Though Whitney knew her engagement ring was in the apartment she shared with Igor ("I helped design it!" she says), she had to wait a few months before she officially got engaged. But it was worth it when, after dinner in Provence in September of 2013, Igor surprised her with a proposal.
The couple had visited Kontokosta Winery in Greenport, New York, shortly before their engagement and had commented on how it would be the perfect place for a wedding, so when they began searching for venues for their July 5, 2014, nuptials, they knew just where to look. "We loved that we could have an outdoor ceremony overlooking the water, then have the reception indoors overlooking the vineyard," Whitney says. The pair kept the guest list intimate — only 60 people — and were happy to have so many loved ones around for the holiday weekend, giving the bride and groom ample time to celebrate with every single one. Their wedding was simple, but the couple didn't sacrifice on indulgences (especially the food and wine!). Keep reading to see the photos, taken by Lev Kuperman.
Whitney's unstructured silk gown from Stone Fox Bride had lace sleeves and a lace back, and combined style with comfort. She chose a pair of gold Tory Burch wedge sandals, perfect for a ceremony in the fields. The bride's bouquet was made up of astilbe, piano garden roses, snowberries, lavender, scabiosa, and peonies.
The couple's first look took place on a nearby dock. Igor wore a dark blue custom-made suit, which he paired with a pink and lavender tie that matched Whitney's bouquet — and her flower crown!
The ceremony took place overlooking the water, where two grapevine baskets full of muscanthus grass framed the altar. Bouquets of fresh herbs were tied to the chairs along the aisle.
Whitney's niece and nephew, Lily and Cash, served as "flower children," both in light blue gingham. Lily's flower crown kept slipping down her forehead, so she alternated gripping her brother's hand and adjusting her crown as she walked down the aisle.
The bride's mother walked her down the aisle, then the couple exchanged vows they'd customized with their officiant, including a reading of "i carry your heart with me" by e.e. cummings. Says Whitney, "Igor saw that I was crying when I got to the altar, so he leaned in to try to kiss me!"
Inside the winery, round tables surrounded the venue's two copper king's tables. Birch vessels were filled with lavender, grasses, blue larkspur, dahlias, zinnias, and hydrangeas. Light blue napkins and heavy flatware added texture to the place settings.
A guitarist played throughout the couple's ceremony and cocktail hour before a DJ took over for the reception. The night kicked off with the couple's first dance to "You Are the Best Thing" by Ray LaMontagne, followed by everything from Zac Brown Band and Tim McGraw to Edward Sharpe and The Jackson 5.
After a gourmet meal of pulled pork sliders, tuna tartar on wontons, penne a la Norma, halibut with herb butter, and vegetable tarte tatin, the bride and groom sliced into a Mexican chocolate cake decorated with fresh blooms, as well as a traditional Russian Napoleon cake, filled with custard and topped with toasted nuts.
Later in the evening, guests headed to the lawn for an unexpected surprise: Fireworks! "It had rained on the 4th of July, so the town postponed their fireworks for a day. It was an extravagant extra and, lucky for us, it was free!" says Whitney.
The couple, who honeymooned in Costa Rica, left much of the planning to the professionals. Says the bride, "I realized early on that everyone we were working with knew way more about planning a wedding than I did, so I learned to trust their expertise."
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Kontokosta Winery || Day-of Coordinator: B. Hock Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Stone Fox Bride || Shoes: Tory Burch || Groom's Attire: Alan David Custom || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Stuart Moore || Florist: Sag Harbor Florist || Invitations & Paper Goods: Paperless Post || Music: East End Entertainment || Catering: Grace and Grit || Cake: Moonlight Sweets || Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. || Photography: Lev Kuperman Photography
Did you love this seaside wedding? Then watch another couple exchange vows on the Hamptons in the video below.