Romance Blooms at the Historic Fells Estate

Inspiration from one of NH's finest settings

One late summer day, we went to “The Fells” in Newbury, an 84-acre estate perched on a hillside overlooking Lake Sunapee. It was once the summer home of John Hay, private secretary to Abraham Lincoln and secretary of state under presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt. The estate’s 22-room Colonial Revival home and renowned gardens became the backdrop for our inspiration shoot featuring gorgeous gowns and, as day turned to evening, the elegant details of a wedding celebration.

This embroidered soutache lace, fit and flare gown with cap sleeves features a modest illusion Sabrina neckline in front, but sexy illusion V in back. A chapel-length train and satin bridal buttons complete the look.

Vintage Beauty

Complemented by the décor of the late-19th-century home, this gown — a lace A-line with a sweetheart neckline and beaded belt that features pearls, sequins, crystals and bugle beads — is stunning. Pearl lace appliqué lays over a layer of silver lace to give the body of the dress a beautiful dimension. Covered buttons span the length of the train and a Chantilly lace three-quarter sleeve pop-over jacket completes the look.

Above: Available at Uniquely Couture Bridal
Left: The headpiece by designer Bel Aire Bridal — a large crystal brooch on ivory ribbons — gives a soft, yet vintage look to the hair.
Right: The cement-colored, three-piece tuxedo features a peak lapel with a satin inset trim and a striped bow tie adds to the vintage feel. A coral pocket square provides a punch of color.

Lovely in Lace

An intricate slim-line, metallic Venetian lace gown features off-the-shoulder sleeves, which beautifully open the neckline, with pretty hanging lace appliqué that falls on the arm. Sequined lace appliqué is also scattered across the skirt and finished with a scalloped lace hem.

The gold, pearl and crystal half-halo hairpiece, by Malis-Henderson, gives a whimsical look to the hair.

Left:The abundant flowers in the bouquet, created by Ivy & Aster Floral Design, took inspiration from the extensive Colonial gardens at The Fells.
Gown available at Uniquely Couture Bridal
Right: Designed by Ike Behar for Sarno and Sons, the navy twill, three-piece, trim-fit tuxedo adorned by satin black lapels and pockets is an ultra-luxurious and modern look. A champagne-colored bow tie provides a neutral pop of color to match the bride’s gown.

Dramatic Flair

This vintage mermaid-style gown with cascading ribbon and sequin throughout the bodice and skirt hugs the body perfectly. Delicate spaghetti straps and full tulle skirt, mixed with a low V back and plunging neckline, provide a mix of sexy and whimsical.

The cathedral-length, butterfly-edge veil by Malis-Henderson matches any bridal gown. The 1/4-inch satin edging provides just enough detail for a soft, yet dramatic look.


A Fairy Tale Setting

A soft, romantic, garden-inspired look — that’s what stylist Jessica Raymond created to match the stunning outdoor spaces at The Fells. The wedding table was a mix of interior and exterior decorative pieces with a delicate palette of gold, pinks and lavender. To provide a floral accent for the wedding table, Sara Severance of Ivy & Aster Floral Design used her love of unexpected texture combinations and lush, natural vegetation as her muse in designing this garden wedding. Delicate pink and cream flowers stand in contrast to vibrant green and aubergine leaves and vines. Garden flowers seasonal to New Hampshire include peonies, dahlias, hydrangea, astilbe, cosmos and veronica. Those flowers are enhanced by imported David Austin garden roses, nerine, lilies and protea for an overflowing and extravagant, yet spontaneous and fresh-picked arrangement. Details such as accenting thistle, blooming oregano and jasmine vine finish the look.


Dreamy Desserts & Antique Illumination

An ivy-covered stone wall complete with a trickling fountain makes an ideal backdrop for an elaborate dessert display. A spread on an antique bureau features a three-tiered naked cake with lush florals by For Goodness Cakes. Completing the outdoor evening celebration are fresh seasonal berries, strawberry-frosted donuts with coconut shavings, multi-layered blueberry cheesecake shooters, sweet little whoopee pies and warm fruit-filled pie pops.

As day gives way to night, a quiet spot for the bride on a flower-bedecked swing hung from a beech tree is illuminated with tall silver lanterns. A refreshing lavender lemonade beverage station atop antique whiskey barrels gives a rustic touch to the romantic setting. Brightly illuminated lanterns lead the way.

Right: This fit and flare gown with a sweetheart, strapless neckline has a bold lace overlay atop a cocoa-colored lining for a very bohemian and vintage feel. A coffee-colored satin belt is finished with a beautifully ornate Art Deco piece at the center front. Available at Uniquely Couture Bridal.

The Credits

A lush field of heather creates the perfect setting for the couple to enjoy a cozy picnic filled with sweet treats — Moscow mules and an intimate champagne toast.

Photography: Philbrick Photography • Set Design & Coordination: Jessica Raymond • Set Coordination: Jill Kenny, Alexandra Clough • Models: Karla Hunter, Mike Donahue • Gowns and Accessories: Uniquely Couture Bridal • Hair & Makeup: Casey Cordeiro & Natasha Lee Towle of the Wingate Salon & Spa • Flowers: Ivy & Aster Floral Design • Cake: For Goodness Cakes at Cup & Crumb • Special thanks to The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens



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