From the typewriter guestbook to the crossword puzzle menu (how fun is that?), Ben and Tracey’s real wedding is one of those that you just know was a fun party. I mean, the bride played Ping Pong with her dad in lieu of a father-daughter dance!
We wanted to share a few of our favorite moments from their real wedding, below, captured by one of our favorites, Sarah Tew Photography. We also had to get more details behind the DIY projects, so bride Tracey filled us in on their inspiration for the big day.
Thanks so much to Ben and Tracey for sharing, as well as Sarah Tew for the gorgeous photos!
From Bride Tracey:
“The second we saw Alder Manor, we knew it was the place for our wedding. The location inspired much of the rest of our wedding decisions, and looking back at these pictures makes me feel like we really did have our dream wedding.
As with most people these days, we had a limited budget and the desire to DIY. Luckily, we have incredibly talented friends and family who helped us all along the way.
“A friend that I met when we worked together at the New York City Ballet Costume Shop, Polly Fossey, made my dress with fabrics and beaded motifs from the Garment District. I made the flower girl dresses for my nieces, inspired by the 1912 vintage of Alder Manor. Another friend (who had taken floral arranging class from amazing wedding-florist Saipua) arranged all of the bouquets with flowers purchased at Whole Foods. I made the book-paper-flower and typewriter key boutonnieres for the men to match their typewriter key cufflinks.”
“We walked down the aisle to Cat Stevens and Cat Power as interpreted by a friend on a ukulele and another friend on vocals (professional soloist.) After the lovely ceremony amid the garden follies and ruins (under a chuppah frame constructed by my husband, Ben, with a chuppah that I knitted,) our guests enjoyed a family-style dinner in the ballroom and library of Alder Manor.”
“We had a unique photo-booth: 3D photos to mimic the stereographs of the early 20th century. The party favors included stereo-viewers and the photos of our guests with a wide array of period-appropriate props. My father and I played ping-pong as our “father-daughter dance” and everyone partied for the rest of the night to a playlist crafted by Ben.”
Photographer: Sarah Tew Photography//Caterer: Chefs at Work Caterers//DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Dainty Hippo//Jewelry: Jewel Boutique//Hair Stylist: Danielle Tedesco//DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Mama Can’t Sing//Dress Designer: Polly Fossey Designs//Reception Venue: Tara Circle at Alder Manor