A July 29th birthday was not the only thing that Ashley Quincy and Jacob Flood discovered they had in common after meeting in the fall of 2007. Ashley had moved to Austin only weeks before the two of them were introduced by friends at a local church service. Just barely a month after meeting and getting to know each other, Jacob and Ashley had their first date. It was then that they both realized how their equally light-hearted personalities and deeply-rooted faith made them an ideal match. “That was when we really fell hard for each other,” said Ashley.
The following Christmas season, the couple went to Florida to stay with Jacob’s family. Unbeknownst to Ashley, Jacob had more planned during their stay than a simple holiday visit. It was on a sight-seeing trip to his favorite surfing spot as they strolled the beach and collected seashells that Jacob really surprised Ashley. He presented her with a family heirloom ring given to him by his mother and asked for her hand in marriage. It took Ashley a few moments to take it all in. “I couldn’t say anything. I was so shocked!” She quickly regained her senses, however, and responded to his question with a resounding “Yes!”
Wedding plans began to take form, and Ashley and Jacob decided on September 18th for the big day, a choice that was special to both of them since it also commemorated their first date. As they planned, the couple kept two important factors in mind for making decisions. The two of them wanted everyone who celebrated with them to have fun, and they wanted the day to be just a little different to complement the city of Austin’s unique vibe.
With that in mind, Jacob and Ashley chose Fiesta Gardens overlooking Lady Bird Lake for their ceremony and reception. The picturesque location was perfect for the casual, beach-like atmosphere they had in mind. As guests arrived, they were encouraged to sign the “guest book,” which was an enlarged engagement picture of the couple mounted on a foam board.
Their outdoor ceremony took place just before sunset and was followed by a reception that flowed inside and outside of the venue’s building. Photographer Jeff Loftin from Jeff Loftin Photography captured the couples’ special moments during the nuptial event. “They are obviously very in love, and they showed it on their faces during the ceremony, which makes for wonderful photos. They were great to work with!” commented Jeff.
From the bridal party’s attire to the reception décor and entertainment, the choices matched the couples’ eclectic taste and fun-loving dispositions. Following the chosen colors for the event, the six bridesmaids wore black knee-length dresses of their own choice with turquoise seashell necklaces handmade by Ashley. The groomsmen attending Jacob were dressed in all black and wore Converse shoes for a fun twist. The groom was similarly attired with the exception of a white tie to set him apart.
Ashley designed and handmade her wedding gown, which was an elegant white empire-waist dress featuring braided details on the straps and along the waist with a fun, turquoise-colored lining that peeked out from the bottom. At the center of the waist line, she even included one of the seashells that she and Jacob picked up on the beach the day that he proposed, which combined both the event’s overall theme as well as a special souvenir from their engagement. Ashley and her attendants carried bouquets of white daisies tied with turquoise ribbon, and the bride wore a single daisy in her hair.
Ashley designed and had her gown handmade, which was an elegant white empire-waist dress featuring braided details on the straps and along the waist with a fun, turquoise-colored lining that peeked out from the bottom. At the center of the waist line, she even included one of the seashells that she and Jacob picked up on the beach the day that he proposed, which combined both the event’s overall theme as well as a special souvenir from their engagement. Ashley and her attendants carried bouquets of white daisies tied with turquoise ribbon, and the bride wore a single daisy in her hair.
Everyone dined on heavy hors d’oeuvres and enjoyed delicious treats including a gelato bar and a chocolate fountain. Tabletops were covered in black linens and cleverly decorated with a single candle on a mirror surrounded by a mix of fragrant coffee beans and seashells. The wedding cake, which was created by Ashley’s step mother Nancy Quincy, featured a three-layer marbled cake with basket-weave icing detail. The top was decorated with brown sugar and edible seashells to resemble the beach.