In Photos: This Is How To Get A Fairy Tale Forest Wedding Just Right, As Seen In Twilight Actress Ashley Greene's Breathtaking Nuptials
Exchanging "I dos" while surrounded by towering redwoods in the heart of a Californian forest definitely lends an aura of romance to any wedding. One need not even be a nature lover to appreciate this unique setting, and with one look at Ashley Greene's dreamy outdoor nuptials, it's easy to understand why.
Most will remember Ashley Greene as Alice Cullen, the feisty on-screen "sister" to Robert Pattinson's Edward Cullen in the Twilight series. But just last week, this strikingly beautiful actress took on the role of a lifetime: she's now Mrs. Paul Khoury, and the newly wedded couldn't be happier about it.
After a teary-eyed proposal that earned Paul her "yes" in 2016, this couple made sure to take their time in getting all their wedding details just right. From the venue to the set-up, to the program of events to their wedding vows, and all the way down to their floral arrangements and décor, everything was unhurried, deliberate, and deeply personal.
The payoff of their patience was well worth it, so to speak, as the finished product was their absolute dream wedding brought to life, and more so, an accurate reflection of their eternal love for each other.
Those looking to seek inspiration for their own outdoor ceremony or reception—nature-lovers or otherwise—will do well by scrolling through this visual guide of Ashley and Paul's wedding that took place in Nestldown, California, a private patch of cool forest nestled right next to Silicon Valley's preserved green canopies.
To dive deeper into Ashley's wedding, here are all the details about it that are worth learning about:
The couple picked Nestldown in particular because they both love the outdoors. (In fact, Paul proposed to Ashley when they were in New Zealand and hiking on a drizzly day). Taking advantage of perfect California weather this time of the year, Ashley and Paul's ceremony as well as reception were both held in the popular wedding venue. A wedding always feels best when its details hold personal significance to the couple.
As for her wedding dress, Ashley was a vision in white in a Katie May "Barcelona" number that made Alice steal the show, thanks to its low scoop neckline and trailing tulle veil. Customized just for her, Ashley proved the importance of wearing a gown that a bride is a hundred percent comfortable in.
As an actress who's often walked the red carpet in many glamorous outfits, Ashley enlisted the help of her longtime style consultant and fashion designer Windi Williams-Stern. They agreed on a creation that wouldn't only flatter her figure, but would also stand out from the rest of the beautiful dresses she's donned in the past. The result was an ultra-sexy, low back, floor-length party gown done in sheer fabric and accentuated with 3D floral appliqués.
The groom was equally well-dressed in an Armani suit, a Dior vest, and Christian Louboutin shoes. His elegant ensemble was the epitome of mixing and matching done right, even for men.
When it came to their personalized vows, the couple didn't shy away from injecting their playfulness into the formal ceremony. They played a quick game of rock, paper, scissors to decide on who would read their vows first (Ashley did), as the game was often something they played to help make decisions throughout their relationship. The adorable gesture just goes to show how big of a difference it makes when a couple puts their heart and soul into their wedding.
They also limited their guest list to about 120 people, despite their A-list status in their respective industries (Ashley is a Hollywood figure, while Paul is an Australian voice talent and TV personality). The reason, of course, was to keep the event personal with the couple surrounded by only those who knew them and their love story well. It's in the quality, and rarely the quantity, of guests that help make a wedding special.
Their garden dinner setup was unconventional, but purposeful. They opted for a U-shaped setup that connected three long tables so that all guests could feel connected all throughout the evening, and the couple had their own sweetheart table. The free space in the middle was eventually turned into a dance floor.
Ashley admitted that their choice of venue was beautiful enough as is with minimal décor, and so only opted for floral accents to dress up her open-air ceremony. A neutral combination of peonies, orchids, and driftwood gave the event its personality, while a large wreath made of pampas grass and pink and blush florals provided their backdrop to the wedding proper.
Not to be missed, their catering was similarly unassuming and uncomplicated, just as the entire event was. A simple yet healthy menu of a salad, poultry, and fish filled guests to their heart's content while being unintimidating and enjoyable to all palates.
At the end of the night, the couple encouraged all their guests to head to town with them to enjoy a night of drinks and dancing in their handpicked watering holes. Best of all, this couple made it a point to schedule their wedding on a Friday night to free their guests of worrying about partying and getting up for work the next day!
Now, this is how to plan a wedding. Congratulations to Ashley and Paul!
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