Falling in love with the same person twice is possible, just ask Ashley and Nicole who dated, took and break, and now they’re married.
Tell us about the proposal.
I had no idea. I thought we were going to hang with her friends in Hot Springs (we live in Little Rock). Brett Young’s new album just came out, and the whole time I was getting ready, I kept replaying the song “Change Your Name.” Ashley said she thought, “she knows” several times. That ended up being the song we used for our first dance.
It was December 8th, 2018. We drove to Hot Springs, listening to music and singing the whole way. Well, I was. Ashley was nervous- I had no clue. We got there. She suggested we walk around The Arlington Hotel to kill some time. We got a drink. She ordered vodka. I immediately said, “whoa, so you’re having a day, huh?!”
We walked around for a while and she took me outside to this bench where she gave me a Shutterfly book she had made for me of a lot of our memories over the years. After we flipped through the book and laughed at young love and all the memories and growth, she got down on one knee. She said, “will you spend the rest of your ordinary days making mine extraordinary?”
I didn’t even look at the ring. She had to prompt me to after!
Talk to us about the big day!
Man! It truly was the best day of our lives. All of the memories still play through my head. It was a dream come true, and we had so much fun. I actually cried on the way home because I didn’t want it to be over.
Our favorite moment was our first look. It was such an intimate moment and one of the only moments in our best day where it was just us. We read our vows, laughed, and cried a lot. I will never forget that moment.
What does marriage mean to you?
Ashley and I took a break in our relationship after about three years. Once we got back together, I told her to pick her “M”, marriage or murder, because I’m not doing this with anyone else.
Marriage is extremely important to both of us. It truly means forever.
It means the good days and the really, really hard days, and the I’m sorry, “I got the bulk of the load, and it’s okay” day, and the really uncomfortable, challenging conversations.
Altogether, though. No matter what, it’s together—every day.
Photography by Maira Medina
Accessories Kendra Scott
Cake Ambrosia Bakery
Catering Jose’s Mexican Grill
Ceremony Venue Hot Springs Farmers Market
Desserts Claremont Cookies
Dress Boutique David’s Bridal
Entertainment DJ Bryan Pfeifer
Florist Gefer Sims
Hair Cara Anderson, Haley Allen
Makeup Lauren Benet
Officiant Lewis Jolly
Reception Venue The Warehouse
Shoes Steve Madden, Target
Suit Banana Republic
Wedding Party Outfits Lulus