Happy Valentine’s Day! Looove is in the air 🙂
A St. Louis wedding planner heads to the South!
We’ve all heard about Charleston, South Carolina being one of the top destination locations in Dixie to get married. It’s everything a bride dreams of, large oak trees with Spanish moss, quaint pastel buildings, southern comfort food, and town that truly has a heart of gold. It was my pleasure to get to work with the loveliest Chicago couple, James and Jackie for their August, 2017 wedding. Their destination wedding was straight out the Notebook (ok maybe James isn’t exactly like Noah, but he’s close). It was a small and intimate affair. The guest count topped out at 100 guests, a wedding party that consisted of just their siblings, and an intimate catholic ceremony that brought us all to tears.
The bride wanted everything to be simple, elegant and well charming. The William Aiken House on the famous Kings Street was the perfect match, with vibrant colored walls, antique furniture, we put the finishing touches out in white. It was truly a wedding that will forever be timeless. On of the many things I love about destination weddings is that everyone gets to know each other, it’s like the friends of friends become family of the family. If there is one thing I can say, wedding planning in South was a real treat for me.
If you follow me on social media, you know how connected I get to my clients. This wedding is no exception. I met this special couple through their dear friend, Clay Styles. Clay is the guy that wears many hats but one of which is wedding guest extraordinaire. I have yet to find a guy that enjoys a good wedding like myself, but he is one of them. I am forever grateful that he introduced me to Jackie and James. They have this relationship we all envy; lots of laughter, love, and just down right great people.
A trolley in the South, yes please!
The beautiful William Aiken House
Chandeliers and venetian statues for days
These families <3
Dad’s…. they’re the best
Thanks Clay 🙂
When Grandpa gets all the guys to serenade the bride!
Sweetest couple ever…
Kristin Ashley Events, planner
Ashley Seawell, photography
William Aikens House, venue
St. Mary’s of the Annunciation, church
PPHG catering, catering
Snyder Events, rentals
Out of the Garden, Floral
Chris Dodson, Entertainment
Vanity Hair and Makeup
Upstairs at Midtown, Rehearsal Dinner
I just love it when a spark of inspiration and a year of planning comes to life! I met Cathleen and Michael shortly after their engagement in St. Louis. Cathleen was a born and raised Southern girl who wanted to bring her roots (and most of her guests) to the Midwest! The bride and groom got married in July with a guest count of just over 200 and told everyone to …. MEET ME IN ST LOUI for their St. Louis wedding with a touch of Southern Flair 😉
When it came to designing we wanted to create something that was show stopping, jaw dropping and well a little bit of bling. Everything from the bridesmaids dresses, table linens, to the backdrop off the band stage, hints of sparkle was spread throughout the day. Dogwood Blossom stationery, had a mix of looks but everything was cohesive with the Old Hollywood Glam theme. One thing I loved was how important the ceremony was to the couple! They went all out with music and a heartfelt homily. When guests arrived to the reception, flapper girls assisted with escort cards, special quotes picked out by the bride and groom spread through the room, and a champagne tower just to start the evening. They sang and danced the night away with Chicago’s finest band, TCSquare with a second line and rally towels. These guys came to party…
For more of this St. Louis wedding at the Peabody Opera House, be sure to check out their feature on Southern Wedding’s Blog
Cathleen’s details could go on for days! Mike Cassimatis Photography certainly had enough to photograph that’s for sure! The bride dazzled in not one but two dresses, a something borrowed/blue that had all our heads turning and a sweet gift from the groom.
The bride had the most adorable relationship with her parents. She wanted to head to the church in a Rolls Royce with mom and dad, love!
The couple had the most amazing wedding ceremony at St. Louis’s one and only Cathedral Basilica. Guests got to listen to the most enchanting music; string quartet, full choir, cantor and trumpet!
The bride had two sisters that previously got married and treated a boat ride in their hometown in Florida. It was important to keep the tradition going with a boat tour at Riverboat Cruises downtown St. Louis.
A touch of ld Hollywood glam to welcome guests into cocktail hour at the Peabody Opera House. Yes, that’s a flapper girl holding custom escort cards… fun!
A color palette of white, gold and blush with touches of natural greens They wanted to take a modern look of the roaring 20’s and make a serious impact! This jaw dropping look was designed to ahh…
A champagne tower for the win!
A designed stage for the band by Exclusive Events. We brought in the perfect band from Chicago, TCSquare for this St. Louis wedding!
A way to bring in their New Orleans flair was creating Cafe Beignet! After dinner we opened the cafe with a chef from Cafe Ventana onsite to make fresh beignets and a barista to make any latte you desire!
Let’s get sketched, a caricature station!
We passed out custom rally towels for guests to wave around for the second line!
Every detail was left untouched, guests left with a shot of love… the first drink the bride and groom shared together… oh and can’t forget about the late night snack to go!
Take the sparkler exit to another level… Vendors
Kristin Ashley Events, wedding planner
Mike Cassimatis, photography
Juniper Films, videography
Peabody Opera House, venue
Festive Couture, floral
Exclusive Events, decor
Aries Rental Company, Rentals
Nuage Design, Linens
Beat Mix Music, TCSquare
Dogwood Blossom, Stationery
Oh So Vivant, Photo Booth
Rosewood Ensemble, Ceremony Music
If you’ve held a conversation with me for more than five minutes, you know I love weddings and yoga. I have met some of the most inspiring people through yoga and Erin Motz (Edwards) is no exception. About four years ago, I went to one of her “Bad Yogi” workshops in a small town just outside of St. Louis. After an incredible yoga class and a 30-minute one-on-one conversation, we followed each other on social media and vowed to share love and support for each other’s growing business.
So you can imagine my excitement and surprise when years later, I heard from Erin, informing me that she got engaged to the French Man (Thibaud) in New York with big wedding plans for (deep breath)… Nice, France (insert butterflies). You can see their adorable engagement story here
Surrounded by just 30 of their closest friends and family at a private Chateau in Grasse, France, these two made a wedding planners dream come true. After planning weddings for over eight years, it’s been a dream to travel the world and orchestrate weddings (big and small). One person who has followed me from the beginning of my business (love and support) is my dad and I couldn’t imagine having an opportunity like this and not take him with me. You got it, Ed packed his bags and went along for the ride… don’t worry I put him to work.
From the moment we arrived we were packing those tiny European cars with everything you could imagine and drove about an hour west of Nice (so upset I couldn’t enjoy all the views, my motion sickness kicked it full force). Upon our arrival was the most beautiful Chateau you’ve ever seen, St. Georges. We got out of the car and surrounding us was lavender, hydrangea bushes, garden roses, 75* weather and a scenery that I can say is every girls dream. It was like I died and went to wedding planner heaven…
With days of activities (games for all), food (pizza food trucks!), speeches (some of the best speeches I’ve ever heard), and love… lots and lots of love. I can say that this will be one of the most memorable wedding I will not only plan but attend. Just days leading up to the wedding, I got the opportunity to go over all the details (big or small) with Erin and Thibaud. Let’s just say Erin is happy go lucky, true yogi (never stop smiling/happy as a clam) and Thibaud is super organized and what we like to call “on it!” But the one thing I heard over and over from the both of them, was that they wanted everyone to really enjoy themselves. They thought of everything; what food everyone would like, the music played (even during the welcome party), activities/excursions, you name it, they thought of it. My dad even turned to me and said, “Kristin, don’t mess this up!” I couldn’t help to think… Wow, this is the first time dad has ever seen me really work! If there is one thing I know, it’s weddings. At one point I saw a little tear in his eye at the reception and all I could think was…he gets it.
You can read more highly recommend from Erin herself on her blog BadYogi
You can also see more from the very so talented photographer Wild Roses
Erin’s jewelry was on point! Lots of which were gifts from her dashing groom and her mother in law… stunning!
Let’s discuss this dress can we… a one of a kind Kenneth Pool
I honestly didn’t know if she was going to make it to her first look… the girl is just as emotional as I am… but of course I say it’s a good thing (except when she needs her makeup to stay) ha
Overlooking the French Riviera…. swoon
When a groom says his vows…. grab your tissues.
Yup, I put my dad in charge of collecting cell phones…. he was super excited about this job… job well done!
Happy 4th of July for all the American’s who came!
The families were the best!
This is what life looks like when you’ve been married 60 years… I LOVE THIS PIC!
I could not be more grateful for this moment captured… I love my brides, I really do.
The day after… we brunch… and take an awesome tour of Grasse!
Venue: Saint Georges, Grasse
Photographer Wildroses Studio
Videographer: Rec Video Editing
Florist: Maud Creation Florale
Catering: De Bouche en Bouche
Lights/Music: DJ Marriage Nice
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
Rentals: Aries Rental Company
Paper: Cheree Berry Paper
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!
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.
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
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!
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