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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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Real Frameworthy Weddings | Katee + Natalie at The Caramel Room

 

Weddings by their very nature are personal affairs, but some are more unique than others. From the moment I met Katee and Natalie, I knew their wedding was going to be special.

Natalie is from the South; Katee’s family is from Ireland. Natalie is Jewish; Katee is not. The two share a love of literature (in fact, they got engaged in a book store!) and have style and grace running through their veins. The opportunities to infuse their celebration with unique and meaningful personal touches were endless!

We started the day with me leading the brides and their wedding parties in morning yoga to get everyone’s minds and bodies ready for the big day. Katee donned a dapper suit from Daniel Friedman, a well-known designer featured in the HBO documentary Suited, while Natalie stunned in an ivory trumpet-cut dress with a sweetheart neckline. Because she’s such a sweetheart, of course 😉

The most emotional moment of the day came when we surprised guests with an Irish bagpiper during the ceremony to pay homage to Katee’s Irish roots. Her entire family shed tears and it’s impossible for anyone not to get the chills hearing the hauntingly beautiful tones of a bagpipe.

You’ll see books were used as a decorative theme throughout the nuptials, which was so much fun to work with! Guests loved the handwritten library card escort cards and the tables named after the couple’s favorite novels. And I loved getting creative decorating the staircase to the reception with stacks of books and romantic florals.

This is one wedding – and couple – I won’t soon forget. Enjoy the photos – if you need me, I’ll be sipping on the leftover signature cocktails named after their dogs – the Herschel Chocolate Martini and the Riley on the Rocks!

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 Their wedding video is a must watch! Makes me want to relive this day over and over!

Vendors:

Planning + Event Design – Kristin Ashley Events

Photography- Heather Roth Photography

Ceremony + Reception – The Caramel Room

Hair + Makeup – Daniellestyle

Floral – Flowers & Weeds

Paper Goods – Melanie Layer Creative + On Three Designs

Videography – Mike Dalton Films

DJ – Millennium Productions

Weddings 101 | Wedding etiquette and trends for guests and brides

Whether you’re recently ringed, the mother of the bride, or a friend of a happy couple, when it comes to weddings, there are countless parties to plan for. The wedding may be the Main Event, but friends and family of the bride and groom warm up for months with showers and bachelor/bachelorette parties.

With so many parties to attend, knowing what to wear, what to buy, and current etiquette rules can be exhausting. Have no fear – Kristin Ashley Events is here!

 

Engagement Parties – Don’t feel like you need to bring a gift; just come and enjoy the excitement that follows moments after a couple gets engaged! If you feel like you need to do something, bring some champagne or a nice bottle of the couple’s favorite wine to help them stock their soon-to-be shared bar. Another fun gesture for the bride is to bring the latest issue of a bridal magazine like The Knot or St. Louis Bride so she can get excited about planning!

 

Showers – If you’re the bride, depending on your guest count, don’t register at more than three places. You want to give your guests options, but don’t overwhelm them. If you are seeking monetary gifts, consider giving guests the option of contributing to your honeymoon at honeyfund. Many people like to give personal gifts rather than just writing a check or buying a gift card.

If you’re a guest, when in doubt, stick to the registry. But if you’re closer to the couple, you can consider going rogue with something off the registry that is handmade or off the registry. Whether you buy from the registry or not, try and make your gift fun and exciting for the bride to open by buying several gifts with a shared theme or adding in unexpected details to bring the gift full circle. For example, you could create a BBQ set with grilling tools and round the theme out with some nice spices and rubs. Or a pie plate, rolling pin, a cookbook all about pies and a bushel of apples!

If you are gifting towels, consider embroidering a few with the couple’s new monogram – remember, the first letter is the bride’s first name, the large middle letter is the couple’s last name, and the third letter is the groom’s first name. If you are in the wedding and want to do something thoughtful, get some custom stationery made with the bride’s new last name! After all, she has a lot of Thank You Notes to write so can never have too many!

 

The Wedding – As a guest, try not to bring a large package to the wedding; instead, opt to ship the gift. Most registries will offer private delivery to the couple’s home and for most sites, orders over $100 offer free shipping. For value, don’t try to guess how much the couple is spending per plate and match that value for your gift. Instead, give what you feel like you can and take into consideration how close you are to the couple. We like to recommend these basic guidelines as a starting point: Co-worker/distant family/loose friend $50-$75 per guest (even if you can’t make it). Relative or close friend $75-100 per guest. Close relative $100-150 per guest.

 

Paper etiquette – We called our friends at Cheree Berry Paper Company to help us with the dos and don’ts of modern day invitations.

Is it okay to offer an email RSVP? For showers and rehearsal dinners, email is totally fine. And if you are having a casual wedding, brides can get by with email RSVPs – whatever is most comfortable and easiest for you and/or the hosts. However, as a bride or host, if you want a more formal affair, stick with the traditional snail mail.

Should you specify dress code on the invitation? The invite sets the tone of the event so you don’t need to state what to wear unless it is black tie or white tie. Oh and please, do not list your registries on the wedding invitation! Instead, provide your wedding website on your Save the Date, which will have links to your registries.

 

What to wear – We asked Carrie at Bella Bridesmaid what’s trending in wedding party attire. Adrianna Pappell is a great designer that offers beautiful sequins dresses (long and short) which photograph beautifully and offer an unexpected yet classy look for your bridesmaids. Another great designer we love is Jenny Yoo. Her tulle fabric and illusion necklines are very in right now. Blush pink is a hot color for wedding parties, but feel free to mix and match styles, fabrics, patterns and even colors. As long as it’s cohesive it’s totally acceptable!

As a wedding guest, it apparently bears repeating (because we see it all the time): do not wear white. Or ivory. Or white with some gold or black or any other color in it. Unless the bride has specifically instructed you to wear white, find another color to wear. Is it the end of the world if you do wear white? Well, no, of course not. But you can wear that beautiful white frock another day. On the wedding day, we think it’s the bride’s day to wear white!

Other attire to steer away from unless specifically requested on the invitation or by the couple: jeans, cowboy boots, t-shirts or tiaras.

 

See more from Kristin in this clip from KSDK’s Show Me St. Louis when she was asked to come on the air to be featured as a wedding etiquette expert!

In the Details | Escort Cards

Unexpected details can set your wedding apart by surprising and delighting your guests. But those details don’t have to be expensive or difficult. They just require a little creativity.

We like to start that feeling of delight from the time guests arrive. At a seated dinner, one of the first impressions you make is at your escort card table. Now, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a traditional printed table tent escort card! But, if you want to use that as an opportunity to establish or reinforce a theme or do something unexpected, an escort card is a high impact and easy place to do so.

Take a look at these recent examples of clever escort cards we’ve done for our brides:

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Drinks – check! Escort cards – check! Lasting impression – double check! We used champagne splits and water bottles as refreshing escort cards that set a festive tone.

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Using objects as card holders is just too much fun! And they can double as a fun favor, too.

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And just because you stick with a traditional card doesn’t mean it has to look boring. A more casual script and an unexpected setting for the place cards can tie in with your color scheme, florals, and overall look and feel in a way a cursive cardstock can’t.

Many of these options can be done yourself or we can help find vendors to pull it off to perfection. Whatever you choose, make it YOU!

xoxo,
KAE