Glamorous, elegant, and taking place at a stunning oceanfront location, this blush and gold wedding from Concept Photography is one that don’t you want to miss. Filled with lots of sparkle, beautiful florals, and meaningful details, Ashley and Ryan’s wedding was truly a gorgeous day, and Ashley is here with us today to tell us all about it…
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
I did not have a wedding planner so I did most of it myself. Pinterest and Etsy were huge in helping me plan my wedding. My older sister and now sister-in-law were also a huge inspiration and help since they had both recently gotten married before me. I decided to get a day of coordinator last minute and let me tell you, it was the BEST DECISION I made! I seriously would have been lost without Christina Harris with Swanky Soiree Events. She saved the day in so many ways!
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
When deciding who to work with, quality was number one but we also wanted vendors who were easy to work with and made it fun. You are spending lots of time with some of them on the day of so I wanted to make sure my bridal party and I had a really fun experience. Our photographers, Concept Photography, were not only the best photographers I interviewed, but they were an absolute pleasure to work with and helped make the day so much fun! There were numerous vendors who after we interviewed them, we just knew they were the perfect fit. And we were right!
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
I really wanted our wedding to be a true reflection of Ryan and me. I wanted the details to show how much our family, friends, and God mean to us and the huge role they play in our lives. We used the details to help honor our families and guest. We also chose details and designs that reflected our personalities. My husband is a huge fisherman and so are many of his friends, so we incorporated that into our theme. I am a huge country music fan so I incorporated one of my favorite country music quotes and attached it to a shot of Fireball Whiskey which was given out for our toast.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
I loved every last second of it. What I really loved was seeing all of my DIY projects come to fruition. It was a lot of work but so worth it and it made the wedding more personalized. I created and/or designed a lot of the details that meant so much to me, such as the hanging pictures on the church pews of my dad and other family members who could not attend, the dedication to our parents chalkboard sign and coasters, the “thank you” placemats written to our guest, and so much more. When I walked into the reception for the first time, I was blown away and so happy to see all of the personalized details set up. It made it that much more meaningful and memorable.
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
The wedding day was amazing. It exceeded my every expectation. And everyone says to enjoy the day because it goes so fast. And that is so true. But one of the parts I miss the most, is the planning process (I never thought I would say that!!) But I loved all the bonding that occurred during it, with my mom, and my husband’s family as well. Going dress shopping, cake tasting, picking out decorations. Those are memories with my mom and now in-laws that I will forever cherish. As absolutely chaotic, stressful, and overwhelming as it can be, it is such an exciting time in life you can’t get back. Make it a point to enjoy it! And do not get caught up trying to put on a “show” or to impress anyone, make it meaningful to you and your guest and it will shine through in all the details.
I love how Ashley incorporated fish into their wedding design to reflect Ryan’s love for fishing- and in such an elegant way too!
Are any of you adding a specific detail to your wedding to reflect a favorite hobby? What will you be doing?