Real Weddings: Ashley + Manuel

I have more adorable picnic wedding inspiration for you today! I’m so excited to show off the casual and fun wedding of my friend Ashley, from Ashley Brooke Designs.

J Crew Halter GownJcrew Wedding Gown

Ashley and Manuel love to go on picnics together so when they began to plan their wedding a casual outdoor fete – complete with blankets, baskets, sandwiches, pasta, lemonade, and twinkle lights – was the first thing they thought of!

Embroidered Handkerchief and Tie Personalized Wedding Accessories

Cypress Grove Park Orlando Florida Wedding Reception (1)

The wedding day was so relaxed and fun, Ashley helped all of the ladies with their makeup and her sister made all of the cakes.

DIY Wedding Makeup

Cypress Grove Park Orlando Florida Wedding Reception

Purple and Yellow Wildflower Bouquet

Cypress Grove Park Orlando Florida Wedding Reception (3)

Lakeside Wedding Reception

Casual JCrew Wedding

Ashley is so elegant in her J Crew halter gown.

Tan Suit Groom Wedding

Ashley Brooke Designs (2)

Ashley Brooke Designs (1)

Guests created their own picnic basket dinner and drank lemonade from mason jars.

Chalkboard Menu Wedding Reception

Kraft Picnic Box Wedding Buffet

Picnic Boxes Wedding Buffet

Chalkboard Menu WeddingWildflower Centerpiece Wedding Mason Jar

All of the quilts used as tablecloths and picnic blankets are handmade heirlooms from Ashley’s great-grandmother.

Picnic Wedding Lemonade and Tea Stand

Framed Engagement Photo Family Tree Guest Book

In lieu of a traditional signature, guests were invited to leave their “green thumb” on a wedding tree.

Unique Guest Book Ideas Wedding Tree Thumbprint

Paper Fan Pink Handkerchief Favor Table Wedding

Wedding Picnic Reception

Everyone joined in on the fun, playing bocce ball, croquet, and corn hole.

Horseshoe Pit Wedding ReceptionWedding Crouquet

Family Wedding Picnic Crouquet

Cake Buffet Wedding Reception

Lawn Party Wedding Reception

Pavillion Park Wedding Reception Dancing


Photography – Nu Visions in Photography (wedding) and Gregory Daniel Portraits (engagement and bridal portraits)
Catering – Big Wheel Provisions
Gown – J. Crew
Stationery – Ashley Brooke Designs
Location – Cypress Grove Park, Orlando FL
Floral – Lee James Floral

Check back later today for a fabulous giveaway courtesy of Ashley Brooke Designs!

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29 comments on “Real Weddings: Ashley + Manuel

  1. I love, love, LOVE Ashley Brooke’s wedding. She is a beautiful person, inside and out and one of the most wonderful girls on the planet. I just love that she and her Mr. were able to make their day so original, so sweet and so them! How special to have a wedding that she worked so hard on to personalize, and a sister to make such amazing cakes! One in a million.
    .-= Stefanie’s most recent blog post: bo & val get married (otherwise known as a kennedy family comedy of errors) =-.

  2. Lynn Blythe writes...

    Can you please tell me if you can purchase the “Wedding Tree” template somewhere. We love this idea but don’t want to reinvent the wheel if we dont have to. Thanks for your reply.

  3. Hi Lynn! I did the tree illustration. You are more than welcome to e-mail me if you are interested! xo- AB

  4. Amanda A. writes...

    That was a beautiful wedding. I loved the wedding tree idea instead of the traditional wedding guest book.

  5. I have to say, when I read the description on the page that linked to this (I think it was an article titled “Don’t Tell Me What I Can’t Do”) I was skeptical and thought “well yeah, you’re not supposed to do any of those things!” I am pleasantly surprised to see that this wedding seems PERFECT for the bride an groom – down to the picnic and non-designer wedding gown. Way to go! You both proved that you can have a gorgeous wedding by doing it 100% YOUR WAY! :D Many congrats, and wishes of a lifetime of happiness…

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