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An Elegant Vineyard Wedding in the Woods

If you woke up wanting to see something different, then you’re in luck because Nick and Natalie’s lovelier than ever vineyard wedding is just that. For these two opted for a ceremony in the woods and invited Brumley and Wells along to capture every stunning second. It’s the perfect balance of rustic chic romance and thankfully we’ve got every beautiful snapshot to share in The Vault!!

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From Brumley and WellsSet in the backdrop of one of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s finest vineyards, Nick and Natalie’s wedding expressed the essence of a romantic, vineyard wedding in every possible way – a victorian farm house to get ready in, a ceremony in the shade of mature cottonwoods, a dinner set in the midst of cherry orchards, and a romantic stroll through the grapevines. The day before the wedding, meteorologists were claiming a 100% chance of rain, and everyone was advising Nick and Natalie to set the dinner tables under the covering of a large tent. They held out until the morning of the wedding. The skies cleared, and dinner commenced in the orchard as planned with the setting sun, cafe lights strung about, and a refreshing evening breeze to cool everyone down. It could not have been more fitting.

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Photography: Brumley & Wells | Cinematography: Erik Frank Cinema | Event Design: Natalie Ann Design | Event Planning: Chantilly Lace Events | Floral Design: Bloom & Company | Wedding Dress: Katie May | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Jewelry: Kai Jewellery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Asos Marketplace | Makeup: The Look Beauty | Hair: Glow Hair & Beauty | Calligraphy: Plume Calligraphy | Groomsmen's Ties: J.Crew | Groom's Attire: Garrison Bespoke | Groomsmen's Attire: Indochino | Venue: Kurtz Orchards | Bride's Robe: For Love And Lemons | Bridesmaids' Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar

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This Chic Office Makes Working with Your Love Look Beyond Dreamy

For the creatives behind Ashley & Malone, working with your significant other looks beyond dreamy. And this glammed up office is the proof. A sleek white backdrop, a pop of pink sofa, perfectly edited desks and all the pretty vignettes you could possibly imagine – that’s just a bit of what you’ll find in this creative workspace. Take the full tour captured by Krista Fox Photography right here.

The Ashley & Malone office is a space for us to work as a team, collaborate on exciting new projects, welcome our clients into a space that’s inspiring and hopefully foster our company culture in a bright environment. 

Ashley & Malone began with the dream of building a boutique agency that better served the creative industry. A loving team who believed that design didn’t have to be complicated and development didn’t mean confusion for our clients.

The journey behind Ashley & Malone didn’t just happen one day, it was shaped by years of late nights and hard work, but also a unique story of the love of Ashley and Dallas, a husband and wife duo who fell in love during our last semester of design school.

After a few years of courtship, long distance between Dallas’s home in The Bahamas, and finally a move to Ashley’s hometown, we were married in 2012. Since graduation, we had run a successful freelance business where I designed and Dallas developed. It largely served corporate clients and to say I was uninspired was an understatement.

 We were both working full-time jobs and ran our company in the evenings and weekends. I was happy, but something felt like it was missing… Why was I working every night after work to design projects that I wasn’t passionate about? During our wedding, I was so inspired by the creativity and beauty found in the wedding industry. The people who we worked for were fun, female entrepreneurs who valued stunning design but also lacked the know-how and experience in graphic design and code.

I can remember a few times when our vendors reached out to us in a panic saying their website crashed or a simple change they wanted to make wasn’t possible because their developer was MIA. Alas, Dallas would come to the rescue and fix whatever problem they were having. I didn’t realize how valuable it was having a coding pro that wasn’t going anywhere.

The idea for Ashley & Malone came to life. We slowly transitioned our freelance business and setup a landing page for our new venture – A design agency that catered to creative entrepreneurs, wedding pros and bloggers. It was built on the concept of having a creative, reliable and personal approach to branding and website design.

 Before we knew it, we were booking one, two and now six months in advance. After a year and a half of building the business out of our home, we made the jump and signed an office lease. I maintained my flexible full-time job, and Dallas soon left his gig to work for the company full-time.

Nine months later, I left my cushy job and hired our first Office Manager. Six months later we hired on a Graphic Designer and Web Developer. We’re now a happy little team of five (hopefully forever) and I couldn’t’ picture it any other way. This office shoot was a way for us to celebrate where we have been and where we are going.

To more intentionally showcase the story behind Ashley & Malone and honor our incredible team. The business has changed so much in the last 3 years, we service small and large clients and really wanted to communicate that to our following. A few noteworthy partnerships have been with The Body Book (by Cameron Diaz), Lover. Ly and Inspired By This.

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Photography: Krista Fox | Office of: Ashley & Malone

A Surprise Waterfront Proposal

Get ready to grab some tissues, because this sweet lakeside proposal from Brittany Mahood is sure to get the waterworks flowing. It’s thoughtful, sincere, and totally the kind of love story that’ll make your heart sing, and we’ve got it all waiting for you in The Vault!

From the Bride… Even after three and a half years together, the proposal came as a complete surprise! And as someone that loves surprises, no matter how much I try to ‘expect the unexpected,’ I was still completed fooled.

In a lot of ways Jordin and I different; he couldn’t care less about sports as I paint my face for the Super Bowl, his ideal evening would be spent around a campfire with close friends as I would be in a crowded restaurant on my way to catch a show. He’s enduring and thoughtful, I’m impassioned and affectionate. But when I met him, I knew I’d met a man that was going confidently in the direction of his dreams, as I was with mine.

It was winter in Manitoba, where the snow and ice stay until May, and he helped me get my car out of a snowbank after a party. The next day, I was elated from our time together and tried to think of a clever and coy way to connect with Jordin again. Fibbing a little bit, I texted him saying I had used his get-out-of-the-snowbank trick that morning to free my car from snow piled against a curb. When, in reality, my car was parked on my snow-free driveway. But it worked! We were quickly immersed in each others’ lives, as his younger sister was already a close friend of mine before Jordin and I officially met. They say ‘when you know, you know’ and we knew, undoubtedly.

Having a best friend that’s also an incredible photographer has given me many opportunities to see behind the scenes at shoots, trek through trails to find the best light, and impromtu posing to use the last shots on a film roll. So I didn’t think anything of it when Brittany asked me join her on an overnight trip to shoot an engagement session a few hours from home. As we packed up, she told me about the couple we were going to meet, I was just glad to go on a mini-vacay with my best friend.

When we arrived at Steep Rock, along Lake Manitoba in the early evening, we started to explore the area in preparation for the ‘engagement shoot’ taking place the next day. I kept thinking ‘this couple is so lucky, this place is beyond amazing!’ We walked along the cliffs and the trails, continually saying ‘we can’t believe this place,’ such beauty. Soon we spotted a picnic along the cliffs and thinking it belonged to someone else, I kept walking along the trail but Brittany turned and walked right towards it! After a moment I followed her and finally realized what was going on when I saw Jordin walking towards me, wearing his best suit, playing our song. I’ll never forget the feeling in that moment as my eyes went from his to the ring; it was overwhelming in all the most incredible ways.

Each sense was filled to the brim with pure joy because all my favorite things were happening simultaneously: feeling the warm sun and fresh breeze on my cheeks, catching the scent of Jordin’s cologne mixed with the fresh flowers while hearing the soft waves as the background rhythm while the man of my dreams was sharing his deepest, truest love. If I had all the time in the world to orchestrate every aspect of my own proposal, it couldn’t have come close to this amazing surprise.

The ‘yes’ moment transitioned seamlessly to an engagement session. Brittany and Jordin had taken care of every aspect: beautiful dresses to choose from, complimentary jewelry, nail files and polish, champange! I don’t know how I stopped shaking long enough to put the dress on! Brittany captured the overwhelmingly joyful emotions perfectly, I still get a rush when I relive it through the photos.

We spent the rest of the evening on and in the water, in complete awe of the scenery and how every piece of the plan had fallen into perfect place. Jordin had a rented a cabin nearby, that’s where we crashed at the end of it all and relived each moment together again and again; with wine, laughter and unstoppable smiles.

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Photography: Brittany Mahood | Floral Design: Heather Page | Dress: Billy Ella | Film Lab: The Find Lab | Floral Shop: Academy Florist