The Ashford Estate

I first met Erin and Elliot in a lively coffee shop in the heart of Philadelphia.  Erin’s mom, Kathy, was able to meet up with us as well, and it was such a great opportunity to learn more about Erin, and her story.  Like most of our clients, Erin and Elliot were busy professionals; Erin commuting back and forth between the east and west coasts on a weekly basis, and Elliot in graduate school at Wharton.

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Amidst their busy lives, Erin and Elliot were sure about one thing: they wanted their wedding day to be still.  An opportunity for family and friends to come together to celebrate love, and to be in that moment with them, together.

They fell in love with The Ashford Estate and the opportunity this venue presented to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, to the quaint, pastoral farmland of New Jersey.  We worked together to tailor a weekend of festivities, beautifully designed around memories of Erin’s and Elliot’s; memories of seaside vacations, playing outside until dusk, rocking out to Bruce Springsteen, and their favorite comfort foods (which were served as mini versions at cocktail hour).

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We complemented the neutral, ethereal color palette with soft, pretty flowers arranged in clay pedestal vessels of robin’s egg blue; a color that proved to be calming and significant to both Erin and Elliot throughout their lives.

With a larger bridal party and not a lot of room to stand at the front of their ceremony barn, we curated a collection of vintage furniture and switched things up by having the bridesmaids seated on both sides of the altar.  The groomsmen stood behind the ladies, and what was once a tight space was instantaneously more relaxed and comfortable for all.

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At the end of the evening, at approximately 3 a.m.– after guests retired to bed at their respective hotels– the Reveriemade team delivered custom breakfast bags to each of the guest rooms and hung them on the door handles, serving as a welcomed surprise for when guests awoke the next morning.  We designed and screen-printed the fronts of canvas bags, and inside we included croissants, local apple cider donuts, fruit, juice, coffee and tea in custom printed ‘to go’ cups, a farewell note, and a single flower to bid everyone adieu.

It was a beautiful beginning for Erin and Elliot as they began their lives together, and we were blessed to be a part.  Erin and Elliot’s wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty.

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Photography by Kay English Photography  |  Custom watercolor stationery and calligraphy by The Painted Lilly  |  ‘Winthrop’ the horse on loan from Ellen of The Green Lace Lion