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Ashley Howerton & Bailey Hammond

An Artist's Dream


May 20, 2023
Indian Beach , North Carolina

Photo Credit

Danielle Flake Photography

Style Guide

Color Palette


Formal, Whimsical



The Proposal

Before their engagement in 2022, Ashley and Bailey had previously dated for eight years. Then, after Ashley spent a terrifying sixteen-day stay in the hospital, Bailey knew he did not want to lose any more precious time with his beloved Ashley. He planned a romantic trip to one of their favorite cities, Charleston, North Carolina, and arranged for both of their families to surprise Ashley after the proposal in White Point Garden.

Ashley Howerton&Bailey Hammond Trees
Ashley Howerton and Bailey bride with flowers

In Preparation

When Ashley began the process of planning her dream wedding, she wanted to honor her dearly departed father. One of the last things he told Ashley was to always enjoy moments in life, and encouraged her to pursue her love for art. For wedding favors, Ashley hand-painted lovely watercolor sketches of every guest. While painting them, she felt as if these presents were a gift from her dad. Ashley gifted Bailey a bottle of Bourbon, hand-painted with the image of him and his friends and the lyrics to his favorite song. Bailey wrote personalized poems for each guest. The touching poetry was inside a beautiful wax seal envelope, which bore each guest’s name in stunning gold calligraphy. The couple’s vision was brought to life with the help of their amazing wedding planner, Jerrye Gordon.

Ashley and Bailey invitations
Ashley Howerton&Bailey Hammond Dress
Ashley Howerton&Bailey Hammond Groom
Ashley Howerton&Bailey Hammond Bride Bouquet
Ashley Howerton&Bailey Hammond Boards
Ashley Howerton&Bailey Hammond Photos

The Big Day

Ashley Howerton and Bailey Hammond were married on May 20th, 2023, in Indian Beach, North Carolina at Merrell Estate and Gardens. In an intimate ceremony, the newlywed couple celebrated their love with their closest friends and family. The runway-style seating allowed each guest to be present in the moment as they had a view of the couple and other attendees. As Ashley and Bailey exchanged vows, artist Chandler Thornton painted the special moment. The reception was full of thoughtful details, including handwritten poems, hand-painted portraits, and a phone that guests could leave voicemails of well wishes on. During the reception, Ashley’s cousin Phillip performed an original poem he had written about the couple’s big day. The night was an unforgettable celebration of love, full of fun dancing and pictures on the beach. Ashley and Bailey made their grand exit at the end of the night, complete with confetti cannons and a trolley ride. The newlyweds agreed that the day was absolutely perfect.

Ashley Howerton&Bailey Hammond Chairs

Ashley Howerton&Bailey Hammond Groom ()
Ashley Howerton&Bailey Hammond Bourbon

Ashley Howerton&Bailey Hammond Wedding

Ashley Howerton&Bailey Hammond Vows Danielle Flake Photography
Ashley Howerton&Bailey Hammond Painting
Ashley Howerton&Bailey Hammond Hug
Ashley Howerton&Bailey Hammond Centerpiece

Ashley Howerton&Bailey Hammond Plates

Ashley Howerton&Bailey Hammond Purse
Ashley Howerton&Bailey Hammond Flowers

The Retreat

After the whirlwind of wedding preparations, Ashley and Bailey longed for a stress-free escape to make new memories together. Choosing to revisit Emerald Isle on May 20, where it all began, felt like the perfect choice, with no wedding worries or rushed schedules—just them, the beach, and the waves. They could not think of a better way to mark their first anniversary than at the place they exchanged vows. The newlyweds are planning a trip to Dubai in late 2024, adding to their excitement for future adventures together.

Ashley Howerton&Bailey Hammond Band

Ashley Howerton&Bailey Hammond Cake
Ashley Howerton and Bailey on the beach

Ashley Howerton&Bailey Hammond Dance

Featured Wedding Vendors


Circa 81

Ceremony Venue

Merrell Estate and Gardens 

Event Planner

Jerrye Gordon Events


Danielle Flake Photography


Contributing Vendors

Acrylic Butterflies

Z Create Design


Joe Brown and The Band

Bride Rings

June Rings


Kira Merrell 

Calligrapher for Invite Boxes

Well Addressed Calligraphy 

Calligrapher for Place Cards

 Lettered by Leah Bowen


DJ Shakespeare


Mother of the Wild

Groom Ring

David Yurman

Guest Favor Artwork

Ashley Howerton (Bride)

Hair Accessories 

Jennifer Behr

Invite Suite

Envelope: Onvalop  | Invite: Paper Pine Co  | Paper: Margaux Paperie


Nuage Design

Live Painter

Almond Tree Art

Memorial Linen for Bride’s Fathers Chair

Andi Mejia

Painter for Bourbon Bottle and Tamborine

Sara Stolow

Phone Guestbook


Poems for Each Guest

Bailey Hammond


Charming and Quaint Events

Robe & Dress

Voir Bride

Second Dress

ASOS Edition

Signage & Seating Chart

Sea to Sea Engraving 


New Bern Tours & Events


Essence of Australia


Sea to SummitFilms 

Wedding Dress

Coastal Knot

Wedding Shoes

Kate Spade

Hair Stylist 

Alice Lawson Salon

Makeup Artist


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