Katie and Nick were married on a perfect September day under the bright sun and blue skies at Ocean Beach, with a reception at Island Mermaid on the bayside of Fire Island.

Katie was an amazing bride to work with. The more I got to know her, the more I saw how much she loves life and shares this joy with everyone she meets. This sweet, bubbly bride, along with her sister and mother, planned a wedding that was fun for everyone!

On the day of the wedding, Katie and Nick got ready at the Fire Island Hotel on Ocean Bay Park before they took a water taxi to the ceremony in a chapel at Ocean Beach. Then, we walked from the church to the Island Mermaid, laughing and taking pictures all the way.

Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about the amazing Fire Island location for this wedding. Fire Island is a thin barrier island off the southern shore of Long Island, New York, within an hour from New York City. The island is chock full of small town charm, with little towns up and down the bayside coast filled with boutiques and gift shops. It’s also a car-free community, and you have to ride a ferry to get there, so the whole place is very private and romantic. Us Long Islanders cherish the magic of Fire Island!

Nick & Katie, thank you so much for allowing me to be part of your day and for making me feel like a good friend. I hope to see you again someday—maybe we can enjoy a drink on Fire Island as the sun sets over the bay!

Love John