Sunday, October 30, 2011

White Pumpkin and Gray wedding {Hello Lovely} Vol. 3

Last week I found a welcome surprise in my inbox, an email from one of the sweetest people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. Paige married Corey exactly a year ago. In her email she said, "I don't know if you'll remember me..." My reaction? Complete and utter shock. Why? Because I never forget my clients! This I can say for sure - I take weddings to heart. Each and every wedding is a celebration to me that I feel privileged to be a part of.  I cry tears of joy at every single one and usually, I cry on the way home from the farewell brunch realizing that we had another great wedding {joy}, but that there is one less person who will be a part of my daily life {sadness}.
A bigger surprise came a few days later, on Paige & Coreys wedding anniversary when we received a super sweet gift from her with a thank you note that brought me to tears.  Paige; thank you so much for even thinking about us on your wedding anniversary - you'll never know how incredibly wonderful it made me feel.  The chocolate covered strawberries lasted all of 2.4 minutes!
To wrap up this White Pumpkin and Gray wedding series, here are a few more of the details captured by Ashley Brockinton.
Tip: If you have little details that you really want to have pictures of, be sure to let your photographers know in advance.  If your photographer doesn't know there were super cute drink flags at the lemonade station that you spent 4 hours making, you might not get that picture!
 How perfectly sweet was this wedding? Happy Anniversary Paige & Corey!
Check out the entire White Pumpkin Series!
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White Pumpkin and Gray wedding {Hello Lovely} Vol. 2

A fall wedding but not fall colors. Frankly, I love the idea. Particularly for a chic outdoor pool deck or beach ceremony.
This palette of blush, white, and gray (pewter) is so sophisticated and elegant.
 One thing to note about any event you have next to a pool - you can't have glass!  Make sure that your floral designer has acrylic containers available or consider maybe using baskets, wood or pumpkins.

One of the sweetest moments during this ceremony came when the groom Corey literally got weak at the knees.  His best man and brother quickly had him sit down.  Paige came over to him and the moment he was able to just look at her and say how truly happy he was at that moment...all was well.  The only exception, I (along with everyone in attendance) was balling.  Hands down the most heartwarming moment. Oh my gosh, I'm crying again just reliving this.
Look here at vol. 1; vol 3 on the way!
Photography by Ashley Brockinton
Florals by Signature Florals

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

White Pumpkin and Gray wedding {Hello Lovely} Vol. 1

Who doesn't love a white pumpkin?  They're a perfect foundation for a white design concept for a fall weather wedding.  Gray and pewter have without a doubt been the color of the year so I am excited to share with you this wedding that we were so happy to be a part of one year ago this week.  Paige & Corey got married at Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa in Ft Myers, Florida last October.  Their wedding was one that I will never forget for a few reasons.  First of all Paige was just hands down one of the sweetest brides I have ever had the opportunity to know.  Secondly, her color palette stole my design heart.  I could not have been more in love with the gun metal gray bridesmaids dresses paired with the blush rose bouquets by Signature Florals.
Can I confess to one of my pet peeves?  I absolutely detest votive or tealight candles around a wedding cake.  Wedding cakes are so often a work of art, the candles just fuss up the table.  So, leave the cake table alone.  Until it is time to cut the cake, let it stand alone on the table in all its glory. This pretty cake was created by none other than Ella's Cakes of Naples.
For Paige and Cory's wedding we designed the floor plan with a Grand Table where all the wedding party & their guests sat with the bride & groom.  I also placed the cake right in front of the grand table so that it would be another focal point in the room {don't stick the cake in the corner if at all possible}.

Next up, the wedding ceremony. Just so pretty.  Bring on the pumpkins.
I love this shot by Ashley Brockinton.  Something very intriguing about it, don't you think?
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

THE PRO SERIES:Ashley Brockinton's Inside Secrets

Ashley Brockinton Photography

When did you start working in the wedding industry?
 I started in the wedding industry in 2003.

When did you open your business/location?
I opened in 2003 in Naples.

What made you decide to go into the wedding/event industry?
I did a video project in college that told the love story of one of my friends that was getting married. I got a really good grade on the project and it was the rave of the wedding. I started getting asked to do similar videos for other peoples weddings. I then started shooting wedding videos for a few years and later switched over to photography. I couldnt shoot alone so I trained Sam as well as having him take a few classes.

What is your proudest achievement?
My three children are my proudest achievement; they are truly amazing. My living legacy and the true measure of me as a person. As far as business goes: shooting a big job for Proctor and Gamble is something I am very proud of.  I was able to work with a big budget and do all the casting, wardrobe, hiring, and shooting. It's very rare that I get total creative control given the nature of weddings; it was a dream to do. 

How many hours do you spend working with a client? 
A LOT of time is put in working with a client. We typically spend 7 months before the wedding with a client and about 4 months to a year after working on their album. There are five us in the studio and each of us works on the clients wedding but in different aspects. We like to specialize instead of generalize our talents.

How long is your average wedding day from start to finish? 
We spend about 15-20 hours on a wedding day if you include charging batteries, packing the car, cleaning equipment. 

If you are not in the profession that you are in now, what other job in the event/wedding industry would you like to try? Why?  
We are actually starting a photo booth company and are so excited about it!  It's called Bash Booths. We will own and manage it but it will not be directly associated with Ashley Brockinton Photography . The Bash Booth is available to any and all. I'm also obsessed with design and branding so I could see myself managing other people's brands down the road.
What can brides do to so that you can do a better job for them on their wedding day?
It would be great for brides to fill out our questionnaires and be upfront with needs and expectations.  Also, plan in enough time for the photos (we suggest certain time allotments) and hire a great hair and makeup team!

What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite parts of my job are branding, doing creative shoots, and taking pictures of brides that have a great attitude and are up for anything.

What inspires you?
Fashion and design really inspires me.

What is your favorite part of a wedding?
My favorite part of a wedding is seeing the unique family interactions.  I love it when the families are close and warm. It inspires me to represent a deeper beauty in my work.

What is the most unique or extraordinary thing that you have seen at a wedding?
At one of the weddings we did a bride punched the groom during group pictures.

 What are you glad you did/had at your wedding? 
I am glad we had a good DJ, good food, and a good venue!

If you were to do a destination wedding anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Id like somewhere in a meadow or garden, you know "Ashley" means "Dweller of the beautiful meadow", I would also like France.
The Grand Wedding 2010

What is your favorite...
I like everything but Orange.  I'm digging grey right now but that's not really a color.
Dream a Little Dream of Me. It was actually the song playing when my son was born.
I love Gluten free pizza, dark chocolate, and cheese! 
I love peonies and lavender!

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