Congratulations Aubrey and Aaron Sullivan!
Photography: Kylene Photography
Flowers: Blooms in Lagrange, KY
DRESS DESIGNER: Essense of australia
Normally I would write up the story of this lovely couple but I think Aubrey does an amazing job of expressing their love story herself!
"My family has always been good friends with my husband's family since I was a kid. I graduated with Aaron's older brother (I am two years older than Aaron!) and my brother and Aaron's younger brother are best friends. So we have always known of one another! For about a year Aaron and I got to know one another and quickly became best friends, but nothing ever more than that. During the summer of 2010 Aaron was over the house quite a lot hanging out with my brother, and making fires in the fire pit quickly became our nightly routine for all 3 of us.
On July 30th, 2010 Aaron asked me out to dinner. Mind you, this was his 3rd time asking me out on a date but I had denied him twice previously because I was so worried that a date would ruin our friendship and I would lose him as a best friend. But for some reason I decided to say yes this time.
On August 2nd, 2010 everything changed for me, yet everything remained the same between Aaron and I. Nothing got uncomfortable between us, nothing was ruined, nothing changed except my heart. I fell in love with my best friend.
We dated for 6 years before we got married and I was asked countless times when we were going to get married or why we were not married yet, but timing was everything for us.
March 18th, 2016 was the absolute perfect timing for us to make that change. He surprised me for my birthday and whisked me away to Myrtle Beach for a few days away; I had been missing my annual beach fix for the longest time due to work. When I opened the birthday card with the reservations inside I immediately asked if my parents and family knew. This would let me know if something big was going to happen while we were away because he knew how important it was to me for him to ask my parents for my hand in marriage. He told me "I figured it was better to ask for forgiveness than permission" ha! I still texted every single member of my family just to verify he wasn't messing with me but sure enough no one knew, but everyone were so excited for my spontaneous trip the beach. So I knew a proposal was out (bummer) but packed away excitedly for my trip!
Just a little over 24 hours I had sand between my toes and already seashell hunting! The only birthday gift ideas I had given Aaron to get me was a seashell necklace. So when we got to the beach Aaron asked me to find 2 seashells, he would find 2, and we would pick our favorite to take them back to have a necklace made. I was such a stubborn turd about finding shells and kept telling him I really like to take my time looking for shells and I didn't want to do it right then. After he got his two he gave up on me finding any and asked me to just pick my favorite of his two. He had his hands behind his back and brought out his first hand and said "okay either this one" and showed me the shell. God love him, let's just say it wasn't the prettiest shell I've ever seen. Then he pulled out his other hand and goes "or this one" and slowly opened his hand to show me the most beautiful, most sparkly, and perfectly made me for me ring I've ever seen. Now mind you, my parents hadn't known about the trip so it was impossible for this to be happening right then and there, and I lost all sense of where I was or what was happening. What I am trying to say is I almost passed out. So after he got down on one knee, said some absolutely beautiful words, and anxiously awaited my answer I proceeded to just plop down on his knee, sit there, and just cry on him. He kindly guided me back up to stand and asked me again. Poor guy, I was just so emotional, and wonderfully flabbergasted I wasn't even giving him his answer! I sobbingly got the word "yes" out and the ring fit perfectly on my finger.
After calling all our family members, I found out I come from a family of fibbers since EVERYONE knew and just placated me along until I had a ring on my finger. It was one of the most perfect days up until September 3rd.
What's neat about falling in love with your best friend is the ever shifting roles you play. One minute I realize we've been chatting for 30 minutes like best friends about a movie we just saw as if we're movie critics and the next minute I'm staring at this man because he is the prince charming I've dreamt of my whole life. He knows the ins and outs of who I am as a person. He has seen me at my absolute best and he has seen me at my absolute worst, and yet he adores me all the same. Aaron loves me for all the things I have ever struggled or questioned about myself. And because of that I got to marry and spend the rest of my life with my best friend."
Aubrey and Aaron's special day took place on September 3rd, 2016. The incredible venue was at Hourtborune Country Club and the couple had an unplanned overall theme of Bob Marley and desserts. Aubrey says her and Aaron both have a huge sweet tooth so they made sure to have several sweet options for their guests.
"I felt like I was in a fairy tale movie the whole day. And I felt like I was truly walking down the aisle to my prince charming. It was so neat to see his reaction get stronger as I got closer; first it was a quick crying reaction, a lot of smiling, then as I came into focus it was an audible and visible gasp with lots of tears. Seeing his lips go "wow" was a butterfly in my stomach moment. Between the weather, the venue, and my handsome groom at the end waiting for me, everything was perfect."
We are so happy for you, Aubrey and Aaron!
Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your special day in such a special way!