Today’s visually arresting real Jewish wedding marries black tie-chic with a quaint, English country garden theme. Using a soft color palette of nudes and greys, and an abundance of sprawling floral arrangements, Alexandra and Nicholas created an absolute vision of wedding pretty.
The Mount, chosen, in part, for its literary history, provided the perfect backdrop for a vintage-inspired, English garden aesthetic. The rock garden, in which the pair exchanged vows, was an idyllic setting for a truly magnificent, flower-heavy chuppah, which genuinely looked like a permanent part of the magical garden.
The brilliant photography you see below was provided Cling&Peck, and the fabulous write up by bride, Alexandra. We hope you love soaking in all of the overwhelmingly stunning details as much as we did!
How we met
A literary venue
We got married at The Mount. We picked it because we did not want to get married in New York, we wanted a beautiful setting, and did not want to get married at a typical venue or a place most people have been to before.
It also happened to be Edith Wharton’s former estate, and Ethan Frome happens to be one of my favorite novels. Between that and the beautiful gardens and mansion, it was a perfect match.
A vintage, English garden theme
I guess we had a somewhat vintage theme. We liked neutral tones, so we decided on the color gray, which was the color of the bridesmaids dresses, the kippot and the wedding programs.
My idea was to have somewhat of an English garden theme. We did not use a wedding a planner.
Glam hair and makeup
My hair and makeup were done at Cranwell Resort. I wanted to look like a princess, but still wanted to look like myself.
A Henry Roth gown
My shoes were by Christian Louboutin. They were bright white skyscrapers, purchased from the Christian Louboutin store on Madison Ave in the Upper East side.
They were very elegant, and I am able to wear them, even after the wedding.
The handsome groom
Nicholas’ tux came from the J. Crew Liquor Store. I had no idea that such a place exists, but he looked amazing and was very happy with the store and the wonderful service he received from them.
Bridesmaids in grey
A floral chuppah
Since our theme was English garden, we wanted the Chuppah to be covered in flowers. Our florist did an amazing job.
A beautiful rock garden ceremony
I think the rock garden where the ceremony was held is absolutely beautiful. We had gray kippot made, and we purchased our wedding programs from Etsy.
The florist had made a beautiful chuppah for us with my father in law’s Talis draped over it. We purchased our egalitarian ketubah from West Side Judaica in NYC. My favorite part of the ceremony was reciting the Hebrew prayers and having my husband’s Talis cover us.
What a Wonderful World
During the ceremony the band played Here Comes The Sun, Over The Rainbow, What a Wonderful World. Our first dance was done to Into The Mystic by Van Morrison. During the party, the band played everything from Frank Sinatra to David Bowie.
Our fabulous photographer
We decided to use Cling&Peck for photography, because they didn’t take the usual cookie cutter-type wedding photos. They do more of a documentary style photo.We didn’t use a videographer.
Cake and desserts
The caterers, Mezze Catering, made our cake. I think it was a sponge cake with strawberry buttercream. I love any kind of strawberry dessert, so that’s how we came up with the idea.
Mezze also catered the food and provided us with a mix of our favorite desserts, such as banana pudding and strawberry shortcakes in mason jars, birthday cake truffles from Momofuko Milk Bar and a candy bar, so guests could take bags of candy home.
We had a band called The Ward Eights. We thought a band fit with our theme and the venue. They were amazing and kept everyone dancing the whole night.
Scented candle favors
Our favors came from Etsy. They are lavender candles in little jars with our names and wedding date on them. The shop is called BitterWilloughby.
Advice to couples currently planning their wedding
Stay organized. I used the checklist on The Knot app each month; I put in my wedding date, and it gave me tasks to do.
I also loved using Etsy to customize welcome bags, gift bags for my bridal party and wedding favors.
Since my bridesmaids’ dresses were somewhat expensive, and the hotel wasn’t super cheap, I paid for their hair and makeup not only as a thank you, but also so everyone would look the same. I also gave my girls gifts bags. Each one had a robe, birchbox, chapstick, nail polish and a custom personal gift from in them.
Make a checklist for the things you will need the day of, and enjoy the party!
Alexandra & Nicholas’ little white book
Photographer – Cling&Peck
Venue – The Mount
Bride’s dress – Henry Roth purchased at Kleinfeld
Bride’s accessories – Kleinfeld
Bride’s shoes – Christian Louboutin
Groom’s attire – J. Crew
Bridesmaids – Amsale purchased at Bella’s Bridesmaids
Hair + Makeup – Cranwell Resort
Flowers – Daisy Stone Studio
Catering – Mezze Catering
Entertainment – The Ward Eights
Favours – BitterWilloughby
Truffles – Momofuko Milk Bar