A Vintage-Inspired Fall Wedding at Moorestown Community House in Moorestown, New Jersey

From the dramatic burgundy and cream palette to the art deco stationery and mix-and-match bridesmaid dresses, Elizabeth (27 and a psychologist) and We

From the dramatic burgundy and cream palette to the art deco stationery and mix-and-match bridesmaid dresses, Elizabeth (27 and a psychologist) and West's (29 and an engineer) early-fall wedding exuded effortless elegance. “We made very few specific requests of our bridal party and vendors and let them choose many of the details themselves; it wasn’t important to us to have every bridesmaid dress or centerpiece look exactly the same,” Elizabeth says. “We hoped that when our guests saw how laid-back we were about our details, they too would feel comfortable enough to let loose and have a great time.” The day’s decor was deeply rooted in old-world elegance, starting with the couple’s outdoor ceremony on the lawn at Moorestown Community House in Moorestown, New Jersey. The building’s early-20th-century architecture made a refined, sophisticated set, which was carried over to the reception through vintage silver vases, stately candelabras and even Elizabeth’s shimmery art deco-inspired Maggie Sottero wedding gown. Wine-colored linens and burgundy blooms popped against classic ivory linens, delivering warmth and hint of drama to the space. “We included centerpieces of varying heights and decorated the tall mantel behind our sweetheart table to draw our guests’ eyes up to the ceiling,” Elizabeth says. The evening was filled with surprises, such as a personalized photo booth, a "Game of Thrones" groom’s cake and a menu stacked with mouthwatering fare, including curried chicken and cilantro-apricot papadams. Elizabeth and West ensured the dance floor was packed all night, bringing in Center Stage Entertainment, who churned out an upbeat mix of old and new tunes. “We wanted an all-out dance party,” Elizabeth says. A tip from Elizabeth: “Wedding planning is an unexpectedly good time to reflect on what's most important to you, so don’t get caught up in the expectations of the day, but instead make decisions that are meaningful to you and your partner.” —Libby MacCarthy

Elizabeth let her bridesmaids pick any dress style they wanted, as long as it was short and in a burgundy or merlot color. “I understand how expensive bridesmaid dresses can be, and I wanted to be respectful of each bridesmaid’s budget,” Elizabeth says. “Plus, I wanted everyone to wear something they felt good in.” The girls completed their ensembles with nude shoes and understated drop earrings.
Michael Bruce in Pennsauken, New Jersey, took care of the couple’s botanical needs. For the bridesmaid bouquets, he created petite arrangements of roses, dahlias, orchids and berries in vibrant shades of burgundy and merlot to complement their autumn-inspired dresses.
With a vintage-inspired theme in mind, Elizabeth wore a Maggie Sottero Ettia dress for her wedding day. The satin sheath gown featured an intricately embellished tulle overlay, beaded illusion cap sleeves and a classic V-shaped neckline that exuded old-world charm.
West’s best man, groomsmen and junior groomsmen followed his lead, suiting up in black Calvin Klein tuxedos. To set his look apart from the group, Kyle had his wedding party don wine-colored vests and bow ties in lieu of black. They completed their ensembles with white linen J.Crew pocket squares and black dress shoes by Joseph Abboud.
The ceremony took place on the lawn of the Moorestown Community House in Moorestown, New Jersey. The building’s stately early-20th-century facade provided a charming backdrop for the couple’s “I dos,” while wrought-iron candelabras topped with bundles of white and burgundy blooms heightened the occasion’s sense of romance.
While Elizabeth and West had their photographer on hand to capture every detail of the ceremony, they also hired a live painter. The artist created a watercolor painting of the ceremony, leaving the couple with a memento.
West wore a black Calvin Klein tuxedo with a black bow tie and vest. He paired the classic look with black dress shoes from Alden, Brooks Brothers cuff links—a gift from his best man—a white linen pocket square and a vintage Bulova watch.
“We wanted something simple, silver and geometric to play off the art deco elements in my dress,” Elizabeth says of the couple’s stationery. The pair found the perfect fit for the occasion on Minted.com, which they used for the invitations and the reception stationery, including table numbers and escort cards.
After dinner, Elizabeth and West treated their guests to a slice of blueberry velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. The four-tier naked confection was lightly dusted in powdered sugar and decorated with fresh roses and a whimsical silver cake topper bearing their names.