Sugar & Cloth's Colorful, Intimate Celebration
Ashley Rose and Jared Smith, the duo behind DIY and lifestyle blog Sugar & Cloth, first met when they were coworkers at a creative agency in Houston. âWe were friends and worked together for so long, Iâm not quite sure when we started dating,â she says. But she knows exactly when they got engaged. âIt was a typical Friday morning, and I was up before my alarm with a to-do list in my head,â Ashley remembers. âBut Jared told me to go back to bed! The next thing I knew, he brought up breakfast and flowers and disappeared again.â When Jared came back, he had Ashleyâs cat in his arms and a ring box in hand. âIt was the perfect proposal I didnât know I wanted. Low-key, private, and so genuine,â she says.
The pair started to plan a destination wedding in the Bahamas but scrapped it all in favor of the most stylish elopement youâve ever seen. With 12 friends and family members in tow, on February 18, 2017, the happy couple headed to White Sands National Monument in New Mexico for an intimate ceremony, cocktails, and sledding down the sand dunes. âWeâd always wanted to plan a shoot there for Sugar & Cloth, and having our wedding in the desert was even better,â says the bride. Two friends stepped in to help put the big day together, and Cotton Weddings met everyone on the white sand for a day of love, laughter, rich colors, and modern details that give a whole new meaning to desert chic. If youâve ever even considered eloping, Ashley and Jaredâs wedding just might be the reason you go for it.
âJared loves the classic look of a tuxedo, but we wanted it to fit the casual setting,â says Ashley. So instead of a full tux, he wore Vans, a grandad-collar shirt, and an ivory tuxedo jacket.
Ashley paired a blush tulle skirt from BHLDN with a handmade lace top. âI actually didnât try either on before I ordered them, but I was so happy with the relaxed and comfortable combination,â she says.
Before heading out into the desert, the pair made a stop for frozen custard that doubled as a serious photo op.
Both Jared and Ashleyâs rings are rose gold, with hers featuring an asymmetrical cluster of round diamonds.
âWe wanted our wedding to be simple, intimate, and authentic to us,â says Ashley. Part of that plan? An 12-person guest list!
Ashley asked a close friend to create her bouquet. It featured a mix of garden roses, ranunculus, and flowing greenery. When she wasn't holding them, she toted the bouquet around in her clutch.
As the ceremony began, Ashleyâs dad walked her over the dunes. âJared and I wrote the ceremony together, so weâd heard the âI doâsâ before," she says. "But we each also wrote personal vows to each other, which were a complete surprise.â
Ever the trend setters, Ashley and Jared posed for photos with a cluster of peach-colored balloons.
The newlyweds enjoyed a post-ceremony drink at a woven table, with a pink laser-cut sign that read âBetter Together.â
The group gathered in the sand for cocktails and light bites prepared by Jaredâs mom. The low table was set on rugs , surrounded by cushions, and topped with flowers.
Drinks were served in rose-colored coupes, and each place setting featured a coral-inspired placemat, a nod to the pairâs original plan to wed in the Bahamas. The flowers matched Ashleyâs bouquet, combining garden roses with dusty millers, thistles, and vibrant greenery. Angular votive holders and gold-dipped candlesticks added an extra layer to the modern vibe.
âSitting around a table in the middle of the sand dunes, listening to toasts from our family and friends, is something weâll remember forever,â says the bride.
The couple served a cream-and-blush ombrĂ© cake topped with fresh flowers. Inside were layers of red velvet cake.
âWe brought sand discs to slide down the dunes, but we forgot the wax!â says Ashley. âWe didnât go very far or very fast!â
Says the bride, âDonât get hung up on anyone elseâs opinion about what you should or shouldnât do at your wedding. Itâs your day, and if you stick to whatâs authentic to you, it will inevitably be one of the best days ever!â