The moment I set my eyes on this lovely day from Carolina Wahnish Rivera Photography, I could immediately feel a warmth radiating from it. The Bride’s subtle, glowing smile, the love of a father giving away his sweet daughter and a groom hanging on tight to his new wife as they dance their first dance. This one, oh it’s packed with pretty details too. But it’s sooo much more than that.
From Carolina Wahnish Rivera Photography… Sarah and Tom were married on a beautiful fall day in the quaint little town of Lambertville, NJ, at the Lambertville Inn. The antique store town was the perfect setting for this celebration of love that embraced storied heirlooms, vintage treasures, a mother’s love and craftsmanship, and a really big bouquet. The couple had a story to tell and it was one of tradition, and of family history and shared love of scouring flea markets and barn sales to find the perfect treasure to add to their collection -two old souls, coming together to celebrate their love in a fresh, updated way. And that is exactly the wedding they had. The day and the spirit of the couple was beautifully captured by Carolina Wahnish Rivera Photography.
The couple was married in Sarah’s childhood church, just down the street from the home she now shares with her husband, Tom. The ladies were pampered at that home before the ceremony and Tom and his guys found it best to ease their nerves at the local pub, a favorite weekend stop for him and his friends.The reception was at a rustic inn, where friends and family could gather around the fire long after the music was over.
The bride’s family Depression glass collection set the footprint for the tablescapes and ultimately became the design element from which all other details would evolve. The palette was set by the glassware colors, blush and amber, with hints of ivory, silver, gold, and green. Vintage-inspired flowers such as dahlias, garden roses, snowberries, dusty miller, and seeded eucalyptus, were used to create one of a kind floral piece unique to the vessels that housed them. Pedestal vases, fluted vases, candelabras, teacups, serving trays, and candy dishes were all used as containers complete with free form, sweeping arrangements designed by Karma Flowers. The bride’s mother, Nancy, sought to hand-sew hundreds of fabric flowers from vintage materials, including fabric from dresses Sarah and her sister had worn through the many major milestones of their lives. The lace, satin, and taffeta flowers that had once been a prom dress or favorite bedspread, were finished with antique broaches and were used on the wreaths flanking the alter in the church, on the pew arrangements, and on the backs of each guests’ chair. The fabric flowers also adorned the escort cards. Sarah’s mom hand sewed the ring bearer’s pillow and the bridal parties’ clutches.
To the delight of the Karma Flowers team, Sarah opted for a very whimsical bouquet of dahlias, garden and spray roses, stock and seeded eucalyptus hand-tied to rest in the crook of her arm – paying homage to the over-sized bouquet of old. The bridal bouquets, along with the bridesmaids’ bouquets, were finished with floor-length ribbon. Karma Flowers also added a Madeline Trait cake topper, BHLDN chair covers for the bride and groom, and a hand-painted sign by Chalk It Up 2 Love, to hang over the dance floor with the couples’ favorite song lyrics, “Give your children roots and wings.” A traditional Irish band musically carried the guests into the evening.
Photography: Carolina Rivera Photographer | Floral Design: Karma Flowers | Wedding Dress: Robert Bullock | Stationery: Peachy Keen Events | Church: Church of the Immaculate Conception | Reception Venue: The Inn At Lambertville Station | Shoes: Becca & Louise | Rings: Leon Meyer Jewelers | Bridesmaids Dresses: Ann Taylor | DJ: Sound Choice (Dave Hoeffel) | Groomsmen Attire: Tessuto Menswear | Maid Of Honor Dress: J.Crew