves to entertain also surprised not only her groom but, the entire wedding by getting up on stage and rocking out to Green Day’s, “Basket Case.” Finally, paying tribute to our Italian heritage and the two cities coming together, my very own brother serenaded Tommy and I with a beautiful rendition of Frank Sinatra’s, “New York and Chicago.”
Photographer: UP STUDIOS / Floral Designer: Stefan’s Florist / Dress Store: RK Bridal / Furniture Rentals: RentQuest / Reception Venue: Sun and Surf Club / Bakery: The Sweet Peace / Submitted via Two Bright Lights