The rain fell gently on the sugar pines the morning of Ashley and Adam’s wedding. The grounds of the Chalet View Lodge in Plumas County, California, smelled fresh and crisp – and Ashley embraced the quiet that the weather would bring. Ashley knew her attention to detail would pay off on her big day. Every aspect of her ensemble was carefully selected. Her ruched, ivory Truly Zac Posen shoes beautifully complimented her Hayley Paige gown. The lace cap sleeves added a soft and sweet touch to her already romantic gown. Callie Cain and Heidi Miles were working away at perfecting the bride and her bridesmaid’s curls, while makeup artist Edin Carpenter masterfully created a soft and natural wedding look for the bride. Ashley had handmade garters, one beaded with pearls and one tied with a blue ribbon for her “something blue.” Greenleaf Wholesale Florist created a soft and subtle bouquet of ivory and pink peonies, rose-gold roses, white spider mums and sprigs of craspedia – wrapped in burlap and lace to compliment her romantic and heavily DIY wedding. Ashley was becoming more and more excited as the morning progressed; in just a few short hours she would be marrying the love of her life!
“Andy and I met when we were in college at University of Nevada, Reno. Andy was a physics tutor for the summer and low and behold I was taking physics at that time and needed some extra help. At first I was impressed with how intelligent Andy was and that he was a fantastic teacher. However he was also really funny, he made me laugh, which while studying physics is not always the case. I found myself wanting to spend more and more time with him. I would go into the tutoring center with one question (that I pretty much already knew the answer to) just to hang out with Andy. Andy being a little…well, oblivious, didn’t realize that I was coming into the tutoring center to hang out more than study. It wasn’t until a UNR football game that Andy started to realize how I felt. I knew Andy was going to the football game, but like any game there were hundreds of people there and I didn’t have his number but I desperately wanted to find him to spend the game hanging out. I turned to my best friend Jenny Luna and said “ugh I’m never going to find him in this crowd”. Then no more than 5 minutes later I spotted Andy and we spent the whole game laughing and cheering together. It was then that Andy realized why I was coming into the tutoring center so much.”
“On our first date, Andy picked me up and we had a picnic at Rancho San Rafael Park. I actually just recreated that date exactly a month before our wedding but I added champagne to celebrate where it all started. That first date was 7 years ago. Since then we’ve been on countless road trips, traveled abroad, adopted a cat (Boe, which Andy tried teaching to use the toilet and partially succeeded but then switched litter and saw all his work go down the drain…forever.) We’ve been there for each other during medical school (the hardest 4 years of my life), my parents getting divorced, Andy’s phD, and everything in between.”
“One of the most special moments was of course when Andy proposed. I was in my third year of medical school and only had a weekend before having to move to Las Vegas for 2 months. Andy and I decided to spend the weekend in Lake Tahoe. We went up Friday night and stayed on this little cabin right by the lake. We were enjoying wine, cheese, and just chatting about life when Andy said we should go look at the sunset on the lake. However it was raining and really cold so I wasn’t initially enthusiastic but he really wanted to go look at the lake so I put on my big jacket and we headed out. Before I knew it he was on one knee on the dock overlooking Lake Tahoe asking me to marry him. As corny as it sounds it was seriously one of the happiest moments of my life. He asked me to marry him with my mother’s ring that she was now passing down to me. When we got back inside the cabin he handed me a letter from my mom. In the letter she wrote about how she got the ring when she was pregnant with me and how special it was to give the ring to me. I’m of course bawling at this point. We then popped champagne and if it couldn’t get any better Pandora decided to add to the moment and play our song (Home). It was magical (sorry again so corny but true).”
As the bride and her bridesmaids were getting ready, Andy and his groomsmen were enjoying a couple of cold ones and reminiscing on their friendship and the events that had brought Andy to this day. The groom and his groomsmen were outfitted in suits in varying shades of grey and navy, topped off with pale green polka-dotted ties and ivory rose boutonnieres from R.Douglas Custom Clothing and Men’s Warehouse. Ashley and Andy slipped away to the greenhouse for a quiet moment alone before they said their vows, grateful to be together at this moment in time without any distractions – one last moment of romance together before they made an eternal commitment to one another. The group posed for a few fun photographs with us before we were met by the ladies of the wedding party. The rain changed our plans somewhat, and the bride opted to switch out her heels for rain boots, adding a lot of personality to her party’s photos. The differing shades and styles of suits and dresses definitely showcased the unique and playful wedding party as they played in the rain prior to the ceremony.
The ceremony was filled with love and high emotions. “That my father [got] to walk me down the aisle when two months ago we didn’t know if he’d ever make it out of the hospital is such an amazing gift. He went into the hospital for back surgery and developed severe pneumonia. He was in the hospital for 2 1/2 months. He [was] wheeled down the aisle by my brother, Brad Naughton, as [I was] holding my dad’s hand.” The couple exchanged their personal vows, and there was not a dry eye in the room.
Ashley and Andy had spent months putting together their DIY reception details. Ashley had made great use of craft store bought props and chalkboard paint, creating fun and personal signs to fill the guests in on the details of the party. “We also decided to incorporate our wedding RSVPs into the decorations. The RSVPs were mad libs and the guests were creative and really funny when filling them out, which made receiving wedding RSVPs so much fun for Andy and I!” The reception tent on the ground of the Chalet View Lodge was decked in navy blue lace and burlap, with accents of pinewood and cones that the couple had gathered, creating a completely personal and playful rustic atmosphere. The wedding cake and dessert table featured a simply frosted selection by Nothing Bundt Cakes, and personalized napkins and koozies were placed at strategic locations around the venue. The rain didn’t dampen the party, and everyone was excited to dance to the beats of DJ Julian Pierce. The bride and groom were excited to flash their Steven Schmier rings, still in disbelief that they were finally married!
The couple brought the party outdoors, dancing their hearts out under a rainbow – which we took to be a great omen for their marriage. “Andy and I would have to say that dancing/lip-syncing to our favorite song (Home by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros) is our most exciting moment for the big day, along with just dancing in general. The song came out when we first started dating and we have always been the couple at weddings parties, car rides that belt out the song and dance. The song lyrics “home is wherever I’m with you”, has even more of a special meaning now that we are both moving to the other side of the country for my residency at Duke University Hospital.” Congratulations Ashley and Andy! Here is to many happy years to come.