Ashley and Wil were both born and raised in Bloomington, and are only three years in age difference. It seems strange that their paths never crossed growing up. They knew about each other, and then one fateful night in 2009 they both ended up getting money from the same ATM machine. As Ashley tells it they hit it off that very night, talking for 2 hours at the cab stand. Soon after they went on their first date, and the rest is history. They wanted their wedding day to represent the things they love most, their hometown, the Hawaiian Islands (where Ashley attended college and Wil proposed), and food! They incorporated little details of these three things throughout their day. Ashley loved the experience of planning her wedding so much that soon after she started her own wedding planning business with her good friend, The Bird & The Bee Wedding Planning and Design. A big thank you to Ashley for sharing her big day, and to Jessika Feltz for the lovely images.
Who, What, Where~ Ceremony: Tree Suite Garden, IU Campus. Reception: Alumni Hall, IU Campus. Photography: Jessika Feltz Photography. Flowers: Artful Bloom. Event Design, and Invitations: The Bird & The Bee Wedding Planning and Design. Cake, and Sweets: Sugar Daddy’s Cakes and Catering. Brides Dress: Allure Bridals. Bridesmaids: Ann Taylor.
Even more details and loveliness…
Wil and I are both from Bloomington, IN. Although we’re both from the same small college town, we went to separate schools (including high school – he is 3 years older than me) so we never crossed paths growing up. Fast forward to fall of 2009- about 6 months later on Halloween night. I was dressed as Sandy from and I was at an ATM downtown getting money out to take a cab home. Wil was also at the ATM getting money out to get some pizza. We hit it off immediately- we talked for over 2 hours at the cab stand. The next day, he asked me out and we had our first date, and have been together ever since. I like to think that it was fate that we happened to be at the same ATM at the same time that night.
The ceremony was held in a place called the Tree Suite Garden which is nestled within the student union on IU’s campus and is where Wil studied throughout his college days. It is a beautiful location and we knew that we just had to have our ceremony there. When we were dating we would go out to eat and then walk around campus in the evenings. We used the “A+W” symbol and a tree/leaf theme throughout the wedding since we were getting married in the tree suite garden.
Our wedding colors were green and black and we had orchids and hydrangea for flowers throughout. Orchids are extremely popular in Hawaii and are given as leis for celebrations and other important events-naturally this was something we had to have. We even had fresh leis flown in from Hawaii for the wedding reception that were given to the bridesmaids and Wil.
We especially love eating at restaurants here in town that feature locally grown food, so we chose foods that were in season- butternut squash soup, sweet potato fries, a mashed potato martini bar (YUM!), roasted vegetables, basil chicken and more. We offered donut holes in wax bags from our favorite late-night-snack shop (Cresent Donut) as our wedding favors.