Stefania Romeo, a program manager at Uber, first met Lee Hnetinka, founder of tech company Darkstore, in the Hamptons through mutual friends who inadvertently set them up. “We had an instant connection and started dating almost immediately after,” Stefania says. Five years later, the two were in New York for a family weekend when Lee completely surprised Stefania with a proposal on a downtown NYC rooftop. “It was just the two of us overlooking our favorite city,” she says. Later on, Lee had arranged for their family and friends to come celebrate with them as well.
The couple decided to get married in Montauk, a place they had spent many weekends back when they lived in New York. “We already had wonderful memories there, so it was the perfect spot for us,” Stefania adds. They set the date for September 7th and hired Kait Rovnyak of AaB Creates to help plan their beachside wedding.
Stefania always knew she wanted to wear something that felt timeless but that incorporated some unexpected elements, too. She ended up finding just what she was looking for in a long sleeve Rime Arodaky dress, which she pared with a custom headpiece and veil made by a local San Francisco designer, and earrings and a wedding band gifted to her by her grandmother. Lee, meanwhile, took inspiration from his favorite film icon, James Bond, and incorporated an ivory Tom Ford dinner jacket and red flower detail into his look.
The day of the ceremony, guests gathered by the beach and enjoyed music from the Avalon Jazz Band, who played an instrumental version of “The Wind” for the processional. The ceremony was officiated by the bride’s brother, and the couple wrote and read their own vows to each other, each speaking about the journey of their relationship and what they look forward to in their future together. Once they were declared husband and wife, they exited to a version of “All You Need Is Love.”
A reception catered by Hampton Aristocrat followed, where appetizers decorated with edible flowers were offered. “It was as beautiful and unique as it was delicious,” Stefania explains. The jazz band played throughout cocktails until the entire party moved under the tent for dinner and dancing, but not before being serenaded by the newlyweds, who sang a special arrangement of “I Got You Babe” for their guests. Afterward, the couple shared their first dance to “Forever Young” by Bob Dylan, and were the bride’s aunt led guests in the traditional Southern Italian Tarantella dance. “Dancing and singing together was my favorite part of the reception,” says Stefania. “Both in our first dance and entrance and throughout the night!”