It took a trip to the other side of the world for Samantha Frappied and Cody Brown to find each other. Although the pair attended different schools, they found themselves on the same study abroad trip in Rome, Italy. A night out with friends turned into a romantic intro, which then lead to a three-month romance traveling along the Italian coast. "Our relationship was long distance until we both graduated from our respective universities," Samantha says. "We went all the way to Italy to meet someone from New York!" The bride says they couldn't have been happier, but it turns out she was wrong.
On June 6, 2013, after the pair had just moved into their new apartment together in Brooklyn, Samantha found Cody down on one knee in their office. "I was completely caught off guard," she says, but she happily accepted and after calling all of their friends and family, the two enjoyed a quiet Italian dinner as a nod to their beginning.
The two knew they wanted an Old World-inspired celebration on the Long Island coast, and found Chelsea Mansion in East Norwich, New York. "It was a hidden gem," Samantha says. "The mansion itself is incredible and the grounds are equally as interesting and stunning." Jason Walker of Ira Lippke Studios was there to capture every fabulous moment of their October 11, 2014, wedding.
"I spent months scouring the Internet looking for a venue and created a list I wanted to see in person," Samantha says of finding the perfect space to say, "I do." "Cody and I visited placed all over New York, from the Hamptons to Duchess County. The Chelsea Mansion is in the Muttontown Preserve and it's one of the original Gold Coast mansions from the early 1920s and was recently restored." While the gorgeous property was aesthetically just what they wanted, Samantha and Cody fell in love with the story behind the home, too. The original owners dreamed up the mansion while traveling the world for their honeymoon. "The wife collected treasures in every port they stopped at and send them home, so there are incredible finds like carved wooden doors from China, a vintage Tiffany clock, and a hand-painted wall commissioned by Coco Chanel."
The couple tapped Happy Menocal to create their wedding stationery. Their save-the-date featured a custom-painted crest that they carried over into their big day, while the invitation included a whimsical watercolor drawing of Long Island.
Samantha stunned in a custom-made Marchesa ball gown. "I wanted a dramatic ball skirt but still wanted to have a bit of shape," she says of choosing a silhouette. "This dress hugged me nicely in the waist and showed off my shoulders, which I loved. It felt modern and romantic." Another plus? The stunning silk faille gown had pockets!
Although she initially wanted a full-length veil that would flow towards the end of her dress, Samantha was happier with the look of this shorter style. "It didn't compete with the dress and I loved that it had this sort of 1950s Audrey Hepburn appeal to it," the bride says.
Her black calla lily bouquet was one of the first decisions Samantha made while planning the wedding. "I knew I wanted that before I chose anything else in my wedding," she admits. "It was probably the one thing that remained unchanged throughout the whole process!"
Samantha's 11 bridesmaids wore a mix of stunning gowns borrowed from Marchesa while Cody and his groomsmen wore black tuxedos. Their young attendants, which included two flower girls, a ring bearer, and two pageboys, looked classic in white dresses and mini tuxes.
The couple's 3 o'clock ceremony was held in front of the pond on the mansion's property. Since the bride's brother is a furniture designer, he gifted Samantha and Cody a handmade chuppah that became the focal point of the ceremony. Since the bride is Catholic and the groom is Jewish, the pair decided to have a rabbi officiate but kept the ceremony "open faith," focusing on love, spirituality, and family.
Aisle chairs were decorated with clusters of baby's breath and each guest found an envelope filled with petals for guests to throw when the bride and groom walked back down the aisle. As they made their way back towards the estate, Samantha remembers Cody telling her to turn around and see everyone who came to celebrate with them. "We both waved to our guests since you don't really get to see everyone when you're up saying your vows," the bride says. "It was a really special moment and it turned out to be a great photo opportunity!"
Samantha and Cody knew they wanted a tented reception and a space that was large enough for their guests to dance. "We wanted everything to have a warm glow," the bride says. "Nothing too formal, stuffy, or overly 'seasonal,' just simple and enchanting." Estate tables were decorated with garlands of greenery and several tall arrangements of baby's breath.
Black taper candles filled the space with the soft lighting the couple loves, and miniature white pumpkins popped against the natural runners.
The newlyweds chose a four-tiered white carrot cake that was decorated with fresh rosemary for dessert. For guests that weren't a fan of the traditional dessert, passed sweets like dipped brownie pops, mini ice cream cones, churros with caramel sauce, and mini strawberry shortcakes were sure to please.
The Head and the Heart's "Down in the Valley" played during the couple's first dance. "It was so special," the bride remembers. "Towards the end of the song the music gets faster and we planned on the whole bridal running to the dance floor to join us. It really kicked off the party."
"Choose a setting that is beautiful on its own," Samantha advises future brides. "You won't have to worry about bringing in so much décor to transform the venue. I learned to edit down our decorations to just beautiful floral arrangements that would complement the wardrobe and scenery. They didn't have to be big to be impactful."
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Chelsea Mansion || Wedding Planner: Above All Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Marchesa || Groom's Attire: Eidos || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Marchesa || Wedding Stationery: Happy Menocal || Floral Designer: Stellar Style Events || Catering & Rentals: Carlyle Off the Green || Rentals: New York Tent || Ceremony Music: Kings Country Swing || Reception Music: Beat Train Productions || Videographer: Phil Dorling & John Alberico || Photographer: Jason Walker of Ira Lippke Studios
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