Ashley and Ben's Love Story

ashley and ben - engagement session with southern grace photography

ashley and ben - engagement session with southern grace photography

I am swooning with excitement for these lovelies upcoming wedding day ... they will be married in just a few short weeks, and we have had an amazing time planning together!  Ashley and Ben are from Louisiana, so other than two in-person meetings, we have planned their day pretty much via phone calls and emails.  It has gone amazingly well!  Ashley and I both said pretty quickly after just a couple of weeks of working together, "we have this communication thing down pat".  I am so excited for their wedding day, it'll be such a pretty one filled with family heirlooms and gorgeous details I can't wait to share with you.  So for now, here's a little sneak preview of these two lovebirds and their story.  Only a bit longer before these two get to say "I Do!"How did you two meet?  We met through mutual friends in high school. I was a sophomore, and Ben was a senior.

Ashley, when did you know that HE was the one for you?  When I saw the love he has for my family, especially my siblings. He truly understands how important my family is to me, and he loves them just as much as I do! It makes my heart smile just thinking about it!

Ben, when did you know she was the one? She went on a school trip to Washington DC, and I knew that's when I knew. I couldn't wait for her to get home!

How did he pop the question?  We had been looking at rings for a while. I gave him three choices to pick from at a local jeweler. What I didn't know is that he took two of my choices and had a ring customized just for me (and it's perfect!). He asked me to marry him at our house, him and I.... Just how I wanted it to be!

ashley and ben - engagement session with southern grace photography

ashley and ben - engagement session with southern grace photography

Share a few favorite things about your wedding day! We are getting married in June on the beach at Margaritaville in Pensacola Beach, Florida. We always knew we wanted a destination wedding, but we knew it would be difficult for Ashley's elderly grandparents to travel out of the country. Ashley has very fond childhood memories of summer vacations in Pensacola Beach so we knew this would be the perfect place for us to share our special day with our closest family and friends.

Describe your wedding in three words: Classy, Elegant, Romantic.   The wedding and reception will be very elegant and romantic with a vintage touch.

Out of everything, what is the most important to the two of you on your wedding day (other than becoming husband and wife!)?  We want to be able to enjoy our guests who have traveled great distances to share such a special time in our lives with us!

What have you loved most about planning your wedding?  I have loved having a wedding planner. Kristin has made the entire wedding planning process such an enjoyable, stress free experience!

What has been the most difficult part? The most challenging part (which hasn't even really been challenging) has been being 4 hours away from our wedding destination.

Have you always dreamed about your wedding day?  Or, was the day you got engaged when you first started thinking about it?  As far as my wedding day, I always knew I wanted a destination wedding, on a beach somewhere, at sunset.  As far as themes, decor, colors, etc ... I didn't really think about it until we started planning.

ashley and ben - engagement session with southern grace photography

ashley and ben - engagement session with southern grace photography

Where are you headed for your honeymoon?We are going to celebrate in the Caribbean. We are torn between the Dominican Republic and the VIrgin Islands. We just want to go somewhere that is beautiful, where we can relax and not have a schedule.

What makes you most excited about being Ben's wife?  I'm excited to experience life and everything it brings us with someone who loves me for me, always puts me first, and wants nothing more than to provide a great life for me. I can't imagine life with anyone else!

Ben, what makes you excited about being Ashley's husband?  To share our life together, raise healthy children, and grow old together by eachother's side.

When it comes to marriage and your life together, what are the two of you looking forward to the most? Family vacations with our children,  the every day chaos that comes with marriage and raising a family...everything from laundry and cooking to school functions and sports practices!

Picture your lives five years from now.  Where do you see yourselves, what do you see happening in your lives together? We hope to be building our forever house, working in the professions that we love, raising happy and healthy children, and enjoying life and all it has to offer!

ashley and ben - megan of southern grace photography engagement session

ashley and ben - megan of southern grace photography engagement session

Do you have any advice for newly engaged brides, or those in the middle of planning? Hire Kristin! She has made this process so enjoyable. I couldn't do it without her! She is definitely making my "vision" come to life!

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Ashley and Ben, I can't wait for your wedding day to be here!  Enjoy these last few weeks as fiancées together!