Ashlee and Logan were married on a beautiful, sunny afternoon in Western Kansas. And, in usual prairie fashion, the wind was whistling through the buffalo grass at a whopping 45+ mph. I was so, so excited when Ashlee called many months back and asked if I was available for her wedding. We’re from the same hometown, and although she’s many moons younger, we had the fortune of spending a week together the summer after my first year in college during a (surprise!) 4-H trip to Boundary Waters, Minnesota.
I’m pretty sure during that trip I was supposed to be an adult sponsor/leader/guide. And I’m also quite certain that I acted like a kid a majority of the time, and had a blast doing so. Ashlee was in our crew, along with my brother and a few other locals, and we had a silly amount of good times together.
This wedding was special because I was able to see Ashlee in another role and place in life. And even though that trip was many years ago, she still laughs easily and is super thoughtful and grateful to those around her – just like I remember her. I could tell Logan, who Ashlee married that crazy windy day in October, knows and loves all those qualities in her too. Witnessing how much he cared for her – how he was goofy and fun and silly too – made me so happy.
I also wanted to note something that stuck with me that day. During preparations, after the ceremony, and throughout the reception I often caught glimpses of Logan’s parents enjoying the little moments, being present with each other, and just looking so darn happy and cute together. Maybe that sounds weird – of course they would be happy! But it was more than that. They looked as though they really, really liked each other, in a way newlyweds or those first dating do. It was the sweetest thing. Ashlee – with your incredible parents, and what I witnessed of Logan’s as well, I think you are surrounded by loving examples of marriage. What a blessing!
Congrats Ashlee and Logan – here’s to many, many happy years ahead!