Tony + Ansley are MARRIED | Shady Elms Farm Wedding
Tony and Ansley recently tied the knot with a breathtaking bohemian glam celebration at the newly renovated Shady Elms Farm! The aesthetics of this venue are incomparable. The scenic backdrop of the lake, barn and tent; the ambiance of the twinkle lights; and Ansley's vision of LOTS of candles, greenery and natural light were a match made in Heaven, much like the couple themselves.
These two have been building a life together for the past four years, and were ecstatic to FINALLY become husband and wife, surrounded by their closest friends and family. Ansley shared, "The wedding day will pass and things will go wrong, but at the end of the day, we are finally getting to become one. It sounds kinda cheesy, but we could have gotten married at the courthouse, and I would still be equally as excited."
While these two have been together for four years, the four years preceding that, they lived parallel lives, working side by side at Brookside Lumber. For much of that time, not only were they not friends, but they didn't even think very highly of one another. One night, Ansley found herself in need of a ride home from a work event, and as fate would have it, she ended up in the car with Tony. That drive home forever changed their lives as they knew it. Just one conversation and all of their walls and preconceived notions about the other were shattered, and before long, the two were inseparable.
Their time at Brookside Lumber not only kickstarted their relationship, but helped to refine gifts in each of them as well: Anthony in contracting work and labor, and Ansley in design. Just a few months ago, these two bought their first home, and amidst wedding planning and full time jobs, preceded to renovate the place into a home that would make Chip and Jo proud!
Like anything in life, home renovations, relationships, and weddings days never seem to go exactly as planned. And on their wedding day, the skies let loose in a monsoon rain storm not once, not twice, but THREE separate times and forced their outdoor wedding inside. But this unavoidable circumstances far from phased this newlywed pair. For these two, their day was all about serving others, honoring family and tradition, and soaking in that just married high.
Ansley wore a sixpence in her wedding shoes, to honor the tradition of her Scottish grandmother. They created a display with all of their grandparents wedding pictures, as a remembrance for those that have passed away and to celebrate those there still with them (One set who have been married 55 years!). They surprised one of their groomsmen with a cupcake and the happy birthday song during the reception, to celebrate his special day! AND, they chose to donate all leftover food to the Washington City Mission, and all leftover flowers to a local nursing facility.
The commitment and devotion these two have for one another, and their love for others, is truly inspirational. Their generous hearts, gracious spirits, and beautiful love left everyone in attendance better for being there. It was beyond a privilege to witness the vows promised and document the celebration! From the heartfelt letters and emotional first look, to dancing on the dock and their sparkler sendoff, it was truly a day to remember. Congratulations to the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Basso - we couldn't be happier for you or more excited to see all that God has in store for your life together!