** Our Fall 2014 Application Deadline has now passed, but please be sure to keep an eye out for Spring 2015 internship openings!**

Extra, extra- read all about it! I am delighted to announce that Ashton Events is hiring!

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With the busy fall season approaching, I’m looking for two top-notch fall interns. Both interns will gain hands-on experience in the wonderful (wacky) world of event planning & design. The time commitment is 5-7 hours during the week, plus event days (mainly Saturdays!). The internship will run for the fall semester, with the possibility of staying on for the spring semester as well. The position is paid and those details will be discussed with qualified candidates. I’m also happy to work with you if college credit is available! Please note that you must be available to work out of our downtown Lakeland office.


  • cheerful & upbeat
  • organized & detail-oriented
  • passionate about design and/or event industry
  • socia media guru
  • strong writing skills
  • fluent in Adobe Creative Suite
  • fluent in Microsoft Office
  • familiar with WordPress
  • decisive & a problem solver
  • innovative & resourceful
  • has a knack for crafting
  • available on for event days (mainly Saturdays)
  • has access to a Mac laptop


  • Update website galleries & social media accounts
  • Format event photos and upload to the web
  • Source materials for events in person and online
  • Craft decorations and paper goods for events
  • Assist at events on the weekends (not every weekend)
  • Creating awesome playlists for crafting sessions (for serious)

To apply, create a pinterest board (your 20 best pins!) that explains why you would be a superb fit for Ashton Events. Send me a link to the board, (creativity & ingenuity is enthusiastically encouraged!) as well as a short resume, to hello@ashtonevents.com. The application deadline is next Friday, September 5th. I’ll be in touch with the applicants that seem like the right fit within the next two weeks.

Hip Hip Hooray! Let’s do this!

Who else is ready for a burst of color today? Because I simply cannot wait to share this wedding with you! First, a thank you to the ever-lovely Lauren at Every Last Detail for the feature (she has over 80 images in the post!). And secondly, a big shoutout to Liz & Erin at Papered Heart Photography for knocking these images out of the park.

As a designer, being able to trust a photographer to capture the day as you see it is simply invaluable. I could stare at these images for days. My favorite part? Even though the detail shots are positively to-die-for, the people-filled images are even more compelling. The emotions from the day tell the story perfectly: Alina & David’s love radiated throughout the entire day.

*side note: how cute is Tobias? ^

The first time I met Alina & David, we sat at a coffee shop alongside Abe & Zeke (David’s dashing sons). I listened as they told me their story, and became more and more amazed at the artistic talent the entire family holds. Abe & Zeke patiently doodled sketches in their notepads as I chatted with David & Alina. David is an amazing tattoo artist, and Alina, an uber talented hairstylist who also happens to have an incredible penchant for crafts. Over the course of their engagement, I thoroughly enjoyed working with both of them- and bringing their colorful vision to life!

 *and the guests’ tattoos at the wedding were amazing! 

The details of this wedding are some of my absolute favorites. From the gazillion gorgeous paper flowers that Alina handcrafted and trusted our team to incorporate & execute, to the custom temporary tattoos that David drew, to the subtle nods to Alina’s cuban heritage (did you see the ring boxes!?), to the array of colorful backdrops- there was always some place else to look & another thing to notice. Although chalkboards are quite the trend, they fit into the design of the day perfectly! I love hand-painting each one. Oh! And the scrumptious dessert table- what fun! The guests then cheered as Abe & Zeke broke into two surprise balls that we made, just after Alina & David cut into their cake.

The whole crowd, the entire day, was filled with laughter and enthusiasm.  It truly was incredible celebration to both be a part of and to witness. The grand exit- a parade down the streets of Ybor- was a memory I will never forget! Thank you, Alina & David, for trusting Ashton Events with your day. And another big thank you to all of the talented vendors who made this day happen! See below for the rad lineup, and don’t forget to go check out the images on Every Last Detail!

Happy Wednesday!

Photographer: Papered Heart Photography / Wedding Planning/Design & Decor: Ashton Events / Flowers: FH Weddings & Events / Reception Venue: Ybor City Museum / Catering: Bell’s Catering / Cake Baker: Hands On Sweets / Hairstylist: Signature Salon / Makeup Artist: L.A.C. Makeup Art / Specialty Cake Linen: Kate Ryan Linens / Linens: Connie Duglin Linens / Lighting:Tampa Lights 


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!


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!


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