Real Wedding: Ryan + Ashley

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We’re so excited to share this oh-so-beauteous Seattle wedding with you guys today, shot by one of our fave photographers Michèle M. Waite!  Ashley & Ryan wanted their big day to be completely personalized to showcase their uniquely special taste, something that was not only light-hearted and fun, but celebrated community – the people who have been such an important influence in their lives.

These two lovebirds collaborated to create many of the wonderful pieces you’ll see below: the invitations, programs, CDs that were given as favors, the “A+R Wedding” sandwich board, table numbers, bridesmaid flower belts…. whew! A ton of work and so gorgeously executed!

Bringing the whole “community” theme full-circle, family and friends also lovingly played a big part in bringing everything together – dessert-baking, beer-brewing, ping-pong table-painting, even choreographing their first dance!

Such fun, bright bouquets!

This fabulously flow-y fabric backdrop was made by the the groom’s sister – it’s so billowy and beautiful. The perfect addition to an already stunning ceremony space.

Those wooden ceilings and hanging lights are so grand, and the candlelight pews are just divine. Such a good venue!!

Beautiful tabletops complete with mini-lanterns, pretty pink menus, vintage glassware, and bundles of peaches(!!)

Ashley & Ryan surprised their guests by doing a swing dance for their first dance – hello, that is amazing! We totally admire their bravery, and it looks like they’re having sooo much fun!

Gorgeous and more importantly, looks like so much fun! Bravo, Ashley & Ryan. Congrats!

Wedding Planner: Steven M. Moore Designs / Flowers: Steven M. Moore Designs / Venue and Catering: Herban Feast at SoDo Park / Photography: Michèle M. Waite / Necklace: Ashley Paulina Jewelry / Dress: Monique Lhuilllier / Belt : Vera Wang / Hair: Shandra Koehler at Sense Salon / Officiant: Reverend Kent French of First Congregational Church of Bellingham / Band: The Kennedy Brothers

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Social Love on Dec 14, 2010

Love Michele's work and this wedding is ubber fab with the sweet couples unique style!!

nadia on Dec 14, 2010

beautiful details, the last photograph is stunning!

lydia {ever ours} on Dec 14, 2010

love her unique ring! and also the ribbons!

Katie on Dec 14, 2010

where is that killer ring from??

Allix on Dec 14, 2010

I love this wedding! How did you all do the table number/menus - those are great!

Paper Moss on Dec 14, 2010

That table number/menu sign is absolutely adorable. Every detail about this wedding is adorable!!

Maria on Dec 14, 2010

what a beautiful day! the bride's ring is divine. I'm loving the flower arrangements too.

Rachel on Dec 14, 2010

I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to get the info on how her sis made the fabulous fabric/ribbon background!! It's gorgeous and would look amazing at my upcoming wedding!!!

kally on Dec 15, 2010

that first and last shot of the first dance series is splendid! what a lovely couple!

Bre on Dec 15, 2010

Such a beautiful wedding! I absolutely love the tabletops and bouquets, the mini lanterns are gorgeous.

Emilia on Dec 15, 2010

Ditto on how that ribbon/ribbon backdrop was crafted please!

Jen on Dec 15, 2010

Where are the Groomsmen's suites from...I am planning on having gray suites in my wedding and I CAN NOT find then anywhere! Any recommendations would be wonderful!

[email protected] on Dec 15, 2010

Ohmigosh that dance looks amazing... kudos to them for that!!

Ashley on Dec 16, 2010

Thank you for all the wonderful compliments. Here's my best stab at your questions: - My ring was designed by Ryan and my mom and sister-in-law with the help of Emily at Greenlake Jewelry Works in Seattle where it was also made. - the table numbers/menus were printed then cut out and mod-podged onto sanded 1/4" plywood, we drilled holes in the top and then tied ribbons through to make them stand. - the backdrop was hung from a rented pipe and drape and I believe there was a loop sewn at the top so the pipe could just slide through. The fabric was muslin, ribbons and dupioni silk - and lastly - the dance was a lot of work but a great thing to do together, practicing was actually a really nice break from planning and it was one of the highlights of the night. I recommend it for sure!

Ashley on Dec 16, 2010

oh - and the 'suits' - we bought vests from H&M and various colors of silk ties from Amazon and had the guys provide their own white shirts, black pants and shoes (they didn't have jackets). I had a friend find a ton of grey suits for their groomsmen on or bluefly though - you should check there...

Dynamite Weddings on Dec 16, 2010

The ring an bouquet are so unique!!!

Liezl on Dec 16, 2010

Oh my gosh, Ashley K...lo and behold, there you are on one of the wedding blogs I frequent. Go figure. All the best to you and Ryan! Your photos illustrate what an absolutely fabulous day you all had. I'm so happy to have stumbled upon this -- small world!! Much love!!

Kristiana on Dec 21, 2010

i had a pair of friends named Ryan and Ashley ( get married recently as well :) these guys are wayyyy cute too, though!

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