Musicians Nicola Donà, 33, and Zoë Kiefl, 26, decided to hold their beachside wedding on a Tuesday because it was when they could book their Airbnb. “We found a big enough house so people could crash on our couches,” Donà says. By the afternoon before the wedding, the couple still hadn’t done much planning; a friend suggested they hold the ceremony on a stretch of sand in front of the Fire Island Lighthouse, and the day of, their 50 guests were given 20 minutes to head there. A friend brought Kiefl a bouquet from the city, another made her a crown from leaves and branches on the beach. And after a quick ceremony on the dunes, people ran into the surf. “The Canadians stayed in a long time,” Kiefl recalls. Guests were treated to a picnic (cooked by a friend) of grilled veggies, farro salad, and roast beef. Says Kiefl, “No one was on the beach except us and one guy who had been doing work on the lighthouse.”
Dress: From the Salvation Army
Suit: From Metropolis Vintage NYC on the Lower East Side
Catering: Loren Abramovitchs
Photographs: Chellise Michael Photography
*This article appears in the Summer 2016 issue of New York Weddings.