Sarah and Drew met in New York City when their mutual friends (who are now married!) began dating. The pair spent time together as social friends for several years before their relationship turned romantic. Their courtship was gradual and casual, and once they realized they were no longer just friends, they started meeting for drink and dinner dates, spending more time with each other’s friends and eventually meeting each other’s families. Despite both working long hours, they loved going out with friends, traveling, spending time with family and trying new activities and restaurants. Drew’s initial plan to propose on their building’s rooftop was halted by atypical freezing weather. He decided to pop the question at the beautiful Baccarat Hotel in New York City, a gorgeous, crystal-covered property. The proposal included a private tour of the hotel and a secret room reservation with flower petals and champagne. The next night, the big birthday party Sarah thought she had planned for herself turned into an amazing engagement party, with some of the couple’s best friends and siblings flying in from all over the country to celebrate.
The entire wedding weekend was hosted on the properties of North Beach Plantation. From the welcome dinner and drinks to the big day itself to the Sunday brunch by the pool, having all the events on site made it easy for guests to relax and enjoy themselves. Memorable Moments helped planned the big day, and the ceremony was held on the beach just before sunset. The weather was perfect—warm with a light breeze—and stunning shots were captured by Paula Player. Sarah’s younger sister crushed it as the officiant and Drew’s older brother shared several Jewish traditions that were incorporated into the ceremony. The flowers and huppa by RSG Event Designs were an amazing backdrop. The couple wrote their own vows, so the ceremony was personal and special, making it one of their favorite memories from the entire weekend.
Cocktail hour was held in the open-air courtyard, with beautiful café lights arranged in a zigzag pattern throughout. Mo’ Sol kept the dance floor packed during the ballroom reception. There was a special gluten-free cake for the bride created by You Eat I Bake, as well as a stunning cake by Croissants for guests to enjoy. The couple was touched by heartfelt and hilarious speeches from their families. As a nod to their Cinco de Mayo date, they featured a specialty tequila bar and ice luge. One of the reception highlights was when Sarah’s young nephews surprised everyone with a ukulele performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
Photographer: Paula Player Photography | Venue: 21 Main Events at North Beach | Planner: Memorable Moments | Wedding Cake: Croissants | Gluten-Free Cake for Bride: You Eat I Bake | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Groom’s Suit: Suitsupply | Flowers/Huppa: RSG Event Designs| Entertainment: Mo’ Sol | Videography: Hart to Heart Media