When Danielle Kantrowitz-O'Keefe met Louis DeSantis in September of 2009, the timing probably couldn't have been worse. вЂњIt was days before I was moving to Los Angeles to pursue my music career,вЂќ she says, вЂњbut Louis came to visit a few weeks later, and it was clear from the beginning that we had to try dating long distance.вЂќ Every few weeks, Louis would fly to L.A. on Friday night, and then take the red-eye flight back to New York on Monday morning. After a year, Danielle moved back to the East Coast. And after five years together, Louis started working on a plan to propose while Danielle was in Florida for work. вЂњHe and his best friend invented a golf tournament, and Louis came down to Florida to join me and to play golf with his friend,вЂќ says Danielle. As the pair headed out to the tournament's formal dinner, Louis handed Danielle his headphones. вЂњLouis is an amazing singer and rapper, and had written a song to propose to me,вЂќ she says. Little did she know, his hit single wasn't the only surprise: Their friends and families were waiting on a nearby yacht to celebrate!
The bride's family owns a restaurant in Bolton Landing, New York, and Louis and Danielle have spent many summers together in the Adirondacks. вЂњWe wanted to get married near my parents' restaurant, The Huddle, and loved the ceremony venue at The Sagamore,вЂќ she says. But the reception space wasn't quite right, so Danielle kept searching. One day, she and her sister realized a house nearby had the perfect lawn for a tent and approached the owner. вЂњHe and his family deliberated (and had dinner at The Huddle, where my parents could further woo them!), and he agreed to let us have our reception on his lawn!вЂќ says the bride.
The couple selected an early fall date-September 30, 2017-so a rich fall palette was a must. They used navy, berry, and antique gold tones, but focused more on natural branches and greenery to reflect the organic setting. вЂњI wanted our wedding to feel whimsical, magical, and romantic," she says. Michelle Elaine Weddings helped the couple create this look, and Rowa of Judy Pak Studio was there to photograph it all.Photo by Judy Pak Studio Photo by Judy Pak Studio
Danielle and Louis created a berry-and-gold suite to invite guests upstate for their waterfront ceremony at The Sagamore.Photo by Judy Pak Studio
Danielle and her closest friends wore embellished Daphne Newman robes as they popped champagne and primped before the big moment.Photo by Judy Pak Studio Photo by Judy Pak Studio
Danielle paired her Liz Martinez gown with Prada wedges featuring a heart cut out in the heel. вЂњI pinned the gown a year before I found it in person,вЂќ she says. вЂњMy mom and I thought we were going to have to fly to London to find it, but were able to get an appointment at a trunk show at Spina Bride in New York.вЂќPhoto by Judy Pak Studio
The bride's romantic bouquet combined dahlias, astilbe, and scabiosa in shades of burgundy.Photo by Judy Pak Studio
Petals (in a berry hue, of course!) were placed in calligraphed cones on the edge of each chair so guests could shower the couple after they were officially wed.Photo by Judy Pak Studio Photo by Judy Pak Studio Photo by Judy Pak Studio
Guests gathered by the waterfront, where Louis waited for Danielle in a custom navy tuxedo. вЂњWe wrote our own vows, and took the opportunity to really express ourselves,вЂќ explains the bride. Danielle walked down the aisle with both her father and stepfather. She adds, вЂњThey each stood on one side of me-I could never have chosen between them, so it was perfect this way!вЂќPhoto by Judy Pak Studio
After their first kiss, Danielle slipped on her new husband's jacket to combat the cold breeze.Photo by Judy Pak Studio
After the ceremony, Danielle and Louis hopped in a horse-drawn carriage to head to cocktail hour. вЂњI put a leather jacket on because it was pretty chilly, and everyone thought I'd planned it!вЂќ says the bride of her edgy look.Photo by Judy Pak Studio Photo by Judy Pak Studio Photo by Judy Pak Studio
Rich berry tones filled the reception space, which was also surrounded by natural wood accents. Danielle created wooden signs to hang throughout the space, including one that read "Darling, you look perfect tonight" from Ed Sheeran's "Perfect."Photo by Judy Pak Studio
The couple sat at a sweetheart table as they dined on an in-season menu of butternut squash bisque, beet and goat cheese salad, and a choice of entrГ©es.Photo by Judy Pak Studio Photo by Judy Pak
The bride works for On the Move Events and is a singer in the company's eponymous band, so she, of course, asked her bandmates to play at the wedding! вЂњThe bandleader surprised us with a beautiful rendition of 'All of Me' by John Legend during dinner, so Louis and I took to the dance floor on our own," she says. "We were brought to tears by the amount of love in the room!вЂќ Later, the bride changed into a two-piece ensemble by Lakum for their choreographed first dance.Photo by Judy Pak Studio
At the end of the night (after a dramatic lift by Louis!), Danielle went on stage with her band to sing вЂњBang Bang." This acted as the perfect invitation for guests to head outside for fireworks!
Wedding Planner: Michelle Elaine Weddings || Venue: The Sagamore || Bride's Dress & Veil: Liz Martinez || Bride's Second Dress: Lakum || Bride's Shoes: Prada || Bride's Jewelry: Stephanie Gottlieb || Hair: Elizabeth Lisa || Makeup: Juliana Fink || Groom's Attire: My Suit || Floral Design: Renaissance Floral Design || Paper Products: Jenny C. Design || Catering & Cake: Mazzone Hospitality || Music: On the Move Events & Entertainment || Rentals: Clifton Park Tent Rentals || Transportation: Adirondack Carriage || After-Party: The Huddle Kitchen & Bar || Fireworks: Santore's World Famous Fireworks || Videography: MAYAD || Photography: Judy Pak Studio