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Wedding Trends; Destination Weddings and Wedding Day Yoga

It was so fun yesterday hanging out on the news set at Fox News St. Louis for a morning segment with Lisa Hart on upcoming wedding trends! Below are some of the extended topics that we wanted to go a little more in detail … because we all know three minutes of talking just isn’t enough for me!

Wedding Trends! It’s all about creating an experience for guests these days. We are seeing an increase in budget these days and lowering guest count because our brides and grooms want to create a great time from the beginning until the end. You might think, well Kristin, what does that mean?! How can we do that? Do we need a million dollar budget to do this? The answer is quite simple… hire a great planner and we can make it happen for you… (ps no you don’t need a million dollar budget either). OK, so I might get a little Dr. Phil here and ask, what are your interest, what do you like to do as a couple, where do you eat, whatever the answer is… will help us create an unforgettable wedding for you AND your guests! One thing that I love to do to WOW your guests at a ceremony is giving the the ultimate music with not only an organ and strings but a trump and choir. I promise you, your guests will have goosebumps! Not sure what to do after the ceremony? How about getting shuttles and taking your guests to Ted Drewes ice cream, or a tour of St. Louis on a trolley, maybe even a river boat tour on the Becky Thatcher! Next up for cocktail hour, lets be honest, our guests are ready for a cocktail at this point. So let’s get them a lavender infused French 77 or maybe another specialty drink like a lemon shake up. Another area you can jazz up are your place cards, it doesn’t have to be on paper, we can hang it, stick it, put it on mirrors, the options are endless… Ring the cow bell, we are ready for dinner (kidding). A huge thing right now is brussels sprouts! Yes, jazz it up and put it on a plate! Even though a sit down dinner is what you expect at most weddings, make it more intimate and give them stations or family style! This will give your guests the opportunity to talk to more than just those next to them at the table too! Ok no more small talk (literally), a lot of guests are opting out of doing multiple toasts at weddings and offering their closest friends and family to speak at the rehearsal dinner instead. Don’t worry, we will make sure dad gets his shinning moment! Now, it’s time for what we’ve all been waiting for… DANCING! This is the time to bring your reception to life! Some hot new things are the cigar rolling station, donut walls, bourbon bar (that’s for all you Southern folks), and lately we have adding some fun new things like a cafe (we actually brought in a barista!), caricature station, chocolate the list goes on… but the key is to make it YOU! Don’t just do something because it’s trendy and you want to get the most hits on Pinterest. We want you to love it too…

Destination Weddings! The Kristin Ashley Events team racked up some serious miles with a total of 8 destination weddings. We have traveled overseas to the Caribbean, East Coast-West Coast, even the South of France! It’s a hot thing to do right now… so if you are up for planning a party on a beach or in a chateau – we got you covered!

The Look! Let’s be honest, we will always hear about gold, ivory and blush… however we are seeing a lot of blue hues, greens (tons of greenery), and your oh so classic Southern Living style all white. Be sure to add some textures though to help break up your whites. Think outside the box of your typical peony, ranunculus, hydrangea, fluffy flower… this time ask your florist what they have been dying to try out and let them roll with it! When it comes to linens, we are seeing a lot of velvet, pretty yummy 😉

Don’t Stress– I saved the best for last, how to destress on your wedding day. First and foremost, hire a wedding planner. Ask yourself before picking up the phone, what are my wants and needs. There are lots of great wedding planners these days and its important to pick one from either from start to finish, your Full Planning or that last month to pull it together, your Month of Coordination. Before pulling the trigger, ask yourself, do I trust this person with my special day… and if you say yes. That’s your pick! Go with your gut.. it won’t fail you! Don’t mind me when I say, we are worth our wait in gold 😉 Last but not least… here at Kristin Ashley Events, we offer morning yoga for your wedding. What better way to start your day with a little stretching, breathing and connecting with your besties.

Hair & Makeup: Savanah Summer

Floral: Poppies Design Studio

Linen: Nuage 

Rentals: Aries Rental Company 

Paper: Cheree Berry Paper 

Real Frameworthy Weddings | Shanti + Jon at Austin Villa del Lago

Every wedding in Austin, Texas is special. The energy, the food, the music, the warmth. But if you didn’t know any better, you’d think we held Shanti and Jon’s Austin wedding in Lake Como, Italy! And for a couple as beautiful as Shanti and Jon, I can’t imagine a more perfect setting.

Many people don’t realize Austin boasts such a beautiful lake district so there was no better place for us to transport Shanti and Jon’s guests than the vistas of Lake Travis at Villa del Lago.

‘Romantic chic’ was the word of the day. Crisp whites, shimmering silvers, and layers and layers of crystal and general fabulousness. Shanti’s mom had an incredible decor plan and bringing it to life was the most fun I’ve had planning an Austin wedding to date!

Have you ever – and I do mean EVER – seen anything more gorgeous than the cascading hydrangea table runner centerpiece?!? Nope…neither had we nor had any of their guests. It was truly breathtaking and was the perfect decor for their endless, communal farm table. Because at this party, everyone sat at the fun table!

I hope you get a feel from these photos for the fun and magic that truly defined this day and couple. Special, personal touches paired with the most gorgeous wedding setting I’ve found yet in Austin, Texas, and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. I am so grateful for their trust and hope that my team brought to life the Austin wedding Shanti and Jon have dreamed of all their lives.

Event Coordination – Kristin Ashley Events

Venue – Villa Del Lago

Photography – Jennifer Lindberg

Videography – Crescent Video Production

Catering – Sterling Events Austin

Floral – Renaissance of Austin

DJ – Toast Entertainment

Makeup – Cynthia

Hair – Denise

Ceremony and Cocktail Music – Gypsy Moon Guitars

Desserts – Sweet Treats Bakery

Transportation – Central Texas Valet

Rentals and Decor – Monarch Event Rentals, Marquee Rentals

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Real Frameworthy Weddings | Making Spirits Bright for Beth and Tyler at the Peabody Opera House

We’re all in the Christmas spirit over here, fa-la-la-la-la-ing all over town so naturally, the darling Beth and Tyler are on my mind these days! And with their one-year anniversary ahead this weekend, it seems a perfect time to share their gorgeous Christmas wedding with all of you.

When Beth and Tyler set their nuptials for December 19, we knew Christmas would be on the hearts and minds of all of their guests. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so we decided to embrace the theme and make it a magical kick-off to Christmas!

We selected red, plum, and gold for a rich and elegant color scheme. The boys rose to the occasion in tuxes and Beth literally sparkled with the most stunning diamond statement necklace any bride ever wore down the aisle. And let’s take a second to look at those shoes, shall we?!?

We rewarded wedding guests for braving the cold with a hot chocolate bar and they found their seats via handwritten Christmas ornaments. And using Santa’s Nice List as your guest book was a fun way to welcome everyone in.

When guests entered the Peabody Opera House, they were awe-struck by thousands of falling origami snowflakes. We individually strung them above the dining tables and the end result was worth every paper cut!

I hope you enjoy reliving their magical Christmas wedding as much as I have. And Happy Anniversary, Beth and Tyler! You two are as beautiful on the inside as you (and your wedding) are on the outside! I hope this last year has been everything and more than you ever dreamed it would be… 2017 will have even more blessings with the baby on the way!

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Vendors

Photography: Kelly Pratt Photography
Reception: Peabody Opera House
Floral and Stationary: Poppies Design Studio
Lighting and Decor: Exclusive Events
Cake and Desserts: Sarah’s Cake Shop

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Real Frameworthy Weddings | A Magical Wedding Day for Megan and Ryan

Every wedding is magical, but when the couple asks for a touch of Disney in their wedding day, you’d better believe this wedding planner is going to make their day truly enchanting!

Disney has always been a favorite of Megan’s so we decided to make their wedding design sparkle…literally! Using two of her favorite colors – teal and purple – as a base, we wove in touches of silver sparkles, white, and grey, and the end result was breathtaking! You can’t miss the photo below of Megan’s face when she saw the dining room for the first time!

Guests felt like they were transported inside Cinderella’s castle! We brought in crystal chandeliers, draped the stage, up lit the walls, and used layers and layers of floral, candles, and crystal stemware on the long, banquet-style tables.

We brought the band in all the way from Nashville and it was totally worth it! “For a Good Time, Call” rocked the socks off of Megan and Ryan’s reception; I don’t think there was a moment the dance floor wasn’t full the whole night!

The entire day was filled with laughs, thanks in good part to Megan and Ryan’s contagious joy and sense of humor. The team at Kristen Ashley Events loved being part of Megan and Ryan’s big day and can’t wait to watch this couple’s love continue to grow as husband and wife.

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Vendors:

Planner – Kristin Ashley Events
Photographer – Lisa Hessel Photography

Florist- The Special Event Florist, Tina Barrera
Videographer – Sweet Tea Media
Venue – Doubletree Chesterfield
Decor and Lighting – Exclusive Events
Band – For a Good Time Call
Cake – The Cakery Bakery
Desserts – Sarah’s Cake Shop
Makeup – Sweet Melissa Makeup

Classic Fall/Winter Austin Wedding: Behind the Scenes with Brides of Austin

There’s something special about weddings in Austin, Texas. Fall and Winter weddings also cast a special tone, so when you mix the two together, magic happens!

Recently, I had the honor of styling a shoot for Brides of Austin Magazine, in which I collaborated with some of the most talented local Austin vendors I’ve had the pleasure of working with.

For this shoot, we took a luxe and classic approach by channeling Ralph Lauren with plaids, velvets, and golds. We created a cozy lounge setting for Cocktail Hour and the reception with natural touches and tons of texture. You can’t beat a full and fabulous farmhouse table setting and I love when we mix up seating options for couples to create a layered look with tons of interest. And can you just imagine guests sipping on steaming cups of hot cocoa as they look out over the Texas Hill Country at sunset?!?

The spread just came out in the Fall/Winter issue of Brides of Austin, but the full shoot was so incredible that I wanted to take you guys behind the scenes to see every gorgeous detail! I’m feeling so inspired and can’t wait to bring elements of this design to life for the right couple!

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Special thanks to:

Gloria Goode Photography – Photographer

Pecan Grove – Venue + Catering

Remi + Gold – Floral

Scripted Ever After – Invitation suite, placecards + cake topper

Sweet Treets – Cakes

Marquee Event Group – China, flatware, stemware, lighting, chargers

Loot Vintage Rentals – Lounge furniture, pillows, bar, rugs, bench, candle holders, cake stand

My Style Team – Hair + Makeup

Unbridaled – Gown

Real Frameworthy Weddings | Tayla + Andy at Forest Park Visitor Center

Tayla and Andy are as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside. The same can be said about their wedding because not only was it beautiful on the eyes but it had heart and personal touches filled with love from beginning to end.

The couple relocated to New York City two years ago but it was important to them to hold their wedding in their hometown of St. Louis: the place they fell in love, the place Andy proposed, and the place they adopted their absolutely DARLING Boston Terrier pup, Wesley (who served as an honorary groomsman! How cute is that?!?) Tayla designed the wedding so that elements of their East Coast life were represented by the elegant wedding party attire and a guest book filled with photos of NYC, while sweet Midwestern touches such as the park venue, muted color palette and romantic floral were woven throughout.

It was also important to the couple to incorporate the groom’s Croatian heritage with the bride’s American lineage. Tayla and Andy scripted their ceremony themselves with portions in both English and Serbo-Croatian. Their stunning dessert bar was filled with homemade Croatian and American desserts, and during the reception, guests danced to the traditional Croatian Kolo dance to celebrate the coming together of two families. The personal touches were so unique and made the day truly unforgettable.

This wedding was romantic, personal, and magical. If only they’d let me watch Wesley while they were on their honeymoon…!

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Vendors:

Photography: Mike Cassimatis – MNC Photography | Floral Design: The Special Event Florist | Cake: Sugaree Baking Company | Ceremony Venue: Forest Park | Reception Venue: Catering St. Louis | Catering: Catering St. Louis | Hair + Makeup: DanielleStyle | Band:Griffin And The Gargoyles | String Quartet: Rosewood Ensemble | Transportation: JED Limosine | Film Processing: Indie Film Lab | Rentals: Exclusive Events, Inc

 

 

 

 

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KAE Named Among the Top Wedding Planners in Austin, Texas!

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I am beyond humbled and honored to have been named one of the top wedding planners in Austin, Texas by Brides of Austin!

It’s especially exciting because my time working in Austin has been relatively short but the weddings I’ve planned here have clearly made their mark! There’s no way I could have planned such impression-making events without quickly finding the best-of-the-best vendors to help bring my couples’ and my visions come to life. Some of my favorites include:

Brides of Austin– Haylee is my sales rep and from the first coffee I fell in love not only with the publication but with the team as well. The editor, Ashley, has a great vision for Texas weddings and I love being a part of their publication.

Feather & Twine Photography – Kelsey and Talon are a great photo duo. They are actually going to do an upcoming wedding with me in St. Louis! My clients live in Texas but the bride’s hometown is STL. I am going to bring a little Texas flair back to the Midwest this holiday season at this gorgeous December wedding.

On my first Austin photo shoot, I had the pleasure of working with:
Scripted Ever After Custom Stationary + Design – This girl can do it all! She impresses me with her abilities to create more than just paper goods and exceed all expectations.
Remi + Gold Florals  – Twyla can light up a room with her fun personality and her work is just as amazing. Our first consultation was an instant connection!
Loot Vintage Rentals – This is a place that every bride dreams of. Bobbi is a girl that can dress any average room with goodies. They literally have it all – and more!
Gloria Goode Photography – I can’t say enough about Gloria’s talent. Just head to her website and prepare to swoon over her photos.

I’m also so struck by the beauty and energy of this community. The food, of course, is to die for, but I think what makes Austin truly special are the people. I am constantly inspired by the fashion, interior design, and art you find in this community. There is constantly an event, festival, live music, or even just groups of people hanging out looking to meet new friends. And everyone here is just gosh-darn cool! Which brings me to my couples…

There is NO way I would have made this prestigious list without my amazing clients who put their full trust in this new girl from the Midwest. It goes without saying that knowing the who, what and where of a community is important when planning a wedding. But to me, that’s the easy part to learn.

What isn’t so simple is having a creative vision, putting no boundaries or restrictions on your ability to bring that vision to life, paying crazy attention to detail and putting the highest standards and expectations on yourself, being scrappy and resourceful and a little bit crazy to work your tail off and do whatever it takes to pull off each couple’s Best Day Ever. And most importantly doing all of the above while laughing, loving, and not taking yourself too seriously.

I like to think all of that is why I made the list of the Best Planners in Austin. Or maybe it was that $1,000,ooo I paid them… (JK!) Whatever it is, I am grateful to Brides of Austin the publication for including me on this year’s list, and I’m grateful to the brides and grooms of Austin for your support, friendship, and trust. I can’t wait to meet and work with more of you!

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