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Behind The Scenes: Mark Your Moment

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Our travel issue features a story that shows four distinct ways to mark your ceremony site, plus a few ways to add some extra details that tie in. The working title for this story was simply "Ceremony Markers," and we wanted to bring you new ideas to mark your ceremony location. We wanted them to travel well and be easy to install. And we also wanted to bring you additional decor ideas that would match, such as ring pillows, programs, and welcome signs.

Just like a big wedding, this story was a bit of a production to pull off. We split our photo shoot into two parts, with one in our studios, and the other on location in the Hamptons out on Long Island. Similar to having your ceremony in one place and your reception in the other, I suppose. Though we spent barely any time in the Hamptons (just under 48 hours), we were able to capture tons of behind the scenes, just for you! Not so much of the day in the studio, but you see plenty of that anyway!

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A view of the beach just outside the house we rented for our shoot.

1 A view of the beach just outside the house we rented for our shoot.

My favorite shot of the whole trip: the oldest-looking gas station I'd seen in a while.

2 My favorite shot of the whole trip: the oldest-looking gas station I'd seen in a while.

Here we are, starting to set up the beach scenario.

3 Here we are, starting to set up the beach scenario.

We brought 40 folding chairs out to the water's edge.

4 We brought 40 folding chairs out to the water's edge.

Here I am, hiding from the sun. It was incredibly hot and sunny that day, and I was glad I brought my hat.

5 Here I am, hiding from the sun. It was incredibly hot and sunny that day, and I was glad I brought my hat.

Katie works on the placement of the flags on each chair.

6 Katie works on the placement of the flags on each chair.

Anthony and I start hanging them on each chair.

7 Anthony and I start hanging them on each chair.

We buried umbrella stands in the sand for the ceremony structure and used the same tactic for poles along the aisle.

8 We buried umbrella stands in the sand for the ceremony structure and used the same tactic for poles along the aisle.

Here you can see the basic setup before we added in the fabric and roping details.

9 Here you can see the basic setup before we added in the fabric and roping details.

Photographer James Merrell and our art director, Daniel Biasatti, check on the setup through the camera.

10 Photographer James Merrell and our art director, Daniel Biasatti, check on the setup through the camera.

Naomi gets to work hanging the fabric backdrops.

11 Naomi gets to work hanging the fabric backdrops.

Katie and Daniel prepping the aisle poles.

12 Katie and Daniel prepping the aisle poles.

Making progress...

13 Making progress...

James gives us a smile.

14 James gives us a smile.

Finishing up.

15 Finishing up.

Daniel takes another look.

16 Daniel takes another look.

Anthony and I stand in as a mock bride and groom so we can review the perspective. The height was just right.

17 Anthony and I stand in as a mock bride and groom so we can review the perspective. The height was just right.

All couples should have a good laugh now and again, right?

18 All couples should have a good laugh now and again, right?

Daniel and James look at the photos on a laptop guarded from the sun by a very high-tech shield also known as a cardboard box.

19 Daniel and James look at the photos on a laptop guarded from the sun by a very high-tech shield also known as a cardboard box.

Another look at the

20 Another look at the "computer station" we set up.

Daniel made his own hat with an extra fabric flag.

21 Daniel made his own hat with an extra fabric flag.

All set!

22 All set!

Scenery shot #1.

23 Scenery shot #1.

Scenery shot #2.

24 Scenery shot #2.

Scenery shot #3.

25 Scenery shot #3.

A view from the other direction.

26 A view from the other direction.

A close-up of the aisle. I referred to the rope around the poles as

27 A close-up of the aisle. I referred to the rope around the poles as "aisle legwarmers" and wondered if that term would stick.

Love this shot.

28 Love this shot.

We swept the sand so it was nice and pretty.

29 We swept the sand so it was nice and pretty.

The house we rented. And the sand we hiked through. A much different walk than we city folk are used to!

30 The house we rented. And the sand we hiked through. A much different walk than we city folk are used to!

We thought we'd try our beach shot with some people. Our former food editor, Ashley Ristau, was in town and swung by to be our bride. Anthony stepped in as groom. They both wore J.Crew for their faux nuptials.

31 We thought we'd try our beach shot with some people. Our former food editor, Ashley Ristau, was in town and swung by to be our bride. Anthony stepped in as groom. They both wore J.Crew for their faux nuptials.

The bride and groom get styled.

32 The bride and groom get styled.

Katie fixing Ashley's dress for the barefoot wedding.

33 Katie fixing Ashley's dress for the barefoot wedding.

Awww...

34 Awww...

Here you can really get a sense of how beautiful this would be at an actual wedding.

35 Here you can really get a sense of how beautiful this would be at an actual wedding.

After we got our beach photos, we went inside for our wintery lodge setting. How amazing is this ceiling?

36 After we got our beach photos, we went inside for our wintery lodge setting. How amazing is this ceiling?

We set out all of our pillar candles, hurricane glasses, and slices of birch.

37 We set out all of our pillar candles, hurricane glasses, and slices of birch.

Anthony and Muzam prepping the fireplace so we can load it with logs and glowing pillar candles.

38 Anthony and Muzam prepping the fireplace so we can load it with logs and glowing pillar candles.

The start of our shot.

39 The start of our shot.

Another view of the room.

40 Another view of the room.

Katie takes a look through James's camera.

41 Katie takes a look through James's camera.

A close-up of the fireplace.

42 A close-up of the fireplace.

A plush felt runner lines the aisle.

43 A plush felt runner lines the aisle.

Pillar candles in hurricane glasses sat atop log slices.

44 Pillar candles in hurricane glasses sat atop log slices.

Katie adjusts the felt on top of the log stools.

45 Katie adjusts the felt on top of the log stools.

And then moves on to fix the logs in the fireplace.

46 And then moves on to fix the logs in the fireplace.

James evens out a log too.

47 James evens out a log too.

Last minute adjustments. These felt seat covers were a great touch to bring in warmth and also practicality. No one wants to snag their dress when they sit.

48 Last minute adjustments. These felt seat covers were a great touch to bring in warmth and also practicality. No one wants to snag their dress when they sit.

We wanted to transform the living room into a wintery-lodge. So we grabbed some wood slats that fell from the fence outside and turned them into window panes.

49 We wanted to transform the living room into a wintery-lodge. So we grabbed some wood slats that fell from the fence outside and turned them into window panes.

Here, Dan adjusts our

50 Here, Dan adjusts our "window".

Muzam snapped this shot of the team in action. Love it!

51 Muzam snapped this shot of the team in action. Love it!

Photographer James Merrell with Katie and Dan.

52 Photographer James Merrell with Katie and Dan.

Nearly there...

53 Nearly there...

The perfect couple in stripes? Naomi and Daniel pretend to wed in front of our fireplace ceremony site, with Anthony standing in as the officiant. Sometimes we just need to see how normal people would look in the spaces.

54 The perfect couple in stripes? Naomi and Daniel pretend to wed in front of our fireplace ceremony site, with Anthony standing in as the officiant. Sometimes we just need to see how normal people would look in the spaces.

We were feeling the winter wonderland, even though it was late June.

55 We were feeling the winter wonderland, even though it was late June.

Here's the hotel room as we finalized the topiaries and did some last-minute pruning.

56 Here's the hotel room as we finalized the topiaries and did some last-minute pruning.

Katie and I finishing up the boxwood letters for the garden scene.

57 Katie and I finishing up the boxwood letters for the garden scene.

Some of our items, on the lawn ready to be set up.

58 Some of our items, on the lawn ready to be set up.

Naomi starts to arrange the garden ceremony site.

59 Naomi starts to arrange the garden ceremony site.

Anthony helps with the smaller topiaries that perched next to the iron chairs.

60 Anthony helps with the smaller topiaries that perched next to the iron chairs.

A snapshot of the welcome area.

61 A snapshot of the welcome area.

Naomi hanging the welcome garland.

62 Naomi hanging the welcome garland.

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Comments (1)

  • I always love these behind the scene photos. It certainly is amazing how long it takes to set up the sets! Thanks

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