Chance would have it that Elizabeth Gravier, a Cleveland, Ohio, native, met her husband at The Warwick, a bar in Los Angeles. Andrew Charbin – French American by family and having grown up in London – was living in Los Angeles at the time, when he found himself with friends at The Warwick. Liz entered, and Andrew could not take his eyes off her. Andrew is a partner at an investment bank that advises premium consumer brands and has offices in New York and Los Angeles, and Liz is a personal finance reporter at CNBC. This unexpected encounter changed their lives in the best way possible. The two now reside between New York and East Hampton – a place that is special for both.
Andrew and Liz own a home in East Hampton, which once belonged to Andrew’s father and is where he and his brothers had been going for over 30 years. In 2019, Andrew and Liz undertook a significant renovation of the house and knew early on that East Hampton would be the destination for their wedding. The house was host to a beautiful, poolside post-wedding Sunday brunch, and they would be married at Most Holy Trinity Church in East Hampton
“Guests danced and dined with a beautiful September sunset behind them on the beach.”
For the welcome dinner on Friday evening, the couple chose Devon Yacht Club in Amagansett, where Andrew’s family had been members since his childhood. It was the perfect location to bring together family and friends the night before the big day. Guests danced and dined with a beautiful September sunset behind them on the beach.
For the wedding reception, the bride and groom chose one of their favorite restaurants, Le Bilboquet in Sag Harbor. With its water views and exquisite French cuisine, it was the ideal spot for a wedding with a cool, chic, and young Hamptons vibe. Its teak floors and hints of pastel added to the restaurant’s beauty, which was amplified by simple white roses and black pillar candles. White hydrangeas were also displayed throughout the venue and highlighted the understated seaside vibe that the couple sought out.
Originally, Liz and Andrew chose September 12th, 2020, as their wedding date. Like many couples, their original plans crumbled with the rise of Covid. The couple knew they wanted to get married in early September because of the way the light changes in the Hamptons during that time of year. The sunny days and cooler nights filled with stunning sunsets provided a magical setting for their wedding weekend.
Despite the disruption of their initial plans, the couple forged ahead and chose September 11, 2021, as their new date. Unfortunately, the Covid-induced travel ban in the US prevented many of their European family and friends from flying to the US; but a more intimate, elegant wedding turned out to be just as perfect as they could have imagined.
Small details such as a lavender toss after the ceremony, hand calligraphed menu cards, a tequila shot escort wall, and a fun disco ball over the dance floor, were scattered throughout the celebration to add a personal touch. The invitations even displayed a custom detailed map of the area. Hampton Hopper buses transported guests throughout the weekend for all the festivities. Liz and Andrew wanted to make sure that their guests felt all the love that was put into the planning of this perfect weekend.
Liz’s stunning Diane Legrand dress was chosen for its delicate, feminine details and classic look. The form-fitting silhouette was hand tailored to her tall, slim figure. White lace shoes from Bella Belle were the perfect addition to highlight the lace details of the train. To complete the look, Liz chose a simple, long, tulle wedding veil.
In keeping with the effortless style and sophistication of the Hamptons, the groom wore a navy-blue double-breasted Ralph Lauren suit, chosen for its fine Italian fabric and slim fit. The navy color was perfect for the cool, summertime ambiance.
Lia and Andrew’s wedding weekend turned out to be picture-perfect in every way.
Location: Le Bilboquet, Sag Harbor, New York; Planning & Event Design: Marina Luri Events, New York; Floral Design: Sag Harbor Florist, Sag Harbor, New York; Photography: Virginie Carolina, New York