A bride who wants a “Great Gatsby meets Great Expectations” vibe to her wedding? Say no more. Photographer Brookelyn traveled up to Yonkers to spend the day in one of our all-time favorite venues, Alder Manor, and photograph Carolyn and Tom’s amazing day.
From the bride, Carolyn: We wanted a style and feel that was fitting for the venue. The Alder Manor is grand and ornate but after so many years, it’s also perfectly imperfect, with crumbling statues, creeping ivy, and peeling wallpaper. So we went with a vintage-inspired, romantic feel that recalled the glamor of the Manor’s heyday without being too polished. We tried to capture a “Great Gatsby meets Great Expectations” feel.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? With all the endless inspiration out there on blogs, shows, mags, etc., it’s easy to get overwhelmed and second guess everything you choose. If that happens, just go with your gut. Ask yourself what was the first centerpiece/veil/bridesmaid dress, etc. that you truly fell in love with, and stick with it. You won’t regret it!
Processional: “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Elvis Presley
Bride’s Entrance: “First Day of My Life,” Bright Eyes
Recessional: “Oh, It Is Love,” Hellogoodbye
First dance: “You Send Me,” Sam Cooke
Father/bride dance: “Unforgettable,” Natalie Cole & Nat King Cole
Mother/groom dance: “Greatest Love of All,” Whitney Houston
Wedding Vendors (Yonkers, NY):
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Alder Manor / Wedding Photographer: Brookelyn Photography / Wedding Dress: Christos “Gracia” / Hair and Makeup: Joanne and Valerie, Salon V, Mamaroneck, NY / Wedding Shoes: Macy’s / Bride’s Jewelry: Bobbles and Lace / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Watters / Groom’s Tuxedo: J. Crew / DJ: DJ Ceremony / Wedding Caterers and Desserts: Chefs at Work / Wedding Invitations: Sal Trovato