Ashley & Ray | Wedding at Shining Tides, Mattapoisett, MA

Last weekend after a bit of a wishy-washy forecast, the weather held out in Mattapoisett, and Ashley and Ray had an amazingly gorgeous wedding day!

We started at a nearby hotel with the details and all of the girls and guys getting ready in their respective hotel rooms – right down the hall from each other!I spent some time with the guys while they were hanging out and helping Ray get prepped…
Back in Ashley’s room, she was wrapping up her hair and beginning her make0up at the same time! I am in love with so many of Ashley’s getting ready pictures and these are just the ones I narrowed it down too:)!After everyone was ready we headed over to Shining Tides…This was my first time at Shining Tides and I loved it! I can’t wait to work there again this year!These ladies are from my hometown of Foxboro and I had met or know all but one of them from previous weddings and/or connections! They such such a great group of friends!!I love ALL of these pictures of Ashley – I just couldn’t narrow it down:)!Ashley is apparently incredibly crafty – she had so many fantastic details that all tied in so beautifully together and she did them all herself! It was fantastic!Once Ashley was tucked away and the guys arrived, we did a few pictures with them too!Inside these the little triangles are butterfly’s….a special touch during the ceremony to honor Ashley’s mother who recently passed….As the ceremony ended, the isle had a few butterflies in it, that had landed on the grass….A couple guests helped to scoop them up and Ray himself, picked one up and placed it on Ashley’s bouquet….it stayed there on the walk back down the isle!
During cocktail we squeezed in our bridal party and family time and wrapped up with Ashley and Ray!Ashley was a bit chilly but did a great job hanging in there for a few minutes and also pretending like she wasn’t cold:)! You can’t even tell in the pictures:)!!Some fun intros….and then the new Mr. and Mrs. Ayala danced for the first time!Ashley’s sister Brittany did the first speech – it was extremely emotional and hard for her….
Molly came to her rescue and finished it for the toast….Then Ray’s Best Man wrapped up the toasts with his:)!An even bigger group of Foxboro ladies:)!Ashley surprised Ray with a groom’s cake after his dance with his mom!Then the partying began!

Ashley and Ray – congratulations! I am so happy for the two of you – and happy that you got to enjoy and “unplugged” honeymoon too:)! I wish you the best and hope that we meet again soon:)!!

Vendor Info

bridesmaid dresses | Bill Levkoff was the designer. I wouldn’t go back to the dress shop.

hair | Allison McLean (owner) – Envy Hair Salon – North Attleboro, MA (Love her – the only person to ever touch my hair, even when I lived on the West Coast for 5 years! I only got hair cuts when I was in MA!)

make-up | Emily Kristenson

florist | Designing Images (Carol) – Randolph, MA ( This is our family florist basically, she did my Bat Mitzvah 17 years ago, and it was quite the experience to also have her at my wedding!)

ceremony | Rachel Sweeney

reception venue | Shining Tides – Mattapoisett, MA (Elizabeth is the coordinator and she was amazing for us at communicating!)

cake | Russell Morin Fine Catering (Arolin was our coordinator and she was awesome!)

dj | Eddie Reynolds (owner) Rawkstar Entertainment

Tuxes| ‘Black by Vera Wang’ –  Men’s Warehouse

Videographer | Epic Filmmakers


processional music|

For parent/wedding party: “A Dream is a wish your heart makes” – instrumental – from Cinderella

Processional for Bride: “Mama’s Song” – Carrie Underwood

Recessional: “Best day of my Life” American Authors

introductions |

One song per couple:

  1. Flower Girl & Ring Bearer: Rowen & Locke

    1. “Everything is Awesome” – Tegan and Sara (Lego Movie Soundtrack)

  2. Nana of the Bride: Joy and her Great Grandchildren Nathan and Hannah

    1. “Everything is Awesome” – Tegan and Sara (Lego Movie Soundtrack)

  3. Parents of the Groom: Ray and Debbie

    1. “Pretty Woman” – Roy Orbison (chorus)

  4. Officiant: Rachel

    1. “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke

  5. Ashley  accompanied by Jon

    1. “Wobble” – V.I.C. (chorus)

  6. Molly accompanied by Jourdain

    1. “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” – Dropkick Murphy’s (intro)

  7. Britny accompanied by Chadd

    1. “I Got a Feeling” – The Black Eyed Peas

  8. Bride and Groom: Mr. & Mrs. Ray Ayala

    1. “Feel So Close” – Calvin Harris (intro through music start)

first dance | “Stuck Like Glue” by Sugarland, performed by Michael Schulte (

mother/son | “A Mother’s Song” – T. Carter

cake cutting |“Sugar Sugar” – Archies

last dance | “Wannabe” – Spice Girls

Bride/Groom Questions

What was the most memorable moment of your day?

Bride: Walking down the aisle with my sister, my friend, my confidant to be given away to the man of my dreams!

Groom: Seeing Ashley for the first time in her dress. I know I at least said “Wow!” out loud.

What was your favorite detail? 

 Bride: All of it! Because we did it all! (minus the flowers and the cooking)!

Groom: My favorite detail by far was the chalkboard-themed items that Ashley worked so hard to make. Second was lighting hanging from the rafters.

Any advice for future brides/grooms?

Bride: Take a breath and take it all in.

Groom: Mine is similar. I was advised by others to take a moment and step back from the reception area and to look and take everything in. I did this twice during the night, and it was overwhelming in a truly awesome way.

Funniest memory from your wedding day?

Bride: Pulling the cake out of my boobs and eating it during the cake cutting. Or the ceremony, which had a few good laughs, which will be the case, when one of your best friends is officiating.

Groom: Ashley making faces at me during the ceremony 😛

If you could do it all over, would you change anything?

Bride: Not a thing! – Maybe less cake! We had to take all the left overs home!

Groom: Nope! It was absolutely awesome and so much fun!

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

Sandals Emerald Bay Great Exuma, Bahamas