Ashley & Matt were married on the rooftop lawn at Ameristar Casino in Saint Charles. It was the perfect, sunny fall day for their beautiful ceremony which was sweet and joyous and full of love. We were so happy to be able to capture it for them!
I asked Ashley and Matt to tell us their love story. Here it is in Ashley’s own words:
How did you and Matt meet?
Matt and I both attended the University of Minnesota. He was a baseball player. and I was a dancer. One Monday morning after both of our team workouts were done, we ended up in the athletic training room at the same time. We then ended up sitting in two of the ice bath tubs right next to each other in silence for about 10 minutes while we froze. Finally we struck up an awkward conversation and ended up running into each other 3 more times that week. The rest is history!
Tell us your engagement story:
Matt and I rarely ever have a weekend off at the same time. Between working 2 full time jobs, him coaching baseball lessons, and me teaching and traveling for dance, it gets hard to find time to get away. Because of this, when we do have a weekend off, we love going on little weekend getaway trips somewhere in Minnesota. Memorial Day Weekend of 2016 we decided to head up North to Two Harbors Minnesota. The first day we were there we went hiking at Gooseberry Falls. It was so beautiful and I remember thinking to myself the whole hike, “Hmm this would be a really pretty spot for him to propose”. After 2 hours of hiking, I was sure that it was not going to happen that day. He would have done it by then, but sure enough a few minutes later we made it to the most secluded waterfall in the whole park and he got down on one knee! We were sweaty and covered in mud from hiking, but it was absolutely perfect. We spent the rest of the weekend celebrating just the two of us.
Do you have any fun stories to share about the two of you? Any hobbies or interests?
Matt and I were both college athletes and we are super competitive. We like to turn everything we do into a competition or a bet. Before you know it, a simple game of bowling turns into the loser doing dishes for the next 3 days! I love that we both have that drive. It keeps things fun!
Although we both love getting out of the house and adventuring, when we’ve had a busy day or week one of our favorite things to do to reconnect in the evening is have a glass of wine (red for him, white for me) and binge watch “How I Met Your Mother”
Ashley and Matt thank you for trusting us to capture your magical day. You two are perfectly matched and so beautiful, inside and out. We hope you love your images as much as we do!
Much love to all of the incredible vendors that came together to make this beautiful day possible:
Hair: Ashley’s bridesmaid Paige Lefevre who did an INCREDIBLE job.
Makeup: Brynn McNett of Salon de Christe
Florals: Parkview Gardens
Wedding Dress: Posh Bridal Couture
DJ: Patrick | Millennium
Cake: Home Town Bakery
Planner: Katie Hackmann | Rouge Events & Design
Videographer: Tower Studios
Photo Booth: Everyday Elegance Photo Booth