Ashleigh + Ben | Delray Beach Wedding
I still remember the day Ashleigh contacted me. Ashleigh and Ben were traveling all the way from Australia and planning a destination wedding at a family member's estate in Delray Beach. I had to catch my breath. First of all, Australia is basically where all of the incredible creative things ever created come from. Ok, that might be an exaggeration, but I will spend hours on end scrolling through Australian wedding publications and will lurk Australian creatives on instagram until my eyes turn red. Second, she mentioned Delray Beach which just happens to be my hometown and a major source of sentimental material for me. I was hooked, I was attached, and I was so ready to dive into a creative adventure with these two.
Since they were traveling such a far distance, their wedding was incredibly intimate with only 20 people in attendance (and we all know how I feel about small intimate weddings - give me all of them!). Ben's aunt graciously opened up her home to their nearest and dearest and was such a champ when a mini-monsoon decided to hit during setup. The ceremony was moved indoors meaning our large wood arbor found its new home right in their formal living room. Like I said, champ.
Seeing a forecast of windy, sideways rain/downpour pop up on your phone the day of a wedding is never an ideal situation. It affects timing, portraits, alters setup locations, and can leave many couples upset and bummed. However, some of my favorite pictures and moments from weddings we've been a part of happen when storms strike. The soft overcast beach portraits with Ashleigh and Ben are everything and wouldn't be what they are without the crazy storm that decided to invite itself to their wedding.
Ashleigh loved the natural beauty of the grounds, but was also drawn to a neutral and romantic garden style. We pulled in blue tones through privet berries, blackberries, and navy centered anemones to pay tribute to the gorgeous ocean surrounding the estate, while keeping the larger blooms fluffy and in shades of white and blush. Vines and branches were incorporated to add those loose and overgrown garden details providing a perfect marriage of seaside + garden. Which, if you ask me, really is the best of both worlds.