Remember when we featured Ashley and Julius' charming engagement session at High Museum of Art in Atlanta, (shot by coterie member LaJoy Hunter) back in the Spring? Well now this lovely pair have swapped summer "I do's" in a rustic-chic, Georgia peach colored ceremony at the posh, Summerour Studios in Atlanta!
While Ashley & Julius' ceremony was über romantic, Ashley shares that the two met in the most non-romantic manner - at a college house party. Following their meeting the two would contact one another occasionally but after a few months the chats became more frequent and much longer. And just as love always works - feelings slowly began to develop making room for the two to become more than just friends.
When it came time for the proposal, Julius selected the couple's first vaykay in the Dominican Republic as the setting. "We had arrived at our hotel and I was getting unpacked and changing to go out for dinner. Next, Julius gave me a poem that led to him asking me to marry him. My answer was, 'are you serious?' I wasn't expecting anything close to a proposal" shares Ashley. As Julius' heart raced Ashley grew concerned that something more serious was wrong but he was simply nervous! "He asked again and I of course said yes!" says Ashley.
The Couple: Ashley Gaillard & Julius Gaillard Jr.
Occupations: Bride: Receptionist | Groom: Full-time Business student at Kennesaw State & Server
Wedding date: 6/12/2016
Wedding location: Summerour Studio in Atlanta, GA
Describe your wedding dress! What was wedding shopping like for you?
I wore an a-line style gown, with a lace bodice, and a sweetheart neckline. It was simple and beautiful.
Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding?
Ashley: I'm half Dominican and the majority of my Dominican family attended. We brought some of DR there by playing Latin music and hiring a bilingual DJ that was able to translate parts of the reception to my non English speaking guest.
Bridesmaids gifts: Robes, wedding jewelry, and some of their favorite treats
Favorite item on the menu: Everything was delicious!
First dance song: "At Last" by Etta James
What is your best memory from your wedding?
Standing at the alter and reciting my vows. But the rest of the day and night kind of blurred together!
What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples?
Start the planning process at least a year in advance. Also try to absorb everything at the wedding, take in as much as you can because it goes by so fast.
Photographer: LaJoy Hunter, L. Hunter Photography
Wedding Dress Salon: Anya Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bride Beautiful
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Summerour Studio
Wedding Planner: Stella Harper Events
Florist: Stylish Stems
Cake: Confection Perfection