{Real Bride Series} Meet Ashley!

Ashley is a sweet bride from Texas who married Garrett
at the Seville Golf Course in December 2014.
Their romantic ceremony was filled with many ethereal touches and
captures the essence of their love story perfectly.
Read more about the their special day below!
 
How did you and your groom meet?
The weekend after I graduated high school, a mutual friend of ours threw a graduation party for all of us. Garrett happened to be on leave from the Coast Guard and in Arizona at the time and decided to drop by to see his old friend. Our friend introduced us and we hit it off immediately. From that day forward we became really good friends and that friendship eventually turned into a wonderful relationship.
We are dying to know, how did he propose?!
We had planned a San Antonio weekend with some good friends of ours. On the second night, Garrett managed to get one of the Cinderella horse drawn carriages to take us on a ride through some of the historical sections of the San Antonio Riverwalk (seeing as I am a big history buff and love that kind of stuff). He had the carriage stop in front of the church that President Johnson married his wife in, under the rouse that we were going to get out and take pictures. He pretended to trip out of the carriage when getting out and turned around on one knee with my ring in his hand. After 6 years of being together, he still managed to completely surprise me and our good friends (who ended up being our witnesses at our wedding) were there to capture the whole thing for us.

 
What were your wedding colors? Did you have an overall theme?
We had no theme but our wedding colors were black, silver, and blush pink. We were going for a romantic winter feel.
How large was your wedding party?
5 girls and 5 guys – All good friends and family, the perfect group
 
Where did your ceremony and reception take place? Was there any special meaning behind the choice of venue(s)?
We had our ceremony and reception at Seville Country Club in Gilbert, AZ. There was no special meaning for the venue, but it was beautiful and affordable, something we were looking for.
 
 
What kind of flowers did you have in your bouquet and the ceremony/ reception?
My bouquet consisted of carnations, calla lilies, and blush pink roses. It was perfect for the wedding and matched the colors and overall feel of the wedding perfectly.
What was the flavor of your wedding cake? Did you have a groom’s cake? 
We chose to just do a wedding cake and no groom’s cake. Our wedding cake was a three tier square cake. The bottom and top tier was an almond vanilla cake with Bavarian buttercream filling. The middle tier was a spice cake with cinnamon cream filling (perfect for the holiday season). It was the best cake I have ever had.



What details from your wedding that made it unique to you? 
The major detail in our wedding that made it unique to us was that we had his father marry us. We did not want to have just anybody marry us, so we asked his father to get ordained. It made our wedding that much more special to us; to be married by him solidified our families joining and the love we all now share.

Other than marrying your husband, what was your favorite moment from your wedding day? 
My favorite moment would have to be getting ready with my girls before the wedding. The whole morning was spent talking and laughing and just enjoying each other’s company. It kept my mind off the wedding and I was able to relax and enjoy myself.

 
 
What is one piece of wisdom you learned from your planning experience that you would like to share with future brides?
The major thing I learned is that most wedding stress is caused by the engaged couple overreacting about the little things. Don’t stress the little things. Everything will come together the way it was meant to. Make your engagement a happy time, not a stressful one.
 
Who were some of the other vendors that were a part of your dream team?
Blume Events – Wedding Flowers
Juan from AZ Celebrity DJ
Robert’s Catering – Wedding Cake
StepOnMe Photography – Photography
Babydoll Weddings – Hair and Makeup
 
Thank you for sharing your day with us Ashley! We had so much fun getting you and your bridesmaids ready!

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