Tasha and Daniel’s black tie wedding at the Castle at Skylands Manor was definitely one for the books! These newlyweds live in Oklahoma, so they planned their wedding from afar and you can imagine the hard work that went into designing their day. I remember hearing of their plans last summer during their beautiful Sayen Gardens engagement session when they knew that planning their wedding from another state would have its challenges. They were prepared to take these challenges on together and when their big day finally arrived, the two had created an incredible wedding day inspired by spring, beautiful greenery, and pink florals.
When looking for a venue, Tasha and Daniel looked at fifteen venues, and settled on the Castle at Skylands Manor for many reasons. Not only was it the perfect size for their wedding guest list, but it was ideal for creating the elegant affair they dreamed of. As a photographer, I can see why they were attracted to this unique venue. Not only is it on the grounds of the NJ Botanical Gardens, but it is located in a 1920’s Tudor revival mansion, which makes it the perfect place for a wedding.
On their wedding day, Tasha and Daniel shared a first look and I have never been so thankful for a first look as I was on this day. The forecast called for a beautiful day without rain but when it came time for their ceremony, the skies opened and it poured! I’m so glad we had already done Tasha and Daniel’s bride and groom photos, otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to get portraits like the ones every bride and groom dreams of. Speaking of the rain – no bride ever wants to deal with rain on her wedding day – nor does she want to be faced with the decision to keep their ceremony outdoors or bring it indoors. But when you have been dreaming of an outdoor ceremony, you have an exquisite floral design by Twisted Willow Flowers, and a supportive group comprised of your fiancé, bridal party, family, and friends – not to mention an incredible team of wedding vendors – you give it a go. Why not?! Tasha and Daniel have been through so much already – from the challenges that come along with Daniel’s career in the military, to a big move from NY to Oklahoma – it didn’t surprise me when I saw Tasha walking down the aisle in the rain.
The ceremony photos we captured on this day are among my favorites to date. They don’t just tell the story of Tasha and Daniel’s wedding day, but they tell the story of a couple who will face life’s challenges with courage and find support in each other throughout anything. Tasha and Daniel’s commitment to each other is inspiring and I’m so thankful that we were able to be a part of their wedding day. I’m also so grateful to the team of vendors who came together to make this wedding day happen. They are listed below and I’m forever thankful to them for all their help on this day!
Tasha and Daniel, congratulations on your wedding!! I wish you so much joy and love on your marriage and look forward to following along on your adventures. Enjoy honeymooning in Ireland!
Venue | The Castle at Skylands Manors
Photography | Idalia Photography
Event Planner | Mallory Weiss Planning
Bridesmaid Dresses | David’s Bridal
Cake | Frungillo Caterers
Calligraphy | The Shaded Maple
DJ | Partners in Sound Productions
Hair | Anahella Bridal
Invitations | Elegant Wedding Invites
Florals | Twisted Willow Flowers
Makeup | Glitz Glam and Gore
Men’s Attire | Paul Morrell from Edwards Fashions Men’s Wear and Calvin Klein from Men’s Wearhouse
Wedding Dress | Maggie Sottero from Max Bridal NY
Bridal Accessories | Little Postage House
Castle at Skylands Manor Wedding Photos
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Idalia Photography is based out of Central NJ and specializes in romantic, timeless, and classic weddings. Our photography style can be described as a perfect blend of classic, romantic portraiture and authentic, candid moments. Are you planning a wedding? We serve NJ, NY, PA, and beyond. Click here to view our wedding portfolio or contact us for availability.