Steph & Mark’s Yacht Club Wedding

A Yacht Club Wedding

Steph and Mark’s stunning yacht club wedding took place at the gorgeous Seawanhaka Yacht Club – a secluded oasis of a venue in Oyster Bay overlooking the Long Island Sound.

These sweethearts met through a coworker many moons ago and enjoyed lots of happy hours together before Steph made the first move back in 2014! Together, they love all of the outdoor things including boating and fishing, so it made perfect sense for them to start their new life together as husband and wife at Seawanhaka with a gorgeous blend of rustic, floral, and timeless elegance with incredible water views at their yacht club wedding!

The Ceremony

Steph and Mark’s yacht club wedding took place on the lawn at Seawanhaka. Their 180 guests sipped on cucumber and mint water as they took their seats in front of a giant oak to watch the two lovebirds say their vows. Mark and the groomsmen arrived at the ceremony by boat(!!) and Vicki, the mutual friend who introduced Steph and Mark, officiated the wedding (8 months pregnant might I add!) Steph’s friends, Shireen and Lauren, and her cousin, Allie, read, including a sweet rendition of Billy Joel’s lyrics for “Just the Way You Are” (which really got to my Long Island heart!) After the exchanging of vows and rings, the new Mr. and Mrs. sealed their marriage with a kiss and then they were off to the reception!

The Reception

Steph and Mark’s reception took place under a beautiful white tent with Christmas lights strung up and views of the water from every seat.

The wedding featured SO many personalized touches including: personalized hangers for all of the ladies in the bridal party, Mark’s custom-made watch engraved with their names and the date, Mark’s and the groomsmen’s ties which were custom designed by the groom (and his tie also included their names and wedding date!), a hand-rolled cigar station, favors made by the bride (adorable jars of olive oil!), and the Maid of Honor, Kelly, performing during the cocktail hour!

Good Clean Fun Band rocked the party and got everyone up and dancing for pretty much the whole night. I’ve been to quite a few weddings…but this crowd really knew how to enjoy a party!

Steph and Mark – your stunning wedding day was such a gorgeous visual of the love you share with each other and also your family and friends. I’m so grateful I was able to capture your first day as Mr. and Mrs. and wish you ALL the good things in your journey together <3.

Wedding Planner: Stephanie Nejbauer

Day of Coordinator: Caroline Cosgrove

Ceremony, Reception, & Catering: Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club

Florist: Petals – Floral and Party Design

Videographer: Levi Tejada

Band: Good Clean Fun Band

Hair and Make Up: Ochanya O. Artistry

Party Rentals: Elite Tent & Party Rental

Invitations: Creative Melissa Designs

Bakery: St. Rocco’s Bakery

Officiant: Vicki McFadden

Photo Booth: Genesis Events

Bridal Dress Shop: Global Bridal Gallery

Gown Designer: Morilee By Madeline Gardner

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Suits: J. Crew

Cigar Roller: Global Smoke Shop

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