{SBB Bride of the Week} Ashley

There's nothing like a beautiful September wedding, with a gorgeous bride and stunning gown!

We are pleased to introduce you to Ashley...

 {Photos by: Alyssa Grace Photography}

{Photos by: Alyssa Grace Photography}

Ashley looked amazing in her Stella York gown, Susan G Allen veil and Bel Aire belt {all purchased from SBB}! That back is everything!

{Photos by: Alyssa Grace Photography}

Ashley and her close family friend Sandy made the bouquets and the end result was nothing short of beautiful!

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 {Photos by: Alyssa Grace Photography}

{Photos by: Alyssa Grace Photography}

They look so good! What an awesome DIY!

Before heading to the ceremony, Ashley shared a first look with the two main men in her life - her father and her super cute son, Carson. Cue the tears!

Alyssa Grace Photography was there to to capture the super special moment.

The couple married on a {particularly warm} September afternoon. They exchanged vows at Deep River County Park which is such a gorgeous ceremony site!

{Photos by: Alyssa Grace Photography}

After the ceremony, they headed to St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church Pavilion to celebrate! Lace details and floral centerpieces were just some of the beautiful decorations at their reception.

{Photos by: Alyssa Grace Photography}

So pretty! We love this couple. Let's find out how they got together!

"Jake and I initially met each other in high school during our senior year when we had a class together, but we became friends a couple of years after high school after a mutual friend of ours, Mike introduced us. It was about a year after we became friends, we began dating, and the rest was history after that!"

So how did he propose?

"Jake and I are such homebodies that our proposal was perfect for us! It was a Friday night and I was at home binge watching something off of Netflix when he got home from work, and began the proposal by giving me a teddy bear. Teddy bears were our thing - for any significant thing going on Jake would always get me a teddy bear. I remember saying “Why exactly am I getting this bear?” being confused. As a I turned around to hear his response I saw Jake getting down on one knee in our kitchen and taking my hand to ask me to spend the rest of our lives together. It was absolutely perfect from the words he was speaking, to the setting, and the absolutely breathtaking ring!"

Adorable! Did she see it coming?

"It was a total surprise! I mean, after being together for so long, I sort of thought it was “about time” he popped the question, but I truly wasn’t expecting it at all when he did it! (Which is totally what I wanted!)"

When it came time to plan, Ashley loved everything about the process. But her favorite part was choosing what dress she would walk down the aisle in.

" I feel like every girl has that dream of putting on the dress of their dreams and having that princess moment, and that’s exactly what I got when I found my dress! I went in with an open mind, and was open to any style dress. I had some of my closest friends and some of Jake’s family members there with me when I found the dress, and I knew the moment I put it on that it was the one! The tears were flowing and I felt absolutely perfect in it before I even came out to show everyone!I think I really enjoyed the entire process to be honest! I was able to stay organized and really make every envision I had come to life! My big day was exactly everything I wanted!"

The big day arrived and Ashley and Jake were married. What was their favorite part of their wedding day?

"Seeing all of the family and friends that had made it out to help us celebrate our big day! We had family and friends travel from near and far to spend the day with us celebrating, and it meant a lot to have them there and feel all of the love from everyone that was surrounding us! I remember taking a look out during dinner and seeing everyone there, it was such an emotional moment to see just how many people were there to help us celebrate."

Finally, Ashley shared advice for girls currently planning their big day.

"My biggest take away from the whole process was to not stress the small stuff! Many of the small things that you think are SO important, won’t matter come the day of, or you won’t even notice when they go wrong. The entire day goes by so fast that you have to cherish every moment of it and try not to stress about everything too much!

Stay organized! I began early with planning and made sure to follow a timeline to help me stay on task. I was able to make sure that everything I wanted was able to happen because I followed my timeline and gave myself enough time to try different things until I found exactly what I was looking for from the centerpiece ideas to the favors!"

Thank you so much, Ashley and Jake, for sharing your gorgeous wedding day with us!! Check out more of their pics in the gallery below!