Ashley & Mike {November Wedding at Carillon Beach}

We will always remember Ashley and Mike for their whirlwind year!  Not only did they get to end the year with the excitement of marriage, but Mike also celebrated being traded from the Cubs to the WORLD SERIES-winning Giants team!  I remember Rose Marie (Ashley’s mother) emailing us every week with: “Well, we thought they’d be finished with the season by now. We hope he can make the next bridal shower!”  Every week got pushed back from October 22nd, to the final WIN on November 1st!  Victoria and I, who ((guiltily)) don’t pay much attention to baseball, were GLUED to the TV!  We couldn’t have been more excited for them and their big win!  We knew it was a stressful process from being traded and moving cross-country mid-way through the season, but Ashley handled it beautifully!  Once they were in town for the wedding, the handsome groom said, “This is all about Ashley.” (awwwww!)  He was very set on making this a week for them to share together and to push the celebrating from the World Series aside for a new celebration!  We couldn’t have agreed more!

First, I have to post a few of Ashley’s AMAZING bridal portraits in Alys Beach with Paul & Mecheal Johnson.  She was able to come to Florida a week before the wedding to finalize details and to get some breath-taking images to display at the wedding.  This was the first chance she was able to get away!  Enjoy 🙂

Ashley in her beautiful, Vera Wang wedding gown.

LOVE these in Alys Beach 🙂

Gorgeous smile!

Let the wedding pictures begin!

Perfect little details. There were handmade flowers tied to every welcome bag that was delivered to their guests. There was a nice little note to have every lady wear her flower for their welcome dinner on Friday night! Ashley also provided coordinating flip flops at the reception so everyone could kick off their shoes and dance!

The men looked dashing in their classic, black tuxedos.

While we were waiting for the mothers to be seated, Ashley had a little time to be silly with her adorable flower girls. You could just tell how much the little girls adored her!

It melts our hearts when we have adorable flower girls and ring bearers who act like mini-bride and groom!

It was a special touch to have Edwin Caraballo, the chaplain for the Chicago Cubs, perform their wedding ceremony here in Florida.

Mike & Ashley's time away for sunset pictures was perfect! You couldn't have asked for better weather.

Rhonda wow-ed us with another awesome cake. This was a clear compliment to the flowing layers of Ashley's beautiful wedding dress.

The martini bar was their signature drink station. Donna made it look phenomenal and this was THE ONLY mention or "nod" to Mike's career - "Love Potion #14"!

Not only is this a classic, Louisiana-wedding shot, but it's also a cool view of the tent. The lights and table-scapes were awesome!

I remember watching Paul (photographer) get down on the ground while Robert (videographer) was lighting and filming Ashley's feet! Paul was really able to capture Ashley and her boogie shoes. Who doesn't love a good, customized pair of converse?!

After a nice evening of fun, dancing AND SINGING (check out their wedding video trailer!), Mike and Ashley ended with a bang! What a wonderful way to wrap up not only their baseball season, but our wedding season! It was surely a night to remember. Congrats, Mr. & Mrs. Fontenot! We can't wait to watch the Giants in the upcoming season!

{CREDITS}

Venues:  Carillon Beach Meeting House & Village Green Reception (exclusive to Carillon Weddings)

Photography: Paul & Mecheal Johnson of Paul Johnson Photography;

Ashley’s bridal portrait blog & wedding blog

Cinematography: Joanna & Robert Banks-Morgan of Diva Productions

Floral/Event Design:  Christina Springfield of Events by Nouveau Flowers

Officiant: Edwin Caraballo

Catering:  Donna & David Townsend of Townsend Catering

Cake:  Rhonda Joodi of Confections on the Coast

Ceremony Music: String Quartet & Trumpet (Wedding Music Plus)

Reception Music: Meet the Press band (GTS)

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