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if we were going to have a wedding, we would have to have it in Joshua Tree. It was our place, and it was where my dad was. I wanted my dad to be part of the wedding in some way since he would not be able to walk me down the aisle, and I felt like if we had it there, even though he physically wouldn’t be there, he would be there with me.” The couple reached out to their friend Dan Collins, who owns Blackbird Ranch, 20 acres of gorgeous desert in the middle of a wilderness preserve. He was happy to accommodate their needs. “The wedding was as much about the people in our lives that we love as it was about celebrating our union, and doing it on a friend’s ranch couldn’t have been more apropos,” says Ashley. “We knew this was the way to go for us.” Once they’d settled on the location, Ashley and Christopher worked with close friend and maid of honor Lauren Dukoff to create a vibe that paid tribute to the natural beauty of the desert landscape. They chose neutral tones with pops of colors in the wildflower arrangements, and organic and vintage materials. Hay bales covered in Mexican blankets served as the reception seating. Dan built the altar with found wood on the property, on which florist Renee Steckermeier hung an arrangement of California-native wildflowers and fresh greenery. The wooden farmhouse reception tables were all custom built, with each table named after one of the couple’s favorite places or where they’d gone on a special date (Hop Louie was their table, then there was Pappy & Harriet’s, The Magic Castle, The Huntington Gardens, El Matador, et cetera). They were accented with little tea lights, dozens of vintage bottles filled with flowers and baby’s breath, and large Mason jars with big bouquets. Carnival lights illuminated the entire outdoor space, along with fire pits, candles, and—to top it all off—a big, bright Beaver super moon. The bride’s wardrobe was just as personal. From the beginning, there was never any question: She was always going to wear Rodarte. “I have worked closely with Kate and Laura since the early years, styling all of their shows, not to mention they are two of my best friends,” Ashley explains. “They are also my favorite designers, and I think anything they create tells a beautiful story. I always had said they would make me a dress if I met that special someone. And after their Spring 2017 show in New York, I knew. I wanted Look No. 1. My friend Lauren actually came running backstage and said: ‘If you ever get married, you are getting married in that first look.’ Kate, Laura, and their amazing mom convinced me that it should be white and definitely not a crop top—which I’m so thankful for.” In the months to come, Ashley was fitted in the runway sample, and Kate and Laura showed her the white fabric they would use for the dress and how they would customize it. They thought the crown from their Fall 2016 show would pair perfectly, with some fresh baby’s breath in it for Ashley’s hair, which she planned to wear down, loose and natural. Ashley chose to wear the exact shoes from the look, as she thought they would be the prettiest in the desert. Luckily Lauren had purchased the shoes, so these became the bride’s something borrowed.
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