“I had been looking forward to Ashley and Nick’s wedding all year! The love that these two have for one another is so sweet and authentic. So many moments of their big day pulled at my heart strings, from the constant smile of pride from the father of the bride, to the couples handwritten vows under a 100 year old apple tree. Topped off by the ultimate heartfelt toast of thanks the groom gave to so many people in their lives. Sunny Slope Farm offered up the perfect New England fall landscape and so much genuine love radiated through the rafters of the wedding barn that day!” – Soul Child Photography
What is your favorite wedding day memory?
There were so many amazing moments, but there are two that I keep replaying in my head. At one point during the night I remembered a bit of advice that other brides had given me. They told me to take a second to step back, look around and let it soak in. At the moment I did this, I saw a bunch of empty chairs and all of my guests on the dance floor having an amazing time! It was so special to see everyone I love enjoying themselves at my wedding! The other special moment was when a circle formed around me and my groom dancing to Baby One More Time! I’m a huge Britney fan so it was definitely one of the most fun parts of the whole day!
What did you DIY for your wedding?
I DIY’d a lot! My wedding party was a huge help with the DIY’s, giving so much of their time helping to make my day perfect! We DIY’d the table centerpieces using rustic steel pails, apples and flowers. For our wedding favors, we made ‘Let Love Grow’ seed packets. One of the most time consuming things we DIY’d were the napkins! We folded them and cut strips of burlap and red and white checkered fabric for tying around them. It doesn’t sound as time consuming as it actually was! I also collected picture frames and chalkboards from yard sales and thrift stores so I could DIY signs for everything. We also made our own photo booth with our camera, tripod and lots of fun props! One one the most special DIY projects was the arbor my dad DIY’d for us. He used birch wood trees and built it the morning before the wedding under the apple tree that our ceremony took place. It was beautiful!
Something old, new, borrowed and blue?
My something old was my grandmother’s broach that I pinned it to my bouquet. My something new was my wedding dress. My something borrowed was a pair of rhinestone earrings from my mother-in-law and my something blue was my garter.
Any advice for brides currently in the planning process?
My advice for other brides is to make your wedding your own! If you’re planning to DIY, start early and don’t DIY too much! If you feel like you’re getting overwhelmed (which I did quite a few times) give yourself deadlines for things throughout the process. Using a planning timeline was super helpful for me. On the day of, remember to have fun, if you don’t get to everything on your to-do list no one will know except for you, so don’t stress out over little things.
Your day will be perfect and worth all the crazy planning that you’re going through! Our wedding was more fun than my husband and I could have ever imagined. Everything fell into place and it really was the best day ever! -Ashley, the bride
Photographer: Soul Child Photography // Ceremony + Reception: Sunny Slope Farm // Florist: Dandelions Florist // Catering: Hoppy's Barbeque // Cake + Desserts: Gatherings by Stellaoona // Invitations: Vista Print // Rentals: New England Restrooms // DJ: CMC Entertainment // Videographer: Astropiano Films // Dress: David's Bridal // Engagement Ring: Na Hoku // Hair: Claire Gallagher // Make-Up: Hayley Priscilla // Garter: Hanna Bella Designs // Bridesmaid's Attire: David's Bridal: // Robes: Sunset to Sunrise // Men's Attire: Sears // Men's Shoes: Shoes.com // Dog Tux: Furry Tail Couture