It’s so refreshing when a bride goes classic! This elegant, manor wedding just has such a sweet, timeless quality that is so evident in the photos. Plus, her dress has such a fun story – it was actually made by her mother! Photographer Michelle Lieb recalls one special moment…
Perhaps one of the highlights of the day was the gift of the Belgian lace from Gwen’s mom who made her dress. When Joan bought Gwen’s christening gown in Belgium when Gwen was born, the owner of the lace shop also presented Joan with an antique lace shawl made during the days of Belgian women tatting the lace by hand. The shop owner thought it wold go beautifully with a wedding gown, so Joan held on to the piece for 31 years, throughout multiple military moves around the world. When Gwendolyn was engaged to Matt, Joan carefully made her wedding dress to match the shawl. She presented it to her in the bridal suite at Rixey Manor. In Joan’s own words regarding Gwen’s reaction, ‘She cried, I cried, the photographer cried. It was worth the 31 year wait to finally tell the secret.’
So amazing! And what an heirloom to pass down to further generations.
The groom’s cake was designed as a collection of their favorite games, and it also included Monopoly with their wedding venue – Rixey Manor – as the main stop. To coordinate with the cake, the guests also enjoyed a game of trivia while the couple was finishing up their portraits. What a great idea!
Matthew and Gwendolyn definitely had a special and sentimental wedding day, and I can’t wait to share it with you. Enjoy!