Facebook played matchmaker for newlyweds Ashley and Michael. She was moved by his words; he was moved by her beauty and heart. You’re going to love this couple!
“When I first saw her, I kept telling her how beautiful I thought she was,” says proud groom Michael of his lovely bride Ashley. “I already knew how beautiful her heart was, but to finally see her in person was breathtaking.”
“Michael is selfless,” says his lovely wife. “He loves people and God. He serves unselfishly and is a faithful leader. He laughs to put a smile on others face and is kind to everyone he meets. He is a man of his word and he speaks with conviction.”
Did we mention we just loved their color palette? The bride and groom hired wedding planner Sandra Sutton of The Bridal Lounge and her expert team to coordinate and execute every single awesome detail.
“My dress designer was Mori Lee,” says Ashley. “It wasn’t difficult at all. I found my dress at a boutique in New Orleans. It was the first store I went to and the second dress I tried on. I left and searched other places, but ultimately came back to that place.”
The bride’s bouquet was a hand tied nosegay of large faced roses, hydrangea, dahlias, spray roses, dusty miller, calla lilies, and freesia tied with an ivory satin ribbon. The stems of the bouquet were tied with the same ribbon and studded with pearls. The orange, raspberry, gray, and hot pink colors complemented Ashley’s theme beautifully.
“I always knew that God had someone special for me,” says Ashley. “I didn’t meet my husband until I was 26, but up until that point, I was in broken relationships. I believed in love. I believe in Godly love—a sacred love that would be perfect for me no matter how many bad experiences I’ve been through.”
“I knew that I would find true love eventually,” says Michael. “However, after having a few failed relationships in the past, I didn't think it would come as soon as it did. There's was a point for a while after my relationship before Ashley that I was just going to focus on me. I think that was hurt talking rather than it being something that I really wanted to do. My hearts desire was really never to want to do life on my own. I knew that God had my favor (wife) out there somewhere for me. I'm just so thankful that although I was hurt for a moment, I didn't stay hurt for a lifetime. I'm sure I would have overlooked the precious jewel that God has blessed me with now.”
“My stepfather walked me down the aisle,” Ashley tells us. “He has been in my life since I was two years old. I don’t know any other father but him. He has been to every graduation, my prom, and with me through every high and low in my life. That’s my daddy!”
“I felt beautiful and secure,” says Ashley of her big moment at the altar. “I felt that God saved the best for me. I felt that I was marrying a champion of a man and I was blessed to be in this position.”
“While looking into her eyes at the altar, there were so many emotions going through my mind,” says Ashley. “I felt a great sense of responsibility. I knew that this woman looking back at me was counting on me to lead our family in the most loving and Christ-like way. I knew that she wasn't holding anything back with me and that she was trusting me with her whole heart. It was also a surreal moment for me. I couldn't really believe that this was the woman God was allowing me to marry.”
“I love that he genuinely has a heart for people,” Ashley shares with us. “He’s very kind and loving man. I love that he is not ashamed of his faith. He’s make everyone he comes in contact with feel special. I adore that about him.”
“I think the thing that I love the most about her is her loyalty towards me and those she loves,” says Michael. “I truly love the way she loves me on a daily basis. This woman is truly the best thing to ever happen in her life. Her love has lifted me and given me new strength and even great vision for life.”
“I would describe AJ as a passionate, loyal and hardworking woman,” says her groom. “I would also describe her as a global leader. Her passion for empowering women enables her to be influential in the lives of many women all over the world.”
“I chose to make Ashley my wife, because after getting to know her, love her and adore her, I knew she was the women I was to marry,” says Michael. “I saw her love for God and passion for empowering people and from there I knew that this was the woman God had just for me. I also prayed and sought wise counsel for trusted people in my life because I wanted to make sure that I was making a head and heart decision.”
“Being a bride was everything I desired it to be,” says Ashley. “My husband was very supportive and we kept the wedding in perspective. In times when I would get stressed we prayed together and reminded ourselves that it was only a day. Our marriage is what mattered the most.”
The couple chose cupcakes over a traditional wedding cake. “I was never a big cake eater, but I love cupcakes so we incorporated them instead,” says Ashley. “We had red velvet and butter scotch flavored cupcakes. They had purple satin ribbons with floral toppings.” Yummy!
“I was extremely emotional, nervous, excited and felt so beautiful in that moment when he proposed,” says Ashley.” I did not cry, but I was full of gratitude that The Lord so graciously allowed us to meet, fall in love and ultimately marry.”