Thursday, February 23, 2012

Ben and Ashley’s Wedding: The Details

by Meghann on February 23, 2012

Derek is working from home today and asked me sometime around noon if we had anything in the kitchen for lunch. I said “sure, but you might have to get creative.”

Here’s my version of getting creative. ;)

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We had a head of cauliflower that had entered the use-it-or-lose-it stage of life, so I chopped it up and roasted it with some chili powder, salt and pepper. Bbq sauce is amazing on roasted cauliflower, in case you were wondering. ;)

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I also added the last of a container of cherry tomatoes to my plate.

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I almost made an egg sandwich, but decided eggs-in-a-basket would be more fun. I used an Arnold’s Thin for the bread and smeared them with pumpkin butter.

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See. There was food in the kitchen. It just took a little imagination to turn that food into lunch. ;)

Ben and Ashley’s Wedding: The Details

Ben and Ashley did such a beautiful job with the little details of their wedding, that I thought they deserved their own post. Let me know if you have any questions about anything in the comments below and I’ll try to track Ashley down for the answers. :)

On the Bride:

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  • Dress: Alfred Angelo’s (something new)
  • Shoes: Etsy (something blue)
  • Hairpiece: Alfred Angelo’s
  • Veil: A piece of my mom’s veil (something old) <- I’ll explain this in a later post
  • Jewelry: diamond earrings and necklace from her grandfather and a bracelet from her mother (something borrowed)
  • Hair & Make-up: Divine Image of Titusville

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On the bridesmaids:

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  • Dresses: Alfred Angelos (Ashley told us we could pick whatever style of dress we liked from Alfred Angelos as long as the dress came in the cobalt blue color and was a certain material. Really it was just plain luck that we all selected similar styles – the only difference being that Chelsea and I had bows on our dresses. You can read about our dress shopping experience on THIS POST and I wrote about alterations HERE).
  • Shoes: DSW
  • Jewelry: American Eagle
  • Hair & Make-Up: Divine Image of Titusville

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The Flowers

  • Flowers of Distinction of Titusville

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Here’s a little secret – Ashley had all of the bouquets and boutonnieres in her possession 6 months before the wedding. How? They were all fake. Ashley is allergic to fresh flowers and – instead of swelling up like a balloon on her big day – opted for fake arrangements. This was also a great way to save a little money and – honestly? – I’m not even sure anyone noticed or cared. Everything was still beautiful and no eppie pens were needed <- huge plus. ;)

The Reception

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  • Courtyard Marriott in Cocoa Beach

This was actually the same hotel our friend April had her reception last summer (recap here). The ballroom will technically seat up to 200, but I thought150 felt just right and much more than that would have been too tight. It was also nice that the hotel was right on the beach so the bridal party could get some great beach shots.

The Candy Buffet

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On February 15th, Ashley was at Wal-Mart at 5:30am in order to be one of the first stock up on discounted Valentine’s Day candy. She ended up buying too much and having to return some, but it’s better to be over-prepared than under-prepared.

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The candy buffet was a HUGE hit. Most of the containers were near empty by the end up the night and there was a constant flow of guests filling up the bags through the night.

Ashley made the sign herself.

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It read:

Candy Buffet

Step right up to the candy buffet

It’s a sweet addition to a wonderful day

This is a treat we are offering to you

On this beautiful date when we say I Do

Use the scoop, choose what you like

Leave some for others,

Be polite.

If you enjoy your bag of treats,

Please remember,

Love is Sweet!

Photo Collage

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Two days before the wedding, my Dad and Ben built the photo collage that was displayed behind the present table. They cut two poles down to size, spray painted them black, and drilled three holes on each pole to attach the strings to. The night before the wedding, Ashley’s aunts set up up the photo collage behind the present and card table. The collage was made up of photos of Ben and Ashley growing up and of the two of them together over their five years of dating. Ashley didn’t even end up seeing the display in person and only saw it in photos the morning after.

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The Guestbook

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The guestbook was an address card holder that Ashley ordered off of Etsy. Each guest filled a card out with all of their contact information, birthday, and well wishes for the bride and groom.

Cupcakes

The cupcakes were from Caked with Love of Titusville, Florida.

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Caked with Love is a local cupcake company run by Ashley’s good friend Melissa. Her cupcakes are AMAZING! They’re very tasty and so beautifully done. She did the same dark chocolate frosting for Ashley’s bridal shower cupcakes and I’ve been fantasizing about them ever since.

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Originally Ben was going to build a cupcake stand for the reception, but they realized that it was just about the same amount to buy one pre-made as it would be build it, and they ended up ordering one online.

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There was one minor hiccup at the reception when guests started eating the cupcakes before they cut the cake. I’m not sure they realized the cupcakes were the ‘cake’ and by the time it was time to cut the ‘cake’ – half of them were gone. Not cool. But there really wasn’t much you could do at that point. Oh well.

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And just because this is the stuff I wonder about… Ashley ordered 160 cupcakes for 150 guests and ended up having some left over. I know she was told to order at least 1.5 cupcakes per guest when she was shopping cupcake bakeries, but having 1 per guest, plus an additional 10, worked out just fine.

Center Pieces

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Ashley ordered the numbers off of Etsy (from here) and collected green wine bottles in the months leading up to the wedding. A week before the wedding, she recruited several family members to wrap the wine bottles with the numbers and fill them with peacock feathers that were held in place with wax.

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She ordered the candle votives in bulk from Dollar General. It was an easy centerpiece that fit the theme perfectly.

Peacock Feathers

Did you catch Ashley’s theme? Peacock feathers! She was inspired by a Victoria’s Secret runway show of all things and just ran with the idea. There were little touches of peacock feathers everywhere – from the jewelry the bridesmaids wore, to the feather on her beautiful blue shoes, to our bouquets, to the table numbers, etc.

I thought the touches of peacock feathers were fun and hope to incorporate snowflakes in the same fashion for my wedding.

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Ben and Ashley did a fabulous job on their wedding. Everything was so beautiful and so them. However, in the end, the extra details are just fun touches for the day – what really matters is the love the radiated through every moment of their wedding and reception. This is something I need to remember in my own wedding planning. In the end, all that matters is the love and marriage, everything else is just, well, details.

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Congrats again Ben and Ashley!

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