Classic at its very core yet contemporary at the very same time, this wedding at the stunning Aldrich Mansion is the perfect blend of chic and totally heartfelt. With images from Twah Dougherty so lovely you feel like you were there, and not a detail left unturned, this gallery is just the most wonderful way to spend your day. See it all here.
From Twah on the Wedding of Thai-Anh & Elvir….I loved that Thai-Anh had a very clear vision for her day which stems from her love for Jane Austen and all things having to do with the English Manor lifestyle. She brought that entire concept into her wedding while infusing a contemporary vibe throughout. The wedding was romantically refined yet relaxed and jovial. The event started outdoors to take advantage of the beautiful scene. As the soiree moved indoors, guests were ushered from room to room throughout the evening to make use of the beautiful mansion.
From the Bride…Since I first read Pride & Prejudice when I was young, I had always wanted a countryside English manor wedding. I thought, “What would Elizabeth Bennet want if she was in our era?” I think she would most likely want an understated, elegant wedding that is chic and modern for her time. When Elvir & I first visited Aldrich Mansion in Warwick, RI, I was instantly in love with the gorgeous view and beautiful intimate rooms. I knew our guests would love to explore the many rooms and it felt more like a home.
For our wedding inspiration, we wanted a refined elegance that was reminiscent of an English Manor lifestyle yet contemporarily understated. We didn’t want too much to take away from the stately home so we chose shades of greyish blues and incorporated lace to compliment it.
We wanted to incorporate both our cultures, Bosnian and Vietnamese, into our special day. We had customized Macarons flavored in Bosnian baklava and Vietnamese coffee for our guests as a takeaway treat. The dessert room had various desserts including ones stemming from both our background. I made sure to have an ice cream bar for the children and myself.
It meant a lot to me to involve my family and friends during the planning process. My Aunt made my veil. My cousin who is a dress designer, Aurelia Hoang from France, created my getting ready robe to complement my wedding dress. My bridesmaids each got to design their own dresses and I picked out fabrics from Moods in NYC. My cousin, Amy Dao of Amy Dao Design, created all of the bridesmaids and flower girls dresses. My cousin and friend from Love Letters Production filmed my special moments. My best friend from high school who is a professional opera singer sang “Vivo Per Lei”, as I walked down the aisle. We talked about this since high school and I am very glad he flew in from London to do so. My close friend, Paul Bullard, from Bullard & Xenides Interiors, helped provide design insights and coordinate my special day. When I look back on day, there is not one thing I would’ve done differently!
Photography: Twah Dougherty | Videography: Love Letters Production | Coordination: Paul Bullard | Floral Design: Golden Gate Florist | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Made In Heaven Cakes | Invitations: Paper and More | Ceremony Venue: Harbor Lights Golf Club | Reception Venue: Aldrich Mansion | Wedding Shoes: Enzo Angiolini | Jewelry: Rena's Jewelry | Catering: Aldrich Mansion | Makeup: Kelly Zhang | DJ: Engagements | Grooms Attire: Isaia | Vintage Car: Spring Green Auto | Bridesmaids' Accessories: Vintage Hair Pins | Envelope Seal: Nostalgic Impressions | French Macarons: Ellie's Bakery | Papergoods: Lia Griffith | Wedding Robe: Aurelia Hoang