A while back, we featured Schirin and Cris’s gorgeous $8,000 Main Street Manor wedding here on IW. The couple chose Main Street Manor because they wanted a drop, dead gorgeous wedding, without the price tag. An incredible honeymoon in Italy was at the top of the couple’s priority list, and an intimate wedding at Main Street Manor made it possible.
If you are like Schirin and Cris and you want a beautiful wedding without spending a bundle, Main Street Manor in Flemington, New Jersey might just be a perfect fit!
Whether you choose to get married on the sweeping veranda, on the gorgeous grounds, or inside the elegant parlour, you and your guests (if you choose to have guests, that is!) will experience the superb personal service that has won the inn many prestigious awards for both weddings and accommodations.
A variety of wedding packages, ranging from an elegant elopement package to an all-inclusive or venue-only for up to 35 guests, allow you to plan your day, your way, while the inn’s talented team provides you with full wedding planning services guiding you to a stress-free soiree. The inn also ensures that the property is exclusively yours for the duration of your celebration, creating a truly intimate experience.
If you’d like to learn more about weddings at this elegant inn, take a peek at this short video that highlights some of the couples who got married at Main Street Manor:
Photo: Jenna Perfette Photography
Planning a wedding is hard, planning it from afar is even more difficult. With much time spent researching and scouring the internet for vendors, Josh and Lori compare the experience of planning their wedding in Sonoma to organizing a mini-holiday for themselves and all of their guests. In the end, all their hard work and research paid off.
With a stunning vineyard venue and a romantic candlelit reception shared with 18 of their closest family and friends, the couple couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful wedding day. A big thanks to Megan Clouse for sharing all the gorgeous photos with us!
Lori & Josh
Wedding Date: June 3, 2014
Number of Guests: 18
Wedding Ceremony Location: Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards – Outdoor Arbour
Wedding Reception Location: Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards – Wine Cave (It was the photos on their website of the wine cave that really sold us on the venue. We were instantly in love with that place.)
Why did you have an intimate wedding?
We both agreed that we wanted the day to be about us, and by keeping our wedding small we were able to not get so caught up in the details and lose sight of why we were doing it.
What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?
It was more about planning a wedding at a place that we have never been before. The fact that we chose to have a smaller guest list made some of the planning easier. We spent so much time researching potential venues, hotels, caterers, photographers, etc. Thank God for the internet!
Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?
YES! We have a number of friends and family members that are close to us that we couldn’t invite.
What were the highlights of the ceremony?
The circle ceremony. We had all of our guests stand around us in a circle. We wrote a “blessing” where we went around the circle and each person said a line from it. The vows were also a highlight. We wrote our own vows and we didn’t share them with each other until the ceremony. And last, but not least, the venue! We had an amazing view overlooking the Carneros Valley, and the birds and butterflies even came out during the ceremony.
What were the highlights of the reception?
The dinner. We chose to sit everyone at one long king table and serve the dinner family style. The food and the cake were amazing. Again, the venue was amazing. We chose to decorate with a lot of candlelight which gave the wine cave a dim romantic glow. We loved listening to our family members give speeches. The dances were another highlight. Our first dance as a couple was really our first dance ever. We loved all of it.
What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?
We were able to do things at the rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception to make every guest feel welcomed and part of our day.
What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?
Make the details that you choose be meaningful to you and your guests.
Photographer: Megan Clouse Photography
Venue: Gloria Ferrer, Sonoma
Catering: The Girl & the Fig
Officiant: Tim Boeve
Cake: Crisp Bake Shop
Hair/Makeup: It’s a Date at the Powder Room, Katie
Cellist: Daniel Lemes
Florals: Stephanie Lauder (Family Friend)
Gown: Maggie Sottero
Shoes: Kate Spade
Wedding traditions are often passed down through the generations, and while they are still very popular, many couples have found a way to put a modern spin on these traditions. Here are 10 ways that couples are weaving the present into the past.
1. The White Dress
Before the popularization of the white wedding dress in the 19th century, most brides simply wore their best dress to marry in. These were not usually white dresses because white was seen as impractical and usually only worn by the wealthy. With so many stunning colours to choose from, white doesn’t have to be the only color of choice. If you want to get married in a scarlet red evening gown (which is also a custom for Indian brides) then what’s stopping you!
We’re not going to lie, today’s color is not for everyone. Now, don’t get us wrong, we think red is just fabulous, but many of its shades can be difficult to pair with other colors and it’s a color that can veer towards tacky really fast. That being said, we love a good challenge and have managed to put together 5 palettes featuring cherry red – a particularly tricky shade to work with – that we think you’re going to love. These palettes aren’t for faint of heart, but sometimes you just need to go big or go home!
Normally, a red, white and black color scheme would have us running as fast as possible in the other direction, but somehow the addition of pink and golden yellow – as random as it may seem – elevates this palette to a level of modern sophistication that we’re really digging.
This color scheme just screams fun, fun, fun! We dare you to use it for your wedding day and not have a great time.
While this palette is full of traditional fall colors – red, yellow, and orange – it is anything, but a traditional autumnal palette; in fact, this unconventional palette would be just as perfect, if not more so, for a spring or summer wedding.
This palette is for all you rustic wedding loving couples out there. It’s probably the most low-key of the palettes featured today, but the red still packs quite a punch paired against the neutral tones.
This rich, dark color palette is all kinds gorgeous and just might make you consider having a fall or winter wedding.
Marble details have such a pretty and romantic look. The effect is reminiscent of watercolor motifs and painterly prints. Marbling is a great way to introduce color in a soft and effortless way. You can work this trend into all aspects of the wedding decor, especially on tiered cakes and aisle runners.
A soft pink wedding cake with a deeper pink running through it, is a delicate choice.
Using marbled paper as the background for the menu or escort cards is a little detail that has a big impact.
For the minimalist bride, a grey and white marbled cake is the ideal addition.
Aisle runners are such a lovely way to brighten up your ceremony space. Especially, this stunning marbled runner that adds just the right amount of decoration.
Family-style dinners are particularly gorgeous on wooden tables. Table runners can create enough of a centerpiece to accompany the look. A painted runner produces a similar effect to that of marbling, but with more detail.
Putting all of the marbled effects aside, is there anything better than the real thing? Serving canapés on marble slates is the ultimate in sophistication.
Chairs can always benefit from a makeover and sheer panels with a rainbow of colors can update your chair backs.
Painted eggs are always a welcome addition (even when it’s not Easter), especially when they have a marble and gold combination.
Carry on the theme with marbled wrapping paper for favors or bridesmaid gifts!
For a dessert with a difference or an edible favor, mini meringues are the way to go.
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