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.
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.
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.”
“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.” ~ 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.
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 feel’s amazing! Vicky did all the hair and makeup for this shoot and was able to incorporate the perfect mix of vintage and modern.
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.
-Mixed Eucalyptus Crown with White majolica Spray Roses accenting front -Purple Genestra & Pennycress Greenery with Purple Anemones to accent
Wreath backdrop made of Feather & Silver Dollar Eucalyptus with Hybrid Delphinium Accent on Lower Right Side
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.
-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.
(Read more about Dan the Wedding Cake Artist)
-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. 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.
– 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.
– 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.
– 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. “
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.
Concept and Design by Jennifer Matthews (Memorable Events)
Floral Artistry | Lotus Floral Designs
Cake Artist | Dan Liberatore (Masterpieces Cake Art)
Custom Jewelry Artist | Madelynn Cassin Design
Venue | Aldworth Manor
Various Decor | More than a Thrift Store
Hair and Makeup Artristy | Vicky Smith Artistry
Mens’ Attire | Millers Bros.-Newton
Photography | K. Lenox Photography
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