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Elegant Ashford Estate Ballroom Wedding

Time and again, Kay English steps gracefully through our weddings door and steals a little piece of my heart with one of her glowing soirees. Soirees like this one that are jam-packed with pure beauty, thanks to the team at Reverie Made who always seem to raise the bar a bit. I mean, did you see the ceremony space?! To say the result is ridiculously gorgeous is quite the understatement.

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Seasons
Fall
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Estate
Styles
Elegance

From the beautiful Bride… As soon as we started talking about what our wedding would look and feel like, we knew we wanted something classic. We envisioned a romantic and elegant affair, filled with loved ones smiling and dancing the night away. That’s exactly what the amazing ReverieMade created and brought to life on our big day. Led by Owner and Creative Director, Kristin Polhemus, our theme was apparent through and through.

The Ashford Estate was our venue which helped set the stage for the elegance we wanted. To us, the location was perfect because our families didn’t have to travel too far. My family is from South Jersey and my husband’s family is from North Jersey, so we met in the middle in Central Jersey where the venue is located. Special also is the cemetery just 5 minutes down the road from the estate where my grandmother and grandfather on my mother’s side lay. Knowing they were there in spirit meant the world to us.

We selected the last Saturday in September which turned out to be the most gorgeous day we could have asked for – sunny and 80 degrees with a slight breeze. We loved the idea of our guests being in the same location for ceremony, happy hour and reception. Our ceremony was brief, officiated by a family pastor, and guests walked just 20 steps from the chapel to the cocktail hour in the estate followed by the reception which was just 20 more steps to the grand ballroom.

We absolutely loved seeing our guests roam the beautiful grounds at the estate, enjoying all the little details that were sprinkled throughout, from the gorgeous flowers to antique furniture to our unique table linens, all paired with some special homemade touches done by my own (very creative and crafty!) mother. To end the night, my husband had the cool idea of adding arcade games to the after party. (Who doesn’t want to dance to a DJ while playing StreetFighter?)

It was the perfect day to celebrate our love and the start of our lives together. A dream come true!

Photography: Kay English | Floral And Event Design: Reverie Made | Event Planning: Reverie Made | Gown: Anne Barge | Reception Venue: Ashford Estate | Catering: Merri Makers | Band: New York Edge | Bridesmaids Gowns: J Crew | Bridesmaids Robes: Victorias Secret | Calligraphy & Day Of Stationery: The Painted Lilly | Custom Watercolor Invitation Suite: The Painted Lilly | Gown Shop: Elizabeth Johns | Hair Accessories: Lush Bridal | Liquor: Neptune Liquors | MOB Gown: Liancarlo From Elizabeth Johns | Make-up And Hair: Lush Bridal | Photo Booth: Smile Booth | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Tabletop Rentals: Something Different Party Rentals | Transportation: A-1 Limo | Venue: The Ashford Estate | Vintage Rentals: Maggpie Vintage Rentals | Welcome Box : Parris Chic Boutique

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Rustic Chic Ryland Inn Wedding

Can we talk about these blooms from Laura Clare for a sec? The combo of giant coral charm peonies, pale peach roses and soft dusty miller looks delicious enough to take a bite right out of this bouquet. Not to mention, they pair perfectly with the bridesmaids minty dresses, giving this rustic chic soiree a fresh and modern touch. With Caroline Frost Photography behind the lens, you can feast your eyes on every pretty bit here in the gallery!

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Seasons
Summer
Settings
Inn
Styles
Rustic

From the beautiful Bride…We wanted our wedding to have an elegant yet rustic flair to mirror our personal style, and we struggled to find a venue within a reasonable distance from both our families that fit our style. We took a chance and booked the Ryland Inn before the event ballroom was even constructed and were (thankfully!) happy with how it came out. The space was refined but natural, with lots of light and wood and stone finishes. We worked closely with our officiant to craft a ceremony that truly represented us as individuals, honored our loved ones, and celebrated our future together. We know a lot of people were moved by the ceremony, as there were a lot of tears from our family and friends! We’re happy we hired a videographer, whose work complemented the wonderful photography of Caroline. The whole day went by so fast, so it is nice to have both photos and video through which to relive the day! Our DJ was also a pleasure to work with, and kept the dance floor full all night. We love to dance, so one of our favorite memories is being on the dance floor surrounded by so many loved ones from so many different parts of our lives.

Photography: Caroline Frost Photography | Videographer: Rob Cleary | Cake: Palermo's Bakery | Hair & Makeup: Expert Makeup Artistry & Hair Design | DJ: Owen O'Mahony From Aria Melody | Officiant: Christina Turner Ward | Bride's Dress: Maggie Sottero | Bride’s Shoes: David's Bridal | Floral Design And Event Décor: Laura Clare Fine Floral Design | Groom Tux: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen Tuxes: Prima Tuxedos | Venue: Ryland Inn

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Houghton Bride

Without a doubt, the mold was broken when Houghton Bride came on the bridal wear scene. Created for the woman who is looking for something unique, non-traditional, easy + chic, Houghton Bride offers a collection of gowns, dresses, coats, capes and suits in their incredibly distinctive, yet easy-to-wear style.

Fashion-forward and made of the finest European laces, silks and exquisite embroideries, this line of bridal wear was most certainly created with a cool girl in mind. Perfect for the bride looking for something simple, sexy and timeless, each and every piece from Houghton Bride is handmade to order. Named “Best of Bridal Fall/Winter 2015” by Harpers Bazaar, Style.com, + T, New York Times Style Magazine, their endlessly creative designs can be customized in multiple ways — from adding a sleeve or changing the length to choosing a unique style of embroidery. Brides even have the chance to co-create a completely custom design during an appointment with the brand’s designer, Katharine Polk. How amazing is that?! 

As the Houghton Bride collection continues to grow, brides can now mix + match separates to find the perfect look for their big day. There are even fabulous separates and more casual options for rehearsal dinner, reception + morning after brunch! Needless to say, I’m obsessedLucky for you tri-state brides, Houghton Bride is available by private appointment at the Houghton Bride Atelier (210 11th Avenue #503, NYC, NY 10001). To schedule your visit, contact bride {at}houghtonnyc.com.

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