Tara Circle Wedding | Rachel and Mario | Alder Manor, New York
All of the couples I photograph are special to me. I’m so blessed by the lifelong friendships that are formed as a result of this job. Rachel and Mario conference called me on the way home from their post-wedding brunch, just to rehash all the fun of the day’s events. That phone call was the icing on the cake of this event. I love getting that call or that text message the day after!!! Dishing about the party with your girlfriends the next day is almost just as fun as the actual party! A big celebration should supply you with smiles for year’s to come…and clearly Rachel and Mario’s event will do exactly that!
I talked a bit about the event location: Tara Circle in a previous post…the pictures should speak for all of it’s haunted charm. But the venue wasn’t the only thing that made this wedding a complete original. I love that the couple made a space designated as the ‘Man Cave’ … a dark room off the main dining area where the guys could hang out, drink whiskey and smoke cigars. Some girls managed to elbow their way in as well…but it was a space that was geared specifically with the Men in mind. The candle-lit ambiance in the library of the giant distressed mansion, made for a perfect intimate dinner party for 200 of the couple’s closest friends. And the ceremony on the grounds of the eerie courtyard at sundown was something out of a old world mystery novel. This wedding was nothing short of Pure Magic, what an honor it was to have captured it ….
Floral / Event Design & Production: Nicky Balestrieri
Dress: Vera Wang
Jewelry: Judith Ripkah
Hair: John Mendola
Make-up: Valerie Gug
Venue: Tara Circle at Alder Manor – Yonkers, NY
Catering: Chef’s at Work – Westchester, NY‘
Band: Jay Nash
DJ: JT Kendal