Can you imagine getting married in Italy and then celebrating your big day in Switzerland? That’s just what Daughters of Simone co-owner Ashley Castanos and her husband Terrence Brown did. We captured it all through our camera lens.
The gorgeous bohemian wedding took place in a botanical garden in Italy—Giardini del Merlo. The couple chose this wedding destination because it’s where they began their longtime romance. Christine Cater added beautiful, soft-colored flowers to the already breathtaking scenic location. Described as a “Midsummer Night’s Dream” wedding, candelabra, string lights, and lounge seating created an elegant, free-spirited event.
Being a fashion designer herself, Ashley had the wedding dress of her dreams planned for years. “I always knew I wanted some sort of off-the-shoulder style. My mom wore an off-the-shoulder style dress back in the 70s and it’s been an inspiration for the line as a whole.” She used vintage thread to create the dress, which was off-the-shoulder (of course!), floral embroidered, sheer silk.
As for the rest of the party, including the guests, the theme was all-out fashion. Ashley coordinated with Greer and Chelsea from Leave her Wilder to create the bridesmaids’ slip-style gowns with pearled netted capes. They donned gold crowns and statement jewelry from A.B. Ellie. Sinem Yavasner completed the party’s look with hair and makeup that perfectly channeled Ashley’s bohemian soul.
Ashley and Terrence shared a special moment before saying I do. They read love letters that they had written to each other, and there was not a dry eye to be seen.
The reception was held poolside at Villa Camilla, where guests dined on charcuterie and Italian desserts. After a long day, Ashley shared that she did something unexpected: “We got thrown this crazy heat wave, and the reception took place around the pool area. This beautiful cold water was just staring at us all day, and there had been all these jokes and rumors that eventually we were going to have a pool party. No one really thought that it was going to happen because we’re all wearing formal gowns and tuxedos. Once I found out that one of my good family friends had already jumped in the pool in her dress, heels, and even her jewelry, I was like, “Oh hell yeah we’re going for it!”
Ashley advises future brides to limit their wedding planning to one other person. She says it’s easy to get caught up in everyone else’s ideas, when it’s really your day. Her advice shouldn’t be taken lightly—she ran a business on top of planning her wedding. “I was so excited and I had so many ideas, but it definitely felt like taking on a second full-time job,” she admits. Well, you did fabulous, Ashley!