He was the "new guy" during eighth grade year in Mrs. Boone's Literature class when they met. It wasn't until the following year in their shared Physical Education class, that Ashley Hawkins was asked by a friend what her thoughts were about Colby Smith. Upon taking a moment to consider the idea, Ashley and Colby have been dating from that moment to this moment.
After graduation, Ashley and Colby attended Jacksonville State University. Their relationship would face unknown "struggles and hurdles". They would also experience relentless support, growth and victories together. Ashley fondly reflects on Colby stealing her heart over time, "If you would of told me on that day in P.E. class that Colby would be the man I married I would of for sure laughed." However, during their time in together, Colby has been "so supportive of my career and celebrated every victory with me."
Far the past 11 years, Ashley and Colby have enjoyed being home bodies, spending "lazy Sunday afternoons on the couch with our fur babies", or spending time at the lake. And now, the lake will forever have a special hold in their heart. Ashley's fondest memory thus far with Colby was the day he proposed to her at the lake.
According to Ashley, the wait for the proposal "seemed like an eternity"! However, it was a well-timed moment that was perfectly them. They spent the morning attending church and the afternoon swimming, laying out and riding the boat on the lake. "The last boat ride was a little more special than the others. At sunset, Colby got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! It was about time (only took 11 years)! It was so perfect and it was so us!"
It was a dream proposal and their dream wedding will by held at Guntersville State Park Lodge on April 28, 2018. Ashley's vision for their special day will be "lots of greenery" accented beautifully with neutrals in shades of white, taupe and cream. With the vision coming into focus, Ashley is excitedly "looking forward to finally being able to call the man I love so much my husband. I am not an emotional person, but I know I will happy cry through our entire ceremony." On the other hand, Colby states, "he is looking forward to the honeymoon." Ying and yang, perfectly matched!
Photography- Laura Wilkerson Photography