Real Weddings

Danielle and Omar at The Ashford Estate

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Details of the day: Waking up with my bridesmaids at my parent’s home, having a gorgeous arrangement of white roses delivered from my soon-to-be husband was an emotional way to start the day. Arriving by limo to the Ashford Estate, we were pampered in the bridal salon with champagne while our glam hair and makeup was done. My mom and Matron of Honor helped get me into my sparkling, ivory Allure Couture Ballgown with my limited edition heels, crystal headband and veil with crystal detailing to match the dress, feeling like a princess in the Bridal Suite of the Ashford, while my groom was getting dressed in a room right below me. During the first look, I saw his back to me as I made my way to him. I couldn’t take my time, I was so excited to see him so I rushed over, grabbed his shoulder, and then felt an extreme happiness as he turned to see his bride the first time. After our “first look” traveling the grounds of the Ashford, I was whisked away to the bridal suite to prepare for the ceremony.

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The barn doors closed as they prepared for my entrance with the string quartet playing a classical rendition of “Here Comes the Bride,” and I stood for a moment with my dad ready to walk his little girl down the aisle. During our magical ceremony with the barn lit up with a chandelier and dripping with roses, peonies, hydrangeas and candles, we read our own vows to each other (while the groom broke down during his) it was a scene from a fairy tale. The groom even grabbed his bride for a kiss before the officiant announced it! Once it was made official, we kissed as the crowd of 220 cheered and cried. We were whisked away to the salon to have a moment alone together while pampered with our own cocktail hour. After our entrance we performed our choreographed Viennese Waltz to “Time of My Life” by David Cook which wowed the crowd. Guests dined on a Burrata Salad, followed by a choice of Sea Bass or Filet Mignon. During dinner, a Belly Dancer and musicians performed a show. Emotional toasts were given by the father of the bride, matron of honor and five best men. Butler desserts were walked around so that guests did not have to leave the dance floor, and the bride and groom cut into a vanilla and chocolate and cannoli cake with a lush buttercream frosting. The night ended with an after party in the library, with pizzas delivered for guests to feast on after a long night of non-stop dancing!

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danielle-and-omar-real-wedding90Your favorite part: My favorite part of the day was our ceremony. With my dad walking me down the aisle to my new husband and seeing the emotion on his face was the most heartfelt moment of my life. We wrote our own vows, so I was proud to give my hand in marriage to my husband. Hearing the vows he wrote for me was an emotional moment (especially when he shed a few tears!) that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

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Advice for other brides: Take your time throughout the day to pay attention and enjoy to all the details of the day you worked so hard to plan and put together. Take in all the love surrounding you and your new husband and don’t worry about the little details, just have fun!

wedding details

Hometowns

Bloomfield, NJ

Ceremony Location

The Ashford Estate

Reception Location

The Ashford Estate

Photographer

John Arcara Photography

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