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Black Tie New Jersey Estate Wedding

A few months back I had a chance to meet the fabulous Kristin behind Reverie Events and let me tell you she’s just as sparkling and sweet as the wedding magic she creates. But when Kristin teams up with the equally lovely Kay English…well, they’re basically unstoppable. *Enter* this spring black tie affair that’s “classic elegance” to a pretty little T. The gallery is what wedding dreams are made of and the film by Right Side Up Productions is just a scroll away!


From Kay English… On the first warm day of the year, March 22, 2014, Nicole & Christopher said their I dos at The Ashford Estate in Allentown, New Jersey. Where many brides had previously played upon the French Chateau nature of the magical mansion, Nicole and Christopher worked with the talented Reverie Events to bring out the luxurious texture and depth, with a resulting fox-and-hound-inspired gala to rally the horses and cheers for a simple, elegant and truly memorable affair.

With a warm color palette of neutrals and gold with navy notes, texture was king. From the suede that held the scrolled programs to the thick, navy velvet ribbon that tied the napkins and five flower girls’ nosegays. From the dark-stained standalone wooden table numbers and suede-wrapped julep cups that held lush arrangements of muted blooms and greenery scattered among the romantic candlelight of the five-pronged bronze candelabras on each table, to the luxurious and intricate lace of the bride’s graceful, deep keyholed gown that glimmered with delicate baby sea pearls and crystals.

Gold-plated plaid marked the custom-designed invitation suite as well as the three best men’s Burberry ties. The matron of honor wore a Pippa Middleton-inspired midnight navy gown, complete with black lace cap sleeves and a stunning black lace back with a mile-long row of nearly 40 covered buttons.

The bride walked into the candlelit barn chapel to a unique composition, “Pachelbel Meets U2,” marrying the classic “Canon in D” to “With or Without You.” A Scottish bagpiper paraded guests into the estate where the signature cocktail — an Old Fashioned — began a cocktail hour in the conservatory where tables were detailed with brass trophy cup vases pouring with opulent greens.

Golden horseshoes — displayed on dark wooden boards with brass pegs, complete with laurel greenery adorning the top inspired by thoroughbred’s winning wreaths — guided guests to the spectacular ballroom as the sun began to set. A decadent black & white chocolate buttercream cake stood tall at four tiers and was dotted with the bride’s elegant blooms of white jeanne moreau d.a. roses, ranunculus and white anemones.

The 10-piece band had the entire 200+ room on its feet as the new Mr. & Mrs. were announced into their first dance, Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are the Best Thing” . . . and well into the night before guests were swept off the dance floor with warm chocolate chip cookies as they made their way to the estate library for post-dancing cocktails.

Photography: Kay English | Videography: Right Side Up Productions | Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca | Wedding Cake: The Bake Works | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Catering: Merri Makers | Hair & Makeup: Gillian Moritz, Beauty Artist Group | Band: The Charles St. Paul Dance Band | Bride's Engagement Ring: Custom, Gabriel & Co. | Flowers & Event Design: Reverie Events | Invitations & Day Of Paper Goods: Reverie Events | Liquor: Neptune Liquors | Matron Of Honor's Dress: Jim Hjelm Occassions | Veil: Custom | Venue: Ashford Estate

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Bright, Modern Summer Wedding

In my humble opinion, happy brides are always the prettiest. Just take a look at this Brooklyn beauty whose wedding day bliss is pretty much contagious. She and her Groom opted for a fresh and fun “I do” that could make any modern design lover go weak at the knees. Luckily Tanya Salazar came along for the ride, and the full gallery is a pin party just waiting to happen.

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From Tanya Salazar PhotographyMajel and Andre had a beautiful summer day wedding at the Stone House at Stirling Ridge in New Jersey. The details and invitations were done by none other than the lovely bride, and the lovely floral design was done by Allure Floral Design. The bride’s sense of style showed through with her colorful invitation design work and platform shoes from Zara.

From The Bride…We wanted our wedding to feel like a celebration for everyone—a chance for people to relax and just feel that they were part of something joyful. We also wanted to spoil them a little bit—we thought of the wedding as a gift to the people who love and support us and who helped shape who we are.

We avoided any hint of stuffiness or serious formality, even choosing a close friend who is a poet to officiate the ceremony. We didn’t see what she had written before hand because we really trusted her voice, and we wanted to be surprised and in the moment with everyone else.

We also incorporated a ribbon ceremony from my tribe, the Mashpee Wampanoag, that allowed us to really articulate and share what it meant for us to join our lives – each ribbon symbolized a different aspect of our bond and included vows to support its growth. After each vow was made, the ribbon was deposited into our marriage basket. We also added our own vows at the end, to make sure feelings were heard in our own voices by all of our witnesses and each other. When I think of this day I see flashes of smiles and feel the heat and light of the sun—it was a truly uplifting day.

Photography: Tanya Salazar Photography | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: Baked NYC | Cake: Black Hound New York | Invitations: Majel Peters | Shoes: Zara | DJ: DJ Eko | Handbag: Vintage | Stone House At Stirling Ridge: Stone House At Stirling Ridge

Vintage Chic Inspiration Shoot + Film

It’s clear to see why Dee Kay Events asker her friend to model for her inspiration shoot. She’s absolutely radiant! We love the updated flapper look with embellished flapper dress from Unique Vintage and heavily jeweled accessories from Happily Ever Borrowed. And it also doesn’t hurt that Love, Sylvia Photography was in on the deal as well. Find more of her images from the photo shoot here.


From Dee Kay EventsInspiration has a funny way of making itself clear. My motivation for this styled shoot began with a desire to focus on talent in central New Jersey. To show our sweethearts that you do not need to travel an hour to NYC to find vendors. You do not need to be in the mad rush. If you just take a closer look, you may be able to find exactly what you need right in your backyard.

But, as I designed, sketched, created and collaborated ideas, my desire and intentions took a twist. It changed at the very first appointment with our model Jen.

Jen and I have been friends for a very long time. Although we may not see each other as often as we like, it always feels like yesterday when we do spend time together. I also had the honor of surprising her with decor at her baby shower back in February. She gave birth in March and she agreed to be our model bride just four months later. Yes, this beautiful creature is mother to a delicious 7 month old baby and she looks fabulous.

Jen is happy. Jen is engaged. Jen has found her soul mate. For her whole life, Jen has sang to her own tune. She is a woman who knows what she wants. A woman with beauty inside and out. A person who stirs your spirit in ways you would never expect. Jen is simply wonderful.

This was Jen’s first time trying on a wedding dress. And, I was lucky enough to share the experience.

I saw her eyes widen. I saw that twinkle in her eye. I saw in her smile exactly why I do the job that I do. It’s these moments that make me incredibly happy and grateful for the path I have chosen.

She got excited. She was looking at dresses and talking to me about ideas. Her backyard inspired wedding. Her wooden farm tables. Her laid back atmosphere and, of course, the bonfire at the end and a big barbecue pit. Describing all of these details that she has obviously put her heart into already.

“But, forget it. I should stop. We’re just going to get married at City Hall. We are both here for your shoot today anyways,” she said.

What just happened? Jen was just showcasing all the excited feelings you should have while shopping for your wedding dress. Out of nowhere she stopped dreaming and put herself and her desires to the side. It surely was not my day in the least. Sure, Jen was there to help me out, but it pained me to see her just brush her dreams aside. Here she was, a bride in every aspect of the word, and it seemed as if she didn’t feel worthy of being excited. I was truly saddened.

Why was she feeling like this? It was not my place to dig into the reason this was occurring, but it was my duty to fix it. A person filled with such life and spirit deserves only the best. I wanted to give Jen a shooting star in the sky. I was here to inspire my friend and show her that no matter what your situation is, no matter where you are in life, no matter how high or low your budget, your love can be celebrated any which way you want, no matter what the norm says or what society pushes on you to believe is right. Every person in love deserves to dream about and celebrate their wedding.

That was it. It was decided. I was going to give Jen the best wedding ever… styled and real!

My team of fantastic vendors had no idea this was going inside my head. This was my challenge. My motivation. My crazy. Everyone was still on the same page with the style of 1920′s chic. (My husband and I are huge Boardwalk Empire fans and I could not resist a styled shoot with a flapper dress and a bottle of whiskey.) The theme played perfectly with Jen’s own wishes as well.

I needed a dress. No, I needed TWO dresses. I needed the best make up around. I needed gorgeous flowers. I needed details, details and more details. I needed Jen to know that I was on her side, no matter what. That even if she really wanted, as she put it, “just a city hall” wedding, it would be the best darn intimate gathering of vows that the world ever saw. This was my mission.

And, then it happened. After weeks of planning and design, I heard what I had been waiting for all this time. What I needed to hear. What every person should feel on their wedding day. We were just one hour into the shoot when Jen said:

“Wow… I look like a real bride. I love this dress! I’m having so much fun. I need to text Matt and call my Mother. They won’t believe this!”

I smiled and replied, “You are a bride, Jen.” She just smiled back at me and we both understood each other in that moment.

My heart burst into millions and millions of pieces of happiness and hope confetti. Happiness for a friend who deserves all the love in the world. And, hope that I may continue to inspire and move my clients to that moment. The exact crossroads of love, happiness and dreams that turn into a beautiful reality.

Jen wasn’t looking for vendors. She just wanted to help out a friend. And, I will be a friend who will always be just steps away in her backyard whenever she needs me.

Photography: Love, Sylvia Photography | Cupcakes: Papa Ganache | Groom's Attire: Tessuto Menswear | Accessories: Happily Ever Borrowed | Bride's Dress: Unique Vintage | Bride's Gown: Isabelle's Bridal | Bridesmaid Dress & Accessories: Unique Vintage | Event Design + Planner: Dee Kay Events | Florals: Monday Morning Flowers | Furnishings + Rentals: Bits & Pieces Rentals | Invitation + Paperie: Bella Figura | Venue Location: Wilson Hall

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