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Dixie Dreams Wedding: Ashley + Anthony

Updated: Mar 25

bride and groom standing in an open field together

Over the course of the past year we had the pleasure of getting to capture Ashley & Anthony’s special moments! First, for their beautiful engagement session at Black Balsam Knob, and most recently for their wedding at Dixie Dreams in Monroe, NC, just outside of Charlotte. On both occasions these two were an absolute dream to work with! Besides being ridiculously photogenic, they are so easy going, and a ton of fun! For their engagement photos, Ashley and Anthony rocked it up in the mountains with us as we took in the views, shared some laughs and enjoyed a beautiful fiery sky for the sunset!

Just thinking about their couples photos and how in sync they were with each other, we knew we were going to be in for an awesome wedding day. That being said, almost nothing could’ve prepared us for how much fun we had getting to be a part of Ashley and Anthony’s special day! When we arrived, the threat of the rain was keeping everyone on their toes so we moved quickly and squeezed in what we could outside! Ashley’s bridesmaids kept everything fun and lively and the fellas did the same for Anthony! In fact, we cannot remember a single dull moment! One of our favorite moments at the beginning of the day was right after Ashley’s Dad just had his first look with Ashley. He was heading back to the groom’s cabin and there was a brief moment where he and Anthony saw each other before Anthony went down to the river to see Ashley for the first time. Her dad smiled and looked at Anthony and said “You’re a lucky man.” Just four little words, but it spoke volumes.

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wedding themed wagon
wedding reception table
personalized table details in the reception
sweetheart table
bride's shoes and jewelry
bride's dress hanging on a wagon wheel
bridesmaid dresses hanging
decorative barrel holding a candle and flowers
wedding programs
wedding sign for the ceremony
flowers in a mason jar
woodsy wedding ceremony set up
bride getting her make up done
bridal party standing on a porch
fun bridal party photo on the stairs
bridal party smiling on the stairs
bride and flower girl
bridesmaid helping the bride with her dress
traditional bridal portrait of the bride smiling
bride holding a portrait of her mother as a bride
bride's bouquet
groom and groomsmen laughing
groom putting on his boots
groom's party all hanging out
groom's party portrait on a front porch with shotguns
groom smiling while sitting in a rocking chair
groomsmen laughing
bride approaching groom for first look
groom reacting to seeing the bride for the first time
bride laughing as the groom holds her close
bride wrapped around the groom's arm
wedding party portrait in front of a cabin
flower girl in front of the wedding party
bridesmaids walking down a path with the bride
groomsmen giving the groom a hard time
wedding guests taking a selfie
wedding guests shaking hands
first pew empty for bride's mother
flower girl sticking her tongue out
groom anxiously awaiting the arrival of the bride
bride walking down the aisle with her dad
groom smiling when he sees the bride
bride and groom holding hands during the ceremony
bride smiling as she holds the groom's hands
groom smiling at the bride during the ceremony
bride laughing during the ceremony
bride and groom kissing
bride and groom smiling during their recessional

After a beautiful riverside ceremony, they took the celebration to the next level! One of the things that we found so refreshing and fun about Ashley and Anthony’s wedding was the music selection! With our schedules, we are blessed to be at a wedding just about every Saturday or Sunday and naturally, 3/4 of the songs you hear are the same every weekend. We are both guilty of being those people who like ‘a little bit of everything’ but we definitely enjoy country music and if memory serves us correctly, about 90% of the music at Ashley and Anthony’s wedding was country! Based on the way the evening unfolded, we’re pretty sure they would’ve had a great time to just about any music, but the playlist did add a little special something for sure!

goofy bridal party intro
bride and groom entering the reception
bride and groom holding each other close during their first dance
bride and groom raising their arms in the air
bride and her dad dancing
groom and his mom dancing
rustic style dessert table
bride and groom walking through a wheat field
groom hugging bride in an open field
bride and groom holding each other with their eyes closed
bride smiling as she stands in a wheat field
groom kissing bride's hand
moody bridal portrait
bride and groom dip kissing during sunset at dixie dreams
maid of honor giving a toast
bride and groom laughing at their table
matron of honor giving a speech
bride and her friend hugging
best man giving a toast
groom and best man hugging
bride dancing with her friends
bride's dad laughing as he dances with her
wedding guests having fun on the dance floor
bride and groom laughing as they dance together
bride and her dad laughing
wedding guests playing air guitar
bride tossing the bouquet
bridesmaids attempting to catch the bouquet
groom throwing his vest away
groom retrieving the garter
bride grabbing the groom's tie
bride and groom dancing and singing
wedding guest being picked up in the air on the dance floor
bride and groom playing air guitar
wedding guests dancing and singing along to the music
bride and groom holding hands during their sparkler exit

When the night finally did come to an end, the way they wrapped it up could not have been more fitting! A circle of friends and family, arms around each other, swaying back and fourth to ‘friends in low places’! When it was all said and done, we were sad to see this one end! From the beautiful venue, to the non-stop good vibes, it was a celebration that no one in attendance will soon forget! Congratulations to Ashley and Anthony and as always, a special thanks to all of the amazing wedding vendors to helped to bring this day together!

Coordinator: Jessica Tucker, Dixie Dreams

Videography: Anna Koon Films


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