Ashley + Dustin {wedding story}

I’ve known Ashley for a few years now. From the moment I met her, I adored her.  The girl is absolutely gorgeous, but more than that she’s fun and vibrant and thoughtful.  When I saw on Facebook that she’d gotten engaged I liked the announcement and said how excited I was for them, but what I really was thinking was “PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD LET US PHOTOGRAPH YOUR WEDDING!!!”  Never wanting to be that person, I kept that to myself, but when a message came from Ashley that indeed she wanted us to capture her day we were beyond excited!!
I’d never met Dustin before our meeting to discuss their day and I could see why these two worked so well together immediately. He’s kind and patient and doesn’t sweat the small stuff.  When Ashley can be an overachiever, he can bring her calmness.  They have a real love for one another and for one another’s children – which I speak from experience when I say this – it’s difficult to find someone to love you with all their heart, but to find someone who also loves your kids like their own?  That’s an honor you cherish.
As Ashley and Dustin’s day approached and we discussed the details, we could tell it was going to be a fantastic day.  You have to love a couple who appreciate the details and want things to be wonderful, but who mostly just want to be married and celebrate.  And their day was exactly as they’d hoped for.  No one sweat the small stuff.  Everything was just joyful and filled with love.
We are SO excited to share this day with you today!!  Enjoy a peek at Ashley and Dustin’s beautiful wedding day!

As a matter of fact I did almost pass out when seeing Ashley’s shoes and dress for the first time.  Heaven on Earth right here.
tensixteen255tensixteen256tensixteen257Ashley’s flowers by the ever talented Main Street Florist in Carlinville were absolute perfection.  tensixteen258Speaking of absolute perfection… I mean seriously.  Ashley you are SUCH a babe. You are always gorgeous no matter what you are doing, but right here on your wedding day – you left everyone speechless.tensixteen259Dustin you clean up nice yourself!  😉  Absolutely handsome in your suit!!tensixteen260These two could be models.tensixteen261tensixteen262First look anticipation…
tensixteen263tensixteen264tensixteen265tensixteen266tensixteen267tensixteen268The wedding party was equally as easy on the eyes as the bride and groom.  I love that Ashley did something different and chose white bridesmaid dresses and a blush dress for herself.  I’ll admit – when I arrived I was wondering why there were so many gorgeous brides at the wedding venue, but when I realized it was Ashely’s girls I was completely excited that she did something that was unique and perfectly “her”.tensixteen269tensixteen270tensixteen271tensixteen272And then there is this sweet girl. Ashley’s daughter is the apple of her eye and her proudest joy in life. Getting to photographer a bride with her child is such an honor.tensixteen273tensixteen274tensixteen275First official family photo!!tensixteen276And then there’s this special love.  Probably a few of our favorite photos from a wedding day right here friends.  Ashley’s only request was a photo with her grandmother.  When she walked up to Ashley and smiled and rested her forehead against hers (something I affectionately call a “unicorn”) I melted.  Love.tensixteen277tensixteen278tensixteen279tensixteen280tensixteen281When Ashley went to walk down the aisle her heel got caught in her dress and she struggled, but in true Ashley fashion she cutely called out “I got my shoe stuck in my dress!” and laughed it off.  Seriously the cutest.tensixteen282tensixteen283tensixteen284tensixteen285tensixteen286tensixteen287tensixteen288tensixteen289MARRIED!tensixteen290tensixteen291tensixteen292We were able to grab the couple for a few more minutes before the reception kicked off, and with all the formalities out of the way we were able to just relax with these two and get a few more photos of this beautiful married couple!tensixteen293Can’t. Even. Handle. Ittensixteen294tensixteen295tensixteen296tensixteen297tensixteen298tensixteen300tensixteen301tensixteen299tensixteen301tensixteen302tensixteen303

Ashley and Dustin… I’m at a loss for words.  Our gratitude to you both for your kindness, your genuineness, and your thoughtfulness is overwhelming!  We looked forward to your day from the moment we knew we’d have the honor of capturing it.  Thank you for trusting us with your memories and treating us as part of the group.  We felt so at home with you two and cherish your friendship.  We <3 you!!
There are more great memories from this beautiful day!  Check out the slideshow below to enjoy more!!

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