Beach Chic Vows: Ally and Dylan's Serene Gurney's Montauk Wedding
- Author: Natali Grace Levine
- Wedding date: 06/25/2023
- City: New York
In the heart of New York, within the enchanting embrace of Montauk, Ally Mikhaylova and Dylan Gordan's love story unfolds like a tale from the most captivating of novels. Their journey from seven years of friendship to soulmates is a testament to the mysterious ways of love. It's a narrative rich with moments of serendipity and realization,where two hearts found their harmony in 2022. “We started dating and very quickly knew we wanted to get married. We were engaged in ten months and married after three months of engagement,” they recall.
Crafted against the backdrop of their professions in finance and a shared penchant for the understated elegance of beach chic, Ally and Dylan envisioned their wedding as a reflection of their essence: effortless, tranquil, and deeply rooted in their shared values and interests. Orchestrated over three exhilarating months, their planning journey was a labor of love, each day a step closer to the realization of their dream.
As dawn broke over Montauk, the couple selected rings that mirrored the depth of their connection — each band a testament to their enduring bond. Dylan's choice to wear a kippah was a meaningful nod to his heritage, symbolizing the beautiful blend of tradition and contemporary love that their wedding represented.
The air at Gurney’s Montauk was charged with anticipation as Ally prepared for the day ahead. Her wedding dress, a masterpiece by Tony Ward, was discovered at Kleinfeld’s, chosen with a serendipity that mirrored their own love story. It was the first dress Ally tried on! Surrounded by her closest friends, the getting ready photoshoot was imbued with anticipation and joy.
Meanwhile, Dylan's morning was enveloped in the warmth of family and friends at their Montauk home. His custom Loro Piana tuxedo, a sartorial reflection of the day's significance, was complemented by intimate moments shared with loved ones, captured in a series of heartfelt photographs.
The first look was a tableau of pure emotion and breathtaking beauty, set against the scenic vista of Gurney’s Montauk. Dylan's first glimpse of Ally, radiant in her bridal attire, was charged with excitement. This silent exchange of love and promise set a profound tone for the day ahead.
Opting for the terrace overlooking the sea and the beach for their photoshoot, the couple sought to capture the essence of their love against Montauk's natural splendor. Each photograph, a testament to their journey and the joy of the moment, was a perfect reflection of the serene and chic ambiance they hold dear.
The ceremony, a sacred union under the chuppah at Gurney’s Montauk, wove together personal vows and Jewish traditions, symbolizing their commitment and shared heritage. The exhilaration of walking back down the aisle as a married couple was a moment of pure joy and realization of their lifelong commitment.
Gurney’s Montauk, a locale of profound significance and beauty, was chosen for its special place in the couple's hearts. "Montauk is a special place," they explain. "It is where we spend our summers as a haven from New York City. All summer we surf run and enjoy the nature of Montauk. When we got engaged we knew immediately we had to get married and Gurneys was the best place to do it."
The decor, an elegant amalgamation of greenery and white accents, perfectly captured the beach chic theme, echoing the natural beauty and serenity of their union.
The reception was a vibrant homage to love, tradition, and new beginnings. The two-tiered cake, adorned with white flowers, stood as a symbol of their unity, each slice a sweet testament to the love and support that enveloped them.
In every moment, from the serene morning to the joyous reception, Ally and Dylan’s wedding was a celebration of their journey and the love that has brought them here. It was not just a day but the beginning of a lifetime.