Lauren Kurre and Nick Rudzewick wed on Sept. 30, 2023.

Lauren Kurre and Nick Rudzewick wed on Sept. 30, 2023. Credit: Sergey Lapkovsky Photography

Lauren Kurre and Nick Rudzewick first met their freshman year at Marist College in Poughkeepsie. But it wasn’t until five years later that Rudzewick got the courage to ask her out.

“There was always something deep down in my stomach that told me to talk to her . . . Something kind of came over me,” Rudzewick, 27, said of the night in May 2019, post-graduation, when he finally made his move while they were out with friends.

Lauren Kurre and Nick Rudzewick were married by her father,...

Lauren Kurre and Nick Rudzewick were married by her father, an ordained deacon. Right, the couple with their wedding party. Credit: Sergey Lapkovsky Photography

Kurre, also 27, said she felt the attraction, too. In fact, a year or so before they started dating, she remembers praying to God one night in her dorm room, asking if Rudzewick was “meant to be” in her life.

“It gives me chills,” she said.

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The couple live in Brooklyn but grew up in Nassau County. It was on Long Island, at Gilgo Beach, that Rudzewick proposed in June 2022.

And while some couples might be overwhelmed with wedding planning, it was a time for Rudzewick, a videographer, and Kurre, a fashion publicist, to shine.

The couple outside the Hempstead House in Sands Point, where...

The couple outside the Hempstead House in Sands Point, where they held their wedding reception. Credit: Sergey Lapkovsky Photography

Within weeks of getting engaged, they said they had booked their major vendors, including their venue — the Hempstead House on the Guggenheim Estate. The house is located on the Sands Point peninsula, made famous as the “East Egg” in “The Great Gatsby.”

“I had a very distinct vision . . . We wanted to really lean into the North Shore, castle vibes,” said Kurre.

The reception theme was “modern-day Gatsby party,” with an emphasis on gold and champagne colors. Kurre wore a custom gown by Puerto Rican designer Edgardo Bonilla, then changed into an all-sequin gold gown by designer Jason Wu.

The couple married Sept. 30, 2023, at Notre Dame Parish in New Hyde Park. Kurre’s father, an ordained deacon, walked her down the aisle and then officiated the ceremony, she said.

Scenes from the reception. Kurre changed into an all-sequin gold...

Scenes from the reception. Kurre changed into an all-sequin gold gown by designer Jason Wu after the wedding ceremony. Credit: Sergey Lapkovsky Photography

“I always say he’s the kindest person I know,” Kurre said of her new husband. Rudzewick, too, had nothing but praise for his bride: “We have a great connection, she’s beautiful . . . Beyond obviously I love her, I like her as a person.”

WEDDING VENUE

The couple wed at Notre Dame Parish in New Hyde Park, followed by a reception at the Hempstead House in Sands Point.

WINE AND DINE

The CulinArt Catering Collection, Philip Stone Caterers catered the reception. A few other vendors the couple wanted to shout out are Flowers by Brian in Mineola; Inklinations in Great Neck Gardens, which handled their invitations; Emily Stepancic and Mo Rajraji from the Hempstead House; the Wedding Salon at Manhasset, where Kurre found and designed her wedding gown; and Esquire Tuxedos in Merrick, where Rudzewick and his groomsmen got their tuxedos.

HONEYMOON

The couple vacationed on the Greek islands of Mykonos, Paros and Santorini.

LET'S DANCE

"Coming Home" by Leon Bridges

FAVE RAVES

Five things Kurre and Rudzewick can't live without when it comes to the other: Enjoying Long Island summers together, especially on the beach; spending nights in binging one of their favorite shows; trying out new recipes together; spending time with their parents and siblings; their Sunday morning routine — workout, church and a visit to one of the local coffee shops

HOME BASE

Brooklyn

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