Ashley Ferguson and Jordan Langlois grew up and graduated from the same high school in their hometown of Elkins, West Virginia. Ironically, it wasn’t until a decade later, when the two were living more than a thousand miles away from one another, that they reconnected and a romance was born. Ashley, then still living in her home state, in Morgantown, and Jordan, who had moved to Fort Lauderdale, had each returned home for a few days in early-October of 2009 to attend a popular outdoor festival with their friends and families. It was then and there that they crossed paths.
“We each went out with friends on Friday night and ended up running into each other at a local bar,” Ashley says of their chance encounter. “Next thing we knew, we were off to the next bar, and it was two in the morning.” Jordan soon had to return home to Florida, and Ashley to Morgantown, but they kept in touch over the next few weeks until a trip to Tampa that Ashley had previously planned gave the pair another chance to connect. “It turned out, Jordan and I were both going to the USF vs. WVU football game that weekend,” Ashley says. “Multiple games of flip cup, continuous cheers of ‘Let’s Go, Mountaineers!’ and, unfortunately, a Mountaineer loss, led us to realize that there was actually more than just a friendship happening.” Fast forward through six months of long-distance dating, and Ashley relocated to Fort Lauderdale to be with her love. In 2014, while on vacation in England and Ireland, they got engaged.
For their October 31, 2015, wedding, the couple wanted a unique setting, and they immediately fell in love with Fort Lauderdale’s Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. “The Bonnet House was actually the only venue we looked at, but the minute we walked in, we knew that was it,” Ashley says. “We were drawn to its history, the art that is incorporated throughout the venue, and, most importantly, its natural beauty. We loved the fact that our guests would get to experience different settings for each part of our special day, and each area had its own uniqueness.”
The venue’s lush, natural beauty inspired Ashley and Jordan to pick a palette of plum and lime green, and to choose an aesthetic that wouldn’t overpower their surroundings. “When we were picking flower designs, we wanted them to have a natural look,” Ashley says. “I wanted the bouquets to be the only flowers that stood out.” The couple chose green and white hydrangeas, purple orchids and callas, and white spray roses for their floral decor, bouquets, and boutonnieres. For her bridesmaids, Ashley chose full-length plum gowns, and Jordan picked gray suits and coordinating plum ties for the guys.
Following their outdoor ceremony, for which guests were given fans bearing a fun “Fact or Fiction” game about the couple, Ashley, Jordan, and their 155 guests celebrated with a cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres in the Bonnet House courtyard, and then a reception complete with hot food stations and cupcakes. Ashley and Jordan paid homage to their provenance with some of their food and drink picks, including mini pepperoni rolls (a signature West Virginia snack) and beers from the local Funky Buddha Brewery and Big Timber Brewing Company in Elkins.
When it came time to find their tables at the reception, guests grabbed individually wrapped bags of candies tied with tags bearing their name and table assignment. For their table numbers, Ashley and Jordan chose framed pictures of landmarks from their hometown. “We wanted to incorporate West Virginia into our wedding because displaying where we are from, and where our relationship started, was important to us,” she says. “We also chose to incorporate chalkboard designs into our signage and table seating assignments,” including signs custom made by one of Ashley’s bridesmaids.
With the business of getting married behind them, Ashley and Jordan helped their guests get into party mode. “We got light-up foam sticks for everyone, and we brought them out to Walk the Moon’s ‘Shut up and Dance.’ I still have guests saying, ‘Every time I hear that song, I immediately think of you guys,'” she says. For these hometown sweethearts who wanted their wedding to be “fun, romantic, and colorful,” their celebration was a success long in the making.
Venue: Bonnet House Museum & Gardens / Photography/Videography: Michelle Lawson Photography / Décor: Victoria Park Flower Studio / Bride’s Gown: Melissa Sweet / Hair and Makeup: Beauty Couture Inc. (Jennette Sandifer) / Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas / Catering & Menus: CA Catering / Entertainment & Photo Booth: Eddie B & Company / Cake and cupcakes: Batter Co. Dessert Collection