To continue with our week of features, courtesy of our resident photographer, Jen Huang, we are bringing you a Southampton Wedding with a unique twist! When Judith–and English girl born and bred–married her Texan groom, Paul, the trick was to find a way to merge their heritage into one. The job fell to planner, Claudia Hanlin of The Wedding Library, NYC. The result is a masterfully crafted wedding that combines the elegance of the English countryside (hello, most gorgeous arrangements ever by Poppies & Posies), with the ease of the Texas south. We’ll let Claudia tell you more!
Planner Claudia Hahnlin tell us:
I immediately bonded with this English bride and Texan groom over their desire to have their wedding feel “natural”, as if they effortlessly threw together a lovely get-together for family and friends and it all turned out magical and perfect. To achieve this perfectly effortless look, every gesture was carefully constructed, from the exacting shades of peach, steel and greige, to the immaculate but lived-in Bridgehampton Victorian that was the setting for this party. Hidden orchard trees held escort cards on seam binding, lace ribbons and twine in wedding colors – we tied them to zinc table numbers that we found to weigh them down from the passing breeze. We sourced the ribbons worldwide, including this steely-blue double-faced satin. I re-oriented the ceremony to include some of the Hampton’s famous tall hedges. A perfect backdrop. These “hens and chicks” succulents capture the steely gray color the couple loves, and also speaks to the terrain of Texas, a nod to the groom. The succulents doubled as place cards and favors in rustic terracotta pots with our waxed ribbon ties and kraft paper tags. A giant Audubon picture book houses notes from guests; the bird theme is repeated on the guest book signage and vintage stamps on guests’ invitation envelopes. To create the “perfectly thrown-together look” we mixed farmhouse tables, vintage containers, greige linens and lace runners on the tables. Pewter chargers and vintage plates are complemented by our ingenious paper menu napkin rings. We sewed the table numbers onto invitation stock, carefully tucking the couples’ monogram under the stitching for a perfectly finished look on both sides of the card. We made sure both English and Texan sides of this new family felt welcome with traditions and nods to both heritages. The flag-topped sailcloth tent held a buffet of whole roast suckling pig with all the traditional Tex-Mex accoutrement–and an English dessert.
Vendors: Photography: Jen Huang // Planning: Claudia Hanlin, The Wedding Library, NYC // Invitations: Paperfinger // Styling, Florals: Poppies & Posies // Location: Private Villa, Southampton, NY // Processing: RichardPhotoLab // Grooms’ Suit: J.Crew // Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier