Ashford Estate Tasting, Feb. 21, 2015
I was so excited to have my sister accompany me, especially because she's never been to this wedding venue before. Her first impression entering the grounds mimicked the same as mine, wide-eyed "ohh" with such an enchanting and magical feeling as you continue to drive through the tall lion guarded iron gates onto a stone driveway, lined with arched pines leading to the Ashford Estate.
The tablescapes designed and created by Weddings of Distinction’s top recommended floral vendors; Magnolia, MDS Floral, and Katydid were just absolutely gorgeously stunning! I've seen their work before and each new time I am still just as pleasingly blown away. These photos do no justice to just how much more beautiful their work was by eye, in-person showing even little bits more of elegant surprises in detail.
These tables added such a warm, inviting and beautiful presence to the already flawless backdrop of the estate. I saw hints of shiny bling, springtime and garden scenes in style treatments of shabby chic and whimsical enchantment, each with soft vintage details creating almost an antiqued colored storybook fairytale brought to life. Each table scene had a completely different look and feel but equally breathtaking, beautiful representations of the spring season.
Whenever I create a complete custom invitation design from scratch, aside from the color palette I always ask what the centerpieces will look like, the vision in mind for the tablescapes because to me, this scene should flow flawlessly with your invitation design. Your invitation should be a glimpse into the style and details planned for your wedding day. The tablescape/centerpieces are typically the second most dominant detail in tying together your entire wedding theme or style.
The pieces Thinking Paper had on display at this prestige tasting I found to be the perfect "tone-setters" for weddings of a similar spring theme in addition to some others. Our soft and lifelike floral design, Boho Chic matched up beautifully with the tone of the enchanted garden centerpieces on display and of what the view from the windows would be reminiscent of during that warmer time of the season. The Woodsy Winter and K.I.S.S. invitation ensembles were perfect pieces for not only the snowy weather we had that day but also compliments the country elegance of the Ashford Estate property as well.
Invitations on display for the other brides of Weddings of Distinction from Bonnet Island Estate, Mallard Island Yacht Club and The Stateroom on Long Beach Island were balanced between elegant, rustic and beach theme styles. The Summer Shell invitation design and Always & Forever striped ensemble beautifully sets the tone for weddings held at those gorgeous venues on the water. The Simply Chic invitation design inside our rustic pocket dressed up with a ruffled edge ribbon belly belt made a perfect combination for those modern, summer bliss pastel themes with a rustic kiss!
Before packing up and heading home, we were fortunate to have had a little Merri-Maker food sampling of our own and WOW, just WOW! Their dishes were prepared and tasted absolutely amazing and the dessert cupcakes made by The Bake Works were super delish and guilt-free!
Even though the snow was falling, it was an enchanting spring and summer day! My sister and I had a great time chatting with the beautiful couples who are in the midst of planning for their wedding at these gorgeous venues this season, and we wish them all much love and happiness.
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