Stylish. This describes Ashlyn, a buyer for local clothing boutique Soca, and it certainly describes every aspect of her wedding to long time boyfriend Wes. Another thing I need to point out about Ashlyn is that she is also extremely creative which paved the road for her to use one of our services we offer: the Design Your Own station located in our store. Ashlyn’s mother has experience designing flowers so when Ashlyn learned that we offer the ability to come in and make some of her arrangements and/or bouquets herself, she jumped on the opportunity.
For years Dorothy has appeared on ABC 33/40’s Talk of Alabama segment on Thursday mornings. One day while discussing weddings it was asked of Dorothy if she minded the number of do it yourself brides inspired by websites such as Etsy and Pinterest. Dorothy’s response? “Of course not! We’ve been encouraging and assisting brides to do this for years!” With Ashlyn’s wedding right around the corner, Talk of Alabama producer Samantha jumped on the opportunity to showcase this this option to other viewers. On the Thursday before Ashlyn’s wedding, ABC 33/40 along with Ashlyn, Ashlyn’s sister, mother and soon to be mother in law, came into the shop to begin constructing the bridesmaid’s bouquets and mother’s flowers. Designer Justin Bradford lent a hand when necessary by offering guidance of the number of flowers to use, distribution and balance of the bouquets, and overall design advice. Below, Ashlyn is pictured left working on a bridesmaid bouquet while the rest of the ladies join in.
For the wedding, Ashlyn and Wes hired the incredibly talented duo at Simple Color Photography to document the day. The ceremony was held at First United Methodist Church in downtown Birmingham. The rich brick exterior as well as the dark wood interior looked lovely with the wedding colors of deep purple and cream. The bridal bouquet used Cool Water roses, lavender spray roses, cream and Picasso calla lilies. We also tied in lockets with photos of Ashlyn and Wes’ grandparents that were unable to be with them on such a special day.
Wes’ lapel, as well as his groomsmen, was adorned with a Picasso calla lily accented with small berzillia berry. The bridesmaids bouquets, made at our do it yourself station, were composed of Picasso calla lilies, Italian ruscus, white stock, and berzillia berries. While the photo below of the flower girls has nothing to do with the wedding flowers, we thought the photo was too cute to not include!
Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market has offered a full line of stationery and personalized products since the day Dorothy opened the store in 1977. We offer products from well known companies such as William Arthur and Crane as well as a host of other companies including the ability to custom design your vision by a graphic designer. Ashlyn chose a contemporary design for her invitation by the company Checkerboard. The invitation itself is anthracite (almost black) stardream with silver matte print. The same design was also incorporated into their matchbook favor.
Mr. and Mrs. Skipper’s wedding reception was held at the lovely Summit Club of Birmingham. The floral arrangements were very streamline and simple while continuing the use of shades of purple. Look one used a glass cylinder with submerged stems of calla lilies along with a floating candle, Cool Water rose petals, and votive candles.
Look two was a pillar candle surrounded by Cool Water rose petals and votives scattered on the table.
The bridal cake was provided by Olexa’s Café, Cakes, and Catering. The three tiered confectionary delight was draped with white fondant and finished off with a mound of the wedding flowers on top as well as cascading on the sides.
Thank you to Ashlyn and Wes for allowing us to be a part of such a beautiful day. Also to Simple Color Photography for always graciously providing beautiful photos to us! Ashlyn and Wes’ wedding can also be seen in the 2013 issue of Alabama Weddings Magazine or online at http://alabamaweddingsmagazine.com/weddings/ashlyn-wesley/.
Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market is also on the web www.dorothymcdaniel.com