– Jedediah Hawkins Inn and Macari Vineyard –


 Beige 
Dave + Stacy 

It started over pickles.

Mutual friends of ours shared a post on Facebook about their new venture ‘Dill Death Do Us Part’ pickles and we both commented. 
Both of us being photographers and having the same name…I guess you can say we kinda clicked. ; )


Long story short, we met over coffee and fell deeply in love.
She commissioned me to be her wedding photographer and pretty soon we were going to photo expos and meeting up for Greek food. 

To say that this girl is a bottle of sunshine, is a complete understatement. 
What’s even better is that her other half, Dave, matches her sweet disposition. 

 
Trying to find the right words to describe them, I was reminded of Stacy’s brother speech by Christopher.
It’s one of my favorites. 

“…I think you’ll agree: There’s something about Stacy.
She is a beautiful girl, but more than that – there is life in her that you can’t help but notice.  Something that, when you’re with her, can turn an ordinary day – or even just a moment – into something to remember.

Sometimes when I’m at work, she calls me.  And maybe some of you have gotten a similar call.  I pick up the phone and hear:

“I was driving to work and I saw a car that had a C in the license plate and the driver was a boy and then I looked at what kind of car it was and it was a Toyota, which has a Y in it.”
And I’m listening to this as I’m working and I go, “Uh huh.”
“Don’t you get it?” she says with grand excitement.  “A C and a Y – and your initials are CY!”
“Oh,” I say.
“And you’re a boy!”

And she sells this. 

She, in this moment, is truly excited at this coincidence and she wants to share it with me. 
Share the coincidence, share her excitement, and, in the process,
share her boundless joy at the things in life that we other mortals walk right by. 

I have a feeling that Stacy has more of these moments in her life than any of us.  And when she shares them, she makes our lives better.”

Her brother goes on to talk about the boys who came before Dave…
“…about these guys – I don’t really remember them.  And I think it’s because they weren’t memorable – at least not next to Stacy.  
They were nice enough, I guess…  

but putting these guys with her was vaguely like painting a boring blah beige next to the brightest purple you’ve ever seen.

Then along came Dave . . .

And Dave is memorable.  Dave is not beige.  Don’t worry, Dave, you’re not purple either.  Dave’s kind of a royal blue. 
A manly, impressively bearded, royal blue with a tattooed calf.  He is simply one of the nicest, friendliest, most thoughtful guys I know. 
He is never without that broad smile, without an offer to help and listen, without a good word. 
There is no malice in him; I have never seen as much as a trace of impatience.  

I wanted to share a quote, but Stacy borrowed my favorite quote book and never gave it back. 
So I read 5000 quotes on-line and most of them were smart, funny, cynical, earnest, bitter, witty or wise. 
…My real issue with many of them is that they treated love and marriage as two separate and irreconcilable things.  
This resulted in some fine advice and…beautiful sentiment. 
I don’t doubt that the experience of many, is the reason responsibility and routine don’t coexist with joy, fun and love. 
This is not my experience and it will not be yours.

The only bit of advice I offer tonight is not to look to others for example – as their success, or lack of, will not dictate your own. 
Although you will find work, frustration and compromise in your future, you will get through it. 
Not just because most of us do, but because you two are like none that we have ever seen before…”

Best speech ever, right?!  
Dave and Stacy, I’m smitten with your love.
 I can’t look at people these days without painting them a color.
Together you are a kailedoscope of brilliant colors shining brightly on the people around you.
I’m beyond blessed to call you friends. 

Macari VineyardJedediah Hawkins Inn

 

Macari Vineyard

The infamous fountain.

At the very tippy top of Jedediah Hawkins, is a bridal suit. The smallest stairway steps lead to this hidden treasure of a room. The ceilings are all a rustic wood and slanted haphazardly. This window peers out to the front lawn.


Stacy writing her vows in a cozy little nook…



One of my favorite parts of the day!



Father and son…



I’m a big believer in writing a letter to your love on your wedding day. It kind of brings the whole day full circle and reminds you both of how far you have come.


Isn’t she lovely?!

 

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Almost there…


I adore the anticipation on Dave’s face!


A quick snuggle…


I know. What every girl dreams of being greeted with…


She was just as excited!


Not beige at all! ; )

 

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Formals are a necessary evil, but a heck of a lot more fun when the groom tickles.


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Group hug!


View More: http://dearstacey.pass.us/daveandstacyHow soft and dreamy are these hues?

 

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View More: http://dearstacey.pass.us/daveandstacyOne of my very favorite bridal party looks. I love the soft fabric, colors and styles. Perfection!


View More: http://dearstacey.pass.us/daveandstacyGreat colors and textures!

View More: http://dearstacey.pass.us/daveandstacyOff to Macari for the ceremony and reception…


View More: http://dearstacey.pass.us/daveandstacyStacy and her brother (who wrote the eloquent speech above) and one of the adorable flowergirls…

 

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View More: http://dearstacey.pass.us/daveandstacyOne thing I noticed about Stacy and Dave is how in unison their body language is. If you go back through the post, you’ll see their smiles, their hands, arms and laughs are almost identical. How do they do that?! : )


View More: http://dearstacey.pass.us/daveandstacyThe moment before a kiss is the best.


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View More: http://dearstacey.pass.us/daveandstacyVineyards are so lush here on Long Island in September…


One of my favorites from the day..

 

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View More: http://dearstacey.pass.us/daveandstacyI’d need a whole other blog post for their reception!

 

and they lived…Happily ever after!

 
p.s.
Looking for a fun pickle favor?!
Backyard Brine pickles began as wedding favors (Dill Death to Us Part) and are now being sold at places like Whole Foods and farmers markets in a wide range of awesome flavors.
They are the BEST pickles EVER.
Head on over to Backyard Brine if you’re interested in a pickle bar or favors for your wedding! 

p.p.s.
Day of coordination | L. Marie Events
Dress designer | Maggie Soterro
Bridal prep and formal photo location: Jedediah Hawkins Inn
Florals | Flowers by Liz
Wedding venue | Macari Vineyard


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Before you go, leave your thoughts below!
  1. Stacy

    September 22nd, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    My heart is aflutter… if there was a key with butterflies on it I would have tapped it a million times to show you how this makes me feel!!!!! THIS IS BEAUTIFUL STACEY!!!!!! Oh my gosh… where do I even start with you!?!?
    First of all… we are so honored that you took so much time and effort out during this busy wedding season to recap such a precious day for us! Your talent is huge not only in capturing the most fleeting and gorgeous moments, but also in your words… they are honest, real, they make everything seem like it’s happening all over again… how to thank you for that??? (…maybe I’ll treat you to Greek food next time?? lol)
    You are a blessing in MY life- you are a mentor, inspiration, motivator, friend, sister. You have been with me through lifetimes, I am sure 😉 Thank you for all that you have brought into my world! As for the photos… and this blog… we will them treasure forever!!!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! xoxoxoxooxoxoxoxoxo!!!!

  2. stacey

    October 5th, 2015 at 10:41 am

    SEEEEE?! This is why I adore you. You make every day, thought and word brighter. Thank you for being so incredibly awesome. I’m so happy you’re in my life!

  3. Stan

    September 23rd, 2015 at 12:31 am

    This is the best blog ever!!!! What a great tribute to my friends!!! Stacey, your words were perfect!!! I had tears as I read your words about my precious friends!!!! Your pictures are absolutely beautiful!!!! Thank you!!!

  4. stacey

    October 5th, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Stan, thank you for taking the time to stop in and comment.

    I adore everything about Stacy and Dave and I think anyone that meets them feels the same. How lucky are we, right?!

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