Decisions, decisions. What do you do when your grad school graduation ceremony falls on the same day as your wedding? For Ashley, the choice was easy: trade the cap and gown for the dress and veil and head to Mulvaney’s Building and Loan for an unforgettable wedding celebration.
When it comes to weddings, “when it rains, it pours” is as apt an expression as ever. Ashley and Tyson were certainly in the middle of one of life’s downpours. Tyson had recently taken a new job in Florida and had moved out that direction to prepare the way. Meanwhile, Ashley was finishing up graduate school and an internship, and mapping out the shape professional life would take after leaving home in Sacramento for Florida. There was also that wedding planning thing.
Though they grew up on different sides of the country, their love story unfolded in California. So Sacramento took the top spot on the list when it came time to choosing where to tie the knot. And their favorite restaurant in town, the rustic and vintage Mulvaney’s Building and Loan, just had to be the place.
But their wedding story started somewhere else, ten stories up the Residence Inn in Downtown Sacramento. Take a look…
Ashley and her ladies had a room with a view to make themselves ready for the day.
The rings were all ready for the Big Day as well.
Starting with the veil, eh?
They had all sorts of tools at their disposal.
Meanwhile, Tyson and his groomsmen had worked up a thirst getting ready.
Keeping an eye on the boys down below.
…And here’s what she saw.
Here’s what I saw.
Back at the World Peace Rose Garden for a bit of a Bond moment–James Bond.
Meanwhile, back at the hotel, Ashley resigned to the fact that she’d need to put on her dress…
…And her shoes.
Her bridesmaids totally came in handy.
Looking beautiful and ready to do this thing.
It was time to leave the hotel and snap some portraits…and avoid seeing Tyson and the boys.
To the rose garden!
There she is again. We just couldn’t stop capturing portraits on this beautiful fall day.
One happy lady.
Three happy ladies.
Time for all of the ladies to shine.
Just a few minutes to go, waiting for their Uber ride back to Mulvaney’s.
It seemed they had made it to the right place.
Meanwhile, the guests took their seats in the bricked out breezeway at Mulvaney’s Building and Loan.
Getting this show on the road, part 1…
…And part 2.
After avoiding her strategically throughout the day, she walked in. Tyson was all smiles.
Putting the petals to the metal?
Tio Fernando made an excellent officiant. And even if he hadn’t, Ashley and Tyson were clearly in the mood for marriage.
Making promises and pushing jewelry.
Tyson returned her vow volley with heart.
I guess she figured her lipstick looked better on her than him.
Ashley married into this family…which includes Smash Bros. players, thankfully.
Tyson married into this family. Smaller in number, but family all the same!
Making their newborn marriage even more official.
Mulvaney’s was geared up and ready for everything the night threw at it.
With foliage like this…
…And this. Okay, okay, you got me. This was right outside the reception hall, but was too cool (or hot) not to include.
The table with the best view.
The table with the highest calorie count.
Meanwhile, back with husband and wife…
Letting the light fall where it may.
This totally stunning couple was totally blocking the entrance to Mulvaney’s Building and Loan.
I guess that earlier kiss was the first of a series.
The time had come for Tyson and Ashley to kick off their grand party.
And it didn’t take long for the party to hit fever pitch. Ashley and Tyson elected to keep the game onscreen for the night.
Then the guests broke out in song!
The proud mama beams at her daughter.
Ashley had this policy of giving great hugs to great people.
Then it was time for us to head out for a sunset sneakout.
Stopping traffic in Downtown Sacramento.
Who knew that crossing streets could be so entertaining?
Sacramento has been covered by a multitude of murals lately. These two made this mural even better.
If you’ve got a veil, put it to use, I reckon.
And then back to the guests, where there was a surprise waiting.
Knowing she couldn’t make her graduation ceremony, faculty and a fellow grad threw her a surprise graduation with master’s degree hood.
What do you do when you get married and graduate in the same day? Dance your first dance!
When Grandpa breaks into song while dancing with the bride.
It wasn’t long ’til most everyone was up on their feet.
They even danced in color at times!
Tyson made sure that the littles learned their steps as well.
Dancing the night away, just as they had planned.
Before the wedding day, Ashley and Tyson let me know that they had little interest in putting on a traditional wedding. They wanted to throw an unforgettable party, eat great food, and dance with a roomful of the people they cared about most. I’d say they pulled it off. Or even more appropriately, “Mission complete!”. (That one’s for you, Tyson)
Ashley and Tyson, I pray that your new married life builds the foundation for a lifetime of love and adventure together. Keep it up!
Stellar service provided by:
Venue + Catering: Mulvaney’s Building and Loan – Special thanks to coordinator Liza