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Ashford Estate Wedding :: Kelly & Tim

June 5, 2020

bride and grooms first kiss, Ashford Estate wedding

It was a beautiful fall day for Kelly and Tim’s Ashford Estate Wedding shot by Vanessa Joy Photography. Check out more images below from this gorgeous day!

Bella Belle wedding shoes; crane & co wedding invites

Petal Pushers Magnolia wedding flowers, purple and lilac wedding flowers

Matthew Christopher strapless wedding gown

diamond drop wedding earrings

grooms wedding day accessories, bowtie and cufflinks

bridal day prep, purple satin bridesmaids robes

Navy blue and black Tuxedo, The Black Tux wedding tuxedo

groom getting ready on wedding day

groom in suspenders from the Black Tux

groom putting on bowtie

groom and groomsmen, Black and Navy tuxedos from Black Tux

Best man helping groom get ready on wedding day

groom putting his bow tie on

portrait of groom, new jersey wedding photographer

bride putting on earrings, diamond drop earrings

The Black Tux wedding tuxedo

groom and his mother on wedding day, Navy and black tuxedo

brides embroidered detailed Matthew Christopher wedding gown

bride reading letter from groom on her wedding day


We met right after I graduated college and Tim was in his senior year at West Point. One of my friends (who is still a dear friend and at our wedding) was dating someone at West Point and asked if a few of us wanted to go up for a weekend. We got a group of girls together and went up. The weekend was nothing too special, just a night out at the bars, but somewhere along the way Tim and I met. We flirted at the bar and one of the girls we were with stole his hat. Ultimately, nothing much happened that night but afterwards I used the excuse of the hat to message Tim on facebook. I was leaving to volunteer for a few months in Africa almost immediately after. We kept in touch as pen pals throughout that time ( I was totally crushing ) but by the time I got back 6 months later Tim was dating someone else. We intermittently kept in touch over the next few years- after Tim graduated he deployed to Afghanistan and I remember sending him care packages- although we were still just friends. This kind of contact was ongoing for a few years. At some point it became clear that Tim was very interested in getting together (now single at the time), but by that point I was in medical school and very busy and in and out of relationships. One weekend after multiple random facebook conversations, Tim asked me to visit ocean city, MD to hang with some of his high school friends at a hotel. He picked me up from my temporary home in Philly and we made our way down- only for me to watch us pull up to a quiet home- his parents. He hadn’t told me nor them that we would be spending the weekend with his parents….Thankfully they were gracious and it all went well. Still just friends but with some chemistry, we had a great weekend. We had a lot more online conversation and at some point a first kiss happened. For the next few years Tim pursued me and was always asking to hang out but I was too busy. He had almost given up until one night while he was deployed in Korea I reached out with a lame text message telling him “sometimes I think about us.” It sounds horrible but he broke things off with his (different) girlfriend at the time that day. He returned home a few weeks later and visited me in Allentown, PA immediately after he got home and then again 3 days later (a long drive from Maryland). That was when we started dating- we fell in love over the course of the next 3 years, with Tim living in Ft Hood Texas and me in Allentown, PA while I finished my residency and Tim finished his service for the army. Long distance turned to short when Tim got a job in NYC and we lived together in Jersey City- where he popped the question and we planned the wedding

black and white portrait of bride, new jersey wedding photographer

Matthew Christopher sweetheart cut wedding gown with long veil

Matthew Christopher scalloped edge wedding gown

groom and best man on wedding day

bride and father on wedding day

groom and father on wedding day

groom and groomsmen in black and navy tuxedos from The Black Tux

bride and her parents on wedding day


Family, the meaning behind the ceremony, friends, everyone having a good time!, learning about how each other person approached decisions

groom and his groomsmen in sunglasses

Purple Dessy group bridesmaids dresses

groom and his mother on wedding day, ashford estate wedding

bride with her bridesmaids behind her

Petal Pushers magnolia wedding flowers

rustic wedding table assignments

purple wild flowers wedding flowers

wedding seating chart table decor

bride and groom with the bridesmaids

bride and groom with maid of honor and best man, Ashford estate wedding

bride and groom with groomsmen

purple rose boutonniere, bride embracing groom

Ashford Estate New Jersey, New Jersey wedding photographer

Bride and groom in front of Ashford Estate

brides veil blowing in front of Ashford Estate

couple on their wedding day at Ashford Estate

Ashford Estate swing, bride and groom on swing

Petal Pushers Magnolia wedding bouquet

Seeing all of our friends and family together all so happy; seeing each other for the first time that day, the speeches….wait, actually everything. It was the perfect day.

New Jersey wedding photographer

wedding decor, in memory table wedding day

rustic wedding barn at Ashford Estate

Crane & Co wedding stationery

Ashford Estate fireplace decor

bride and groom at alter at Ashford Estate

brides father giving her away on her wedding day

The Ashford Estate barn wedding, Aerial view of Ashford Estate wedding

wedding ceremony photography of bride and groom

bridal recession, black and white wedding photography

floral walkway at Ashford Estate

Petal Pushers Magnolia wedding flowers

crane & Co wedding menus

The Ashford Estate wedding, Crane & Co wedding menu

wedding decor candles

wedding table numbers

Magenta wedding floral centerpieces

floral and candle wedding centerpieces

5 tiered floral wedding cake, the bake works wedding cake

Ashford Estate wedding reception

tall floral tablescapes, wedding centepieces

sweetheart table decor, wedding sweetheart table

bride and grooms first dance


Like walking on a cloud.

bride and father of the bride dance

grooms dance with his mother

mother of the groom and grooms wedding dance

Signature drink signs, signature wedding drinks

bride and groom at sweetheart table

father of the bride speech

bride and groom listening to speeches

bride and groom wedding toast

bride and groom cutting the cake

The Ashford Estate wedding venue

bride and groom kissing at Ashford Estate


Venue: Ashford Estate // Entertainment Company: Hank Lane Music– The Clara Jordan Band // Makeup Artist: Jon Lori Salon // Hair Dresser: Jon Lori Salon // Videographer: Yours Truly Media // Florist: Petal Pushes Magnolia // Stationary: William Arthur- Crane&Co  // Wedding Gown Designer: Matthew Christopher  // Bridesmaids Dresses: The Dessy Group // Wedding Shoe Designer: Bella Belle Shoes// Groom & Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux  // Cake: The Bake Works // Lighting Company: Fennelli Design// Transportation: Arrive In Style