What’s better than a stunning Victorian-inspired wedding? A stunning Victorian-inspired wedding all crafted by one very beautiful (+ talented) bride. A wedding that is sooo full of DIY details and heartwarming moments, every.last.second is rich in love… and pretty. Cozy on up and check out the full gallery of images captured by Gina Esposito. It’s amazing.
From the Bride… The wedding theme was Victorian inspired; the colors were blush, ivory and gold. I always loved the 1800’s era with Queen Victoria, lace, pearls and the lovely tea parties. Queen Victoria was the first women to actually wear the “white dress” at her own wedding. Prior to Victoria, women’s wedding dresses were made in the fashionable colors of their day. I purchased my wedding dress from Kleinfield bridal a year before my wedding; it was a Jim Hljem Ivory lace trumpet dress. The Groom’s suit was custom made from a store in Huntington village called Marshs. Alain wanted something he could where after the wedding as well.
My wedding ceremony and reception was held at the Westbury Manor. I choose Westbury Manor because I love the Victorian era setting, it had uniqueness, character, peacocks roamed the outside grounds, and old age ambiance rolled into one. Flowers were also a very important aspect, my florist Black Dahlia was a breath of fresh air. She was very attentive and paid close attention to all the little details I added. I am a very specific bride; I handpicked each flower to show a garden Victorian appearance still within the wedding colors. I love for flowers to have great texture, a vintage look and greens, which are the reasons why I chose dusty millers, stock, and garden roses for the center pieces and bouquets.
Since Alain and I were on a budget, we agreed DIY projects were the way to cut costs. We wanted our wedding to be dreamy and Victorian, but we didn’t have the money to pay for a “platinum wedding” so I became a DIY bride completely. I was never crafty until I began my wedding planning process. Everything from the save the dates, invitations, seating charts, centerpieces, petal cones, dinner menus, table numbers, dessert table décor, ceremony décor, wedding theme and design, small knick knacks i.e. soy candle teacups was completed by me.
The wedding began promptly at 8 o’clock during twilight; it was an outside ceremony with 130 guests. The ceremony took place in the grassy Knoll area of Westbury Manor. I was escorted down the aisle by my father, the song I choose was “Look after you” by The Fray. My mom passed away when I was a little girl so I choose to “save a seat for her”. The outside décor was simple and clean. Lanterns were placed down the aisle; every other chair had a moss cone filled with garden flowers. The moss cones were one of many DIY projects I completed. My florist Black Dahlia filled the moss cones with flowers. Peacocks roamed the garden, as the ceremony began. On each chair at the ceremony, petal cones were hung, so that Alain and I can be showered with petals as we walked down the aisle. The petal cones were a DIY project made from vintage music paper which I purchased from etsy. On the Welcome table vintage gloves, pearls, and teacups adorned the area, cry packs were made for my guest’s tears of joy. My love for tea parties was another reason why I loved the Victorian era.
For reception I made a portion of my centerpieces. I wrapped cylinder vases of two different sizes in ivory lace. I also used glass votives, wrapped them in lace and placed a Victorian cameo on the votives. Six out of ten tables had medium gold candelabras which were purchased from Opulent treasures. Four out of ten tables had low floral centerpieces. The laced glass cylinders, and tall blush tapered candles on each table helped to complete the Victorian inspired tablescape.
My love for all things Victorian lead me to love the Victorian cameo’s, which I wear on a daily basis, I also placed one on my cake. I also love vintage skeleton keys. I used vintage skeleton keys as a object for the escort cards.
To embrace my Nigerian background Alain and I changed into my Nigerian attire in the middle of the reception.
My wedding day was perfect; it surpassed my expectations. It was great to see every little detail that I handpicked come to life to make such an eventful day. My most memorable moment was when Alain and I, surprised our guest with the Harlem shake after our first dance.
Photography: Gina Esposito | Cinematography: Biliski Productions | Florist: Black Dahlia | Bakery: Leonetti Bakery | Reception Venue: Westbury Manor | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | DJ: Music Mixed Intelligently | Groom's Suit: Marshs | Bridal Salon: Kleinfeld Bridal | Bridesmaid Jewlery: Etsy | Day Of Coordinator: Cynthia Ross Affairs | Day of Jewlery: Macy's | Hair & Makeup Stylist: Nadia Makeup Artist | Linens: The Finishing Touch | Wedding Decor: Opulent Treasures