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Country Vintage Farm Engagement Session

The main criteria for this couple’s sweet outdoor e-sesh? Including all their furry friends (horses, cat, goats – you name it!) plus darling little niece. It’s an engagement shoot gone country-style glam with locally grown blooms crafted in the hands of A Garden Party. More from the lens of Rachel Pearlman right here!

From Rachel Pearlman PhotographyThese country lovebirds had one requirement for their engagement session – to include their “family” – a barn cat, a pony, a show horse named Larry, and a few friendly goats…oh and their adorable niece, Morgan. Sara, training to become an Olympic horseback rider, has grown up surrounded by farm animals. Her fiancé, Jason, is a farmer. Naturally, the groundwork was laid for a rustic and natural shoot featuring floral styling by A Garden Party and Jason’s vintage, green pickup. Yes, he does drive it around town. A standout touch for this session was the stunning floral jewelry created by A Garden Party.

From A Garden PartyOne of the most popular wedding trends for the past few seasons has been the “natural, rustic” vibe, full of wildflowers and vintage touches. There is something special about incorporating glimpses of the past into decor, but sometimes it’s hard to find what is truly authentic.

Huge locally grown pink and burgundy dahlias, garden roses and gomphrena were woven into a garland of seeded and silver dollar eucalyptus to sit on the back of the couple’s green Chevy.

Wanting to accentuate her love of horses, Sara had tons of the locally grown gomphrena threaded together to form a lead rope for her childhood pony, Sunshine. She held a bouquet of dahlias, gladiolus, and garden roses to match Sunshine’s halter flowers, and the horse blanket was made of tree ivy overlapping to form the backdrop for even more of the pink gomphrena spelling out “love.” The horse blanket and horse wreath is also showcased on Polaris “Larry”, Sara’s show horse.

The real show stealer is Morgan, whose floral crown was the perfect accessory for her sweet demeanor. Sharing the same elements as Sunshine’s adornments, her halo had tree ivy and pink and purple gomphrena to coordinate with her bubblegum cowboy boots.

Lastly, we decided to create unique, live floral jewelry for Sara, the bride to be who prefers blooms over baubles; the garden inspired necklaces, bracelets & ring are plantable post party!

Photography: Rachel Pearlman Photography | Floral Design: A Garden Party | Hair And Makeup: Your Day, Your Way

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Romantic Paris Theme Wedding at The Historic Smithville Inn

We’re suckers for a Parisian love story, and this one will steal your heart. Primrose And Company captured the magic of the City of Lights in this romantic wedding, which features a sentimental lock and key theme inspired by the Groom’s proposal at the Ponte de Arts. Mary + Roy snapped away at all the pretty, which you’ll find in the full gallery right here!

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From Primrose And CompanyMeghan and Kyle met and became Seahawk Sweethearts while attending Wagner College. After six years of dating, the couple took a summer vacation to Europe. While in Paris, Meghan surprised Kyle with a padlock to lock on the famous bridge Ponte de Arts. People from all across the world take part in this romantic tradition, where they place a padlock on the bridge and throw away the key into the Seine River, all awhile making a wish. The couple accidentally put their lock on the wrong bridge. However, Meghan’s wish did come true when the couple finally found Ponte de Arts and Kyle got down on one knee and asked for Meghan’s hand in marriage. In addition to the gorgeous ring, Kyle had also brought a padlock to Paris but didn’t mention it to Meghan when she had presented him with the lock she had brought. Later, Kyle’s padlock was placed on their wedding cake, bringing the magic of their Paris love story to their New Jersey wedding reception.

It was very important to Meghan and Kyle to stay true to their style when planning their wedding. The couple wanted to keep the day romantic, intimate and most importantly personal. During their ceremony, Meghan and Kyle locked their hand written vows in a box during the unity portion of the service. Not only did the locking of the vows symbolize their devotion to each other, but it also replicated the events of their engagement. In order to achieve the personal aesthetic in the reception space, the couple created baby photo table numbers, skeleton key escort cards, and donation favors. Not to mention, their Florist/Event Stylist surprised the couple with many Parisian themed decor pieces that truly took Meghan and Kyle’s breath away.

The fifteen months of planning each detail did not go unnoticed by any of the guests. Everyone was so incredible joyous in the celebration that not a single person sat during the reception. The dance floor was constantly packed to the point that the DJ had to request that guests please be seated to eat their meals! College friends reenacted choreography from their school musical “Footloose”. Uncles waved their napkins above their heads while dancing their own jig. Grandparents took part in doing the Polka and a brother of the Bride put Taylor Swift to shame in his rendition of “Shake it Off”. Meghan and Kyle’s wedding was truly an event no one wanted to see end. The couple is looking forward to planning an anniversary party in the future, just to relive every moment of their special day!

Meghan felt absolutely glamorous in her Allure Couture gown. Her earrings were an incredible find at T.J.Maxx. Her shoes by Caparros were the perfect height for dancing the night away. The lace that wrapped the bottom of Meghan’s bouquet was from her Mother’s wedding gown. Kyle was dressed in a custom three-piece suit from Indochino and his Etsy custom made cufflinks had a map of Paris on the face. The couple purposely designed Kyle’s suit to be a slightly darker grey than the groomsmen, to make his suit a bit more special. It was important to the couple that their wedding party be dressed in affordable and practical attire. Their ensembles were not only picked out for the wedding but for potential use to be worn again with out looking too bridal. The women were dressed in black cocktail dresses from White House Black Market. Their earrings were from Kate Spade and bangle bracelet from Papyrus. The groomsmen suits were from Charles Tyrwhitt and their ties and suspenders were from The Tie Bar.

Photography: MARY And ROY | Wedding Dress: Allure Couture | Cake: : Bake Works | Invitations: Jessica Leigh Paperie | Bridesmaids' Dresses: White House Black Market | Hair: Christine Truax Of Tru Love Weddings | DJ: Above And Beyond Disc Jockey Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Groomsmen's Attire: Charles Tyrwhitt | Wedding Venue: The Historic Smithville Inn | Bridesmaids' Bracelets: Papyrus | Bridesmaids' Earrings: Kate Spade | Cake Topper: BetterOffWed | Floral Design, Event Planning And Styling: Primrose And Company | Groom's Cuffs: Littlebotton | Groomsmen's Ties And Suspenders: The Tie Bar | Music: Shrewsbury String Quartet

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Lakum Trunk Show at Gabriella New York Bridal Salon

Gabriella New York Bridal Salon is amazing; we all know that.  But pair those geniuses of bridal wear with the fabulous, Brooklyn-based designers at Lakum and that’s what we call a can’t miss event.  Think a trunk show to end all trunk shows with an entire “suite of looks” to take the oh-so-chic bride (that’s you) through every phase of her wedding weekend.  Say it with me, loves: awesome.

From feminine silhouettes to unique + modern detailing, the new Lakum collection is totally gorgeous… and totally unique.  Which means that jaw-dropping entrance you were hoping to make on your wedding day is, well.  Right at your fingertips.  Not to mention that Lakum’s focus on detail, movement and construction makes each piece absolutely perfect for every single event on your agenda; from that fab engagement party to that sweet bridal shower to your going away brunch as newlyweds.

Contact Gabriella New York Bridal Salon to book your appointment for the upcoming Lakum Trunk Show on Wednesday, May 20th and Thursday, May 21st, including a sneak peak at the new Spring 2016 line.  You don’t want to miss a moment, lovelies.

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Pink + Gray Summer Wedding at the Ashford Estate

Pink and gray can look impossibly chic, and this summer wedding at a New Jersey estate is all the proof you need. From the Bride’s rose bouquet to the bridesmaids’ sterling dresses, everything is color coordinated to perfection—even the flowers on the grounds of the estate seem to fit right in! The ultra-talented Kay English, an Ashford Estate preferred photographer, captured all the lovely details, which you can see right here!

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From the Bride… Jay and I met at a softball tournament in early August. This doesn’t sound like the most romantic of meetings, however it was well planned and thought out by my sister and Jay’s sister-in-law. We casually hung out that night after the games were over and were basically inseparable ever since. Meeting Jay took me by surprise. It took a long time for me to find a so-called “nice guy” who was genuine and everything I had hoped for.

After almost a year of dating Jay completely shocked me by getting down on one knee in front of our families and asked me to be his wife. Soon after we began looking at wedding venues. We both knew we wanted a summer wedding and knew we wanted it to be somewhat local so we focused our search in New Jersey. I had been to a wedding at Bonnet Island Estate some years before and went on the website to research that venue. That’s when I came across the Ashford Estate. As soon as we pulled through the gates and drove up the driveway to the mansion I knew I had to have my wedding there. It completely took my breath away. It was elegant and romantic which is how I knew I wanted my wedding to be. Once the venue was picked we were able to focus on the details of the day itself.

The wedding dress was the first item on my list. The moment I put on the Justin Alexander ballgown I knew it was the one. The layers of organza with the beaded belt were what I’ve been picturing since I was a little girl playing bride in my parents backyard.

I didn’t have a particular theme in mind, I just knew I wanted the day to be romantic and centered around love. I focused on a color palette of soft pinks and gray. My bridesmaids wore Donna Morgan dresses in the color sterling and my flower girl coordinated in a light pink dress. The men and ring bearer were dressed in Vera Wang black tuxes. The girls and I carried light pink and white flowers with gray accents.

We had the barn chapel and the ballroom decorated with white and pink hydrangeas and tea roses, candelabras and vases. The centerpieces varied in height and the soft candlelight created the ambiance I had hoped for. Everything at the Ashford Estate was completely customizable to our tastes, from the menu to the table linens. We even chose bride and groom signature drinks, a champagne cocktail for the bride and whiskey for the groom.

I wanted to DIY some parts of the day so I had my mother make up a chalkboard program to be displayed outside the barn as well as a sign for the ring bearer (he wasn’t too cooperative in holding it), we also created place cards which doubled as our favor (silver script ‘love’ bottle openers) and had our guests toss rose petals as we exited the chapel.

The entire day felt like a dream. It was surreal and absolutely everything I hoped for. We asked my cousin to marry us. He became ordained and performed a ceremony that was the perfect combination of funny, sweet, and loving. The moment Jay and I locked eyes as I walked up the aisle I felt at ease. I knew whatever happened the rest of the day didn’t matter. After our first kiss as husband and wife we entered cocktail hour at the mansion and began our celebration with friends and family.

Our maitre’d coordinated everything perfectly with our vendors. From the moment we arrived all the way till the after party on the terrace. Our DJ kept the dance floor packed all night, we barely sat down! I am so thankful I have gorgeous photos and a video to look back on from that day because it was almost an out of body experience. It was so amazing that it didn’t feel real. I am fortunate enough to say I had my dream wedding and I married my dream guy. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Photography: Kay English, An Ashford Estate Preferred Photographer | Cinematography: Taylor Philips | Floral Design: MDS Floral | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Reception: Ashford Estate | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Catering: The Ashford Estate, Merrimakers | Lighting: Fennelli Design | DJ: SCE NJ | Men's Attire: Vera Wang | Bridesmaids' Dress Boutique: Luli Bridal | Gown Designer: Justin Alexander | Wedding Dress Store: I Do I Do

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Custom Robes from Singing Slowly

Loves, I think it’s time you met Singing Slowly.  A drop-dead gorgeous line of custom robes that give an entirely new meaning to the word pretty.  Think fluid crepe de chines, gossamer laces and gauzy chiffons all coming together to create one of the most stunning works of art you will ever see.  This, my friends, is how getting ready the morning of your wedding is sooo supposed to be.

Inspired by magical dragonfly wings and tales of woodland nymphs, Singing Slowly’s custom robes are perfect for those getting ready photos, or as an amazing gift for your bridesmaids.  Picture spending your morning lounging around in pure comfort with your besties, all while looking totally gorgeous for those memories you’ll capture for always.  And don’t forget that Singing Slowly’s robes are vailable in a plethora of sizes and colors, so you can be sure to find the right look and fit for you and your wedding.

Contact Singing Slowly today at singingslowly@gmail.com to order your custom robes.  All robes are made from scratch and take around 4-5 weeks to receive, so don’t delay, lovelies! xo

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Romantic Winter Wedding at The Ashford Estate

A classic winter wonderland wedding continues to rise on my list of favorite celebration styles and this one right here, photographed by Vanessa Joy, is a perfect example of why. With elegant design and some festive, fun touches (pinecones!) this wedding is romantic and cozy; what more could you ask for on your Big Day? Rob Adams Films topped it all off and I’ll be snuggled up here for the foreseeable future.

From Vanessa Joy PhotographyTiffany and Nick’s Ashford Estate wedding was breathtaking! The entire day took place at the Ashford where the guys looked dapper in their black tuxedos and the ladies wore Lazaro dresses and Tiffany wore a Vera Wang dress. Their ceremony was sweet as friends and family gathered to witness these two lovebirds say “I do.” The subtly winter inspired florals were grand thanks to Magnolia Floral Designs and I could not help but admire the small pinecones thrown into the mixture of white roses. The entertainment for the night was a blast courtesy of Vali Entertainment . The film above is from my husband, NJ Wedding cinematographer, Rob Adams Films, and of course, we finished our night off with an amazing night photo outside on the patio under the stars!

From the Bride… Nick and I met during our final months at Colgate University. At the time, I worked at the fitness center and every time he walked in I couldn’t keep my eyes off him. With time, I built up the courage to introduce myself and after bumping into each other a few times, he took me on our first date. Before I knew it, weeks flew by. Graduation came and went, and all I wanted to do was spend more time with him. We spent the summer drinking wine, cooking together, reading on the beach, and having endless conversations. The rest, as they say, is history.

When planning our wedding, it was important for us to highlight how romantic we are, how much fun we have with each other, and how happy we make each other. Each element, from the fairytale wedding gown to the dusty white rose petals to the vibrant band, was chosen to highlight who Nick and I are.

The inspiration for our wedding was a winter wonderland. We focused on creating an atmosphere of warmth, passion, and romance during a snowy winter night with whites, dusty silvers, and glistening golds. The ceremony was held at night in a cozy chapel entirely lit by candles. The reception, like the ceremony, was filled with fragrant white flowers and dusty millers. The entire wedding felt like a winter fairytale.

I have two favorite moments of my wedding. The first was while exchanging vows. I remember looking into Nick’s crystal blue eyes and being filled with butterflies. I will never forget the way he looked at me. The second is when we danced our first dance as husband and wife. I felt like I was in my own fairytale. In that moment, I felt everyone fade away and the only ones in the room was us. I remember his eyes, my skirt swishing back and forth, and him twirling me around. I felt like my heart swelled to three times its size.

On my wedding day I had the feeling of true happiness. I fell in love all over again every time I looked at Nick. His eyes made me feel excitement and passion. I felt hope in our future and a spiritual peace that comes from finally finding the other half of your soul.

Photography: Vanessa Joy Photography | Cinematography: Rob Adams Films | Floral Design: Magnolia | Wedding Gown: Vera Wang | Stationery: Little Black Dress | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lazaro | Hair: Argemiro Villarino | Entertainment: Vali Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen's Attire: Ermenegildo Zegna | Wedding Venue: The Ashford Estate

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