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Marston House Real Wedding: Ashley & Ross

Ross & Ashley’s wedding was unique for so many reasons. First, the venue. The historic The Marston House Museum and Gardens, a 1905 Arts & Crafts-style mansion designed and built by the internationally renowned architects William Sterling Hebbard and Irving Gill, provided the prime setting for a modern wedding with a timeless elegance. One of the docents mentioned that this wedding was the fourth ceremony that has ever had photos taken inside the museum.

The other unique aspect of this wedding was that most of this celebration was done DIY style! Ashley explained that for their wedding they were “involved in every component of the wedding, down to cutting the invitations by hand and refinishing vintage furniture for the dessert reception. Anything we weren’t doing by hand, was done by friends and family. We had relatives mailing in lace, friends painting signage, parents cooking jam, siblings mixing sangria, grandparents baking our favorite desserts, and countless tasks that united us with friends and family.” One of their closest friends then married them in the gardens of the beautiful Marston House with a group of 40 guests. “Our relationship, engagement, and ceremony all keep in line with our ideals of equality where we mutually planned everything together.” remembers Ashley.

As you can see by the incredible list of vendors below, the day was exactly that: a culmination of so much love between two people and the friends and family who surround them.

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Ceremony venue: The Marston House Museum and Gardens
Dinner venue: The Patio on Goldfinch
Photography: Stacy Keck, Smashing Weddings 
Dessert venue: Bride and Groom’s home
Dress: By Catherine Deane from BHLDN
Cover-up: Bride’s Great Great-Grandmother’s lace, hand-dyed to match the dress
Earrings: Jenny PackhamSuit: Banana Republic
Bouquet and boutonnière: Mission Hills Florist
Ceremony music: The Donnis Trio
Planners: Bride and Groom
Day-of Coordinators: Friends Colleen Ennis and Kara Leen
Save The Date postcards: Friends Lissa Corona, Kara Leen, and Bride
Program design, calligraphy, and paintings: Kara Leen
Signage: Kara Leen
Favors: Homemade jam by Bride’s Mother
Desserts: Homemade by friends and family
Hair and makeup: Lissa Corona and Colleen Ennis
Officiant: Lissa Corona


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