A Beach-Party Wedding With a Brazilian Band and Late-Night Bonfire

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When we were pronounced wife and wife, we surprised everyone with this Brazilian band that came down drumming,” Diedra says.

Diedra Nelson, 36, was looking for friends in her new Brooklyn neighborhood when she signed up to be a free agent in a kickball league; there she met Karoline Katus, 34, a development officer at the Joyful Heart Foundation. “We had that kindred-spirit connection,” says Diedra, CFO at the Wing. The pair married at the home of their friend Julie Rice, founder of SoulCycle. “When I saw the house, I knew,” Diedra says. “We’ll do cocktail hour here, then we’ll walk across the lawn, and then down the stairs to the beach.” The foggy Montauk shoreline was also the backdrop for a morning meditation session with guests and the after-party. “At 11, we went back down to a bonfire, with sausages and s’mores to grill, and all these poufs and pillows,” says Karoline. “Some people made it to sunrise.”

The Details
Dresses: Custom, by a friend (on Diedra, left); custom, by Jillyn Richardson Designs (on Karoline, right)
Brazilian Drum Band: Bastards of Boom
Caterer: Peter Ambrose of Endless Summer Events Catering
Flowers: Montauk Community Garden
Hair and makeup: Glamsquad
Rings: Blue Nile, Me&Ro
Planner: Tall & Small Events
Meditation Leader: Jenna Walter
Photographs by: Alexander Kusak

Diedra Nelson and Karoline Katus.

*This article appears in the summer 2018 issue of New York Weddings.

A Beach Wedding With a Brazilian Band and Late-Night Bonfire