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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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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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Fall
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Estate
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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 | Transportation: A-1 Limo | Venue: The Ashford Estate | 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 | Vintage Rentals: Maggpie Vintage Rentals | Welcome Box : Parris Chic Boutique

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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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Summer
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Estate

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: Magnolia | Flowers: Petal Pushers | Wedding Dress: Priscilla Of Boston | Bride's Shoes: Parisxox | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Main Street Fine Catering | Makeup: Danielle Garcia | 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 | 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

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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