24 May Exquisite Small Scale Wedding on Historic Estate in Union, New Jersey
There are two main buildings on Liberty Hall’s grounds, a museum and a fifty-room Victorian Italianate manor house, plus several out-buildings. Karima prepared in one of the spacious out buildings, and the wedding was held under a tent. Then the reception dinner was served in the glassed-in gallery of the manor house, overlooking the gardens. Karima had made sure to decorate the windows with tiny lights, that added to the festive atmosphere.
The grounds of the estate are quite varied, even though as estates go, it is not particularly large, just 140 acres. A huge American chestnut tree on a mound in front of the manor house was our setting and backdrop for the formal family and bride-and-groom portraits. There is also a charming arbor with old-growth trees on the property, which could be used for photographic purposes.
After the formal portraits, including the bridal party, I took the couple around to the other side of the house, to photograph them in the hedge labyrinth, which is one of the most unique features of the estate.