We were so honored to recently collaborate through a feature for the summer wedding edition of The Lakelander! From vibrant floral arrangements to elegant bridal gowns, the essence of Ashton Events was captured throughout every detail. In our article feature, we gave you the top 10 tips for hosting your wedding in Lakeland, and we highlighted its best unique features. Check out the article on page 31 of the issue here!

An additional tip we have for you:

We have plenty of sweet tooth havens in town! Katara Confectionary, Jaime from JaimeCakes, Got Candy, Nook Bakery and Publix Bakery are all perfect choices to help make your Lakeland wedding day a success.

Here is a preview of more from the breath-taking photoshoots.

To start us off, we did a feature on floral arrangements with local editor and photographer, Tina Sargeant, to capture the beautiful details. We were thrilled to work alongside Heather from TaylorMade Floral & Event Design and Lisa from WISH Vintage Rentals.






For this bridal-inspirational shoot, we partnered with Jordan Weiland Photography to help capture the stunning talent. Mass Market was incredibly charming with its nostalgic white bricks and wooden features.




Wardrobe styling by Mercedes Grainger
Photography by Jordan Weiland
Hair by Maggie Hall of Tracy and Company
Makeup by Yolanda Floyd and Melissa Kinsey of Salon Salvatore
Prop styling by Lisa Malott of WISH Vintage Rentals
Floral designs by Laura Helm of Ashton Events
Models – Kimberlee Howe & Madeline Brand – BMG; Jacqueline Hoag – Modern Muse

Dress Sources:
Anna Campbell “Eloise” gown from Malindy Elene
Alvina Valenta #9551 from Malindy Elene
Daalarna Couture from The Bride Tampa
Casablanca #2141 from Robyn Lynn

We were so thrilled to be featured on Southern Weddings yesterday! McKara + Brandon’s wedding was so much fun, and chock-full of details. They live in a downtown Lakeland loft and wanted their celebration to highlight all of the things they love about their little town. Yes, please!



We jumped at the chance to help them pull of a gorgeous lakeside ceremony, then arrange a vintage car parade to their transport guests to a block party reception. When we tell you it was one of our favorites, hopefully you believe us. Just in case you need a bit more encouragement, here is some serious eye candy from Esther Louise Photography:





Normally, we love to chat through the details here on our blog. However, McKara so eloquently talked through the heart behind this wedding in the feature, that we have to send you that way! So, go take a look!






The joy on their faces. Those grins just never get old!




















So many gorgeous details, right? Check out the amazing vendor list below:

Photographer: Esther Louise Photography | Videographer: White in Revery | Planner: Ashton Events | Ceremony Venue: City of Lakeland’s Loggia | Reception Venue: Downtown Lakeland, N. Kentucky Ave & Pine Street | Florist:FH Weddings | Cake Baker: Hands On Sweets | Caterer: Hickory Hollow BBQ | Rentals: Wish Vintage Rentals | Lighting: Tampa Lights | Band: Brian Sutherland Band | DJ: Cory Baron | China: Dishie Rentals | Paper Products:Boutique Greek | Bride’s Gown: “Style 3300″ in Peony by Lazaro | Bride’s Accessories: LazaroCarolee, and Kate Spade | Hair and Makeup: Michelle Renee The Studio | Bride’s Shoes: Cynthia Rowley | Bridesmaids’ Dresses:“Fifth Avenue Showstopper Dress” by Badgley Mischka | Menswear: Men’s WearhouseJoS. A. BankThe Tie Bar, and Johnston Murphy | Linens: Kate Ryan Linens | Chairs: Signature Event Rentals | Bartenders: Tucker’s Southside Liquor & Package | Coffee and Tea: Mitchell’s Coffee House | Vintage Cars: MJC Classic Cars | After-Party Location: Tony’s Studio B | Photo Booth: Bash Booth

We’re beyond delighted to get to share the images from the 4th annual Starlit Supper with you! Each year, we have the absolute privilege of teaming up with Lauren from Every Last Detail to host this incredible evening. It’s an evening of inspiration, collaboration and networking for some of the top central Florida wedding vendors.

Starlit Supper

The premise of the evening is that we put together a rehearsal dinner inspired styled shoot, and invite the vendors to show up for a cocktail hour of mingling and a family-style dinner. To us, being able to meet new faces is always a treat! I’ve forged some of my deepest friendships from these evenings, and love being around like-minded professionals who truly love their clients.

Starlit Supper

If you saw the feature yesterday, you were able to see all of the vendors and their contributions to the event. We wrote a (laughably) long recap of the evening, but we certainly couldn’t leave out any of the incredible details. So, we thought we would share something a bit more fun + personal over here: our design process.

So, where did we begin?


Right here. The doorstep of Rocking H Ranch. We’ve been blessed work at this gorgeous property several times in the past. This year, we wanted to bring something a bit more clean, sophisticated and layered than any Southern event we’ve held there. We began pulling images to create our inspiration boards.

inspiration board

1) This enamel pitcher was really the beginning of the inspiration for us. We wanted the event to feel soft and fresh after last year’s event was more bold and structured. When we saw this pitcher, it screamed Southern to us. However, that little hint of the black rim really helped bring a crisp finish to the image.

2) This amazing invitation suite inspired us with the hand drawn sketch of the couple, as well as the soft pale blue. It reminded us of the dusty miller peeking out of the pitcher, and really drew us to bringing in the blue to the color palette. Oh, and do you see that envelope liner? It solidified the idea of bringing in subtle, but stark, black lines.

3) I spotted this linen over on Nuage’s site, and loved the combination of metallics. We have loved mixing metals in our events for the past year, and the layered look of the linen again hinted at the textured, raw vibe we were searching for.

4) And finally, we then reached out to Malindy Elene Bridal, as bridal gowns often help us hone in on the formality and style of the event. We loved this image of the bride in the window- it was so feminine but the building itself is in a very natural, layered looked.

Starlit Supper

At that point, we finalized the color palette (knowing that we wanted to add in an array of metallics and the black lines). And then started sketching! We’ve found sketching to be the best way to create unique concepts, as well as communicate them to our staff.

inspiration board2

So, without further adieu, here are some images from the final result! You’ll find many more over on Every Last Detail, but we couldn’t resist showing you a few of our favorites.

















 Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Hunter Ryan Photo / Planning, Design, & Florals: Ashton Events / Catering: Good Food Catering / Reception Venue: Rocking H Ranch / Invitations & Stationery: Eleven Note / Chairs & Lounge Furniture: Wish Vintage Rentals / Napkins: Kate Ryan Linens / Tables & Placesettings: A Chair Affair / Videography: Rad Red Creative / Cake Baker: Hands On Sweets / Table Runners: Nuage / Hair & Makeup: Lasting Luxe Hair & Makeup / Bride’s Attire & Accessories: Malindy Elene Bridal / Photo Booth: The Fancy Booth / Band: Brian Sutherland Band / Illustrations: Olivia Gray / Wholesale Flowers: FiftyFlowers.com / Candles: 100Candles.com / Groom’s Attire: Generation Tux / Dried Flowers: Larkspurhill / Ice Cream Sandwiches: A Cow Named Moo / Film Lab: Photovision Prints