Ashley & Brian – The Gadsden House


How they met:
Brian accepted a Facebook request to come to the annual Holidale Christmas Party, unknowing that it was the night he would meet his wife.  At the party, Brian acted his usual calm and collected self. Brian and Ashley exchanged handshakes at the party and went about their night.  Later in the evening, the Christmas party moved to a bar in Buckhead.  Little to Brian’s knowing, Ashley had picked him out from the crowd.  After discussing with her sisters (and some liquid courage), she grabbed Brian by the hand, and they went to the dance floor.  The rest is history!

The Engagement:
After about three years of dating long-distance, Brian and Ashley knew it was time to take the next step, so Ashley left her paradise of Charleston and moved with Brian to Louisville, KY for his next work project.  The move was seamless, and Brian knew it was almost time to pop the question.  He started planning every detail, remembering Ashley’s only requests for her engagement were to NOT do it on a holiday and have her friends and family present to celebrate with them.  They already had a weekend trip to Charleston planned to celebrate friends who had recently gotten engaged, and Brian knew that was his opportunity.  He enlisted the help of one of Ashley’s girlfriends in Charleston to help with the planning and details.  He took every precaution to keep the entire event a secret from Ashley.  When the day finally arrived, Brian, Ashley and a group of their friends went to brunch at Page’s Okra Grille.  Afterward, Brian convinced Ashley to walk off their meal with him along the Pitt Street Bridge, and after a few minutes of walking, he got down on one knee and asked her to spend the rest of their lives together.  A very surprised Ashley said “Yes!” and they continued walking out to the Pitt Street Pier where both of their families were waiting to congratulate the happy couple and celebrate!

The Big Day:
The couple’s style was classic, charming Charleston, and the Gadsden House fit perfectly into their vision.  They chose Trinity United Methodist Church for their ceremony because of its traditional feel.  Ashley and Brian incorporated little, southern details into their day.  Both of their families love oysters, so every time they had oyster roasts, they were asked to save the shells.  The shells were used in flower vases and the acrylic cake stand.   The couple even made oyster shell ornaments with a map of Charleston inside as favors for their guests!  Brian used local sweetgrass for his boutonnieres, and Ashley’s bridesmaids were in ice blue dresses to represent her “something blue”. To incorporate a little bit of their Kentucky life, they buried a bottle of Kentucky bourbon at the Gadsden House a month before the wedding date.  Tradition says this will bring good weather on your wedding day, and it worked!  Their wedding day brought the most perfect weather!

Looking back on their amazing wedding day, Ashley says, “It was more than we could have dreamed!”  We wish these two the happiest of forever in their new home back in Charleston!


Planning: Peper Events

Bar + Venue: Gadsden House

Caterer: King Street Hospitality Group

Cake: Ashley Bakery

Entertainment: Epic Proportion

Florals: Fresh Weddings and Events

Getaway Pedicab: Charleston Pedicab

Guest Transportation: Absolutely Charleston

Hair and Makeup: Lashes and Lace

Lighting: Lowcountry Entertainment

Photo Booth: MVP Photo Booth

Photography: Jennings King Photography

Rentals: Snyder Events

Videography: Palmetto Coast Media

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