bride in strapless lace dress and pearls with groom in forest setting

Guests were treated to cupcakes and cocktails, and the couple even took a second alone to enjoy a beer from the local brewery on-site. Read below for Ashley's helpful thoughts on wedding planning and dealing with day-of stress. Thanks to Powers Photography for sharing this beautiful afternoon with us!

bride in robe getting ready with flower girls trying on her shoes
 flower girl in cream lace dress makes funny face
chalkboard style cocktail napkins with Mr. and Mrs. and flowers in bright colors
bride in strapless lace wedding dress with pearl necklace and bracelet
bride and groom's first look with bride's hair in updo and tattoo on shoulder blades
bride and groom in striped tie with pine cone boutonniere after first look moment
direction sign pointing to octagon shaped barn for wedding venue
string light and greenery aisle decor with candles in glass hurricane holders
bride with white rose bouquet walks down aisle with father at barn wedding
barn wedding ceremony with couple's daughters in octagon shaped barn with tulle wall covering
bride in strapless wedding dress and groom in suit stand together in rustic Northwest pub
groom gets drinks at pub by wedding venue
bride waits for drink at pub after wedding ceremony
wedding rings on rustic wooden windowsill
closeup of groom drinking pint of beer after wedding ceremony
 stoic bride and groom in pub after rustic wedding ceremony
 bride and groom enter reception as guests drink lemon drops
white rose and hydrangea centerpiece in container wrapped with tree bark
bride with bridesmaids in cream colored, textured dresses, with one bridesmaid wearing a baby carrier
 groom gives bride bear hug after barn wedding
happy groom and groomsmen in gray suits and striped ties right after wedding ceremony
vanilla cupcakes with monochromatic sprinkles on silver platter
wedding cheesecake with berries and a pine cone bride and groom cake topper

What was most important for you to include in your wedding?

For the two of us the most important aspect of our wedding day was to honor, and celebrate the parts that our family and friends have played in our lives. We wanted everything to reflect our deep appreciation of their presence, from our ceremony to the food. We wanted everyone to have an incredible afternoon, and to leave feeling full not only in their stomachs, but also in their hearts.

What was your favorite detail?

There we so many incredible details! Having our families so involved was wonderful, but my favorite had to be having Nate’s two young daughters be a part of our ceremony. Lylee, the eldest (8 years old), was one of my bridesmaids, and Sydnee (5 years old) was our flower girl. During the ceremony we surprised them by asking them to hold our hands during the exchanging of vows. It was an amazing moment, and we will never forget it.

What was your wedding theme or style? How did you choose your theme?

Our theme was an earthy-rustic, woodland wonderland. The ceremony and reception were held in a barn that is over 100 years old. We were very lucky to have my extremely talented Aunt Sue, of Sue Surby Design, as our wedding planner and decorator. She helped me from the very first step of the way from choosing the venue, colors, textures, lighting, food, flowers, I mean literally everything. She’s a superhero, and the best part is that she loves to do this. The theme just seemed to happen with her vision, and it was truly beautiful.

Five words that describe the two of you and your wedding:

Family, fun, celebratory, cozy, and food!

Your first dance song and why you chose it:

Our first dance song was “Wrecking Ball” by Eric Church. Not only do we love Eric Church’s music, but the song really fits us. With our current schedules we don’t see each other during the week, and the song is all about him coming home from tour to his wife. It’s very sweet, and passionate.

What is your advice to couples who are planning weddings now?

Breathe. It will all be okay! Once you’re in the moment you’re on kind of on autopilot, and any hiccups in the day just melt into the background. Everyone is just happy to be there, and you should be too!

Photography: Powers Photography Studios   |   Venue & Catering: Cornelius Pass Roadhouse   |   Planning & Flowers: Sue Surby Design   |   Accessories: Adorned in Grace   |   Cupcakes: Lizzy Cakes Cupcakes   |   Officiant: Dina Lang   |   Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse   |   Band: Stewed in a Stump