Ashley and Chris married in the Garden Room of the Villa Borghese, a beautiful ballroom with a window looking out over the soon-to-be blooming garden outside.Â Jeff performed his original piece, “Union,” on acoustic guitar for Ashley’s walk down the aisle.Â Her father drew the veil back from her face when they reached Chris at the end of the aisle, and Ashley and Chris couldn’t take their eyes off each other, laughing, smiling, blushing.
And that kiss!Â The newlyweds smooched throughout their entire First Dance to Edwin McCain’s “I Could Not Ask For More,” and Chris even dipped Ashley with his lips still pressed to hers.
The guests moved into the Villa’s Grand Ballroom for the reception.Â I’ve captured a few of the details on video so that you can see Ashley’s colors: red and white, with black accents.Â Check out the black shoes and gloves on the bridesmaids.
Ashley and Chris’ wedding was a blend of North meets South, reflecting their different families and backgrounds.
Chris’ brother and Best Man, Michael, summed it up in his toast.Â “Ashley used to say, ‘How come you get married so young in the South?’Â Then she met Chris, and she knew.”
NEW MOTHER-SON SONG ALERT: Chris and his mother danced to “On This Day” by Steve Zucarello.
Ashley took a special moment to dance with her mother to “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion.Â If you’re debating a Mother-Daughter dance…but you’re not sure how it fits in with “tradition”…let me tell you, the guests loved it.Â It was one of the sweetest moments of the entire night and they had me ask all the guests to join in.Â If you’re tight with your mother, sharing a dance with her or dedicating a song to her is something she’ll never forget.
Ashley’s girlfriends arranged a surprise send-off for the end of the night, guests lined up outside with a corridor of sparklers and well-wishes as the newlyweds climbed into the limo.Â Next stop for Ashley and Chris, skiing in Colorado!
Photography by Kathleen Hertel – We met Kathy and her assistants Colleen and Elizabeth for the first time.Â Kathy shoots in Florida, Maryland, and New York (quite the traveler!) and was a pleasure to work with.
Cake by La Deliziosa Pastry Shoppe