How did you meet?
Drew and I both grew up in North Mississippi, and we went to middle and high school together. While we didn’t hang out in the same crowd, we knew a lot of the same people and were involved in the same activities at school. We weren’t good friends, but we knew of each other well enough to touch base again nearly ten years down the road! In early 2014, Drew reached out to me on social media. He was in law school at Tulane and I had just started law school in Arkansas. We started messaging via Twitter about school, the legal profession, and old times. We eventually started hangout when we were both back home in Mississippi, and the rest is history! We fell in love and never looked back.
How do he propose?
I am extremely hard to surprise. Like, I still don’t know how he pulled it off! My birthday was coming up around Memorial Day weekend, and we were headed to Destin, Florida that weekend for a little beach getaway. We were leaving that Friday morning, but the Thursday before we had a dinner to attend for an event with his work—or so I thought. He told me that we were going to dinner with his boss, co-workers, and an important client at Muriel’s in the French Quarter. He even showed me a fake email from his boss requesting that everyone bring their significant others. So, the night arrives and I get dressed up for the dinner. We take an Uber to the French Quarter which drops us right off in front of Jackson Square. We begin walking to Muriel’s and all of the sudden he says, “Ashley, let’s take a quick look at the Andrew Jackson statue, I’ve never seen it up close.” It being summer in New Orleans, I responded that I wanted to hurry to the restaurant because it was hot and humid. Ha! Before I knew it, he turned me toward him, said the sweetest things ever, got down on one knee, and proposed! It was the most precious moment of my life.
What steps are you taking to prepare for married life?
We know that with married life comes a whole new world, and we take that very seriously. We naturally put each other first, respect each other, pray for each other, and go about everything with laughter. I think that’s really all we need to do. We can’t wait to figure out the rest together as life partners.
While planning your wedding, what are you most excited about?
We’re excited about getting all of our friends and family together and showing them a small piece of New Orleans on our big day. We’re also really excited about seeing all of the small details come together (and we can’t wait to see it through our photos!). Mostly, we’re just excited about spending this time with each other. It’s so special, and it goes by so fast.
What has been the most stressful part of planning a wedding?
Luckily, I haven’t experienced much stress yet, but I’ve had a ton of time to plan. Our goal is to not try and stress out too much. In the end, even if something doesn’t turn out just perfectly, who is going to know?!
“We seriously can’t wait to have Tasha photograph our big day. She feels like a friend we’ve had for a long time.” – Ashley