Jane Hanson shows us why a couple says “I do” to a Hamptons destination wedding.
NOTHING SAYS THE HAMPTONS quite like our beaches. I find that my favorite thing to do on a late summer day is to watch the sunset from a beach chair, seaside. I’ve also discovered that there’s nothing like the white sand and rolling waves to inspire you to take your vows.
It seems more and more people are tying the knot out East—including Lindsay Sobel and Nick Dyner. She’s a producer at Today, and he’s VP of development for a clean-tech company. They truly met at the beach, and on June 19 they were married there as well.
The two grew up in New York City; he went to Horace Mann, she went to Dalton. She had a crush on him as a teenager, but they didn’t really meet until years later. It was their mutual love of beaches that brought them together. (Subsequently, they’ve traveled together to beaches all over the world, but they swear the Hamptons are home to some of the most wonderful on Earth.)
For Sobel, the allure of a Hamptons beach wedding was the simple elegance—nothing over the top, just the expanse of sand and water to bless their ceremony. She described it as the best of all worlds: a place she’s loved since she was a child; geographically convenient for some friends, including NBC’s Hoda Kotb and Amy Rosenblum, to easily attend; and for those who came in from elsewhere, a titillating taste of what the Hamptons has to offer. In short, it was a win-win wedding.
And so the Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club became the perfect setting to unite their lives while giving their families and friends a vacation in a place they’d all heard about, but to which many had never been. The busy couple loved how the resort did everything for them, from procuring the license to getting the cake.
Unlike some beachside brides, Lindsay decided to forgo the barefoot look; she’s only 5-foot-4 to Dyner’s 6-foot-3, and there was also a glass that needed to be smashed at the conclusion of the Jewish ceremony. Afterward, everyone gathered around a beach bonfire to toast the new bride and groom.
Cheers to Lindsay and Nick, and to every couple that christens their lives together with a Hamptons beach wedding. Watch Jane Hanson on LX New York, the daily lifestyle and entertainment show airing weekdays at 5 PM on WNBC4, with repeats nightly on New York Nonstop.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Lindsay Sobel and Nick Dyner exchange rings; natural birch chuppah topped with chiffon; white lilacs in mango-wood containers; the bride’s pink sandals hang from a galvanized pail filled with flip flops; smoked salmon tartar on toast with caper crème fraîche, from Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs; the beach ceremony
PHOTOGRAPHS BY KERI BERNSTEIN (CHUPPAH); ZOE DIAMANT/BIG CAKES PHOTOGRAPHY (ALL OTHERS)