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Posted: Friday, May. 31, 2013

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Ashleigh has been living in Charlotte since 2008 with her oversized yellow lab. She is a communications professional, grad student, runner, and lover of all things wedding! After attending 13 weddings in three years, it's now Ashleigh's turn to be at the altar. Join her as she blogs about her adventures in step-by-step wedding planning and tips for other brides-to-be!

The day we got engaged, a family friend offered to officiate our wedding for us. At the time, we laughed a little, as we were overwhelmed with the love and congratulations we were receiving. However, once we actually thought about it, we realized that we were actually smitten with the idea of having someone who knows us personally standing there with us. We’re so thankful for Gerald, his sweet offer, and to be able to have him as such a big part of our day.

Then, one of my very best friends made in grad school, offered to have someone from his DJing business DJ at our wedding. Anyone who has planned a wedding knows this is a huge expense, so there’s literally no way I could ever thank him enough but we are over-the-moon happy with his generous offer.

My friend and bridesmaid, Michelle, immediately offered to let us use many of the items she used at her wedding last August so that we didn’t have to spend money on the same stuff, like chalkboards and buckets. We absolutely ADORED Michelle and her husband’s cute rustic chic wedding, so I am thankful to be able to incorporate some parts of that fabulous style into our big day.

The “best man” has offered to make some of our mini-desserts that we plan on serving. If you’re attending the wedding and know anything about Logan, your stomach probably just growled. She’s an award-winning cupcake maker, and although she’s not making cupcakes for our big day, she’s got a pretty refined palette that is sure to make sure we have the sweetest treats to serve. Also, she’s making her brother’s FAVORITE dessert, so obviously it will be a winner.

You expect your family and on some level, your wedding party to help out (especially pitching in on the big day!), but to see how many other people are going out of their way to make sure we have the most wonderful day of our lives is so heartwarming. Throughout our entire engagement, we have felt surrounded by so much love. We are constantly being reminded by how lucky we are to have incredible families and friends to share in our big day!

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