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Lively, Romantic Knowlton Mansion Wedding

Sarah and Matt threw down a massive party at Knowlton Mansion wedding following a beautifully touching Catholic wedding ceremony in the summer of 2022. These two were so excited to get married and their energy was palpable & contagious!! Sarah dedicated a lot of her time and energy to prepare intentional aspects for the big day. The result was a host of beautiful details that acted as the shiny red bow on top of their perfect wedding day!

DIY Wedding Details

Sarah and I hopped on Zoom three months before her wedding to go over the photography timeline for the day. While we were chatting, she picked up what looked like a massive, ornate glass centerpiece for the reception tables. She revealed that they weren’t made of glass – she had super-glued dollar store martini glasses and plates together to create the base for the floral centerpieces!! I was shocked and extremely impressed.

Then, Sarah revealed her plan for the DIY floral arrangements. She was going to use mostly fake florals but stick in a few real flowers so the whole centerpiece appeared real! The result was astounding. The centerpieces were so effortlessly elegant – and nobody knew they originated in a dollar store!!!

The gorgeous mirror seating chart was also DIY’d by Sarah. Y’all, this thing looked straight out of a magazine! She bought a beautiful gold-rimmed mirror and stenciled on every single name herself.

Guest Book & Polaroids

Instead of blank pages, Sarah & Matt designed a coffee table photo book filled with their engagement pictures for guests to sign. I cannot emphasize enough how great of an idea this is. Not only will Sarah & Matt be more inclined to read guest notes in the future, but the guests get to see their engagement photos! It’s a win-win all around.

The couple also had polaroid cameras near the card bin with sharpies for guests to leave notes on their pictures. This is such a fun way to remember the people who come to celebrate your love story. You can also scrapbook these polaroids by sticking them near their respective note in the guest book! (And who wouldn’t want an excuse to get yourself a polaroid camera?!)

Embracing Summertime

Knowlton Mansion is such an awesome venue for summertime weddings. Sarah & Matt had their ceremony in a nearby Catholic church, but Knowlton Mansion has a gorgeous space for outdoor ceremonies! The location has elegant white pillars and is surrounded by lush vegetation while still being a short walk from the mansion itself.

The cocktail hour and reception take place both inside and outside. The bar, reception tables, DJ, etc. are inside, but there is a charming outdoor patio space with standing tables and patio furniture. Sarah & Matt’s guests spilled outside to this area during both the cocktail hour and reception. It’s great for guests to have this option, especially in the summertime when it’s lovely outside!

Limitless Portrait Opportunities

If there’s one thing Knowlton Mansion is lacking, it sure ain’t portrait locations!!

If your wedding day is full of sunshine, we could spend the entire couples portrait session on the lush grounds. The house itself makes a stunning backdrop from pretty much every angle. There’s also a rustic, barn-like building on the grounds with an adorable vintage white bench. According to Sarah, sometimes the animals are out grazing in the pasture!

If it rains on your wedding day, never fear – each room in Knowlton Mansion is unique and tastefully decorated. (My second photographer and I audibly whispered “wow” with each new room we entered.) In fact, it’s in one of these rooms that I photographed one of my favorite images of 2022!

And then there’s the cellar. This was high on Sarah’s photo list, and we had so much fun creating art down there. I was able to photograph them spinning around the antique cellar from above, and the resulting images were super cool. If time allowed, I would have loved to get even more creative with that space!!

Vendors

Photographer: Gabriella Marie Photography

Venue: Knowlton Mansion

Dress: Nicole Bridal (Designed by Elizabeth Lee Couture)

Men’s Wear: Men’s Wearhouse

Hair & Makeup: Gloss Studio

Bouquets: Fleurish Floral Design

Food, Cake & Dessert: Conroy Catering (Knowlton Mansion)

DJ: Crowd Pleasers

Knowlton Mansion Wedding

bride and groom during Catholic wedding ceremony
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- Melissa d.

“Gabriella was absolutely amazing!!! Words cannot even describe how perfect she was, but I’ll try my best. Right from the beginning, I knew she was the one. She was so caring, calming, organized, and just a genuinely happy person. She made me feel even more excited for my wedding. She was so helpful throughout the entire process right down to the big day. AND THE PICTURES - OH MY GOD. They are absolutely breathtaking and she definitely tells the story of your day in the most perfect way. She captures every precious moment while having a smile on her face the whole time she’s with you. I can’t say enough amazing things about her. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking to have the BEST photographer for any occasion. We had such an amazing experience with Gabriella and we can’t thank her enough!”

"Captures every moment"

- Dawn g.

“Gabriella is a very great planner, very organized and an absolute delight to work with. Her planning and organization helped me prepare for the big day without any fear that I left any important photo out. Her planning skills ensured I didn't miss any details. She is such a delight to work with she was even happy to help me with my little surprise I had for my husband, it went off without a hitch. She captured all the photos we could imagine....all the fun, sweet, sincere moments throughout the day. She even provided the photos to us in a timely manner. I HIGHLY recommend her; she's highly energetic, personable, easy to work with, a planner, organized, and she captured lots of beautiful pictures. She exceeded all of my expectations. She was such a great photographer.”

"Exceeded all my expectations"

- Melissa N.

Making my dream wedding come true!
Gabriella was hired by my (now) husband, as a surprise photographer for our proposal. She was phenomenal and we hired her for our wedding as well! Her energy and vision for our wedding photos captured every moment and emotion. She was amazing in every way. Her attention to detail and knowing what was important to me on my big day was awesome - she went the extra mile. I would 10/10 recommend her to any one wanting to capture beautiful moments in life - for their engagement, wedding, and more.

"She went the extra mile."

- Megan W.

Hiring Gabriella was one of the best decisions that we made during our wedding planning. From our very first conversation, Gabriella was warm & bubbly. She radiates positive energy that I knew that we needed for our big day. Gabriella has a vigorous work ethic and eye for detail. Her ability to transform any setting is pure magic. We enjoyed working with her throughout the planning process and are absolutely thrilled with our engagement and wedding photos (which she had edited and back to us in less than one month!).

"One of the best decisions"

- Lisette & Tyrus b.

What can we say about Gabriella Marie Photography. There are so many words to describe the amazing job Gabriella did on our special wedding day. Gabriella will not only shoot your wedding, she can help you design what your wedding will be. She is there every step of the way. She has amazing attention to detail. Before the big day, Gabriella has a plan that will ensure that your day will be spectacular. She is always available via text, call, direct message, FaceTime or Zoom. Gabriella is the absolute best photographer ever. The best quality that she has is that she is more than a photographer, she is a true friend. She cares about her clients and makes us feel like a trust-worthy friend is there to help. For example, she sent my wife and I a pre-wedding care package. This gift proved to be so valuable for us while dealing with wedding stress. This gift was the most thoughtful thing my wife and I ever received. A simple thank you is just only the tip of the iceberg with regarding Gabriella Marie Photography. Everyone please check out our new friend Gabriella. Trust us, she is worth every penny and more.

"Worth every penny and more"

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