Why get engaged once when you can get engaged twice? When Amanda Rosenthal proposed to Emily Chase with Reese’s Cups that read “Be my person?” in March of 2016, Emily couldn’t be left out of the fun, so four months later, during a trip to the beach near their California home, she pulled out an engagement ring of her own. “I was totally surprised!” says Amanda. Though they call the west coast home, Amanda has grown up spending summers in Westhampton, so that’s where they headed to tie the knot on May 6th, 2017. “Amanda really wanted the wedding to be somewhere meaningful, and the venue was right down the street from her grandparents’ house,” says Emily. With 140 guests in attendance, the two women celebrated at Oceanbleu with an inviting take on a beachy theme, as photographed by Jay Lim Studio.
The brides shopped together, but ended up with completely different looks. Emily’s Leanne Marshall dress featured an alençon lace bodice with a champagne silk lining, paired with a flowing organza skirt. “It was exactly what I wanted, though Amanda tried to convince me that a tight, mermaid style dress looked good on me!” Emily laughs.
Amanda thought she’d wear a strapless gown with a corset top, but was drawn to the intricate beading and T-strap back on this Hayley Paige design. “It is insanely beautiful and different, and I want to wear it all the time!” she says.
Both women wore flat beaded sandals from Mystique. “Emily found them first, and when I couldn’t find shoes to wear for our wedding, I went out and bought a pair for myself!” Amanda says.
Both brides carried lush bouquets of peonies, garden roses, and ranunculus in shades of white and soft blush. Silver dollar eucalyptus and ferns added a hint of sprawling greenery.
After walking down the aisle with their parents, the women exchanged vows beneath a wooden altar covered in eucalyptus, ranunculus, peonies, and white stock flowers. “The tent was open, but it was absolutely freezing,” says Emily. “Amanda was shaking so much as we exchanged vows!”
Though the words they shared were a surprise to all involved, Emily and Amanda both concluded with a line from one of their favorite songs by The XX.
Guests sipped prosecco mojitos as they found their tables, with their seating assignments written on a white and pink surfboard. They were also encouraged to leave notes for the brides in a box with their initials on it.
“Our flower girls wore perfect white dresses and cardigans,” says Emily. The girls’ flowing frocks were topped with crowns of baby’s breath and loose curls.
Guests tossed gold confetti as the brides made their grand entrance into the reception, then were hoisted up on chairs for the hora. “Amanda was so scared she would fall out of the chair,” says Emily. “She wouldn’t let go to grab my hand! I’m not sure if we were laughing or screaming.”
Emily and Amanda shared their first dance to “Spoke the Words” by Wolf Tide, then had their fathers join them on the dance floor for Florence and the Machine’s cover of “Stand By Me.”
We totally love these women’s words of wisdom. Says Emily, “Enjoy the moment in the moment, because you won’t remember anything when it’s over. Take it all in!”