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For Amelia Stocker and Lee Mayberry, it’s not a stretch to say it was love at first sight. They were both working at the same restaurant one summer, Amelia as a hostess and Lee as a server. One night, after their shifts had ended, the staff was hanging around the bar. “Amelia was sitting in the booth at the opposite end from me, and I just couldn’t take my eyes off her,” says Lee. After he crossed the room and began to talk to her, he didn’t have to wait long to find out the feeling was mutual: “I don’t remember too much about the conversation, but I remember the way she looked back at me as we spoke. She looked at me the way I thought I had looked at her the day I first saw her,” he says. The two talked all night, at one point ditching the rest of the restaurant crew and strolling through the cool night air, just the two of them. “Before we knew it, the sun was coming up, and we had been talking all night — at that point, whether we were ready to admit it or not, we were head over heels in love,” says Lee. Several years after their perfect first date, the couple was strolling through their Brooklyn neighborhood, killing time before they met up with friends for dinner. Amelia, who always wore a ring Lee had given her on the ring finger of her left hand, was mid-stride when Lee turned to her and grabbed her hand. “I really love this ring,” he said, “but the problem is, when you wear it on this finger, there’s no room for this.” With that, Lee pulled out a beautiful engagement ring from his pocket. Of course, Amelia said yes.

“AT THAT POINT, WHETHER WE WERE READY TO ADMIT IT OR NOT, WE WERE HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE,” SAYS LEE.

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Over the course of their relationship, Amelia and Lee had gone on annual trips to Montauk to celebrate their anniversary. By their fourth visit, both had fallen in love with the town. “We loved the foggy, quiet mornings, the freshness of the air, the maritime weather, the food, and pretty much just the smallness of the town,” says Amelia. It seemed like an easy choice for their wedding destination — neither of their families had been to Montauk before, so they felt they had discovered it together, and it had become “their place.” They settled on the Surf Lodge for their reception site. In the midst of many foggy and windy days, the morning of Amelia and Lee’s wedding dawned sunny and clear. The wedding was small — only about 63 guests, since they both had wanted to keep the celebration limited to very close friends and family. They embraced Caribbean-inspired colors for their décor. “The colors we chose — teal and coral — are fun and remind us of the Caribbean and everything we love about it,” says Amelia.


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