It’s that time again! Let’s check out our newest featured Adore Real Bride, Ashley!
What was the style inspiration for your wedding?
Timeless, traditional, with a hint of modern flare
What was a special memory from your wedding day?
Seeing a lot of family that traveled from out of state (from 7 different states) to share our special day with us.
What do you admire most about your husband?
My husband is able to create special bonds with any and all children. He has this draw to him that kids love. This is what makes him such a great teacher. This is a passion we both share and teaching is how we met.
Tell us more about your wedding. Is there a great proposal story? How did you choose your location? Any DIY tips? What else would you want everyone to know about your wedding?
John proposed to be by throwing a surprise birthday party for my 29th birthday in 2017. John actually did not know if he would have the ring in time or not for it and still planned for it anyways. I was completely surprised with the party and the proposal in front of some family and our closest friends. This came more as a shock as John does not like all eyes on him and gets nervous in front of a lot of people.
We knew we wanted to keep our location local in the area and we had some of our closest friends use the Par-A-Dice with rave reviews. When we met and spoke with them we knew that it was the right place for us. We did not want to do traditional food and we decided to have different stations. We had a pizza bar, potato bar, taco bar, and a pasta bar (yes, with mac n cheese). It was amazing, all of our favorite foods! We had a popcorn bar from The Great American Popcorn Company in Morton, the popcorn couldn’t be filled fast enough before it was all eaten. Our cake was through The Cake Shoppe in Bartonville and was so good with chocolate, swirl, yellow, white, and raspberry filling flavors. Keeping everything local was very important to us as we preach to our students to give back to their community and to support small business.
With both of us coaching year round sports (John with basketball and track, and me with jr high softball and dance as well as high school softball) we didn’t exactly have time to do a whole lot of diy projects. However, we did our invitations through a website called: cards and pockets. With the help of a bridesmaid that used it for her wedding we were able to create elegant invitations that took a little elbow grease but was everything I could have asked for and more.
Our wedding was so very special for so many reasons. John and I both loss our fathers before meeting each other. I loss mine while attending Illinois State University and John loss his while he was attending Eastern Illinois University. We both were on different grief levels when we met. This helped us help each other even though we didn’t know it at the time. Our love for teaching and coaching bonded us and allowed us to open up about our pain. Our slideshow of pictures with our fathers left no eye dry at our reception but we really wanted to have the men that helped raise us feel like they were present in our celebration. Even though we both come from very different baseball fan perspectives (that either father would roll their eyes at the other – Cardinals v Cubs) this too has become something we realized our fathers had a love for that passed onto us.
What was your experience with Adore Bridal?
My experience with Adore was so great. My bridesmaids and family were able to have the entire place to ourselves on a Sunday afternoon. This was so perfect for me as I tend to get very nervous with center of attention. I never felt rushed and Andrea was patient and so knowledgable of the styles of dresses that were working and ones that were not. I can be quite indecisive at big decisions and it was so great to be able to have a private experience to help calm my nerves. I ended up going with a style that I did not originally have in mind and I loved everything about my dress. It was timeless, classic, and detailed.
My husband and his groomsmen all wore the Xedo tuxes and looked so great in them. We came into Adore and were able to do all of the ordering online and it was so easy! Plus I definitely think these tuxes looked better than I could have imagined on all different body types.
Are there any vendors that stood out to you as top notch? Who and Why?
Lauren Anderson Photography was amazing from engagement photos to day of photos. Lauren has the personality that makes you feel like you have known her for a long time she is so easy to talk to and is so genuine.
Photographer: Lauren Anderson
Hair & Makeup: B Loved (did a fantastic job and even was able to cater to some allergies that others had)
Florist: Create A Scene was amazing from start to finish. Kristy was so great at giving visuals of what the tables would look like and helped make everything look so wonderful.
Cake: The Cake Shoppe: The cakes was outstanding. The yellow flavor was a huge favorite!
Videographer: Complete Weddings: Dylan was awesome and worked so well with Lauren. He was professional and so easy going and funny! We can’t wait to get our video back.
DJ, uplighting, and Monogram: KC’s DJ Service, everything went unbelievably smooth at the reception and people were on the dance floor until shut down time.
Popcorn Bar: The Great American Popcorn Company, they go above and beyond to match everything to your wedding colors. Plus sampling was pretty great too!
Peoria Executive Limousine Services literally saved the day as my mode of transportation cancelled the night before the wedding! They showed up in a great option that would fit the bridal party and at the last minute.
Bremer Jewelry did a fantastic job on my engagement ring Melissa was so wonderful to work with and was able to create a truly valuable piece with my husband that used a family diamond and created my style around it. My ring means so much because of the story behind it.
Thanks for sharing your wedding day Ashley!