Nick Proposes to Ashlie

Nick Proposes to Ashlie

Folks say that girls spend years dreaming up their weddings. This may be true… but first they dream about the boy and then they dream about the proposal. And then the wedding.
Proposals are one of the most intimate, heartfelt, most vulnerable, you-are-my-life-and-I-cant-spend-another-minute-without-you moments. The adrenaline, the nerves, the excitement. Carrying around the ring and worrying that the love of your life will find out its there before you are ready.
I’m a sucker for romance flicks, books, stories, poems, songs, sayings, embroidered pillowcases, personalized ornaments, hallmark cards… you name it I guarantee I will tell you: Awww that is soooo cute! Which is the most overused phrase in my vocabulary next to: Aren’t you sooooo excited???? I am soooo excited for you!
Here is one of my most fave proposals of all times:
And I could not have been more honored to be a part of the proposal below.
When one of my past bosses Nick mentioned that he was going to propose to his girlfriend Ashlie, I of course was all eyes and ears. Now to meet Nick in person, he is pretty serious, get-the-job-done kinda guy, you never see a whole lot of sensitivity or joking right away. So you can imagine my excitement when he got giddy like a school boy when we about his ideas, when and where, the ring, etc. My last question after hearing him go through his plan of action bit by bit was: did you hire a photographer?
He said, no, I was just going to take my camera and ask someone to take pics for me…
And boy am I ever glad that I staged this intervention!
First off, Nick was planning on proposal outside in the evening in a dimly lit area…. it was imperative to have a skilled professional behind the camera who could be there in advance, test the angles, lighting, etc.
And that we did.
After several emails, texts, phone calls, and checking the weather, we set forth a time and Michelle with Green Wall Studio and I loaded the car with layers and layers of winter gear and road tripped to Augusta, Missouri to the Annual Christmas Light Walk.
I will cut out the boring part where we scoured every part of the town for options and finally settled on the park, lit by a Christmas tree made out of green wine bottles (hey, it is Missouri wine country out there) and text back and forth with the highly anxious Nick.
We waiting in a building across the street from the park and waited till we saw them enter the clearing when we casually walked over the the snap shooting began…
This entire night filled my heart with joy. Thank you Nick for letting us be a part of it. I couldn’t be happier for the two of you and wish you a lifetime of uncontrollable laughs, never ending happiness and moments like this which you will cherish. xoxoxoox
An Afternoon at the Grafton Winery

An Afternoon at the Grafton Winery

I met the owners of the Grafton Winery a few years ago and now consider them friends. Mike and Lori are easy going, down-to-earth and have a passion for the vine incomparable to most. And it’s not just the wine that they have the love for, it’s the people who come to the Grafton Winery. They have regulars, harley crews, ladies nights out, date nights, family get-togethers, book clubs, and even the folks who come to sit alone and enjoy a glass of wine over a good book, just to get away, to be still. The views are breathtaking, the service is great, the food is outstanding – even their wraps and sweet potato fries were like Thanksgiving to me, I couldn’t stop eating even when I was full, the wine is YUM! When I met with Mike and Lori about opening the venue up to wedding receptions on a more regular basis my first thought was: we have 1.5 weeks max before the gorgeous colors of fall are gone and we MUST get a couple up here and a photographer to capture this space. And that we did! Our photographer is Michelle of Green Wall Studio, cakes and desserts from 10th Street Baking Company and theBAKERios. Bride and groom models are Alicia and Justin Powers married October 26, 2013- they were fresh off their honeymoon and looking as happy as ever. Props and style design by Next Door Finery and Signed Sealed Delivered Events. Enjoy a few of our favorite snapshots of our afternoon at the Grafton Winery and definitely go check them out for yourself. We are looking forward to coordinating weddings there in 2014!