The Bride’s Galia Lahav Gown Provided the Victorian Inspiration Behind This James Burden Mansion Wedding

Xiaoran and Hua gave us all the classic Victorian vibes in their New York wedding at James Burden Mansion! The bride had always dreamed of wearing an incredible gown on her wedding day so, when she fell in love with an organza, off-the-shoulder stunner from Galia Lahav, a regal vibe was the only natural fit for the rest of the day. BLB Events brought ornate vintage decor, luxurious textiles, and eye-catching florals designed by Devon & Pinkett into perfect harmony with the grand venue, and Nine Cakes created a show-stopping hand-painted wedding cake to match the sophisticated feel. No detail was left unattended, and Nicole Ashley Photography captured it with such creativity and artistry!

The Couple:

Xiaoran and Hua

The Wedding:

James Burden Mansion, Manhattan, New York

I believe a lot of girls dream of wearing the most beautiful wedding gown when they marry their man. So the very first thing I did was purchase my wedding dress! The gown was a Victorian style, so I made sure the rest of the wedding had a similar style.

When I was getting ready on the wedding day, I got a bouquet from my soon-to-be husband. I asked him later why he brought me a bouquet, knowing how many flowers we had throughout the decor. He told me all the flowers at the wedding were for our family and friends, but that bouquet was just for me!

The venue was very classic and perfectly matched my gown. There was a huge door facing an arch-shaped wall art, where my husband stood, waiting for me to walk down the aisle. Before I stepped into the room, the huge door was shut, which made the ceremony feel more formal.

Our ceremony was decorated with clouds of baby’s breath, which enhanced the venue perfectly without taking away from the ornate details of the mansion. I got the design idea from a Rodarte runway show! 

I told our caterer that I wanted the food displayed to look like pieces of art, and they delivered! At the end of the evening, they had a server come out with a big candy cart, full of colorful candies for all of our guests.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Nicole Ashley Photography
Event Planning – BLB Events
Venue – James Burden Mansion
Floral Design – Devon & Pinkett
Catering – Marcia Selden
Cake – Nine Cakes
Live Music – Eden Lane
Videography – Shutter & Sound
Stationery – House of Catherine
Hair and Makeup Artist – Sokphalla Ban
Wedding Dress – Galia Lahav
Bridal Accessories – Gianvito Rossi and Dolce & Gabbana
Groom’s Apparel – Vivienne WestwoodCraig Green, and Santoni
Rings – Foundrae Fine Jewellery
Rentals – Nüage DesignsProps N SpoonBorrowed BLU, and Smith Party Rentals
Favors – Loria’s Cookies


Congratulations to Xiaoran and Hua, and a special thanks to Nicole Ashley Photography for sharing this incredible wedding at James Burden Mansion with Junebug! Love the look of a Victorian-inspired wedding? This Victorian-inspired Twin Oaks House & Garden Estate wedding will make you want to go antique!

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