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Real Wedding: Ashley and Todd

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It’s time to highlight one of my favorite and most cherished weddings so far in my life; Ashley and Todd’s wedding. Ashley and I have been friends since 7th grade. We’ve been through it all. From bad breakups, trying new things, getting in trouble, finding love, wedding dress shopping and countless moves, we’ve continued to stay close.

I was honored to be Ashley’s Maid of Honor at her wedding and she was my Matron of Honor at mine.

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I remember the day Ashley told me about Todd. We were in college and she said he was “special” and that this time it was different. Well, 10 years later they are still going strong.

Ashley is the one constant in my life who before, Adam, was there for me no matter what. She’s an amazing person, friend, dog mom and wife. They always tell you to surround yourself with people who make you a better person, and she surely does.

So let’s get to it.

Ashley and Todd Lisowski June 25, 2016

Howdidyoumeet

I am from outside of Philadelphia, he is from a small town in Ohio. I lived with his first cousin and met his entire family through her. After spending some time with her aunts and uncles, her uncle introduced me to his son. We hit it off immediately and are still together 10 years later.

 

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proposalstory

He can’t keep a secret. I knew it was coming, but not at the moment it did. I walked into our condo in Capitol Hill DC and there he was on his knee saying “Smashie, let’s get married!”

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Country Bride and Gent, it was the BEST experience and they helped me pick my absolute dream dress!

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hardestpart

Trying to make your family happy and learning so much about your wedding is more about making other people happy than doing what you want.

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George Street Photography

ceremony

Catholic Church, full mass. I wouldn’t recommend a full mass, it was way too long.

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Seeing everyone that has made us who we are today together in one room.

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George Street Photography

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7 bridesmaids, they wore black long dresses with tulle and sparkles.

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change

Not listen to everyone else’s opinion and do what felt right to me: i.e. full mass, don’t do a receiving line.

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advice

Have fun and remember what this whole thing is actually about. Don’t go broke trying to plan the perfect day, because it will be perfect with or without that extra thing no one else really cares about anyway. The day is about you and your spouse and your family/friends coming together as one. At the end of the day, when the party is over, you have each other, that is what the day is about. So enjoy the planning and don’t get stressed out over the little things, that’s not what the day is about.

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George Street Photography

After a decade of dating and a wedding for the ages, Ashley and Todd now live and work in Columbus, Ohio. They are parents to a little pup named Ziggy!

vendors

Florist: Small florist in North Wales, PA. She was FANTASTIC! Her name is Jennifer, but not sure the rest of her info.

Band: Jellyroll. (They were worth every single penny! They kept my guests dancing and learned how to play every song that was important to us.)

Planner: None

Venue: Normandy Farm Hotel

Makeup: Local Philadelphia artist, I forget her name, but she was great!

Caterer: Normandy Farm

Photographer: George Street. (Honestly, they were AWFUL. I thought because they are a corporate company they really couldn’t screw it up. I didn’t get a single picture with my mom, my brother, my maid of honor, and we didn’t do any pictures outside at the venue, which is exactly why I wanted to get married there. He was absolutely awful and I would never recommend.)

Videographer: George Street (as with the photographer, the videographer was awful. During the reception we were about to go over time by 1 hour, we approved it but in order for him to ensure he would get paid he made us write down the approval on a napkin in the middle of the speeches. DO NOT USE GEORGE STREET.)

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