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Traditional Tappan Hill Mansion Wedding

This Tappan Hill Mansion love story is one chic affair. Overlooking the Hudson, this darling duo sweetly said their vows and kept the day personal from start to finish. With ribbon accents and mercury glass, Diana Gould made sure a vintage vibe echoed throughout, while Brian Dorsey Studios captured up a gallery that defines a modern love story.

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Summer
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From the Bride… Mark and I met while studying abroad in Rome during our junior year of college. After dating for 8 years, he pulled off the surprise proposal of a lifetime. He asked me to marry him during my school fundraiser and then had our families and friends waiting nearby to celebrate.

We wanted our wedding to reflected our personalities so we added our own personal touches everywhere. Upon stepping outside at Tappan Hill Mansion, we immediately knew the beautiful stone patio overlooking the Hudson was the perfect place for us. The vintage vibe set by our custom-made invitations was recreated throughout the entire day, from the ribbons blowing off the last row of chairs during the ceremony, to the mercury glass vases overflowing with flowers at the reception. For the ceremony, we created fun, unique wedding programs that captured our relationship. We are both teachers so we asked our students to give us their “Advice for a Happy Marriage”, the best bits of which were read aloud during the ceremony. Our breathtaking flowers were a soft mix of pink and white peonies, garden roses and ranunculus in white, cream, and a touch of pink, accented with lamb’s ear around the edges. The grooms’ cake that showcased all of Mark’s favorite things.

My hairpins were made from my mom’s wedding dress lace and my bouquet was also bound by the pearl and lace sleeve of her gown. My dress, Mirielle by Anna Maier, was corded French rose floral lace over a double charmeuse underdress. The team at A Little Something White in Darien, CT was able to customize my dress to provide me with two different looks; during the ceremony I wore an elegant, lace bolero with capped sleeves and a plunging back, which complimented my veil and hairpins. For our reception, I detached the lace bolero to reveal a strapless, sweetheart neckline and changed from my Kate Spade blush peep-toes into sparkly Jimmy Choos. A delicate organza sash with an oversized bow completed the reception look.

When our guests weren’t on the dance floor, they were either feasting on the delectable Abigail Kirsch menu, taking part in the photo booth created by my sister, enjoying the breathtaking views, or snacking on our personalized wedding car cookie favors. Every detail was thought through to create an intimate, elegant, and light-hearted atmosphere. Our families, friends, and wonderful vendors helped us create a magical day that we will never forget.

Photography: Brian Dorsey Studios | Event Planning: Diana Gould | Wedding Dress: Anna Maier | Cake: Abigail Kirsch | Invitations: Alpine Creative Group | Catering: Abigail Kirsch | Hair: The Beauty Parlor | Favors: Flour Pot Cookies | Bridal Dress Salon: A Little Something White | Ceremony Programs: First Comes Love Prints | Groom's Cake: Sweet Lisa's Exquisite Cakes | Hairpins & Veil: A Little Something White | Location: Tappan Hill Mansion | Makeup: Christina Amador | Music: Craig Scott Entertainment | Video: Love In Progress

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Femina Photo + Design + A Discount!

Here’s what I call a seriously good decision: hiring the always amazing Femina Photo + Design to tackle your wedding photography, plus your invitations.  Because with Femina Photo + Design you’re getting two talented (+ fun-loving) ladies that know a thing or two about pretty weddings.  Think jaw-droppingly gorgeous paper goods meets stunning imagery that will take your breath away.


Based in NYC and Philadelphia, Femina Photo + Design not only offers boutique design services and amazing photography, they’re known for their outstanding customer service, as well.  Which means joining forces with a team of talented professionals that will work with you, hand-in-hand, to tell your story.  From the beautiful paper goods that capture your theme perfectly to that end of the night kiss you’ll frame and treasure forever, Femina Photo + Design’s love and knowledge of the wedding industry bursts through each and every item their crafty hands touch.  They’re awesome.

 

With resumes that include traditional photography, advertising design and commercial photography, these longtime friends are the epitome of creative.  Throw that bundle of talent into your wedding and, voila!  Absolute perfection from start to finish.

Can’t wait to start your journey with two of the finest vendors you’ll ever meet?  Email Femina Photo + Design NOW to get the ball rolling… and don’t forget to mention “SMP” for $250 off any complete Wedding Collection! 

Elegant Spring Wedding at Alder Manor

There is something about old estates that I find so intriguing. They have a romance within themselves, and this wise couple knew not to compete with that beauty. They used Alder Manor as the perfect inspiration for their beautiful day and the finished result is an effortless masterpiece. Isabelle Selby captured it all and we’ve gathered these works of art in one perfect place for us all right here!

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Spring
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Elegance

From The Bride… Brandon and I have one of those whirlwind romance stories – we were set up on a blind date by a mutual friend and after much resistance finally met. After that night we were completely inseparable! We were engaged a year later in December of 2012. The most vital piece of the puzzle was finding the venue. We searched high and low – typical catering halls, eclectic spaces, destination – but nothing felt quite right. I love to peruse blogs of all kinds and I stumbled upon this hidden gem, Alder Manor. We set up a walk through and instantly fell in love. It was unique and stunning, it just fit our personalities. I love the grandeur of the property – once a luxurious weekend home of a mining tycoon with sculptured gardens, an organ built into the walls and even an indoor pool! It now lays in somewhat ruin giving it a tragic but romantic feel that I just couldn’t get out of my head. To give ourselves a bit more planning time we opted for an early June 2014 wedding which turned out to be a spectacular day! I know June weather can be fickle but we really lucked out – it was a beautiful and mild.

I was asked so many times what the theme was and I never had a direct answer for that. The venue really set the tone – we just wanted it to be beautiful and romantic and Alder Manor does that all on its own. Our invitations were very soft so we decided to carry that throughout the day. We picked light colors, mint green and pale pink – they really complemented the garden-like feel of the outdoor space and ceremony. They also inspired the flower arrangements and our DIY projects. We wanted to put our touch on the day so we created the programs, place cards, seating chart, cake toppers and ribbon wands. It was a true labor of love and made seeing all the details come together in such a special way so rewarding!

The emotion of the day was so overwhelming – I will carry that feeling with me throughout our life together. I’m so grateful for everyone that made our day so memorable and complete!

From Isabelle Selby Photography… I could ramble on about Maureen and Brandon for quite some time, but I’ll try to keep this short as Maureen has already so eloquently told you about their day. I’ve been to a lot of weddings and the effortlessness and calm that Maureen had throughout the day was really stunning. They were both glowing and I was just so impressed by the way that they truly were enjoying the day and staying present. When I first met Maureen she told me about Alder Manor in a way that the art history nerd in me went ecstatic. An old estate that she wanted to let do the talking for their day and she was spot on. The history of the manor and the beautiful details don’t need to be overshadowed and the soft pinks and mint throughout the wedding only exemplified the estate’s natural beauty.

There was so much about the day that I loved documenting, but a few things that stood out were the very apparent love between the two of them as well as the families and friends, the ceremony that included a shout out to their beloved dog who wasn’t present, the beautiful manor and the dancing. They are incredible dancers and the guests would cheer along, which made it ten times more exciting. All in all it was a day that felt truly genuine and full of love. Congratulations, Maureen + Brandon!

Photography: Isabelle Selby Photography | Floral Design: Sprout Home | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Cake: Momofuku | Invitations: Lion In The Sun - Huntington | Ceremony: Alder Manor | Reception: Alder Manor | Shoes: Sophia Webster | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Chefs At Work | Hair Stylist: Joelle Finnerty And NYPro Style | DJ: DJ Shakey | Groom's Attire: Vera Wang For Men's Warehouse | Bridesmaid Robes: Designs By Celia | Coordination: Jennifer Dukham | Makeup: Christina Amador

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