First of all, I have a thing for old mansions. Probably because they are mysterious and steeped in history, stories of fortunes, privilege and glamour. The Marble House in Newport, RI, is no exception. It was designed by the society architect Richard Morris Hunt as a summer cottage for the Vanderbilts. Therefore, it is an exceptional example of a Gilded Age mansion. As a result of the location perhaps, Marisa and Josh’s Marble House rehearsal dinner was definitely over the top. A true homage to the era of opulence. It was the opposite of a simple. Rather than choosing one or two of their great ideas, Marisa and Josh went for almost all of them!
Due to the grand scale of the event, Elan Artists provided all kinds of immersive entertainment. A live “marble” statue greeted guests as they arrived. After dinner, for dessert there were “marble” cakes. To drink, everyone enjoyed a champagne tower. A live painter recorded the beauty as a painting. Most notably, everyone enjoyed in awe a Chinese Dragon and an opera singer! In addition, the florist’s choice of deep purple blooms made the flowers pop against the gold and black background of the Gold Room where dinner was held. It was an amazing evening and the perfect start to their wedding weekend.
Planner, Claudia Hanlin’s The Wedding Library http://www.theweddinglibrary.com/
Venue, The Marble House http://www.newportmansions.org/explore/marble-house
Video, Valerie Barnes Film https://www.valeriebarnesfilm.com/
Baker, Confectionery Designs http://confectionerydesigns.net/
Music and Immersive Entertainment, Elan Artists http://elanartists.com/
Umbrellas and Gold Bars, The Wedding Library http://www.theweddinglibrary.com/
Florist, Fleurs NYC http://www.fleursnyc.com/
Living Marble Statue, Ten 31 https://www.ten31productions.com/
Stationery, Sue Corral http://suecorral.com/
Linen Rentals, La Tavola Fine Linen https://latavolalinen.com/
Film Scans, Richard Photo Lab http://www.richardphotolab.com/
Caroline and Robert’s late fall wedding luncheon brimmed with love. The entire day was incredibly personal. Because they chose a day in early fall, the color pallet was pale pink and berry. The bride’s dress was custom designed by Lee Anderson. There was a touch of whimsy on the floral sleeves. It suited her personality perfectly! It was her first marriage and his second. The groom’s gown children were their bridal party, which lead to many tender moments. The couple’s elderly parents also played a sweet role in their day. Most notably, when Caroline’s father walked her down the aisle, it was one of the sweetest wedding moments I’ve ever seen. There was a feeling of togetherness that comes across wonderfully in the pictures.
Especially relevant to what made the day unique was that it was the first time a wedding was held at the National Society of Colonial Dames. The Society was founded in the 1890s for those women who are descendants of people who were crucial to the founding of the United States during the Colonial period. Caroline is a member of the Society. She took advantage of the beautiful space in New York for her intimate wedding of family and friends. Each detail they selected, from the table decor and florals, to Caroline’s gloves and fur accessories, to the string quartet courtesy of Elan Artists, was elegant and glamorous. Finally, the guests enjoyed a delightful meal in the gorgeous dining room, overlooked approvingly by portraits of the famous Dames. Special thanks to Claudia Hanlin of the Wedding Library for another flawless event.
Venue: National Society of Colonial Dames http://nscda.org/
Venue Coordinator: John Carini
Florist: Fleurs www.fleursnyc.com
Gown: Lee Anderson http://leeandersoncouture.com/
Music: Elan Artists, www.elanartists.com
Stationery: Arzberger http://www.arzbergerstationers.com/
Wedding Planner: Claudia Hanlin, www.TheWeddingLibrary.com
Cake: Lady M https://www.ladym.com/
Women’s March NYC, January 21, 2017
These were shot with the Rollei with Kodak Portra and the Canon 5D.
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Sometimes I get lucky, in that I get to capture the happy moments of more than one member of a family. This is one such story. I met Alexis at her sister’s wedding at The Lotus Club in New York a few years earlier. I was thrilled when she asked us to photograph her wedding to Jason. She’s only gotten more beautiful since I first met her, and her wedding was straight from a dream, or The Great Gatsby. Alexis is a violinist and Jason is an architect. They met through friends. He proposed to her in Central Park during the big snow storm Jonas, the biggest blizzard New York has seen in a while! I don’t know how he convinced her to go for walk, but he did, somehow found the gazebo he had in mind, and she said yes!
The wedding was held at the sprawling NYIT De Seversky Mansion. Alexis and Jason got ready there, and then headed to St. Patrick’s Church in nearby Glen Cove for their traditional Catholic ceremony. The church and ceremony were absolutely beautiful. They walked out the arched doorway afterwards, where their friends and family were waiting to see them off by blowing bubbles, filled with good wishes of course! Riding in style in a Rolls Royce classic car, we headed back to the mansion, with plenty of time to take portraits of the couple. They could have been from a bridal editorial due to Alexis’s flawless look and the gorgeous architecture in the main De Seversky Mansion staircase. The party went long into the night, with Alexis and Jason only pausing long enough for a quick photo by the lake at sunset, and a kiss goodnight on the front steps.
Venue: NYIT de Seversky Mansion https://www.nyit.edu/deseversky
Wedding Gown: Anne Barge http://www.annebarge.com/
Church: St. Patrick’s Church, Glen Cove http://www.glencovecatholic.org/st-patrick-homepage
Music: Hank Lane http://www.hanklane.com/
Stationery: Paper Source https://www.papersource.com
Videographer: Bear In Motion http://www.bearinmotion.com/
Danielle and Brendan’s Piping Rock Club wedding was the definition of a meaningful celebration. In the midst of planning, Danielle’s father was diagnosed with stage IV cancer and the couple reoriented their wedding to what mattered most – her father’s attendance. On the wedding day, “My father was well enough to walk me down the aisle,” she said. “And I was met by the most patient, supportive, and loving groom. It was perfect.” The bride and groom, Danielle’s father, and the rest of their family gathered together to celebrate not just their wedding but her father being there. I’m so glad I got to be apart of this amazing day to celebrate love and family.
With all the care in planning, from the amazing venue at the Piping Rock Club to the beautiful stationery from The Printery, every detail was perfect. The blues and golds with a pop of pink in the bridesmaids bouquets looked great for the summer affair. There was a modern yet classic feel to the day. Danielle’s Pronovias wedding gown and “something blue” shoes were perfect for their church ceremony, and for the celebration which lasted long into the night.
It was such a pleasure to work with all of these vendors who helped put together Danielle and Brendan’s special day! Thank you and I hope to work with you all again!
Their wedding was on Style Me Pretty, you can see it here