Jessica and Christian Windows on the Water at Frogbridge
Christian and I met online—we knew a lot of the same people because we grew up in the same town. When we first met, we realized his mother is best friends with my best friend’s mom. It is such a small world!
Christian had planned a weekend getaway in Greenport, NY. The weekend consisted of a nice dinner, hanging out at Greenport brewery and doing some fall activities at a sunflower farm. Christian had invited his sisters to meet us to go “pumpkin picking,” but to my surprise he had planned the most perfect engagement in the sunflower field. He had his sisters capture the whole thing on video. After he proposed, he had both of our families waiting at his parents’ house for a surprise engagement party. It was the most perfect day!
Our wedding style was rustic modern. For us, it was all about the details! The bridesmaids wore slate, we kept the groomsmen in a classic black tux, and Christian wore a navy tux with black trim and a black bowtie. We thought it would be cute for the ring bearers to match the groom as well. We knew we wanted there to be a lot of greenery, so our flowers included dusty miller, eucalyptus, white hydrangea, with lisianthus, white mini calla lilies, white ranunculus and white roses. We had taken old French doors and refurbished them with a white wash and used them as our seating chart draped with eucalyptus. Our favors were peach bourbon jam, to match our theme.
We knew we wanted an outside ceremony and a tented venue for our reception. When we visited Windows on the Water at Frogbridge, we fell in love with the venue. It was everything we were looking for, it had a beautiful view and the food was out of this world. When we met Scott, the manager of the venue, we instantly had a connection with him and felt even better with our decision. We decided to do an outside tented venue, before the pandemic existed, and it was probably the best decision we made because it allowed us to still have the celebration we wanted despite the circumstances.
We had a great cocktail hour with tons of passed appetizers including lobster mac and cheese, baby lamb chops and filet mignon Negimaki. It also included my favorite, pappardelle pasta with short rib ragu. Our entrées included pan- seared Atlantic salmon, black angus filet mignon and a vegetarian option. Our cake was a naked vanilla cake with raspberry filling. We also had passed desserts including cannoli cones, cheesecake lollipops and chocolate chip cookies with a shot of milk. We had an empanada truck waiting for our guests after the wedding that included chicken, cheese and pulled-pork empanadas for our guests to enjoy.
When I saw my gown online, I knew it was “the one.” To my surprise, I loved it even more when I tried it on—no other dresses compared. It was a mermaid-style dress with a gorgeous floral-embroidered lace paired with a soft tulle. My favorite part of the dress was the beaded spaghetti straps that framed the deep sweetheart neckline.
My favorite moment had to be our first dance as husband and wife. It was such a special moment to be dancing to our song surrounded by our closest family and friends. We had sparklers go off at the end of the dance that made it so magical. We also had a live painter at the wedding paint our first dance so we can always remember how memorable it was.
Great food and a great deejay and entertainment. I think we nailed both!
We got married in 2020 during a pandemic. There was a lot of uncertainty before the actual wedding on whether we would have to reschedule it or not. Both Christian and I are both pretty laid-back people, and we were trying to stay optimistic and roll with it. A couple months before the wedding, our venue called to tell us we may not be able to have the custom white dance floor we wanted. We were bummed but still were happy our guests would be able to dance. To our surprise, a month before the wedding the venue called and said we were able to have the dance floor we wanted and we could not be happier. The actual day of the wedding went perfectly—we would not have changed a thing!
“You Are the Reason,” by Calum Scott and Leona Lewis.
Enjoy every second of your wedding, because it’s true what people say: It flies by! Try to make your wedding your own by incorporating meaningful details. We had a family member officiate our wedding and a family friend play the piano for our ceremony. We also knew we wanted our dog included in our ceremony and we were able to have him there—it was so special to us.