I think my cheeks are still a bit pink after reading through Kathryn’s sweet words over on Every Last Detail. :) Ashton Events is featured on ELD today and, as a team, we’re delighted to share these images from the very talented Catherine Ann Photography with you!




We had so much fun working alongside Kathryn + James! They grew up in central Florida, even though they now live in Connecticut, and wanted to celebrate their wedding with their nearest & dearest in the charming little town of Lakeland. I knew we would instantly be a good fit when Kathryn began to describe all of the personal touches she wanted to include in their day.




Kathryn was easily one of the most decisive brides I have ever worked with, and also one of the sweetest! She has a talent for balancing a direct idea with a critical eye in the most loving way. It made the decision process so simple for us! I’d like to think we found that same balance in her wedding design. Everything was very exact and precise- without any extra fluff. And yet, there was romance, elegance and personal touches throughout the entire day. It was a beautiful harmony.






And isn’t Honey, their dog, the sweetest!?



I loved that their proposal took place in the MET (you can read that sweet story here), and we used hints of that gallery-style emphasis throughout the day. The boxwood at the welcome area, and again for the escort display were so chic and sophisticated.




A personal favorite moment? I loved the unity tree that they incorporated. James’ parents own a citrus farm. They planted orange trees specifically for the wedding, and selected one for Kathryn + James to keep. Both sets of parents provided soil from their homes for the ceremony. Kathryn’s parents actually moved during her engagement, and they were thoughtful enough to save soil before they officially moved. The dads helped move the tree during the ceremony, which I thought was so sweet given the union of the families.



I could (honestly!) keep writing for hours, but I’d love for you to go check out the feature! I mean, I wouldn’t want you to miss out on the biggest surprise of the night. Want a hint? Keep scrolling…






See, now you have to go read about it!


Many thanks to all of these talented vendors for our making our job so fun!

Photographer: Catherine Ann Photography/ Wedding Planner & Designer: Ashton Events/ Reception Venue: Lake Mirror/ Flowers & Decor: 2 Sisters Events & Design/ Rentals: A Chair Affair, Inc./ Band: DeLeon Band/ Ceremony Musicians: Brian Sutherland Trio/ Hair & Makeup: Beauty By Chantel/ Cinematographer: Enchanted Cinemas/Silver Sequined Linen: Kate Ryan Linens


It’s the last week of April, and just before the spring months give into the summer heat, I am delighted to share this gorgeous wedding with you! Glamour & Grace was kind enough to feature Ed & Luciana’s celebration today- go take a peek! The images from Roohi Photography so perfectly captured the day.

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We had so much fun working with Luciana & Ed on their big day. They are two of the most outwardly joyful people I have ever met. Luciana greets everyone with a beaming smile, and Ed’s calming presence brings confidence and encouragement to everyone he meets. It was a joy to watch them share their special day with their nearest & dearest- from all over the world!

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See what I mean? That joy is contagious. Luciana’s gown from Malindy Elene, and the Davis Island Garden Club were the starting point for the design. We knew we wanted the wedding to be romantic and garden-inspired.

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The billowy layers of ivory inspired the use of ribbons throughout the decor, including both the ceremony aisle and the escort display!

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Botanica Design Studio did an incredible job with the florals, and we loved adding that hint of garden whimsy with the sprig of wax flower at each table.

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One of my absolute favorite details of the day was the cake table. Luciana is from Brazil, and had her mom send her the tissue paper flower cups to hold the bon-bons. It’s a tradition in Brazil for the dessert table to be a wow factor, and it was a hit!

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The cake cutting was a hit, especially due to the addition of sparklers (at Luciana’s request) and Ed’s sword.

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This celebration hit all ranges of emotion- but Rana’s capture of this moment is by far my favorite. 

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It’s what makes me love my job! But, this one is a close second.

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Thank you, Megan, for the feature today! And, thank you to all of the vendors who made this day possible!

Planning + Design | Ashton Events |Photography | Roohi Photography | Venue | Davis Island Garden Club | Catering | Good Food, Tampa | Floral, Décor and Lighting | Botanica Design Studio | Cake | Hands on Sweets | Cupcakes | Sugar Darling Cupcakes | BonBons | Tres Suspiros Chocolatier | Linens and Charger Rentals | Kate Ryan Linens | Chair Rentals | A Chair Affair | Dishwear Rentals | Panache | Lighting | Tampa Lights | Invitation | Invitation Galleria | Gown | Reem Acra from Malindy Elene | Veil | Erica Koesler | Earrings | BHLDN | Shoes | Badgley Mischka | Hair and Makeup | Beauty by Chantel | Cinematography | WE Cinematics | DJ | Grant Hemond and Associates | Ceremony Music | Tampa Strings | Cocktail Hour Music | Les Sabler | Officiant | Lee Lallance | Transportation | Blue One | Second and Third Photographer | Raquel Sergio and Kathy Thomas


Today is the day!! Who’s ready for March Madness? My bracket is filled out, just in time for the tournament to start… as well as share that Green Wedding Shoes is featuring our “All-American Tomboy” styled shoot today. I am so excited to share it with you!

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This shoot is so much of what I love about this industry. Storytelling is one of the staples of Ashton Events. I value being able to take each of my clients’ stories and create a completely unique atmosphere for their guests.

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A few months ago, I was trying to find inspiration pictures for a design narrative for a client. We share a similar style, and I knew the direction I wanted to head. I kept searching for images with the words “tomboy”, “All-American”, and nothing popped up. I couldn’t find anything similar to the style and look that was in my mind. Immediately, I knew that I wanted to create a styled shoot that would blend the all-American, girl-next door spirit with both beauty and femininity.

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Having grown up with two older brothers and with our schedules revolving around sports seasons, I had a pretty clear vision. I played pretty much anything the boys played and have always been more of a tomboy. Baseball caps, tennis shoes, ponytails: they were all part of my daily rotation. While I have also always loved getting dolled up, I have a sincere appreciation for the ease of a tomboy life.

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While putting together the team of vendors, I also knew exactly who I wanted to have shoot it: Kristi from Markit Photography. She’s my former collegiate tennis teammate, a fellow industry professional, an Indiana Hoosier, and most-delightedly, my sister-in-law. We spent hours upon hours together traveling to and from tennis matches, and I knew if there was anyone who would understand my vision, it was her!

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After spotting the benches from A Chair Affair, the rest of the vision fell promptly into place. Wish Vintage brought in all of the fun accent decor, and Lisa masterfully paired our chalkboard with her props.

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The details in the shoot were expertly executed by the vendors. Olivia Gray created a stunning, custom gown for this shoot. I loved the racerback detail- and that the small nod to athleticism was paired with such a delicate trim. Michele Renee is an master with the all-natural look and we loved that chic ponytail!

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The print materials by Eleven-Note were divine. Each element played perfectly into the balance of basketball elements and romance (not an easy combination!). Did you notice that the menu was a crossword? Or that the RSVP card was a a ticket? So fun!

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Hands on Sweets brought in a wide range of yummy treats (donut holes, anyone?), along with a stunning cake! I also owe a big thank you to Brynne + Eric, our models for the day. You made our job easy!

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As a more personal side-note, there were two incredibly sweet moments for me during this shoot. First, I loved that I got to work along both of my sister-in-laws on this shoot. Melissa (my oldest brother’s wife) is often with me behind the scenes on event days, and came with us to help knock this shoot out. We had so much fun working together. I am so incredibly blessed to have two rockstars for sisters, especially because they are willing to jump in and cheer just as loud as me on game days.

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Secondly- the basketball we used in the shoot was one my late uncle gave to my brother. He was a tremendous basketball player who passed away unexpectedly when I was in college. I love that we got to incorporate it into the shoot.

I could go on for days with other details, but instead, go check out the rest of the shoot on Green Wedding Shoes. There’s also a charming, toe-tapping video from Rad Red Creative that you need to see!

The vendor lineup:

Design, Florals + Custom Decor: Ashton Events / Photography: Markit Photography / Videography: Rad Red Creative / Gown: Olivia Gray / Hair & Makeup: Michele Renee / Rentals: A Chair Affair / Vintage Rentals + Farm Tables: Wish Vintage / Stationery: Eleven-Note / Desserts: Hands on Sweets