March 24, 2017
Making Memories of Us
Ashley was introduced to Trey by a mutual friend one evening at The Pastry War, a mezcaleria in Houston, Texas. Throughout that first night, they shared their fondness for chocolate chip cookies, a good game of pool, and Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”. The chemistry that sparked between them that night would bring about many nights full of love, laughter, and happily ever after.
One December day, Trey had strategically planned out the entire afternoon and evening full of surprises for Ashley! First, they would attend the Nutcracker ballet and then to America’s Latin American restaurant for an incredible dinner. They had also received an invite to Trey’s company Christmas party for that night and they had planned on going for weeks; however, Trey had something else up his sleeve for the evening. When they arrived at the hotel for the party, they went upstairs to visit some coworkers before heading back downstairs to the party. When they knocked on what Ashley thought was a coworker’s hotel room, she was surprised to walk into a beautifully decorated room complete with a romantic slideshow recounting their relationship. The room was scattered with rose petals and glistening with candlelight. There was an adorable portrait of the two of them and a beautiful shadowbox of memories arranged on the table along with other endearing signs of love and faith placed around the room. Before she knew what was happening, Trey got down on one knee and asked to spend the rest of forever with Ashley, and she, of course, said yes! But the surprises weren’t over yet! When they walked into the party downstairs, she was overwhelmed to find their closest friends and family waiting to share a champagne toast. The best part was, there was never any Christmas party at all! The whole day had lead up to that one special moment!
Ashley and Trey tied the knot at The Springs in Angleton, Texas in the elegant Magnolia Manor. The couple fell in love with the plantation style of The Manor; the gorgeous wrap-around balcony, classy chandeliers, and spectacular entrance lined with grand columns. Ashley already had the perfect dress for the ceremony! Her parents had once purchased an astonishingly beautiful white beaded gown for her to wear in the Miss Texas pageant. Fast forward to five years later, Ashley met with a seamstress to make a few changes so she could refresh the dress. Her vision was to make over the dress to better fit the occasion and the person she is today, while still being able to cherish the old memories it held for her. She looked radiant as she walked down the aisle. Also, Trey and Ashley incorporated their individual cultural and religious traditions into their ceremony, creating a very unique and intimate experience that their guests are sure to remember for years to come. To top it all off, Gladis Cakes created a delicious 4-tier wedding cake that was a little bit of heaven for the guests to enjoy!
For their honeymoon, Trey surprised Ashley with a romantic escape to St. Lucia. This tropical island, surrounded by gorgeous waters filled with coral reefs and laced with trails leading to pristine waterfalls offered an unforgettable experience. These two newlyweds checked multiple things off their bucket lists, including a helicopter ride to the resort overlooking the beautiful island and zip-lining in the incredible rainforest!
By Stephanie DiCiro
Photos: Michelle Welling
Ashley’s Advice: I know it is easier said than done, but try to stay calm and give someone else the stress to handle. One of the best pieces of advice my college roommate/bridesmaid gave me was, “At the end of the day, it is about you and your husband.” No need to stress on who can’t attend, what type of flowers you have, or even the type of paper you use for the programs, at the end of the day, it really is about you and your husband celebrating unity and marriage. The details do matter, but they aren’t a life changing decision.
I will say, start planning early!! Venue, caterer, dress and colors would be the first thing I would say to cross off your checklist. Having Rina as our wedding coordinator (3L Entertainment & Events) made the entire process fun, blissful and stress free! Also, as soon as you start receiving gifts, cards, etc. start a gift list and write down who, what, and their address! It will help tremendously when you and your husband start writing Thank You Notes. There are so many tips I could give, but above all I would HIGHLY suggest that you and your husband set aside 2 dinner plates on a small romantic table in a separate room from any guests so that you can dine and enjoy each other for even just 10 minutes. Spending just a few minutes by yourselves as newlyweds before the reception begins will not only give you a chance to embrace your first moments as husband and wife, but it will also give you a chance to eat! Trust me, you will be so happy that you did!