Just when you thought this wedding couldn't be any more absolutely amazing, you learn that the couple began their courtship eight years ago, at their prom. I mean, really. Does it get any sweeter than high school sweethearts tying the knot in a wedding so beautiful it touches your soul? No it does not. Put Robert & Kathleen Photographers behind their lens' and let the beauty unfold - and then put it in a gallery for all of us, and you've got yourself a wonderful gift today!
He asked, and I said yes. Justin and I were going to our senior prom together after years of just being friends throughout high school. And from that point on, we just knew. So when he asked again, I couldn’t be more thrilled to say yes – just shy of six years from our original prom date. But this time he surprised me. If there's one thing Justin takes pride in, it's the fact that he was able to successfully surprise me with his proposal. It was such a personal moment filled with love, and such an intimate reflection of our relationship, which set the tone for our wedding.
We wanted our day to be a reflection of our love for each other, surrounded by our friends and family. We knew we wanted it to feel like us and the rest of the details would fall into place. Classic elements, with some vintage andtraditional touches, served as the inspiration for the tone of the day. Many long hours of flipping through bridal magazines with my mom and best friend, Haley, served us well as every element spoke to something that Justin and I loved.
I knew finding the venue would be my biggest challenge. With both of us residing in New York City, the stunning setting of rural New Jersey where we grew up was the ideal backdrop. We wanted to invite everyone home with us, and ultimately, the Ashford Estate, which was discovered by my mom, had all of the elements we were looking for.
Overall our wedding was beautiful, gorgeous and couldn’t have been any more perfect and our favorite moment from the day was the few minutes we had to ourselves as we took our portraits. I saw an ad from Tiffany & Co. with a gorgeous tree-lined driveway, and I knew I had to have a natural background as the setting for our photos. Our portraits in the field are the perfect reflection of our love,and those images beautifully captured the joy and the excitement of the day.
My one piece of advice is to fall in love with your vendors – each and every one of them. I took my time finding every one, as each person we worked with was an extension of our family that day. Rob & Kathleen won me over with one stunning portrait of a father seeing his daughter for the first time – they captured just that exact same sentiment between my parents and me as we got ready, which are some of my favorite shots of the day.
Photography: Robert & Kathleen Photographers / Wedding Gown: Grace by Monique Lhuillier / Bridal Salon: The Wedding Shoppe in Wayne, Pennsylvania / Bridesmaid's Dresses: Dessy / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Hair: Kelly from Head Area Salon / Make-up: Katya Kardonova / Flowers: MDS Floral Designs / Venue: The Ashford Estate / Caterer: Merri Makers / Cake: The Bake Works / Band: J Lamont Band from Hank Lane Productions