We want to know your story, how did you meet?
James and I met in high school when we were set up on a blind date for our Senior Prom. The dance was held at Villa Siena that year. So it was very special for us to get married at the same place we had our first date.
How did he propose?
Well it is a very long story…. James had a very elaborate plan to propose during the Fireworks in San Diego on 4th of July, however when all the fireworks went off at once and the show went from 20 minutes to 10 seconds, he had to change his plan. Knowing I suspected a proposal, he tried to throw me off by proposing on the beach the next morning with a pair of shoes, asking me to be his Cinderella, and marry him. I was very confused but accepted. Once in the car on our way from San Diego to Newport, I wanted to call and tell my family but was confused since he had gone ring shopping with her sister. I was worried they would ask to see the ring then James would feel bad about not having it. James asked me what was wrong, she started crying and felt bad and was just really confused. James pulled out the ring while driving down the freeway and proposed right then and there. He had planned on asking her at dinner that night, he just wanted to throw her off, but couldn’t take her being sad or crying.
Like I said it’s a very long complicated story. You can just say he proposed on the beach in San Diego it that is less confusing.
How did you know that your Ian Stuart Dress was the right choice for your big day?
Part of it was the name. I always wanted my dress to look like my grandmother’s gown from the 50’s. Her name is Evenjelina, I loved how similar Everdina’s name was to hers. It was also a similar shape to my grandmother’s dress. I knew I wanted to add the long sleeves to match hers, but I also wanted to make the dress my own make the dress my own. I felt Everdina was the perfect canvas for me to do that.
Was there a theme/colour theme at your wedding?
We got married around Christmas, we wanted the wedding to feel festive and inviting without being too literal. We used a mix of metallics and rich greens, reds, and taupes.
Did you incorporate any specific traditions in your wedding, such as ‘something old, something new, borrowed and blue’?
I would say our wedding was very traditional. We both come from large families and wanted to incorporate them as much as possible. In the weeks preceding the wedding, I was having a very hard time missing my grandfather, who was more like a father to me. On my wedding day I hadn’t yet picked my something borrowed. The whole morning of the wedding we were searching for a something for me to borrow, then I went in my grandmother’s room to see if she had a bracelet or something, and on her dresser was a pin of angel wings and a feather with a poem saying someone special is looking down on you on your wedding day. It was just what I need to know he was there.
Do you have any advice to share with women who are about to embark on this incredible journey of planning their wedding and selecting their wedding dress?
Don’t worry about the little things. Remember what the day is truly about, the love between you and your partner. As long as you are happy and feel good about your dress that is all that matters.
Ian Stuart Bride: Danielle Ashworth
Groom: James Ashworth
Bridal Gown: Everdina, Frill Me Collection
Boutique: Mariee Bridal, Scottsdale
Wedding Date: December 6th, 2014
Location: Villa Siena, Gilbert, Arizona