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OTM Styled This Bride for Her Hometown Wedding Weekend on The Long Island Sound

By Cathleen Freedman | Photography by 

Ron Antonelli of Brian Dorsey Studios

|Planning by 

Claire Bean Events

While Deidre Miller and William Greenberg first matched on Bumble, they quickly realized their love story began much earlier. They grew up in neighboring Westchester towns and ventured to New York City after graduating college. On their first date, the conversation flowed so easily—they felt as if they had known each other for years.

A little more than one year later, Dee and Will were apartment hunting in New York and fell in love with a bright corner flat that was a block away from the restaurant where they went for their very first date. To celebrate closing, the couple went to the apartment to pop a bottle of champagne. In the empty living room, Will knelt down on one knee and asked Dee to marry him. “Homeowners and fiancés all in one day, I could barely believe it!” Dee recalls.

“Since we both grew up in Rye, and our families both still live locally, a hometown wedding was an easy choice,” Dee explains. She spent her summers at the Manursing Island Club on the Long Island Sound and always dreamed of a tented wedding on the beach. “Manursing’s coastal setting and timeless aesthetic exude a casual elegance that set the tone for the entire weekend,” Dee notes. “The historic clubhouse’s open, light-filled architecture inspired our decision to go with a clear-top tent, so our guests could really take in the setting and enjoy the water views.”

Dee and Will set the date for September 26, 2020, but by April 2020, they made the difficult decision to postpone. They were able to commit to September 25, 2021, but with a significantly reduced guest list.

Claire Bean of Claire Bean Events helped the couple navigate these changes. “Our dear friend Makenzie Lynch recommended Claire to us, and we could not be more grateful to have had Claire at the helm as we navigated our planning, postponement, and subsequent planning,” Dee adds.

Friday night launched the wedding weekend with a rehearsal dinner at the Apawamis Club. Guests sipped welcome drinks and dined on Neapolitan pizza from the Pizza Vitale food truck and listened to the Ray Grieche Band perform live. The night was made even sweeter with dessert from Longford’s Ice Cream truck, a local, small batch ice cream shop.

OTM head stylist Anny Choi curated Dee’s Friday night look, selecting a custom Andres Otalora floor-length one-shouldered floral dress with strappy white kitten heels by Malone Souliers. She also picked out gold pearl drop earrings by Anissa Kermiche and a white pouch handbag by Porto. For the Friday festivities, Will wore a blue Ermenegildo Zegna sport coat paired with light gray slacks.

On Saturday morning, Dee slid into a Olivia von Halle slip dress and Jonquil lace robe, while getting ready with her mother and bridesmaids in her childhood home. Flynn Pyykkonen of Flynn Makeup and Hair provided beauty services for the entire wedding weekend.

In the fall of 2019, Dee and her mother went shopping in New York City in search of “the” dress. There were quite a few designs Dee liked, but when she tried on one Oscar de la Renta ball gown with intricate off-the-shoulder floral cuffs, she instantly knew it was the one. She mentions, “While I didn’t originally envision myself wearing a strapless dress, the removable sleeves sealed the deal for me.”

To complement the floral accents of the dress, she accessorized with a cathedral-length veil by Peter Langner from Mark Ingram and finished the outfit with Manolo Blahnik pumps. She added diamond pearl drop earrings that Will gifted to her the morning of the wedding for a final shimmer.

For the ceremony, the groom wore a custom Giorgio Armani tuxedo, patent leather shoes, monogrammed silver cufflinks, and a gold dress watch from his bride.

Dee’s bridesmaids donned platinum silk faille gowns by Amsale and mother of pearl flower earrings by Jennifer Behr, which were gifted by the bride. Each bridesmaid carried peach-hued bouquets of ranunculus and juliet roses. The mother of the bride wore a custom Lee Anderson Couture navy dress with fuchsia-lined ruffled sleeves.

On Saturday, September 25, 2021, Dee and Will married at the Church of the Resurrection in Rye, New York. This is the parish where Dee grew up and made her First Communion and Confirmation. While Will is not Catholic, the officiant and family friend, Father Tom Collins, planned a thoughtful ceremony that was inclusive and respectful of the different faiths represented that day.

“Resurrection’s beauty speaks for itself, so we opted to keep the ceremony decor fairly simple and organic, with cascading greenery with white blooms adorning the pews and arrangements of delphinium and greenery behind the altar,” Dee mentions. The aisle was lined with a classic white runner customized with their monogram, an excellent accent for Dee’s processional with her dad to the tune of “Trumpet Voluntary” by Clarke. Maura Music & Co. set the tone for the ceremony.

Dee’s Aunt Katy, cousin Christy, and Jacky, a dear friend of the Greenberg family, gave readings, and Father Tom delivered a beautiful heartfelt homily. A traditional Catholic exchange of vows and rings followed. “After we exchanged our vows, we lit a unity candle with our mothers, while the ceremony musicians performed a goosebump-inducing duet of ‘The Prayer’ by Andrea Bocelli,” Dee remembers. “This first act as husband and wife was such a sacred moment and special way to honor our moms.” Father Tom performed a final blessing and surprised the crowd by taking out his iPhone. He asked everyone—bride, groom, and guests—to smile before snapping “the photo the photographer can never get” from behind the altar. The newlyweds exchanged their first married kiss and left the church while “La Rejouissance” by Handel played on. But not before stealing one more kiss mid-aisle!

The beachy reception aesthetic was centered around a saturated sunset floral palette of blush and peach with pops of bright hues and seasonal dahlias arranged by Winston Flowers. Tables were set with textured and patterned neutral linens from La Tavola Linen and topped with gold china dinner plates resting on metallic taupe fabric chargers with tiger’s eye acrylic flatware from Smith Party Rentals. The place settings were topped with personalized, round gold foil menus and finished with white rolled napkins in lucite napkin rings adorned with individual orange dahlias, a nod to the couple’s invitation suite by Adrienne at Ipanema Press. “We wanted dinner to feel like an elevated, residential dinner party, and the warm taupe and caramel tones paired with the saturated florals and variety of candles came together to create the dinner table of our dreams,” Dee recalls.

Manursing’s food and beverage team provided all the catering for the evening. “Dana Leitchweis, Manursing’s Food and Beverage Manager, and John Krall, the Executive Chef, have both been at the club since my family joined in the ’90s, so we knew we were in good hands,” Dee shares. Cocktail hour was held in the open-air living room and porch, with guests spilling out onto the beach. Everyone enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres, a charcuterie table, and a raw bar, while a string trio played.

After cocktail hour, guests were invited into the tent next to the clubhouse. Dee and Will used this time to switch outfits. Will slid into a white dinner jacket by Ermenegildo Zegna and velvet slippers by Stubbs & Wootton. Dee took off her sleeves and changed into strappy white block heels by Sarah Flint for dancing.

Meanwhile, inside the tent, Rhythm Collective of Elan Artists performed for dinner and dancing. Will and Dee joined the party while “Hold My Hand” by Jess Glynn was performed by the band. They began their first dance to “Something to Talk About” by Bonnie Rait right after. Dee confides, “Will is a great dancer. He led the way, and I did my best to keep up!”

Chef John’s incredible dinner selection consisted of a first course with burrata, prosciutto, and marinated tomatoes. Guests had the option of a Miller family favorite, parmesan crusted halibut, or filet mignon.

After dinner, Dee danced with her father to “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers, and Will danced with his mother to “Days Like This” by Van Morrison. The dance floor became electric when everyone joined in. When guests weren’t dancing, they were biting into the decadent vanilla buttercream cake with passion fruit, cream cheese, and chocolate chip filling from LuLu Cakes.

Towards the end of the reception, Dee changed into her after-party look, which was also styled by Anny. The custom white ruffle-bottomed dress by Leal Daccarett brought fun flair to her final bridal look and paired perfectly with her powder blue strappy block heels.

After the band finished, guests were invited back into the clubhouse for the after-party, with a DJ of Élan Artists, glow sticks, espresso martinis, and late-night bites from the Walter’s hot dog truck. After the reception, the newlyweds headed back to the Homestead Inn with their wedding party and recapped the party with the late-night crew before calling it a night.

The next day, Mr. and Mrs. Greenberg joined guests for brunch before catching their Italy-bound flight. Dee sums up her joyous wedding weekend saying, “We are incredibly grateful that we were finally able to celebrate our wedding, surrounded with family and friends. It was beyond worth the wait!”

Dee + Will Wedding Trailer // Manursing Island Club from Cord3Films.