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Traditional Ashford Estate Wedding

Traditional with a touch of bright pink is always an amazing combination, but pair that up with a fabulous locale like The Ashford Estate and all bets are off, lovelies.  This is one crazy cool wedding.  I’m talking beautiful blooms by Petal Pushers and Magnolia, an adorable bride and groom and one heartwarming moment after another captured by The Studio Photographers.  See them all here.

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On a mid-summer July day, you never would have thought the day would turn out so perfect! Welcome to the nuptials for Ally and Chris, Massachusetts residents who returned to the bride’s home state to tie the knot. Inspirations were a natural elegance, soft colors, vintage inspiration- leave out the bling (maybe just a little)! Guests were greeted at the Barn Chapel of the Ashford Estate with fresh juice in mason jars, program fans, and handkerchiefs for the ladies to keep cool in this non air-conditioned space. Luckily the temperature stayed tolerable and the rain and clouds parted just as the ceremony began. Guests also were entertained by a string trio playing the couple’s favorite tunes like “Don’t stop Believing” by Journey and some Grateful Dead re-creations. Celebrant Beth Palubinsky created a unique ceremony filled with personal touches and a hand fast ceremony where the couple’s mothers wrapped their hands symbolizing their union.

Guests were escorted to the cocktail hour in the Ashford Estate Atrium with Passion Fruit Martini’s. Favorites included a seafood raw bar with crab claws, oysters, chilled gazpacho with shrimp, raw tuna flat bread with truffle oil and a risotto station. Main Street Fine Catering was able to meet all requests and expectations.

The bridal party entered the reception dancing to Prince and the rest of the night was magical. Entrée options of mahi mahi or filet mignon were a hit. The party went for house dancing to a 10-piece band, Night Moves.  Special touches: in place of guest books, table numbers were mini guest books for the couple to open at every anniversary. Dessert bar with passed desserts like iced pops and mini milk shakes.

It was the best night of their lives!

Photography: The Studio Photographers | Cinematography: Northeast Horizons | Flowers: Petal Pushers | Flowers: Magnolia | Wedding Dress: Priscilla Of Boston | Bride's Shoes: Parisxox | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Main Street Fine Catering | Hair: Christina Mancuso Of Zomparelli | Lighting: Fennelli | Band: Night Moves | Celebrant: Beth Palubinsky | Estate: The Ashford Estate | Flower Girl & Bridesmaid Dresses: L'elite | Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang | Makeup: Danielle Garcia | Programs: The Paper Source

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Allentown Wedding from Robert & Kathleen Photographers

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!

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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

Badgley Mischka, Alfred Sung, Dessy Collection, Dessy Flower Girls and Monique Lhuillier are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Robert & Kathleen Photographers is a member of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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The Ashford Estate Wedding Inspiration from The Studio Photographers + MDS Floral Designs

Antiquing and thrifting isn’t for everyone. But for those of us who can’t help but stop at the nearest Estate Sale Saturday morning, to hunt down the prettiest, most special little additions to our homes, it comes only natural to plan a wedding around the seriously loved treasures we find. MDS Floral Designs is in the same boat as I when it comes to this love of all things recycled. When The Studio Photographers sent over an inspiration shoot they worked on with MDS, centered around the French Countryside and thrifting, I could. not. get. enough. So I loaded up the gallery and got ready to share my new obsession with you!

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From The Studio Photographers … Michelle from MDS Floral Design created a spectacular scene. She’s a thift store junky and loves vintage furniture pieces with “good bones” to refurbish. The ornate table and velvet chairs where the perfect match for the shabby chic look she was going for. With the mix of old and new, and the old barn setting , it all just fell into place. The thrift store antique pitcher and sugar bowls blended perfectly with the flowers and the china, which was donated by our stationary designer’s Grandmother.   

Photography: The Studio Photographers / Venue: Weddings of Destinction: The Ashford Estate / Floral Design: MDS Floral Designs / Hair and Make-up: Tim Alan / Stationary: Stephanie Somodi: Designing the Most Inviting Day / Bridal Salon: Exquisite Bride / Bridal Accessories: Sassy Chic Boutique