Ashley and Phil, met in high school but didn’t reconnect and fall in love until later, proving it’s never too late to become high school sweethearts. The couple married at a friend’s private property in Columbia County, New York.
“When some of our close friends offered to let us use their backyard as our venue it was perfect,” said bride Ashley, “the property was a horse farm that had been converted to a private home but still had a couple of horses, donkeys and chickens. There were uninterrupted views of the county where the leaves were just starting to turn and it had a natural, country feel.”
At the ceremony Ashley was dripped in just the right amount of pearls, a wedding present from her future husband. “They were stunning,” she says, “the dangling crystals from the earrings especially as they were struck by the afternoon sunlight as I walked down the aisle. The other piece of jewelry that I wore was my mothers. It was her blue sapphire ring with diamonds. By itself it fulfilled the traditions of borrowed, blue and old.”
See those pretty shoes pictured? Sadly, Ashley couldn’t wear them down the aisle. Phil explains, “My most memorable moment came when my wife came stepped out of the house to walk down the aisle. Her shoe’s heels immediately sank into the turf and she couldn’t wear them. She walked down the aisle to our wedding ceremony barefoot.”
Everything about this event exuded homemade elegance: the mason jars filled with flowers and hung with twine, the antique red tub made over as an ice chest and custom labeled wine all added individual touches of country chic.
Ashley and Phil’s reception took place at a family heirloom and local landmark dear to Ashley’s heart, her family’s restaurant the Jackson’s Old Chatham House. “Ever since I was little I imagined our wedding reception at the family restaurant and as night fell the evening ended perfectly there,” said Ashley.