Dominika and Conor’s wedding was the perfect balance of elegance and outrageous fun! Michael Ash Imagery was there to capture everything from classic portraits in the Skylands Manor botanical gardens, to wild candid shots on the dance floor! I am positive these timeless photos will be treasured for years to come.
The Couple: Dominika and Conor
The Wedding: 6.23.2012 – Skylands Manor, Ringwood, NJ
The Photographers: Michael Ash Imagery
Junebug: What three adjectives best describe your wedding?
Dominika and Conor: Elegant, fun, memorable.
Junebug: What inspired your personal wedding style, and how did you incorporate your style and personalities into your big day?
Dominika and Conor: We knew we wanted a wedding that would be elegant but at the same time a lot of fun, which I think is reflective of our personalities. We knew Skylands Manor was the place for us. The venue and its surrounding botanical gardens definitely helped to guide the decor and wedding style. I chose bright colors for the girls dresses and flowers that would pop against all the greenery surrounding the manor. Since we did not want to go the traditional flower route we decided to decorate the tables for our cocktail hour and reception with lots of candles and lanterns to give it a romantic summery garden feel. The up-lighting definitely helped set the mood.
Junebug: Looking back, what are the moments, decisions or memories that you love the most about your wedding?
Dominika and Conor: We tried to never lose sight that the day was about our love and I think that came through in all aspects of the ceremony and reception. We were both so relaxed the entire day and just excited to be getting married. In turn, I think that allowed our guests to have an amazing time and just enjoy the love that was everywhere that day. One of my favorite memories was right at the beginning of the reception after we were introduced, the DJ played a couple of fun upbeat songs, and EVERYONE was on the dance floor! Seeing the entire dance floor full of people of all ages before dinner, I knew it was going to be an amazing party which it absolutely ended up turning out to be.
Junebug: What specifically drew you to Michael Ash and his imagery?
Dominika and Conor: When I initially looked at Michael’s blog, not only did I find his work to be amazing, but what drew me to him was that none of the weddings he had photographed looked the same, which happens so often with wedding photographers. You could tell that he allows the wedding and the people to inspire him, not the other way around. I also really loved his style of photography. It helped that we connected right away during our first call, which you really want when that person is documenting one of the best days of your life.
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Michael Ash Imagery
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Skylands Manor
Videographer/Film Maker: The Pros
Officiant: Celia Milton
Invitation Designer: Magnet Street
Catering & Wedding Cake: Skylands Manor
Florist: Ringwood Florist
Wedding Dress: Martina Liana
Bridal Accessories: Hair flowers from Etsy, Earrings from Nordstrom
Bridesmaids’ Apparel & Accessories: White by Vera Wang
Groom & Groomsmen’s Apparel & Accessories: Mens Wearhouse
Hair: Shear Dimensions Salon
Makeup: Glamorous Looks by Joanna
DJ: Dr Andzej Kopacz
Wedding Favors: Photobooth magnets
Rings: Roman Malakov, NYC