Ashley-Chad Wedding at Preston Woodall House in Benson, NC
When you check out Ashley-Chad Wedding photos below especially the first look, you will see a very sweet, happy, and fun couple. During their first look, Ashley, the bride, surprised her groom, Chad, in such an awesome way, you have to see it. In addition to beautiful Ashley-Chad Wedding photos, you can read photographer’s thoughts about the wedding and also all the favorite memories and advice abut the wedding from Ashley, the bride.
From AO&JO Photography: Ashley-Chad Wedding
I have to brag on Ashley a little bit. She was one of the sweetest most thoughtful brides we have ever had the pleasure of working with. Seriously I could make a list a mile long about how great she was. Didn’t get stressed or frazzled once. She was just a go with the flow kind of bride, happy to be marrying Chad and I think excited for the honeymoon too. I mean she wore a mustache during the first look to make sure to give Chad a good laugh.
After the first look we took the most gorgeous portraits, filled with so much love and laughter. Their ceremony was sweet as their friends and family gathered in the garden to witness their “I do’s”. The rest of the evening was flawless thanks to the planning of the Preston Woodall House staff and the amazing entertainment of Ultra Mix Events.
Q&A from the bride: Ashley-Chad Wedding
What was most important to you when planning your wedding?
I would say the most important thing was the venue that fit us – personality and size!
With the size of our wedding, it became hard to find a venue that was just right for us. However, making the decision to go with an all inclusive venue saved a lot of the headache. It is a lot of cost upfront, however I would definitely say this was what made our wedding planning process so amazing! They did a lot to help ensure we didn’t forget anything during the wedding process and they helped with ordering tables, chairs, linens, caterers, etc. so we didn’t have that stress throughout it all.
What was the inspiration behind your wedding theme/style?
We ultimately wanted our wedding to be us when you walked in. Our venue was gorgeous without a lot of decoration, so we didn’t want to add too much! We didn’t want a lot of flash. We didn’t want big centerpieces because we wanted people to be able to enjoy those sitting at their table. We wanted simple, so we stuck with simple with just a hint of southern charm.
What is your favorite memory from your wedding?
Our entire wedding was amazing and just what we wanted. We were surrounded by so many family and friends. The day was perfect! We made sure to take a step back several times throughout the day and take it all in so we wouldn’t forget it. I would say that our favorite memory from the wedding was being able to share the special anniversary with my (Ashley) grandparents. Choosing to get married on my grandparents 50th wedding anniversary made it special, but also a great influence to model our marriage after.
Why did you choose your wedding venue?
When we walked in, we just knew Preston Woodall House was the place! Not only is the house itself absolutely stunning, but Nick, DJ and Joel were great to work with! From the moment we called to tour they made us fill welcome and a part of the family. They made everything easy from the start and they ensured that every wedding is perfect and unlike the last.
Describe the ceremony, what made it unique/special.
Well, I (Ashley) cried before I even walked down the isle. I kept it together all day and I was just so excited when the moment came I couldn’t quit – so of course that makes for some lovely pictures. However, as soon as I saw Chad it all stopped – funny how that works.
Other things about our ceremony that were special is the laying of the white roses for Chad’s Grandparents, Ashley’s mother giving her away, the Sand Ceremony and of course “The Love Train” going by during the ceremony.
I honestly think this was probably the funniest and most memorable thing about our ceremony. Most brides would probably be upset by a train going by in the middle of their ceremony, but for us it was only fitting. For anyone who knows us, they know we never get anywhere on time – including weddings. Even though we were on time to our own wedding, It just so happened that the 4:00 train happened to be running late and went through during our ceremony.
Describe the reception, what made it unique/special.
Who doesn’t love a good reception!? From delicious food, funny speeches, cake smashing and dancing – it was a blast!
During the reception one thing we did unique was a bouquet dedication. Instead of calling all the single ladies and gentlemen to the dance floor, we decided it would be more special to dedicate the bouquet to my grandmother. As I mentioned, we were sharing our wedding anniversary with her. The 50th is a huge milestone and we didn’t want it to get lost in our big day. I dedicated my bouquet to her. I chose to have their first dance song playing throughout the dedication “I can’t help falling in love with you” by Elvis, so that my grandparents could share a special dance after the dedication. Chad and I then joined them for a short period of time and then gave the spotlight back to them.
Describe the flowers used for floral arrangements.
I am an Ag teacher and used fake flowers for some of our arrangements. My bouquet, corsages, boutonnieres and ferns were the only real flowers I had. In my bouquet I used white and pink roses with baby breath. Honestly, I love real flowers. However, flowers are the one area I decided to save in my budget. The reason I used fake flowers is because I would not get to enjoy the beauty of them once we left for our honeymoon. I didn’t want to spend loads of money on something that people wouldn’t remember or even I wouldn’t remember 5, 10 or 20 years from now.
What was the inspiration of your wedding cake?
We wanted something simple. We included our monogram on our cake as a way to show the coming together of two individuals into one.
Describe the favors for guests.
We gave our guest cow bells, glow sticks and coozies. We own a small farm so it only seemed fitting to include items that were unique to us and fun keepsakes for others to have.
How will you describe the feeling you had on your wedding day to your children one day?
Serenity and perfection! Our wedding day was absolutely what we wanted it to be. I can’t even think of things we would go back and change. We were able to take our time throughout the day, enjoy time with those who were in attendance, and have a blast!
Now that your wedding is done, tell us something that all those Brides-to-be out there should know.
I believe that all brides need to know that it is important to create a budget! Pick the items you want to splurge on and those that you would be okay saving money. For example, do you want to have the fanciest invitations or instead splurge on a videographer and photographer. Because honestly when you look back which are you going to want more?
Also, I think all brides-to-be’s should not quickly discount a first look. I know first looks are not a part of a traditional wedding, however there is something special about having a moment for you and your groom before the world-wind of the day begins. It is nice to be able to just take in your handsome groom or beautiful bride, just the two of you. And trust me, you will still have a special moment walking down the isle.
And finally all brides-to-be out there should consider using AOJO Photography & Videography! Honestly, they were our favorite vendor selected for the wedding – worth the money! Jennifer and Adrian were perfect to work with! The dynamic they have working together and how they each have an eye for something different in each shot they take ensures you get some of the best pictures. We loved getting to know them and the laughs we shared throughout the engagement and wedding! Now that the wedding is done, we will definitely be using them again for pictures in the future!
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