the happiest day ever!

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Cue the confetti: our wedding photos are here! Actually, we’ve had them for a few weeks now but Andrew and I have been having the very best time poring over them with our family and friends, so I thought it would be best to wait before sharing them here.

With that said, I’m going to break these out over a few posts so I can show you everything from our rehearsal dinner (a traditional Cape Cod clambake) to the décor + details. To start, the wedding day itself.

We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.

– John F. Kennedy

We wanted to feel like we were getting married inside a Colville painting. That is, by the ocean, in amongst cool shades of blue. Being seaside is, after all, where we are the happiest. The east coast, in true Colville spirit, was our answer. On an unusually mild October day, we gathered 30 of our closest friends and family members at the most beautiful beach house along the shore of Provincetown, Cape Cod. It was perfect.

We were lucky enough to work with Tara McMullen and Barb Simkova of Tara McMullen Photography, who not only captured our weekend by the sea with love and honesty but who got on board with our vision, adding their own twist on it. By Sunday, they had become part of our little family. We had the best time and I’m so grateful to these two for giving us these images which will live on forever.

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Walking down to the path to see my groom for the first time on our wedding day! The big reveal was so exciting and overwhelming and emotional. I wish to live in this photo forever.

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After the reveal (and once Andrew caught his breath), we snapped some family photos with Barb and then headed into town where we did our portraits. It was an experience I remember vividly: since it was a Saturday the main strip was busy and full of tourists. They saw us all dressed up and started to whistle and cheer. A busker even strung the bridal song on her guitar. I felt like a million bucks.

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Barb, being the creative and consummate professional she is, had already scouted out locations around Provincetown that she felt embodied our aesthetic and story. She hit the nail on the head with them, too. We had so much fun zipping around with her! After we got everything, we hurried back to our beach house for the ceremony. It should come as no surprise that we chose to exchange our vows on shoreline, just a short (and yet dramatic) walk from the house. I had his vision of being barefoot on the sand, that’s how I wanted to marry Andrew. I wanted to be my exact height when I looked up at him to say my vows (which we wrote ourselves) – so I ditched my Manolo’s and made my way down the ‘aisle.’

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We wanted our dear friend Dave to marry us. Luckily, the liberal state of Massachusetts allows individuals a one-time designation to perform a marriage. (How great is that?)

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We did it! Just call me Mrs. Ashley Seale (I love the way that sounds).

I’ve listed the key vendors below if you’re interested. You can also find our wedding in the Spring/Summer issue of Wedding Bells, which is on newsstands now. I’ll be posting more about the visual details next.

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Event design: Ruby Social Co. (that’s me!) | Photography: Tara McMullen and Barb Simkova of Tara McMullen Photography | Ceremony and reception: The Ocean House | Bridal gown: BHLDN | Bridal shoes: Manolo Blahnik via Holt Renfrew | Flowers: Anchor & Grace | Groom’s tux: Ted Baker | Hair: Jenna Pando of The Cabinet Salon | Table settings: Plate Occasions

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