{real weddings} hometown soul mates

One look at Devon and Cole, and you immediately know two things – first, they are silly in love – second, they know how to have a good time.  Their gorgeous June 30, 2012 wedding took place at Devon’s family’s private historic home in East Setauket, NY.  Their story truly tells it all, so without further a’do, here is Devon:

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HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEARTS | Cole and I went to High School together.  He seems to remember me from 11th grade health class, but I remember meeting him our senior year, in our Great Moral Issues class.  Cole is 6’7, so he is pretty hard to miss – plus, he has a great personality.  He would come into class late everyday, with a girl hooked on each arm and the teacher would just say, “Mr. Ferraro, welcome to class.  Thank you for joining us – take a seat.” and that was it!  He wouldn’t get in trouble or questioned.

After finally getting to know him, we went to Starbucks one night and I told him “I kind of have a crush on you” and he replied, “Okay”.  I continued, “So, what are we?’ he responded with an “I don’t know”, so I made the executive decision and established us as boyfriend and girlfriend.  A man of few words, he again replied “Okay.”, and we began dating that January of senior year.  We enjoyed an amazing year together and went to the prom, but after graduation, we broke-up.  It was amicable, and Cole even met me for breakfast the morning I left for college, giving me a beautiful gold heart locket as a gift.

REUNITED | We didn’t speak at all during our college years and even dated other people.  Fast forward five years later, I graduated from college and moved home, working at my dad’s office for the summer before figuring out what to do with my life.  Walking to my car one day, I noticed a friend’s family construction truck in the parking lot and thought my friend might be working for his father, but to my surprise it was Cole!  I yelled out after him, and we caught up briefly, exchanging numbers afterwards; I told him to call me sometime.  A few weeks later, he did! We spent the rest of the summer getting to know each other again.  For our second first date, we went to a local italian restaurant.  He got the ravioli.  I got the 5 lbs. lobster – I knew he was a keeper when he didn’t run!

THE PERFECT PLACE | Once we were engaged, the first major decision was where to have our wedding.  My family and I moved to ‘West Wind’ on Shore Road in Setauket when I was 8 years old.  It was a castle then, and it is still a castle to me to this day.  The house is such a special place, and so beautiful that I always envisioned myself getting married there.  In my mind, there was no other place in the world that I wanted to marry the love of my life!  Not only was this where I grew up, but have fond memories of end-of-school-year pool parties, or watching sunsets on the porch during cocktail hour with my family.  Playing on the ‘Rock Bridge’ and the mud flats with friends.  It is the most special place in the world to me, and where the majority of my childhood memories are from; but we can’t stay here forever.

My parents wanted to retire and down-size, and Cole and I can’t afford to pay for West Wind.  Having our wedding at the house was necessary for personal closure, and to make one last happy memory there.  My mother is from South Carolina, and has amazing style and taste.  So, that was really the inspiration to our wedding.  Creams, whites, blues would be the color scheme.

MAKING DREAMS COME TRUE | Jody Bloomberg of J.Lynn Affairs was our lifesaver of a coordinator.  For awhile I had the ‘I can do it all myself’ mentality, until I realized, I can’t!  Jody was the calm buffer I needed to get things done, from making phone calls, confirming, organizing and keeping track of the itinerary.  Jody and her staff were amazing!  Heidi of Sugar Magnolias did our flower arrangements – her work always looks so crisp and put together perfectly – hiring her was a no-brainer!

To capture the day, Christina Bohn was my top choice amongst photographers because her work tells a story, and her pictures really put you at whatever celebration she is shooting.  She captures the little moments that you want to have forever.  I have always been reluctant of a videographer at weddings due to their invasive spotlight and annoying questions.  But John Miller of First Day Films introduced us to a new way of videography that I hadn’t seen before but had to have, especially if we wouldn’t have our home forever.

For hair and make-up, I had an amazing team.  George my hairstylist is very talented and was responsible for both my ceremony and reception styles.  Stacey Grasso and Carolyn Domino were my make-up team.  I told Stacey I wanted lashes, lashes, lashes and dark smokey eyes – she did it not only to perfection, but my make-up didn’t budge all night, even in the humidity and dancing!

Our reception tent was rented from NYTent – Steve Trebing was sweet, patient and helpful.  Linda of Party Rentals Ltd. was more than accommodating.  All the linens and rentals looked amazing, and it was delivered on time by a great staff.  Rudy Perrone, a local musician, played during our ceremony.  I had discovered him at a local restaurant one night before we were even engaged, but his sound stuck with me and I knew I would one day want him to perform at my wedding.  For cocktail and reception music, we chose Tommy’s Tunes.  Steel drums were performed during cocktail hour, and we had a DJ for the evening reception.  Even on a hot and humid night, everyone was out of their seats and dancing all night!

We chose Peter Ambrose of Peter Ambrose Event Catering (previously Food for Forks) to cater our wedding.  The food was delicious, and the at-home tasting is what sold me.  Our gorgeous cake was created by Macayla Michaels Desserts.  It tasted as amazing as it looked!  Our tasting was special and not rushed, and you can tell he cares about his customers as much as what he does.  To end the night, Little Cigar Factory provided hand-rolled cigars for guests to enjoy around the pool.  One of my favorite memories of the night was when Cole and I were in the ‘cigar lounge.  We sat down for a moment and I looked up at the tent lit up, all of our guests on the dance floor having a great time.  It was a dream come true.

A LIFETIME OF MEMORIES | At the end of the night, when the music had stopped, my friend and bridesmaid Sarah ask if they could all jump in the pool – I happily said yes!  As the guests shuffled out, there in the pool were some of my crazy bridesmaids still in their dresses, plus the groomsmen in their boxers; I had an immediate flashback of my pool parties from grade school.

Our wedding did exactly as I hoped – it created new, lasting memories of a house and place I love, along with all the people that we love, being a part of it.

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Ceremony & Reception | Private Home, East Setauket
Coordination | Jody Bloomberg of J. Lynn Affairs
Photography | Christina Bohn Photography, Stony Brook
Videography| First Day Films, Huntington/New York
DJ & Steel Drums | Tommy’s Tunes, Selden
Ceremony Music | Rudy Perrone, Setauket
Florist | Sugar Magnolias, Stony Brook
Cigar Roller | Little Cigar Factory
Catering | Peter Ambrose Events Catering, East Hampton
Cake | Macayla Michaels Desserts, Nesconset
Tent Rental | NYTent, Hauppauge
Rental Accessorories | Party Rentals Ltd., Bridgehampton