Real Weddings

Andrea and Edward at The Grand Colonial

Autumn Wedding at The Grand Colonial

“After getting engaged on Halloween of 2010, my groom and I were eager to do something “hauntingly” memorable for our wedding. I have always been fascinated and inspired by the art of the early Renaissance and thus the vision for a Tudor-iffic wedding was created!”

“Instead of flowers, we wanted long banquet tables just overflowing with fresh fruit, loaves of bread, elaborate candelabras, and pewter bowls – reminiscent of a 16th-century royal feast. We were blessed to have the tablescapes done by Jan Bubbenmoyer of Elements of Style. She truly brought the period vision to life.”

Autumn Wedding at The Grand Colonial

“I had always loved Kenneth Pool  (Amsale) gowns because of the many styles that offered just as much drama in the front as the back. I ended up choosing the “Ava” style with a cathedral length train – and even opted for an extra foot. The design on the train reminded me of a church window, which was so fitting for me and my wedding. For the ceremony I really wanted my “Kate” moment and searched high and low for some sort of sleeve option that could be added to my gown. The solution was found in a custom ivory mesh bodysuit that was created for me by a designer on Etsy.”

“We had a traditional Catholic ceremony accompanied by fanfare trumpeters, a 20-piece choral ensemble and a pew full of my husband’s elementary school students. We exited the church into a 1957 Chevy Limo provided to us by Pete Longo of New Jersey – now that was the showstopper. En route to the reception we passed the house in Phillipsburg where my mother grew up and I spent just about every Sunday of my childhood.”

“Our reception at The Grand Colonial was a celebration fit for a king – the amazing doo-wop group Desire kicked things off, alternating with our incredible DJ Steve Mittman throughout the night. We had a tarot card reader, and a video “Confessional” complete with a priest!”

Autumn Wedding at The Grand Colonial

My favorite part:

“We chose to get married on October 27th, the same date that my parents got married, thirty three years later. We were married in the same church, and at the same time of day. I cared more about that symmetry than anything else in the wedding. As our wedding gift to my parents, we had their wedding album completely rebound, and my mom wore a corsage made of lace from her wedding gown. We included photos from their wedding in our ceremony program. At the reception, their best man and maid-of-honor brought out a replica of the top tier of their wedding cake I had asked Ed’s cousin to make – and then my parents enjoyed their first dance all over again. It was truly magical to share that day with them and it still takes my breath away every time I think how beautiful and happy they both looked. I am the middle daughter, my younger sister lives in NY and my older sister lives in London with her husband. It’s not often that we’re all able to be together, so no matter what the occasion, it is so special to have family time. And since Hurricane Sandy crashed our honeymoon and stranded us with our family all under one roof for a week, we really got a chance to catch up.”

Autumn Wedding at The Grand Colonial

Advice for other brides:

“When hunting for the gown: know your body! It is so important to pick something that feels and looks amazing to you. Don’t worry about trends, tastes, or the opinions of others.”

“Don’t lose focus of what the day is all about. In June before our wedding, my husband (a schoolteacher) lost his job due to budget cuts. He had also been battling an chronic illness for the past few years. It truly gives meaning to the vows “For richer and poorer, for better or worse, in sickness and in health.” You are committing to a lifetime together, to pick each other up when you fall, and that is way more important than whether or not your florist nailed the exact shade of fuchsia you were hoping for.”

Autumn Wedding at The Grand Colonial

“Don’t be afraid to be different. There sure weren’t any bridal magazines out there about how to have your dream Tudor wedding! But that’s what makes it fun, and totally unique. Embrace your passions and include elements of the things you love in your special day. I knew that I wanted people leaving our wedding saying “What the heck just happened in there?” and we certainly accomplished it.”

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wedding details


Bethlehem, PA

Ceremony Location

Hampton, NJ

Reception Location

The Grand Colonial


Joe Craig Photography

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