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Joanna met Shane at their freshman college orientation, quickly sparking a friendship during tutoring sessions for chemistry class (wink, wink). However, they didn’t have their first date until junior year, on Valentine’s Day. “I suppose when you wait that long for a date, you have to go BIG or go home!” the bride says. Just one week after graduating, Shane popped the question while on a hiking trip with Joanna. A custom engagement ring made for a truly unforgettable graduation gift. The ceremony took place at Ashton Gardens in the soft glow of the glass-enclosed chapel. There, the pair exchanged personal written vows in front of 155 guests. The celebration continued in Ashton Gardens’ timeless ballroom, with a feast featuring giant coconut shrimp and, ’cause this here is Texas, y’all, succulent steak. Joanna and Shane ended the night amidst a throng of bubbles for a magical exit. Best wishes to you guys as you start a new adventure together!

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Photographer: Kaitlyn Beauregard Photography | Venue: Ashton Gardens

Ashton Gardens Wedding With Bonus Fun Proposal Story!

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Venue: Ashton Gardens | Photo: Kaitlyn Beauregard Photography

Mosquitos. Guacamole. A clever ruse. Oh, how we love a zany proposal story: “I told Shane I wanted to wait until I officially had a degree to be engaged,” says Joanna. “He waited exactly a week after I graduated. We had talked about going on a hike, and finally planned it for that weekend. While on our hike there there were so many mosquitos it looked like a dark fog was following us. We ran out of the woods with about 30 bites each laughing so hard (with me not realizing his proposal plan was falling apart). We found an area that was mosquito-free, sat down for a picnic, and then Shane told me he had something for me. I got extremely suspicious that he was proposing. I thought to myself, ‘Shane can’t propose with a tub of guacamole (my favorite) sitting in between us.’ Click here to read the rest of this post »

Houston Wedding Venues We Love: Ashton Gardens

Not surprisingly, we get tons of inquiries from to-be-wed couples searching for a venue where they can celebrate their wedding from traditional ceremony to fabulous reception to after-party to sendoff. And we’re always excited to let these couples—and, honestly, anyone searching for a beautiful wedding venue—know about Ashton Gardens. This truly lovely gem of a celebration space, tucked into lush, forested grounds that are viewable from vast picture windows pretty much anywhere you look, is one of our absolute favorites.

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Photo: White Frames Photography

We checked in with Ashton Gardens’ Ashley Love (yes, really her name, and yes, it’s perfect) to ask what she thinks makes this unique venue such a coveted spot for Houston-area weddings, and her answer was simple: “It’s our signature chapel,” she told us. “It’s one of a kind. With floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning forest scenery as your ceremony backdrop, every single guest can enjoy an outside view from the comfort of indoors.”

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Photo: White Frames Photography

Ditto the venue’s ballroom, where you’ll also find—you guessed it—soaring windows looking out upon hundreds and hundreds of towering green trees.

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Photo: Allee J. Photography

Oh—and did we mention that Ashton Gardens has not one but TWO locations (both with the same glass-enclosed chapel, knockout landscape views and OMG-this-is-SO-GOOD reception cuisine), in West and North Houston, for the utmost in convenience?

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Photo: Allee J. Photography

Wanna start fantasizing your fairytale-forest wedding? We highly recommend that you check out Melissa and Hunter’s wintry-white January wedding at Ashton Gardens…and while you’re at it, have a swoon over Tera and Shawn’s Ashton Gardens vintage-inspired wedding festivities, done up in shades of pink, blush, cream and sparkling gold.

You’ll see why we’ve got such a huge crush on this romantic Houston wedding setting. And you’ll see way more of Ashton Gardens by scheduling your visit and venue tour here, or by calling 281.362.0011. And make sure to tell them you found them at Weddings in Houston!

Ashton Gardens Celebrates 10 Years AND a New Wedding Venue!

Ashton Gardens Celebrates 10 Years AND a New Wedding Venue!

Photos: Enmuse Photography

A secluded forest. A glass-enclosed chapel looking out upon lush greenery. A storybook landscape of intimate courtyards, murmuring fountains and trellised paths. An elegant ballroom, where floor-to-ceiling windows frame a backdrop of natural beauty, and twinkling chandeliers set the mood for celebration.

If this sounds like your idea of the perfect Houston wedding venue, then let us introduce you to perfection: Ashton Gardens. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Houston’s romantic retreat offers an all-in-one wedding experience. Prepare for your wedding in your private bridal suite, make your way down the aisle to the sound of live vocalists perched in the chapel loft, join your guests for gourmet dining and lively dancing in the candlelit ballroom, adjourn to a tented courtyard (optional) for late-night lounging—Ashton Gardens offers all this and more.

And speaking of more: This summer Ashton Gardens debuts a second site—Ashton Gardens West Houston, where you’ll find all the signature features of Ashton Gardens, in a picturesque Katy-area location.

North or West, ceremony and reception or your choice of either, intimate and cozy or grand and glamorous, in-house decor or custom design: Ashton Gardens is the site you’ve been searching for. See it in person, and start planning the wedding you’ve always dreamed of. Call today to schedule your tour!

Disney Inspired Wedding at Ashton Gardens

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He proposed at Walt Disney World. They honeymooned on a Disney cruise. Do we sense a theme here? Absolutely, says bride Sarah, who wore a Disney-princess-worthy tiara for her Ashton Gardens wedding to high-school sweetheart Robbie. The pair, both of them former Walt Disney World employees, treated guests to such Disney-inspired delights as a signature “True Love’s Kiss” martini, featuring a pink-sugared rim, and a choreographed first dance to a waltz taken from Disney World’s Wishes Fireworks Spectacular. The bride’s most treasured memory? “Our special unity candle,” Sarah says. “We invited all of our guest who have helped shape our lives to join us in the lighting of the candle. It made for a beautiful and touching ceremony to make eye contact with each row of guests.”

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Photos: Sarah Ainsworth Photography ~ Venue: Ashton Gardens ~ Decor & Rentals: EB Inc. Events ~ M.O.B. Dress: T. Carolyn Fashions ~ Honeymoon: Disney Cruise