Wolffer Estate Vineyard Inspired Wedding

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Planning

Conception / Mood /Visionwhen planning their wedding, Chelsea and Dennis knew that they wanted to get married somewhere outdoors, because they are both passionate nature lovers. They also wanted a place that could be a fun destination for their guests from near and far. Chelsea’s family has a house in East Hampton, and Chelsea and Dennis love spending time there year-round visiting the beach, fishing, and biking. They decided that the ideal place that would take into account all their wishes would be Wolffer Estate, a place where they had spent many cozy summer nights drinking plonk in the vineyard. Chelsea planned the wedding with the help of her mother Joan. She was inspired by the Mediterranean to shape her stylistic Vision of the big day. The couple had a Jewish ceremony in the vineyard presided over by Rabbi Stein of the Jewish Center of the Hamptons. The couple walked up the aisle to one of their favorite songs, Jack Johnson’s “Better Together,” and shared their personal well wishes together. 160 guests were present, coming from all over the world, including Germany, the United States and even Australia. Chelsea and Dennis couldn’t have imagined a more perfect evening. Although there were moments leading up to the wedding, it was so rewarding to see everything unfold as you had imagined. After two difficult but successful years, you were lucky enough to have a great evening in the company of your closest friends and family.

Proposed HISTORYDENNIS and Chelsea met by chance in January 2017 in a Bar called “Time” in Philadelphia. Chelsea was only there for one night to visit a friend from college. Dennis had just arrived from Germany a week earlier to start a semester as a visiting researcher. When Chelsea saw Dennis alone and looked a little lost, she approached him and introduced herself. They got along and she told him: “If you are ever in New York, let me know”. He came to visit her the following weekend! After 5 months of meetings between Philadelphia and New York, Dennis returned to Germany to complete his master’s studies. Continuing their romance, Chelsea and Dennis visited each other from abroad and met “in the middle” for ski trips to Austria and Whistler. In April 2018, Dennis returned to the United States and the couple has been living together in New York ever since. Chelsea and Dennis got engaged in November 2020. Dennis proposed with a very romantic surprise. He told Chelsea they would have lunch in town, but instead drove her to the airport where a helicopter was waiting. The helicopter made a scenic flight over the Chelsea family’s home, then landed in Block Island, RI. With the magnificent cliffs of Mohegan rising above them, he proposed at the foot of the 140 steps leading to the beach. Since it was November, they had the beach to themselves! They had a nice picnic, drank Gluvein and watched the waves crash before returning to Long Island in time to see a perfect sunset from above.

Fashion

Wedding dressthe bride wore an ivory Vera Wang dress with a French sweetheart neckline and a delicate pink lace and tulip pattern. The bride worked with Mark Ingram Atelier to design a personalized bolero with hand-sewn details, which she wore during the ceremony and cocktail hour.

BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSESTHE bridesmaids wore chic cowl-neck underdresses in three different coral tones and bouquets with notes of peach and citrus.

Detail

Food and drinkthe cocktail hour consisted of a delicious selection of local favorites, including mini lobster rolls, Fish Tacos and oysters, Cocktails for him and her and locally grown plonks on the Wölffer estate. Dinner was a magnificent three-course meal served at an devoted farm table.

Flowers and Decorfor the flowers, the bride chose shades of coral, peach and citrus to commemorate the sweet beginning of summer and serve as a complement to the blue and white decor. The main building of the property in Wolffer is yellow with blue shutters, reminding Chelsea of a casual summer in Tuscany. To make the decor airy and light, Chelsea opted for a hanging basket lighting inspired by a trip to the Cyclades in Greece. She got herself some hand-painted blue and white tiles that served as cutlery for the guests. The blue candle holders were associated with matte white ceramic candle holders, a representation of the white stucco buildings that Greece is known for. As a favor, the couple offered mini-bottles of Limoncello with the inscription “Salute”, a nod to Chelsea’s Italian heritage.

Wedding cake the wedding cake was a delicious Meyer lemon cake with lemon cream, lemon curd and lemon buttercream frosting. It was decorated with beautiful hand-cut flowers and served with fresh berries, almond cookies and whipped cream.

Readings, ceremonial music, reception songs Shank Lane Music (Steve Delisi Band) could not have been a more perfect addition to the night with his incredibly contagious energy and talent. Chelsea and Dennis started the dance with the sweetest choreographed first dance to Frankie Vallie’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”. The evening passed quickly and was filled with an endless dance on the parquet floor. After that night, Chelsea’s parents, also married in June, shared a beautiful dance to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary.


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