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Wedded bliss – Ashlyn & Austin James – Aug. 1, 2020


Ashlyn and Austin’s fairytale began in 2013. They had attended the same school for years, but they didn’t meet until, by fate, a mutual best friend introduced them. After Austin’s persistence, he managed to finally acquire Ashlyn’s phone number. They will always tell you it was love at first sight.

THE FIRST DATE: Ashlyn and Austin’s first official date was to OH! Bryan’s for a romantic candlelit Valentine’s Day dinner.

THE PROPOSAL: May 7, 2019, while on a beach trip with Austin’s family, Austin told Ashlyn they were going on a romantic dinner together; however, Austin had really hired a photographer and led Ashlyn to a private beach. Ashlyn thought they were just taking some professional photos together, but in reality, Austin got down on one knee and proposed to the love of his life.

THE WEDDING: Harvest Hollow Venue and Farm

Ashlyn and Austin’s perfect day was Aug. 1, 2020, at Harvest Hollow Venue and Farm. This venue was absolutely perfect for their dream wedding.

FAVORITE MOMENT: Both Ashlyn and Austin’s favorite moment of their wedding was the first look. Not only was it an emotional, yet intimate, moment between two people in love, but it was a moment they both will look back on and cherish forever.

THEIR LOVE: What Ashlyn loves most about Austin is his huge heart that cares most about the people closest to him and his passion and determination to always live their relationship to the fullest. What Austin loves most about Ashlyn is her commitment to always put others first and how she stays motivated and works hard to achieve their relationship goals.

FINAL WORD: Ashlyn is the daughter of Timothy and Kimberly Sanders. Austin is the son of Chris and Stephanie James.


Officiant: Jason Swinney

Maid of honor: Mary Beth Nichols

Bridesmaids: Haley Hargett, Lindsay Balentine, Ashley Swinney and Gabby Cook

Best man: Jacob Devaney

Groomsmen: Hunter Winstead, Jake Dill, Dillan Swinney and Nathan Hulsey

Venue: Harvest Hollow Venue and Farm

Catering: Rawhide BBQ

Wedding Director: Lauren Boston

Florist: Carmalita Coan

Cake: Bellaria Wedding Cakes by Tina Parker

Videographer: Woodnote Media

Photographer: CREATE by Heather Sherrill

Invitations: Minted Weddings

Wedding dress: Kay’s Kreations

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Promenade

Hair: Ashley Watson

Make-up: Savana Vinson

Men’s Attire: Coats Clothing Co.

Music: Universal Events

Favors and gifts: Etsy.com

Rentals: Party Pros

Draping: Kris Clark Designs


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