Rustic Orange County Wedding: Ashley & Casey
June 6, 2015
On May 17, 2014, Ashley gave Casey an unexpected gift. She opened it to find her favorite book Safe Haven by Nicolas Sparks inside…but when Casey opened the book, she found that inside was a fake ring + the words ‘Will you marry me?’ Casey looked up + Ashley was on one knee with a real ring…and we already know how the story ends.
Casey and Ashley are originally from southern California, but currently live in the Washington DC area while Ashley is on active duty in the Navy. The wedding was planned from a distance and on a super-tight budget. The couple’s DJ/Officiant describes Casey as a die-hard romantic who had an idyllic vision of being swept away in the gorgeous details of her big day, without compromising on fun entertainment, delicious food, and a highly-personalized ceremony.”
Skeleton keys were the motif for the “vintage-yet-rustic”, burlap-free wedding. The décor featured painted mason jars with strings of pearls and all-white floral arrangements on each table. The keys were incorporated on the chuppah, the cake topper, in a custom monogram projected on the wall, and in the seating assignments. The ceremony combined traditions from both brides’ backgrounds including sharing wine and breaking a glass from Casey’s Jewish heritage, and hand-fasting to honor Ashley’s Irish roots. The brides’ parents bound their hands together.
After a traditional Irish meal, many heartfelt toasts to the happy couple, cutting the cake, and a group photo on the dance floor, the DJ opened the dance floor, and the guests enjoyed the arcade-style video photo booth and the color-coordinated candy buffet. To stay within the tight budget, Casey and Ashley and their crew took the DIY approach to decor and flowers.
Ashley’s mom is a corporate event planner and handled much of the long-distance preparation and coordination.
S. Walker is a freelance writer for GayWeddings.com.