New York Services
Priority Private Care
Priority Private Care Summer House Calls, an extension of Priority Private Care (PPC), a concierge medical service in New York, provides immediate care twenty-four hours a day.
The service sits somewhere between Uber and a private car service: You book a seat online and share the ride to the Hamptons with a few others for the reasonable price of $65 ($75 for Montauk). A Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans depart regularly from the Sixty SoHo Hotel or the William Vale in Brooklyn, and make stops East Hampton, Southampton, Bridgehampton, Sag Harbor, Amagansett, and Montauk. It's a winner.
Ode à la Rose
120 W. 28th St., Chelsea
Ode à la Rose founders Olivier Plusquellec and Louis Brunet are Parisian. And to be Parisian means to know beauty—and in this case, flowers. When they moved to NYC, they were disappointed to see all the dehydrated, wilted, sad arrangements on offer. So disappointed, they decided to start their own floral delivery service: Ode à la Rose. Plusquellec and Brunet started small, working with a few florists who trained in the specific style of hand-tied bouquets that the French have mastered—and they've only grown since. At their NYC location (above the Chelsea Flower Market), the team creates incredible arrangements with accents straight from Plusquellec and Brunet's home country: gigantic, plump fuchsia roses delivered with French macarons; lilies, wildflowers, and lavender accented with eucalyptus and wrapped in raffia. No detail is too small—the packaging, the richness of the hue of the flower, you name it—and they’re experts in keeping the flowers hydrated during transit. The team delivers throughout the Northeast, as well as Chicago, where they have a sister location. We're just hoping a West Coast outpost isn’t far behind.
The lack of spas in the area makes Zeel an especially welcome service on the East End. The company’s on-demand massage services (booked through their app or website) are performed by fully vetted, licensed therapists who bring everything they need with them to your home or hotel, including massage tables and essential oils. Swedish and deep tissue treatments are the most popular, but specialty massages (prenatal, sports, and couples) are available, too.
The summer after Uber returned to the Hamptons after a two-year absence, Lyft joined it out east, offering rides that span from Westhampton to Montauk. While we can’t guarantee short wait times, another car service option on the East End is bound to alleviate some transportation anxiety.
The Culinistas, a Manhattan-based food prep service, is sending its team of chefs out to the Hamptons for the summer. A good thing, because for those going east to get away from it all, "all" might include cooking. The membership service does catering for parties, events, and anyone entertaining friends or family.
222 Fifth Ave., Flatiron
Ellen Weldon has been creating lavish invitations for New York weddings for close to three decades. And does she know what she’s doing? Let’s put it this way: Estée Lauder was her first client. A specialist in the art of calligraphy, Weldon offers different styles, ranging from the more printed-looking type that is straight caps to the dramatic swirling font that is Venetian. Be sure to allow at least three months, especially if your heart is set on one of Weldon’s custom monograms for the invitations.
John Dolan Photography
246 Bowery, Lower East Side
Scrolling through John Dolan’s website is the digital equivalent of flipping through a beautifully curated coffee table book. Dolan does his fair share of editorial and advertising work, and his images have the dramatic, energetic quality of both. When it comes to weddings, he’s a master of discretion. He excels at capturing intimate moments—a quiet conversations in the corner, the setting of a veil, guests’ expressions when they catch their first glimpse of the bride. Dolan prefers film over digital and is based in New York City and the Berkshires.
Christian Oth Studio
147 W. 25 St., Chelsea
Let’s start with a caveat: Christian Oth is tough to pin down. To guarantee availability, you’ll want to book a year in advance. Really. This popularity is warranted. Oth and his team are at the top of the wedding photography game. They leave no detail uncaptured, and the finished product is somehow editorial and glamorous. Oth is conscious of just how much effort goes into the small details, whether it’s the flowers or the candles of the hem of a bride’s dress, and he’s a master of capturing it all.
Roey Yohai Studios
Roey Yohai runs his New York studio with his wife, Zoe. The couple met many years ago while Yohai was in Greece on assignment, when he was a photojournalist. The photographer’s experience shooting candid portraits, wanderlust-y travel pictures, and, of course, editorial spreads means Yohai brings a depth and realism to his images. Instead of staged (and, too often, stiff) wedding pictures, he excels at capturing natural, spontaneous moments.
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