Ashley + Michael {Wedding Story}

We’d endured a full week of rain and crappy weather here in the midwest, but when it came time for Ashley and Michael’s wedding day it was absolute perfection.  I don’t know how you could script a better day.  Blue skies, sunshine, no humidity… picture perfect.
The weather matched perfectly with the couple – bright, comforting, and laid back.  It’s easy for brides to lose sight on their wedding day because there are just so many darn things to tend to.  But Ashley was able to be completely relaxed and was easily the most laid back bride we can remember.  She was there to marry the man who completes her, and that’s it.
Ashley and Michael simply make sense.  They go wonderfully together.  You can see their deep friendship and concern for one another’s happiness, and their love is just effortless.  When the world goes mad, they find solace in one another and know whatever happens in life they will get through it together.  Loves like that make us happy to see, and happy to share with you today.  Enjoy Ashley and Michael’s wedding day!
tensixteen001I absolutely love signs about not picking sides – with all the divisiveness there is in the world, let’s not incorporate that on a wedding day.
tensixteen002 copyWe’ve seen these adorable Kate Spade Keds on a few brides and they are simply genius!  I love me a beautiful pair of heels, but a bride in agony because her feet hurt is just not a good scenario.  And these are JUST so cute!  Anything comfortable with glitter is a great idea as far as I am concerned.
tensixteen003tensixteen004tensixteen005Ashley – seriously.  I must have told you a zillion times how stunning you are.  Your dress.  I still die over your dress. You are a serious show stopper. 🙂tensixteen006Michael – you had it going on on your wedding day as well!  I don’t know how often you wear a tux, but you should make it part of your wardrobe.  Your fishing buddies would love it. 😉tensixteen007tensixteen008Ashley and Michael’s ceremony and reception took place at the beautiful Inn at 835 in Springfield IL. We cannot say enough great things about this location!  Beautiful, charming, a great spot in Springfield AND it had the most amazing food!  tensixteen009Perfection.tensixteen010tensixteen011tensixteen012tensixteen013There is one little thing that Ashley and Michael disagree on.  And to them – it’s not really that little of a thing.  In fact it’s pretty big.  When it comes to their baseball teams, they are a house divided.  Ashley is a huge St.Louis Cardinals fan – while Michael remains a Chicago Cubs fan.  The two banter back and forth about stats and records, but it’s in a pretty adorable way.  I think Michael might be in trouble though as he has one other lady in his house who roots for the Cards.  Ashley’s daughter Ellie is like her momma and loves the Cardinals, and she’s not afraid to let Michael know that he’s out numbered.tensixteen014Speaking of Ellie – how cute is this gal?  Not only is she beautiful, she’s very smart and crazy witty, has a TON of jokes, will leave you crying laughing at the things she comes up with, and has enough sass to keep you on your toes.  She is so excited to have Michael in her life, and it was so incredible to watch them become an official family this day. tensixteen015tensixteen016<3tensixteen017tensixteen018tensixteen019tensixteen020tensixteen021tensixteen022tensixteen023tensixteen024tensixteen025tensixteen026tensixteen027tensixteen028tensixteen029tensixteen030Ellie cried so hard as her mom and Michael said “I do” that you could hear her crying. Afterwards when they asked her why she was so emotional she hugged them and said “I’m just so happy!” All. The. Feels.tensixteen031This was without a doubt our favorite unity ceremony we’ve ever seen.  Michael is a fisherman and his life revolves around knots and how when two pieces of rope come together they create something stronger.  It was the perfect symbol of their love and such a neat way to literally “tie the knot”.tensixteen032tensixteen033tensixteen034MARRIED!tensixteen035After the I dos we headed to downtown Springfield for some photos.  tensixteen036tensixteen037tensixteen038tensixteen039Seriously in love with this photo.tensixteen040tensixteen041tensixteen042Thanks to all that rain, we had some pretty good reflections to work with!  tensixteen043And back to the Inn at 835 for a celebration!tensixteen044tensixteen045tensixteen046As if I didn’t already love this day, Ashley and Michael had a Krispy Kreme tower at the reception.  I died.tensixteen047tensixteen048tensixteen049tensixteen050tensixteen051tensixteen052tensixteen053

Ashley and Michael – I’ve already gone overboard on the words and adjectives to describe your day, but I still can’t say enough.  Roger and I adored you two and how easy you make everything. We are so grateful for your kindness and thoughtfulness and feel incredibly fortunate to have been chosen to capture your day.  There are a lifetime of wonderful memories in your future!  Thank you for letting us be part of the beginning of them!

There’s plenty more of Ashley and Michael’s day in the slideshow below!  Enjoy!

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