Posted on February 15 2021
I have such a joyful heart putting together these photos and writing about our classic country club wedding! It was honestly the most phenomenal day of our lives and we are so honored to have shared it with our closest family members and friends. Not many brides can say that she and her mother did the entire wedding themselves. From the invitations to the floral and decor, we had such a great time using the talents God gave us to create this beautiful day together. We hope that you enjoy our photos from A Blissful Moment Photography and pass them along to others for inspiration!
Save The Date: We created our “Save the Dates” with the big picture of the wedding in mind. We wanted the wedding’s theme to be classic, timeless, and ultra preppy, and the save the date was where we started creating the story of our event. Both Cole and I grew up in the south and attended Ole Miss, so preppy is in our blood! This save the date featured our wedding colors, navy, columbia blue, and a touch of gold. Later you’ll see that we designed the rep stripe to match the bow ties and socks that our groomsmen wore. We completed the invitation with a gold imprinted custom AC (Ashlyn & Cole) logo that we used throughout our planning. Our Rehearsal dinner invitation coordinated with this them as well.
Wedding Invitation: This invitation was the mother of all invitations. The number of variations, changes, and re-do’s we did on this invite was alarming. We just kept saying to ourselves, “We create custom invitations for a living, so what we put out there has to be our absolute BEST work since we are not confined by the colors and themes of a customer’s requests.” The weight of this invitation felt like a book and we had so many guests compliment how heavy it was when they received it. Each invite had fourteen steps and took countless hours to create. The outside of folded invitation had an embossed border, navy grosgrain bow, and gold AC stamped imprint. Our favorite part was the wax AC seal used to close the envelope flap. Honestly… it is our favorite piece of work that we have created together thus far.
The Venue: Both our wedding ceremony and reception were held at TPC Sugarloaf Country Club in Duluth, GA. Our on-site coordinator, Elizabeth Smith, and her staff went above and beyond on our wedding day. We started a little mantra in our family that if we walked outside and it was great weather, we would say, “what a beautiful day for a wedding,” with hopes of replicating it in April when it “really” mattered. God responded to our prayers with beautiful clear skies and a nice breeze. It truly was a perfect day for a wedding.
The Dress: Y’all…… this dress. I would wear it every single day for the rest of my life if it was socially acceptable. I have never been so in-love with an article of clothing. We bought it at White Magnolia Bridal in Atlanta, GA. I explained what I was looking for, the preppy theme of our wedding, and my general taste, and they instantly found, “the one”. In fact, it was the very first dress that I tried on. They added a HUGE white bow with tails to the back of it to make everything just a little more over the top. My veil was actually the same one that my mother, Julie, wore at her wedding with some revisions done by Kelly Thomas Designs.
The Details: Including sentimental pieces into our day was extremely important to us. During the ceremony, I carried my Nana’s handkerchief in my hand while wearing my mother’s pearl earrings. For Cole, there was more emotion involved in his sentimental piece. The ring I gave Cole belonged to his father, the Late John Scott Walters. His father’s ring had his initials, SW, and his wedding date engraved in it. Next to their date, I added Cole’s initials and our wedding date. His mother was kind enough to let me have her original gold band as well. What a special way to carry the ones we love with us wherever we go.
Mother of the Bride: I pray to look half as good as this woman does when I’m 50. Can you believe how stunning she is? Julie Pederson was the talk of the wedding in her custom made dress. I would give you details about where she bought it, but she put it all together herself. A true renaissance woman I tell you. The whole planning process would have been impossible without her. We are a dream team together and I am so thankful we were able to work together every single day.
Father of the Bride: During our wedding rehearsal, I didn’t dare practice walking down the aisle with him because it was just too emotional. Like he mentioned in his father of the bride speech, our whole relationship has always been about having fun together. So seeing him for the first time on my wedding day just about ruined my makeup. Later in the day after walking me down the aisle, our pastor asked, “who gives this woman?” Without thinking twice, my father said, “my mother and I do”. The crowd roared with laughter and took a bit of tension away from the seriousness of the situation. I love him for giving me his sense of humor.
The Bridesmaids: My sweet ladies wore midnight blue Alfred Sung dresses from The Dessy Group and rocked them all night long. My bridesmaids were comprised of sorority sisters, best friends, and sister-in-laws. My junior bridesmaids, Lucy and Lily stole the show walking down the aisle with my little brother, A.J. I am too blessed to have these women in my life.
The Groom & Groomsmen: Cole and his groomsmen wore navy suits from The Black Tux with rep stripe bow ties from The Tie Bar. We handmade their boutonnieres with boxwood leaves and navy grosgrain ribbon. These boys played the TPC golf course the morning of the wedding and goofed around all afternoon.
The Ceremony: The luscious green lawn of Sugarloaf Country Club was adorned with white folding chairs enhanced with navy bow sashes. The aisle had hydrangea, boxwood, and blue delphinium arrangements in white buckets with our gold AC logo on them. Flanking the altar were two boxwood topiaries in classic white wooden planters. The stairs that led down to the lawn were lined with glass pillar vases with white candles at varying heights to create romance and elegance.
The Ceremony Programs: Our beautiful program was a reflection of the details of our wedding invitation. We chose a soft silk ribbon to tie the booklet together.
The First Look: As a couple, we chose to not see one another until I was walking down the aisle for the first time. I am truly thankful for that decision, as it is a moment I will remember for the rest of my life.
Escort Cards: Building this escort card board was one of the most fun projects we did together. Our board stood eight feet tall and featured two boxwood topiaries and arrangements on either side. We added our AC monogram on top of a boxwood wreath to complete the look. Each escort card consisted of navy grosgrain ribbon underneath our pearl AC wax seal.
Decor: The Thursday before the wedding, we picked up hundreds of flowers and made arrangements in our home. When I say that flowers covered every surface of our main floor, it is honestly the truth. The flowers were probably the biggest headache of the whole planning because they’re unpredictable. Thankfully they lasted for our event! We hung boxwood wreathes on all of the windows and doors and added navy sashes to the back of the chairs.
Menus, Table #’s, and other Paper: Our menus matched our programs and featured a shiny gold imprinted AC logo at the top. Each menu card was slipped into a pressed navy napkin. The table numbers matched the place cards with grosgrain ribbon and wax seals. We made extra little signs that featured our wedding hashtag, #WaltersToTheAltar, that we placed in the bathrooms and entrances. We created small paper bar signs that matched the large four foot wooden signs that sat atop of easels next to the bar.
First Dances: Cole and I danced to “Over and Over Again” by Nathan Sykes. It was a sweet song that allowed Cole to rock back and forth since dancing really isn’t his forte. My dad and I dance and sang to our favorite song by James Taylor, “Your Smiling Face”.
The Cake: Y’all don’t need me to tell you how pretty this cake and arrangement was because we all have eyes… What you DO need me to tell you is how delicious it was… Who says it’s bad luck to eat the top tier of the cake as soon as we returned from the honeymoon? We don’t regret it one bit.
Favors: To be honest, we made our favor boxes before we even had favors. We were drooling over the cuteness for about a month before we actually found something that would fit our theme… and box. Bowtie cookies from Christina’s Confections and Creations were our answer. They were precious and everyone loved them! We wrapped the individually sealed cookies in tissue paper and then again inside of wedding koozies. Could we give our guests anything else I mean dang that’s a lot of favors!
Welcome Boxes: Each family staying in our hotel room block received a welcome box. We included waters with our logo, homemade chocolate chip cookies, frosted logo cups, and a “do not disturb” sign. I strongly suggest giving your guests who travel from out of state a little “happy” when they come in town. It shows them your appreciation and acts as a great midnight snack when they finish dancing all night at your party.
The Day: April 21, 2018 was a day I will never forget. The entire day seemed so unreal. How could this incredible man want to marry ME? How could all these people travel from all over the country (and world) to be with us? Whatever the reason, I am so thankful. Thank you to all of our vendors who helped make our wedding possible.
Thank you for reading!
Mrs. Ashlyn Walters & Family
Bride: Ashlyn Walters @AshlynPWalters
Wedding Day Photography: A Blissful Moment Photography @a_blissful_moment_photo
Invitations, Floral, Event Decor, Photography: Southern Hospitality Company @SouthernHospitalityCo
Venue: TPC Sugarloaf Country Club @tpcsugarloaf
Dress: The White Magnolia @whitemagnoliabridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: The Dessy Group @AlfredSung
Groomsmen Suite: The Black Tux @theblacktux
Groomsmen Tie: The Tie Bar @thetiebar
Hair: Mary Janos, Salon and Spa Venessa @salonandspavenessa
Makeup: Radiance To Go @radiancetogo
Veil: Kelly Thomas Designs @kellythomas_designs
Bowtie Cookies: Christina’s Confections and Creations
AC Logo: Shuler Studio @ShulerStudio