Bridal Diaries: Ashley Foumia Wedding


It’s funny how we met…I first saw Chris at a New Years Eve house party. I remember thinking to myself how cute I thought he was, but we didn’t actually speak that time. We later officially met at another house party of a mutual friend and hit it off immediately.

From that point on, we were inseparable! When Chris proposed, it was at his house, in front of the family Christmas tree. He insisted I had to see this amazing ornament which turned out to be a diamond ring hanging on the tree. I was so shocked, I almost forgot to say “yes”. It was by far the happiest moment in my life.

Planning the wedding proved to be more difficult than I thought. I’m quite the perfectionist and planning a large event with 450 guests was hard, yet still lots of fun. Chris and I both come from very large families and have lots of friends. There are so many details that go in to such a large wedding.

My search for a dress was by the far the hardest thing for me. I made several trips to different bridal dress salons, and each time felt disappointed. I never imagined it would be so difficult to find a dress I loved. I searched a lot online for ideas of wedding dresses I liked and each time, I would find myself looking at Galia Lahav’s gowns. There was a slight problem; they weren’t being sold in the states, and I was skeptical about purchasing a dress I had never tried on. When I discovered that Galia would be coming to Roma Sposa in Birmingham, which is where I was dress shopping, I was ecstatic! I had only 3 months until my wedding and had not yet purchased a dress. I made my appointment at Roma Sposa to see Galia’s dresses, and of course fell in love with the first gown I tried on. It was love at first sight, and everything I imagined. Form fitting, lace on top, and a dramatic detachable tulle train. It was perfect! I felt a weight lifted off my shoulders after finally finding the dress of my dreams.

The day of the wedding felt surreal. It is the day that I dreamed about since I was a little girl. It went absolutely perfect. There were so many things I worried over…How will I look? What will Chris think when he seems me at the alter? What if I trip walking down the isle!? What if the party is lame? So many different things were running through my mind, and it all seems so silly now. It was such a beautiful and emotional ceremony. At the alter, I kept thinking to myself how happy I was, that I was marrying my best friend, the one who completes me and understands me. It was the beginning to a new chapter in my life.

After the ceremony, we headed to the reception, and it was party time! I was so relieved when I was finally at the party. The doors to the hall opened, and I was in awe! It was even more beautiful that I thought it would be.
I wanted nothing more than for the hall to feel romantic, and that it was. The theme was cream, and golds, and lots of candles. I love candelabras and tea candles, and was so excited to incorporate that all in to the wedding. The lighting was perfectly dimmed to complement the candles.

We partied all night long. I of course chose a very stylish yet uncomfortable pair of shoes to wear the entire night, and had blisters on the bottom of my feet which prevented me from being able to walk for 3 days following, but it was all worth it! I would do anything to back to that day. It was so fun, exciting, perfect, and beautiful.

bridal party kids

bridal party

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hall 2


Wedding Invite






Ashley Foumia