Laid-Back California Style Set the Tone For This Intimate Hampton Wedding
Behind every stellar wedding is one exceptional wedding planner and Daniela Grafman, an event planner at Vision Event Co, helped make Micaela and Robert Rodine’s dream wedding come to life.
The ceremony and reception took place in Hampton Bays, NY, however, the couple’s romance started in their hometown in California. The couple crossed paths at a summer party in high school, and after they met, they were inseparable until Robert left for college. Micaela still had one more year of high school left, but they stayed in touch despite the long distance. Fast-forward, Micaela went to New York to visit Robert for New Years and the rest was history.
Here’s the story of Robert and Micaela and their happily ever after.
All images courtesy of NylaGray Photography.
For our one year “live-a-versary” (one year living together) we went out to celebrate and started talking about what was next for us. We ended up walking into a jewelry store that night and looking at rings. I found one I absolutely adored and Robert asked if I wanted to try it on. I did and fell in love. We looked a little more and then decided to leave. I made a quick stop in the restroom and then we headed home.
About 6 months later, we went back to California for a vacation and to see our family and friends. We decided to take a day trip to Carmel, my favorite beach in California and it also happens to be where some of my father’s ashes are spread. We went for a walk down the beach and Robert got down in the sand and started to propose. He pulled out a ring and asked me if I recognized it – it was the ring I had picked out the night we went to the jewelry store. The best part – he bought it that night while I was in the bathroom and it had been sitting in our apartment for 6 months! After I got over the initial shock of getting engaged, I asked him if he knew that my dad’s ashes were spread at this beach. He said he did, and that if he wasn’t able to ask his permission to marry me, the least he could do was try to have him as close as possible to the proposal.
[The bride wore a stunning Marisa gown from RK Bridal]. I tried on a few more dresses after I tried on the dress I actually chose. They were all beautiful dresses, but nothing felt just right. Each time I tried on a new dress, I found myself comparing it to the other dress and all I wanted to do was put it back on. When I finally did, I spent a good 45 minutes walking around and staring at myself in the mirror. I never wanted to take it off, which is why I knew I had to get married in it!
My husband and I grew up in the bay area, which allowed us to spend a lot of time outdoors hiking and going to the beach. We have been living in New York for a few years now and fell in love with the all of the beach towns in the Hamptons. For our wedding, we wanted to capture the beauty and light of the outdoors like back home, but also mix in the feel of New York’s famous Hampton beach scene.
[The ceremony was] intimate and relaxed. The groom’s father performed the ceremony and our mothers did readings during the ceremony. Cheers, laughter, and clapping were encouraged throughout.
We wanted to have a wedding that was more relaxed and [followed our] “laid-back California style.” We decided to have both the reception and the ceremony at our favorite restaurant [CowFish] in Hampton Bays. This allowed us to have a laid-back atmosphere – everyone at CowFish is so nice and down to earth and their property is naturally beautiful – while still giving guests everything they would expect out of a wedding.
I would say our menu was a unique detail. We served corn bread to start and had a clam chowder option for the appetizers. We then gave guests an option of 4 different entries to choose from and dessert was either a hot fudge sundae or banana cream pie. For us, it was more about eating delicious food than serving what is typically given at weddings. We even had mini sliders, french fries, and different kinds of cookies at the end of the night. CowFish also allowed us to rename their drinks to fit our wedding – we picked our favorite drinks and renamed them after ourselves and even renamed one after our dog.
Right after our first dance ended, we had our wedding party grab our guests and had everyone run on to the dance floor. It was so great to be suddenly surrounded by all of our friends and family laughing and dancing and singing along to the music. Everyone looked so happy and so full of love. It was the perfect way to start the celebration and it made it feel like a party that everyone was a part of.
I used splits of champagne as escort cards. We got the mini Freixenet bottles, which are black and have a chalkboard feel. I removed the main label and hand wrote all of the guest’s names and table number in gold sharpie on the bottles. For the table markers, I used bottles of Navaran, removed the main label, and added the table numbers in gold glitter glue. I also glitter glued all 8 of my bridesmaids’ initials on Freixenet bottles for the ‘getting ready’ pictures.
Wedding Planner: Daniela Grafman, Vision Event Co | Wedding Photographer: NylaGray Photography | Wedding Location: Hampton Bays, NY | Ceremony and Reception Location: CowFish, Hampton Bays | Wedding Flowers: Roses and Rice | Cake: Sweet Corner Bakery | Grooms: JCrew for Groom | Wedding Dress Designer: Marisa | Wedding Dress Salon: RK Bridal | Hair & Makeup: NYC Beauty Clique | Music: Vision Event Co