An Intimate Celebration at the Vanderbilt Mansion

The Story:  Samuel and Meghan met on the popular dating app Bumble! One cold night in January they met at a cozy bistro and hit it off immediately. Some time later, Samuel took Meghan to one of her favourite gardens down in Charleston, South Carolina during the spring of 2019. While admiring all of the beautiful blooms he got down on one knee and proposed. The couple had initially planned a larger wedding but had to scale back to a micro wedding due to the pandemic, limiting their guestlist to only six guests (immediate family only)

The Location: The Vanderbilt Mansion is an impressive home that was built for the aristocratic Vanderbilt  family. This stately house designed for Frederick and Louise Vanderbilt at Hyde Park in Centrepoint, New York is an understated masterpiece of American design. This venue was special for our couple as it is located in Meghan’s home town.

The Vibe: Timeless black and white with some pops of peach. Meghan, a wedding vendor herself, wanted to keep things classic and classy and let the stunning scenery speak for itself. 

The Details: Sam and Meghan focused on the finer details, splurging on things like their luxurious paper products from Bella Figura which included a watercolour crest incorporating the couple’s two cats. Meghan wanted to keep her bouquet white with greenery and some pops of peach but also made sure to include her beloved Dahlias. For their wedding cake, Meghan and Sam chose a petite layered mini cake that replicated the larger version they were initially going to have at their larger-scale wedding. It was carrot flavored with icing that paid homage to the lace on Meghan’s wedding dress and was finished off with a few fresh florals. For their wedding favours, they kept it simple with a monogrammed envelope filled with confetti and a packet of seeds to plant wildflowers. 

Tips and Highlights:

  • One of the benefits of a small wedding is the intimacy. This wedding was all about our lovers. It was them, their immediate family and the vendors. This small group had the whole estate to themselves and got to enjoy the unique experience of exchanging their vows privately overlooking the Long Island sound.
  • The ceremony was personalised and so sentimental. Meghan believes that due to the intimacy of their nuptials, their promises were that much more special.  
  • Planning a wedding during a pandemic can be tough. Some advice from the bride: “Don’t succumb to any pressures on what you feel is “right” to do. Celebrate your wedding your way safely with the friends and family you cherish.  I wouldn’t change anything about my micro wedding.”




Photography: Apollo Fields // Venue: Vanderbilt Museum // Officiant: LI Officiant // Floral: Cold Spring Harbor Flowers // Bakery: Blondies Bake Shop // Videography: Purroy Productions // Rentals: Elite Party Rentals // Hair: Hair Salon of Centerport //  Makeup: Genna Makeup Bridal // Wedding Dress: BHLDN // Submitted via: Matchology