Ashley and Matt

August 29, 2009 St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church and Cityarts Factory

A chance encounter in a downtown restaurant and the wrong drink brought Ashley Lowry and Matt Brown together. Matt, 30, an account exectuive with Siemens Healthcare, was with friends when he noticed Ashley, 34, and tried to start up a conversation with her. She rebuffed him. But later that evening she reconsidered. “I thought he was very handsome,” says Ashley, marketing director for Urban Life Management Restaurant Group. “I decided to send him a drink.” The cocktail turned out not to suit his tastes, but the gesture broke the ice, nonetheless. A year and half later they were back in Citrus Restaurant, where they first met, with Matt on one knee asking Ashley to marry him. The couple were married in a Winter Park Catholic church and held their reception in downtown Orlando so visiting guests could see different parts of the cities.

“I loved our wedding day. It was everything I had dreamed of since I was a little girl.” – Ashley

Wedding Theme: There wasn’t one, but Ashley and Matthew combined their respective Catholic and Jewish faiths and religious traditions into the wedding ceremony and reception.
Bridesmaids: 3
Groomsmen: 3
Guests: 200
Their Most Memorable Moment: Having friends and family in town for their special day.
If They Had a Do-Over: Hire a videographer.
Gown: Reem Acra
Hair & Make Up: Vivian Hair Studio, Winter Park
Nails: Deva Salon, Winter Park
Photographer: Nashan Photographers, Montana
Cake: Publix Supermarket
Caterer: Arthur’s Catering, Altamonte Springs
Ice Sculptor: Wizard Connections, Orlando
Florist: Lee Florist, Orlando
Stationer: Standard Office Supply, Hattiesburg, Miss.
Calligrapher: Patsy Gray, Hattiesburg, Miss.
Entertainment: Dance Express Band via T. Skorman Productions, Orlando
Limo: Mears Transportation, Orlando
Officiates: Father John McCormick and Rabbi Donna Berman
Honeymoon: Seven days at The Ritz-Carlton in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands


The newlyweds head to the reception.

The wedding ceremony combined the couple’s different religious faiths.

Matt and his son, Aidan, before the ceremony.

Decorated pews in St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church.

The setting inside the CityArts Factory.

Hors d’oeuvres at the reception.

Categories: Real Weddings