Ashley & Clay’s Black Tie wedding at Oak + Ivy wedding is intentional, chic & filled with so many sweet moments. This wedding was beautifully designed & is sure to inspire with a mixture of elegant as well as charming details. A neutral color palette with white blooms & greenery kept the design feeling timeless. Ashley is wearing a sleek Romona Keveza wedding gown with the most stunning bow attached in the back, while Clay’s black tux by provided that classic black tie look. With sentimental touches added all throughout the day they truly made it their own!
Ashley and Clay’s October wedding was on one of the most beautiful fall days, and was full of laughter, tears, and too many special moments to count. From their first look down the aisle to the gifts they shared on their wedding day, it was easy to see how much these two love one another. They planned the start of their marriage with such thoughtfulness, and their family and friends really came together to make the celebration beautiful. Their ceremony was beautiful, the reception was such a great party to celebrate an amazing couple and witnessing the joy of their friends was so special. – Alexa Kay Events
How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another?
We knew of each other through mutual friends and that’s when Clay decided to “slide into my direct messages on IG ” and smooth talk me into grabbing a drink with him at a bar in Dallas called Parliament, where he also proposed.
Describe a hurdle you had to overcome in your relationship or during your wedding planning.
My father passed away unexpectedly two weeks prior to the wedding day, and that was a big hurdle we had to overcome. We decided to go through with the wedding because we knew that is what he would’ve wanted us to do. We couldn’t of done it without all of our amazing family, friends, and vendors coming together to help us get everything finished and ready. We were surrounded by people who love us and we made it to the big day and it turned out to be one the of the most beautiful days.
What part of your wedding day was/is most important to you?
The ceremony. The music, the people, seeing our closest loved ones surround us and watch us marry each other. Walking down the aisle seeing Clay crying was a very special memory, because he is not a man of many tears. So to see him that way will forever have an imprint on my heart. The message and vows read during our ceremony were very special to us and truly spoke on the God’s true intentions for marriage. And most importantly we had the barn doors open and the sun light beamed down on us as we were standing there and I knew it was my Dad smiling down on us. That was something I’ll never forget. It was a beautiful, breathtaking moment.
Tell us a funny story relating to your wedding day or relationship!
Clay and I take our food very serious. So serious that when we like to weigh our food (mainly desserts lol) to see who gets the bigger piece. We have even brought out a tape measure to see which is bigger. I usually say I deserve the bigger piece and take a bite real fast to claim it before he has a chance.
Any special ways you incorporated your family or family history into your wedding day?
Because of my father’s passing, we had a seat saved for him with flowers and his portrait for in memory of him. He sat underneath the cross we had built for the ceremony and reception for the rest of the night and it was very special having that there.
What is the best thing you’ve learned from one another?
That marriage is all about dying to the cross every day. Letting our selfishness not rule our decisions and learning how to compromise for the better of each other not just one person. We are alike in many ways, but different in so many as well, so learning how we can better serve each other the way God intended us to has made us grow into better individuals, better spouses, and better Christ followers.
What is your favorite thing about each other?
Ashley-For me, I love how hard working Clay is and how hard he strives to be the best husband he can be in every way. He is an amazing cook and a great handy man and does things that I could never do around the house, even if he has no clue at first, he always figures it out and I love that about him.
Clay-For me, I love how passionate Ashley is; how loving and caring she is to anything and everything. She doesn’t take herself too seriously and has a goofy personality that always has me laughing.
If you had one piece of advice for other couples, what would it be?
Soak it all in. Be intentional with every moment throughout the day to really take in those memories, because it will fly by so fast and you’ve spent so much time planning, that you will blink and it will be over. Don’t let little things stress you out because at the end of the day it isn’t worth the worry.
What is the most honest thing you can say about love?
Love is unconditional, it’s forgiving, it’s selfless, and it never fails. So never give up on it.
What was your favorite part about planning your wedding?
We really enjoyed picking out the music for the wedding. The prelude and ceremony music was so important to me and getting to pick out music for the DJ was a lot of fun and brought us down memory lane. And also made me rethink Clay’s choice of music for awhile.
Photographer: Allen Tsai / Venue: Oak + Ivy / Stylist / Planner / Designer: Alexa Kay Events / Floral Designer: Something Pretty Floral / Dress Boutique: Bridal Boutique Lewisville / Dress Designer: Romona Keveza / Makeup Artist: The Styling Stewardess / Hair Stylist: The Styling Stewardess / Men’s Formalwear: Generation Tux / Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab / Catering + Bar : Vestals / Stationery: Lyons Paperie / Bridal Shoes: Valentino / Alterations: Altered for the Altar / Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridemaids / Video: The Crakes / DJ: Dallas Wedding DJs