Meet Ashley Rhodes. She’s a highly-coveted luxury event planner from the Lowcountry of South Carolina with a reputation for creating breathtaking weddings that have graced the covers of multiple print and online publications.
I see Ashley as a storyteller of sorts. When she plans a wedding, Ashley first sits down with a couple, notebook in hand, asks a lot of questions and then listens intently to the bride and groom’s hopes, desires and visions. Their conversation is about much more than just the wedding. From there, Ashley deftly creates a new chapter of the couple’s life together–their wedding day. And what a story it is!
I admire Ashley’s talent and heart so much, I gave her a cameo appearance in my novel A LOWCOUNTRY WEDDING.
I’m honored to have Ashley Rhodes Event Designs orchestrate the wedding planning for our Lowcountry Wedding Giveaway winners, Julie and Ryan. Ashley is working with more than a dozen top Charleston businesses in the wedding industry. And together, they will help write the next chapter of our winning couple’s book of life. I can’t wait to see it all come to life on April 24th.
For those of you who are planning a southern wedding or dreaming of one, Ashley kindly shares some of her insight about what makes a Lowcountry wedding special.
A: SPANISH MOSS AND SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY! Truly the dreamy scenery is what draws so many to this beautiful place. Pair that with chivalry and comfort food and its a match made in heaven!
A: Hire a wedding planner! Seriously! Trust me on this one.
A: I loved every second of my 200+ person wedding at two historic venues and would do it again in a heartbeat. But if I had to do it over, I would get married on a Thursday afternoon with only my nearest and dearest in a precious ceremony in my church in Beaufort followed by a fabulous seated wine dinner. Then, on Friday we would all hang out on the water all day and enjoy each other and have a huge party Friday night! The most meaningful and important part sometimes takes back seat. I wish I had taken the time to let everything sink in.
I’ll do brief weekly features following the wedding planning process of our Lowcountry Wedding winners. I hope you’ll follow along on my social media pages with the hashtags #weddingWednesdays #ALowcountryWedding.
It will be like a page from the novel A LOWCOUNTRY WEDDING come to life. And it’s going to be wonderful!
A question for my readers: Did you have a Lowcountry wedding, or a southern-inspired one?
Feel free to share something special about your own dream wedding. I’d love to know!