Ashlee + Jeremy got engaged right out of high school, but waited to grow up just a bit, and tied the knot 7 years later at Cass Vineyard & Winery in Paso Robles, California. Their day was filled with bohemian details, metallic elements and killer fashion all around, starting with Ash’s long sleeve lace Grace Loves Lace dress. But since their day was the ultimate representation of their long-time love, they made it more about moments + details that had meaning to them, versus just incorporating wedding eye candy.
A + J say, We made sure to include people and things that represented our life together. Our best friend became an officiant just so he could marry us and a family friend who used to DJ put together an awesome set list for dinner and dancing. We served our favorite craft beers from Russian River Brewing Company and Almanac Beer Co. and one of the groomsman even helped customize leather jackets for the bride and bridesmaids to wear after the sun went down. Our main goal was simply to throw a great party that our guest would be thankful they attended! We wanted to celebrate how ridiculously happy we were! We even arranged an after-party at a local pub where we continued the festivities. We didn’t want the night to end.
Thanks so much to This Girl Nicole for the gorgeous images below + big congrats to the newlyweds!
Flowers By Denise knocked it out of the park with the florals. We love Ashlee’s wild peach + burgundy bouquet + the bridesmaids carried equally gorgeous bouquets of their own.
Ashlee: Jeremy and I had the most emotional “first look” prior to our ceremony. It was dramatic and romantic and I felt as though the world stopped when he finally saw me. I walked up this long path that ended in a beautiful landing overlooking the vineyard where my groom was waiting. I tapped his shoulder to turn around and he immediately began sobbing. We hugged and kissed and got all the ugly crying out of our system before the ceremony. He made me feel so incredibly beautiful and everything felt right. I’ve never experienced such raw, beautiful, and intense emotions. It was the perfect start to what will easily be our most memorable day ever!
Jeremy: Watching Ashlee exit the limo and walk down the aisle was emotional not just for me but all the guests as well. I’ll never forget the impact those few seconds had on me. At one point I looked around and there wasn’t a dry eye among the guests. The combination of the music and the long walk from the limo to the alter made everything surreal.
Processional: Wedding Party: Higher Love – James Vincent McMorrow; Bride: You’ve Got the Love – Florence and the Machine
Recessional: Kids – MGMT
First Dance: Work Song – Hozier
A perfect trio of cakes by Paper Cake Events helped carry the metallic-boho theme to the very end!
First and foremost- be organized and plan early. Hire a day of coordinator because you will thank your lucky stars when the week before the wedding comes around and you are done planning and have time to spend with family and friends. Our day of coordinator was a life saver and her services allowed us to enjoy the entire process and wedding day without any real worries.
Don’t fall into the Pinterest black hole! Ideas and details are endless and if you continue searching for ways to incorporate new themes or ideas for décor your head will spin and you will constantly feel like you need to do more. Once you settle on a few main details and overall style stick with it and move on. Be confident in your style because this will ultimately be a reflection of yourself. Also, decide early on what is important to the both of you. For Jeremy and I we wanted killer music, beautiful florals, and delicious food. We made sure that we gave lots of attention to those things.
Lastly, try not to obsess about the things you cannot control. What is meant to be will be! Truly, this is the best mindset to adopt the day of the wedding. Don’t let the weather, late guests, wilting flowers, or melting cake have even the slightest impact on your day. If the bride and groom are having the best day of their life the guest will too.
photography: This Girl Nicole // venue: Cass Vineyard & Winery Paso Robles, California // event planning: Kelley Hutcheson with Cass Winery // florals: Flowers By Denise // wedding dress + veil: Grace Loves Lace // shoes: Dune London // bridesmaid dresses: Reformation // hair + makeup: Geneva Pacheco // groom’s suit: Hugo Boss // catering: Chef Jacob Lovejoy with Cass Winery // cake: Paper Cake Events // rentals: Two Southern Girls, All About Events // music: DJ, Gabriel Correa