Y’all, I am so excited to share today’s beautiful wedding with you!! As you may remember, Ashlyn was our Southern Bride of the Summer, and she generously shared her super Southern, magnolia-filled, Alabama wedding plans with us a few months ago. We have been waiting on eggshells to see how her and Wes’ day played out, and as you can easily see in their photos by Holland Williams Photography, it was just as lovely as we know Ashlyn hoped it would be. Even more than that, their day was focused on what matters most to them–their faiths, their families, and starting their marriage on the firmest footing possible. Be sure to read Ashlyn’s interview below to learn about the heart and intention she and Wes poured into this sweet day!
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I’m a girly girl, but I’ll be honest, the food and band seemed like more fun decisions to plan! The dress was too much pressure. Mama, my sister Kristen, and I made four appointments in Atlanta one Saturday. You think you don’t care until you turn around and see yourself in the mirror in “the one.” Changes everything! I loved my dress–it was all lace and had hook-and-eye buttons down the entire back. I was also staunch on a bow or a sash–funny enough, that pretty shade of ivory on the bow is called “magnolia!”
As soon as we started planning, one of the only things Wes was really vocal on was not seeing me before the ceremony! I loved that. Our photographer, Holland, was so fantastic, it didn’t hinder the day or put a hitch in timing one bit. We prayed together without seeing each other, and then we both got that “church doors swing open” moment. I’ll never forget it!
I saw my florist, Melissa Kendall, write “Southern elegance” on her worksheet–if there was a theme, I told her the theme could be magnolias! Charming and gracious, they’ve always said “home” better than any other flower or tree to me. I love their scent, glamour, and beauty. I even had a blog when I traveled for ADPi called Miss Magnolia! Gardenias weren’t plentiful in August, but loads of other white flowers and roses complemented all the greenery. We also wanted a magnolia-covered cross at the ceremony. My sweet daddy built it, and it was one of my favorite touches! The bridesmaids’ bouquets were wrapped in monogrammed hankies.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. I had a running iPhone list for a year of hymns that struck me! I pieced those together for the ceremony. The prelude included “In Christ Alone” and “The Power of the Cross.” My grandfather was a Southern Baptist music minister, and I had the grandfathers be seated to his favorite hymn, “Crown Him with Many Crowns”–he teared up telling me that surprise made him so happy! I gave Wes a couple of options, and after playing it, he said he wanted me to come down the aisle to “Trumpet Voluntary.” We sang “Great is Thy Faithfulness” as a congregation.
I loved the vows we used. They’re updated, traditional, Biblical vows that Pastor David Platt wrote. Many people kindly let us know they really enjoyed that part of the ceremony. We found them in “The Christ Centered Wedding” by Catherine Parks. My favorite line is “I will join with you in the mission God has entrusted to us.” We’re a few short weeks into marriage, and already see how life’s challenges do not stop just because you get your fairy tale wedding, cute little house, and some pretty crystal! We were thrown curveballs early, and partner in encouraging each other to fight the good fight.
What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? It was fairly easy: First Baptist is the church I grew up in, and my parents are tremendously involved. We wanted a Christ-exalting ceremony, but I don’t necessarily believe that can ONLY happen in a church! I’m just the type of girl who gets rain on her birthday every year, so we needed something indoors. I also wanted to respect my parents and pay homage to nostalgia–I have so many sweet memories in that gorgeous building. It’s a beautiful, old, Southern church. Montgomery Country Club ended up being the winner for a reception. I have a lot of memories from growing up going there–plus, I’m the biggest Zelda Fitzgerald fan you’ll meet. I have about 18 books about the Montgomery girl who won F. Scott Fitzgerald’s heart, and they met at Montgomery Country Club in 1918. Only fitting, right?
With a Montgomery wedding, there isn’t much that won’t end up covered in Southern-ness! I wore pearls, and magnolias were everywhere. Family keepsakes like silver goblets, mint julep cups, and old wedding photos made appearances. My sorority sisters wanted to sing, of course. And then that menu, gracious. We had shrimp and grits, pimento cheese finger sandwiches, fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, hush puppies, and Arnold Palmers–you know, health food. And as an Auburn fan, I had to salute the plains: Momma G’s nachos came out for “late night!”
How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Samford University is a small school tucked away in the hills of Birmingham. I was a junior when Wes waltzed in as this cute former-high-school-QB freshman and joined Sigma Chi, which happened to be the guys I hung out with. I confessed my crush to my close friend Ryan, his fraternity brother. Ryan told me he’d “endorse me like Nike” to Wes. Fast forward, and my best friend and I were walking toward Wes and Ryan one day after class. Paths crossed, and there was a brief hi-and-shake-hands moment. We walked off, and Ryan turned around and yelled “Like Nike, Ash!” Embarrassing for me. Fortunately, Wes took it as “game on.” We were fire and dynamite from that time on!
Tell us all about the proposal! Wes wrestled my type-A planner habit away from me by staking claim to a January Saturday as his date to plan. Kindly, he let me make the brunch reservation, so naturally, I still thought I was planning things. What a guy. He picked me up Saturday morning, and we laughed and chatted over coffee, eggs, and gravy-covered biscuits at no. 246 off the Decatur square. Side note–I had the stomach bug the night before, y’all. Poor Wes didn’t sleep a wink as me and my germs almost wrecked his plans! After brunch, he wouldn’t tell me what was next as we drove down Peachtree Street toward Buckhead. ANY notion I had of “maybe this is it” was null and void–surely he wouldn’t ask me since I was sick! Wes’ nerves set in and he got quiet as he pulled over to Duck Pond Park. He led me to a bench and told me he wanted to talk about something important. God washed a peace over us, and we had the sweetest next few moments together worshiping: Wes led us in a time of prayer, and then read from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (chapter 5) about biblical marriage, and said he wanted this with me. Next thing I knew, he was grinning on one knee while–duh–I cried. Wes drove us back to my little Buckhead townhouse, where my three roommates and about 25 friends and family members had the Veuve Clicquot ready to pop! He thought of everything, and having dear ones there to celebrate was so special. Wes is the most thoughtful man I’ve ever met.
When did y’all get married? August 15, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? About 325
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. Everyone knows Peggy McKinney’s desserts in Montgomery. She’s the best! I don’t adore traditional wedding cake, so I opted for strawberry cake with white icing. Wes went with Miss Peggy’s good ol’ chocolate cake! We have a crystal cake stand that was cut around 1890 and belonged to my great-great-grandmother. It’s been used in weddings and at family parties for generations, so it had to make an appearance at ours, too.
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? Wes and I read through “The Meaning of Marriage” by Tim Keller and were counseled through our church. Wes also had us both read Francis Chan’s “You and Me Forever.” I think we stayed the course throughout planning, knowing that the day we woke up after our wedding, THAT was really day one!
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? My mama was the best, free wedding planner I could have ever “hired.” :) My family did a lot of crafty, DIY things, from baking sugar cookies in the shapes of Alabama and Georgia to asking the Visitor’s Bureau for hotel bag goodies. We opted for the country club as it offered an all-in-one event space–rental fees rack up! Third, I have said it before and I’ll say it again: you CAN spend only $1,000 on a wedding dress and get it ordered during your six-and-a-half month engagement, regardless of what the industry or experts tell you.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? I had a “first look” with my daddy, which was really special. I was having a lot of anxiety issues that day, and mama’s two best friends came and put hands on me and prayed over me–that was a precious gift. Other then that, the whole blur of standing in the MCC ballroom right next to my best friend as an endless string of family and friends came to hug us was my favorite memory. They flew in from all over! It’s so humbling to know people love you, but maybe more humbling to see people love on your spouse–it made me fall more in love with Wes to see all his fraternity brothers and family friends drive all the way to my hometown because they love him.
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? A HONEYMOON! Halfway through planning, Wes scored a dream job at Delta Air Lines. Tremendous blessing–but training started the Monday after our wedding! Those flight benefits will behoove us well into the future though. ‘Til then, we’re two of a kind working on a full house. I have the handiest husband, and our cute little Decatur home by East Lake Country Club is enjoying its facelift–and Wes is enjoying learning about things like my fall decoration, pumpkin, and mum budget.
Photographer: Holland Williams / Ceremony Venue: First Baptist Church of Montgomery / Reception Venue: Montgomery Country Club / Florist: Melissa Kendall / Cake Baker: Peggy McKinney / Band: Bobby Moore and the Rhythm Aces / Paper Products: Virginia Noblin / Bridal Salon: Bel Fiore / Hair Stylist: Amplify Salon / Makeup Artist: Hope Wallace / Bride’s Shoes: Jack Rogers / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Style 8472 in Navy by Sorella Vita / Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse / Getting Ready Venue: PARISH by Ashley Gilbreath
Classic and Chic – this would look look wonderful on my cream dresser!
I love this rose gold color! I would love to place this on our bar to add that extra punch!
I would set this tray on our foyer side table to catch the mail or keys, along with a bud vase of fresh flowers!
I would love to put this on the dresser to catch all the random stuff that ends up there (and still look pretty)!
Gorgeous home decor with a monogram? I’m drooling! I would *love* to have something so elegant grace my living room table with a vase of our garden’s flowers where I could see it everyday!!
I would display it in our living room or kitchen!
We have just finished designing our mini bar in the rectangular wall nook in our new apartment. This tray would look great displayed in it every day and would be perfect for holding garnishes, napkins, or utensils when we are hosting.
It would go in my kitchen or in my china cabinet. It’s a beautiful piece. Thanks!
I would put this on my bar – it would be great memories of my wedding where we used antique copper vessels for the floral arrangements!
This is beautiful! I’d use this on our coffee table for holding flowers and decorative items.
I’d love it for serving cocktails!
I would give this to my niece that is getting married this month and she would put it in her kitchen standing upright on top on her wooden cabinet. It would add so much to her decor. She would love it.
I would place this beautiful tray in our living room–it would be a fun, different tray to showcase our monogram, a framed wedding photo, and a great candle!
Such a beautiful tray! I would use it on my vanity.
I think I’d gift this one to my very hard-to-shop-for father or father-in-law! Either one of them would appreciate it. So gorgeous!
On top of our antique LV trunk — matches perfectly with our ice bucket on the bar!
On my coffee table in the living room.
This is the most darling bar tray ever and it would go perfectly with our His and Hers rocks glasses and antique bourbon decanter passed down from my grandmother <3
Such a gorgeous tray–I’d keep ours on our coffee table, where it would corral evening cocktails!
i would keep it on the coffee table in the living room so we see it everyday and just remember our life together and always think of good memories
I would place this on the dresser in my bedroom to hold some of the perfumes and colognes that are currently on the dresser.
This would look so great on a coffee table or side table to catch all of those extras!
Buffet! It would be a great compliment to complete my copper service set!
How beautiful! Would look darling in an entryway!
It would be a great feature on our coffee table!
definitely love the idea of putting it on our entryway table as a catch-all!
It would be the perfect addition to my bar cart so I can serve pretty cocktails on it!
I would love to put this tray on my coffee table under some flowers! I absolutely love!
That tray would look beautiful on my kitchen island!
There is a perfect place in my kitchen for this beautiful tray!!! Merry Merry!
I would love to have this in my home in the foyer where I drop my keys when I come home!! Love it it’s beautiful!
I would place this on the dresser to catch all the excess change and jewelry or place it in my coffee table with a girly candle. Very cute!
I would place this in my wedding, especially for pictures of the rings! Then I would put it on display somewhere nice, and use it for parties we host once we have a place together!
Would use this in my dining room. It would go perfectly with the other copper items we received off our registry!
This would be the “star” atop our kitchen cabinets inside the circa 1900 cottage we are now renovating!
Haven’t gotten anything with my new monogram yet! This would be perfect!!
We recently just got married and purchased a new bar cart! This would be the perfect addition
This is timeless and classy! I would keep it at our bar with the Moscow mule mugs!
I would LOVE this on my coffee table with our monogram on it.
I love this tray! I would put it on my barcart for parties ;)
I would place this beautiful monogrammed tray in my bedroom on my dresser and use it as a perfume tray! (:
What a gorgeous tray! I just got a Waterford bud vase that would look beautiful on here with a few pretty candles on our coffee table!
I am recently engaged and I would absolutely love to use this monogram tray displayed at our gift table at our wedding. It would be a great place for card placement on the gift table. After the wedding, I would love to use this tray in our kitchen!
I love this copper tray! It’s so chic! I would place it on my countertop! Next to some flowers from my garden!
This would be so lovely on display in our china cabinet and then also wonderful to use to serve cocktails or cheese and crackers when we have friends over!
Love this tray! This would be a perfect addition to our bar!
This tray would go perfectly with my monogrammed whiskey decanter! I’d place it on my buffet.
I’d display this beautiful tray on my bar! I love it!
My husband is building a bar cart for me so this would be a perfect addition!
Love this tray! Would look perfect on the sideboard in my dining room for dinner parties!
I would love to use this on our white guest room armoire with a candle and some guest toiletries and treats!
I’d love to put this piece on my coffee table!
I would place it on our sideboard in the dining room!
I’d place it on my glass coffee table! Maybe put a small candle on it and a small case of flowers. Too beautiful to cover it completely.
This GORGEOUS tray would have to be on display on our bar. There’s no way you could hide this beauty in a cabinet or drawer. And, since we’re about to be newlyweds, we get to show off our new monogram as much as we want, right?! LOVE!
I would place this tray in my living room and use it for entertaining!
I would place the tray on my dresser!! Style it with pretty jewelry and a vase with fresh flowers !!
I would use the tray in my house with my new husband! We are getting married next year! Perfect addition to our house with my new monogram!
These would be beautiful in my daughters home!
My husband and I just completed a makeover on an old Bassett hutch – it is now a cobalt blue bar in our kitchen and home to our monogrammed julep cups and my grandmother’s champagne flutes and wine glasses. This tray would be an absolutely perfect addition to the bar!!
on a future barcart!
I would put this on my night stand so I could keep my jewelry there!
Gorgeous – I would use it on my vanity. With crystal bowls holding my favorite jewelry and my makeup brush set
I would put this tray on a little bar cart with some cute glasses! It’s would look great with our family monogram, cSa.
I would place this gorgeous tray right on my living room coffee table so that is would be one of the main attractions! Love the gorgeous color of this piece!
This is gorgeous! I would use this in our guest room on the white armoir with a candle and guest toiletries and treats on it!
I would put this on my new bar cart! Would be so cute!
I would love to use this tray as a place to put my rings and watches:) so stunning and the perfect piece to display all my rose gold lovelies!
I would love to place one of these in our new home! My future mother in law built us a gorgeous coffee table and I’ve been trying to figure out what to place on it and this would be perfect!!
So classic…Perfect addition to add on my white tufted ottoman!
I would put it on my kitchen island.
Need this for my kitchen!
This is beyond classy. I would place it on my up- cycled, white coffee table to show it off to everyone. Copper is my absolute favorite and we have a lot of pieces in our house to prove it!
We would use it at our wedding then put it on display on our coffee table :)
I would put this in our living room on our coffee table. With an upcoming wedding, I’m obsessed with all things monogrammed!
My fiancé and I love copper and have little touches of copper in our new home. This monogrammed copper tray would look stunning on our antique bar cart and would be great for serving drinks when entertaining!
I would put it on my kitchen island. It’s beautiful!
I absolutely love this tray! I would set it on our coffee table, and add festive touches during the holidays. It would also be perfect for drinks and snacks during a dinner party.
I would put this on our coffee table in the living room. Being in the middle of wedding planning, has me monogram obsessed. Love Mark & Graham!
This would look beautiful on our future coffee table and what a perfect way to say “Happy Engagement!”
This beautiful monogrammed tray would look wonderful in our soon to be bar area with matching Moscow miles and other great at accessories.
This would look great on my coffee table! Love it!!
I would love this for my bedside night stand. I could serve breakfast to my husband in bed.
So beautiful! I would use this on my tall counter near my bar stools! Love it!
This would go on my bar cart!
I would definitely add this gorgeous tray to our bar cart!
I would put this in my living room next to the fireplace!!!
I would for sure use this in the dining room! Too pretty to hide!
I would put this beautiful tray in my entryway!
This tray is gorgeous! I would love to display this in our entry bookshelf in our new apartment or on our “bar cart” (more like a bar cabinet!) in our kitchen!
This would be amazing on the bar – perfect for serving cocktails!
This is so classic yet modern! It would look gorgeous on our bedroom dresser as a catchall tray.
We would put this beautiful piece on our wine cart in our kitchen!
I’d love to put this on our coffee table!
I would love to put this tray in our little entryway!
Beautiful tray! I would love to feature this is my kitchen!
I’d place this on the table in my entry way so everyone could share the in the beauty.
On my gold beverage cart!
I love this copper tray! What a modern yet timeless way to personalize your home! This would be a perfect addition to our bar! :)
Love love this!!! Would be awesome for our new house
When I first spotted this monogrammed tray two thoughts popped into my head: ‘this would make an amazing gift for my future brother-in-law and his wife; what a statement this would make!’ and the second thought, ‘we need this.’ I immediately sent a screen shot to my future hubby and it was decided. Although I don’t do much in the way of posting comments, I knew this tray would find its way as the center of attention at dinner parties, Saturday morning breakfasts, and the platform for me as I learn to make my hubs’ drink of choice: Old Fashioned with Bullet Rye. I know I will have a lot to learn as a Southern wife, moving away from her home state of Georgia to Chattanooga, TN, but I think with the right accessories, I can get the job done. Whether I’m chosen the winner or not, you can expect this southern belle to revisit Mark and Graham as she outfits her new home with her new last name!! Merry Christmas from the soon to be Bosshardt’s!
Oh so easy! This would sit right on the coffee table in the living room… the one we don’t have yet cause we’re still 4 months out from marriage – but a girl can dream, right?!
I would use it on our bar cart. *fingers crossed*
I would love to put this piece on the wet bar in our new home!
I would love to bring such a beautiful and oh so southern piece into my California beach apartment!
I have the perfect place for this! We just made a custom buffet for our dining room… I’d love to have this displayed standing up showing our new initials!
My fiancé and I are hoping to purchase a home after our summer 2016 wedding. This gorgeous copper tray would be a perfect addition in our new home together.
Front and center where everyone can see it on my table in the entryway :)!!!! I would LOVE this more than anything thank you so much <3 <3 <3!!!!!! Thank you incredibly much for this awesome, kind, amazing, incredible, generous giveaway :D!!!!! You really know the spirit of giving :D!! thank you :D! I hope you have the very best holiday season <3!!!!!!!!!
I love copper! I would use this beautiful tray as a catch-all on my dresser for jewelry, keys, perfume, etc. Thanks so much!
I’d place this beautiful piece on our coffee table once we move into a new home!
This tray would look perfect on our bar cart, right between the picture of our first date and the bottle of gin that I know we’ll never drink!
This would look perfect on the bar cart my handsome husband refinished recently for our new home. It was previously a bar cart that his grandmother gave us and has been repurposed to beautifully.
I would love this as an accent piece in my entryway!
I would place it on my coffee table with decor from my wedding such as my gold center pieces and vase with flowers as memories from the best day ever, as well as leave little sweet treats on the tray everyday for my hubby!
I’d love this as a central piece of our newly started bar!
The lido cosmetic bags and the knit dog sweater!
This would be beautiful in my apartment on my entrance table for mail and keys!!
I’d put this gorgeous tray on my great grandmother’s Singer sewing machine table which doubles as my dining room sideboard. It would be the perfect finishing touch. I’d put a small bud vase or candidate on it, but I wouldn’t cover it completely; it’s too beautifu!
Would love to use this gorgeous piece on my coffee table!
this would look beautiful in my living room!
I have been looking for a tray to put on our coffee table and this would be perfect!
I am getting married this coming year and I can not wait to begin decorating our home together. I can see us using this piece on a coffee table, or to serve friends and family as we begin hosting things together in our first home!
Thank you for the introduction to this beautiful collection!! Love all of the items available for monograms. And thank you for this opportunity. The copper tray would be a lovely addition to our wedding decor this June. Our colors are grayed jade and coral with accents of ivory and rose gold. After that I’m not sure where it will go because we are still furnishing out new home together! Merry Christmas!
Beautiful! I would add to our entryway.
As newly weds that are constantly entertaining, I would love this gorgeous monogram tray to be showcased on our chic glass and chrome coffee table. Our living room is where a majority of hosting guests takes place. Mixing metals has been my specialty when creating our living room look.
So pretty! I would put this anywhere!
It’s gorgeous! I would use it in my jewelry studio! Happy holidays! xoxo
I would use this gorgeous tray on my nightstand and put candles and a photo of my husband on it.
On my dresser to display perfume and a few pieces of jewelry!
I’d give this to my mom. I know she’d get a lot more use out of it with all her entertaining. It doesn’t hurt that I could borrow it too since we have the same initials :)
This would look great on my bar cart to accent our glasses and beverage of the month!
This matches my rose gold ring perfectly oh my goodness! I’ve been looking for a beautiful tray to someday have breakfast in bed with with my (VERY NEW) sweet fiancé. I would have it in our future kitchen, so that we could always have it ready for breakfast in bed and extra cuddles (while watching Home & Family). Old souls, but young at heart <3
I’d place it front and center in the living room, ready to serve our guests!
In the foyer of our new home!
This would look lovely on my new coffee table! I love getting the opportunity to make my house a home for guests that come and visit!
This would look gorgeous on my bar cart!
Gosh, this is pretty! I have several places it would look really lovely – the foyer, the bedroom, or the bar cart!
I would put it on our bar cart! I love it!
Placing this near the fireplace would give off such a beautiful glow!
I’d love to use this in our living room!
I’m sure we would keep it as either a catch all or used a tray for breakfast in bed! Copper is totally in our style scheme for our future house!
I like the idea of using this as a catch all tray in the entry way!
I would put one of these beautiful trays on the new coffee table my fiance is building for our home.
I’d put this in my dining room!
We just purchased our first home this year and are working very hard to find furniture and decor! I love all things monogram and am having a blast registering for monogrammed everything, however, this little beauty would look PERFECT on our distressed white dresser!
In my charming little pantry turned bar cart. :)
I would put this on my coffee table :) Love it!
I would LOVE to have this in my living room coffee table in my new New York apartment!