The Wedding of Neal + Ashley

Good morning! I hope all of you are enjoying your weekend and having a fabulous Sunday. I started off my morning by teaching another sweaty Spin class and will be headed off soon to practice the new Bodypump release with the other instructors one last time before the launch tomorrow!

I’ll be picking the winners for the NuNaturals giveaway tonight, so be sure to enter if you haven’t done so yet!

Yesterday was so much fun. It was a day that was highly anticipated for a long time- the day that my beautiful friend Ashley married her husband (!!) Neal.

I’ve known Ashley and Neal since last fall, and have loved seeing them go from boyfriend/girlfriend to being engaged, and now being married! Ashley and I became friends by reading each others’ blogs, and had an instant connection when we met in person- and have been super close ever since. Here’s a few photos to show off their beautiful ceremony and reception.

Ashley sent out an email a few weeks ago asking her wedding guests to download the “Wedding Snap” app on their smartphones.

This app is so cool! It’s an online photo album where wedding guests can post the photos they took into one big collection! It was really fun to post photos and look at the ones that everyone else took.

The wedding was at 3:00 at a church in Gaithersburg. It was really hot outside- and I felt a little sorry for all of the guys in their suits! But, I was happy to see my handsome husband wearing the suit from our wedding, which was just one year ago!

We didn’t know anyone at the wedding, besides the bride + groom, but I wasn’t worried about that. Ashley and Neal are such great people, that I figured that their other friends would be a lot of fun! I immediately made friends with a gal named Katy, who happens to look just like Ashley!

The funny thing was, Katy came up and introduced herself to me- she recognized me from my blog! Two other people also did the same thing- which is probably to be expected since they read Ashley’s blog.

The ceremony was really nice. And the kids were so cute!

We were all so excited to see Ashley, and she looked so beautiful!

First kiss as husband and wife:

The wedding party surprised everyone by dancing down the aisle to Hall & Oates “You Make My Dreams Come True” (which was also the song that Greg and I had playing when our wedding party entered the reception at our wedding!)

After the ceremony we headed towards Boyds to the Lodge at Seneca Creek for the reception. The lodge was beautiful and rustic- just perfect!

We drank (really good) beer and munched on appetizers (chips with guac and salsa, smoked sausage and hamburger sliders that were to die for!). There were so many awesome details that Ashley put together:

Placecards:

Adorable napkins!

Custom-labeled Jones Soda:

Wedding Mad Libs, which were a HUGE hit (some people got pretty dirty with this, too!):

In lieu of a guest book, everyone left a thumbprint on an drawing of a naked tree, to fill in the “leaves.” I love this!!

(Mine and Greg’s are the two at the very bottom on the left side!)

There was really good beer (A bunch of different Sam Adams summer styles and Fat Tire!) and wine. And cute mason jars to drink from – which we also got to take home (Katy and I were WAY too excited about this):

And water, sweet tea and lemonade were served in little buckets with a spout!

And the food… whoa. It was delicious- definitely in the top 5 wedding dinners I’ve had. It was catered by Hill Country BBQ in DC, which I was not familiar with. I am definitely going to their restaurant in the near future! My plate was crammed with a little bit of everything: cornbread, corn pudding, mac & cheese, potatoes, vegetable casserole (which tasted like a veggie enchilada!), bbq chicken, brisket and cucumber salad.

Our tablemates were awesome, and we all became friends instantly (even on Facebook, so it’s totally official). The group included:

Jessica (who works with Ashley had done a triathlon that morning!! Crazy girl!) and Katy (Ashley’s doppelganger):

and Randy and Dara, who both used to work with Ashely at Dartmouth.

Randy manages a gym, so of course, I wanted to talk his ear off!

Some scenes from the reception…

First dance:

Cake shoving:

Greg and Neal (who look like long lost brothers in this photo):

Ashley and me:

All four of us!

Ashley’s sister (who is only 19!) gave the best maid-of-honor speech. It was so adorable and from the heart- and definitely made us all laugh until we cried. :)

We danced our faces off (and I was one sweaty mess!), and by the end of the night, we were all partied out.

We had an awesome time and didn’t want the party to end (but had to get home to our two hungry mutts)! Congratulations for pulling off such an amazing wedding and reception Ashley and Neal- and best wishes for a lifetime of love, laughter and happiness. Have fun on your European honeymoon- love you both!

 

Comments

  1. This sounds like the most organized wedding ever!!!! I love all of the details too – especially the smartphone app.
    can i get married again?

    • I know, Lindsay- I thought the same thing. I didn’t use Pinterest or anything when I planned my wedding (since it didn’t exist!)

  2. Jessica H says:

    Great post! It was a fun time! So glad to make new friends too!

  3. That picture app is the COOLEST!!!! ever!!!!!!! Man, I love going to weddings. I missed one because (for some reason – haha) I couldn’t make it back to Iowa. They’re always so fun! funny mad libs.

  4. Thanks for the sneak peek, I seriously could not wait until she got back from her honeymoon (tease she was with all the pics on twitter :-) ). Ashley looked absolutely stunning. Nothing like seeing new love at a wedding. What a fun reception. Looks like everyone had a GREAT time regardless of the 100 degree heat. Glad you all got to share the day.

  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE the mad libs. I’m stealing.

    And is it terrible if I say that program is horrific? I hate wedding tschotke sometimes. It’s hard to go to a friend’s wedding and see their horribly designed stuff when I could have done it for them for freeeeee. Anyway. Venting. Doing lots of wedding invites lately and it’s frustrating.

    You guys look super cute! And looks like you had a blast.

    • You jerk- yes that’s horrible to say! I hope SHE didn’t design it, because then you’re REALLY a jerk! :)
      I designed everything for our wedding- invites, programs, centerpieces, place cards… you name it. I’m scared to know your opinion of them when I finally do my wedding post next week!

    • My sister designed them for me last minute because my best friend who designs them was in the hospital, so yes! You are a jerk!!

  6. Yay – love Ashley & Neal’s wedding recap!! Beautiful wedding & reception!! So many fun people and love all my new friends!

  7. What a great looking wedding! I love all the details. I also love the idea of getting everyone to use the wedding app. I love technology!

  8. How cool! I love all the unique touches. And the app! One of my best friend just got engaged and I sent her the link to this post. Everyone should use that app!

  9. I love the Jones soda! What a cool idea.

  10. The details are so cute! Ashley – want to come make my wedding amazing too!? :) Everyone looks so radiant in the photos – a beautiful day, for sure! Congrats Ashley and Neal!!

  11. Awww, this is so sweet. That lodge is actually on the list of places I’ve been considering! I went out and toured it last summer…it looks even lovelier here. One of these days….

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