It’s a beautiful day in New Jersey! We’re so excited that spring has arrived and that mother Nature finally is gifting us with warm weather. As you all enjoy the outdoors today, here’s a breathtaking Beach Chic wedding that will have you dreaming of an oceanfront oasis.
Tara wore a stunning Suzanne Neville wedding gown made of French Chantilly lace and a sewn-in corset.
From the morning preparations, ceremony, and throughout the reception, Shira Weinberger captured the special moments in a photojournalistic approach. “Shira perfectly captured the day without being intrusive or demanding, and we felt she managed to capture every single moment that brought us joy,” commented Tara. The couple was also pleased with their videographer, Exo Photography, who caught their wedding day on video.
Tara and Joe’s 8-pound Shih Tzu trotter made the perfect flower girl, along with two-year old Sophia.
Chosen for its beachfront property with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and beautiful décor throughout the facility, the ceremony and reception were held at the Westhampton Bath and Tennis Club. Tara and Joe also liked that the facility was centrally located for their guests who were traveling from New York City and Westchester. It was a beautiful day for a beach wedding [just one week before Hurricane Sandy made landfall].
“Our ceremony was held on the beach, in the sand behind the Westhampton Bath and Tennis Club. It was the most beautiful backdrop you could imagine. The sun was shining bright and the waves were crashing behind us, all of this…just one week before Hurricane Sandy struck! All of our guests were given sandals and matching, engraved pashminas as they were seated onto the white wicker chairs lined with baby blue cones filled with petals…and placed alongside gorgeous lanterns with candles. One of my favorite parts of the ceremony was when we signed our Ketubah, which was anything but traditional! My younger sister made it from a picture from the Hubble telescope, knowing how much I love NASA and efforts to explore the final frontier!”
“Our cocktail hour was held outside near the pool area of the Bath and Tennis Club. It was a wonderful ambiance under the stars, with music from our brass quintet lighting up the night. Our guests couldn’t stop raving about the food and many stations. There was a raw food bar and pasta station among many others. The stations were decorated very beach chic and it felt like we were transported to an island in the Caribbean!”
“We really wanted to keep things beach-chic, not too traditional! So some our flowers were put in mason jars on the tables, alongside iron baskets and other rustic containers!”
Dinner began with a warm goat cheese and leek tart, followed by a choice of breast of chicken roulade or filet mignon for the main entrée. Guests were treated to miniature key lime pies, chocolate-dipped strawberries, doughnut holes with dipping sauce, and miniature ice-cream cones served butler style, in addition to their red velvet with gianduja mousse wedding cake.
After being announced into the ballroom as the new Mr. & Mrs., the couple participated in the traditional Horah, while Hank Lane Music & Productions got the party started with live entertainment. They played a variety of music that had guests dancing the entire night. In order to incorporate a feel of local music, Joe surprised Tara with a special guest appearance from Taylor Dayne, who serenaded the couple.
Tell us about your wedding proposal: I am a lifelong advocate of space, nasa and exploration of the final frontier. It is my great passion outside of journalism. So Joe filmed the 30-second commercial inside the Hudson River museum planetarium in Yonkers. As I was about to get off the anchor desk on 3-10-12, my director told me in my ear…oh don’t leave! There is a big mistake with the show that we have to correct. They said watch the monitor and we’ll play back the mistake. It was Joe’s commerical that aired instead! In 30 seconds, he compared our love to all the coolest miracles in the universe, but said of all the ‘stars’ I shine the brightest for him and would I accept his hand in marriage. Next thing I knew, Joe, my co-workers and my boss all came pouring into the studio. He got down on one knee and popped the question. Everyone at work knew, I have no idea how they were able to keep the secret. I was stunned but thankfully had enough wits to say yes! He had apparently asked my parents permission to wed weeks before!
Bride’s favorite memory of the day: Looking out in the ballroom after we were announced and realizing everyone I had ever loved our cared about for the past 34 years was in one room, to share in our joy!
Groom’s favorite memory of the day: The beach ceremony and seeing my wife for the FIRST time in her wedding dress.
Where did you go on your honeymoon? Joe wanted to explore his roots and I wanted to go somewhere that was off the beaten path. We decided to start out in the picturesque Amalfi coast where Joe’s parents were born. It was his first time and very emotional for him. We met cousins of his that he’d never met! It was so special. Then we did the 20-hour trek to Mauritius! What an unbelievable island and worth the shelp! We did everything from water sports to private meals on the ocean to ziplining to walking with lions! Next it was off to Cape Town. We enjoyed trips to lovely vineyards and before we knew, it was time to head home!
Do you have any advice for couples that are planning their wedding? It became very overwhelming at times trying to manage all the planning for such a large, detailed event. Best advice I ever got was from a friend who told me to make a simple list of everything that had to be done (my list had 59 items) and tackle 1 maybe 2 tasks per week! Also, do your research on your honeymoon planning. We did not know it was a national holiday in France when we booked our Mauritius honeymoon and the place was filled to the brim with children and young families!
Tara & Joe
October 20, 2012
Westhampton Bath & Tennis Club • Westhampton Beach, NY
In The Spotlight:
Ceremony & Reception Location: Westhampton Bath & Tennis Club / Officiant: Rabbi Mallamy / Caterer: Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs / Wedding Coordinator: Unforgettable Hamptons Events / Photographer: Shira Weinberger / Videographer: Exo Photography & Cinema / Entertainment: Hank Lane Music & Productions / Florist: House of Flowers / Limousine Service: Capricorn Limousines / Cake Designer: Martine’s Fine Bake Shoppe / Bridal Salon & Veil: Wedding Atelier / Shoes: Gianfranco Ferre / Formal Attire: Joseph Abboud / Invitations: Passion Paper / Favors: Pashmina’s & Sandals / Hair Salon: DM Luxury / Makeup Artist: Denny / Jeweler: Cartier / Photo Booth: Photobooths by NY Digital Memories / Dove Release: Lasting Memories by Sharon / Honeymoon Locations: Amalfi Coast- Italy & Africa