When your soon-to-be proposes to you in front of Cinderella’s castle at Disney World, it makes sense that you’d want to add some fairy tale elements into your wedding day in tribute. Laura Ivanova captured the wedding of Ashley and Jon, a couple who made sure their big day was totally infused with their personalities and loves. This included a heaping portion of pink blooms put together by Sadie’s Couture Floral & Event Styling, ranging from roses to anemones to the all-time wedding favorite, peonies.

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From the bride, Ashley: We wanted the entire day to be a reflection of our personalities and our relationship. Jon has always been traditional and a bit old-fashioned, whereas I tend to like things that are trendy and unique, so our wedding was a combination of our two styles. We also kept things fun and playful by adding in details that were special to us. Jon proposed in front of Cinderella’s Castle in Disney World, so we had fun creating a bit of a fairy tale theme to go along with that; my Hayley Paige gown (I called it my princess dress) and our ‘happily ever after’ cake topper were two places you can see that. Additionally, we had both lived our entire lives in Minnesota but knew that we would be moving to New Orleans shortly after the wedding, so we tried to throw in some very Minnesotan details where we could to celebrate the state we love so much! Our venues were situated in our favorite spot on the lakes in Minneapolis, just blocks from our apartment building. Taking pictures on the beach where we had walked so many times before felt special and almost surreal. Jon and I are huge hockey fans and one of our favorite things to do together is go to Wild hockey games so my parents surprised us by having the Wild mascot show up during our cocktail hour. Having him there was a huge hit with guests and the pictures that we got are priceless!

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bride reading note - https://ruffledblog.com/elegant-calhoun-beach-club-wedding

peony and rose bouquet - https://ruffledblog.com/elegant-calhoun-beach-club-wedding

Bouquet recipe: Peonies, ranunculus, roses, and anemones.

bride and bridesmaids - https://ruffledblog.com/elegant-calhoun-beach-club-wedding

bouquets - https://ruffledblog.com/elegant-calhoun-beach-club-wedding

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peony and rose bouquet - https://ruffledblog.com/elegant-calhoun-beach-club-wedding

Pink has always been my favorite color so it was an easy choice for my flowers. My parents also had a pink wedding 30 years ago and their marriage means so much to me, so I wanted to give a nod to that. I am proud that even as a medical student, I managed to plan and execute a lot of the wedding details on my own! Two projects that I am really proud of are the Mr. and Mrs. signs for the back of our chairs at the reception and the table of photos displaying our parents’ and grandparents’ wedding photos.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Have fun with the planning! Try to throw in little details that are unique to YOU! I think it’s great to find inspiration from other weddings online and in magazines, but at the end of the day you should look at your wedding day and be able to say that no one else in the world could have a wedding exactly like yours. The personal details will be the ones that stand out when you think back on your day.

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mr and mrs chair - https://ruffledblog.com/elegant-calhoun-beach-club-wedding

traditional wedding cake - https://ruffledblog.com/elegant-calhoun-beach-club-wedding

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View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Bride’s Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon in D (I got tears in my eyes the minute that they started playing it. That piece is such a classic at weddings and the moment I heard it was when I had that “Oh my gosh I’m about to get married’ moment.)
Recessional: “All You Need is Love,” The Beatles
First Dance: “Sweet Pea,” Amos Lee

Be sure to catch the wedding film from Mike Cunningham:

Wedding Vendors


Laura Ivanova

Floral Design

Sadie’s Couture Floral & Event Styling

Ceremony Venue

Lake of the Isles Lutheran

Reception Venue

Calhoun Beach Club

Wedding Dress

Hayley Paige


Haute Bride


Kate Spade

Hair and Makeup

Blowdry! Blowdry Bar Minneapolis

Bridesmaid Attire

The Wedding Shoppe St. Paul

Groom and Groomsmen Attire

Men's Wearhouse

Groomsmen Gifts

Sota Clothing

Catering and Wedding Cake

D'Amico Catering

Ceremony Music

Lake Minnetonka String Quartet


Instant Request

Wedding Invitations and Place Cards



Mike Cunningham


Gray Line MN