Our Glamour & Grandeur couple were married over the weekend at The Ashford Estate, the newest and swankiest of venues in the gorgeous state of New Jersey. You might recall us gushing over Elise and Sharif's engagement photos back in February. Needless to say, we placed the bar pretty high for the design and planning of this event, beginning almost 15 months ago.
When I first met with the bride and her mom, the venue was the only detail firmly decided upon, as it was impossible to resist an ultra romantic locale sitting on 30-acres of sculpted land, amidst sparkling fountains, waterfalls, a floating gazebo, stone ruins, garden arbors and sprawling views. And as each guest drove through the lion-guarded iron gates and up the 1/4 mile tree-lined stone drive toward the estate, jaws certainly dropped.
The ceremony was held in the quaint barn chapel, decorated with white roses, white hydrangea, ivy and hanging crystal candles. A white-wood canopy was draped and placed in front of the chapel's 30ft fireplace and the couple's son (also the ring bearer) lovingly entered the ceremony in an antique wagon. Cocktail hour commenced inside the main house's glass conservatory, but guests were also encouraged to explore the multiple plush patios and adjacent library (where our team placed precious family photos of the bride, groom and their families). The sun was shining bright and there was such an abundance of love and excitement for Elise and Sharif, so family and friends roamed the grounds with Newt-inis in hand (signature cocktails featuring the bride's NEW last name). Finally, guests took their seats for dinner inside the gorgeously illuminated grand ballroom, where hues of purple, lavender and taupe took center stage. Tables featured both 1- and 4-foot white floral centerpieces flanked by rhinestone wrapped pillar candles and petals. For the cake however, purple roses cascaded the 4-tiers from a bedazzled monogrammed topper. And just as the bride and groom wanted, a 10-piece live band and DJ led a truly grand party, so much so that most seats went empty during the final few hours of the event.
We were thrilled to have worked with Elise, Sharif and their families in creating a sensational celebratory experience as they began their new life together. As Elise put on her gown, my eyes filled with tears because I realized at that moment how far we'd come. And the icing on the TBP cake was her affirmation to me that her "dream" had surely come true. Well ... what can I say ... that's why we do what we do.
We wish Elise & Sharif a lifetime of love and happiness and are happy to share some of the best moments of their wedding day below, thanks to The Artist Group.
Check out a few amateur TBP snapshots as well:
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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY LLC