Once again, we were so overjoyed to be working with a family with whom we’ve had the pleasure of working before! And we were also thrilled to be back at one of our favorite venues, The Ashford Estate!
Kate and Mike grew up in neighboring towns but didn’t meet until they found each other online. They both knew they had found ‘the one’ and Mike began planning his proposal. He recruited his sister for his secret proposal to Kate by having her tell Kate they were planning a surprise party for Mike’s upcoming birthday. So Kate invited all their friends and family to surprise him. Of course, Mike made sure they were there for the real reason… to witness his proposal to Kate and celebrate with them! After they “surprised” Mike, he thanked them all for coming and asked Kate to marry him! Kate was so happy to be able to share that moment with their dearest loved ones.
Let’s fast forward to Kate and Mike’s fabulous wedding day at The Ashford Estate! The Ashford is perfect for an all-in-one wedding event, and Kate and Mike both got ready, held their ceremony and their reception all at this beautiful venue.
Kate prepared for her day in the bridal parlor, having her makeup finalized by Hot Mess Studio before reading Mike’s tender love note for her. We loved Mike’s message to the love of his life, ending with the sweet “Let’s make today so special!” We also love it when our grooms get emotional throughout the wedding day and Mike definitely didn’t disappoint! He found it very hard to hold back tears as he read Kate’s lovely card for him.
Then it was time to finish getting dressed for the wedding! Kate’s mother and sister helped with those delicate buttons on Kate’s gorgeous wedding dress. She wore an exquisite satiny gown with a princess silhouette, a deep-V neckline and stunning open-back design. Her skirt had such beautiful floral embroidery and in the back of her hair, Kate fastened a delightful brooch and a long veil for the ceremony. And her lovely bouquet from J&M Floral and Event overflowed with lush ivory and burgundy blooms and berries. Kate truly was such a stunning bride!
Kate and Mike make such a beautiful couple and sincerely, such a perfect match! Before their ceremony was set to begin, the two shared an exciting first look. They both giggled the same, laughed and traded sweet kisses after they saw each other for the first time (after Mike wiped away his tears!). Photos were taken right after their first look and we were so happy to be working with Jeff Tisman Photography again on this very special day.
To prove our theory that the first look never spoils anything, Mike was overwhelmed with emotion once again as Kate walked down the aisle to meet him in the Barn Chapel at the Ashford. In front of that gorgeous stone fireplace and rustic wood mantel adorned with romantic candles and floral arrangements, the couple recited vows that they wrote for each other in their personalized wedding ceremony. The ceremony ended with the traditional first kiss and the two were now officially married!
Kate and Mike’s reception then kicked off in the grand ballroom as the newlyweds entered the room to the cheers of all their friends and family! They danced their effortless first dance together as ‘Mr. and Mrs.’, then Kate’s sister, Kristiann, gave such a wonderful, heartfelt toast to her sister and to her new brother-in-law. And Mike’s best man, Kevin’s, speech was equally personal and touching.
Dancing resumed again as everyone got in on the action, dancing all night long to the hip sounds of Band of Gold! It was such a fun evening, and one that we won’t soon forget!
Congratulations to the sweet couple, Kate and Mike! May the new year bring even more love and happiness to you both!
Photographer: Jeff Tisman Photography – New Paltz, NY
Floral Design: J&M Floral and Event – Madison, NJ
Hair Stylist: Hot Mess Studio – Asbury Park, NJ
Makeup Artist: Hot Mess Studio – Asbury Park, NJ
Entertainment: Band of Gold Music – Toms River, NJ
Officiant: Daniel Morris
Venue: The Ashford Estate – Allentown, NJ
December 30th, 2019
by Kristi Chapman
in New Jersey Wedding Film