Intimate Wedding in New York at Manhattanville College :: Nancy & Shane


This intimate ceremony is just bursting with romance!  From the stunning stone church flooded with beautiful soft light, to the bride’s ethereal look (be sure check out her incredible 1800s Victorian lace gown, topped off with a flower crown!), to the loose, wild florals, it looks like something out of a fairytale.  Plus, this bride and groom planned their wedding in just three months. Dive in for more!

Photography by The Ramsdens.



The Ceremony

Your ceremony in three words. Intimate, spontaneous, magical.




Why did you choose this location for your ceremony? It looked so beautiful, and since our wedding was in March it enabled us to have an outdoor feel to our wedding while not being cold. However, funnily enough, neither of us thought of the location until my Mom suggested it  even though it was Shane’s favorite place to read & write as a student and his favorite spot to teach classes as a professor.

Our wedding day was unexpectedly warm for March so we last minute decided to leave open the big wooden doors behind where our ceremony was taking place. It really enhanced the beauty of our ceremony by letting in all this wonderful natural light.


How did you go about planning your ceremony? We didn’t have a template, we just knew the mood we were going for. Something playful, engaging and that was true to us as a couple . Our officiant and Nancy’s mom helped with a lot of the planning.

Who officiated your ceremony? How did you choose him/her? Dave Phillips officiated our ceremony. While driving and discussing wedding plans we realized we had to choose someone to officiate our wedding. Nancy immediately thought of Dave. While Dave is a dear friend of Shane’s from college, he quickly became someone close to us not only as a couple but as individuals. His sense of friendship and humor fit perfectly into the vibe we wanted for our wedding.


Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? We did!  Our officiant ringing of the bell, we included a unity candle, we did the sharing of the cup (where we each poured wine into the cup & then frank from it) and finally Shane did the breaking of the glass.

What was your ceremony music? Groom & Wedding Party Processional : You Got It by Roy Orbison // Bride’s Processional : God Only Knows by The Beach Boys // Recessional: I Put A Spell On You by Screamin Jay Hawkins

What were your vows like? We wrote our own vows the night before our wedding.



What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? That we planned it all in 3 months! And we loved that it felt like our family and friends were participating along with us during our ceremony, laughing (and crying) with us.




What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Anything floral, wild and vintage.






Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your wedding and or ceremony. Since our Grandfathers passed away the year before we had photographs of them on our ceremony table. As a gift Nancy’s mom gave Shane a pocket locket with a photograph of his grandparents on their wedding day.

Did you include any other traditions in your wedding? Our wedding bands were Shane’s Grandparents’ wedding bands.

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? Absolutely nothing. We loved it as it was.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding? Our wedding was true to us as a couple. It was spontaneous , planned in three months, very DYI and filled with laughter.


Thank you Nancy & Shane for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! 







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Vendor Credits

Photography: The Ramsdens / Ceremony Venue: Lady Chapel at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York / Event Planning & Design: The Bride and her mom, Neila / Floral Design, Bride’s Veil: Aurora Botanica / Bride’s Dress: Vintage Victorian lace (from the late 1800s) purchased from Gossamer / Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden / Engagement Ring : Antique, purchased from The Northway Studio / Wedding Bands : Groom’s Grandparents’ / Bride’s Accessories: Peak ring by Loren Stewart / Bride’s Earrings: Leaf earrings by Anthroplogie / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo / Bridesmaid Dresses: Rent the Runway / Groom’s Suit, Groom’s Shirt, Groomsmen Attire: J.Crew / Tie: Groom wore his father’s tie that he wore on his honeymoon / Shoes: Cole Haan / Hair: Brittney Wible / Makeup: DIY by the bride (using RMS Beauty) / Officiant: Dave Phillips (friend of the couple) / Ceremony Music: iPod


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  • Claire says:

    So crazy to stumble upon a wedding at my former school (that no one’s heard of). While it was a difficult place for me, I love that I can have a more positive memory and think of the campus as a place so alive, full of love, and beautiful like this wedding. Congrats!

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