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 


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 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