Meet the Couple – Ashley & Jonathan
The Bride – Ashley Smith is a financial advisor at Northwest Mutual. Fun fact, she is the shortest member of her family including her parents and two sisters even though she is 5”10!
The Groom – Jonathan Smith is a Sales Engineer for Allstate Heating & Cooling. Fun fact, Johnathan got his first job at 18 at Papa Johns and after three years of working there, he got more positive comment cards than anyone in the world (before online reviews were a thing).
Honeymoon Location – Sandals South Coast Jamaica
First Dance Song – “Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett and “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge
Favorite Date Night – One of our favorite things to do is to rent a hotel room (even in Lexington) but pretend we’re somewhere else. We’ll get ready in the hotel, go to a nice dinner, drinks afterward, and then walk back to the hotel. It’s super romantic and a nice change of pace from typical date nights.
Ashley, tell us your story…
Tell us your love story!
Jonathan and I met at a restaurant called Willie’s Locally Known. I was there with friends for dinner and to listen to live music. Bumble (the app) was hosting the event so drinks were free as long as you downloaded the app. Jonathan just happened to be our server. Jonathan and the rest of the staff had been partaking in the free drinks as well, so with a little liquid courage, he was shooting compliments my way every chance he got. I specifically remember him complimenting my smile. I was totally into it. At the end of the night, my friend said I should leave my number for him. I was afraid of rejection, so my friend wrote my number on our check and we left. Jonathan messaged me the next day, and we haven’t stopped talking since. A week and a half later we had our first date, and we were officially in a relationship on January 24, 2015.
Tell us your engagement story!
Jonathan and I had talked about marriage and we had even gone to look at rings, but the proposal itself was an absolute surprise. I was at my friend Arielle’s house having a casual dinner when we received a call that another friend, Kaitlin, had been fired from her job. This would have been a HUGE deal (if it had actually happened) so we rushed to her house with pizza and wine to console her. When Arielle and I got over there, she said Kaitlin was on the back deck if I wanted to go ahead and join her, but she needed to use the bathroom first.
When I stepped onto the back deck I was shocked to find Jonathan there all dressed. As he stood there our crazy dog Aria was running around the yard. I was so shocked that I didn’t move for the longest time. Jonathan had to coax me down the stairs. I barely remember what he said (thankfully my friends videoed it for me), and Jonathan still swears I never actually said yes. As he put the ring on my finger I could hear all my closest friends clapping and cheering. They were all there watching and ready to celebrate with a surprise engagement party! It couldn’t have been a better surprise.
However, that wasn’t the last surprise. Jonathan whisk me away to Chicago the next day to continue the engagement celebration! He made reservations at Geja’s Fondues and Fine Wines and even had flowers delivered to our table. It was perfect!
Ashley, tell us about your elegant fall wedding day…
Where did you gather inspiration from for your wedding day?
Pinterest. Do people use anything else these days? I knew I wanted an elegant yet simplistic fall design. I love candles, so we did a lot of candles and greenery. Purple is my favorite color, so we went with jewel tones and gold.
Why did you choose to have your wedding a Warrenwood Manor?
Jonathan and I had looked at a couple of similar venues before we toured Warrenwood Manor. But as soon as we walked in, I knew immediately! My friends that toured with us even brought donuts (my favorite) and champagne to celebrate after the tour. Not only is Warrenwood absolutely stunning, but I could envision my wedding there. It seemed like the perfect venue for an elegant fall wedding.
What were you most excited about on your wedding day?
Being able to call Jonathan my husband, and him seeing me in my dress for the first time.
In what ways did you personalize your wedding day?
- Our “guest book” was a wedding quilt that my mom made. We had guests sign quilt squares and then my mom sewed them together to finish the quilt.
- Our officiant was the lead pastor of mine and Jonathan’s church (Vineyard Community Church in Lexington), and he suggested our first act as husband and wife (before the kiss or anything) be to take communion together. So, my mom brought a chalice and bread plate from my childhood church and my mom and Jonathan’s cousin, Cherri, served us communion during our ceremony.
- My mom didn’t have any opinions in terms of the wedding. She just wanted whatever Jonathan and I wanted. However, she did request that we dance to, “When a Man Loves a Woman” the original by ourselves on the dance floor. We didn’t know how to do that outside of our first dance, but we already picked a first dance song (“Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett). So, we had our DJs (KY Sounds) combine the two into one first dance song. It started with “Die a Happy Man”, but flowed into “When a Man Loves a Woman“. We didn’t tell my mom, and she burst into tears when the song transitioned. It was really special to us and meant so much to her. She has this vision of all three of us girls (her daughters) dancing to that song on their wedding day.
- Both Jonathan’s parents have passed away, so he chose to dance with his mom’s sister, his aunt Sylvia, in place of the Mother/Son dance.
What was the funniest thing that happened on your wedding day?
I couldn’t get Jonathan’s ring on his finger during the ceremony. I had to push with all my might and everyone could tell.
Are there things on your wedding day that you thought you cared about but ended up being unimportant?
I thought I would care more about the details. Typically, I’m a do-it-all-myself type of person, but I really didn’t want to have that stress, so our wedding planner set everything up for us.
Of all of the beautiful moments of your wedding day, which do you cherish the most?
I think just having our closest friends and family there to witness and celebrate with us. Probably, the most memorable for everyone was the dancing.
What advice would you give to a newly engaged couple starting the wedding planning process?
Choose a wedding planner and wedding venue that is eager to help make your day perfect. I couldn’t have done it without my planner and venue team. Kaitlin, Brittney, and Amber made our day absolutely perfect and brought our elegant fall wedding vision to life.
What vendors contributed to your Elegant Fall Wedding?
Photographer | Mothwing Photography
Venue | Warrenwood Manor
Caterer, Bartender & Baker | DaRae & Friends Catering
Florist & Coordinator | Unbridled Events
DJ | KY Sounds
Rentals | Bryant’s Rent-All
Invitations | Zazzle
Bridesmaids’ Dresses | Rebecca’s Wedding Boutique
Menswear | Men’s Warehouse
Officiant | Kevin Clark of Vineyard Community Church
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