A Vintage Fall Wedding, The Crane Estate

Amanda & Bjorn, October 10, 2014, The Crane Estate, Ipswich

This fall wedding at The Crane Estate was just beautiful.  The lush  colors mesh so beautifully with the setting and color scheme of the Estate.  I absolutely love when clients really use the inside of the house.  So many fall in love with it for the amazing views and the fact that it’s on the ocean (all things I love, too), but the really special thing about this particular property is that the inside is just as special as the outside.

Amanda and Bjorn used the whole house for their intimate wedding.  The ceremony was in the dining room, cocktails and dancing in the ballroom and dinner in the gallery.  The details we incorporated really dressed up the house and made it feel like it was theirs for the night!

The color palette for this wedding was ivory, peach and orange with a touch of green.  Such a beautiful accent to all the rooms inside the crane estate!  I think it’s really best to work with the unique colors and patterns in the house, rather than trying to fight it with colors and styles that don’t feel like they fit with the 1920’s seaside mansion.  Every detail down to Amanda’s perfect dress helped to create a elegant, vintage feel.

Amanda’s bouquet was really special, she gave me a brooch which was a true family heirloom - it dates back to a time before her Father’s family emigrated from Wales to the US - which I attached to the handle of her bouquet.  

I created two large pieces that framed the ceremony space with lots of ranunculus, roses, green-to-white kale leaves, berries, succulents, dusty miller, curly willow and, my favorite, green hanging amaranths.  So gorgeous.

Their only bridal party was the cutest little flower girl - I made her a small bouquet and a head wreath with orange ranunculous, hypericum berries and babies breath with cascading ribbons down the back.

Outside of the house, on the front terrace, there are two Griffin statues which we dressed up for this party!  I built garlands for their necks with lush greens and orange flowers.  This is such a fun way to add some softness to the outside of the house, and make the stately mansion a bit more festive!

The centerpieces on the tables echoed the other details, they were a gorgeous, textural mix of the same floral and greenery that we used for the ceremony, placed in mercury glass pedestal vases.  I loved the addition of the hanging amaranths so much, it makes the pieces feel so elegant and also vintagey.  It’s a unique addition that you don’t see so often, and makes the centerpieces feel very lush and special.


Amanda and Bjorn’s photographer, Scott Metzger, put together this slideshow of their photos, enjoy!