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Ashley & Joey | Real Weddings

Ashley shares her and Joey’s chic and classic wedding in Washington wine country, where a little uninvited rain turned out to be a welcome guest.

Real wedding with Joey and Ashley wearing Matthew Christopher's Brielle wedding dress from Nordstrom.

Wedding tablesetting ideas--elegant black and white with gold and green accents.

Our location: DeLille Cellars in Woodinville, WA. We really wanted to get married in the Pacific Northwest, our home. We knew we had a large guest list and were limited on venues, but once we saw DeLille, we fell in love. It was outdoors, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, gardenesque and romantic—everything we wanted. Plus, Joey and I love our wine, and the first glass we had together was the D2 from DeLille. It was all just a perfect fit.

Wedding ceremony decor ideas: chairs with white sashes and floral arrangements.

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Theme: We both always pictured a wedding being a very formal event, and the three words we were going by were timeless, romantic and elegant. After falling in love with the grounds at DeLille, we knew black and white would be perfect and chose to accent with hues of green and gold. We’re not crafty people, so our only DIY project was our escort cards nestled into wine corks (I mean, we had to play up the winery just a bit).

Wedding decor idea: DIY wine cork name card holders.

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Favorite moments: There are far too many to count! Most brides would have been very disappointed that it poured during their outdoor wedding, but it might have been our favorite part of the whole day. Right as we lined up for the ceremony, we had to grab these huge golf umbrellas from the hotel and walk through a downpour to our ceremony location. There was something so magical about the pouring rain, the sound of the raindrops hitting the pond and having all our closest family and friends nestled under a giant tent together. I don’t remember, but I was told there was even a bit of thunder (and Joey and I love a good storm). Some of our photos with the umbrellas are my absolute favorites.

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Matthew Christopher Brielle dress at Nordstrom.

The dress: I could venture to say I tried on too many dresses, but the Brielle by Matthew Christopher was the last one and it was perfect. I figured out the shape I wanted pretty early, but each dress had something I wanted to change about it, and lace just didn’t feel right. Once I put on the Brielle and saw myself in the mirror, I just knew; it was perfect. Now, the best part is that Nordstrom Seattle didn’t have the Brielle in their downtown store, so Alyssa, my stylist, worked some miracles to get our hands on it. We rush shipped the dress in, and alterations did some magic. The entire experience of dress shopping and working with Nordstrom was amazing. I hope every bride has that experience.

Real wedding with Joey and Ashley wearing Matthew Christopher's Brielle wedding dress from Nordstrom.

Advice for brides-to-be: Enjoy every minute of it! The entire engagement, the stress of planning and pulling together a perfect day was so worth it! Joey and I never knew how perfect the day could be. Trust your friends, family and all your vendors. Everyone I worked with pulled together to make sure the day was perfect. Now I just want to do the whole day again.

People told me how fast the engagement, wedding month and wedding day would go by, and boy, were they right! It was the most amazing experience ever, full of so much love, laughter and emotion.

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The honeymoon: We’re waiting to do our honeymoon in November and will most likely go to Vietnam to explore Southeast Asia. We did have the luxury of escaping to Whistler for a little mini-moon right after the wedding. The mini-moon was amazing and such a great way to relax after the wedding, but we are stoked to travel overseas again and explore a part of the world we’ve never been to.

Real wedding with Joey and Ashley wearing Matthew Christopher's Brielle wedding dress from Nordstrom.

Photos by Benj Haisch

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