I suppose it’s every planner’s nightmare for rain to coincide with an outdoor wedding. But for Ashley & Jay, it doesn’t do well to be dreadful about something uncontrollable so what better way to turn things around than to enjoy the raindrops. Besides, there are some people who think that a kiss in the rain is more romantic than a kiss someplace else. Our couple walked down the aisle, said their vows, & had their first dance in the rain! And that did not even falter them from having the best time of their lives.
Their wedding started with rain and it ended with sparklers. May this be a sign that their marriage will be filled with blessing and sparks. Congratulations Ashley & Jay!
What do you think is the overall story for this album?
Ashley and Jay are an adventurous couple – they’re intense, spirited, passionate, and totally in love with each other. On the day of their wedding, there was a forecast for rain, and the downpour started right as they lined up to head down the aisle. Ashley decided they’d stand in the rain and say their vows, boldly facing this adventure together. It was crazy, powerful, and joyful all at once. Even their guests had nerves of steel, and braved the rain into well into the evening through their tented (but open air) reception.
What inspired the wedding day outfits?
The color scheme was coral and gray, and and very classy.
What was your favorite part of the day?
My favorite part of the day – oh that’s a hard one! I would say it was either the downpour of the ceremony and watching them laugh and smile up there even though they were getting soaked … or late in the evening, after we did their sparkler exit, and we stole them for some intimate photos in the rain – it was like watching the whole world melt away and it was just the two of them. Even the rain seemed to freeze in time.
Was there any Do it Yourself (DIY) projects? If so, can you describe them in detail?
A few, for sure. There were the bible and love quotes on wood rounds at the end of each row of chairs and in the centerpieces; The centerpieces themselves were all DIY, the sign used by the flowergirl as she went down the aisle, and the groom and bride’s drinking glasses.
What were the highlights from the ceremony & reception?
From the ceremony: when Ashley kept wiping her hair out of her eyes when the rain would run down her face, and right after when the guitarist told Ashley and Jay that he was going to write a song about their wedding day. Watching them stand in the rain really left an impression on everyone. From the reception: the sweetness of the first dance (in the rain!) and when Jay surprised everyone during the cake cutting and just tucked his arms behind his back and said “Go ahead!” Ashley took the piece of cake they’d cut together in both hands (this was NOT a small piece, either!), and took advantage. Two handfuls of cake, right in the face. She got it in his eyes, his nose – everywhere. And the best part, she turned around and asked everyone “Was that ok??” Priceless.
Was there a theme for the ceremony and reception?
Not really. It was elegant with a hint of rustic.
What part of the ceremonies do you think was the most memorable for the bride and groom? Guests?
The rain, for sure. I don’t think anyone will ever forget that – and how it didn’t even faze Ashley and Jay – they had a mission, and they were going to approach it just like they do their life – out loud, head on, and with laughter and joy.
Photographer: GSquared Weddings
Reception Venue: Wild Rose Weddings dba The Marysville Opera House