For Ashlay and Chad it wasn’t love at first site but it was fate that they would wind up together. After attending the same high school but never really interacting, they spent years crossing paths during college and had multiple casual conversations about their love for hiking without either one making a move. Ashlay says finally, on about their 50thrun in, she made the bold move to ask Chad when they were going hiking already! The rest, as they say, is history.
Naturally with their love for the great outdoors, the two knew they had to get married somewhere that reflected that passion. When they took their first trip to the Arizona Snowbowl, Chad’s eyes lit up and Ashlay knew this was where they had to tie the knot!
To feed off the natural surroundings, Ashlay chose colors like green, a splash of navy, cream, and gold for her wedding day décor. Her goal was to accent the beauty around them and not overpower or distract from it and she pulled it off beautifully!
Chad and Ashlay both wanted a relaxed and fun wedding that reflected their love of nature so half of the wedding was held out on the Snowbowl deck. This gave guests time to enjoy the leaves changing color and the amazing Arizona sunset. The reception was held inside the Snowbowl Lodge. The couple drove their 1983 VW Westfalia Van to the venue and parked it just outside the lodge, using it as their photobooth. The van holds special meaning to the couple as one of their most prized possessions so it was a thrill to show it off to their guests!
Ashlay looked stunning in her strapless embroidered gown. She admits a bit of irony when picking out her gown because her number one rule was “No strapless gowns!!!” She only tried one on at the request of the store owner who told her she had to try at least one on to rule that style out. After a myriad of dresses that just weren’t right she took her advice and it wound up being the dress of her dreams!
After the gorgeous ceremony the couple danced the night away with their friends and family to the tunes of the Lucky Devil’s Band. Chad’s one request for the wedding was a live band and looking back, it wound up being the couples’ favorite part of the special day. They danced the night away with both old and young.
Officiant: @geoffmc87 | Video: @tsivideo| Wedding Coordinator: @missparys | Venue: Snowbowl Hart Prairie |Make-up: @chanelmolleobeauty | Hair: @magdavangeertry | Florist: @fosterwrightfloraldesign | Groom’s suit: @jcrew | Wedding dress store: @brilliantbridal | Brand: @demetriosbride| Band: @luckydevilsband | Cake: @flagstaffcakecompany | Catering and Rentals: Verve Events