A Timeless Elegant Wedding at The Ashford Estate in Allentown, New Jersey
Kyle Harrison (29 and a social worker) met Lisa Spero (27 and a teacher) his junior year at Rutgers University when she was a freshman. The two spent a lot of time together over the next two years but didn't realize their true feelings for one another until Lisa left for 6 months to study abroad. The day after she returned home, Kyle rushed to her house and their relationship was set in stone. Six years later, on a trip to Long Beach Island, New Jersey, Kyle and Lisa had gone for a walk and when they stopped at the dock to watch the boats come in, Kyle proposed. The Ashford Estate served as the ideal venue for both the ceremony and reception. Inspired by the undeniable elegance of the gardens and ballroom, Kyle and Lisa set a black tie theme to accompany their monochromatic color palette of green, white and ivory. Table settings laced with hints of eggplant were set atop a sparkling tablecloth similar to the sparkle of the brides gown. Passed appetizers with delicious twists, like crab leg in avocado gazpacho, were served alongside tasty Asian inspired food stations before the sit down dinner of filet mignon, mahi mahi and spinach crepe. A dessert of pumpkin cake with ice cream led to dance floor milkshake shots and freshly baked cookies. As guests were leaving they were given chocolate peanut butter cupcakes and jars of local New Jersey honey to ensure tasty treats from start to finish. Even with all of those appetizing snacks, the dance floor was packed the whole time. "We had a special song, Garth Brooks "Friends in Low Places" played for hometown friends at exactly 10pm. It has become a tradition to play it at our big events." says Lisa.