Real Weddings

Michelle and Ryan at Park Chateau Estate & Gardens

Posted on July 17, 2018 by Allison Dupree

During one of my busiest wedding weekends in August 2016, I got a “frantic” email from a bride who needed hair and makeup for her engagement dinner that Monday in New Hope, PA (one of my favorite towns). Although I was disinclined to drive 2 hours after such a busy weekend, I agreed and the bride and I finalized plans. She needed hair and makeup in the most adorable Bed and Breakfasts where I’ve always wanted to stay.Michelle-Ryan-Park-ChateauI arrive with all my hair and makeup gear to the bridal suite, prepared to work, and as soon as I open the door Ryan is there on one knee!The greatest joke to the whole story is that Ryan made a fake email and name of the bride which I didn’t process until afterwards — Anita Ring (say it out loud).

After the proposal we called family and had a lovely dinner on the Delaware River.

The color scheme was black/white/gray. The bridesmaids wore white (my favorite element of the whole wedding) and the groomsmen wore classic black tuxes for contrast.Michelle-Ryan-Park-ChateauFlowers were organic and natural, with lots of white anemones and peonies and dusty miller.We had a late-winter wedding, so we kept things classic and simple.

Michelle-Ryan-Park-ChateauWhy did you choose your venue? 

The menu was very vast, but we narrowed down to The Chateau Salad, then the guests had a choice between the Chilean Sea Bass, Filet Mignon, or Chicken

I initially tried it on with just my sister and mom, and then I put it back on with my entire family and Mother-in-Law to confirm we all loved it. I have never felt more beautiful and special!

Also, take a second during reception to look around the room and realize all of these people came from near and far to celebrate your love and union. It is the most warming and crazy feeling in the world!

the details


Parsippany, NJ

Ceremony Location

Park Chateau

Reception Location

Park Chateau


Jennifer Larsen Photography


Honorable Michael Hubner, J.S.C

Bride’s Gown

Sottero and Midgley, from I Do I Do in Morristown, NJ

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