Weddings of Distinction, The Ashford Estate
Kristiann and Nick flew in from Florida to have their wedding at The beautiful Ashford Estate. It was a perfect day. Kristiann and Nick were two of the nicest people I've ever had the pleasure to work with. Guess you call that "Southern Hospitality".
Everything took place att the estate which is always a plus. Also makes the day so great when I get to work with some of my favorite vendors. Kristiann and Nick assembled their perfect team of vendors which you can reference below.
Here is their story:
Many people know that Nick and I have known each other for a very long time. Our families were friends since we were young but we thought of each other very differently back then. He knew me as the girl who purposely stepped on his foot on vacation and I knew him as the boy who gave me a bloody nose because he dared me to hit a basketball with one of those 5-gallon water jugs as the bat. Needless to say, that basketball flew off the water jug into my nose and he was from that moment, on the boy that gave me a bloody nose. When Nick and I reached high school my family moved onto his street and at that time we really became best friends. He was always there to make me laugh and I was there to listen. We had the same group of friends who would constantly joke with us, telling us that we were going to get married. Nick and I always told them that we were just best friends, which was true until senior year of high school. Nick and I realized that we just had too much fun together and that we both wanted to be together. We dated all through college visiting each other whenever we could, which was very often. We would save up all the money we made on breaks to buy plane tickets to visit each other. After college we moved to Florida where I attended law school and Nick began his amazing career. I was always positive that in that moment nothing could be better; but Nick always found a way to prove me wrong.
After dating for 8 years Nick took me to the most amazing restaurant. A seafood restaurant, my FAVORITE!! It had been pouring rain all day so I was hesitant to get dressed up and go out, sweatpants sounded more my thing that night. However, the restaurant was downtown on the water and Nick promised the rain would stop. We got ready and left for dinner, the rain still had not stopped. After dinner, the rain stopped and Nick wanted to go for a walk to see this beautiful and gigantic fountain that was a famous part of downtown. It was so amazing and very romantic. With the fountain and the city lights all beautifully lit, he proposed and I SAID YESSS!! Immediately after it started pouring again. It was perfect and so special.
When Nick and I started looking at venues we knew it would be difficult because we wanted the venue to be elegant while also incorporating our country laid back style. We needed to be sure not go too honky tonk on our guests. When we drove down the long beautiful road to the Ashford Estate we were SOLD. We knew that it was perfect and so beautiful and rustic. After our first wish of booking the Ashford Estate came true, my second wish came true when Jeff Tisman agreed to shoot our wedding and engagement session. WOW did we make the best decision!!! Jeff took one of the most special days of our lives and captured EVERY moment of it. I know I am getting ahead of myself but Jeff is that amazing that he deserves shout outs all throughout this little write up.
Nick and I live in Florida so our wedding was somewhat of a destination wedding. All of the planning was done long distance. Initially I thought that this would be nearly impossible, but with an amazing fiancé, family, maid of honor, bridal party and all of the incredible vendors we choose, (who I will list at the bottom because they ROCK) it was easy and not nearly as stressful as I imagined. (Keeping in mind I had pneumonia for the last 3 months before our wedding). Our wedding was in October and the weather was beautiful but a bit windy. We did our first look with Jeff, which was a great decision. It was so intimate and exciting. We had so much fun with Jeff making us laugh while we tried to keep my long veil from pulling out of my hair as it blew everywhere with the wind. Luckily, I had an amazing beauty dream team who was there to fix me up after the wind restyled my hair and makeup. Jeannie Costanzo and Aura Flores did an amazing job on all of our hair and makeup. They are a great team and are two of the most kind and hard working people I have ever met.
Our ceremony was magical and having the amazing Bishop Lucey marry us made it an unforgettable experience. Jeff took amazing photos from every angle of the chapel. Both Jeff and our fantastic team of videographers from Cord3Films managed to capture Nick drop his lit candle while the chapel erupted in laughter.
The reception was more than Nick and I could ever have dreamt up. The flowers designed by Karen at Magnolia were breathtaking and ALL of the food prepared by Merri-Makers Catering tasted like heaven. Our friends and family danced all night long thanks to Band of Gold who did an amazing job keeping the dance floor packed from beginning to end. Nick and I laughed, danced and of course I cried thanks to those speeches. In the middle of the reception Jeff snuck Nick and I back into the chapel lit with candles to get some more amazing photos. OUR FAVORITES!!
It was such a special day and we are so thankful that we were able to share it with such wonderful family and friends. Thankfully because of Jeff, Nick and I will be able to relive that unforgettable day forever. Photos are special because they bring memories to life, but photos taken by Jeff Tisman not only bring memories to life but capture moments, angles and emotions that make all of his photos your absolute favorite. Our wedding was truly unforgettable in every way and we cannot thank our family (especially my mom and now husband who I drove crazy) and amazing vendors enough for making our wedding day magical!!
Kristiann & Nick
AMAZING DREAM TEAM:
Photographer – Jeff Tisman :)
Venue – The Ashford Estate
Wedding Planner – Kathi Evans from All the Best Celebrations (I would have gone crazy without Kathi)
Videographer – Cord Three Films
Invitations & Stationary – Abbey Malcolm Press Design (Abbey is by far the most amazing, creative and wonderful designer. She worked countless hours with me long distance to come up with the most amazing invitations and stationary for our wedding).
Ceremony Music – Royal Strings
Kristiann opening her gift and sweet letter from Nick.
The girls helping Kristiann getting ready. Love this angle.
Beautiful moment between Kristiann and mom.
And dad's first reveal.
Kristiann looking beautiful on her day.
There are so many great spots at Ashford and the light falls differently all around.
The wind started picking up during this part of the shoot.
One of my signature images from Ashford.
Posting this one for a specific reason. I know some couples are hesitant about seeing each other because it will ruin "the moment" Kristiann and Nick saw each other and the emotion is still there. Nick was tearing up as he watched Kristiann walk up the aisle to him.
Love this image captured by Dan as Kristiann and dad make their entrance into the ceremony.
View of the ceremony outside the barn.
Magnolia Floral Design rocked the reception space.
Some couples don't want to do the "traditional" things at their wedding but they are still fun and make for some great images.
Becoming one of my signature images here. :)
New York City, NY
Here are some favorites of both Drew & I captured from an E Session we did together in NYC. We had Staci's sister Jamie provide us with the wheels to get around the city and stopping when ever and where ever we saw a cool shot. Drew would spot something he liked then I would do the same. It was really a lot of fun. We both love going into any situation like that because it keeps the images different and fresh. Of course it helps to have an awesome couple such as Staci and Andrew who were up for anything.
Both Drew and I were able to remain professional and rise above the fact that Andrew was a NY Ranger fan. (JK Andrew) We all had a great time which was a perfect warm up to their fall wedding. Be sure to be on the lookout for that on the blog soon) Here are some of our favorites.
One of the great things about shooting in NYC are the people. How can you not love the couple next to theses two? So classic!
This was a random wall Andrew spotted. When you read the reason behind it it's really pretty cool!
Andrew and I met on April 7th (4/7)...after a few weeks of dating I noticed that Andrew used the number 47 pretty frequently (sports jerseys, etc). He told me that the number 47 had been his "lucky" number since he was a little kid. Since we met on 4/7, the number 47 has become a lucky one for both of us...oh, and my parents anniversary is on April 7th, too :-)
I know the next two are similar but I loved the both equally. Great images by Drew and his infamous tilt shift lens. (This image was captured 'in camera' not through Photoshop) :)
Tendenza, Philadelphia, PA.
Jennifer & Brian had a great November day in Philadelphia for their wedding. We met at Hotel Monaco where both Jennifer & Brian were getting ready. Adrienne met up with Brian while I captured Jennifer and her friends. We arranged for their reveal across the street from the hotel. We then spent some time in the park and also got some amazing images in Hotel Monaco. One of the many reasons I always ask that the bride & groom see each other before the ceremony. WHy not take advantage of some of the surroundings around you on your day? THey got married in a beautiful church in the city. It was then off for more spots around Philadelphia and then to Tendenza for an amazing party. I want to give a big 'thank you' for Adrienne for capturing so many great moments on the day including Brian's portraits.
And now, here is their story…
What a way to end our year.
Our story began in college at Temple University, Philadelphia. Jen worked in the gym and studied and Brian was working out and checking her out. Jen moved on to another campus, they kept in touch, Jen taking his kickboxing classes and occasionally getting together. Years later Brian said he would hook Jen up with a friend, Yet showed up alone...lol that was the beginning of forever. 6 years in He finally proposed, taking Jen away for a surprise trip to South Beach Miami, and getting down on his knee at the sexiest lounge and hotel, The Setai, under the stars. Of course she said yes & planning began. As soon as we saw Tendenza we knew that was our venue, soooo us! We just had to pick a date and even two years out they were limited. So, we picked one of the only days available which was also Jen's beloved brother Timmy and Grandfather's birthdays, who had both passed away> what a way to celebrate new life and love and have my guys with me too. We were then blessed in so many ways. Brian was in a near fatal car accident in April and the focus was no longer the wedding, but his recovery. With tons of love, support and prayers, we didnt even have to change our special date. We are so grateful to be here, together, to have health, love, and our family and friends. We got married in the beautiful St John the Baptist church in Manayunk, PA on a gorgeous spring day in November! After much thought, we decided to do a reveal session which was the best idea... thanks to Jeff!! We got a first look and some amazing alone time with Jeff and Adrienne at Indpendence Park across from the fabulous Hotel Monaco in Philadelphia. It was so nice to be alone in our Joy, while my girls and mom watched from the hotel window while getting ready. Everyone looked so gorgeous thanks to Aja Barton from Cheekadee Makeup artists and Angela McAleer, Jen's hair stylist and friend from La Mirage Salon. And although we kept them waiting, at the church for an extra 45 minutes, oops, It wasnt jen's fault for a change and Brian had no doubt she would show up. It was a beautiful ceremony thanks to Deacon Matt. Although Brian couldnt get his ring on, we were married!!! What a gorgeous day, we stopped at the park at Franklin Square and got some amazing colorful photos and then Jeff was laying in the street to get the City View shot! I was worried Brian would break his back or Jeff would get hit, but the pics are incredible!!! Our reception began with an awesome cocktail hr and a half followed by non stop dancing and good laughs. We had so much fun and didnt have to worry about a thing with all the help from the Cescaphe event group at Tendenza. Our flowers were eye popping but provided ambiance too, done by Shannon Chase Floral designer from the Rhoads Garden. Everything was perfect from the weather to the signature cocktail and dessert, to the 300 apps, and the stunning and delish cake. Everyone that participated outdid themselves, especially our friends and family for adding all the special touches. We couldnt have asked for a more perfect way to end our year. WE all danced the night away, thanks to the great mix of tunes provided by DJ Dan Breslin from Silversound productions. It truly was the the perfect day and everything we had wished for. Thanks so much to Jeff and Adrienne for being so creative and ballsy! We had so much fun and they made it feel so easy to be yourself and feel good too. We can't thank them enough for capturing the best shots from the happiest day of our lives. Im pretty sure no one takes shots like you do and we will treasure the pics forever!!!! AMAZING!!!! Love you guys!
Some of the details from the day. Jenn had a special locket with a photo of both her brother and her dad.
Nice moment between Jenn & mom.
Let the party begin. :)
Love this capture by Adrienne of Brian getting ready.
Their first reveal. Great expressions.
Jennifer looked beautiful and was all smiles all day.
Love finding light and shadows. This is literally the entrance to the hotel. We held people from entering and exiting the hotel to get the shot. Hey, whatever it takes. :)
My favorite image of the day. This was captured right outside the church. While the receiving line was going on it gave me a few minutes to walk around and find some locations. It was just an overpass on the road. Sometime the simplest things can make unique images.
Jennifer and her beautiful friends.
Brian and his boys rocking' the wall.
Classic downtown Philly shot!
Great capture by Adrienne of Jenn walking in with her two brothers.
One of Jenn's bridesmaids had a beautiful voice and made the ceremony even more special.
The beautiful Tendenza and a few of the table details.
Some fun on the floor.
Jenn and her mom had a great dance together complete with a dip that took her mom by surprise. :)
Love fall skies.
Ok... Now here's the craziest photo from the day. As my assistant Adrienne and I were testing for a shot we checked out the lighting on the back of the camera when we noticed something strange in the lower right of the frame. I don't recall someone walking through the shot and Adrienne is obviously behind the door. When we zoomed in this is what we saw. Creepy is an understatement.
Here's a closeup. What do you think??
The Ryland Inn, Whitehouse Station, NJ
"We are Penn State!! We are Penn State!!" No I didn't go to Penn State but I sure wish I did because it seems like it certainly was a party school!!! And I happen to still be chanting this as I go through the day. WOW!! What a party!!! Delanie and Rob had some pitfalls in the planning of their wedding but in the end it was one hell of a day. Everything took place at the beautiful Ryland Inn. Although there was still construction going on everything was beautiful and went off perfect. Delanie & Rob both got ready on ground and we captured all of their pics there as well. They had a beautiful day although unusually warm for October for their outdoor ceremony. Then the madness began. And I mean that in the most amazing, craziest good way. The dancing and celebrating didn't end all night. So much fun. Weddings like this make me love what I do even more. Now if I only studied harder in school I too would be chanting "We are Penn State"!! :)
And now here is their story:
Delanie and Rob met the very first day of college at Penn State University. Delanie’s parents waved goodbye after moving her into her dorm and Rob was waiting for a friend on the ground floor of her building. He volunteered to help set up her cable (which he had no idea how to do) and a week later asked if he could kiss her in an elevator. They spent the best four years of their lives together at Penn State before both moving home after graduation. Rob lived on Long Island and Delanie in New Jersey, so they did their best to see each other between his accounting busy season and her going to nursing school.
Before they knew it, it was December 28th, 2012. Every year Delanie’s family goes up to Vermont for the holidays and for the first time in the six years they had been together, Rob was able to go. In the light of doing something different, the family set up an evening dog sled ride (or so Delanie thought). When seven year old Lily was suddenly not coming, even though this adventure was apparently planned for her, everyone else was showered and dressed for the runway. One would think that a red flag would go up – but no. There were thirty huskies itching to play when they arrived at the house. Delanie and Rob were going on the first ride. The guide explained they would go up the mountain to a little hunter’s cabin where they would stop to give the dogs a break and get out to stretch. Once again, this probably should have been another red flag since these dogs can run for days and would not normally need a break after 45 minutes – but again no flags. The sun was setting and the full moon was rising through the woods as they climbed up the mountain bundled in the sled. When they got to the cabin the guide said to hang out for a few minutes and he was going to “take a lap.” Delanie invited him in with them to warm up but he insisted on staying with the dogs. The one wall of the cabin was a full window looking out at the mountain in the distance. Rob started pacing the cabin, blowing in his bare hands talking about how cold they were to which Delanie made some smart comment about putting his gloves back on (again no flags). Before Delanie knew it, Rob had grabbed her so she would pay attention and then he was down on one knee. It was perfect, other than the only thing Delanie could get out was “are you sure?” He was sure. There was a hidden bottle of champagne to celebrate alone before heading back down to her family.
When they got back to the house, everyone felt the need to get out and look at the new gate, even though it was dark and Delanie was doing the pee-dance in the back of the car from drinking too much champagne. Finally, everyone got back in and they started heading up the driveway until we made another stop because “there were lights moving around the backyard.” FINALLY, we got up to the house and off went the fireworks. There has never been a more perfect proposal in the history of proposals.
The wedding planning begun immediately and everything that could go wrong did go wrong. Yes everyone says that wedding planning is a nightmare but when your dress has been discontinued, the person making your invitations runs off, you end up with 1,500 golf pencils with the wrong date, your venue’s renovations will not be finished in time and your florist cancels six weeks before your wedding; it gets a little excessive. Every one of those things not working out was a blessing. The Bee’s Knees Custom Design made invitations that were out of this world, the Ryland Inn provided a beautiful tent that we could make “our own” and Jeff Tisman connected us with Twisted Willow Flowers that created the most beautiful arrangements that anyone has ever seen. Add music from Barattini Productions, phenomenal food, and a kickass guest list and you have summed up our wedding. It began with a bang as the bridal party came out to “Zombie Nation” and the guests chanted for Penn State. It continued with the groom playing the drums, the showing of the Palermo’s Bakery groom’s cake that looked like a bottle of Jameson and the bride doing jump chugs in her gown. It does not get any better than that. Jeff Tisman Photography was able to capture every minute even the ones that no one else noticed. The hard part now is picking our favorite pictures from the 900 that we narrowed it down to since Jeff makes things look beautiful that normally you would not take a second glance at. In a nutshell, that is our Penn State love story to date !!
Here are some of their favorite vendors:
Venue - The Ryland Inn
Flowers - Twisted Willow
Photographer - Jeff Tisman
Invitations - the bee's knees custom design
Cake - Palermo ' s bakery
Music - Barattini Productions
Hair - Carol Genna
Makeup - Nicole Genna
Stationary design - Lauren Gonser
Delanie getting ready for the day.
The flower girls kept themselves occupied as well. :)
Adrienne caught the fun with Rob & his friends as they were getting ready.
You know your in for a good time when your shotgunning some beer first thing in the morning.
Delanie's sisters helping her get around the grounds.
Delanie looked absolutely beautiful on her day.
Love this one.
The Ryland Inn had great grounds for images. From woods, corn fields, to old weathered barns as you can see in the next several images.
Advantage of doing all the pics before the ceremony is some down time for drinks and fun before the ceremony.
Love this image. As Delanie was walking down the aisle I caught the reflection in a photo inside.
The grounds outside Ryland Inn.
A few details of the day. Yes that is a Jameson's cake Delaine surprised Rob with. It really looked incredible.
A little tast of the fun on the dance floor.
Their first dance.
"Hands, touching hands…Sweet Caroline,bah,bah,bah" HA!! Classic. Delanie & Rob are in their somewhere.
"We are Penn State!!"
The rain held out for the day and started coming down at the end of the night. Always makes a great image.
The Ashford Estate, Allentown, NJ
Another great couple at one of the nicest venues in New Jersey. Heather & Stephen had an unusually warm day in October. Almost 85 degrees!! Felt more like Summer than fall but it was all good times. We started the day at Heather's parents home where the girls were getting ready. Stephen met us there for the reveal which was great. We spent a few minutes at a farm with some of Heather's horse friends before heading out to The Ashford Estate. They chose to do all their portraits before the ceremony which I always strongly recommend. We finished with plenty of time for them to have a break before the ceremony. From there it was a great night of dancing and partying. I also want to thank my good friend and amazing cinematographer Peter at PF Films. One of my favorites to work with and the importance of being a team! Working together for the bride and groom. And also it was my first time working with Soroya and her team at The Finishing Touch Events. They were true professionals and also a pleasure to work with. And of course the amazing staff at The Ashford Estate and Merri Makers Catering. Thank you all for allowing me to do what it is I need to do to get the shot!
Here are some of Heather & Stephen's favorite vendors from the day:
Makeup by Michele Wilderman
Hair by Dayna Goldstein, Connie Beavers
Here is their story. Sit back and enjoy!!
Stephen’s recollection of the night that changed his life:
For years, I asked my friend, Tiffany, to set me up on a date with her little sister. Tiffany and I went to school together and had been friends since we were around 15 years old but never close enough that I made acquaintance with her family. Every now and then she would invite her younger sister to come out places and each time I would ask, unsuccessfully, for an introduction or for her to set us up on a date.
"She has a boyfriend. Forget about it," she would tell me each time.
I learned that her sister’s name was Heather and that she was a college student. Eventually I also learned, to my delight, that she was not so enthusiastic about her boyfriend.
One night I went to an informal party at an old friend’s house. This friend had recently started dating Tiffany and the party was for her. As usual, I asked her to set me up with her sister but this time she said yes! She told me that the following night they would all be going out to dinner, including Heather, and that I should come.
Now, I've already told you that Heather had a boyfriend but I was also seeing a girl. I can't recall what I had planned with this other girl but I certainly wasn't missing a birthday dinner with my real crush for it. So, that was that. I called her up and cancelled and the next day I'd be out and have a chance at Heather.
It wound up being somewhat of a late night and the next morning I woke up feeling like absolute garbage. Tiffany came and picked me up along with a few others. We then went to her childhood home to get Heather, who was home from college for the weekend.
I'll never forget how great she looked getting into the car. She started talking about how hung over she was also and told me I smelled like alcohol and that it was making her nauseous. Not the best start but I continued wooing her with my irresistible charm and soon after had her feeding me sushi from across the table. We hit it off famously at dinner and by the time we got to the bar a few blocks away I had pretty much forgotten about Tiffany, her birthday, and any memory of that girl I was supposed to be on a date with.
Heather and I had so much fun we decided to get out of there. My memory is a little fuzzy but I think I got a kiss in the cab on the way home.
The next day I texted, “I love you" and a couple days later we both officially broke it off with our significant others. Seven months later I proposed, she said yes and here we are, living happily ever after.
Heather’s version of how they met/the rest:
The night I met (fell in love) with Stephen was the night before my sister’s birthday, April 30th 2011. My sister and her boyfriend planned to pick me up on the way. As I opened up the car door, I was mesmerized by this handsome man. I was also furious that I was given no warning and dressed like I was going to a funeral. At dinner I think I awkwardly stared at him and tried my best to be witty and fun. Thankfully, by the time we got to the bar, I started to warm up. Our conversations came naturally and so did our doing monologues from Scar Face, Gladiator and Any Given Sunday. I really don’t think I ever laughed so hard with someone in such a short amount of time. The memories blur out from there, but I recall our first kiss in the cab ride home. The next day I received a text from a strange number saying “I love you” and I replied “Your hair is phenom.”- The rest is history.
He proposed to me seven months later at the Christmas tree in Rockefeller plaza and we booked our wedding at the beautiful Ashford Estate about two years out. The time since then has flown by, but did nothing except reassure us that spending our lives together was the right decision.
Our wedding day was perfect. If you asked Stephen his favorite memory, he would say the reveal. For me, the best part of the day was every moment we could step back and take in all the love we have for each other and for all of our wonderful family & friends as well. It was complete bliss.
THANK YOU. You captured such special moments, although you were working with people who have severe modeling issues. Don’t worry we’ll keep our day jobs- and so should you! You are amazing to work with and we feel so honored that you photographed our wedding day. You gave us such beautiful photos that will always have a special place in our hearts and there are no words that can ever thank you enough for that.
Heather & Stephen
Heather & her sister Tiffany who's wedding I am looking forward to capturing in February of this year!
Love this image.
Great image captured by my assistant Dan.
Their first reveal. Gotta' love Steve's reaction as well as Heather's!! :)
Heather looking absolutely beautiful.
The next several images were captured around the grounds at The Ashford Estate. I could shoot here for hours!!
HA HA!!!! Love this sequence.
Great angle captured by Dan.
Their first dance surrounded by friends and family.
A great time was had by all!!
One of my favorite images from 2013!!