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

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.

Lisa's wedding gown was a strapless, A-line ball gown with a sweetheart neckline and a chapel length train.  The top of the dress was hand beaded and full of sparkle. The skirt had a flower peddle like texture with pops of sparkle throughout. The cathedral length veil was custom made to match the dress in both color and sparkle.
Custom Made Cathedral Length Veil
Bride and Groom Meeting on a Path in the Garden
The bridesmaids wore Jim Hjlem A-line ballgowns with a sweetheart neckline in eggplant.The bride chose to have a bouquet of whites, creams and various shades of purple, while selecting jewel tones for her bridesmaids.
Black and Plum Wedding Party
Usher Passing Out Straw Accented Programs
The Ashford Estate boasts a large brick floored barn that served as the ceremony site. Small candlelit lanterns accompanied by strewn flower petrels and pastel gourds lined the aisle.
Classic Black and Cream Programs
Processional Down the Red Brick Aisle
Bride and Groom at the Fireplace Altar
Guests line the brick pathway holding out sparklers to welcome the bride and groom to the reception. The sparklers were a fun surprise twist to an elegant, traditional theme.
Eggplant and sparkle accents decorated the classically set place card table. The green table cloth and surrounding plants created a simple, elegant setting that blended beautifully with the venue decor.
There were several stations in addition to passed hor d'oeuvres including a sliders and french fry station, a seafood station with crab leg in avocado gazpacho and ann Asian inspired station with stir fry cones and dumplings. At dinner guests had the choice of the filet mignon, mahi mahi or spinach crepe.
For dessert, the bride and groom went the traditional route of a large wedding cake. It was served with vanilla ice cream in a mini waffle cone bowl topped with caramel.
The reception focus was monochromatic sticking with greens, whites and ivories throughout centerpieces which varied at 3 different heights.  The tables consisted of an ivory sparkle table cloth and eggplant accents within the china.
Eggplant Tinted China on a Sparkly Tablecloth
The bride and groom wanted a venue that could have all elements of the wedding in one location. The layout of The Ashord Estate allowed them to begin the day with an intimate ceremony in the barn then continue into the main house for cocktail hour in the conservatory. Afterwards they moved into the ballroom for the  elegantly decorated reception.
First Dance in the Large Open Ballroom
After their first visit to The Ashord Estate, it was clear to the bride and groom that their wedding was going to be black tie. The groom and groomsmen wore a traditional black Calvin Klein tuxedo with bow ties.
Bride and Groom Cutting the Cake
Romantically Themed Dinner Menu
Ivory and Lavender Candlelit Table Decor