Ashley & Brad :: Love at first sight?

02.26.2012 ash & brad = forever


Four months ago today, October 28th, 2011, these two love birds met for the very first time. On Friday, February 10th, 2012 Brad surprised Ashley with the question she’s been waiting on since she met him, and some added bling to her her left ring finger. Two days ago, Sunday, February 26th, Ashley and Brad were united in marriage at the sweetest, most perfect ceremony at Christopher’s World Grille. When you know, you know, and these two never doubted.

When I told Ashley back in October that we had a friend coming into town that I thought she should meet, she was secretly a little leery. Of course she was outwardly willing, all the while thinking she was tired of her friends doing this! Brad, on the other hand, was all about it and never thought twice. Knowing basically nothing about each other, they were introduced that Friday October night and after spending three days together, and with the rest of us, the chemistry was undeniable! That weekend was jam-packed with watching the Rangers game, tailgating and attending Aggie football, and tons of social time with great friends and family… even surrounded by so many, the two of them never took their eyes off each other.

After that weekend there were nightly phone conversations that lasted hours, trips to Midland for Ash, BCS for Brad and Sonora for both, and future plans being made. I have never seen these two happier and could not be more thrilled for them to be starting their life together! Sunday they were married, Monday they loaded Ashley’s boxes in the car and left for Midland. Brad and Dawson took Ashley those six hours to “bring her home” and make their house complete.

I, along with so many others, am sad to see Ash go, but thrilled to know what’s up ahead for her. It warms my heart to see the smiles reinstated on both of their faces. I can’t wait to see you both again, share laughs and make memories. You are so blessed with all you have and all that the future holds. Thank you for letting us share in your special day. We love you!


Diamonds and Construction :: A Girl’s Best Friend

“You wore diamonds yesterday? You don’t wear diamonds to a construction site!”

These were the words that came out of my hubby’s mouth when I told him, in complete distress, that I had lost one of my diamond earrings a few weekends ago when we were at the building.

Why wouldn’t I wear diamonds at the construction site? I NEVER take them out! Let me just tell you what I’ve learned to accomplish while wearing my diamonds and pearls…:)

  • Painting – oh how we’ve painted! Building, trim, porch, railing, lights, ceiling, walls, inside, outside, upstairs, downstairs. If it stays still, it gets painted.
  • Sheetrocking – this was a learning experience. I must say, many things in the construction world I actually have a knack for, sheetrock not so much. Thank you to the professionals who swooped in to take care of the showroom!
  • Grinding – after the fantastic rain we’ve been blessed with in the last few weeks, we’ve found a few leaks in the building. Easy fix, right? Well, after about three hours of me grinding down the slab with a battery operated grinder (technical name? hmmm), then blowing it out with an air hose, THEN caulking the 80+ feet with NP-1, it was fixed. Note to self – NP-1 in your hair does not come out easily. :/
  • Operating Manlifts – I have done a little “getting to know my inner fears” lately while I’ve learned to operate a few different pieces of equipment. I will be the first to admit, I do not like heights. With that being said, after four full weeks of my wheels being 1) a 40′ manlift and 2) a 25′ scissor lift, I have gotten a little more comfortable above ground. Just a little.

In my opninio, the touch of diamonds and pearls have helped give me the edge over the other trades at the building. :)


Let the Wedding Season Begin :: Spring Bridal Show

Yesterday was the big debut! This was the first show as Ashley & Co. and I would call it a success! This was my eigth year to participate in the Spring Show and my how it has changed since those first days. Each year I love getting to talk to brides about their plans and vision and pointing them in the right direction to make it happen. This year was no different, and Caitlin has made such a great addition to the team. In a few short weeks we will be opening our showroom and allowing clients to come in and “play” with their tables, colors and settings. I can’t wait until that point!

The Spring Show was the perfect opportunity to get that informaiton out, all while doing it for a good cause. The Bridal Association of the Brazos Valley hosts two bridal shows each year. One in the fall at the College Station Hilton and one in the spring at the Brazos County Expo. The Association is a non-profit organization that donates the proceeds to a charity for each show. The Spring Show is proud to benefit the Red Cross and SEPA (student event planner’s association). These volunteers that help behind the scenes are wonderful and deserve a huge thank you! I’m excited to see what we are able to donate this year.

The Spring Show always sets the beginning of the wedding season of that year. It seems that January kicks off pretty strong each year, February is a little more calm coming through Valentine’s Day, and then after the show begins the whirlwind! We were excited this year to get to share some design secrets with future and current brides, and some that were just interested in some ideas.

Of course I left the camera at home, so all of these are from phones, but I think you can get an idea of our style. :)

Keep watching for doors opening and open house information!


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Ashley & Co. :: a new brand, same style

Thanks for visiting and welcome to Ashley & Co. This project has been several years in the making, but incredibly focused for the last few months. I’m beyond thrilled to get to share this journey with those closely involved and those who will come into my life down the road.

Ashley & Co. is not a new company, simply a new brand. I am taking my years of experience and development and rebranding it into a more personal delivery for all. With this comes more options for those planning weddings and all other events.

In December we made the step of purchasing our future showroom/warehouse/office/new love. A few short weeks later we began the construction phase and have seen a day to day transformation. I keep comparing this process to planning a wedding, probably because that is what is occupying in my mind at least 18 hours a day. Jeff is ready to see the doors open and start business. I’m trying to cherish each step of the way and document the changes. This vision that has existed only in my head is really coming to life, and now I get to share it with the world!

As I write this first post I can’t help but look into the months ahead. So much to look forward to. So many wonderful clients that I’m working with, so many weddings that we get to attend as guests! But the event closest is the bridal show. What a better way to make a debut than the Spring Bridal Show! I’m looking forward to seeing many of you there. :) After that we’ll get back to getting inventory ordered and in place, walls painted, floors complete and decor in place!

Stay tuned for our open house the first week of April!


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