It’s deep into winter, but inside the historic Aldworth Manor estate set atop a snow-covered hill in the Monadnock Region, there’s an abundance of warmth and romance. A gathering spot — perfect for today’s micro weddings — has been created by photographer Carolina Marles, planner/designer Lauren Pierce and their amazing team. See how they transform one grand room into an inviting, elegant setting that accommodates both ceremony and reception.
Aldworth Manor, a mid-1800s estate house that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was redesigned in 1908 to have the look of an Italian villa. Its elegant oval dining room with its welcoming fireplace and paneled white walls was the perfect backdrop for a celebration. “My vision for the shoot was a modern, minimalist vibe that would create a clean aesthetic to complement the grand Old World details of the house,” planner/designer Lauren Pierce says. Models – Jackie Fenton, Donovan Fenton
The invitation’s minimal design with a modern script reflects that vibe. Created by AMR Calligraphy & Design, it’s printed on handmade paper with an on-trend vellum envelope. Stationery by AMR Calligraphy & Design
With the use of early spring blooms and a soft color palette, the florals provided a peek at the beauty that awaits after a long winter. “It is organically inspired with thoughts of spring about to explode in the gardens outside,” says Emily Herzig, of Emily Herzig Floral Studio. For this bouquet, she used a loose gathering that included champagne garden roses, belle epoch tulips, quince, pussy willow and sweet peas. The luxurious ribbon in rich, warm hues is hand-torn silk velvet and bias-cut luxury silk ribbon, made by artisans at Honey Silks & Co. The bride’s dress — a stunning look of a soft Chantilly lace top with long sleeves and a deep V neckline combined with a romantic gathered tulle skirt. The skirt features three layers of the colored tulle topped with two soft white layers for depth and dimension. Both are from Sweet Caroline.
The bride’s hairstyle, created by Marissa Schoen Artistry, is a loose, textured bun. Her makeup, soft and dewy with a bold eye. Hair and Makeup by Marissa Schoen Artistry
Exchanging vows is one of the most intimate and special moments of a couple’s wedding day. Hand-calligraphed vows, from AMR Calligraphy & Design, make an elegant statement. They can also become a meaningful keepsake. An intimate ceremony setting was created by Emily Herzig Floral Studio with a structural design featuring pussy willow, pampas grass, quince branches, magnolia leaves, sweet peas, tulips and butterfly ranunculus. It was repurposed later to frame the sweetheart table. “I wanted to have some unique elements and show that items can be repurposed for different aspects of a wedding day,” says Carolina Marles, who partnered in the design of the shoot.
For the tablescape design, planner Lauren Pierce used a clean, white color palette with hints of blush, gold flatware, subtle wood tones and modern acrylic chairs. Each place setting has individual plated cheeseboards. The lovely centerpiece consists of early quince branches, butterfly ranunculus, cafe latte and cappuccino roses, belle epoch tulips, sweet peas and white allium, all held in an Accent Decor noir vase. Emily Herzig says, “Its frosted look balances the cold winter and cozy warm setting for the intimate tablescape set for six.” Rentals by Peak Event Services
A reimagined “cheesecake” is the focal point of this sumptuous display. The cheesecake, created by Autumn Nomad, is a slicing cake that is topped with gorgonzola and brie, and garnished with fresh pears and flowers. Add a drizzle of honey and you have what Autumn Nomad’s Jaime Melfi calls “a delicious, savory addition to dessert.” A fine wine, a perfect partner.
Set on an antique table, this three-tiered ombré white chocolate cake by Autumn Nomad is paired with a cheeseboard and another cake to create a stunning display. The backdrop is a structural design featuring pussy willow, pampas grass, quince branches, magnolia leaves, sweet peas, tulips and butterfly ranunculus.
Another experience, just in a single room, is provided by the sideboard with more offerings of cheese, fruit, flowers and wine. The floral arrangement of foraged pussy willow, quince, sweet peas and champagne garden roses, also set in a noir vase, is elaborately tied with the artisanal hand-torn silk velvet and bias-cut luxury silk ribbon. The display, planner/designer Lauren Pierce says, “added a beautiful visual interest and lots of dimension to the overall design.”
Last but certainly not least, the sweetheart table. The couple sits amid a forest of florals, ones that had been used elsewhere earlier. Emily Herzig says, “The ceremony décor was repurposed to create a magical surrounding.” Magical, indeed.
Adorned with fresh flowers, this cake, also by Autumn Nomad, features marbled and torn fondant with a fondant fern texture.