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Traditional Alder Manor Wedding

I adore historic homes.  And by “adore,” I mean I am completely, totally, once was a tour guide obsessed. So give me a gorgeous wedding held at a mansion filled with history (I’m talking to you, Alder Manor) and you’ll see a blogger who is the epitome of happy.  Now add in an adorable duo and the talented Yellow Hook Productions to that already fabulous setting and… wow.  Press play to see what I mean.

From Yellow Hook Productions… The wedding took place in June at the Alder Manor Mansion in Yonkers, New York. Vanessa (originally from Puerto Rico) and Nathan (from England) met in acting school and wanted their DIY wedding to have a touch of old-Hollywood charm. The day included a garden ceremony,
strung lights on the mansion patio, chandeliers, projected films, a Bentley limousine, a banquet-hall dinner, an elaborate choreographed first-dance, and a sparkler-wielding crowd seeing them off.

The old mansion and grounds were incredibly picturesque in a worn-and-weathered kind of way. The crowd was a lively mix of people flying in all the way from England and Puerto Rico – some of whom hadn’t seen the couple in years – and their personalities are palpable on camera.

Photography: Michael George | Cinematography: Yellow Hook Productions | Dress: Lazaro | Shoes: Lauren Jones | Bracelet: Regina B. | Hair and Makeup: BBD Makeup and Hair Design | Earrings: M&J Bridal Salon | Mansion: Alder Manor | Tiara: Bridal Styles Boutique

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Romantic Alder Manor Wedding

When I see the words “romance” and “manor” in the same sentence, my heart explodes.  Seriously, it does. Maybe it’s the Jane Austen lover in me, but historic homes rock my world.  Also rocking my world?  This gorgeous wedding.  It’s romance and then some with about one million reasons to fall helplessly in love. See it all captured perfectly by Elisabeth Millay right here.

And a sweet film from Atlantica Pictures


From the Bride… Marc and I met through friends four years ago in New York City. Falling in love in this city has to be one of the biggest highlights of our life so far – there are so many things to discover together that have made building our relationship so magical. When we got engaged we knew we wanted to have our wedding in the same city we fell in love. Marc is from Seattle and I am from Omaha so it was an easy decision to make, being that our guests would be traveling from all over.

It took some time to find a wedding venue, but it was worth the search! We wanted our guests to feel truly in the moment, without the distraction and noise of the city. Alder Manor is a 30-minute train ride away so it allowed us to create an intimate event for the evening, with our guests having easy access to the city for the rest of the weekend. Alder is a gem. The minute we pulled up to the mansion we knew this place was special. Everything about the house is so romantic – from the garden, to the grand foyer, to the libraries. Being there makes you feel as though you were transported back in time, and what a cool vibe for a wedding!

Everything about the day was perfect. I was realistic with my expectations and figured one thing would have slipped, but nothing went wrong! Each and every one of our vendors blew us away, and I think my jaw dropped continuously as the details unfolded.

Marc and I entered our marriage with the type of memories we never could have anticipated from one single day. We knew if this was any indication of our upcoming life together, then we are in for a treat.

Photographer: Elisabeth Millay | Videographer: Atlantica Pictures | Floral Design: Sprout Home | Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: A Little Cake | Invitations: Hazel Wonderland | Bridesmaid Dresses: Watters | Catering: Chefs At Work | Hair And Makeup: NY Prostyle | DJ: Play Something Good | Ceremony Music: Matt Davis | Dy Of Coordination : Jen Grignoli, Perfect Pink Peony | Veil : Vera Wang | Wedding Venue: Alder Manor

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Art Deco Inspired Alder Manor Wedding

Art Deco is making a huge come back right now, and it’s weddings like this one from Jonathan Young Weddings that is leading the way. Gilded details are only enhanced by the collected, romantic pieces from Brilliant Event Planning brought to the table, and the whole thing has an air of passion that will draw you right in.


From the bride… Our shindig went down on April 20, 2013 at Alder Manor, a crumbling-but-gorgeous manor home built in 1912 perched on a hill overlooking the Hudson River in Yonkers, New York. My entire vision for our wedding was sparked by the venue … I used to be an editor at Brides New York magazine, which is where I first came across Alder Manor and completely fell in love with its Downton Abbey-meets Grey Gardens-meets Great Gatsby glamour… the crumbling gardens, the wood paneled ballroom, the richly detailed library. Everything from my dress to the decor sprang from the inspiration the venue provided. We wanted everything to feel authentic to the mansion’s heyday. Our amazing vendors worked together to bring my vision to life—it turned out more beautifully than I could have ever dreamed!

My husband and I are originally from the Bay Area, but have lived in New York for several years— me for almost 13 and him for almost six. So our friends and family traveled from near and far to attend, some from as far away as Japan and England. While the wedding was fancy we didn’t want it to feel stuffy, so there were a lot of fun details woven throughout the day. As guests arrived at the ceremony, they were greeted with glasses of champagne. Pashminas were draped over the backs of chairs for guests to take if they got cold. Our ceremony was short & sweet, officiated by a longtime friend of my family’s who created a personal ceremony, and we wrote our own vows. A live jazz trio played for the ceremony and cocktail hour, and we used songs during the ceremony that had personal meaning to us, like “Georgia on My Mind” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” Immediately following the ceremony, we hosted a champagne toast and gave a speech thanking our guests and families for being there. Each champagne glass had a cocktail stirrer that doubled as an escort card — my sister and I made them all ourselves using wooden dowels, hot glue, and pieces of gold Christmas garlands. I downloaded fonts to match our invites from Smock Paper to create the tags.

I also semi-crafted our ring holder, using a vintage compact, and sewing navy velvet inside. My sister held on to the compact, but our ring bearer and flower girl were our dogs—our min pin, Alfie, and our pomeranian, Nico. Alfie tried to make a run for it as Jon’s cousin was walking them down the aisle, but she swiftly grabbed him!

My bracelet was vintage—a gift from Jonathan—and my earrings were my something borrowed from my sister.

We had a big wedding party—21 people! But they all were so amazing. My bridesmaids all chose their own dresses, and they did a fantastic job—they all looked so beautiful. Dinner was served across the manor’s ballroom and library, which are adjoining. Sides were served family style, and the entrees were served via French service, so everyone could try a little bit of each option. Everyone had a blast on the dance floor, our DJ totally killed it. We had two disco balls going just for fun. My favorite part was the confetti toss during “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey—it was the song that was playing when Jon and I first kissed. Everyone went wild as the gold confetti cannons went off.

It was such a magical evening and I couldn’t have done it without my amazing vendor team.

Photography: Jonathan Young Weddings | Wedding Planner: Brilliant Event Planning | Florist: Cristina Lozito Flowers & Photography | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Cake: Francois Payard Bakery | Invitations: Smock | Stationery: Hello Tenfold | Shoes: BHLDN | Catering: Chefs At Work | Hair And Makeup: Agata Helena | Calligraphy: Little Flower Calligraphy | DJ: DJ Gatsby | Favors: HeartBreaker Baker | Ceremony Music: Mind Open | Guest Book: Flutterbye | Manor: Alder Manor | Photo Booth: Oh Snap Smile | Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. | Rentals: Poppies And Posies | Transportation: Silver Star Limousine | Tuxedo: Michael Andrew Bespoke | Videographer : Kiss The Bride Films

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