To me, nothing speaks timeless elegance more than a palette of black, white & gold. This neutral combo maybe be simple, but it’s anything far from dull, and with Michelle Cousins, from Michelle Leo Events behind the wheel putting together the details, it can be darn right stunning. Pretty blooms seamlessly put together by Urban Chateau Floral, elegant gold embossed stationary, glittery linens, chic place settings, & a perfectly frosted gold hued wedding cake, are some of the well – crafted details up for view today. But don’t just take my word for it; take a peek into Ashley & Terrance’s elegant black, white & gold wedding at Grand America Hotel, by viewing the lovely captures taking by Pepper Nix Photography below.
From the Bride:
How did you meet?
Terry and I went to the US Air Force Academy, he was a year older than me. When we met, it was through mutual friends as he was dating someone, and I was dating one of his friends. We were just friends for a very long time before anything went in the direction of romance.
Who proposed marriage and how did that proposal happen?
Well, this is a long answer. Terry and I were both in the Air Force when we were first legally married in 2010. We were both living in Japan at the time, and I was going to move in August of 2010 unless I had a legitimate reason to stay. After only a few weeks of dating, six to be exact, we decided to get married so that I could stay in Japan longer, so we were legally married on July 16, 2010. Terry then proposed to me after spending two months flying the F-15C Eagle in Alaska. I usually would go out to the flight line to meet him at the jet when he landed. On this particular landing however, Terry jumped out of the jet and got down on one knee to propose. I was completely shocked! That was in September of 2011.
The first look was the BEST thing we ever did, because when he got to see me, I got to see him. Instead of being down the aisle from each other, we were face to face, which was very special because he was able to tell me that I was beautiful, and I could hear it. It was a very special and intimate moment between the two of us, and I am SO glad we did it.
Favorite ceremony memory?
Well, the whole ceremony was my favorite. Because we were already legally married, we had full liberty to do whatever we wanted. My brother “officiated”, which is a loose term because there was nothing official about it. Our mothers gave their speeches, which were beautiful, unique, and so much more meaningful to us than a standard reading or poem that someone else wrote. My brother did an amazing amazing job, and I still am stunned by all of the nice things he had to say to Terry and I. He blew us away. I also loved our vows, which we wrote together. They meant so much more to us than pre-written vows using someone else’s words.
One of our guests came up to me and said that was the best ceremony he has ever seen. He said it was so the most real, and genuine thing he has ever seen. I knew we did the right thing after he said that.
Three things you’re glad you did.
A first look, having everything all in one place so no one had to travel, and hiring a baby sitter so our friends with kids could come, and enjoy themselves after the kids bedtime!
Photographer: Pepper Nix Photography|Equipment Rentals: Diamond Rental|Event Venue: Grand America Hotel|Cinema and Video: Jared Wortley Films|Makeup Artist: Kristen Packard Makeup Artist|Event Designer: Michelle Leo Events|Band: The Groove Merchants|Floral Designer: Urban Chateau Floral|Dress designer: Anjolique|Shoes: Valentino|Wedding Programs: Etsy, via Fossil Letterpress|Cake Designer: Grand America Pastry Chef