Sweet Anne Ward & Andrew are married!! There is SO much we love about this couple and their wedding day…I’m going to have a hard time getting through this one! The moments of love, beauty and joy we experience on a wedding day we never take for granted. Wedding after wedding, we are humbled and blown away by how we are chosen for such a role. We certainly felt this way about Anne Ward & Andrew’s wedding and always will. These cuties are some of the most kind-hearted and welcoming people you’ll ever meet. They shine support, care, humility, friendship and intentionality with everyone in their life. You don’t meet people like Anne Ward & Andrew every day! They build community and make an impact in the lives of others. To see their people celebrate them so joyfully on the big day was loud evidence of this. Such a strong legacy of love already! A legacy that will continue to make waves because of this sweet day in June.
We asked the bride to share some of her story with us, below. Happy reading…
Describe your first date… Andrew and I met for the first time at Red Door Saloon. I was just getting off a 12 hour shift and really wasn’t too enthusiastic about going – in fact, I almost cancelled. Thankfully, I did not because instantly, we hit it off and talked for 3 hours. I left the date and immediately called my bestie, Nicole, to tell her I was head over heels for this guy. We had so much in common and it helped that he was incredibly handsome! I also love a good challenge so it helped that I left with a mission to convert this Tennessee boy from a love of Tennessee whiskey to Kentucky bourbon. 🙂
I had been studying for my nurse practitioner boards for a month and was going to be taking them the next week. Andrew suggested we get away for the weekend so I could get my mind off the stress and we decided we would go camping. I had hoped a proposal was coming eventually, but because of boards being the next week and the rustic accommodations (haha), there was no way in my mind it would happen that weekend! Friday evening, we got our camp site set up and chatted by the fire until the wee hours. The first tip off (or should have been tip off) was the fact that Andrew jetted up in the tent at 7am. Our doodle Reba, who is an early riser, wasn’t even up! He immediately told me we needed to get up and get going, that we had a TON to do today! I was confused as Andrew typically doesn’t consider rising before 11am on a Saturday and this was supposed to be a relaxing vacation…? We went on two hikes that morning and I was pooped when we got back to the camp site. Andrew insisted we take our lunch to go on our next hike to a waterfall. Poor man, in the middle of the hike to the waterfall (his planned proposal site), I informed him I could not make it! We had to turn around! Thankfully, he was able to find an area off the trail where we could still see the beautiful waterfall. I took his phone to look at some shots of Reba from an earlier hike and when I turned back around, he was down on one knee and asked me to marry him!!! I was incredibly awkward and just kept hugging him for dear life. It wasn’t until he started telling me how he asked both my dad and step dad for their blessing that it really sank in and the water works started. Andrew then brought me back to the camp site and told me we had 14 minutes exactly to get the entire thing packed up to head back to Nashville for a fancy engagement dinner (this is why he had been so antsy, so I thought). On the drive home, I called all my family members (who were actually in Nashville taking bets on who I’d call first) and friends to share the amazing news. I was convinced they were all in their respective states that were not Tennessee! Andrew picked me up to go to our fancy dinner and told me we were going to drop Reba off at his parents house so we could celebrate and wouldn’t have to worry about her. When we arrived at their house, 50 of our closest friends and family jumped out and surprised me – even my sister and brother in law all the way from Wyoming and my grandmother who suspiciously wasn’t answering her home phone all day!!! I have never been more surprised in my life! Andrew gave me the most special proposal I could have ever imagined.
Not long after we started dating, we had a heart to heart about our biggest role models. Our maternal grandfathers took the cake for both of us. We couldn’t get over the similarity of their stories and the impact they had on us. This conversation evolved into our greatest desires for life and in this night, my whole future flashed before my eyes and I knew it had to be with this man. We agree on the ‘big stuff’ and when we differ in opinion, we are able to calmly discuss and see each other’s side. I am able to communicate more effectively with Andrew than with anyone else I’ve ever known and he makes me feel safe and confident in our love.
Andrew is the most humble social butterfly. He can connect with just about anyone and make them feel like the most important person in the world. I love his heart for others. He reminds me so much of my grandfather because he is nice to everyone and makes everyone feel special, however, at the end of the day, I always know that he only has eyes for me. I love that we have such a wide social circle together and create community together.
The moment I walk down the aisle and we see each other for the first time!!!!! I cry thinking about it. Oh dear. Call me old fashioned, but I am adamant about not doing a first look because this moment is something you can’t bottle up and recreate. I have dreamt of this moment my entire life and I can’t imagine a better man to see waiting for me at the end of that aisle.
What special details are a part of the big day? I am a very sentimental person and have put the majority of my energy towards the small details of the wedding that I believe our union is the product of – so many important examples in our lives and I want to celebrate those as we become one. We are getting married in my grandparent’s church (the most important detail of the day second to the bride and groom ha!) and I know we will both feel our grandfathers’ presence with us. My maternal grandparents are the single most important model of marriage to me. They were (and my grandmother still is) faithful servants to God and created a life together, as equals. They supported each other’s dreams and also gave credit to their team efforts for prosperity. Family was their top priority and those around them were (are) constantly reminded of this. I will be sewing some sort of memento of both of our (maternal) grandfathers in our outfits! My paternal grandparents were also very imperative in my life and instilled an appreciation of tradition in me. My paternal great grandfather was an engraver. Each one of his daughters got the same gold dinner ring when they graduated from high school but each one had her own unique monogram. The tradition continued with each one of their daughters and granddaughters and we call them our cult rings! I wear mine on my right hand. I am thrilled to be using my grandmother’s wedding band which is also hand engraved by my great grandfather. I’m also wearing my grandmother’s sapphire bracelet and my sister’s wedding shoes. Our parents are also obviously huge influences and to honor them, I’ll be wearing my mother in law’s veil with part of my mother’s veil sewn into it. I am also excited to have both my dad and step dad give me away. As for the bridal party, I’m giving each bridesmaid a pair of horseshoe earrings because they symbolize luck. We are also giving horse shoes as our wedding favors. Andrew and I love bourbon so he’s giving his groomsmen bourbon barrels repurposed as cufflinks as their gifts.
Creating a life together. We have a baby bucket list – things we must complete before we are allowed to have babies because we are agonists for each other’s impulsive decisions! My heart actually flies out of my chest when I envision the day we become parents together. I am excited to share life’s greatest joys and bear it’s greatest sorrows with Andrew. I look forward to making a difference in our local and global community together. I am excited to learn from Andrew each and every day.
Anne Ward & Andrew, we wish you a lifetime of love, friendship and adventure. We cannot thank you enough for choosing and trusting us to capture your joy. All our love! #lovetherenauds #ltrbride #eshwonanaward
A huge thanks to the vendors who made this day beautiful…