Ashley and Jake were married in a small private ceremony in June of 2015, but last Saturday they had a big bash on their 1st anniversary inviting all of their family and friends to come and celebrate with them. It was a cool and cloudy day at Ashley's family home on Flathead Lake, and it couldn't have gone any better! Even the rain showers and one significant down-pour didn't discourage the joy and celebration!
Ashley's beautiful dress highlighted her cute little figure - I think she actually referred to it as a "booty dress" - I'll let you decide exactly what she might have meant by that!
Both Jake and Ashley are just in love with their niece and nephews, and after this day of utter adorableness from all of the kids, I think all of their friends and family were as well!
The merging of these two families was not really anything new. These two met through their mothers who have been friends for 30 years - since going to floral design school together - and have kept in contact over the years. So, when Ashley was 13, the families vacationed together at Flathead Lake, and the seeds of a romance were born. As Ashley said, "no we didn't start dating then, I was too young," but the writing was on the wall for an exciting future of love and romance.
The make the whole day more meaningful, it was also Ashley's grandmother's 56th wedding anniversary that day. Below are three generations of wedding rings, including Ashley's maternal grandmother's ring that was passed down to her mother. I love Ashley's heart for honoring the generations that went before her!
Ashley is so beautiful she made even the doorway to the bunk house glamorous and romantic!
These are just a few of the black and whites - there will be another blog post next week with a colorful look at this fun and joyful celebration of marriage!
Happy Black and White Friday everyone!