Wedding "heart" List! {And how I know about them}

January 11, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

"Does James need a throne?"

I received a text message from a good friend, who has known me since we were 14.  It read "Does James need a throne?"

Attached was a picture of an antique oak medieval "throne."  I burst out laughing and replied "Of course!"

We're picking up said throne on Monday. 

Anyone who has been to my house knows that our taste in furniture (and future house goals) are pretty obscure.  I mean like Downton Abbey...but not the light and pretty parts.  The dark wood panelling, and heavy damask curtains.  Thrones.  My husband started watching Downton Abbey just for the architecture and interior design until he couldn't stand the drama any longer. 

Beyond Downton, he can name any house or estate (and whether or not the interior belongs to that house) from any show or movie I've ever seen.  

Why I don't decorate

Generally speaking, women are the decision-makers in their home's appearance and outfit.  Not so here.  I have a variety of styles and interests, but my husband's are so defined that I am constantly seeking his opinion about decor and furniture.  After 14 years of marriage, we have finally purchased a couch.  No, that's not an exaggeration.

The benefits of having a husband that is so in tune with architecture and interior design is that I have seen a lot of beautiful properties and magnificent estates.  Some of my favorites are located right here in NJ!  Others are in strange places, like Akron, Ohio.

Worthy East Coast Estates

I'm sure once my husband reads this post, he'll add a "Part II" that will go on forever.  As far as my favorites are concerned though, I've listed them!  I have checked off some of the most beautiful estates in my immediate area, and I can't wait to meet some new friends that are as enthusiastic about these special places as I am!  If you're interested in any of these places for your wedding, feel free to contact me!  Enjoy!

So, here it is!  My "heart" list for "Dream Wedding meets Gilded-Age Style"

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Natirar Mansion, Peapack, NJ 

  • An estate grand enough for a King (or the King of Morocco), set perfectly on the top of a hill in Peapack, overlooking the Somerset Hills

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Hamilton Farm, Gladstone, NJ

  • Georgian elegance meets outdoor design, with the indoor-outdoor feel of this estate's historical home and pristine gardens

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Shadowbrook, Shrewsbury, NJ

  • Dreaming of gold and candlelight? This manor house is your dream!

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Fiddler's Elbow Country Club

  • This beautiful stone Georgian revival "home" sits along the Black River and has gorgeous "Cinderella bridges" leading onto the golf course

Dream Weddings, yet to be fulfilled:

Skylands Manor, Ringwood, NJ

  • Tudor-style elegance and mood in the heart of the New Jersey botanical gardens

Rosecliff Mansion, Newport RI

  • Wedding like a Vanderbilt between fine marble and the shores of Newport

The Frick Collection, New York, NY

  • The world's finest art meets New York City's finest remaining mansions

Vanderbilt Mansion at Hyde Park, Hyde Park, NY

  • A grand estate overlooking the Hudson

Hillwood Estate, Washington, DC

  • A secret garden and romantic estate hidden in the heart of DC

Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC

  • The grandest of all estates that America can boast...just click on the link

 


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