We loved the jewel-tone palette Ashely + Paul incorporated into their intimate ceremony, but have to say the pops of blue – from the groom’s blazer to the handmade straws – made us fall in love with this Florida wedding all over again. For assistant textile buyer Ashley, the blue fabric swatch-inspired escort cards could not have been a more perfect – or Southern! – touch to their Palm Valley Gardens celebration. Another detail we love? Lori Parker’s rustic blooms are a spot-on complement to the burlap table runners, designed by planner Jennifer Corrente. For a sweet ending to their Florida nuptials, the newlyweds treated guests to a do-it-yourself s’mores station. Umm, yes, please? Hugs to Jenn Hopkins Photography for brightening up our Monday!
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I knew what style and fit I wanted, and fell in love with two beautiful gowns. I went back and forth to each boutique twice before making my decision. I ended up choosing a lace, fit-and-flare Legends by Romona Keveza gown because of the unique neckline, and I could not have been more thrilled with my decision!
Describe your wedding flowers: I had so much fun picking out the flowers. My florist was able to bring out the garnet and gold of the bow ties and add some cotton bolls from her own family farm! We also avoided using plain glass vases and opted for Mason jars wrapped in birch wood to keep with the rustic feel of the day. I wanted my bouquet, however, to be classic, white and beautiful, and it was.
Describe your wedding cake: It was Funfetti with garnet and gold sprinkles!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Only being able to invite a small group of friends. It was such a wonderful day for us, and we wished we could have invited everyone!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The father-daughter dance. My step-dad married my mother when I was just five-years-old, and he has been my father every since. We had a friend of ours play “He Didn’t Have to Be” by Brad Paisley. It was the most emotional moment of the night.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are spending our first years of marriage in New York City! We are loving this experience of trying new things and making new friends, and doing our best to bring the South to the big city!