Thursday, February 14, 2008

How I met the Love of my Life

My love story with Brant is kind of funny because I honestly had no intention of giving him the time of day. We both went to Dallas Baptist University, but we really didn't know each other during school - just kind of who the other one was. I was a member of First Baptist Church of Irving and content in my own little world: a college graduate, with a job in corporate America, loving my single life with just friends and family.

Brant, on the other hand, was not in church and struggling through some things in life. One night after going to a party, the girl he was dating at time ended up completely drunk on his bed and he on the couch. It was that night that he beggged God to give him a Godly Wife, not someone like her. But the Lord whispered to his heart and he knew that if wanted a Godly wife, then he had to be the Godly man the Lord had created him to be. So the next day, he was in the pew at First Irving.

Brant came to church several Sundays in a row before I really noticed him, but he was actually friends with one of my closest friends, Elizabeth. So every now and then, Elizabeth would invite Brant to lunch with our "group" and he and I would talk every now and then. Well one day while Elizabeth and I were driving down the road, she told me that she thought Brant and I would make a great couple and I told her she was out of her mind. I was lovng being single. A few weeks later, our chruch had a huge picnic and Brant and I ended up sitting next to each other...we hugged when he left and I thought nothing of it, but he did. So the next day (Monday) I got a voice mail from Brant saying that he and I should talk more than just on Sundays, and he told me to call him. So I waited until 9:00 that night, called him back, and we talked for over 2 hours. The next morning, he called and asked if I had plans that night for dinner, which I didn't, so he asked if he could take me to dinner...I said sure. So after a delicious dinner, and over 3 hours of conversation, "we" began.

It was a casual arrangement at first, and we actually got into an arguement a couple month into our dating. When Brant asked me how he could "fix" it, I told him I didn't know and I was very sassy about it. So, he took me by the shoulders, looked me in the eyes and said "Tell me how to fix this, Ashley because I will not lose you. I will marry one, just wait and see." My response, "Boy, you're not going to marry me, I'm going to break your heart." Interesting how things turned out!

After a year and a half of dating, one year ago this very day, Brant presented me with an amazing Valentine's present. He actually told me to close my eyes and hold out my hands. When I felt something in my hands, I heard him say "open" and there was a beautiful new leather-bound Bible with Ashley Williams engraved in it (My maiden name was Wages). He told me to open the Bible to 1st Corinthians 13, and there, tied onto the satin bookmark was a gorgous, princess cut solitare. It was one year ago today that I promised to marry this man and love him unconditionally for the rest of my life. And it has been the best 7 months of marriage!

I've posted a few pictures from the wedding below (all taken by my amazing photgraph Julie Robles). Enjoy, and have a blessed Valentine's Day!

Engagement Day!

Getting Ready

Brant looks a little nervous!

Walking Down the Aisle with my Dad

My best Girls: Me, Audrey, Sister Amanda, Sarah, Jessica, Elizabeth and Rachel


Heidi @ GGIP said...

What a pretty wedding!! I bet your bridesmaids were happy too!

Caroline said...

I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful story. i just love it. You are just so pretty!!!

MamaCass said...

I never knew that story. It is so sweet. I am so glad ya'll found each other. Happy Valentine's Day!

Janelle & Ella said...

This is a sweet love story!!! Y'all are precious. Your wedding pictures reminded me of how gorgeous that day was.

Ginger said...

I love the proposal!! So sweet! You guys are really blessed to have each other!

Melissa said...

I saw your blog through Carolines...your wedding pictures are gorgeous! I loved hearing your story, I just got engaged a couple weeks ago and can't wait for my wedding. Thanks for sharing!!

The Roaming Southerner said...

Wow, that was quite a story. Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer said...

I came across your blog a while ago. Were did you get your bridesmaid dresses? My sister is getting married in October and those are so pretty!

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