Do you ever go somewhere REALLY far (like 7 hours away far) for the weekend? Probably not unless it’s for a good reason. On September 12, 2014, my cousin, Thomas, got married to the nicest person ever, Jin-Hwa. On a secluded beach in East Hampton, they tied the knot in front of 6 close family members, including me. All together,we spent 2 days traveling and 2 days exploring as well as preparing the wedding.
After we reunited with the entire wedding party, we all reconnected over matching headbands, plaid golf hats and polaroids…oh should I mention that we also ate the best cheese and saucisson. If this isn’t what you call quality time, I’m not sure what is.
After a long night’s rest, we all ran around in preparation for the wedding. Stopping at Waldbaums twice to pick up wedding must haves, we finally collected everything as if it were a scavenger hunt. During the off-season, finding things in the Hamptons is harder. It seemed to still be booming with action a week after labor day weekend but during the high season, it gets busy, like really busy. After setting tables and preparing for the ceremony, my sister and I took the honors of bringing the bride to her hair appointment at BLOW. Knowing this would be our only time to get some exercise in, we ran around the center of the town. On our promenade, we visited neighborhoods, shops and the windmills on Main Street.
As we returned, the groom chose to take a dip in the pool. Once everyone was ready, we walked down the street to the beach where the ceremony had been setup. After a quick but meaningful ceremony, we got home and danced the night away, with a side of hors d’oeuvre. Later in the evening, we sat down to an amazing 3 course meal. Once we digested, we stuffed our faces with a decadent cake.
After sleeping in the next morning, we woke up to a breakfast made up of leftovers. As we enjoyed the morning and reflected on the night before, we planned on going to the Montauk Point Lighthouse. After climbing up the lighthouse and taking many different photo ops, we stopped by the beach…finally…but just for another 2 minute photo-op. Instead of going straight home, we all went to main street and walked around to visit boutiques. As we finished our walk, we decided to all hop back into the car and visit the neighborhoods. Everyone in the car had different ideas about the houses and lifestyle these people live but I have to say, I wouldn’t mind living in one of those houses.
Since we were surrounded by family that we rarely see, family time was our priority.
Where I wish I went/had done:
- Eat at Nick&Toni’s
- Go searching for celebrities(is that a bad thing?)
- Go to an open house to see the inside of one of the multimillion dollar homes, instead of looking at them from the car
- Relax on the beach
- Shop along main street with more than just a $20 in my pocket
While I don’t have much knowledge of what’s in the Hampton’s, I understand that New Yorkers enjoy the island and all it has to offer. Let me warn you now, you will need a car. Hopefully I will go back one day to explore some more…
Bon Voyage and Congrats to the Newlyweds,