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A Southern Gal at heart currently living in New England.   A potty mouth, lover of red wine and a goof.

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 Aldworth Manor Wedding

When a few creatives get together with the same vision in place;  magical things can happen.   So when Jennifer Matthews from Memorable Events approached me about doing an Aldworth Manor Wedding Styled Shoot… I was ecstatic! (Like beyond Ecstatic!)   There was a lot of thought put into this shoot-  though the more we explored the possibilities… the more history and concept was drawn out.   For example- the multi-dress trend (original trend for the 1930s) for the bride on her wedding day-  to take it even further and make one of those dresses.  Blue.   (Why not wear your something blue?)    Admittedly it was hard to narrow down the images to show here… but I tried.

Man and Woman looking out windows as they prepare for their wedding at the Aldworth Manor in Harrisville NH Black and White photo of a woman looking out the window while preparing for her wedding at Aldworth Manor

Design and Concept of Memorable Events

From Jenn herself ~ “I used the venue as an inspiration! It is a throwback to an era gone by…so mixing vintage with a little bit of contemporary and trendy was the idea. Playing on winter, a mix of textures, coziness and shiny things,  I also wanted to incorporate Pantone color of the year (ultraviolet) without going over the top with it. Mixing the copper and rose gold along with the shades of purple flowers was a perfect blend, then using white on white dishware for contrast kept it clean looking.Aldworth Manor Wedding - bride holding her bouquet Aldworth Manor Winter Wedding- showing a bride wearing a fur coat and a groom in a suit Aldworth Manor Winter Wedding- Bride wearing a winter coat. Aldworth Manor Wedding- in the winter showing a button bouquet Aldworth Manor Winter Wedding- picture showing a bride wearing a fur coat and holding a bouquet

Jenn and I went to the thrift store to find so many of the vintage pieces.  We found a vintage mink coat that was handcrafted at The Royal Furrier in Keene, NH just 30 minutes from the venue!   The invitations were inspired by the history of the venue (check out the names!), and I love, LOVE that wax seals are making such a statement these days. The key was bringing together such top-notch creatives to bring my vision to life, yet really wanting them to each put their own spin on it.”Simple flat invitation with a wax seal and purple ribbon for a Wedding at Aldworth ManorSimple and Elegant White inivation with purple and gold wax seal for a Wedding at Aldworth Manor

Aldworth Manor Wedding

“Aldworth Manor, also known as the Arthur E. Childs House, is a historic summer estate house in rural Harrisville, New Hampshire.  The Manor is located at the top of a hill at the end of Aldworth road, formerly the estate’s access drive, and was one of the premier estate houses of the early 20th century in the town. The house was originally built and located in Worcester, Massachusetts, to design by Worcester architects, the Fuller & Delano Company.  This property was inherited by Arthur E. Childs, a Worcester native from a wealthy family, in the early 20th century.  Arthur had the house transported in pieces to Harrisville by train on seventeen railroad cars and then hauled to the Chesham Hill Farm, where it was reassembled and restyled into a Renaissance villa.[2]”  ~ Wikipedia

Shane Long and his family now own the Aldworth Manor.   Although a work in progress… it’s already absolutely exquisite and the perfect place for those high-end weddings, or a small intimate elopement.Aldworth Manor in Harrisville NH-  Wedding inside. Table scape for an interior wedding at Aldworth manor showing decorative table with copper and gold. Winter Wedding at Aldworth Manor in Harrisville NH- showing a bride wearing a champagne colored dress standing in front of a fireplace. Wedding At aldworth Manor

Vicky Smith Artristy

Vicky has been in the industry for 12 years and has owned her own salon for the last three!  She puts her heart and soul into every client to make sure they not only look amazing but feels amazing!  Vicky did all the hair and makeup for this shoot and was able to incorporate the perfect mix of vintage and modern.Wedding At aldworth Manor- Detail photo showing a bride in a blue dress wearing a fur coat and holding a bouquet of pink roses. Wedding at Aldworth Manor- during the winter showing a bride wearing a blue dress and a fur coat. Bride wearing a blue wedding dress for her wedding at Aldworth Manor Bride and Groom drink hot cocoa outside on a snowy day during their winter wedding at Aldworth Manor

Lotus Floral Designs

When Jenn was coming up with the concept- Mary from Lotus Floral Design used her amazing creativity to put together a beautiful array of floral displays for the tablescape, mantle, bouquets and the wreath backdrop.   Here is what she was thinking when collaborating with Jenn.

-The Pink bouquet was made of Pink Mondial Roses, White majolica Spray roses, Silver Dollar & Gunni Eucalyptus for a very simple yet romantic look.

-The blue & silver bouquet was made of baby Blue Eucalyptus, Kangaroo Paws, Silver Brunia, Dusty Miller, Delphinium, Cotton & Air Plants for a very Winter wedding look.

Flower Girl

-Mixed Eucalyptus Crown with White majolica Spray Roses accenting front -Purple Genestra & Pennycress Greenery with Purple Anemones to accentFlower girl wearing a floral crown and holding the brides bouquet of pink roses.   Wedding At aldworth Manor

WreathWedding At aldworth Manor- Bride and Groom walk down the aisle happy.  Bride wearing blue wedding dress. Wedding At aldworth Manor- bride wearing a blue dress and smells her floral bouquet. Wreath backdrop made of Feather & Silver Dollar Eucalyptus with Hybrid Delphinium Accent on Lower Right Side

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Madelyn Cassin Designs

I have to mention the rings in this shoot.   Madelyn Cassin designed all the rings!  They were the perfect combination of modern and vintage.   Each one completely handmade by Madelyn herself.Unique bridal set showing a blue and white stone, custom design rose gold ring

Button Bouquet Designed by Lotus Floral Design (Mary Trombley)

-Mary Trombley designed the Button Bouquet that was used with the Gatsby-inspired dress for this wedding shoot at the manor.   Aldworth Manor has a throwback era feel to it, so I thought it was appropriate.  It is made up of Vintage Buttons I had been collecting for years from local Consignment shops.  I added some accent feathers for a little drama & movement.-The tablescape & purple bouquet is a very English Garden look- Naturally Gathered with gorgeous Anemones, Ranunculus, Allium, Parrot Tulips, Lilacs, Pennycress & Hellebores in distressed mismatched bronze & metal vessels.Bride and Groom kissing inside the Aldworth Manor on their Wedding day. Bride wears a cream dress with gold arm sleeves, while holding a unique, hand crafted bouquet of buttons- Wedding At aldworth Manor

Masterpieces Cake Art 

(Read more about Dan the Wedding Cake Artist)

Variety of custom wedding cakes for a Wedding At aldworth ManorMarble Cake with Silver, Rose Gold, and White on White

Marble Cake with Silver, Rose Gold, and White on White-  Wedding at Aldworth Manor in Harrisville NH -The inspiration started with the color palette of the photo shoot concept.  I worked together strands of white, gray & black fondant to get the marble appearance.  After I covered the cake tiers in the marbled fondant, I highlighted the colors by hand painting with edible silver and rose gold edible metallic paint.   Then,I spread melted white chocolate on a honeycomb form, then wrapped it around the cake while it was still in a melted form.  After chilling the tier, the form pulls off and leaves a very clean honeycomb look.  While the white chocolate has a natural ivory color, I used a brighter white to create the white sugar rose and leaves.

White Cable Knit Sweater CakeWhite Cable Knit Sweater Cake- Wedding at Aldworth Manor

– The white winter theme inspired this cake.  I used the same white color on this cake from the initial fondant covering to the cable knit accents, and so I really depended on the texture of the cable knit accents to draw enough attention on their own.  Details are so important for this type of design, so I made sure to study some real wool sweater designs to get it right.

Ultra Violet Stained Glass CakeUltra Violet Stained Glass Cake- wedding at Aldworth Manor

– The designer of the photo shoot wanted to incorporate the 2018 color of the year: Ultra Violet, which inspired this cake.  I used a similar marbling technique as described earlier but in light shades of violet.  Dan then hand-piped royal icing lines and painted them in edible metallic rose gold to give it a copper, leaded effect.  He finished the cake with a small, darker violet sugar roses.

Semi Naked CakeSemi Naked cake topped with sugared cranberries and macaroons.  Aldworth Manor Wedding

– This cake sort of ties everything together.  It has all of the designer’s colors (white, rose gold, violet), put together in an upscale casual feel.  The single tier cake is six layers is filled with buttercream, then barely frosted to expose the layers as you would do in a naked style cake.  Then I randomly added tinted buttercream in violet and rose gold and smoothed them over the barely frosted cake.  Dan really wanted to get the cake perfectly smooth.  ” I wanted the garnishes of white and violet French macarons, candied orange peel and sugared cranberries, to stand out yet complement the colors in the cake and the entire dessert table. “

Hot Cocoa bar

(This Hot Cocoa bar was recently featured in:  HERE COMES THE GUIDE!)Hot Cocoa Bar for a wedding at Aldworth Manor

We had a vintage-inspired Hot Cocoa bar complete with rose gold chocolate warmer.   It’s a unique way to spice up any wedding at Aldworth manor especially during the cold winter months.Hot Cocoa Bar for a wedding at Aldworth Manor.  Aldworth Manor Wedding Hot Cocoa Bar for a wedding at Aldworth Manor- Aldworth Manor Wedding Hot Cocoa Bar for a wedding at Aldworth Manor-  Aldworth Manor Wedding Hot Cocoa Bar for a wedding at Aldworth Manor Hot Cocoa Bar for a wedding at Aldworth Manor- Aldworth Manor Wedding Hot Cocoa Bar for a wedding at Aldworth Manor- Aldworth Manor Wedding Hot Cocoa Bar for a wedding at Aldworth Manor- Aldworth Manor Wedding Hot Cocoa Bar for a wedding at Aldworth Manor- Aldworth Manor Wedding


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