Staff Highlight: Ashley of Events & Design by Ashley

  • July 24, 2014

She got into events because of her love for design and decorating. The planning is just a very small part of what she does and loves; her passion for serving others is what led her to the service industry. She enjoys meeting new people and helping them plan days that are some of the most memorable in their lives. Even though she may seem like a girly girl, she loves four-wheeling in the Flint Hills (mostly because the scenery is close to the African landscape), beef jerky and Starbucks. She is blessed by her two little girls and they are part of her drive to succeed in this thing called life.

She is Ashley Moore – founder and owner of Events and Design by Ashley and OUR Midwest Regional Director. We love having this girl on our team; meet Ashley.

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Describe yourself in five words or less. 
Loyal, compassionate, creative, goofy, and driven

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What does your dream world look like?
My dream world would involve moving my little family to Africa to live and work at the Challenge Farm Orphanage to care for over 160 kids. Not exactly related to my job, but it gives me purpose as I strive to serve others. 

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How do you “do it all” and do it well?
I would not be able to do my job without the support of my husband, family and friends. Although not easy, I have learned to be extremely flexible. Have taken multi-tasking to a level I never thought existed since I have two little girls as well, and have had to let go and delegate. I also feel so blessed to have a great staff that is eager to work hard to ensure that all office work is done and that each client is taken care of on the day of their special event.

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Why did you want to bring The NotWedding to the Midwest?
I wanted to bring a new way to market businesses and the way in which potential clients receive information about those in the wedding/event industry. Instead of going to a bridal show and seeing pieces of an event in a 10×10 booth, I wanted to give both vendor and client the opportunity to see all the elements of their potential wedding come together to paint the bigger picture. After coming across The NotWedding on Facebook, I knew immediately that this was the exact event that would showcase vendors in all their glory, and to give inspiration to brides, grooms and other wedding professionals. 

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What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
The best piece of advice was given to me by my husband, and it was simple: You can’t please EVERYONE, so be honest and do what you know is right. This is hard for me especially in the position I am in as an advocate for my clients and as the ambassador for vendors. I want everyone to be happy, and yet I often forget that the key to success is to realize that the key to failure is trying to please every party involved! 

Photo Credits:
Merrick Rhodes Photography (1+4) | Alyssa Marie Photography | Personal | Tim Davis Photography
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The 2nd Charleston NotWedding: Rehearsal Dinner

  • July 23, 2014

Nonchalantly located under an overpass on the “way north” end of King Street, this industrial space called Butcher & Bee is one of the only BYOB joints in town. Quaint, quirky, and oh-so-delicious…we couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the 2nd Charleston NotWedding. Thanks for being so good to us, friends – and a big thank you to The Click Chick Photography for capturing the night!

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Photography: The Click Chick Photography | Venue, Catering + Cake: Butcher & Bee

The 1st New Orleans NotWedding: Wedding Weekend Farewell Brunch Styled Shoot

  • July 22, 2014

The matron of wedding etiquette, Emily Post, says “Manner is personality—the outward manifestation of one’s innate character and attitude toward life.” And y’all, does New Orleans have character! This garden, this fabulous gold tablecloth, these ridiculously amazing florals and that signature cocktail…your guests might never leave.

New Orleans photographer, GK Photography, collaborated with some pretty talented vendors to host an al fresco post-wedding farewell brunch. Such a perfect way to continue the wedding weekend festivities and send your guests off in style. This lively and colorful event makes us even more excited for the very first New Orleans NotWedding. George and Elizabeth share some of their thoughts on the creative inspiration behind the styled shoot below.

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“Even as the confetti has settled on a successful wedding celebration, the festivities are still not over! Here we have a farewell brunch featuring breakfast in a lush garden environment, complete with cajun Bloody Marys and plenty of vitamin D. Styled by Sapphire Events, we have two resort-wear looks that the bride could don as she makes her way to say final goodbyes before hopping on a jet to a tropical honeymoon destination with her groom!”

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Photography: GK Photography | Design + Styling: Sapphire Events | Venue: Beauregard-Keyes House and Gardens | Hair + Makeup: Bleu, a Blow Dry Bar | Wardrobe + Bracelet: Haus 131 | Shoes + Hat: Feet First | Sunglasses: Krewe Du Optic | Linens: Nuage Designs | Flowers: Kim Starr Wise | Candles: Luminous Events | Invitations: Scriptura | Chairs: West Elm

For more information and to purchase tickets online for the 1st New Orleans NotWedding on July 30th, please visit the event page.

The 1st Philadelphia NotWedding: Rehearsal Dinner

  • July 21, 2014

Killer space, talented vendors and good food…in a brand new NotWedding city. Seriously, what more could we ask for? Philly knocked our socks off and we already can’t wait to go back.  Since we can’t share the event photos quite yet, here’s a sneak peek of the incredible team who pulled off the very 1st Philadelphia NotWedding. Enjoy these rehearsal dinner photos from Peach Plum Pear Photo!

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Photography: Peach Plum Pear Photo | Venue: Power Plant Productions | Catering: Oscar’s Catering