After choosing a bridesmaids’ dress, I quickly began to think about accessories. Because of the ruffled halter neck, we collectively agreed that a necklace would be unnecessary. I wanted a very Southern, yet “colorful coastal” style to the whole day.
So, I decided (and the BMs agreed) that it would look lovely to have no necklace, simple pearl earrings, and updos. The updos are for another post, and the girls provided their own pearls (everyone already owned a pair of some sort, and I didn’t care if they were an exact match). However, I did want some kind of fun jewelry. Since I knew that people have their own rings (wedding rings, class rings, heirlooms, or just things they love—I feel like most girls have a couple of rings that they wear every day), I decided that the safest bet would be a bracelet.
I looked online at Kate Spade bangles and beaded roll over bracelets, but didn’t want huge stacks and thought they looked kinda off on their own.
As we quickly approach the four-month mark, I thought I’d already gotten past the “Oh, gosh…this is actually happening!” stage of wedding planing. Well, this past weekend my bridesmaid Cat and MOH Schmo threw me the most amazing bridal shower, and the whole time I kept thinking, “This is really for me? Because I’m the bride? WHOA.”
Because I go to school so far from home, Schmo (who’s my college roommate) and Cat (who’ve I’ve known since freshman year) really wanted to throw me a bridal shower for my college friends who probably wouldn’t have been able to make it to Lancaster for my “real” shower at the end of the summer. When they asked me what kind of party I wanted, I told them to do whatever their little hearts desired, and I made sure they knew that I would be thrilled with whatever they came up with. I wasn’t expecting to have two bridal showers, so the fact that they were willing to plan an additional party made me feel like the luckiest bride-to-be.
I figured out pretty quickly that they were planning a lingerie shower when Schmo nonchalantly asked me what my bra and underwear sizes are. Well…she tried to be nonchalant. Bra and underwear sizes aren’t exactly everyday conversation in our room, so I was able to catch on to the “theme” of the day pretty fast. Cat and Schmo did an awesome job keeping all the details of the party a mystery until the day of, even when I tried to asked for hints. (Hey, a girl’s gotta know what to wear!) While I definitely had some ideas of what I thought they might be planning, I was totally blown away by the amount of work they put into everything. I’m pretty sure I said, “Oh my gosh, this is so cute! The cupcakes are cute! OOH, the drinks! These cookies—CUTE!” a hundred times during the course of a couple hours. I was truly amazed by all the little details and, of course, the photographer in me had to bust out my camera to take pictures of it all.
By now I’ve shown you a plethora of our wedding photos, and while I love them all, there is still a certain something that can only be captured on video. Every time I watch our seven minute wedding highlight reel, I am amazed at the finished product. From the editing and timing to the music, to the creative shots and angles, and the precious moments caught on video—I cannot say enough good things about Alwyn, Jason, and everyone at Kiss the Bride Fims.
Before I met Mr. Puffer, I had a lot of rules about dating.
There were a few for the guy. He had to be taller than my 5’9″. He had to be gainfully employed and financially secure. He had to respect others, regardless of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. Other than that, I was pretty open to a wide variety of guys.
But three of the rules—the Unbreakable Three—were for me. And I followed them religiously for years. Until I met the Puffster, that is.
Unbreakable Rule #1: No long-distance relationships
Puffer and I met online. I almost didn’t read his profile because it said he lived in another state two hours away from me. But his profile picture was so (intentionally) ridiculous, it made me laugh out loud, and I couldn’t help but contact him.
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Ashlee and Eric wed in beautiful Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic this past February in a vibrant and beautiful ceremony with pops of hot pink and turquoise.
Bride’s Name: Ashlee
Groom/Partner’s Name: Eric
Venue(s): Jellyfish Restaurant (wedding ceremony and reception) and Macao Beach (“rock the dress” session) in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Wedding Date: February 7, 2015
Bridal Gown Designer: Mori Lee (purchased at A’doraBelle Bridal in Waterford, Michigan and alterations by Dawn Sews in Waterford, Michigan)
Florist: Vals Weddings and Vintage Expressions (bride’s brooch and sola flower bouquet)
Photographer: German Paz Photography
Videographer: Blue Lagoon Studio
Cake: Cake Studio Bavaro
Wedding Coordinator: Vals Weddings (Valerie Sergienko)
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Henkaa.com for all of the hot pink bridesmaids’ dresses. The silver bling dresses were designed by Glamorous, Boohoo, and Adrianna Papell. Shining bright like stars for the bride!
Makeup: Indira Sanchez & Jazmin Abad Brito
Officiant: Shannon Drysdale with Fairy Tale Endings
Bride’s Custom-Made Bracelet: Jewelry by Martini
DJ and MC: DJ Ariel and MC Jehison
Mardi Gras Crazy Hour and Fireshow: HOTS Productions – HOTS Xperience
Destination Wedding Travel Agent: Jaimi Smith with Beach Bum Vacation
Honeymoon: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino)
Today is the day I marry one of my longest friends and I couldn’t be anymore excited. It still hasn’t really hit me—even while at rehearsal last night, or even with my dress hanging next to me as I lay on the floor of my mothers den waiting to get my makeup done—what is about to transpire. It’s been 16 months since Mr. W got down on one knee and changed our relationship forever. I cannot wait to marry this guy. In the last 16 months we have dealt with the good, the bad, and pretty damn ugly, but we did it together and that truly makes me confident that I’m marrying the right person. Our relationship is pretty cliche, but I love it and I feel like the luckiest girl ever to have known my soon to be husband half my life.
Time has flown and I’m honored that I was chosen to blog about my experience with you lovely ladies here on the ‘bee. I appreciate all of you immensely for your support, suggestions, and so grateful for the relationships I have built just from planning this little shindig!
Let’s get ready to do this! I’ll catch y’all on the flip side. Signing off for the last time EVER as “Ms. Walrus.”
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- A Clownfish Honeymoon: We’ll Be Cruisin’ by Miss Clownfish
- Eat All the Foods! by Miss Hammerhead
- Puffed Up with Pride by Miss Puffer
- Building a Driftwood Cake Display by Mrs. Coral
- Cala-Married: All Good Things Must Come to an End by Mrs. Squid
- What Things Look Like Five Months Out by Miss Narwhal
- Cala-Married: Toasting by Mrs. Squid
- Directional Arrows Wedding Sign by Mrs. Coral
I don’t know why, but this was one of my favorite projects for the entire wedding. The layout of our venue is kind of weird, so we had an unusual table arrangement. We knew it wouldn’t be super-intuitive to figure out where each table was or where you were supposed to sit. So we made a seating chart sign!
Mr. C had a vision of basically making a sign that was also a tripod/easel. He started by taking a pre-cut 2 x 2 foot piece of wood and staining it. He also cut some pieces of scrap would and stained them too.