Creative wedding.

Saturday at sunset, my coworker and friend, Ashley, got married!

October 19, 2013 marked the 10-year anniversary of her boyfriend turned fiance, and now husband, Barry. And their wedding was beautiful.

And yes, I know, that’s what everyone says about every wedding.

But this one was different, I swear.

Ashley & Barry are dedicated travelers. They even got engaged overseas, and they were set on getting married in a foreign place, too. But Ashley’s family wanted to see it…really bad.

And let’s face it, so did everyone else!

So, Ashley planned a wedding at a gorgeous, hidden park in Baton Rouge. She handmade several of the decorations, which complimented the venue perfectly (my favorite part was the crawfish trap chandelier, adorned with strings of tiny white lights).

When it was time for Ashley to walk down the grassy aisle, “Here Comes the Sun,” by the Beatles came on…a tribute to Barry’s daughter, Lennon, named after John Lennon.

Another personal touch? Ashley asked one of her English professors to officiate the ceremony and help her write the vows. So cool.

I love when brides, or whoever is planning the wedding, ditch the traditional and make the ceremony and reception completely about them—because that’s really what it’s all about, right?

I went to a wedding last year, where the bride walked down the aisle to the first song her dad taught her on the piano, and the rosary around her bouquet was the groom’s grandmother’s. So cool.

What unique touches have you seen at weddings?

“Here comes the sun, and I say, it’s alright.”

—The Beatles


  1. Liz Dunn Wright

    I have never heard of that park, how neat! Def checking it out next time I’m in town… which reminds me, we’re due for a lady date. 🙂 You’ve been on my mind. (Or come down to Nola, sha!)

    And tehehe thank goodness someone read my wedding novella, I mean ceremony program. 😉

    1. thebitterlemon

      Hey Liz!! Yes we are due for one! I really want to come to NOLA maybe for a sunday fun day?

      Yes, I loved all of the personal touches you had. I know there were more, but I couldn’t remember them all 😦

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