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Ashley and Joseph’s Wedding at The Rockleigh

Details of the day: My wedding was inspired by Cinderella. I have always had a love for Disney, so I thought it was a perfect time to incorporate my love for it in a subtle way! I started with the color scheme, I chose a Cinderella blue for the bridesmaid dresses, and chose to pair this with gold accents throughout the day. My wedding dress was a ball gown and had gold beading and lace throughout, so I chose gold glitter pumps (and gold glitter flats) as my shoes. When picking a venue, we were really looking for a room that would take our breath away. We visited quite a few venues, but on our last visit, we saw the Rockleigh. We immediately fell in love with everything. The grounds, the fountains, the ballroom with the amazing chandeliers, it was perfect and we knew we had found our dream location. Although we live a few miles away, neither of us had ever been there before. Rockni, Zara and the rest of the Rockleigh team were amazing through the entire planning process up until the wedding day and truly made it effortless for us. The day of our wedding the Rockleigh team was amazing not only to us, but our family and bridal party. They made sure everyone had everything they needed and made the night go absolutely perfect. I STILL get so many compliments on our venue and all the food! I’m originally from CT and there’s nothing quite like a NJ wedding back in CT – I think my friends and family from CT were floored!

For our centerpieces, I had always imagined whimsical trees. When searching around, I came across Mayuri who really seemed to share my vision of Cinderella and knew exactly what I was looking for. She did a great job at executing my theme in a classy way. The bridesmaids bouquets had white and blue hydrangeas with a few roses for a pop of pink. My bouquet was gorgeous and included garden roses and dahlias, and she even incorporated these hand made gold flower accents from India to tie in with the gold on my dress. The centerpieces were absolutely beautiful, they were branches with orchids and votive handles hanging, with a bunch of white hydrangeas at the base. She also added a beautiful touch to our church ceremony at St. Ann’s in Nyack, NY. We had white hydrangeas with blue ribbon on the pews, with gorgeous lanterns lit with candles down the aisle and rose petals.

Being a graphic designer and having gone to school for art, I definitely wanted to incorporate some DIY aspects into our wedding without overwhelming myself. I designed our own save-the-dates and made the blue and gold belts for our wedding invitations. For the church, I made a homemade sign for our ring bearers along with decorating a red wagon for the youngest to ride down the aisle in. For the reception, I chose to do a memorial table to honor our loved ones, I made our card holder, and I put together all the aspects for our place card table. One of my favorite projects was making our table numbers. I used wood bases and wood numbers and covered them with gold spray paint and glitter to match our theme. I printed our own place cards and added a wax seal with our initial to each card. For our guestbook, we ordered a large photo book from Shutterfly with our engagement photos and people could sign on the pages. I also spray painted wood signs for our sweetheart table to match our color scheme.

One of my favorite parts was our surprise choreographed dance we did for our first dance. We took a few lessons from NY Dance Sport in New City, NY. Igor did a great job at teaching two people who don’t dance, how to dance. We surprised everyone at our wedding with a choreographed routine to our first dance to “A World with You” by Jason Mraz, and immediately followed with a short routine to “Uptown Funk” and had the DJ invite everyone to join us on the dance floor at the end. I was definitely SO nervous but it was worth it to do something together out of our comfort zones. Dance lessons make great date nights by the way! For our favors we decided to get a Photo Booth through our DJ. I ordered acrylic frames for each guest and designed and printed a thank you note to go in the frames.

Another favorite part of my day was giving my parents their gifts. I wanted to show them how thankful I was to have them there with me on the biggest day of my life. For my mom, I got her a handkerchief with a note from me printed on it. I got my dad custom made cufflinks with a picture of us and they said “Daddy’s little girl”. I also decided to do a first look with my dad. The photographers and videographers had him stand by the window with his back facing the room and I came in. I haven’t seem him get emotional that much, but that moment was definitely one of them!

Our cake came out perfect, and they even were able to do a funfetti center per my husband’s request! Our cake had blue accents and a gold Cinderella and Prince Charming cake topper. Overall, our wedding day was nothing short of magical. It really felt like a dream, and our family always talks about how they wish they could go back to that day! I never knew that kind of happiness existed, I don’t think I have ever smiled that much in my life!

Your favorite part: My favorite part was the second I got up to the altar at the church. I spent the entire morning being beyond nervous (I hate being the center of attention!). Once I got to the end of that aisle and had my other half by my side, all of my fears, anxieties and surroundings melted away! My other favorite part was the amount of love felt throughout the day. There really aren’t words to describe the amount of love we felt from our friends and family. Everyone was just so happy for us and showed us so much love and it’s truly something I will remember the rest of my life.

If you could change one thing about your wedding what would it be? If I could change one thing, I would have made sure I actually sat down in my wedding dress during a fitting. No one ever warned me of this, and I never tried to sit in it! When I sat on my wedding day, it was too tight on my ribs and I spent my entire wedding day feeling like I would pass out! If I stood up, I was fine, so had I tried sitting before the wedding day, I would have known!

Advice for other brides: It seems like a no brainer, but double-check all your contracts with vendors before signing. We had a very stressful event one week before our wedding when we realized the original limo company we booked wrote the wrong date on our contract. When we booked with them, we had a calendar open and were all looking at the right day, but somehow missed the typo on the contract so it got put into their system wrong. One week before our wedding we had literally no transportation to the wedding! Luckily, after many frantic calls, Danaro Limousines was available and basically saved the day!

  • Hometowns:Valley Cottage, NY
  • Reception Location:The Rockleigh
  • Photographer:Sage Studios Photography
  • Bride’s Gown: Alfred Angelo
    Bride’s Shoes: Michael Antonio
    Bride’s Jewelry: Queen Me Jewelry
    Bride’s Accessories: Allure Wedding Jewelry
    Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo
    Hair: Rayna – La Bella Salon
    Makeup: Dunique Wonderland
    Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse
    Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse
    Flowers: Mayuri’s Floral Design
    Cake: A Little Cake
    Invites: Wedding Paper Divas
    Music: ESP Entertainment
    Videographer: Cinema-roll
    Transportation: Danaro Limousines
    Honeymoon: Excellence El Carmen, Punta Cana, DR


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