East End Engagements

Proposal Stories From the South Fork

Anyone who says 2020 has given us nothing to celebrate is wrong. We couldn’t be happier for these newly engaged couples, all of whom popped the question amidst quarantine… Now that’s something to tell the grandkids about!

Gaylen + Christian

Bride: Gaylen Hanes
Groom: Dr. Christian Vulpis
Location: Camp Hero State Park, Montauk
Christian and I met and began dating in our senior year of high school. He attended Chaminade High School and I attended the sister school, Our Lady of Mercy Academy. We have been inseparable ever since, even through our many years of long distance through college and medical school. On May 27, 2020 in the midst of the pandemic, on a foggy day on the South Fork, my high school sweetheart Christian proposed to me on the bluffs of Camp Hero State Park. Christian proposed with a breathtaking custom Stephanie Gottlieb ring using the diamond from my late grandmother’s engagement ring. I said yes, and we finished off the perfect day with a surprise photo shoot with Lisa Nicolosi Photography.

Our favorite dates have always included driving out East with the top down and having picnics on the beach. Now Montauk will always play a part in our love story and I couldn’t have wished more of a perfect day. We look forward to 2022, when we will tie the knot at the Peconic Yacht Club in Southold, NY.

Amanda + Austin

Bride: Amanda Allison
Groom: Dr. Austin Good
Location: Turtle Cove, Montauk

We had planned to travel to Antigua for our three-year anniversary of dating. I planned on proposing to Amanda on our extravagant trip in the Caribbean. Unfortunately, our trip was cancelled due to the increasing cases of COVID-19. Friends and family joked that it was a bad omen, but I knew she was the one. I wasn’t going to let a global pandemic stop me from getting engaged to the love of my life.

As things began to open up, nearby hotels and resorts welcomed back guests. We are from Delaware, and we wanted to experience a new area. So, we took our plan B trip in Montauk, New York and loved it. The Montauk Lighthouse was the most picturesque spot for a proposal, and Turtle Cove gave us the right amount of privacy. And, most importantly, she said, “Yes.”

Now, Montauk has such a special place in our hearts, and we plan to return in the future with family and friends. It was the perfect getaway for Amanda and me at the time, and we really got to spend intimate time together to celebrate the beginning of a new chapter in our life.

Ruby + Emile

Bride: Ruby Karki
Groom: Emile Goldstein
Location: Noyack Road, Southampton
What does one think of when searching for the perfect place to propose to a loved one? Is it comfort, romance, accessibility, a scenic view surrounded by friends and family?

Sure, those are all good and fun, but for me [Emile] it was revisiting where it all began. Not our first date per se which was a humid day at Yankee Stadium with enough sweat to almost guarantee no second date, but the very location where I knew this was going to be the woman I was going to spend the rest of my life with.

It was a perfect day. Not a cloud in the sky, tucked in the backwoods off Noyack Road this lake-view property allowed [us] to share an experience that would last in both our memories. It was the magic around us as we both looked into each other’s eyes and knew there truly is no other place quite like the Hamptons to begin what will be a wonderful and happy life together.

Devin + Steve

Bride: Devin Triolo
Groom: Steve McQuail
Location: Kirk Park Beach, Montauk
Our worlds connected through mutual friends [shortly] after Steve’s Major League Baseball career. Little did we know…we have baby pictures together!

Montauk became our little getaway, so for Steve’s birthday we wanted to escape quarantine for the day (wearing a mask of course) and venture to the beach for some sun. A little after 2:00pm on June 10th, the day went from Steve’s birthday to our engagement anniversary – so selfless and so sweet. I was completely caught
off guard because it was a day to celebrate HIM! The beach was empty as if it was our own private beach; it was perfect. My sister and niece captured the special moment from the dunes and then we went to celebrate, grabbing a lobster roll from TAUK and heading home to the rest of the family waiting for us. Such a special day in such a special place!