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Special Section: Your Perfect Wedding on the East End By Eugenia Bartell The dream of a perfect wedding starts long before the actual day. At the Riverhead Robert James Salon and Spa (631-208-8159) Ray Pickersgill and his talented staff design individual packages for the bride and her bridal party with almost every imaginable facet of beauty products and regimes to evoke an exquisite flawless and relaxed appearance. The Paul Izak Salon and Spa in Mattituck (631-298-1119), named after owner Ladan ShalomMurray’s father, emphasizes wellness, beauty enhancement and environmental awareness with top stylists endorsed by the high fashion beauty industry. Amazingly generous and medically conscious, Ladan donates to many charities such as North Shore Breast Cancer and SloanKettering. What an extraordinary oasis for the bride to re-energize and rejunvenate. Specializing in wedding ceremonies, minister Star Sandow (631-287-5177) also teaches Buddhist Meditation. A most caring, spiritual, and creative soul, Star meets with each couple many times, gathering all sorts of knowledge about them before she actually writes their personalized vows. After all, Star feels the ceremony is about two unique people.

Her relationship with them continues for years. If there is ever a thought of parting, their promise to meet with Star to give her the opportunity to help them stay together, reflects her genuine personal interest. Couples that renew their vows often tell Star how this ceremony touches them even more than their first; learning to cherish comes after initial love. Nestled in the romantic hideaway retreat of Shelter Island is the Ram’s Head Inn (631-7490811) and its sister inn, The Chequit (631-749-0018) owned and operated by Jim and Linda Ekland. Long sweeping lawns and glorious gardens leading down

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to the water reflect the attentive landscape of this 1929 charming country inn. An elegant ballroom serving in-house cuisine (slowfood style) produces rave reviews. Eighty guests either in the upstairs reception and ceremony dining room or in the downstairs lounge or patio make the 1872 Victorian Chequit Inn a cozy, comfortable wedding niche. Their custom baked wedding cakes are the piece de resistance. Traveling west, the 18 acre Woodbury Country Club (516692-6200) offers an elegant private setting, promising to make your wedding day memorable. The lake chapel with a walk along “bridge aisle” is without a doubt uniquely romantic. A carefully executed list of in-house wedding vendors, the Woodbury thinks of everything including your privacy and exclusivity on your wedding day. Panoramic views of the Long Island Sound with its ever changing vistas are even beautiful on a clear night when the twinkling lights of Connecticut appear like colored jewels from the Port Jefferson Country Club at Harbor Hills (631-473-1440). Owned and operated by the renowned Lombardi family, their logo is “Planning forever is a happy (continued on next page)

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Dan's Papers Sept. 25, 2009  

Dan's Papers, the 51-year-old bible of the Hamptons, is owned by Manhattan Media, a multi-media publishing company based in New York City,...

Dan's Papers Sept. 25, 2009  

Dan's Papers, the 51-year-old bible of the Hamptons, is owned by Manhattan Media, a multi-media publishing company based in New York City,...

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