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Everyday Wedding – Justin & Ashley

Brides, did you realize that YOU can submit your own wedding to Hill City Bride? That’s exactly what Ashley did, and her wedding had so many ideas that I just had to feature it.

Here is what Ashley had to say …

The morning of the wedding was an emotional rollercoaster for me! I was excited yet nervous about weather and that all the personal touches would come together. The weather had been awful the evening before with severe storms at the rehearsal and the morning of the wedding friends and family struggled to set everything up. Centerpieces were falling over and decorations would not stay put with the crazy winds.

As, I tried to stay calm through prayer and pep talks, I was starting to breathe again.  I had to focus on the truth … that this time wasn’t just about the wedding day but about the marriage that would last a lifetime. It was so hard letting go of being a perfectionist, but it was well worth it to truly enjoy our special day! It was such a blessing to have all family members as our wedding party.

Right before the wedding started, winds had calmed and the high was 70 degrees … in June, perfect!!! I loved seeing Justin’s reaction as I walked down the aisle. I got the reaction that I was dreaming of … SHOCK. I was glad he didn’t pass out! He had never seen my hair straight.

The ceremony was beautiful as we stood there in awe of how God had brought us together and as we shared our vows that weren’t taken lightly. One of the most memorable moments was as we exchanged rings. This was also known as the point where I lost it and tears fell as fast as the rain drops had done at our rehearsal!

The pastor said, “Before you place this ring on Justin’s finger, I would like others to also know the significance of this ring. This ring belonged to Ashley’s late great-grandfather, James Gregorek. He was not just her great-grandfather, but he was a best friend and like a father to her. Ashley, you may place this ring on the finger of your groom.” My great grandfather was my hero, and he left an amazing legacy. I love seeing his ring now on a man that I greatly love and admire … my new hero, my husband.

Our reception was so much fun with lawn games and wonderful flowing conversation. I’m thankful that we choose to have a wedding that represented us in every way. 

What a great recap from Ashley. I hope that you enjoy their wedding photos today.

Photographer: Sam Withey Photography

Hair/Makeup: Christina Sink

Catering: Nick of Thyme Catering (Roanoke)

Cake: Kelly Cakes/ Susan Kelly (Roanoke)

Dress: David’s Bridal

Dress Alterations: The Gilded Thimble

Venue: Santillane Bed and Breakfast (Fincastle)

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