October 20, 2011

The Ashford Estate hosts Grace Ormonde

Wedding

I had heard little tidbits about this new venue but wasn’t prepared for just how magnificent it really was. The Ashford Estate in Allentown, New Jersey is an incredible wedding venue just over an hour from Philadelphia. Wedding guru, Grace Ormonde had picked it as a stop on her tour to publicize her book, Being in Love Never Goes Out of Style. I spent the evening there last night taking in this hidden treasure and meeting some fabulous wedding professionals who came from all over the coast. I was flattered to have received an invitation and was surprised at how small and intimate the guest list was, despite representation from all over.

I brought my camera and took a few snapshots of the night. Here is just a taste of what I saw: After entering through iron gates guarded by stone lions and driving down a beautiful pine tree-lined road, you approach the main mansion.
   Wedding photography Ashford Estate with Grace Ormonde
The initial reception was in the glassed in conservatory down the hall. We nibbled on passed hors d’oeuvres and wine. A string quartet, Showcase Strings, played in the background against the stone fireplace.
  Wedding photography Ashford Estate with Grace Ormonde
Through some light rain we were escorted down a brick path to the grand ballroom.
  Wedding photography Ashford Estate with Grace Ormonde
The room was beyond impressive. Three floral designers had set up displays in the corners of the room and Main Street Fine Catering had food stations and more passed treats.
  Wedding photography Ashford Estate with Grace Ormonde
MDS Floral Designs came up with a romantic French countryside design that was so perfectly elegant yet approachable. Mismatched chair covered played off of the soft whites of the chandeliers, cotton, orchid, and birch motif.
  Wedding photography Ashford Estate with Grace Ormonde
Wedding photography Ashford Estate with Grace Ormonde
Wedding photography Ashford Estate with Grace Ormonde
There was a roaming fashion show as well.
  Wedding photography Ashford Estate with Grace Ormonde
Wedding photography Ashford Estate with Grace Ormonde
A Touch of Elegance came up with a Moroccan themed table display with vibrant reds and golds in an impressive layered and multi-dimensional presentation.
  Wedding photography Ashford Estate with Grace Ormonde
Wedding photography Ashford Estate with Grace Ormonde
Wedding photography Ashford Estate with Grace Ormonde
Flowerful Events created a chic and modern Asian display with paper fans, lights, and long, fanciful sprigs of dendrobium orchids.
  Wedding photography Ashford Estate with Grace Ormonde
The middle of the room was devoted to Grace Ormonde herself who was signing books and having consultations with wedding professionals.
  Wedding photography Ashford Estate with Grace Ormonde
Wedding photography Ashford Estate with Grace Ormonde
Wedding photography Ashford Estate with Grace Ormonde
Wedding photography Ashford Estate with Grace Ormonde
It was an absolute joy to see a few familiar faces and even more new ones. My only regret is that I didn’t get to experience it during the day to really see everything that it offers. I would love an excuse to get back there and photograph the barn chapel, manicured lawns, fountains, floating gazebo, stone ruins, and all that The Ashford Estate has to offer. If you’re considering this fantastic gem for your wedding, contact me because I’d love to see what we can do.

Thanks to everyone at Grace Ormonde, The Ashford Estate, and all of the impressive vendors who made the night look, feel, sound, and taste so incredible.

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