So last week while I was in Belize, I posted that 12/12/12 was supposed to be the end of the Mayan calendar, and therefore, the end of the world. I didn't even realize I was wrong until the date got closer, and I couldn't change it at that point since I was gone, so sorry! I was wrong, haha. Apparently, today, 12/21/12 is supposed to be the day that the world ends. It was actually somewhat of a big deal down where we were in Belize, where all of the Mayan ruins are located. Not in a serious, "Let's go stock up on food and water," kind-of-way, but in a, "The world's ending! Let's party!" kind-of-way. We kind of wished we could have been there for that; although I'm not sure how much partying I could have done being five months pregnant!
So assuming that the world has not ended, I'm happy to share Ashley and Michael's natural and elegant wedding shot by Casey Connell Photography with you guys today! Believe it or not, this couple actually met because of a $2 bet! "Mike and I met at a brew pub in Troy, on a $2 bet from my sister (my MOH). She bet me that I wouldn't go talk to him. I won the bet,...and three years later, it was his birthday and he wanted to go to the brew pub for drinks. We were walking into the pub and he got down on one knee on the sidewalk in front. I walked in and my brothers and sister were there waiting for us," Ashley described.
Their wedding this past June was certainly a beauty, filled with personal, homemade details. With a cute honey bee motif used throughout the decor, lots of fresh wildflower arrangements and yellow and gray bridesmaids dresses, it's definitely a wedding to be inspired by! "Mike and I have two bee hives. We knew we wanted to use our honey as favors, and that basically led us to theme our wedding around honey and bees. It was so easy to go from there and very 'us,'" said the bride, Ashley.
The bride, groom and their families took on many of the wedding details themselves, starting with the wedding favors, which where small mason jars of honey, and the accompanying "Sweet as honey" wooden sign. The bee wedding invitations were also done by the bride herself, simply using Microsoft Word and then she had them printed at a local printing business. Ashley also made the guest book using paper, glue and a heart hole punch, printed and framed all of the drink menus and collected vintage soda bottles for the centerpieces. "My whole family helped to get the wedding [off the ground]! My cousins, aunt, brothers, and even Mike, was at the barn the morning of the wedding decorating, putting up lights and prepping for the party. If it wasn't for my family, none of this would of ever happened!"
Homemade Honey Bee Wedding in Yellow and Gray - Vendors & Credits
Photographer: Casey Connell Photography
Ceremony Venue: St. Jude the Apostle Church
Reception Venue: Pat's Barn
Caterer: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
Floral Designer: Us Flower Girls (run by bride's cousin)
Cake Designer: Schuyler Bakery
DJ: Paul Malo
Hair and Makeup Artist: Gina Camaj Salon and Kreations by Kristy
Bridal Attire: Wedding dress by Enzoani and shoes by Badgley Mischka
Groomsmen Attire: Alfani and Michael Kors
Bridesmaid Attire: Gray dresses by J.Crew and yellow dresses by The Limited
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