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Popular Wedding Venues Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club 231 Mid Ocean Drive, Bridgehampton 631-537-1180 East Hampton Point 295 Three Mile Harbor Road, Springs 631-329-2800

Gurney’s Inn, with its world-class ocean views and beaches, would be a perfect wedding venue even without the worldclass service. When you book a wedding, you inherit three new friends, Ginny, Phyllis, and Zelko. They become your “best friends” from that moment on. Every couple is encouraged to plan a wedding that reflects their personal style. Switching things up a little bit makes it fun and exciting. Gurney’s only hosts one wedding per day, so the bride becomes the VIP of The Inn. There is nothing like a beach ceremony customized by the couple to reflect their personal tastes in music -- perhaps a harp, violin or the music of a steel drum playing in the sand. Just in case Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate, a newly renovated Oceanview Dining Room converts to a beautiful chapel. Following the ceremony a cocktail reception, perhaps held on the breeze-swept Lido or Sun Decks, is a perfect place to unwind. Top shelf open bar serving cocktails of distinction, along with creative hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and of course, Gurney’s Famous Raw Bar, served over ice in a Sailboat Display are delightful features. For dinner, beautifully appointed “place card” tables decorated with sand, shells, beach glass, mini-lighthouses, and driftwood set the scene. The elegant banquet room, with sweeping views of the ocean, easily accommodates up to 220 guests! An award winning chef and his culinary team will prepare a sumptuous dinner menu or buffet; the executive patisserie will create a fairytale wedding cake, designed by the bride and groom. Included in the package is a deluxe bridal suite that the bridal party can call home the entire day of the wedding. The folks at Gurney’s believe that on the day of the wedding the bride should be concerned with only one thing: making herself as beautiful as she can – on the outside, but also on the inside and this means, staying relaxed, calm and keeping a sense of humor. All the other details will be taken care of by wedding coordinators and their staff. Gurney’s will host a bridal showcase on Saturday from 10 AM until 3:00 PM.

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Baker House 1650 181 Main Street, East Hampton 631-324-4081 Brecknock Hall 1 Brecknock Road,  Greenport 631-477-3800 East Wind Inn 5720 Route 25A Wading River 631-929-3500 Gurney’s Inn 290 Old Montauk Hwy, Montauk 631-688-2345 Hedges Inn 74 James Lane, East Hampton 631-324-7101 c/o The Maidstone 207 Main Street, East Hampton 631-324-5006

If someone were to tell you there is a place on the East End that can handle a wedding for 1200, look no further than East Wind in Wading River. And don’t worry if you are thinking small – there is a wedding package for any crowd and any budget. First and foremost there is the inn itself, with its luxurious rooms. That means the wedding party can kick back a day or two early and stay after the reception. It a perfect place for out-of-town guests to repose as well. There is a spa/salon and a pool/fitness center on the premises, and East Wind is home to the famous Desmond’s restaurant. The lavish grounds provide ample room for an outdoor ceremony, or there is an indoor chapel, of course. There are five different ballrooms on site, from intimate to grand. The marriage planners at East Wind can make a complex event easy; they can recommend photographers, bands and DJs, florists, gifts, limousines, tuxedos, linen rentals, and table centerpieces. The staff will work closely with the lucky couple to plan every detail, including a lavish menu customized by the bride and groom. East Wind was named one of the Top Five places on Long Island to get married by Newsday. There will be a bridal expo Sunday – doors open at 11 AM, Register online or call 631-929-6585. By the way, there is a video tour and the opportunity to have a live chat about your upcoming special day -- just visit the website at www. eastwindlongisland.com.

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When Your Church Is Outdoors That’s not the case in Riverhead, Town Clerk Diane Wilhelm informed. No alcohol is allowed at public parks and beaches, so “people don’t look to do a lot of receptions here,” she said. Up on the North Fork, those who want to include libations with their outdoor ceremony often choose to say their vows at any of a number of area wineries. The town code in Riverhead does provide waivers for the serving of alcoholic beverages as part of its special permitting process. But the process calls for special insurance and security, so people generally don’t pursue outdoor receptions at public parks and beaches. Instead, said Wilhelm, “we don’t really fuss.” People will have brief ceremonies at the Iron Pier beach pavilion or the gazebo at Reeves Beach. “It’s a pretty setting overlooking the Sound,” she observed. Also on the North Fork, Goldsmith’s Inlet in Southold Town is a popular locale for wedding ceremonies, Town Recreation Supervisor Ken Reeves informed. His department has a special application designed for wedding ceremonies on town beaches. They’re due at least three

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Wide open blue skies, crystal clear water lapping the sun-drenched sand. Nothing says romance like the East End’s beautiful beaches. For many couples, their shared love of the outdoors has to be underscored when it’s time to say their wedding vows. Beachside ceremonies and love expressed al fresco add to the mystique of the moment, and when it comes to gorgeous settings for stating your love, the North and South Fork have an endless array. But you can’t just hop on down to the beach with your friends, family, and favorite officiant. Most municipalities require permits if you’re bringing a bunch of friends to an outdoor public place for your wedding or reception. Here’s an overview of what might be required. (Make sure you check with your individual town or village to see if they have special, or additional, rules.) If the plan is to just meet with a handful of your nearest and dearest for a brief ceremony,

most municipalities don’t require permits. It’s when the crowd is larger -- generally over 50 people -- and the celebration is more extensive, that special permit requirements begin to kick in. On Shelter Island, Town Clerk Dorothy Ogar affirmed permitting depends on the size of the crowd attending. If a proposal includes music or staging, the town board would have to approve an outdoor assembly permit, which runs about $200. Indian Wells and Atlantic Avenue Beaches in Amagansett and Navy Road Beach and Kirk Park in Montauk are the most popular public settings in East Hampton, Town Clerk Carol Brennan reported. Permits are required for assemblies over 50, and, if a reception is the desire, a review of plans for music, length of time, potential parking waivers, or bonfires is in order. In East Hampton Town, tents aren’t allowed on the beaches, but wedding guests can enjoy adult beverages.

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months before the event. (Most towns want that much lead time.) How many people are invited, how many vehicles are expected, the length of time for the use of the space and how many temporary parking permits are needed are some of the questions asked on the permit. It’s free to town residents. Nonresidents expecting fewer than 50 guest pay $50; $75 if a larger crowd is expected. Like other municipalities may, Southold Town asks for a refundable cleanup deposit of $250. In Southampton, the town website offers an extensive list of dos and don’ts for facility use at public beaches. The Parks & Recreation Department oversees requests for facility use permits. Find the rules on their section of the website. If you want to host your outdoor event in one of the region’s incorporated villages, be sure to check with officials there, since their rules could be different from the town they’re located in. For state sites, you need to get permission from the regional representative of the state parks department.

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These days a wedding isn't just a single event, but a year long celebration. It's a magnificent time to join together with family and friends to celebrate. In September of 2012 my now husband Joe Cipro popped the question. I have a knack for party planning and I always thought planning a wedding would be rather simple. Perhaps I underestimated the whole experience. Here we were setting off on a journey of budgeting, planning, shopping, planning, celebrating and more planning. First order of business, the date. Right away I knew we had to get married before summer time. Working in the Hamptons means long summer hours and crazy schedules. That gave us eight months, a breeze I figured! We decided on April 27 at The Hedges Inn in East Hampton. I've always loved The Hedges Inn, overlooking Town Pond. It has even been a location for a bridal shoot I did in a past issue of The Independent Bride. We also lucked out booking the venue a week before the venue and room prices doubled for the season. I always like to get a good deal. Now for the dress, something I also lucked out with. I took a shot in the dark and ordered a 75 percent off final sale Vera Wang dress that was just perfect. I wanted an old hollywood glamour type feel to the dress and the wedding as a whole. It was the dress I had always dreamed of. A quick trip to Stitch in Southampton

for alterations and it was a perfect fit. With the three most important wedding items ready to go (husband, dress and venue), it was on to the rest of the celebrations. We threw an engagement party at Bread & Tulips in New York City in November. Joe's family is from Maryland while mine lives in the Hamptons. We wanted to meet somewhere in the middle. We wined and dined our guests while many friends and family were able to meet for the first time. Next up, the bachelorette party! I must say I have the best group of girlfriends. Twelve of us boarded Spirit Airlines (never again, but that's a whole different story) and took off for a February weekend in South Beach. My Maid of Honor, my sister Jenna, was living in Palm Beach at the time, so this trip was perfect. We partied it up at Nikki Beach and Wall at the W Hotel and spent our days at the spa at The Palms. My bridal shower took place in March. My mom hosted it at our home in East Hampton and it was tea party themed. Champs, cupcakes and tea . . . it was a super fun afternoon with family and friends. Now in between all of the fun events was the prepping. Dance lessons at Arthur Murray Dance Studio took over our Tuesday evenings. Sometimes I felt like the walking dead trying to learn the foxtrot after The Independent's deadline day. I'm so glad we did it because

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it's something I will remember forever (the experience and the dance steps). Every waking hour was filled with invitations and guest lists, tastings and budgets. At the time it felt like a huge chore, but in the end it was worth every minute and dollar. The week of the big day we had so much planned. First was the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner at Nick & Toni's in East Hampton. The dinner in the newly renovated restaurant staple was amazing as always. The next night we hosted a meet up at Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, where our guests who came a day early could enjoy live music and wine. It was great to give our guests, especially those from out of town and/ or had never been to the Hamptons, something fun everyone could participate in. The wedding day I woke up at The Hedges Inn and had a fantastic breakfast at the Inn. I must note that Inn keeper Ann Clarke took amazing care of us through this whole experience. The time had come. My mom and my dad

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walked down the aisle to the music of a strolling violinist. The ceremony was short and sweet, just like we wanted it, in the garden at The Hedges Inn. It was a beautiful afternoon, we couldn't have asked for better weather. We had done it! Onto the cocktail hour and dinner. It was the perfect night, filled with love. Friends and family danced the night away and we made a ton of beautiful memories.

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Wedding-Ready Hair And Makeup By Emily Toy

We all know that at every wedding, it’s all about the bride and groom. And to make that special day even more memorable local businesses are offering unique, professional cosmetic and spa treatments to make any couple feel extraordinary. Here’s a roundup of some of the luxurious regimens available here on the East End: Gurney’s Inn in Montauk offers several wedding packages for both the ladies and the gents. Ladies can celebrate bachelorette parties with a special package that includes a 30-minute

neck, back, and shoulder massage, a 25-minute ocean radiance facial and a manicure and pedicure. $260 per person. A deluxe wedding package for the bride includes hair and makeup consultations, a 60-minute Swedish massage, manicure and pedicure. On the wedding day services include hair and makeup application, custom hair design, touch up hair and makeup, plus a special spa gift. $855 for the deluxe package. For more information call Gurney’s at 631-668-2345. Whites Pharmacy in East Hampton thinks every bride deserves to look beautiful. Resident

makeup artists at Whites will create a custom look, offering facials, brows and makeup. Men’s facials, hand treatments and brow grooming are also offered. Book an appointment for trial makeup now and get $10 off. 631-3240082. Whites is located on Main Street in East Hampton. The Inn and Spa at East Wind offers several spa, hair and makeup packages that will be sure to entice any bride-to-be. With an understanding of detailed planning and creative innovation, “Bride-To-Be-Hair” creates a lasting look that stays day and night without worry. Dress rehearsal price is $75, main event price starts

at $125. The Wading River venue also offers “BrideTo-Be-Make-Up,” for the bride, bridal party and flower girls. Sure to give a flawless, camera ready, natural look, makeup trials start at $65, wedding day application for the bride is $125, bridal party application is $95 and flower girl application is $35. The studio also offers a treatment on exotic eyes and lips for $45. (Bridal tip: wear a button down shirt, come with clean and dry hair, and bring any hair jewelry and/or headpieces to the trial.) East Wind also offers special wedding treatments for the boys. Grooms and groomsmen are welcome to gather before the big day for a day of pampering and relaxation. Package includes a 50-minute massage, a 30-minute manicure, and a hair cleanse and cut. The entire package is $159. For more infor mation and to book reser vations call 631-846-2339 or visit thespaateastwind.com. East Wind Spa and Studio is located at 5720 Route 25A in Wading River. Here are some other tips for looking your best on the big day: • Don’t have any new/different facial or skin treatments done the day before the big day. • Wear a white T-shirt to makeup trials in a store so you can see how the makeup looks against a pale color. • Take a picture of yourself in daylight (with no flash) to see how you look after the trial. • Bring photos of a desired look to any makeup trial.

Untitled Love Poem By Gretchen Fischer I glance at him across the room; his beard is grayer then I remember from yesterday As gray as my hair was when I glanced in the mirror two years ago and knew. We are middle-aged…we have weathered the storm of three daughters and parents dying We glance at each other across the room…we negotiate with our middleaged glances; Who will walk the dog, buy the toilet paper, take the garbage out… who will be the first to throw their arm across the warm body that crawls into bed. One of us.

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