You’re in for a treat today! Today we have a fabulous submission from Michael of Michael Ash Imagery. Michael Ash Imagery is one of our preferred vendors and sponsors of GSS! So please join us in giving Michael a great BIG warm welcome to GSS!!! Michael Ash Imagery is based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Kristin and Justin were married on November 6, 2010 in Philadephia, Pennsylvania at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia in November, 2010.
Oh, and you’ll have to check out Kristin and Justin’s engagement session too. It’s such a cute idea! Their shoot was based on the book 29 Gifts. Premise of 29 Gifts: At age 33 Cami Walker was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and the life she knew changed forever. Then, as a remedy for her condition, she received an uncommon prescription from a friend: Give away 29 gifts in 29 days. In one chapter of the book, she ends up giving out flowers to random people on a walk home and she is amazed to see the reaction she gets from them. So Michael thought he’d try this idea on an engagement session. Part experiment. Part fun. All good! Click here to see it!
Kristin was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:
How did you and Justin meet? We met second semester senior year in college through a friend. I had class with him junior year and always thought he was super cute, as fate has it we finally met senior year and have been together ever since then!
How long have you been together? It will be 8 years in January.
How did Justin propose? It was October 30th, 2009 (his birthday). He just got home from work and we were going to go out to dinner. I was running late and trying to get ready. All of a sudden he said I have something for you? It was a little Halloween bag. ( I thought it was filled with candy from his parents because his dad works for Godiva). Anyway there was a piece of paper on the inside that said “I love you, will you marry me?” I turned around and he was on one knee and told me he loved me and ask me to marry him. I said yes! I didn’t even see the ring because it had fallen out of the box onto the floor- hahaha! What I found out after that the piece of paper was stationary with our married name on it that we can use after the wedding. It was perfect and so thoughtful and such a happy moment in my life!
What sold you on your wedding venue? The excellent service and the elegant understatedness (not sure if that is a real word) of the hotel.
Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”? I got it at The Bridal Garden in Cherry Hill. It’s a James Clifford. It was probably the 5th dress I tried on and I cried when I saw myself in it and didn’t want to take it off! The Bridal Garden was a great place to get my dress and they have an excellent selection.
What song did you dance to for your first dance? We danced to a song that David Gray sang but never recorded. It’s called “Let it be me” which is a remake of the Everly Brother’s song.
What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”? My something old was the tulle around my bouquet, it was from my mom’s veil. My something new was my dress. Something borrowed was a handkerchief from my Mema (grandma) and my something blue were my toes, I used the color Russian Navy by OPI.
How did you choose your wedding color palette? As much as I love color I am pretty simple and usually stick with neutrals. I loved the idea of different kinds of white flowers with pops of green (Justin loves green). I thought it looked really elegant and pretty. I chose my bridesmaids bouquet’s to be fall colors because I love the Fall. I just didn’t want a Fall themed wedding so that is how I got my pops of fall colors in. We lit the room in candles and had a soft pink lighting to give it a romantic vibe. I dressed my bridesmaids in black Priscilla of Boston dresses that were sexy and elegant at the same time and perfect for a formal Fall wedding.
Do you have any advice for brides that are in the planning process? On the day of, just enjoy every moment and do not stress about anything. Have all questions from vendors sent to someone else the day of, either a friend or wedding planner so you can sit back and soak everything in! It goes by sooooo fast!
What was your favorite part of your big day? There were so many to choose from but walking down the aisle was amazing and a feeling I cannot describe. And the getting ready process with all of my bridesmaids at my parents house the morning of it.
Cake: The pastry chef at the Four Seasons- It was red velvet and soooo yummmy!
Floral: Ten Pennies Florist Philadelphia
Linens: Ten Pennies Florist Philadelphia
Catering: Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia
Videographer: Intrigue Photography- Haddonfield, NJ
Invitations/Wedding Stationery: Sue Coe Designs of NYC
Event Planner: My Mom
Thank you so much, Michael, for sharing this amazing wedding with us! Please stop by his website and blog and show him some love! And thank you, Kristin, for taking your time to answer our questions! We wish you and Justin a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!! May every day be better than the last!
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