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Real Wedding: Ashley Jefferson & Gregory Bauer

Mar 24, 2016 11:22AM ● By Cate Reynolds
By Tina Byland

Ashley Jefferson & Gregory Bauer

June 20, 2015 // The William Paca House // Emily Chastain Photography


The Couple

In the winter of 2012, Ashley was desperate to escape a conversation with a man who was hitting on her at a friend’s annual oyster party. Greg happened to be next to her and she grabbed his arm, asking him to talk to her about anything in order to get out of her current situation. By the end of the night, they’d hit it off themselves.

The Proposal

“Greg’s proposal was perfect and a complete surprise,” remembers Ashley. “We were on a camping trip in Assateague Island and after having a great day on the beach and hot dogs over the campfire, we decided to head back to the beach to look at the stars.” They were all alone on the beach with a clear nighttime sky packed with stars. Greg suddenly pointed up to show Ashley a shooting star to which she told him he had to make a wish. His response was, “I wish to spend the rest of my life with you.” Ashley was too wrapped up in looking at the sky and didn’t understand what was happening so she responded with a joke that he would have to propose to make that happen. Greg’s response? “What do you think I’m doing right now?”


The Location

“Initially we had been looking to have a waterfront or beach front venue, but also wanted to end the evening in Annapolis since this is our home and where we have built our lives together,” explains Ashley. Everything they looked at seemed logistically challenging and they wanted the whole weekend to be fun and easy for their guests. When they saw The William Paca House, they immediately knew it was the right location. “It allowed us to share Annapolis, our home, with our out of town friends and family,” shares Ashley. “It ensured that the wedding was a reflection of who we are as couple.”

The Dress

Ashley chose a Watters strapless dress with a sweetheart neckline and an A-line skirt. It was the first dress that she tried on in the salon and it fit her like a glove. “It sort of felt like it had been made for me!” She had also purchased a pair of earrings right after their engagement that she knew would be perfect with the dress, making her decision to say yes to the dress even easier.

The First Look

Their first look was on the porch of the Maryland Inn. Ashley and her bridesmaids were getting ready in a suite upstairs and their wedding photographer coordinated for Greg to be on the porch so that they could see each other before they did the majority of their photos with the wedding party. “Greg is a pretty stoic individual, but when he turned around he immediately teared up,” remembers Ashley. “Doing a first look allowed us to shake some of the wedding day jitters and just take a minute to tell each other how excited we were about spending the rest of our lives together.”


The Ladybug

The couple chose not to exchange gifts. However, Ashley wanted to do something for Greg to let him know that his mother, who passed away several years ago, would be with them on their wedding day. She had loved ladybugs and Ashley found an old antique ladybug pin that she left for Greg with his suit so that he would find it when he got ready. He wore it on his lapel.

The Ceremony

Ashley, who is Jewish, and Greg, who grew up Lutheran, wanted to have a secular ceremony that reflected both of their upbringings. Their favorite part of the ceremony was when their wedding bands were passed throughout their guests and everyone was asked to hold them, bless their union, and bless their future together.

The Cocktail Hour

Two specialty cocktails were served to guests. They also had a variety of lawn games for guests to play including bags, can jam, and bocce ball.


The Personal Touches

Ashley and Greg did their own invitations, wrote their own vows, and even the playlist that their band used. They wanted to make sure that every detail of their day was a true reflection of them as a couple.

The Honeymoon

The newlyweds spent a week in Costa Rica. They chose the location because neither of them had been before so they would be exploring the country for the first time together. They also liked that it gave them a location to decompress and relax after the wedding.


Two Hands Studios

Carried Away Florals

Mood Swings

Ken’s Creative Kitchen

Ice Cream Sundae Bar:
Annapolis Ice Cream Company

Bride’s Gown:
Watters from Betsy Robinson Bridal

Bride’s Shoes:
Jack Rogers

Bridesmaid dresses:
Bill Levkoff from Betsy Robinson Bridal

Men’s attire:
Jos. A Bank

Bride’s jewelry:
Kate Spade earrings and an heirloom bracelet

Engagement Ring:

Wedding Bands:
Niland Jewelers

Hair and makeup:
April Twigg and Laura Fedale