THUMBS UP: Ashley hand-stamped a heart (formed by her and John’s fingerprints) on invitations made from sheets of sycamore wood veneer and tied with baker’s twine.
STREET SIGNS: Sullivan’s Island residents Ashley and John are both surfing enthusiasts—a common interest that was present at their ceremony by way of this board casually leaned against a tree at the entrance of the venue. Adorned with a wooden arrow, the board directed guests to the driveway.
OPEN AIR AFFAIR: Kensington Plantation has no plantation home on the grounds—just a few small private houses—so for the reception, the couple outfitted the grounds in tents.
LOCAL THREADS: Ashley donned Callie Tein’s “Faye” gown from Modern Trousseau and a headband from Out of Hand. John and his son, Louin, wore suits from Berlin’s for Men.
ALL IN LINE: The bridesmaids’ J.Crew dresses inspired the black and white theme. “I liked the graphic element because it was just so unique,” Ashley says. The groom’s and groomsmen’s ties, from Harper Poe’s Proud Mary, were a masculine match.
HEY, GOOD LOOKIN’: John and his groomsmen wore khaki-colored suits from Berlin’s for Men. Of the ties Ashley says, “When I saw Harper’s Proud Mary black and white-striped ties, I knew it was a sign.”
BEAUTY BALLERINA: Flower girls rocked RETULLED tutus and Crewcuts black and white striped cardigans from J.Crew.
THE PERFECT FIT: The petals on Ashley’s flower headpiece from Out of Hand mimicked the sheer overlay of Callie Tein’s “Faye” gown from Modern Trousseau. Adding to the black and white theme was the dramatic black sash that finished the gown.
BLOOMING JOY: Though Ashley’s mother arranged all of the décor florals, the bouquets and boutonnieres were fashioned by Ooh! Events.
SUIT YOUR FANCY: Ashley says that as a designer, she is inspired by bold graphics, so it’s fitting that she chose these back and white striped bridesmaids dresses.
SPECIALS BOARD: For bar signage, Ashley glued striped fabric and burlap to thrift store chalkboards and inked on the offerings.
HAPPY HUES: Colorful dahlias tucked into vintage bottles softened the otherwise black and white palette.
EASY LIVING: Mason jars delivered the “rustic, elegant, and fun” vibe Ashley says she and John were aiming for.
STUNNING SET: Burlap-covered tables were brightened by dahlias and accented with votive candles set at various heights.
TAKE A SPIN: The black and white theme made its way to the bar setup by way of these grayscale candy cane striped straws.
LIGHT THE WAY: Ashley says, “I’m a sucker for some soft, romantic lighting.” She sprinkled simple votive candles throughout the décor—here, lining them within a rustic metal vessel.
LOVE SEAT: Ashley says that one of their top priorities was “creating an unfussy, casual air with rustic and unique details,” like the daybeds used as seating in the reception’s lounge areas. The beds, which belonged to Kensington Plantation, were dressed in vintage linens and adorned with paper garlands.
TRIM THE TREE: Oak trees were illuminated by 20 paper lanterns, hung and lit by the bride and groom themselves.
THE WORLD’S A STAGE: Ashley says of the reception: “John set up an amazing system in the trees over the stage and dance floor to suspend the string lights perfectly over the dance floor, just as I had envisioned.”
ON THEIR WAY: Guests showered the newlyweds in sparkles as they exited the reception. What came next for the couple? A honeymoon in Cabo San Lucas.