Ashley & Sam know how to make our little hearts go pitter-patter! This lush, romantic setting is SO swoon-worthy!
From the brides...
We met unexpectedly. Neither of us was looking for a relationship and we both went to the bar where we met that night, reluctantly.
After Ashley’s friend noticed her staring in my direction she insisted they approach my group to talk. The group conversation quickly turned to a one on one between Ashley and I. We soon found out that we had many things in common including where we grew up. The hours went by quickly and our friends left us. When we finally realized the time I asked for Ashley’s number and we said goodbye.
The following week I thought about her often and persistently asked her to hang out. I reached out every day until she caved. It would be safe to say we fell in love shortly after that during adventures in Astoria, in TriBeCa, and in Brooklyn between the hours 12am and sunrise.
Ashley and I, being in our early twenties at the time, were different people than we are now, yet our values and goals in life were always the same. As time progressed so did we. We grew together and formed an unbreakable bond.
I knew I wanted to propose to Ashley for a long time. I told her I’d one day make her my wife only a few weeks into our relationship. Five years later, I kept the ring in the safe at work and plotted the perfect way to ask.
The proposal happened during a trip to California. I had booked two nights at the beautiful Calistoga Ranch that Ashley was unaware of. When we pulled up to the grounds Ashley was completely shocked. After spending the afternoon in a heated pool, overlooking Napa Valley while drinking a bottle of cabernet, we headed to dinner. Our meal went quickly and I tried my best to act as normal as possible. Everything had to be timed just right for my plan.
While Ashley went to use the bathroom I alerted the maître d’ to get everything started.
When she came back, I convinced her to go for a walk to look at the California stars, and begrudgingly, without putting on her comfy clothes first, Ashley followed. I led her through the pool gates, down a path and into the vineyard. As we walked through a candlelit row of vines down from the hill, a solo guitarist was playing our song. I led Ashley to the rose petal covered stone patio that overlooked the vineyard as he followed us singing. I got down on one knee and proposed there under the stars.
The wedding took place on the lawn of the rustic Connecticut venue, The Barns at Wesleyan Hills. Surrounded by lush green grass and weeping willow trees, Ashley and I shared an intimate ceremony with our closest friends and family. We “tied the knot” during an ancient hand fasting ritual where ribbon was tied around both our hands as they were blessed. We were serenaded by our friend singing Patty Griffin’s Heavenly Day with acoustic guitar. Even the ceremony reading was unique as it was a poem I wrote for Ashley years prior read by another great friend.
Ashley had a vision and I stood by to watch the magic come together. From the seating cards made with rustic keys hung from a flower adorned fence, to a cake created to look like a wooden barrel the entire barn boasted our theme. The day was perfect. The support and love from our friends and family was overwhelming. It was truly the best day of our lives.