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Real Wedding | Aileen + Bruno

Tell us about yourselves!

Aileen grew up between both the US and Japan, and Bruno spent his childhood in Brazil and came to the US for college. That’s where we first met each other, and began dating post-graduation after we both ended up moving to New York. We’ve moved across various cities in the Northeast over the last eight years; we are now back in Brooklyn and spend our weekends walking along the historic waterfront promenade.

Why did you decide to get married where you did?

We had fond memories of our college years in Rhode Island and autumns in New England. Once we narrowed our search geographically, we quickly fell in love with the Gilded Age charm of Aldrich Mansion and the natural beauty of Narragansett Bay. The dessert room filled with cakes ultimately sealed the deal!

How many guests did you have?

100 guests.

Tell us about your outfits.

Bruno’s suit is a custom Thom Browne. Aileen’s dress is made by Danielle Frankel and shoes are from Manolo Blahnik. Her jewelry was the Something Old (a diamond ring that belonged to her grandmother), Something Borrowed (pearl strands from her mother and sister) and Something Blue (a sapphire bracelet gifted by her bridesmaid).

What was the most important aspect for you, in terms of planning your wedding?

We took a “simple is best” approach throughout the planning process. We knew we wanted to maximize time spent making memories with each other and our guests, so we kept our run-of-show as streamlined as possible. We were very lucky to have vendors who made these plans come to life and allowed us to fully live in the moment on the big day. The Aldrich Mansion team was a well-oiled machine from set-up to ceremony to reception. Our photographer Harper Pictures (and her second photographer Chelsea) was incredible at naturally documenting the entire day and allowing us to stay present in the experience.

Were there any elements that were important for you to incorporate?

We were happy to be able to fold in some meaningful cultural moments throughout our wedding weekend. The bridesmaids and Aileen wore Japanese kimonos to the rehearsal dinner; for party favors, we served Brazilian bem-casado pastries.

Any tips for couples getting married?

Traditions are fun, but optional – just keep the ones that bring joy to the two of you!

Photographer + Videographer: Harper Pictures @harperpix | Ceremony + Reception Location: Aldrich Mansion | Entertainment: Silver Arrow Band @silverarrowband | Flora: Poppy Flowers @poppyflowersco | Hair: Min-Ah Campos @makeup_by_minah | Catering, Beverages + Cake: Aldrich Mansion | Groom’s Suit: Thom Browne @thombrowne | Bride’s Dress: Danielle Frankel  @daniellefrankelstudio | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik @manoloblahnik | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Amsale  @amsale


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