June 15, 2018

The Proposal: My (Ashlyn’s) birthday last year was the worst day I had experienced in quite some time, and I was upset. When I arrived at home, AJ informed me that some of my best friends were driving from Jacksonville to meet us for dinner in Birmingham. He said they were running late, so we decided to go to Cahaba Brewing Company to have a beer. AJ had recently moved to Birmingham from Georgia and was still learning the city. He mentioned Vulcan and asked me what it was all about. I said, “Would you like to go up there and see it? It’s a beautiful scene of the entire city.” As we watched the sun set, AJ hugged me from behind, and when I turned around, he was down on one knee with our entire family and some friends standing behind him. He popped the question and through tears of joy and excitement I started jumping up and down and responded YES!

Favorite Moment: One of my favorite moments would have to be the Father-Daughter Dance. I’ve always been a dancer, but I haven’t danced with my dad since I was a little girl. I picked the song “I’ll Be Your Man (Song for a Daughter)” by The Zac Brown Band. My dad had never heard this song before and was very nervous about the whole thing. But on the wedding day, as we started dancing together, my dad sang the entire song to me. He stayed up all night the night before the wedding, rewriting the lyrics and listening to the song until he learned the words. That moment with him is definitely one for the books.

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Wedding Venue: The Barn at Shady Lane

Wedding Planner: M. Elizabeth Events

Photographer: Eric & Jamie Photography

Florist: HotHouse Design Studio

Props & Décor: PropHouse Birmingham

Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited

Venue: The Barn at Shady Lane

Caterer: Kathy G & Co.

Bridal Cake: Barb’s Cakes

Videographer: Double Springs Media

Invitations: Minted.com

Wedding Dress: Divine Design

Wedding Dress Designer: Mori Lee

Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella’s Bridesmaids

Hair & Makeup: Melissa Moore Bogardus

Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Mr. Burch

Music: Nationwide Coverage

Lighting/Draping: OnSite Productions

Guest Table Linens: BBJ Linens

Bridal Cake Table Linen: I Do Linens