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The Orlo Wedding – Ashlee & Don

Ashlee and Don’s wedding at the charming Orlo in South Tampa was nothing short of a romantic dream. With an abundantly large porch, a brick fireplace for a cosy setting and a beautiful grand entrance staircase, this southern home was the epitome of vintage charm and became the center for which Love Lee Lane would work their magic! This sweet couple’s wedding day weather was a perfect sunny day in Florida. Ashlee looked absolutely stunning in her v-neck Allure wedding gown from Truly Forever Bridal. The train of her gown was just to die for and she made sure to tie in the vintage charm with her mother’s wedding veil. The groom was also handsome in his grey tux and navy bowtie/ The wedding reception at The Orlo was incredibly impressive. The whole room sparkled with the help of gold rimmed candles and lots of greenery. Ashlee left no detail untouched. One of the sweetest parts of her day was the place setting she set up for her late grandmother. She even included her grandma’s old tea tray and and tea pots with flowers during her reception. Such a thoughtful and creative gesture! This wedding was so full of love and emotion – from Ashlee’s dad first seeing her to the surprise Mother/daughter dance that had everyone in tears!

Donald and Ashlee met when they had some mutual friends back when she was a freshman in college. They would see each other every so often and always had good conversation and he was always so sweet. They became really close, he would help her with math homework and she would go hang out with him and his family (he’s a triplet!) but they were ‘just’ friends. Over time it became obvious to everyone but them that there was more to it and one night he kissed her (he says she kissed him) and now here they are!

When it came to their proposal, they planned a weekend getaway with their other ‘couple’ friends to Saint Augustine. They got there on a Friday evening and spent the day Saturday exploring and walking around. They had decided the weekend before that they wanted to do a ‘fancy’ dinner on Saturday, however, they didn’t have reservations which seemed silly to Ashlee but the guys (Don and his friend) told her to not worry about it. So she didn’t. She spent the afternoon getting ready for dinner and getting dressed up and then they walked to the Lightner Museum to take pictures because Ashlee told Donald that they rarely take good pictures together especially dressed up. They got to the museum and Don wanted to go inside but they were already closed so he walked around and she waited with her friend up front because she didn’t think it was a big deal! Anyways, they decided to take pictures in front of the fountain. Donald and Ashlee took pictures first – she was on the left and he then asked to switch sides. As she was turning to switch sides he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him! “It was so perfect and I was so surprised. After we calmed down, we walked to a local bar/restaurant and he had his family and my family hiding to surprise me and celebrate! It was such a perfect weekend, I wish I could go back!”

Ashlee had always dreamed of the big wedding – the dress, the shoes, the food, the venue, everything. When they were venue hunting she wanted something unique. Donald is more southern and rustic and Ashlee is glitzy and glam but also love rustic touches. When she first walked in The Orlo, she knew that was their venue – it had a beautiful staircase, traditional hardwood floors, vintage lighting, brick fireplaces, it was a good mix of their vision. Ashlee wanted neutral colours for flowers, decor, etc. All of the decor except for table cloths and things like that were actually bought and styled by her mom. They wanted to do vintage trays, vintage signs, a lot of gold and antiqued silver. They even had two special blue and silver antique chairs at the head table.

Ashlee wanted to be neutral in colours so they chose navy, steel blue, and grey for all of the bridal party, she felt those colours were neutral enough but added a pop of colour too. Don wore one colour grey and his groomsmen wore a slightly lighter shade of grey, but they all had navy vests. Ashlee’s bridesmaids wore steel blue dresses-all a different style. She wanted her bridesmaids to pick a dress that they felt the most beautiful in as well as letting them decide how much they wanted to spend. She had two maid of honours who are her cousins that she has grown up with. They both wore Navy dresses and had different styles.

Ashlee’s dress was stunning – it had the most elegant beading and long train with an open back and was everything she wanted. It was a mix of modern and a little vintage with a whole lot of bling. It was an Allure Bridal gown and she says, “I wish I could wear it over and over again.” As the bride, Ashlee really wanted the perfect dress, it was a moment she had dreamed of for so long that she wanted to make sure it was everything she wanted. As a couple, they focused a lot on the idea that this was about them, not their parents, not their grandparents, or friends, or anyone else, just the two of them. It had to be what they wanted and everyone respected that. Some of the things they skipped on were menu cards, super expensive invites (they used Shutterfly!) and programs for the ceremony. They were fortunate to have Ashlee’s parents pay for the wedding and they had the most amazing day.

“I loved spending time with my girls getting ready and being pampered. We jammed out to the best playlist, got to see everyone be glammed up, and just really enjoy themselves. Donald and I chose to not do a first look but we did do a ‘first touch’ which basically meant Donald was blind folded and I was able to give him a kiss and hold his hands which was really nice and calming! Obviously walking down the aisle and being pronounced Mr. and Mrs. was an amazing feeling. We truly enjoyed celebrating with everyone. I think for me one of the best parts was surprising my mom with a mother daughter dance. We are extremely close and she had done so much for me that I wanted to do this for her. “

“I wore my mom’s veil, we added a new trim to it to make it more me but it was still hers. My great-grandma passed away a few years ago so my grandpa asked me if I would like to use some of her old buttons from her wedding dress for my bouquet wrap. So we pinned some buttons on to it which was really special to me.”

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Photography: Ailyn La Torre Photography // Venue: The Orlo // Event Planning: Love Lee Lane // Floral: Ever After Vintage Weddings // Stationery: Shutterfly // Videography: A Peachy Life Productions // Wedding Cake & Catering: Catering by the Family // Rentals & Linens: IM Events // Hair: SMP Makeup Artistry // Makeup: Jackie Riley Makeup // DJ: DJ Cory Barron // Wedding Dress, Groom’s Attire, Headpiece & Jewellery: Truly Forever Bridal // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal // Signage: Copley And Pine // Submitted via: Matchology

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