A tale of two weddings
<p>She's from England, he's from Spain.. Ashlee met Miguel when she was doing volunteer work in Spain, and when Miguel popped the question (among a sea of candles set up in Ashlee's mum's garden - wow!) the first question was: which country should host their wedding?</p> <p>The answer: both!</p>
The couple held their official ceremony in Bristol - where Ashlee grew up - by the waterside. "We wanted to show off Bristol at its best to our Spanish family," says Ashlee.
"My brother conducted our wedding in the place of worship I frequented all my life," says Ashlee. "It was really special for me to have such a grounded start to our married life."<br /><br />Ashlee and Miguel decorated the hall with simply an urn full of beautiful flowers, which was then also used at the reception.
Then it was on to the stylish harbourside restaurant <a href="http://www.bordeaux-quay.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Bordeaux Quay</a> for cocktail hour. Ashlee made the table plan herself, allocating guests to particular tables, but allowing them to choose their own seats, in keeping with the relaxed vibe of the day.
The couple used the <a href="http://www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2015" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Pantone shade Marsala </a>as a focal point for their colour palette - complementing it with rich blacks and golds for a luxe touch.
We love this unusual colour choice for a wedding cake. "We wanted the wedding to be simple with luxe touches. We did that with this decadent Curtis & Co cake, which was decorated with black icing and gold leaf," Ashlee explains.
After lunch, Ashlee and Miguel asked guests to grab their favours (these cute mini bottles of champagne) and..
..head out to the boat! "We surprised everyone with a boat ride, which was so fun," says Ashlee. "Everyone - including the little ones - loved it!"
<p>Ashlee's gorgeous floral dress was another surprise - she'd spotted it in the window with Miguel, who said it looked perfect for her. Ashlee went back to get the dress without Miguel knowing! </p>
After a gorgeous day by the English waterside, Ashlee and Miguel were off to their next stop, to celebrate with Miguel's family..
It was time for the sunny festivities in Spain. The couple chose the beautiful <a href="http://www.masdelcigarrer.com/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mas del Cigarrer</a> in Northern Spain as the venue for their European celebration, and were fortunate enough to be able to use the same photographer as for their wedding in Bristol, Sarah Hannam.
Mas del Cigarrer is surrounded by sun-drenched mountains and vineyards - the perfect setting for a relaxed celebration.
There was no need to do anything too extravagant with the decor in these beautiful surroundings. This pretty, simple flower arch was used for the outdoor blessing.
Ashlee and Miguel chose a colour palette of soft creams and white to complement their naturally beautiful surroundings.
Foraging for olives
Wild leaves featured in Ashlee and Miguel's decor. "I foraged for olive and the wild thyme with our florist, Amy Bowley, the day before our wedding," says Ashlee. "It's a time I won't forget."
"I designed the invites, with help from my sister-in-law, and did the calligraphy, which I took a course for," Ashlee says of her wedding stationery. "It was a huge task but a detail I felt so passionate about!"
Seal of approval
Ashlee even designed a wax-seal monogram, which now serves as a wonderful memento of the day. "I have since designed a personal stationery set for us, which we use regularly."
The seal was used on the bottles of local olive oil, which were handed out as favours at the celebration.
For her second ceremony, Ashlee wore a gorgeous floral crown that matched the flowers used in the arch.
"The dress was custom-made by my mother-in-law's boutique in Spain," Ashlee says. "We used three different types of silk in various layers, to create a multi-faceted effect."
Ashlee's bridesmaids and flower girls wore dresses from Zara, with gorgeous olive crowns in their hair.
And as for the men, they wore gorgeous bow-ties that Ashlee hand-made with her mother-in-law. Miguel's tailored suit was from DKNY.
Ashlee, Miguel and their guests saw the night in style, partying until 3am and then drinking whiskey by the fire!