Season 1 filming began in June 2016. Despite Mr. Cooke’s effort to be single, Ms. Batula’s plans overlapped his at the restaurant Grey Lady in Montauk in July. The serendipitous run-in introduced Ms. Batula — and the pair’s complicated status — to viewers. “The misconception on ‘Summer House’ is that she was a booty call,” Mr. Cooke said.
Ms. Batula officially joined the cast in Season 2. In five seasons to date, “Summer House” documents the couple’s fights, cheating, making up and moving in together. (They reside in Manhattan’s Financial District.) The show also highlights how the two collaborate on their sparkling hard tea and canned cocktail company Loverboy, of which Mr. Cooke is founder and chief executive and Ms. Batula is creative director.
On Sept. 2, 2018, Mr. Cooke proposed to Ms. Batula on a sunset boat ride near Shelter Island, N.Y., which played out for audiences in Season 3.
Pandemic restrictions upended possible wedding dates (in May 2020, September 2020 and June 2021), as well as potential venue options ranging from Vermont to New York to New Jersey. In the interim, a makeshift quarantine microwedding with the “Summer House” cast aired during Season 5.
Finally, on Saturday, Sept. 25, Carl Radke officiated in the backyard of Ms. Batula’s parents’ home in Hillsborough, N.J., before 200 people with proof of Covid-19 vaccination or negative test results. In addition to Mr. Radke, who received his ordination from the Universal Life Church and also served as a best man, guests included current and former “Summer House” cast members Lindsay Hubbard, Danielle Olivera, Paige Desorbo (a bridesmaid), Ciara Miller and Everett Weston. Austen Kroll and Craig Conover of Bravo’s “Southern Charm” celebrated, too.
The wedding will air on Bravo next year.
“It would be rude of us to do something private and not share that with the people that we’ve shared every aspect of our relationship with,” Ms. Batula said.
Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/15/style/amanda-batula-kyle-cooke-wedding.html