Our One Year Anniversary

Our One Year Anniversary

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All photography by: Sterling E Photography

I took a poll and you all answered!! Here’s a recap of Robert & my one year wedding anniversary and it is so bitter sweet! February 25, 2017 was the best day of our lives and reminiscing on all of these sweet pictures & our wedding video just brings back all the feels. We would go back to that day every weekend if we could! We were so blessed to have all of our closest family & friends there to celebrate our big day with us and I am beyond excited to share it with you all in this post! If you haven’t been following me for awhile and you’re new to my blog I’ll give you a little bit of a low down. Robert is from Apopka, Florida (right outside of Orlando) and I am from Columbia, South Carolina. We decided we wanted to get married in Florida but weren’t exactly sure where. I knew I wanted an outdoor wedding but I didn’t want a beach wedding or anything like that. After many conversations with both of our families, Robert had mentioned an old mansion that his family use to own and his mom was actually raised in. His family sold it a few years back and the new owners have actually been in the process of renovating it and started to rent it out for weddings & events. As soon as I saw Sydonie Mansion I automatically knew it was the place and Robert was so happy because it holds such a sentimental place in his families hearts. The first time we went down to Florida to tour our soon to be venue Robert told me all of the stories he had when he was a little boy playing at Sydonie and how run down it was. The new owner Amy and her husband have done such an amazing job at recreating this historical masterpiece! Here are a few of my all time favorite pictures of this gorgeous place.

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This venue is seriously breathtaking! The last picture (above) is of the boat house which is by far our favorite little tropical escape. As for decorations I wouldn’t say I’m super crafty but I am pretty thrifty so I cut corners everywhere I could to save money! I asked for a cricut machine for Christmas so that I could cut vinyl for our sign, table numbers, etc… I also created the cutest little sign for our ring bearer to hold while he walked down the isle (don’t worry – I’ll attach pictures of all of that below!). I only hired a florist to do our cake, bouquets and the archway but I purchased all of the flowers a few days before for the center pieces and all of the table pieces. Luckily, I have an amazing group of girls ever (Stephanie, Taylor, Erin, Sara Ann, Tori, Logan, my mom and Robert’s family!) who are super organized and creative and helped me arrange all of the center pieces. We literally ran to Trader Joe’s and Costco for eucalyptus (greenery) and all of the roses, hydrangeas, etc… I purchased all of our glass wear for the tables from either Goodwill, Marshalls, Ross, TJMaxx and or Homegoods! If you guys love the pictures below check out my girl Taylor’s blog called Taste & Tailored. She is the real mastermind behind the centerpieces and the floral sign decorations – she should legit be an event planner no lie! Enough of the details though lets get to the good stuff – pictures below!!

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As for my dress it was actually two different pieces. I had a full sequin fitted gown with a gorgeous skirt over top that I wore during the ceremony. I purchased my gown from Ladies Of Lineage located in Charlotte, NC and the designer is called Theia Couture. I had the biggest vision and Pinterest boards for days all planned out for one day – the biggest day of our lives and only 8 months to plan it. It was a whirlwind and of course random things have to pop up to freak you out or else it wouldn’t be a wedding! I heard over and over again – Don’t freak out it’s not going to be perfect or exactly like you want but at the end of the day It’ll all workout. Shockingly everyone who gave me that advice was wrong because it was the most perfect day, even better than I had imagined, filled with everyone I care about! One of my amazing best friends Jasmin Elaine Photography did our wedding video and I’m not kidding it legit makes me cry every time I watch it! It is one of my favorite keepsakes from our special day and she did such an amazing job! Anyways, I could go on and on about this day forever but I’m trying to keep it short and sweet for you all so I’ll stop talking now and just attach a few of my favorite pictures below! If you have any questions or need any advice on your big day please leave me a comment below! I love helping in any way that I can and I love hearing all of your opinions! I hope you all had a wonderful Wednesday! Half of the week is officially over – looking forward to Friday!

XOXO

-Ashley

Vici Collab

Vici Collab

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Happy Sunday everybody! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I wanted to share one of my favorite new floral dresses for spring & summer from a very popular clothing boutique that I am obsessed with. This dress is called the Love Abloom Wrap Dress and is currently available in all sizes which is crazy unusual for Vici. Vici is based out of California with two stores, one in Walnut Creek and one in Newport Beach, but they thrive on their online website. They post new arrivals daily and their prices are very reasonable but they always have a 20% off coupon that you can use so that you always get a good deal! Right now you can use the code “SPRING20” for 20% off your order or the code “SALEONSALE” for 50% off their Final Few items.

I paired this dress with shoes, necklace and a handbag, all from Vici! The shoes are called the Aubrey Faux Suede Wrap Heel in the color neutral but they also come in black and red. They did come in a gorgeous hot pink color as well, but unfortunately they sold out fast! The necklace I am wearing is called The Buddha Wheel Necklace and is thoughtfully curated by Meghan Bo Designs who also has her own Etsy shop. I love how a huge company like Vici supports and sells local artisans. Lastly, can we please talk about this adorable Laguna Straw Bag that is perfect for any beach day this summer and only cost $48! Don’t forget if you use the 20% off code listed above you will get the bag for $39! If you’re reading this way after this blog post was posted just check vici’s instagram account – they always put up new coupon codes on their instagram stories!

This weekend was a pretty chill weekend for Robert & I and I loved it. We have been super busy and on the go a lot lately and I love having time to just do absolutely nothing together. Robert did work Friday night if you all were watching LivePD on A&E you probably saw him but luckily for me he had Saturday off. Sundays are normally when we spend most of our time together. We go to the 9:15 service at church and then usually hit up Duck Donuts or Cracker Barrel after. I fly out tomorrow to shoot with a new boutique and I am super excited to share this new collaboration with you all! Be sure to follow me on instagram because I will be posting a ton of stories for you all! Hope you’re all ready to crush the work week!

XOXO

-Ashley

 

When Life Gives You Lemons

When Life Gives You Lemons

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Lemon Print Skinny Jeans // Yellow/Gold Off The Shoulder Top // Brown Straw Hat // Denim Espadrille Lace Up Wedges // Gold Sheila Fajl Hoops

When life gives you lemons… put them on your clothes and strut them. Or yes, you could add salt and tequila, that always works too! Lemon prints paired with denim hues is by far my favorite spring/summer trend. These adorable lemon print skinny jeans and this stylish yellow/gold off the shoulder top are both only $20!! I know Forever 21 clothing can fit so many different ways so for size reference for these jeans be sure to size down a size. I’m normally a 25 or 26 and I can wear a size 24 – 25 in these high waisted jeans. If this outfit doesn’t scream spring & summer then I don’t know what does!

Another way to put the quote “When life gives you lemons” is don’t limit yourself to just lemonade. I love this quote so much because I constantly have to remind myself to get out of my own way and push past my comfort zone. Don’t ever limit yourself! Starting this blog six months ago has been the best decision I have made for myself in a long time and I am so excited for what the future has to bring. I have really opened up to you all and expressed myself through style and I am so beyond blessed and thankful for all of your sweet support and feedback. I would love to know how all of you feel about lemon prints for this upcoming spring & summer!

Sorry It’s been awhile since I’ve written a blog post for you all. We just got back from NYFW and I have been super busy at work (real estate). I hope you all are excited for Valentines day, coming in hot! I am headed to Charleston tomorrow to shooti a ton of spring & summer collaborations for you all that I hope you will love as much as I do! With that being said, Forever 21 has some amazing new lemon print pieces that I just have to share with you all so I will list them all below! Hope you all had a great day!

XOXO

-Ashley