A Summer Wedding in the Sand in Quogue, New York

Kyo Morishima Photography

Anna Hoffman, 34, and Nick Confessore, 37, were introduced at a mutual friend's party in August 2011 as a summer thunderstorm rolled down the Atlantic coast. While chatting with their respective pals at the Jane Hotel in New York City on that rainy night, their eyes met across the room. "Simply put, we started talking to one another and haven't stopped since," Anna says.

A little more than a year later, the couple decided they would tie the knot and picked a ring together. Although the bauble wasn't a surprise, Nick wouldn't give up on a classic, romantic proposal. So he popped the question at sunset at the top of the Oxo Tower in London.

On July 13, 2013, just as Anna and Nick were preparing to exchange vows in a seaside ceremony at the Quogue Beach Club in Long Island, New York, another storm hit the Northeast, transforming their beachfront celebration into a rainy evening like the one when they first met.

Read on to see just how romantic fog and mist can really be, thanks to Kyo Morishima Photography.

Kyo Morishima Photography

Photo: Kyo Morishima Photography

"We chose July because we assumed the weather would be fantastic, but we were nervous the wedding would be a washout," Anna says. Luckily, there was no downpour and, with the help of Daria Culver Events, the pair made the most of their overcast day. "The effect of the mist over the ocean was actually very magical," she says.

Kyo Morishima Photography
2013 Kyo Morishima
2013 Kyo Morishima

Photo: Kyo Morishima Photography

Anna chose a pale apricot gown by Reem Acra, falling for its flowing chiffon skirt and nontraditional design. "It moved beautifully," she says. "I had flirted with various colors and hemlines, but this one made me feel like a Greek goddess." The fitted bodice was capped with crystal-studded tulle sleeves for a touch of glamour. Her bouquet, a loose ball of white roses, peonies, and chamomile, was punctuated with peach roses and sprigs of lavender. Anna's daughter, Lila, wore a white tulle dress and embellished flats, and carried a smaller arrangement of pale pink and white peonies.

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Photo: Kyo Morishima Photography

To enhance the natural beauty of the beach, the couple kept embellishments simple. They exchanged vows beneath a driftwood chuppah decorated with white and green hydrangeas and garden roses and sat guests on simple white benches in the sand.

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Photo: Kyo Morishima Photography

Nick and his family have spent every summer in Quogue since he was a small boy, and the beach there became a getaway for him. When Anna and her daughter, Lila, expressed their love of the ocean, the new family knew the wedding had to be held on the shore.

Nick and his family have spent every summer in Quogue since he was a small boy, and the beach there became a getaway for him. When Anna and her daughter, Lila, expressed their love of the ocean, the new family knew the wedding had to be held on the shore.

It set the perfect tone for a very personal, intimate and family-oriented ceremony.

2013 Kyo Morishima

Nick and his family have spent every summer in Quogue since he was a small boy, and the beach there became a getaway for him. When Anna and her daughter, Lila, expressed their love of the ocean, the new family knew the wedding had to be held on the shore.

Nick and his family have spent every summer in Quogue since he was a small boy, and the beach there became a getaway for him. When Anna and her daughter, Lila, expressed their love of the ocean, the new family knew the wedding had to be held on the shore.

2013 Kyo Morishima

Nick and his family have spent every summer in Quogue since he was a small boy, and the beach there became a getaway for him. When Anna and her daughter, Lila, expressed their love of the ocean, the new family knew the wedding had to be held on the shore.

Nick and his family have spent every summer in Quogue since he was a small boy, and the beach there became a getaway for him. When Anna and her daughter, Lila, expressed their love of the ocean, the new family knew the wedding had to be held on the shore.

2013 Kyo Morishima
2013 Kyo Morishima

Nick and his family have spent every summer in Quogue since he was a small boy, and the beach there became a getaway for him. When Anna and her daughter, Lila, expressed their love of the ocean, the new family knew the wedding had to be held on the shore.

Nick and his family have spent every summer in Quogue since he was a small boy, and the beach there became a getaway for him. When Anna and her daughter, Lila, expressed their love of the ocean, the new family knew the wedding had to be held on the shore.

2013 Kyo Morishima

Nick and his family have spent every summer in Quogue since he was a small boy, and the beach there became a getaway for him. When Anna and her daughter, Lila, expressed their love of the ocean, the new family knew the wedding had to be held on the shore.

Nick and his family have spent every summer in Quogue since he was a small boy, and the beach there became a getaway for him. When Anna and her daughter, Lila, expressed their love of the ocean, the new family knew the wedding had to be held on the shore.

Nick and his family have spent every summer in Quogue since he was a small boy, and the beach there became a getaway for him. When Anna and her daughter, Lila, expressed their love of the ocean, the new family knew the wedding had to be held on the shore.

Nick and his family have spent every summer in Quogue since he was a small boy, and the beach there became a getaway for him. When Anna and her daughter, Lila, expressed their love of the ocean, the new family knew the wedding had to be held on the shore.

Wedding Team

Ceremony Venue: Quogue Beach Club

Reception Venue: Quogue Field Club

Wedding Coordinator: Daria Culver Events

Bride's Wedding Dress: Reem Acra

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Hair & Makeup: Maysoon Faraj

Groom's Suit: Martin Greenfield

Wedding Bands: Tiffany & Co.

Flower Girls' & Ring Bearers' Attire: Spring Flowers, Crew Cuts

Florist: Karen Lenahan Designs

Invitations & Paper Goods: Swiss Cottage Designs, Rachel Carl & Co., Paper Polaroid

Music: Gypsy Jazz Caravan, Scratch Weddings

Catering: Food & Co.

Pie: Briermere Farms

Rentals: Party Rental Ltd.

Accommodations: The Dune Deck

Photography: Kyo Morishima Photography

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