This love story began approximately 8 years ago when Josh and Ashley started dating. Josh proposed to Ashley at his birthday party a year ago last May. Friends and family were invited to the celebration. The last present that Josh opened was from Ashley’s dad. When he opened the present, he said, “Awesome! Just what I have always wanted.” With tears starting to well up in his eyes, he walked towards Ashley and got down on one knee, looked Ashley in the eye, and said, “You.” Then Josh asked for Ashley’s hand in marriage, and “by the grace of God, she said Yes!!!” It was such a sweet surprise and so many kept it a secret. Ashley described that day as “one of the best days in her life!” Josh said, “I got the best birthday present that I could ever ask for!”
As we helped a beautiful Bride and her family decorate for her wedding reception, it was amazing to see the Bride’s vision come together into a magical setting.
Josh and Ashley were married in Manning Chapel at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor where they both attended college. A special touch in their wedding ceremony was a Unity Cross. The Unity Cross is a unique way to celebrate the joining of a Bride and Groom together as one in marriage. The outer cross represents strength, leadership, and protection of the man. The intricate detail of the inner cross represents the beauty and many capabilities of the woman. The Bride’s inner cross is placed inside the protection of the Groom’s outer cross and symbolizes the two becoming one. Three pins hold the sculpture together and represents the Trinity for the security and completeness that only our Heavenly Father can provide.
The Couple’s reception was held at Rustic Acres Event Center. Rustic Acres is a 5,500 square foot building that can easily accommodate over 300 seated guests, and the facility is nestled on over 22 peaceful acres.
Candice decorated the chalkboard wall for the Champ wedding reception, and it made a cute backdrop for a photo booth to capture the smiles of their guests.
The colors for the wedding and reception consisted of navy and coral. The Bridesmaids’ dresses were navy, and the bouquets and floral centerpieces on the reception tables were comprised of coral Gerber daisies.
During the toasts, the Best Man said, “Marriage is like fine wine, it gets better with age. Cheers to the years!” The Matron of Honor included a beautiful quote … “Love isn’t always perfect. It isn’t a fairy tale or a storybook, and it doesn’t always come easy. Love is overcoming obstacles, facing challenges, fighting to be together, holding on and never letting go. It is a short word, easy to spell, difficult to define, and impossible to live without. Love is work, but most of all, Love is realizing that every hour, every minute, and every second was worth it because you did it together.”
El Chico catered the reception. The professional photographer was a longtime friend. Creative Innovations was the florist for the Bridal bouquet, and she also added an extra floral touch to the wedding cake which was decorated by Tracylyn with Simply Sweet. Ashley and Josh have been childhood friends with Tracylyn’s kids. The Mother of the Bride’s friend, Pam, had the honor of cutting the wedding cake; they had attended high school together and have remained friends as Ashley was growing up.
The wedding dance represents the first steps the Bride and Groom take together set to music. The Couple danced their first dance to Promise to Love Her by Blane Howard.
A very special moment for us during the evening was during the Mother-Son dance. The sweet Bride came up to us and thanked us for all of our help. That simple gesture was a treasure!
Josh and Ashley incorporated an Anniversary Dance into the celebration. The couple that had been married the longest was 56 years. That is quite an accomplishment and wonderful role models for a happy marriage. This couple was Josh’s grandparents, Jim and Sandy Champ.
The Bride and Groom included some sweet touches to the celebration such as up-lighting with their names displayed on the wall, and the couple also served Kettle-corn and Movie Popcorn as one of the appetizers with cute sacks that said, “Thanks for Poppin’ in on our big day!”
For their final farewell, the guests were blowing bubbles of wedding wishes for the new Mr. and Mrs.
After the wedding, the couple traveled to the Bahamas for their honeymoon and stayed at Sandals Royal Bahamian Hotel. This beautiful resort offers refined European sophistication, private cabanas, personal butler service, and romantic ambiance surrounded by tropical flora and crystal blue water. ⚓️
Josh and Ashley also went to Atlantis which is a portal to a truly Bahamian experience that features the world’s largest open-air marine habitat, a 141-acre waterscape, and magnificent beaches.
Even though it rained a little each day, the Couple saw a gorgeous rainbow and had many wonderful adventures such as snorkeling with the sea turtles and swimming with the dolphins.
We are so happy for the sweet Couple. We wish them much love, laughter, and happily ever after! Cheers to the years!! ?
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About Us: A vision has evolved between two determined individuals, a mother and a daughter, with two aspiring dreams that intertwined to create Tirzah! We have embarked on a quest to "Leave a Legacy of Love." Tirzah is a Historical Venue that existed in the late 1860’s and has the honor of being listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. This grand structure features crystal chandeliers, spacious ceilings, original hardwood floors, an exterior courtyard with party lights, and an outdoor rustic landscaped area. We are conveniently located in the heart of Central Texas in downtown Belton’s Historical District. Step back in time and see a glimpse of the past in this vintage venue that is ideal for those looking for a unique, nostalgic, and intimate setting for a special celebration. Tirzah offers expertise in the Romance Travel Industry. We design romantic escapes, memorable proposals, honeymoons, anniversary trips, vow renewals, and destination weddings. Our wedding planning services include destination weddings as well as traditional weddings in the Central Texas area. We strive to offer a personalized experience to couples by transforming dreams into Cherished Memories! Diana has fun playing with her grandson, loves to travel, enjoys going on nature walks, and collects quotes. Candice is the mother of the cutest little boy! She enjoys trying new recipes and playing volleyball. She brings creativity to life.