A Long Island Wedding with a Chinoiserie Influence



There’s nothing quite like a wedding in New York. The energy, the excitement, and the hope that characterizes every nuptial celebration are amplified when surrounded by the bustling metropolis. A lovely young couple was married at a beautiful venue on Long Island with a Chinoiserie influence.

The Picture-perfect Locale for This Couple’s Nuptials

The John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor, New York was the picture-perfect locale for this couple’s nuptials thanks to its historic architecture and views of a pond, the ocean, and more.

“The interior of the library is amazing,” says wedding planner Mira Tse of The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong. “It has this sort of colonial feel with high ceilings and a gorgeous spiral staircase.”

Built-in 1799 by John Jermain Jr., who served as Mayor of Sag Harbor from 1821 to 1826, the library was built on land donated by his father—and it’s still functioning today as both an archive and a museum.

The Bride has Roots in Long Island

The bride has roots in Long Island and her father grew up nearby. “There are many special places on the East End that I associate with my childhood,” she says. “I have so many memories of visiting them with my parents and our extended family, and they hold a lot of meaning for me.”

The bride’s mother grew up in Westchester County, New York, just outside of Manhattan. Her parents met at a dinner party hosted by mutual friends. By all accounts, both families were quite traditional: The father was an executive at IBM; his wife was an art teacher; the couple had two sons, and they lived in one of those towns where everyone knows everyone else’s name in this case, White Plains.


The Charm of Sag Harbor

The venue was the right size for the number of guests. It allowed us to create an intimate atmosphere and gave us lots of room to dance. We chose our venue because it is beautiful and we love the charm of Sag Harbor, but also because it’s so close to New York City where most of our guests live. Smaller venues allow for more intimate affairs, which is what we wanted.

 Chinoiserie throughout the Wedding

Chinoiserie, a French word meaning “Chinese-esque,” is an artistic style that originated in Europe during the 18th century. Chinoiserie intermingles Chinese and European motifs in decorative art, furniture, and architecture. The trend was popular for about 100 years before it died out around 1830, but it has made a comeback in recent years as evidenced by the inspiration of our bride.

The bride knew she wanted to include chinoiserie throughout her wedding because she loves how versatile it is: “I feel like chinoiserie can be incorporated into any style of wedding it lends itself well to traditional or modern décor.”

Colorful Ceremony Backdrop

Floral arrangements are a great way to add color to a wedding. Flowers can be used as a backdrop for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. For this Long Island wedding with a Chinoiserie influence, lush blooms like dahlias, carnations, roses, and peony created the colorful ceremony backdrop.


The Venue’s Hudson Valley Nature

Pink and blue are a great color combination for weddings. When paired, they look elegant and tasteful, but still fun. The bright hues can also be used for other components of your wedding, like flowers and decor. Having these colors as part of your wedding will give it a whimsical feel that ties in perfectly with the venue’s Hudson Valley nature.

Pink and blue flowers add another layer to this theme; they’re visually striking enough to make an impact without being overpowering or tacky. They’re also perfect for bringing out the beauty of some less common flower varieties like hydrangeas (which look especially nice when paired with peonies), tulips, and ranunculus (the latter two are usually more expensive because they’re harder to grow).

“It was important that every DeAtail represented us as a Couple and Reflected our Style,” says the Bride

When planning her wedding, the bride wanted to ensure that every detail represented them as a couple and reflected their style. “It was important that every detail represented us as a couple and reflected our style,” says the bride. “We wanted to use our wedding to express what we love about East Asian design—from the geometric patterns of Chinoiserie to the bold reds of Chinese lacquerware.”

This Micro Wedding was intimate in Design

This micro wedding was intimate in design but big on joy. The couple wanted a small wedding to honor their parents and the close bond they share with them. It was held in a library, which allowed for plenty of sunlight and a chance to spread out all the details. With a color scheme of pink and blue, it was easy to layer elements like flowers that perfectly complemented each other without being too matchy-matchy.

We also loved seeing how much fun everyone had!


Intimate Micro Weddings have lots of Room for Creativity!

A micro wedding is a great way to add an extra special touch to your wedding. By choosing a venue with history, natural beauty, and great views, you can show your guests the love that you have for each other. For example:

  • A place where people have been getting married for years a church or courthouse.
  • A place where you spent many family vacations as children a beach house.
  • A place that has some unique features an old barn on a farm.

A micro wedding gives couples the chance to be creative with their decorations and make the most of their space by adding personal touches like hanging flower baskets from trees or using candles on tables at night time.


While large, extravagant weddings have their place, the best part of micro weddings is that they offer a lot more flexibility in terms of how you want your big day to look and feel. From venue options to guest lists and everything in between, small weddings can give couples more space to get creative with every detail and this couple took advantage of that opportunity! By choosing a beautiful location and then filling it with gorgeous florals and stunning decorations, these newlyweds created an unforgettable day for them (and for their guests).

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