{SBB Bride of the Week} Ashley

A S H L E Y + S T E V E

{August 18th, 2018}

 {photo by: Caitlin Marie Photography}

{photo by: Caitlin Marie Photography}

Meet Ashley {and her hubby Steve}!

Ashley wore a gorgeous Essense of Australia gown for her August wedding.

To say she looked beautiful is an understatement!

{photos by: Caitlin Marie Photography}

That back!! Gets us every time.

For her flowers, Ashley teamed up with Corinne from Forget Me Not Florals to create stunning bouquets featuring pops of her wedding color - coral!

 {photo by: Caitlin Marie Photography}

{photo by: Caitlin Marie Photography}

Ashley wanted to share a first look with both her dad and soon-to-be husband.

Her dad couldn’t help but play a little trick on Steve before he got to see his bride…

{photos by: Caitlin Marie Photography}

We love a dad with a good sense of humor!

Ashley and Steve were married at Sandy Pines and guys - we can’t even begin to tell you how much we love this venue!!

When Ashley met Steve, he had a bandanna on {which Ashley says is his signature look}.

Before their first kiss at the altar, the groom and his groomsmen put on bandannas to give a special nod to this on their big day.

{photos by: Caitlin Marie Photography}

The reception was held in the pavilion at Sandy Pines and was decorated with a rustic theme.

A fire pit and s’mores bar were a big feature at the reception - one of our favorite parts of having your wedding at this location!

{photos by: Caitlin Marie Photography}

Ashley and Steve met in high school but it was their love of billiards that brought them together!

When Steve finally popped the question, Ashley was more than ready…

“It was just the two of us kind of at random but I knew it was coming. For heaven sakes we dated 6 years!”

When it was time to try on wedding dresses, Ashley already had one in mind thanks to our Wedding Gown Wednesday!

“I had seen a dress on Something Blue’s gown of the week and fell in love. That was even before we were engaged so when I went to try dresses on I put that specific one on and fell in love! I tried on numerous occasions and still went back to that one!”

When it came to wedding planning, Ashley said she was super OCD about her big day…

“I wanted everything to be perfect and even though I had 1 year and 9 months to plan it was still very stressful. I loved looking up ideas on Pinterest and making things!"

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Finally it was time for the wedding! Ashley’s favorite moment?

“The daddy daughter dance. We started with a slow song and then broke into a dance - three songs from my genre and three from his. It was awesome."

Any final advice for brides currently planning their own day?

“I suggest for other brides to start early, don't try rushing things and everything will be amazing.

Keep your stress under control because no matter how well prepared you are it will happen."

Congratulations, Ashley and Steve and thank you so much for letting us feature your beautiful wedding! Check out more pics from their big day in the gallery below!