Ashley and John's Rustic Industrial Wedding at Fairlane Station

In a world of social media celebrities portraying lives that are seemingly always happy, I think the majority of us feel discouraged to be real because we've confused facade for reality.  However, getting to know Ashley on a personal level during her bridal session was blazingly refreshing. I'm still reeling from how deeply she recognizes that life can be imperfect, heartbreaking and yet simultaneously beautiful. She exudes raw honesty and grace which makes sense when you realize that she spent a great deal of her life expressing emotion through dance as a ballerina. She is also very passionate about helping others and standing up for social justice. I walked away from her bridals with the feeling that it was one of the most impactful shoots I've ever experienced, so I've included some of her bridals in the wedding story. I believe you can feel her strength and brilliant mentality through these images. And through her words, their love story delves into an unforgettable message.

"We went to high school together but didn't go on our first date until ten years after. Everything with John has been one adventure after another. We were long distance at first and we both admit that we didn't think it would last because the distance was extremely hard. In the same breath, we both admit that we couldn't quit whatever it is we were doing. Instantly I knew he was meant to be someone special in my life. He was meant to change me for the better. While dating, we really jumped in head first and skipped the dinner date, cliche stuff. We opted to show each other our individual worlds instead. I took him to a Democrats party and he took me to Wakarusa. We probably went to 100 concerts in that first year. After a year and a half, he moved to Fayetteville so we could concentrate on loving each other with every fiber in our being without the fear of impending doom that distance brings. John's personal goal for every day is to make me laugh, and he succeeds even when I'm in no mood for jokes. We dance in our kitchen on a regular basis. We make it a priority to have fun together every single day. Concerts are still a big part of our life, in fact John proposed to me right in the middle of a concert. This journey is only three years old, yet I have learned so much, grown so much, and smiled so much more than I ever knew was possible. We've been through so much in the last 3 years - external matters that cause heartbreak - but John's emotional support is everything I need to survive even the cloudiest of days. John often reminds me of a lyric we hold near and dear, "life is not the mountain tops, it's the walking in between, and I like you walking next to me." We are having so much fun as newlyweds! We built ourselves a home while engaged and we're living happily ever after with our two dogs and our cat. The future will undoubtedly hold more ups and downs than imaginable, but there's no one else I would want by my side." -Ashley Reeves

Life is not the mountain tops, it’s the walking in between, and I like you walking next to me.
— Ben Rector