Ashley always knew she wanted to get married at her parents' home in Vancouver. So when Tim proposed to her in front of their families, the couple immediately chose the lush front yard of Ashley's family home as the setting for the comfortable, elegant event.

The pair married in early September, finding inspiration in the rich colors of autumn by selecting a palette of deep purple and burnt orange. "I wanted it to be romantic without being overly done," says Ashley. The detail-oriented couple incorporated the colors into every element, from the aubergine bridesmaid dresses to the orange Asiatic-lily aisle runners. And Mother Nature couldn't have been more cooperative-the warm light of the setting sun coordinated perfectly with the afternoon ceremony.

For the reception, the couple opted for a relaxed buffet under a white tent, decorated with understated orchid centerpieces and a stylish ice-sculpture vase. An espresso bar helped to keep conversations lively, and the couple entertained guests with a choreographed cha-cha performance to "Cupid" by Sam Cooke. As they departed, guests received another reminder of Ashley's and Tim's creative talents: a CD of the couple's favorite music, including “I Will Treasure You,” a song Tim created especially for his bride.

Autumn colors set the tone for a relaxed outdoor wedding

Ashley always knew she wanted to get married at her parents' home in Vancouver. So when Tim proposed to her in front of their families, the couple immediately chose the lush front yard of Ashley's family home as the setting for the comfortable, elegant event.

The pair married in early September, finding inspiration in the rich colors of autumn by selecting a palette of deep purple and burnt orange. "I wanted it to be romantic without being overly done," says Ashley. The detail-oriented couple incorporated the colors into every element, from the aubergine bridesmaid dresses to the orange Asiatic-lily aisle runners. And Mother Nature couldn't have been more cooperative-the warm light of the setting sun coordinated perfectly with the afternoon ceremony.

For the reception, the couple opted for a relaxed buffet under a white tent, decorated with understated orchid centerpieces and a stylish ice-sculpture vase. An espresso bar helped to keep conversations lively, and the couple entertained guests with a choreographed cha-cha performance to "Cupid" by Sam Cooke. As they departed, guests received another reminder of Ashley's and Tim's creative talents: a CD of the couple's favorite music, including “I Will Treasure You,” a song Tim created especially for his bride.

The couple wanted their family and friends to feel honored on their special day. Ashley's Aunt Lori and family friend Patricia lit hurricane candles, which had been especially chosen for the outdoor ceremony. An abundant spray of orange dahlias, Asiatic lilies, purple delphinium, iris, eggplant carnations and dendrobian orchids decorated the candelabra.

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