Real Wedding: Ashley and Justin
This fun and beautiful rustic wedding had a Southern flair with accents like hashbrown casserole, a DIY wood pallet bar, and the quintessential drink of the South, sweet tea. I’m in love with their favor! Let’s just say it has something to do with the Groom’s passion for music. Our star couple today had an interesting start. With all the time people spend on Facebook, one might ask, can a Facebook friend request really lead to marriage? For Ashley and Justin the answer is a gigantic YES!
The pair connected via a Facebook request in 2011. After two months, they decided to meet up in person. Ashley knew right away that he would be the guy she would marry. She said, “…we would go four, five, even six months sometimes without talking and then pick up where we left off.” Justin’s talent and love for music, led the couple to relocate to Nashville, TN in 2014. That October, on a special Fall day, Ashley came home from work to Justin down on one knee in their living room and asked her to marry him. It was a dream for Ashley to have a Southern style wedding, and that’s just what she got. “It was everything I could have ever dreamed of and more!” After the amazing wedding, the couple found out they are expecting their first child.
Q: Describe your wedding
We had a rustic, backyard wedding with 120 guests. The colors were navy blue and gray. All the decor was DIY, mostly inspired from Pinterest.
Q: Describe your budget.
My husband and I paid for most of the vendors. My parents paid for the tent, catering and a few other miscellaneous items. His family paid for the rehearsal dinner and alcohol.
Q: Did you use a wedding planner?
Yes. My planner was a family friend and she mostly helped out the week of the wedding with minor details and she coordinated the day of.
Q: What part of planning a wedding stressed you out the most and why?
Seating and schedule of events. I wanted everyone to have fun and I was so worried I would put someone at a table with people they didn’t know or didn’t like. Luckily everything turned out perfect!
Q: Did you have any DIY (do-it-yourself) wedding projects?
My dad helped us build a bar out of pallets and that was probably one of my favorite pieces of decor. Everything in our pictures was DIY, but that was the most time consuming and everyone loved it.
Q: What surprised you most about planning a wedding?
I always thought that getting married would cost a fortune. Luckily we found some amazing vendors at very reasonable prices & ended up paying right under $10,000 for everything!
Q: Do you have any regrets or are there things you wish you would have done differently?
No regrets. Our wedding was perfect and at the end of the day, we became husband and wife, so that’s all that matters!
Q: What is your favorite memory about your big day?
Walking down the aisle and seeing my groom with happy tears in his eyes. Best moment ever!
Q: Describe your honeymoon.
For our honeymoon we went to Orlando Florida. I work for an apartment community, so we got to stay on site at one of them and had our very own fully furnished 2 bedroom apartment for a week. We went to Universal Studios (Harry Potter World was the best!) and spent most of our time shopping, eating, and lounging at the pool. It was perfect.
Q: What advice would you give to a newly engaged bride-to-be?
Don’t stress. Your day will be perfect and don’t listen to what everyone has to say, trust me…everyone will have some sort of input that isn’t necessary!
Ceremony Venue: Backyard (bride’s family home)
Reception Venue: Tent provided by Sunshine Tent Rental
Catering: John Mason Catering
Wedding Cake: Tammy Steinman
Wedding Planner: Penny Bryson
Photographer: Robert Hedges
Officiant: Adam Avitable
Florist: Allen’s Florist
Ceremony/Cocktail Music: Zach Lambert
Reception Music: Florida DJ Pros
Dress: Bridal Warehouse
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Hair & Makeup: Self
Rings: Ashcroft & Oak (Nashville)
Photo Booth: Wayne Mech
Transportation: Blair Hensley
Bar Tender: Rebecca Frazier
Rehearsal Dinner: Papa Joes