After returning from enjoying some sweet summer time in the Midwest, I opened up my inbox to find that Ashton Events had been featured on Southern Weddings while I was away. What a fun surprise!

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This summertime shoot was an absolute joy to put together! The entire shoot was actually inspired by Courtney from Dishie Rentals- one of the sweetest vendors that I have the privilege to work beside. The cheery color palette, gingham fabric, bunnies (yes, LIVE ones too!) and hints of bows were so fun to incorporate into the design!

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Amalie Orrange Photography captured the day beautifully- despite some incredibly hot, bright, and then rainy conditions! :) I’m always amazed at the teamwork that goes into executing these shoots, and this team went above and beyond!

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There were so many fun details that I cannot wait to share with you all! In the next two weeks, I’ll feature several of those specific little details on a string of blog posts. For now, go enjoy the SW post, and perhaps even leave a comment of your favorite detail!

Photography: Amalie Orrange / Coordination, Design, and Custom Decor: Ashton Events / Furniture, Props, and Design: Wish Vintage Rentals / Floral Design: Peplum Events / Venue: The Junior League’s Sorosis Building / Paper Products: Renee Nicole Design & Photography / Cake: The Sugar Suite / Vintage China, Glassware, and Flatware: Dishie Rentals / Hair and Makeup: Beauty By Chantel / Dresses: Camilyn Beth / Pinata and Chargers:Katie Franklin / Bunnies: Family Fluffers / Catering: Good Food Catering / Vintage Stamps: Verde Studio / Napkins: Kate Ryan Linens

So thrilled to be featured on the Ruffled blog today, alongside some of my favorite vendors!

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Jordan Weiland and I have worked together a few times, and when she contacted me about a doing a shoot while she was in town, I couldn’t resist jumping on board. Her personality creates such an awesome environment for me as a planner/designer- she masters the balance of being laid-back but still vocal perfectly!

You need to go check out the feature to find where the inspiration for the shoot began, but here is one really obvious hint. :)

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The whole design was a balance of highs and lows. I really wanted to contrast opulence with simplicity. The single tulip hanging off the chairs, and the nontraditional table settings were subtle, but intentional choices.

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The escort display was inspired from an art display I found online, using layers of birch wood to create movement down a wall. I loved the idea, and decided to create that same effect, but hang it from a Florida Oak tree.

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I don’t want to give too much away, so go check out the feature! Many thanks to the talented hands that contributed to this gorgeous shoot:

Photographer: Jordan Weiland / Event Design and Decor: Ashton Events / Flowers: Taylormade Events & Flowers / Bridal Gown & Accessories: Malindy Elene / Hair: Amy at Moxie / Makeup: Sarah Riley / Desserts: Hands on Sweets / Linens: Kate Ryan Linens

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Somebody pinch me! Southern Weddings is featuring Lauren & Chad’s wedding today, and I am positively elated to share this elegant, truly Southern, wedding with you. Dustin, from Sunglow Photography, captured the day brilliantly!

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Lauren & Chad met at Texas A&M for grad school, after graduating from Auburn & Oklahoma State, respectively, and love all things Southern.  Lauren is an agriculture professor at Werner in Lake Wales, Florida, and she really wanted to incorporate Florida’s natural vegetation in the decor.

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Their ceremony was perfect- and you simply have to go read about Chad’s charming response to the vows. I couldn’t stop giggling through my teary eyes!

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As you’ll see, we used loads of Florida oranges and gobs of Magnolia leaves under the huge oak trees at the Rocking H Ranch in Lakeland, Florida.  The whole day was picturesque, and the Southern details were such a blast to highlight! Seersucker, lace, mason dixons are only a few.

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My two favorite details were:

(1) the “Orange you glad you know” fun facts we included on the backside of the directions to the reception, which we tied onto oranges and handed to guests as they left the ceremony.

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(2) the escort display! I loved painting the vintage metal so it looked like a vintage Florida Oranges sign, and then covered the whole sign with magnolia leaves with magnets on the back. It was so fun to watch guests take their leaf, and wait for the big reveal!

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It is such a privilege to get to work with amazing clients like Chad & Lauren. They were an absolute joy to design and plan with- and I am so grateful that they trusted me throughout the planning process! And a huge thank you, to Southern Weddings, for the feature!

As always, I would be remiss to not thank the amazing team of stellar vendors that made this wedding day so wonderful:

Photographer: Sunglow Photography / Videographer: Indie Atlantic Films / Planner and Paper Products: Ashton Events / Ceremony Venue: Westminster Presbyterian Church / Reception Venue: Rocking H Ranch / Florist:Taylormade Wedding & Event Flowers / Wedding Cake: Hands on Sweets / Caterer: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering / Rentals: Premier Party Rentals / Lighting: Tampa Lights / DJ: DeLeon Entertainment / Linens: Kate Ryan Linens / Rentals: Dishie Rentals / Bride’s Gown: “Dari” by Rivini / Bridal Salon: Solutions Bridal Designer House / Bride’s Veil: Solutions Bridal Designer House / Hair Stylist: PhD Salon / Makeup Artist: Sarah Phillips Makeup Artistry / Bride’s Shoes: Macy’s / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Angelo / Men’s Suits: Men’s Wearhouse / Bow Ties: The Belle and The Beau / Additional Vendors: Harrison School of the Arts String Quartet