Jackie & Michael wed in late September of last year in Montauk Long Island. Michael described the special meaning of their venue selection. “We met on the beach and always have had a special connection to the ocean. When we moved back from San Diego, we knew we wanted to get married on the beach. As a child I would go out to Montauk every summer and when we saw Gurneys we just knew it was perfect for us.” But what was really special about their event was how personal each and every little detail was to them. From a handmade ceremony structure to salt representing places of importance to them, this duo expressed themselves wholeheartedly throughout their big day.A bright color palette of orange (Jackie’s favorite color) and white was used throughout the day and pieces of driftwood acted as the accent to most of the decor.
The couple opted to make their own escort cards reflecting the locale. As Michael described, “Mixing sand from Montauk (where I have my summer house) and Ocean City, NJ (where Jackie is from), these little mini jars were made by Jackie’s mother and myself.” What a perfect way to welcome guests to their union!The ceremony arch was quite personal and special as well. Michael built it himself out of driftwood found near their beach house. “Collected over a two day span, I walked all the wood from the beach back to my house. I used the help of my father, brother, and my brother in law to put it together with screws and wire.” It takes a village! And what a beautiful and special end result!Michael even got involved in the decor process. He shared with us how the table names came to be. “Since Jackie and I met in San Diego and spent the first 3 years of our relationship there, we felt it was only fitting to name the tables after important San Diego landmarks/spots. On my last trip there, I revisited all the locations and snapped the pictures that went into the picture frames.”Then they danced the night away with friends and family inside at Gurney’s Inn, their reception location.And for a longer peek into the big day of Michael and Jackie, take a look at Michael Justin Film’s highlight video:
Congratulations Michael & Jackie!
Destination Wedding Photographer: LifeAsArt Photography