A Decadent Wedding in an Abandoned Mansion

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 Christiana traveled to Paris for fittings with her Lebanese designer, who helped her re-create a look inspired by a 2005 Annie Leibovitz Vogue cover. “I wanted the dress to seem like it was white 100 years ago,” she says of the antiqued fabric.

From the beginning of their relationship, Christiana Molina, 30, and Paul Hiebert, 36, were the kind of couple for whom a typical date might involve an afternoon spent exploring abandoned mansions. That’s exactly how they discovered Alder Manor in Yonkers, a century-old spot that also happens to be available for events. They settled on a “decayed decadence” theme and found visual inspiration in the film Grey Gardens, which played on a loop in an empty room (with appropriately peeling paint) throughout the reception. “The color palette was dusty pastels, like dust had settled onto the flower arrangments,” says Christiana, editorial director at M.A.C Cosmetics, “and the candles were dripping wax on the linens.” Paul, a writer for a market-research firm, met his future wife in grad school at NYU; he was overcome with tears during their first look at the venue. “Here it was,” he says. “All her ideas and plans had come to life.”

The Details
Dress: Ziad Nakad Haute Couture (ceremony), Marchesa (reception), Dress the Population (“grand exit”)
Suit: Ike Behar
Flowers: Birch Event Design
Invites: Ink Revival
DJ and photographs: Les Loups

The couple during their “grand exit.”

*This article appears in the summer 2018 issue of New York Weddings.

A Decadent Wedding in an Abandoned Mansion