Featured On: 100 Layer Cake

Hip hip hooray- we finally get to share this gorgeous shoot with you! You’ll have to check out the full feature on 100 Layer Cake today to see all of the eye candy from LH Photography. Over here, we’d love to give you a bit more background about the shoot.



When Ly Sue & Siuleth first contacted me last fall, they mentioned the words “modern, luxe and organic.” And I thought- yes, please! I knew I wanted to do something a bit more out of the box and really push myself creatively.




When I first walked into Snap! Space, I was immediately swept up into a whole new world. The art gallery is perfectly stunning- crisp white walls that are interrupted by the exposed brick walls and rafter ceilings. It’s the kind of inspiring place you would always hope to be in when you are soaking in art. The masterful blend of both modern & raw features was the platform for our design.



The angular shapes of the shoot (which can be noticed in the invitation suite, menu, ceremony rug, and cake backdrop) were inspired by the Sommi Jewelry line. We loved incorporating the geometric elements with sophistication and achieving harmony within that mix.



Overall, the vision of the shoot was executed best in it’s tiny details. I love designing with subtlety- finding little moments that speak to both cohesion and personality. I was so blessed to be asked to come on board for this shoot!




I could go on and on with pictures, but you simply must hop over to the feature to see the rest! Many thanks to this stellar team of vendors who brought the vision, so beautifully, to life:

Photography & Concept: LH Photography / Videographer: Bright Frame Films / Venue: Snap! Space / Event Design, Florals & Concept: Ashton Events Planning and Design / Furniture Rentals & Concept:Wish Vintage Rentals / Hair, Makeup, & Nails: Ali Lee Artistry / Stationery, Favors & Concept: Eleven Note / Cake & Sweets: The Pastry Studio / Hor d’ oeuvres: Arthur’s Catering / Cocktails: The Courtesy Bar / Dinnerware & Drinkware: Dishie Rentals / Wedding Dress & Veil: Malindy Elene Bridal / Jewelry:Sommi Jewelry / Model: Joy Mayfield / Custom Veil: Olivia Gray



Well folks, I woke up to a belated Christmas present this morning. We are delighted to be featured on Every Last Detail today with some of my absolute favorite vendors, and to finally get to show you these stunning pictures of Starlit Supper from Best Photography! Asha, from Bright Frame Films, also captured a gorgeous video of the evening which you’ll want to check out on the feature.


Starlit Supper has grown to be one of my favorite days of the year both professionally and creatively. The inspiration-shoot-turned-dinner-party concept is something that Lauren and Megan brought to me three years ago, and each year we put together a team of incredible vendors to make it happen. I couldn’t be more excited to share this with you!



Fun fact- Starlit Supper always occurs the night before Pantone announces their annual “color of the year.” I’m not quite sure how we’ve managed to do it- but we’ve somehow been fortunate enough to design an event around that color before we even know what it is! With “Marsala” being the 2015′s color, I cannot wait to see all of the inspiration the color will bring to the wedding industry this year.


I could honestly go on for hours about this evening. Every time I turned around that night, there was another seemingly magical moment happening. The vendors blew me away with their ideas and contributions. I think we were all inspired by the venue, and you can read all about the details from me on theELD.com today!



I owe a quick shout out to our #starlitcouple, Kristin & Kevin! They were so much fun to work with- and can I get an “amen” on how perfect they were!?


I simply can’t resist posting a few more images myself- so I thought I’d share a few little fun moments that you won’t find on ELD. I loved how this tulle “skirt” curtain turned out! It was the most playful nod to the inspiration that evening, and also kept our guests curious during cocktail hour.


And I love Siuleth’s sign she made for the bathroom!



The magnetic menus were one of my favorite details of the night- and I loved how the magnet mimicked the exposed brick of the theatre.




This was our first year moving indoors for the event, and DJ Jacob Towe took our breath away with the incredible projections he magically danced upon the walls.



Oh! And Wish Vintage’s marbled lamps combined with their Elio stools- such a subtle, but perfect nod to the dining area!


I’ve been hinting on IG for a while about a big change coming to Ashton Events in 2015. I’ll expound on it more soon, but a keen eye can quickly pick up on it with this feature. For now, enjoy these amazing images from Best Photography (thank you Josh & Rachel!), and make sure you check out the complete feature on ELD!


Photographer: Best Photography/ Planning, Design & Floral collaboration: Ashton Events/ Floral Collaboration: Flowerly Studio/ Catering: Puff ‘n Stuff/ Reception Venue: Rialto Theatre/ Invitations & Stationery: Eleven Note/Cake Baker: Hands on Sweets/ Vintage Flatware & Glasses: Dishie Rentals/ Lounge Furniture: Wish Vintage Rentals/ Videography: Bright Frame Films/ Linens: Kate Ryan Linens/ Bride’s Dress: Malindy Elene/ Photobooth:Banter Booth/ Entertainment & Lighting: DJ Jacob/ Hair & Makeup: Collective Creations/ Tables & Chargers:Signature Event Rentals/ Chairs & Bar: AFR/ Lasercut escort names & Starlit Supper photo booth prop:Host and Toast Studio

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Hello again!

With the busy holiday season ahead, we decided to reveal our very own Ashton Events gift: we are looking for a top-notch spring intern! This position will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the wonderful (wacky) world of event planning & design. The time commitment we are hoping for is 5-7 hours during the week, plus event days (mainly Saturdays!). The internship will run for the Spring semester, with the possibility of returning in the fall of 2015! The position is paid and those details will be discussed with qualified candidates. We’re also happy to work with you if college credit is needed. 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

         •      fluent in Adobe Creative Suite

         •      fluent in Microsoft Office

         •      naturally creative and innovative

         •      decisive & a problem solver

         •      has a strong knack for crafting

         •      available for event days, specifically during March and April

         •      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

         ▪      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 a link to the board (creativity & ingenuity are enthusiastically encouraged!) as well as a short resume, to hello@ashtonevents.com. The application deadline is next Monday, December 1st. We’ll be in touch with the applicants that seem like the right fit within the next two weeks.

We can’t wait to meet you!

Laura, Sarahi & Anna Marie