The Couple:  Ashley Teegarden and Eric Brandt

Wedding Date:  August 30, 2009

Photography by Ford Family Photography

Tell us a little about you and your beloved:  Eric and I have known each other for about 17 years (that’s weird to say), he lived across the street from my cousin, but we didn’t start dating until the beginning of 2007. We grew up camping together, and I would often see him at family parties but I never thought we would date, let alone get married!!! As strange as it was that we were just now dating after knowing each other all these years we found that we had so much in common — same interests, hobbies, friends — that it was even stranger to us that we hadn’t gotten together sooner.

We went camping for the Thanksgiving holiday, and on November 28, 2008, Eric proposed to me in front family and friends, I was completely surprised…and embarrassed but it made it just that much more special that I could share such an important moment with my mom and dad.

What was the most amazing part of your day?  I can’t possibly pick just one…my amazing moments were walking down the aisle with my dad, seeing Eric at the altar waiting for me, our first kiss as husband and wife and sharing it all with our family and friends.

What else would you like to share about your big day?  A big reason our big day was stress free was due to the coordination of Kelly and Doug of Monte Verde Inn and Rebecca and Barry of Ford Family Photography. It was because of them that Eric and I, our wedding party and most importantly my MOM were all able to show up on our wedding day and just enjoy it — we didn’t have to do a thing and we are grateful for that.

Ceremony and Reception Site:  Monte Verde Inn

Photographer:  Ford Family Photography

Caterer:  Monte Verde Inn

Cake:  Monte Verde Inn

Flowers:  Blooms by Martha Andrews

Favors:  Silver key-shaped bottle openers

Wedding Dress:  Bella Donna Bridal Salon

Bridesmaid Dresses:  Bella Donna Bridal Salon

Hair:  Karrissa Bailey, Article Salon & Spa

Makeup:  Shana Beals Makeup Artistry

Invitations:  Wedding Paper Divas

DJ/Entertainment/Band:  SJ’s Disc Jockey

Honeymoon location:  Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

First Dance Song:  Lady by Kenny Rogers

Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now?  RELAX! Planning your wedding should be fun! It’s a celebration of your love for one another and the joy of sharing it with your closest family and friends. It’s easy to lose yourself in the planning and get wrapped up in the feeling that you need the biggest and the best but at the end of the day it’s about you and your soon to be spouse…enjoy it!!!

Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance?  Nope, nothing…it was perfect!

Photos courtesy of Ford Family Photography

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