Where do we even begin with Ashley & Ryan’s amazing wedding? You did see a special preview of their album yesterday, but while the beauty in the wedding speaks for itself, of course, we’d love to share just a little bit about this special couple.
Ashley and Ryan first met at the Opera Nightclub in Downtown Atlanta in 2008. They joke about who “wooed” whom, but Ryan’s dance moves somehow changed both of their lives forever. Only a short 5 years later, they were married! For their engagement, and going with the theme of the “Opera”, Ryan coordinated an evening in NYC with their family’s seeing Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. After, they went to the Pierre Hotel in Central Park where 6 Broadway performers, including “the Phantom” started what seemed like an impromptu performance. Moments later, Ryan stood and proposed to Ashley as part of the epic performance. To watch the video and learn more about the proposal, check out their wedding website here – MeettheFrankels.com! For them, photographing their Engagement Session in New York City was a must. Do you remember these amazing images – Part 1 & Part 2?!
Now, we make it to the wedding day! The wedding was held in the Piedmont Estate and Gardens in Atlanta, Georgia, where Ashley is from. The Piedmont is a beautiful antebellum mansion located on 3 acres in the heart of Buckhead. The venue is a traditional mansion that has recently been renovated with modern furnishings and also serves as a contemporary art gallery. The ceremony was held outside, while the reception was held inside the estate. The girls held bouquets filled with white ranunculus, white garden roses, white mums, dusty miller and brunia berries. One gray toned succulent highlighted each of their bouquets. Spectacular!
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Ashley and Ryan decided to do a first look on the beautifully and naturally lit front porch of the Piedmont. You can see Ryan’s sister, Jamie peaking out the window! I’ll never forget Ryan inhaled slowly and said, “she’s behind me isn’t she?” Yes, she was. And the tears came soon after. This is what Ashley shared about their first look…
“It was such a private and intimate moment between the two of us and I cherish the private time we had together before the ceremony. Since we knew our wedding day would be such a whirlwind, we felt that it was important to spend as much time together, take amazing photos, and talking about our big day. Looking back, I realize that seeing Ryan before the ceremony helped calm my nerves. We were able to enjoy being with each other without being rushed on time between the ceremony and the reception.” The wedding ceremony was held outside on the grounds of the estate. Since the wedding was in November, guests enjoyed a hot cocoa station while waiting for the ceremony to begin. A string quartet performed untraditional and contemporary music selections that had meaning to Ashley and Ryan. Song choices included, “Georgia on my Mind” by Ray Charles and “All I Ask of You” from Phantom of the Opera. The bridal entrance song was “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri and the recessional selection was “Titanium” from David Guetta.
The reception décor was untraditional and had a balanced mixture of old and new; round tables with gray, linen tablecloths mixed with raw wood farm tables to create a more causal, eclectic mix. Since Ashley and Ryan’s family and friends love to party, they designed the reception ballroom to be more of a lounge atmosphere. Lounge furniture surrounded the dance floor and the DJ and they passed out LED flashing foam sticks as the night progressed!
Ashley shared a few more thoughts for our current brides… “It was such an amazing night. I wish we could do it all over again, because like most people say, the day goes by way too fast. My biggest advice to future brides is to relax as much as possible leading up to the wedding. Don’t get too caught up in the planning process and try to remember the sole purpose of why you are getting married in the first place. Also, don’t skimp on photography and videography…they are both memories frozen in time. Ryan and I look forward to the many adventures that undoubtedly wait ahead of us and to living and raising a family in Gainesville!”
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