Ashley and Britton were blessed by heaven with a beautiful day to celebrate their union at Sanaview Farms in Champion, PA.
This farm style brought a vintage and boho touch for the wedding. Ashley said that they did not follow any color palette, but all the mishmash and creative details created a super sweet way of running vintage essence through their wedding decor combined with the beautiful scenario.
Ashley and Britton chose to tell their fairy tale along the entire day by choosing to connect meaningful moments of their relationship through the little details in the decor. Since the table numbers with special meaning until the cute skylight balloon idea to remember the proposal. The proposal story happened during a trip to a hot air balloon festival in New Mexico. So, nothing more fitting than bringing some skylight balloons for their special day.
Get inspired by this beautiful couple’s love story! Check out the highlights of Julia and Jeff wedding day, along with their interview.
How long after you were engaged did you get married?
A year and a half.
Top 3 tips for future couples:
- Don’t wait until the last minute to order things you need/want.
- So pick personalized gifts for your wedding party. I don’t my things from Etsy with their names on them. I mean something that is close to their heart or something you have in common, not just something you like. You’re spending a lot of money on these gifts. Yes maybe they have to be worn for the wedding but it can still be personal. (I got all of my bridesmaids 2 bangles(and some other stuff), each one of them had a different saying on them. Each girl was different and went with her. In turn, I got myself bangles to wear and I wore one that matched each of my girls (so I had a piece of them with me) and some of my own. Just be thoughtful. Also, make sure to get your bride or groom something special for the big day. It doesn’t have to cost much or cost anything. Just get them something to remind them, and yourself, what the day is really about.
- Be thoughtful. This is your ONE chance to get married. Do it right, take your time. Put as many tiny details in as you can. This doesn’t take a big effort it just takes time. Think about you and your soon to be a spouse and make/buy/display things that are unique to you. People will see this.
Based on our wedding planning experiences, what advice would you give people who are still planning their wedding?
Everyone else is busy too. It’s VERY hard to get a hold of some vendors or even family members at certain points in the planning process. Guess what? Their worlds have not stopped because YOU are getting married. Be patient, kind, and respectful to these people who are working with you on your big day. They will help you and they will respond to emails and phone calls (or just try again). Just because you are getting married that does not give you the right you think the world now stops for you. Remember people have their own things going on.
What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day?
Loving, Fun, Excited.
How would you describe the style of your wedding?
Vintage themed with boho inspiration.
Where did you have your wedding? Why did you choose the location?
It took us a while to find this location. We visited and researched MANY MANY places in Maryland and Pennsylvania. A lot of others were very nice but too expensive. Some weren’t so nice but on the right price range. Some offered nothing and some offer d everything.
We choose SanaView because it was so beautiful and it was in our price range. I was also more comfortable with this choice because I was more familiar with the area and would be able to find vendors that I have heard of or had the opportunity to see their work personally, rather than based on a computer review.
What really did me in for SanaView was the fact that we were able to set off lanterns. I remember going there to scope the place out and the owner had given me an album to look through. I got to a page where there were lanterns being set off and I knew this was the place! (For Valentine’s Days, anniversaries, birthdays, Halloweens, we have been setting off lanterns for a special occasion in our relationship and we knew we wanted to do this at our wedding. Some places, when I had asked said we weren’t allowed to because of fire hazards) you just have to semi know the important things you want and the venue will fall into place eventually.
Describe any personal or special touches that helped make your wedding memorable.
Oh, my… How we asked our wedding party. For the girls, I got their favorite drinks and wrote the question either on the bottom or outside of each cup. For our flower girl, we put a bracelet in a popcorn box (she LOVES popcorn).
Britton’s Aunt married us! We asked her if she would become ordained and perform our wedding. She literally laughed in our faces, asked if we were serious, then asked if my parents knew and were OK.
Our invitations were custom designed! Not in a big fancy expensive shop. We’re so lucky!! My best friends mom is a genius and a saint. We designed and she made every paper thing we wanted to come to life: our save the dates, invitations, programs, thank you (for the tables).
Color scheme: EVERYONE kept asking what our colors were. I always had to say we didn’t have colors picked out, everything was a beautiful mishmash of color.
Bridesmaids, none of them wore the same dress. (I don’t mean different necklines, I mean completely dresses) two were floral and two were solids that complimented them with floral colors.
Flowers, I never match, why should my wedding, they were all different tiny and medium-sized wildflowers. Also, my florist was my cousin and was able to see a vision without much explanation, because he knows me!
FOOD!!! Britton came up with the brilliant idea of having his and her meals! So instead of having a traditional pick of chicken or steak or having a buffet, we choose neither. On our invitations, the choices were (his) a burger with Mac and cheese or (hers) a shrimp taco with rice and beans.
Our cakes were also out of the box. We didn’t just have one tiered cake. I wanted to have a few smaller round cakes and have them displayed for more of an art piece. So we had five round cakes that were all different flavors. People got to pick and choose their favorite and taste test.
We had a cookie table (because I am from western PA) it’s tradition and frankly a delicious way for people to enjoy more sweets.
We had an incredible band. A coworker of mine had invited us out one night in town because her boyfriend had played in this band. Britton fell in love and NEEDED them to be involved. So we got to know the lead singer, follow him around, and got up the courage to ask!
- we picked out specials songs for him to play when I walked down the aisle and when we left and had a list of favorites for the reception.
We didn’t want to have much trash so we tried our best to be eco-friendly without going overboard. We got bamboo disposable plates (for easy clean up). And silverware and napkins.
We found 150 different glasses from thrift shops and were able to use them as water glasses for each guest. (Afterward they were donated to the firefighters, they have a dime toss at the local fair where you toss a dime into a glass and get to keep it.)
For the flowers, we went to thrift shops and collected a TON of small vases. Afterward, they were donated to local nursing homes for the patients.
Our guestbook; inside of just signing or writing your good wishes we bought instant cameras. So guests had to remove their name from the wall and take their picture to replace it! This worked out so wonderfully. We have a picture of each couple or group from our wedding.
Our table numbers were numbers, but they meant something to us. #of feet we got engaged at, # of our first apartment, # of fur babies, etc.
We had little signs at the bar and in the bathrooms.
For guests who we knew were registered at the local hotels, we made care packages for with special notes.
We had pizza delivered as a late night snack! We know how hungry we’ve gotten after drinking all night at a wedding and having eaten at 6. We didn’t want our guests to leave hungry, so we had pizza delivered about a half hour before the DJ quit so people would have another meal and not try to run to the local gas station for late food.
The best thing about the day
Literally EVERYTHING. It was so wonderfully perfect. Everything came together beautifully, and people had a great time, everyone we wanted there was there, and the band was incredible, and WE GOT MARRIED!
Tell us about your wedding day fashions
Simple, mix-matched, light.
It was NOT simple to pull everything I had in my head out and into the world for this wedding, BUT I wanted it to look like it was.
Which element(s) of your day best reflect you as a couple? What did you do to make guests feel special?
All of the above! Every inch of our wedding was a reflection of our relationship. All of the thought that went into everything.
Did you have a first look before the ceremony? If yes, how can you describe that moment?
We did not. However, I wish someone would have removed Bitton’s glasses before I came out. We will never get that moment back. It is my ONLY regret of the entire experience.
What was your color palette and wedding style?
No real color them. Colorful, light pastels.
What inspired it? Tell us about the flowers, stationery, and decor you chose.
I would say my own sense of style and decoration.
Tell us about your cocktail hour and reception!
Cocktail hour: We weren’t there, but there was plenty of food and we had a live band playing. The reception was great! We danced we laughed we took pictures we ate.
What was on the menu? Did you have any special entertainment?
Burgers or shrimp tacos! We had a local band from Annapolis (our current hometown). They were amazing and play acoustic at the ceremony. And played together for the reception and also DJ ed when it was time to dance.
What was the most fun detail of your wedding to plan?
It was all fun in its own way. I would say we had the most fun decorating the day before and actually seeing it come together. We were given enough time and it was calm, relaxed, and productive.
What was the most difficult detail of your wedding to agree upon?
Outfits for our wedding party.
What moment of your wedding day did you get anxious the most?
I really wasn’t worried.
Who caught the bridal bouquet?
We didn’t throw one. I would have, but we just didn’t have many single friends.
Who decided on the wedding song for walking down the aisle and why?
We decided on it together. It was a song that we’ve had picked out for a long time.
How did you feel when the wedding planning was all over?
Still nervous that it what it was going to look like when it all came together. This was an a la carte wedding. Everything was picked and put together from different places or websites. I wasn’t sure if what I had envisioned in my head was actually going to happen.
What is the worst thing that happened on your wedding day, and the best thing that happened?
Not getting Britton’s reaction to seeing me walk down the aisle.
Exchanging our own vows.
What are your honeymoon plans?
We are going on a cruise in the Mediterranean!
After the day has passed, would you have anything you have done differently?
Video & Photography: Daysy Film & Photo | byDaysy.com
Florist: Matt Salandro
Makeup: Jaime Lonigro
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Caterer: Sun Dawg Cafe | SunDawgCafe.com/
Cake: Irma’s German Goodies
Planner: Janet McKee | SanaView.com
Venue: Sanaview Farms | SanaView.com