Nearly two decades prior to getting married, Caroline Keogh, who works in marketing at Tiffany & Co., and Peter “PJ” Barry, who works in investment banking at Lazard, first met in their fourth grade classroom. Funnily enough, his parents made a giant version of their class photo to bring to their rehearsal dinner—and you can even spot one of the groomsmen too. After high school, the two casually dated through college, and just before their senior year, they came to their senses and knew they were in it for the long haul.
Six years later, PJ proposed in Westhampton Beach, where they spend almost every weekend during the summer. After a hurricane caused him to postpone his first proposal attempt, he suggested they go for a walk before a “belated birthday dinner for Caroline’s mom.” Of course, while on the sand, PJ asked Caroline to marry him, and they celebrated their engagement with friends and family.
The wedding vibe came easy to Caroline. “I knew I wanted to lean into color and give the space a residential feel,” she shares. And the guest experience was always top of mind for the bride. Maidstone Club was the perfect space to bring their vision to life. And once the venue was secured, the couple worked with Over The Moon-favorite wedding planner Easton Events and Putnam Flowers to solidify a “1960s Palm Springs with an East Coast Twist” aesthetic. Long before getting engaged, Caroline knew she wanted to work with Easton. “The experience far exceeded expectations. Beyond having impeccable taste and knowledge, it was the people on the Easton team who truly put things over the top. By the end of the wedding weekend, the entire Easton team felt like part of the family.”
To help set the tone for the days of events in June, Cheree Berry Paper & Design created a beautiful invitation suite. And celebrity wedding photographer Jose Villa was behind the lens, ready to capture every special moment.
To navigate curating her wedding weekend wardrobe, Caroline enlisted the help of bridal stylist Carrie Goldberg and her talented team, Stephanie Alexandris and Souri Kim. “My style often gravitates toward structural pieces,” the bride explains. “We wanted to include pieces that explore structure through a variety of executions.”
They first visited Danielle Frankel for Caroline’s ceremony dress. Pulling inspiration from silhouettes of the ’50s and ’60s, the bride and designer wanted to create something “crisp, classic, and incredibly special” for the service. The mix of silk twill and pebbled organza was just structured enough while still feeling light and airy. “I love that the dress was not dramatic in silhouette but instead brought the drama through the unexpected details,” Caroline shares. “With the little slit in the back and corseted top, the dress was incredibly flattering and felt perfectly me.”
On the day-of, the bride got ready with hairstylist Brian Buenaventura and makeup artist Victor Henao, who worked with Carrie to keep the fashion and beauty vision consistent. Bridesmaids and the bridesman looked beautiful in a mix of looks by Markarian, Christopher John Rogers, Brandon Maxwell, Fear of God, Silvia Tcherassi, and Carolina Herrera. PJ was ready to say, “I do,” in a navy blue J. Mueser suit and loafers, while his groomsmen donned Suitsupply and Stubbs & Wootton shoes.
For the reception, the bride found a 2004 Balenciaga re-edition dress at a Tab Vintage trunk show. The dress was reimagined by Nicolas Ghesquière from the original Puffball dress made by Cristobal Balenciaga in the ’50s. “The light fabric and gorgeous French lace detail left us all speechless, when it finally arrived,” the bride recalls. “The floating hemline made it perfect for dancing. I know brides often switch to something simpler for the reception, but we took the opposite approach wanting to turn up the volume for the party.” Later on in the night, Caroline made her final outfit change into a design from the Valentino Resort 2023 collection.
On June 17, 2023, the pair wed at St. Andrew’s Church in Sag Harbor. “Being that the church was on the smaller side, we filled the pews to capacity, making the love in the room feel even more palpable,” Caroline shares. Reverend Peter conducted the ceremony, sharing key words of wisdom about marriage that reassured the couple of the journey and touched many of the guests. “While I anticipated being nervous, I felt incredibly calm. Growing up in the same town, we have so many shared friends we have known since childhood, looking out and seeing the many familiar faces there to support and celebrate us and put me at ease.”
Cocktail hour commenced at the clubhouse, overlooking the ocean. Then, guests were shuttled to the main tent by Skyline Tent Company, nestled further inside the property for dinner and dancing. “Seeing our tent for the first time after months of planning was incredibly exciting and emotional; my mom and I both cried,” Caroline says. “It was better than any of us could have imagined.”
For dinner, loved ones enjoyed ricotta and spinach tortellini over arugula, followed by a duo of roasted beef tenderloin and Maine lobster. Dessert was a multi-flavor tiered wedding cake by Nine Cakes.
Ground Control of Élan Artists got everyone up and moving on the dance floor. “We are still getting texts from friends about how amazing they were,” Caroline gushes. The newlyweds had their first dance to “Til the Right One Comes” by John Mayer that led into Paul Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al.” The couple had seen John Mayer play this duo live at Madison Square Garden and knew they wanted the arrangement for their reception.
Once the formal party came to a close, the after-party kicked off at the tennis house. Late-night snacks kept the energy up, while DJ Greko played a rousing set. The new bride and groom then took off for their honeymoon, where they enjoyed pasta in the Amalfi Coast and then caught a few matches at Wimbledon.