As with many good 21st-century love stories, Ashton Lattimore’s relationship with Alan Newsome started with a profile picture.
Ashton, an attorney and law clerk for a federal judge in Massachusetts, was living in Boston completing a law degree at her undergraduate alma mater, Harvard, when she signed up for the online dating site OKCupid. When Ashton spotted the adorable yet studious profile picture of Alan, she was intrigued. Alan, an actuary, originally from York, Pennsylvania, became Ashton’s first and only online dating experience. A year into their courtship, he sealed their love in his Boston apartment with homemade brownies, two dozen roses and a diamond ring they had picked out together. Choosing to marry near Ashton’s parents’ home in Piscataway, the couple found themselves planning their wedding during their 11-month engagement from 250 miles away in Boston. Ashton’s parents, godmother and aunt were thrilled to help arrange appointments and coordinate vendors. Ultimately, they booked the ideal venue for a September 21, 2013, ballroom wedding. The Palace at Somerset Park proved perfect for Ashton and Alan’s nondenominational Christian ceremony, with a theme of classic elegance and timelessness. Ashton and Alan were sold on the Palace as soon as they sampled the menu. It was Alan who picked the culinary hit of the reception, a suckling pig. Guests indulged in the abundant Viennese hour over tablescapes of navy organza overlays and crystal candelabras brimming with dark blue hydrangeas, coral roses and white hydrangea. A devout chocoholic, Ashton was treated to a navy and coral rose-accented wedding cake with four tiers of dark chocolate cake between chocolate mousse filling. After a grand ballroom entrance to Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September,” the bride took to the dance floor as DJ Alias spun classic ’90s hits and R&B favorites. Later that evening, Ashton’s father unveiled his wedding present to his daughter: While Ashton studied for the bar exam in Boston, he rehearsed a choreographed dance routine for four months, taking lessons with Ashton’s mother as a stand-in. Father and daughter twirled and swayed in perfect box step to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Rod Stewart, a family favorite from long car trips together. After a honeymoon in Negril, Jamaica, Ashton and Alan are at home in Boston. Click the rest of the Lattimore wedding portraits by Janine Collette Photography below, and find this Palace at Somerset Park wedding in the latest issue of New Jersey Bride magazine, on stands 6/17.