Erin Murphy & Eric Janssen
November 4, 2017. Sands Point, New York
Location: The Hempstad House Sands Point, NY; Event Design and Planner: Above All Events West Islip, NY; Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai; Bridal Salon: Kleinfeld New York, NY;
After “swiping right” and matching up on the dating app, Bumble, Erin and Eric engaged in a series of long texts that led to a first date at Louie’s Oyster Bar in Port Washington. “Of course, one of my girlfriends had to accompany me, because she wanted to make sure he wasn’t a creep,” Erin recalls. “Good thing he wasn’t. At the end of our date, I called my mom to pick me up. Eric was not amused. It was several weeks before we actually went on a date without siblings, cousins, or friends. After my brother’s date with us to go miniature golfing, he told my mom, ‘I think he’s the one. They’re going to get married. He’s such a nice guy.’”
“My proposal to Erin didn’t need to be some grandiose plan with dancing and singing, but something that was special and just us,” says Eric. “Everyone knew it would happen at some point during our stay at Vail while my parents were there – it was just a matter of when.” After an initially unsuccessful morning on a snowy mountain, not to mention an unplanned ski down the slope, Eric arranged for their parents to meet them at the top “for pictures.” Eventually, when everyone was finally present, he took out the ring he had been hiding in his pocket and got down on one knee.
With the couple living in Texas, the planning process for a destination wedding in Long Island, New York was soon in the works. The bride-to-be spent several weekends flying to New York, and the couple’s wedding planner, Alyson, helped bring their wedding vision to life – a romantic Casablanca vibe with some Gatsby-esque geometric designs.
The wedding reception was held at Hempstead House, located near Erin’s childhood home. Having arrived early, the bride and groom readied themselves with their respective bridal parties on opposite sides of the mansion. “It was tempting to sneak over and say ‘Hi,’ but Eric was adamant that the first time he wanted to see me was when I was walking down the aisle,” Erin adds.
Guests gathered for a ceremony at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, where the bride had been baptized. After, everyone transitioned back to Hempstead House where the old estate was transformed by a navy and gold color palette – a way of honoring Erin’s father, who graduated from the Naval Academy. Waiters served up the newlyweds’ signature cocktail, which was a Big Apple Mule in engraved copper mugs, and a variety of food stations were set up for cocktail hour. With Erin and Eric being huge foodies, they scheduled their cocktail hour to last an hour and a half, before the rest of the evening unfolded. “At the end of the day, we were exhausted but wanted to do it all over again,” they say. “It was the perfect day and we wouldn’t have changed anything. It was a beautiful whirlwind and we loved every second!”
For their honeymoon, Erin and Eric traveled to Hawaii, where they stayed in a boutique hotel on the island of Oahu. From delicious meals, to breathtaking sunsets, it was the perfect way to begin their new lives together.
>Written by: Lauren Malamala