Today we’re sharing the best midweek treat we can imagine – a colorful backyard wedding with vintage charm and creative whimsy that still has our heads spinning with delight! Matt and Ashley’s intimate nuptials incorporate sweet details like dedicated ceremony seats to loved ones past and bedazzled bridal heels as a something “cerulean” blue. Captured by The Ganeys, it’ll take you no time to fall in love!
Gorgeous blooms bedeck the garnet and wheat colored chuppah, as boho rattan furniture greets shabby chic furniture in a way that says “Nice to meet you, why don’t you stay for a while?” Well we’re saying stay forever, because this eclectic mashup of jewel-toned details from Ever After Vintage Weddings has us singing glory be!
From the photographer, Emily of The Ganeys: Matt and Ashley have the most welcoming personalities. They love people. It is no surprise that they wanted an intimate, family-style wedding to create that sense of community and coming together. Their wedding did just that!
One of Ashley’s talented friends made the bright invitation suite for their day – complete with map and sketch of the couple (flower crown and all). I loved the bright tones she used! She also helped the bride “bedazzle” her shoes (not going to lie, I was a little skeptical when I read about this via email, but was blown away when I saw those in person!) Add on some impressive calligraphy for the envelope (and some fresh flowers for styling) and I was in my happy place!
The morning of the wedding, Ashley was surrounded by her closest friends as she prepared to marry Matt. The girls spent the morning braiding each other’s hair and reminiscing about how they had met one another. Putting her wedding dress on in the room where she had grown up was so meaningful (and gorgeous).
Matt and Ashley shared a first look behind the house, in a tunnel of palm trees. It was an emotional moment for all of us! I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. These two are a dream to photograph! They fit together so well and can make each other laugh! Naturals for sure!
As guests arrived for the ceremony, they were welcomed with homemade chex mix and a Polaroid guest book to share best wishes for the bride and groom. The ceremony site was just beyond that. The guests “ooh’ed” and “ahh’ed” over the collection of upholstered seating and fun, colorful pillows! A chuppah with a lace canopy stood at the front of the aisle. It was covered in flowers and dripping with greenery. The processional began with family members, then the groomsmen (in their sporty suspenders), bridesmaids (in their mismatched berry tones), and finally Ashley and her father. Everyone was choking back tears.
The ceremony was a true testament to their love for one another. Tying together two lives, two families, two religions.
As guests made their way to the reception space they were welcomed with fresh appetizers and lawn games to play during cocktail hour. The reception was set up on the long driveway. Ever After Vintage Weddings knocked it out of the park on this one – two extra long rows of farm tables were covered with multi-covered vintage goblets and mismatched china plates. French bistro chairs lined the tables on either side. Above the tables, bistro lights were strung from side to side creating the perfect ambiance. It was truly an intimate, family affair – bringing everyone together to enjoy this first meal.
The video from Hatfield Productions is a must watch:
Ashley and Matt brought so much of their color and personality into this event! They had their favorite foods (tacos and sliders) as the meal for everyone to enjoy. Matt’s cake had a dirt bike topper, a nod to his love of the sport. Family photos of loved ones were placed around the lounge. They had globes as decoration, to share their love of travel. Every detail was a meaningful representation of who they were as a couple.
Photography: The Ganeys
Venue: Private Home
Planning, Styling, Vintage Rentals, Tabletop Rentals, Signage: Ever After Vintage Weddings
Officiant: Reverend Rick Gomer
Invitations: Heather Pell (friend of the bride)
Envelope Calligraphy: Cowahl
Dress shop: Nikki’s Glitz and Glam Boutique
Cake: Cakes by Maggi
Hair: Megan Rawdon (friend of the bride)
Makeup: Christina Phillips (friend of the bride)
Videographer: Hatfield Productions
DJ: Mike Jenks
Catering & Food truck: Tastes of Tampa Bay & Street Surfer
Lighting: GET LIT Productions
Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab