Davis Wedding | April 23, 2016
Brian & Ashlee reside in Chicago, but knew they wanted a hometown wedding in Toledo. Ashlee’s family moved to Stone Oak when she was 7 years old, and Ashlee spent the summers of her childhood swimming, golfing, and playing cards with friends at the local country club. When looking for a venue, she knew that Stone Oak Country Club was the perfect place to create another perfect memory: their wedding day.
The sweet pair met at a bar mitzvah they were both attending and from there, made an effort to visit each other often and get to know one another. They began dating and spent more and more time together. For the past 5 years, Ashlee and her parents have vacationed in Cabo San Lucas: a tradition she truly loves. In 2014, Ashlee and her parents invited Brian to come with them on their annual vacation. Ashlee, being the restaurant coordinator of the trip, had a feeling that Brian was going to pop the question so she made reservations at her favorite restaurant there on Thursday. Little did she know, Brian had a Wednesday proposal all planned out.
Brian took Ashlee to a farm-to-table restaurant in the middle of the desert called Flora Farms. They drove up the steep hill and Ashlee saw an incredible oasis of green, luscious gardens that took her breath away. Brian had a private tour of the farm set up and Ashlee took in all the beautiful sights and smells, as she thought for sure that the proposal wouldn’t happen that day. As the tour concluded, Brian took Ashlee through Mango Grove, a private section of the farm with a stunning open air structure at the end. Ashlee walked up the winding stairs to the rooftop where she saw a bottle of champagne and freshly picked flowers. She couldn’t make it to the last stair without tears forming in her eyes. This was the moment she had always dreamed of. Brian got down on one knee with tears in his eyes and asked Ashley to marry him. The ring he proposed with was one of Ashlee’s grandmother’s rings. Brian had secretly met with Ashlee’s mom and had the diamond ring reset for her. It was the perfect physical reminder for Ashlee of her grandmother’s love and strength in her daily life. Ashlee immediately said “Yes!”
With a perfect proposal in a green oasis in the desert, Ashlee and Brian had the vision of a classic black tie optional wedding with a palette of whites, greens, and black to recreate a small piece of the grove where Brian proposed… No Pinterest needed! Ashlee was a ballerina for many years and wanted her wedding to be whimsical and classic… and she had just that!
Their day was filled with all the details Ashlee & Brian dreamed of. An oasis of greenery with pops of black and white showed to be simply timeless. Ashlee walked down the aisle in her mother’s dress and as Brian saw her, he couldn’t help but tear up. Ashlee was his dream come true. During their ceremony, each guest was handed a rose and given the opportunity to come up and put their rose in a vase, symbolically showing unity and love for the couple. It was a moment they will never forget, as they were able to see each person’s face as they participated in the ceremony. Their guests were then invited into the tent where they shared drinks, food, laughter, and dancing. At the end of the night, Ashlee changed into a stunning party dress and they danced the night away. April 23, 2016 is a day they will cherish forever, as they were able to commit the rest of their lives to each other and be surrounded with people they love, all in their perfect green oasis.
Location // Stone Oak Country Club
Wedding Consultant // Bee for the Day
Photographer // Adore Photography
Florals // Gardenview Florist
Reception Lighting & Decor // Mager Designs
Violinist // Tony Marchese
Entertainment // Decorative Sound
Wedding Cake // Lisa Cappelletty
Bride’s Hair & Makeup // Jordyn Olawumi
Bridal Party Makeup // Lee Bates
Wedding Stationery // Fiddlestix
Chair Rental // Chiavari Chairs Toledo
Linens // I Do Chair Covers
Transportation // Total Image Limousine & Trinity Transportation
Officiant // Jeff Fingerman