Written by Amanda Harper
Photography by Phillips Mitchell and Danelle Alexis
Hunter and Ashley’s paths first crossed at their church–while they were in Kindergarten. Their lives parted ways until they met again in sixth grade at Lexington Christian Academy. The two realized their Sunday school connection and eventually began dating in their junior year of high school.
The pair made plans for dinner to celebrate their 5th anniversary. Just as she got dressed, her boss from the Signature Club called and asked her to check to make sure the doors were locked at work. When she and Hunter arrived, she realized something was fishy. He confessed that it had been a ruse–then opened the ballroom doors, revealing a path of roses and candles. Hunter took her coat and walked her up to a table at the end, where he played a video of their families’ messages to Ashley about Hunter and their excitement for this moment. After the video ended, Hunter popped the question. He surprised her again by revealing that their families were waiting in the wings with champagne and strawberries to celebrate.
On the day of the ceremony, the couple chose to exchange gifts. Ashley’s gift was a journal in which she had written entries for every day of their engagement–269 entries–that included recaps of their day and a prayer for him and their relationship. His gift to Ashley was a pearl necklace with matching earrings.
The couple chose Centenary United Methodist Church for their wedding ceremony, both for its beauty and because it was the site where they first remembered meeting in sixth grade. As a special touch, Hunter’s cousin officiated the wedding. The altar was decorated with clear glass votives and candles. Ashley’s bouquet sparkled with crystals from an arrangement the mother of the bride had at her rehearsal dinner. Ashley also carried the handkerchief that her grandmother, mother and aunt carried at their weddings.
The reception was held in a tent, just off of the Grand Ballroom of Castle Post. Inside the tent, flower arrangements containing hydrangeas and blush roses were accompanied by soft, glowing candles, giving the area a romantic feel. A large ice sculpture bore the couple’s monogram. Each table was numbered with glittery silver numbers the bride purchased on Etsy and sprinkled with little crystal beads. As favors, guests received horseshoes tied with pink ribbon with a note that thanked them for joining the couple on their “lucky” day.
Inside the Grand Ballroom, guests could enjoy live music and dancing. The couple opted for minimal décor, as the space itself was stunning. They added mercury glass and candles to the fireplace. The guest book was filled with photos of the couple, creating a unique scrapbook of well wishes. Ice sculptures were filled with the couple’s signature cocktails. The beautiful 6-tier cake, topped with fresh flowers and surrounded by clusters of roses and votives, was positioned in front of the castle’s grand staircase. Guests danced the night away, celebrating the love of a lifetime.
Venue & Catering: The Castle Post | Wedding Photography: Phillips Mitchell and Danelle Alexis | Flowers: Kim Ballard Ross | Cakes: She Bakes Cakes
Wedding Planner: Melissa Buck (Soirée Blu) and Lauren Coldiron | Bridal Gown & Bridal Party Attire: Bridal and Formal, Cincinnati | Band: Jordan English
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Geno’s Formal Affair | Videographer: B&J Studio | Ice Sculptures: Lexington Ice Sculptures | Hair: Kristin Korona
Makeup: Beth Kendall and Anna Maria Corea, Dillard’s | Tent/Dance Floor: Events with Design