Ashley and Brennan

Zionsville, Indiana



Photography | Alison Mae Photography | @alisonmaephotography

Venue | The Cardinal Room

Floral Designer | Blooms by Dragonfly | @bloomsdragonfly

Gown Salon | The Wedding Studio

Bridesmaids Dresses | David’s Bridal @davidsbridal

Men’s Attire | Men’s Wearhouse | @menswearhouse

Hair | Salon 01

Bakery | Classic Cakes of Carmel

Caterer | Jacqui’s Gourmet Catering | @jacquis_gourmet_catering

Cinematography | Sweet Rush Pictures

DJ | Bugbee’s DJ Plus | @bugbeesdjplus

From the Photographer

Ashley and Brennan’s stunning fall wedding was absolutely perfect! With personal touches such as having their sweet pups join them to Ashley wearing her mother’s emerald ring, it was a day full of sweetness. And speaking of sweet, each table at the reception had their own mini cake! This happy couple are incredibly supportive of one another and encourage one another to pursue their passions regularly. Brennan loves music, so Ashley learned to play the guitar and even surprised Brennan with an acoustic guitar before the ceremony! It was the perfect fall day on a beautiful golf course! I am so thankful to have been apart of it!

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

We envisioned our wedding day as one that would be both traditional and timeless. While there are many great spots to get married in the city, we wanted a venue that was tranquil and serene. Indiana summers can be very hot, so we knew fall was the best season to get married. These ideas came together in the form of a private golf course with beautiful fall weather. Our traditional Christian ceremony overlooked a bright golf course and was officiated by the groom’s uncle. We included a time of communion with all of our guests, which made the ceremony extra special for us.


Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

Flowers played a big part in our decoration for the day. The ceremony backdrop was a beautiful arch with white and light pink flowers. We included simple floral arrangements on chairs lining the aisle. Our reception centerpieces were individual cakes topped with flowers and a table number. These were a big hit with guests and a unique way to direct guests to their tables. Guests were able to enjoy dessert without having to leave their table! Additional greenery and tall flower vases adorned the tables at the reception. Each place setting included a gold charger with a dinner menu and a hand rolled, emerald colored, napkin – into the shape of a rose. Ashley’s mom’s best friend offered to do this for us, and it really completed the look of the place settings.


What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

I always envisioned a wedding day complete with lots of flowers. After meeting with the florists, I realized I knew nothing about flowers and the design job was best left to the professionals. I explained my vision to the ladies at Blooms By Dragonfly and they worked their magic to bring it to life. The bouquets, centerpieces, and ceremony backdrop were filled with gorgeous garden roses, greenery and a handful of other flowers I couldn’t tell you the names of.. again, this was a job best left to the professionals! The individual cakes at each table were topped with roses. Tall vases at the reception tables were filled with a gorgeous blend of flowers, similar to that of the bouquets and arbor. The sweetheart table featured a greenery garland with pops of white and pink flowers. The florals completed our vision for the day. They couldn’t have been better!


Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

We had a photo booth where guests could take Polaroid photos and put them into an album. No need to pay someone to bring in a photo booth, when you have a crafty mom! Some PVC, tulle, greenery and lights make a great photo booth. Ashley (and her dad) have a major sweet tooth. So he arranged to have a candy bar set up at the reception. Guests were able to make treat bags to go! One of our favorite moments of the day was immediately following the ceremony when we go to have a few minutes alone, followed by being greeted by our pups for some family photos. We knew they would be overwhelmed by participating in the ceremony, so our dog sitter was waiting with them afterward. We were able to sneak off to meet them and take some photos. We will be forever grateful we took a few minutes to make this happen!


Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

Brennan: I knew I wanted to wear a tux, but did not want to be so traditional in a black tux. I always envisioned myself in a light gray tux, but given the time of year I knew that would never fly with my wife. She does a good job of reminding me that there is a season for things… and light gray doesn’t belong in the Fall. So I opted for Navy tuxes for myself and the groomsmen. We chose to wear bow ties to really make them pop! Ashley: I began my dress search with an idea in mind, but wanted to try several styles before making a decision. After a long day of shopping with no luck, I stepped into a dress, that instantly became “the dress”. I walked out to show my parents and sisters who flew up for the dress shopping weekend. They sealed the deal as they all began to cry when I walked out of the fitting room. The dress was a Martina Liana gown with a drop waist and key-hole back. The top included lace and beading that extended into a flowing bottom and train with 8 layers of tulle. I chose a cathedral veil with gorgeous lace detail. This made for some of my favorite photos, thanks to our talented photographer and her amazing assistant and husband! The bridesmaids wore emerald green, floor length gowns. They each chose the style they liked best. Elegant chandelier earrings and up-dos made the girls look even more gorgeous than they usually are. Our flower girl, Alice, wore a white gown that also featured a key-hole back (to match my gown!) with a flower crown. Our bridal party looked SO elegant – they really made our traditional and timeless vision a reality.


How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

How we met: Thanks to our moms for always insisting that we’d meet “the one” at church. It wasn’t exactly love at first sight… but the day we met at our small group was one we’ll never forget. (Think bright pink lipstick and a Hey Arnold t-shirt). Turns out, God had been writing our perfect love story long before we could have imagined. Brennan had recently moved to Indianapolis from Georgia for a new job. We both began attending the same small group and a few months later he asked if he could help at a volunteer organization Ashley helps to run around the holidays. Brennan spent an entire Saturday helping deliver Thanksgiving meals to needy families in our community. *swoon* Later that week, we went out for sushi and drinks as friends. Ashley made it clear that she wasn’t really wanting to date anyone. As we walked to the car after our non-date “date” and wanted to to kiss each other, we knew it wasn’t JUST sushi and drinks as friends. The rest is history!


The Proposal: The first Friday of the year we were headed out to dinner to celebrate our anniversary. The holidays and work Christmas parties had gotten in our way of celebrating. Ashley had planned for us to head to the Indianapolis Museum of Art for their winter lights display. We cruised through some lights and had stopped to refill our hot chocolate. Brennan turned and says, “what are you guys doing here?!” Ashley looked to see some of our good friends, who were supposedly there for a date night. We walked together to this arbor that was decorated with lights and a giant mistletoe. Our friend said, “take our picture then we’ll take yours!” So it was our turn, we hear a stranger yell out “kiss her already!”, Brennan says, I’ll get to that, but… We then share some of the sweetest moments and he gets down on a knee and asks Ashley to spend forever with him. By then a large group had gathered and we were overwhelmed with congratulations from the group of strangers! We hopped in the car and headed downtown for our dinner reservations. Ashley was calling all of our family and friends to tell them the good news. We had about 45 mins before our reservation so Brennan suggested we stop by Bakersfield, our favorite taco spot, for a margarita. The bar was packed, so the hostess suggested we check out the bar downstairs. We headed down, rounded the corner, and were greeted by a giant group of our family and friends, shouting,”SURPRISE!” Ashley’s best friends from Florida and St. Louis even made the trip to celebrate. Cue the ugly crying!! The night was literally magical and one we’ll never forget. The best part is that Brennan pulled this all off as a complete surprise, and he’s terrible at keeping surprises! It. was. amazing.


What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

We didn’t have a first look and hadn’t talked all day, so we were both extremely excited for the moment I turned the corner and walked down the aisle! It was a moment filled with butterflies and anticipation of seeing one another. Of course the minute we could say “I do” was also highly anticipated; So much so that Brennan couldn’t wait for Uncle Mike to finish the vows, before saying “I do!” twice before it was actually time.


Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

When choosing your vendors, do your research. Alison, our wedding photographer, did so much more than just photograph our wedding. She also played the roles of planner and coordinator. We would never have imagined that she would do so much work for us leading up to the wedding and the day of the wedding. If you choose good vendors, you’ll find them going above and beyond for your big day! Another thing to remember is that something (or things) will likely go wrong on your wedding day. Be sure to have someone in place to take care of it, without you knowing. We completely forgot about the aisle runner for the ceremony – as I was nearly ready to walk down the aisle, our coordinator said, “Wait! Where is the aisle runner?!” Mid ceremony, she was able to locate the runner, and managed to get my cousins to walk back out to walk it down the aisle. It was so smooth, I don’t think a single person noticed it wasn’t all part of the plan. Most importantly, I had no clue until after the honeymoon. Have someone assigned to be your “point of contact” person. Give all your vendors someone’s number who is a groomsman, bridesmaid, etc. so if they need to get a hold of you, that person will be the one they would contact. There were a few snafus that occurred, but because I had someone dedicated to handling those things, I never knew! Trust me, you don’t want to be worrying about small details on the big day. Lastly, everyone will tell you that the day will fly by. I am here to tell you that it will literally zoom by faster than you could ever imagine. Take time to slow down and enjoy the day! Take your time getting ready. Enjoy the last few moments with your bridesmaids or groomsmen before the ceremony. Hold your new spouses hand after the ceremony – enjoy your time together as a newly married couple!