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Real Wedding: Ashley & Patrick

Bride: Ashley Riddle Williams
Groom: Patrick Lowell Williams
Wedding gown style: Diana
Wedding date: 
June 25, 2011
Boutique purchased: Joan Pillow, Atlanta, GA
LocationHistoric Rucker Place Birmingham, AL
Photographer: Kelly Cummings

First things first, where did you meet your husband and was it love at first site? We were high school sweethearts. It was definitely something like love at first site.

How did he propose? Tell us the story! Before our engagement, I was living and working in NYC. Patrick had come to visit me many times and we made some very special memories in the city. Not long after I moved to Alabama, I was already itching to get back to the city for a visit. To my delight, Patrick surprised me with a trip! I was loving being back and visiting all my favorite places. Patrick suggested that we go to one of our favorite Italian restaurants that is a stone’s throw from Central Park. We enjoyed our meal and as the sun started to set Patrick suggested we finish up and take a walk through the park. As we were walking along, talking and just enjoying ourselves, Patrick took me by the hand and stopped us in our tracks. Suddenly, he was on one knee with a diamond ring in hand. In my excitement I lost all recollection of his words as he asked me to be his wife. I began to cry and of course said YES! As we walked out of the park, Patrick had a horse and carriage waiting for us and we took a romantic ride through the park. It truly was a fairytale proposal!

Once the wedding plans started, what made you decide on a Vera Wang gown? As soon as I saw my gown, I knew it was the one. It was love at first sight.

How did you accessorize to make your wedding day unique? I didn’t. Diana is such a beautiful, intricate, and interesting dress, I felt that adding anything to it would only take away.

What was the inspiration or theme for your wedding? Our wedding was at a historic Birmingham home and I wanted everything about it to feel uniquely southern and for our guests to feel like they were in our home. Guests watched the ceremony from double wrap around porches that overlook a small garden, full of white hydrangeas. They had to weave from room to room of the old home to make their way through all the parts of the wedding; from the foyer where the wedding cake sat under a large chandelier, to the parlor to get the groom’s rootbeer floats, to the porches where fried green tomatoes, pulled pork, and sweet tea where served, all the way outside to the white tent, strung with café lights, to dance along to the band.

Did you stay true to the Old English wedding rhyme: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. If so, what were yours? Yes! Something new: the dress. Something Old and Something Borrowed: a sixpence in my shoe, loaned by a good friend who also wore it on her wedding day. Something Blue: satin peep toe pumps.

What tips do you have for new brides picking out their wedding dress? Go with your gut!

What was your favorite part of the day? I left our marriage license at home and didn’t realize it until the coordinator was lining the wedding party up to walk out. Our very traditional pastor insisted on having it in hand before the ceremony began. Luckily, a friend rushed to our house to get it and made it back just in the nick of time! It wasn’t too funny then; now I laugh about it all the time!

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