Lisa and Paul hosted their Bradley Estate summer wedding in early June. This was our first time photographing a wedding at this historic mansion venue, but it has been on our wish list for years! As soon as we walked up to the estate, we knew there would be some amazing photo opportunities. The English style garden behind the mansion was perfect for an outdoor ceremony. Guests enjoyed exploring the estate. Several of the rooms inside are furnished with antiques and historic artwork.
Here are some of our favorites from Lisa and Paul’s big day… more details and vendor links are posted below!
More about this Bradley Estate Summer Wedding:
Lisa and Paul prepared for the day at the Bradley Estate. It’s always so relaxing when the couple can get ready at their venue. The estate has a few gorgeous rooms filled with natural light… perfect for wedding day prep! Before the ceremony, we spent time exploring the venue with this sweet couple. We explored the woods, and found beautiful flowering trees for a lush photo backdrop.
Before guests began arriving, Lisa and Paul had some relaxing downtime. Lisa headed back to the bridal suite, which also doubled as the perfect place to spy on guests as they for the outdoor ceremony! As the ceremony began, I couldn’t help noticing a new trend. The bride and groom are often walking into the ceremony with both parents on either side. This is our tenth year photographing weddings, so I’m not sure if we are statistically able to say much, but it does seem like this type of family procession is happening more, which I think is pretty cool.
A few favorites:
There were so many parts of this wedding that were favorites. At the top of that list might be the speeches. Lisa and Paul laughed their hearts out and did a bit of tearing up listening to their parents and siblings give some incredible toasts. I particularly loved Paul’s mother speech where she talked about their family’s history of coming to the United States from the Soviet Union. She explained how they were able to leave the Soviet Union and come to the U.S. because of the wheat trade. You could have heard a pin drop as she talked about what it was like to be a mother in a country without many prospects for her children. What an incredible story, and amazing journey that this family made. I felt honored to be there to witness her words.
Well, that’s a hard act to follow as I list a few other favorites, but I’m going to keep going. :) I loved the modern glass terrarium centerpieces by Copper Penny Flowers. Edged in gold, some had candles while others had flowers in them. These little geometrical glass vessels added a real Anthropologie vibe to the tables. I also thought the hand-poured candles (that LISA MADE HERSELF!!) as guest favors were the coolest. With custom labels saying Lisa + Paul and their date, what an awesome little gift for guests to part with.
I can’t remember the last time I wrote so much about a wedding, but I just really had so much to share about this one! This summer wedding was a perfect introduction to the Bradley Estate. Thanks to Lisa and Paul for hiring us to document such a special day in their lives!
Thanks to these talented vendors at this Bradley Estate outdoor wedding:
Venue – The Bradley Estate
Planner – Tim Holmes of Bradley Estate
Coordinator – Melissa of Bradley Estate
Florist – Copper Penny Flowers
Catering – Fireside Catering
Cake – Bean Counter Bakery
Cake topper – RabarBerry
Bride’s dress – Enzoani
Veil – Bridal Alterations by Anahit
Jewelry – Heirloom
Bride’s shoes – Miu Miu
Bridesmaid dresses – Dessy
Hair and makeup – Charlotte Phinney & Co.
Groom and groomsmen attire – Indochino
Bowties/pocket squres – The Tie Bar
Band – The Fey Band
Guest Favors – Made by BRIDE!
Glass terrariums – Copper Penny Flowers
Table number holders – Frames from Amazon
Calligraphy for table numbers/drinks – Ming Doyle
Invitations – Minted
Officiant – Family member Jeanne