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It may not have been love at first sight when Ann Carlisle and Ryan met, but when we first saw their wedding, it definitely was! These college sweethearts said “I do” at a working horse ranch in Virginia, and we love the way their fall-inspired wedding colors enhanced the natural beauty of the venue. Those bright garnet blooms at the ceremony are especially lovely, and Ryan’s dapper bow tie is the perfect accessory for a Southern groom!

Thank you so much to Katie Nesbitt for sharing Ann Carlisle and Ryan’s wedding with us!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I had a hard time finding my dress! I probably tried on at least 30 or so from different shops around Virginia. I really liked a lot of the dresses I was trying on, but I never got “that feeling” that everyone always talks about. But, it did finally happen, and after months and months of searching, I found THE dress. I fell in love with it instantly. I keep searching for reasons to wear it again!

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? Yes, we wrote our own vows. We promised to try and keep them within 150 words or less. Ryan tends to be a very flowery speaker, and can prolong a story that in reality can be told in five minutes (we love him for that). Sharing our personal vows to one another was our favorite part of the ceremony. Looking at each other while sharing our hearts made it feel like there was no one else in the room. There were definitely lots of tears shed!

What was Southern about your wedding? We got married on a working horse farm. How much more Southern can you get?

We were so lucky to work with AMAZING vendors. Our wedding day truly would not have been the same without them! From the food, to the flowers, to the photography, our day was absolutely beautiful and we are so thankful to each one of our vendors for making the day spectacular!

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Honestly, the most memorable moment of our wedding day was when Ryan and his groomsmen serenaded me with a Justin Timberlake mash-up. Ryan created the playlist and the songs were arranged in a very creative way that expressed our relationship. It was amazing and absolutely priceless! Besides marrying me, I know that was probably Ryan’s finest hour. Shoutout to JT!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Ryan and I met in college while working at Red Robin. It would be a true fairy tale to say that it was love at first sight, but unfortunately, this was not the case. After a failed attempt on Ryan’s behalf to get my number, it took a whole year and a random birthday night for the two of us to hang out for the first time. Ever since that night, I knew I should have given Ryan my number the first time he asked for it a year ago. We are true college sweethearts.
Tell us all about the proposal! We were vacationing in the Outer Banks with Ryan’s family. It was the first full day at the beach, and I had just started reading the first book of the Hunger Games trilogy. I was so engrossed with the book the entire day that I had no idea what Ryan had up his sleeve! Throughout the day, Ryan kept insisting what we take a walk on the beach right before sunset. After dinner, when it came time for the walk, I was almost finished with my book and tried to talk Ryan into going for a walk another night. After many pleas from Ryan, I finally gave in and we started walking. I was so sidetracked telling Ryan all about the book, that I had no idea what was about to happen!
When did y’all get married? 10/05/13
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? About 150
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? Yes, we decided to do a first look. At first, Ryan was very adamant that he did not want to see me before the wedding, but after lots of convincing and bribery, I convinced him that it would be a very special and intimate moment between the two of us, and it would free up more time to enjoy the reception and spend with our guests. We absolutely LOVE our photos from out first look, and we are so happy that we decided to go with it!
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000-$25,000
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? BREATHE! It will all come together. I wish I could say that wedding planning was extremely easy, but there were definitely times when I had minor freak outs. But in the end, all of your hard work really does come together, so enjoy it! And try not to second guess your decisions. You initially made them for a reason, so trust yourself!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? Since we got married, lots of things have happened! Ryan got a new job, went off to training, and now we are relocating to a new city. We will both be starting new jobs and settling into a new area, and we are SO excited to embark on this new journey together as husband and wife. And hopefully we will have a new addition to the family soon… no, silly, another corgi!!

Photographer: Katie Nesbitt / Videographer: Paul Hairston Cinematography / Day-Of Coordination: Amanda Gray and Emily Strauss of Ashley Baber Weddings / Venue: Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables / Florist: Honey Bee’s Florist / Cake Baker: Buttercream Dreams, LLC / Caterer: Hanks Smokehouse / Rentals: CVR Rentals / Band or DJ: King Studios (Nathan King) / Special Details: Amanda Burnette, Into it Events / Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas / Hair Stylist: Jane Campbell / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mishka / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Nordstrom, Macy’s, Francesca’s, Talbots / Men’s Attire: Express

Katie Nesbitt is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Angela Newton Roy reply

    Beautiful wedding! Love the colors and Katie did a wonderful job telling their story!

  2. avatar Katie reply

    Yay! Thank you so much for featuring these two! They are truly a special couple, and their whole day reflected that. We were so thankful to have been a part of their wedding!!

  3. avatar Ermenegildo Conte reply

    Wow! Nice pictures!
    I really love the ideas of the colored bands.
    This is an idea that i will pass on as a wedding photographer, whenever I meet brides that enjoy horseback riding. Keep it up!

  4. avatar Corinna Hoffman reply

    Florida State University colors!! Love it :) Beautiful wedding!

  5. avatar Wedding Rental Supplies reply

    Beautiful wedding! Loved the pretty color combinations for the theme. Also the wedding venue is so pretty.

  6. avatar Kyla F reply

    Her dress is stunning, especially the neckline! I adore the photo right before their first kiss. It captures their elation perfectly – it melted my heart for a moment.

  7. avatar Dana reply

    this wedding made me smile! so sweet!

  8. avatar Kellye reply

    May I ask where the wedding bands are from please?

  9. avatar ERIN reply

    Hello, Can you tell me where these wedding bands were purchased? They are just beautiful and I would like to find out because I want them. Thank you! -Erin

  10. avatar Brianna reply

    Where are those amazing wedding bands from?!

  11. avatar Abbey reply

    Yes..Please do tell where you found your wedding bands. They are perfect! <3

  12. avatar candace mossip reply

    I am in love with the wedding bands, please tell me where they are from

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Wed in sunny Florida’s Palm Valley Gardens, Seminole sweethearts Ashley and Paul made sure their beloved Florida State’s garnet and gold made a fashionable showing at their big day. The groom paired his spirited bow tie with the bride’s Badgley Mischka heels for a rich, jewel-tone palette. A+ for school spirit, y’all! Ashley donned a Romona Keveza gown and toted a monochromatic bouquet by Lori Parker to contrast her maids’ colorful blooms and Alfred Sung frocks. Photographer Jenn Hopkins was standing by to capture every detail of the outdoor ceremony, planned by Jennifer Corrente.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We attended the same small high school and both went to Florida State University, but at different times, so had never met. We even lived in the same neighborhood! Paul and I finally crossed paths when he and my step-dad were playing golf together. They played together a lot, but this time I was actually home from school to meet him. (My step-dad apparently had been trying to put this together for quite some time). We ended up spending an afternoon playing golf, which was followed by dinner, and we’ve been together ever since. Sometimes father does know best.
Describe the proposal. It was game day in Tallahassee. Paul and I drove in to watch our Florida State Seminoles take on the Boston College Eagles. The day went by and the Seminoles won, which was nothing out of the ordinary, but, later at dinner, Paul asked if I would like to walk around campus since he hadn’t seen it in a while. We went over to Wescott Fountain, where Paul informed me that his grandmother had a brick laying on the ground with her name on it. As we searched, I turned to look at him, and there he was on his knee with his grandmother’s ring in a box asking me to marry him. What was even more special was that his cousin was hiding in the bushes and made sure to catch this special moment on camera.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Romantic, rustic and God-centered.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: I have three. We moved to NYC after the wedding, so my Grandfather performed “New York, New York” at the reception for us as a going-away song. Another detail that meant a lot to me was having a locket my grandparents had given me wrapped into my bouquet. They passed away when I was in high school, and I wanted to make sure they were still a part of this special day. And lastly, one of our friends from Bible study is a worship singer, and he sang “Here We Are to Worship” during the ceremony for our first communion as husband and wife, and it was wonderful for those in attendance to be able to take part in this act of worship.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Only in the South could you have an outdoor wedding in February. The weather could not have been more perfect. We also made sure to put cotton and Mason jars everywhere! And of course, we had to incorporate our college colors (garnet and gold) into our overall theme. Go ‘Noles!

Written with love by Katharine
  1. avatar Megan reply

    Her dress is one of the most beautiful dresses I have ever seen!!! It’s very romantic, and the bride looks absolutely gorgoeus. The wedding pictures are lovely, as well; I am a big fan of the sapphire blue dresses with nude heels!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Megan! I have to agree! Ashley’s dress was what first caught my eye in this wedding. I love that it has little sleeves, and the neckline and back are gorgeous!

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    Absolutely stunning! I love the punchy colors, the bride’s beautiful dress, and their cute program! Can’t wait to see part 2! :)
    Hope y’all are having a great Monday morning!

    • avatar Laura reply

      What is the style number for this gorgeous wedding dress??!! It’s just fabulous!

    • avatar Ashley reply

      Laura: My Dress is a Legends by Romona Keveza Style # L854 from their Fall 2009 Bridal Collection. I loved it! I hope you are able to find it.

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    ABSOLUTELY PERFECT Ashely <3 I mean we expected nothing less!! LOVE the colors and LOVE the photography!

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