Though they knew of each other when growing up and attending the same high school, it wasn’t until Adam Parish and Nicole Dunoff ran into one another in the Hamptons that he asked for her phone number. Two years passed, and simultaneously they matched on Hinge and were being set up by Nicole’s mother. “[She] passed away in December 2020, so the memory of her setting us up will live on forever,” shares Nicole. Another two years passed, and this time, Adam proposed.
The couple chose to get married in the Hamptons, as the romantic location checked most of their boxes and also provided sentimental value for such a special day. “Although it was October, we wanted to stick with a beachy theme,” shares the bride of their design scheme highlighting hues of blue, white, and yellow. “We wanted everything to be very minimalistic and clean,” she adds. Since their venue had a beachy feel, they used candlelight, florals, and details to elevate the look.
Friends and family found their seats on white chairs dotting the sand for the elegant beach wedding ceremony, facing a gorgeous chuppah enveloped with lush hydrangeas, garden roses, and spray roses in white, cream, and light blue, accented with eucalyptus, asparagus, and jasmine vines. Nicole was stunning in a floral-embroidered strapless gown featuring detachable long sleeves as she made her way down the aisle to meet her groom for the Jewish ceremony.
To honor her mother’s spirit during the nuptials, the bride’s bouquet was wrapped with material from her mother’s wedding dress, Nicole wore her mother’s bridal veil, and they lit a candle in her memory. Two unplanned moments made the ceremony that much more special: an immaculate sunset filled the sky and two whales passed through the ocean during the vow exchange. Though they didn’t know it at the time, the drone footage confirmed the whales to be a mother and daughter migrating together. “Very spiritual,” smiles Nicole of the serendipitous moment.
“Although it was October, we wanted to stick with a beachy theme [and] wanted everything to be very minimalistic and clean.”
Once the sun set, friends and family made their way into the reception space, which was decorated with elegant white-and-blue décor. Modern rectangular dining tables were left bare of linens and showcased tight contemporary bouquets of dahlias, garden roses, ranunculus blossoms, lisianthus, delphiniums, hydrangeas, anemones, miniature calla lilies, and more, while round tables strewn with creamy linens featured similar mixed florals alongside candlelight.
The rest of the night was filled with revelry. “From the very beginning of planning, we made it clear that we did not want the party to stop – no pauses, only continuous dancing and high energy,” notes Nicole of their entertainment and music, which featured throwbacks, alternative rock, jazz, pop, and more tunes that reflected their personalities, as well as those of their guests. The bride even crowd-surfed on the dance floor, and the father of the bride surprised he and Adam changing into shirts adorned with her baby photo as “My Girl” played.
At the end of the night, loved ones enjoyed after-party fare from favorites American Pie Pizzeria and Philly Pretzel Factory, and they took home the couple’s beloved Johnson’s Popcorn from the Jersey Shore. Though – like most couples – they worried about the impending weather forecast, the bride reflects that everything worked out in the end. “Only worry about the things you can control,” she urges other couples. “Don’t worry about the external factors… Design your day and night – or weekend – to match the two of you as a couple and nobody else!”