We wrap up our journey this week with Jordan and Lianna’s reception. The evening can be summed up with a romantic tented dinner, an energetic dance party and a musical duet by the parents made especially for Lianna and Jordan. Once again Cairnwood Estate did not disappoint and was the perfect backdrop for the couples whimsical wedding. Before being seated for dinner, the guests were gathered in the Great Hall for announcements and the couple’s first dance. The wedding party descended the staircase to Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be” and lined up along the banister to await the couple’s arrival. The bride and groom had their first dance to “Latch” by Sam Smith while guests sipped champagne.
Family and friends were invited to take a tour through the mansion as well as enjoy a variety of dinner stations served in each of the main floors rooms. In the original mansion dining room was the carving station where the bride framed family wedding photos and kept it simple with floating candles. Dinner was on the back patio of the mansion under a draped tent with wrought iron chandeliers overlooking the gardens. For the centerpieces we opted for a mix of tall and short arrangements and different types of succulents to provide variety. We chose mercury class compote bowls for the low centerpieces, and used a large single succulent as the focal for each of those. We mixed roses, garden roses and spray roses along with a variety of vines like jasmine and dainty flowers to create movement. The tall centerpieces were placed on oversized wood carved candleholders which were enormous and heavy but perfect for our design! We then used large flowers like antique hydrangeas and tall blooms like delphinium to compliment and balance the weight of the holders.
Later that evening the dance party kicked off when the bride and her father danced to Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World.” Next the groom and his mother danced to “A Song for My Son” by Mikki Vierick and invited guests to join them. DJ Cincere of Scratch Weddings kept the dance floor packed all night! The room right off the library where the dance floor was located had a huge fireplace that we filled with at least 50 candles in the hearth and on the mantle. It created such an ambiance and glow! The bride’s parents surprised the couple with their rendition of “At Last”, it was such a special moment in a wedding filled with personal touches and love. Of course I couldn’t get over the mini ice cream cones, what a cute idea- every wedding should have them! As things started to wind down and wrap up for the evening, we reluctantly dismantled our hard work and the wedding cake was served to guests. As everyone headed out they were given personalized French macarons to take home. The couple’s wedding photographer Alyssa Maloof said it best- “This was one for the history books!”
We had such a great time helping this amazing couple with their wedding. It turned out more beautiful than we imagined and though Lianna was involved every step of the way she gave us creative liberty to achieve her vision. Thank you to the bride for trusting us, we had a lovely time!
Photography: Alyssa Maloof | Floral Design: Flowers & Company | Venue: Cairnwood Estate | Catering: Karen Spire Catering & Events | Brides Dress: Ines di Santo | Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Earrings and Bracelet: Vintage | Hair: Ettore Mastroddi | Makeup: Bunrith Keo | Grooms Tuxedo: Commonwealth Proper | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music: Shaw Strings | Reception Music: Scratch Weddings | Cake: Ciao Bella Cakes