It’s been an active romance for Chloé and Daniel. The couple first met while surfing in Montauk, and three years later, got engaged while hiking with their St. Bernard. “When Daniel got down on one knee, our dog thought he was down there to play and came charging out of muddy pond,” she recalls. “The two hour hike back without phones and covered in mud was the best part.”
When thinking about their wedding location, the two immediately knew they wanted to have it on the beach. “It’s where we met, it’s where we had our first kiss, it’s where we escape to every weekend of the summer,” Chloé says. As for the aesthetic, Chloé let the setting take center stage and kept everything else as understated as possible. “Having said that, I couldn’t help but sneak in some playful details wherever I could,” she adds. “I painted the save the dates, programs, menus, welcome packets, chocolate bar wrapper, water bottle label and snuck in as many jokes and fun details as could fit.” They set the date for July 14th, a.k.a. Bastille Day—“I’m half French so it felt appropriate,” the bride explains—and hired planner Cassandra Katz for help with logistics and decor.
During the dress search, the “admittedly picky” bride was having trouble finding something simple and elegant. Luckily, she was able to work on a custom dress with British designer Emilia Wickstead, whose clean and deliberate designs Chloé had always admired. “She’s precise about every line (seams, necklines, pleats, silhouettes, buttons) and texture (the weight, look, and movement of fabric),” she says. “We were able to combine a few of her non-wedding dress designs into something both understated and dramatic, structured yet soft. The zibeline material we chose reflects all the colors around it—it almost glows!”
For accessories, Chloé designed her own ear cuff. “I built a clay version of my ear and played around with the placement of stones until I got something looked organic, like it just grew on my ear,” she explains. As for her bridesmaids, Chloé asked them to find a dress in ice dove gray. “Sounds easier than it was” she says with a laugh.
The day of the wedding, guests gathered on a lawn overlooking the ocean in the Hamptons for Chloé and Daniel’s ceremony. “We took every opportunity to insert personal touches,” she says. The couple wrote their own vows, the bride illustrated the program, and they both worked with their officiant (a close friend) to write the ceremony.
The ensuing reception took place under a sailcloth tent, where Daniel’s best man and Chloé sister delivered speeches. “Toasting is a competitive sport in this crew,” the bride explains. “So we tried to have most of them during the rehearsal dinner, which were hard to follow, but these two speeches were out of this world.” A very apropos dinner of steak frites with giant cones of extra fries was served up. (“It would’ve been a crime to have had anything else on France’s Independence Day,” she adds) and after cake, the couple took to the dance floor to a slightly remixed version of “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros—and that’s where they stayed for most of the evening. “Daniel doesn’t really like to dance, but he was out there with me all night,” she remembers. “We also danced like crazy at the after-party. I couldn’t feel my toes by the end of it!”