29 Aug Timeless Memories: Hernandez Wedding in Ellisville, MS
We’ve worked with a lot of couples over our nearly five years in this industry. We take such great pride in our weddings. We truly feel our brides are the best out there and we are so lucky to work with such quality people. There are times you wonder if you’ve become desensitized to weddings and their magic, but the ones we have had the honor to capture always bring something new to the table. Its during those weddings you pray you don’t miss your shot whilst wiping your tears, the ones you feel so caught up in that you forget you are working. Thats what BlackBird lives for.
An example of this type of wedding comes from our own backyard. Ashli Blackwell-Hernandez came to us in December of 2014 inquiring about wedding package prices. She was so taken with our work and couldn’t wait to book us. All of the wedding planning was done long distance. The reason for her absence was that her future husband was a native of Costa Rica and she was working on getting him to the states.
Ashli met Alonso in July of 2013 in Costa Rica, She was working as a teacher. Alonso was in a christian rock band called Madero. The two met and instantly hit it off despite a memorable fashion choice.
“The very first time Alonso and I ever met was on a street corner. I was on the World Race and my teammates and I were waiting to meet a friend in Costa Rica who was going to give us tattoos. Alonso walked by and my teammates recognized him from ministry we did earlier in the month. They introduced us because they knew at that point that I would be moving back to Costa Rica after the race. It was a cool, rainy day and I was wearing a headband. A cute one, by the way. But Alonso thought it was so hideous and ridiculous. He thought I was awkward and dressed funny, but he “claims” that even with my silly headband he knew I was the one. I guess he was right?!”
When It came to popping the question, Alonso enlisted the help of Ashli’s students and coworkers.
“I went to school like any other day. I noticed my students were acting really weird. They really love Alonso and ask about him often but today was different. They kept asking if he was “coming to see us” and asking to call him. My Co-workers were also being weird. So needless to say I was a little freaked out.
“When I returned to the classroom, I opened my door and found a classroom of little people holding signs and screaming “WILL YOU MARRY MR. ALONSO??” Alonso then walked forward, said some stuff that I still don’t remember, and got down on one knee. He was shaking so much that he dropped the ring and a student had to pick it up. I was freaking out and didn’t even notice he dropped it until I looked back at the pictures. Seconds after I said YES and hugged Alonso, someone handed me a cell phone and said, “Here are your parents!” He thought to Skype them in so they could see the whole thing!“
At last the day had arrived. May 30th held the promise of a bright future for the Hernandez’s even if the skies were glum. For Ashli, She had planned three separate “first looks”, a unique way to celebrate the beauty of a bride.
“The first-look with my bridesmaids was SUCH a sweet, special time. I’m told that they all made a pact not to cry but once I came out, my sister lost it and it was a ripple effect. My flower girl, Azah, ran up to me and give me a huge hug. She looked up and me and said, “You look gorgeous!!” Then my first look with Daddy was next and it was just as emotional. He just held me and cried and said I looked beautiful and he was so proud of me.”
After the gorgeous ceremony the newlyweds rode off in the charming wagon that Ashli arrived in. Fairytale to the end. Next it was on to the party! The couple completed their first dance and were then serenaded by Alonso’s all time favorite artist, in a matter of speaking. Ashli had an Elvis Presley impersonator brought in to surprise her groom and at the end of his song “Elvis” presented Alonso with a guitar that had a very special story behind it.
“He had no idea but I had a surprise waiting for him. I grabbed the mic and announced for someone to bring out Alonso’s gift. The music started and out walked Elvis. Funny enough, Alonso is OBSESSED with Elvis so having an impersonator there was so much fun. After a song or two, Elvis walked over to where the band’s instruments were, picked up a black electric guitar, handed it to Alonso and said, “Alonso, I believe this belongs to you.” (Of course, in a deep Elvis voice)!”
“It was a guitar that Alonso had been drooling over for a while. He had one just like it years ago but he had no money so he had to sell it. He was VERY excited to get a new one!”
Alonso had a surprise of his own, a performance of a beautifully penned song he wrote just for Ashli. Even Ashli’s father accompanied his new son-in-law on acoustic guitar.
“Alonso’s wedding gift to me was a song that he wrote for me. He wrote it back when we were in Costa Rica so I had heard the song before but he wanted to sing and play it for me on our wedding night. So he and my dad played an acoustic version of it and he sang it to me.”
At long last, “Ashlonso” were joined! We were so honored to be part of this special story with some downs, but many more ups. These two really refreshed our souls and gave us a perfectly unique wedding to work on. Best of luck you two!
If you are as captivated with the Ashlonso’s timeless story as we are, please go check out Ashli’s personal blog detailing their story.
This beautiful wedding was held at Brookside Barn