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Florida Rustic Garden Chic Wedding: Cori & Ashley

Thompson Photography Group

March 21, 2015

Cori and Ashley met at an Irish Pub in Downtown Lake Worth, Florida. Ashley was there on a girls night out with her mom and a friend. Cori was there with a co-worker. Ashley immediately noticed Cori sitting at the table next to her. She urged her mom and her friend to start small talk with them – unbeknownst to Ashley, Cori was trying to do the same thing! Ashley’s mom asked for Cori’s number to “give to a friend” and the two have been inseparable since.

The couple started talking about marriage when their state’s ruling against same sex marriage seemed to be gathering steam. Cori proposed to Ashley on Thanksgiving in 2014. It was a perfect proposal surrounded by close friends, kids, and family. The ring was everything Ashley dreamed of, with white gold, a round center stone with a halo, and two smaller stones on either side. Both women cried, as did their kids and everyone else who was present.

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When Ashley and Cori started dating, they went to Blue Front BBQ and Grill a few times, and loved its charm and color. The garden is exquisite, and the venue required very little decoration. It came with uplighting on all of the palm trees, white lights strung overhead, a beautiful gazebo covered in passion flowers, a gorgeous fountain, and more plumeria trees than one can count. It was, in a word, perfect.

Thompson Photography Group
Thompson Photography Group
Thompson Photography Group
Thompson Photography Group
Thompson Photography Group
Thompson Photography Group
Thompson Photography Group
Thompson Photography Group

The brides only had four months to plan their Rustic Garden Chic wedding. They were inspired by their own home and wanted something that would reflect themselves as a couple. Ashley made all of the decorations herself with help from her mom. She wrapped wine bottles and mason jars in burlap and ribbon, covered whole wine bottles in wine, and created her altar backdrop from 25 paper fans and a sheet of lattice. 

Thompson Photography Group
Thompson Photography Group

Cori is an avid reader, so some of the centerpieces featured her favorite books. No two centerpieces were the same. Mad Lib cards at every table were collected and read during their honeymoon. Instead of a traditional guest book, Cori and Ashley asked guests to sign Jenga game pieces. 

Thompson Photography Group
Thompson Photography Group
Thompson Photography Group
Thompson Photography Group

The most memorable details were the personal ones. Ashley wore a bracelet that consisted of her grandfather’s wedding ring tied with a white ribbon and a locket attached to her bouquet with his picture and lock of hair. Cori and Ashley were both raised by single mothers, and each walked their daughter’s down the aisle. In lieu of a wedding party, Cori and Ashley’s children walked out with them. 

Their LGBTQ-Friendly Vendors

Photographer: Thompson Photography Group // Restaurant:  Blue Front Bar and Grill  // Invitation Designer: Ann’s Bridal Bargains  // Caterer: Blue Front BBQ // Makeup Artist: Bombshell Makeovers // Dress Store: David’s Bridal // DJ: DJQ Joaquin // Floral Designer: Karma Goddess Event Planning and Design // Event Planner: Karma Goddess Event Planning and Design //

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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