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FAL-WIN 2014

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Fa l l | W i n t e r B R I DE 1 7 That was also Alfonso's mental- ity when it came to his proposal. He and Ashley's mom and sister planned a "birthday party" for him at the end of January. When Alfonso got up to make a toast, he thanked more than 200 friends and family for coming to celebrate his birthday, and . . . something else. Alfonso asked Ashley to marry him. "I didn't even (properly) ask," he says. "I said, 'Will ya?' and she said, 'Yeah.'" In planning their wedding and reception at the Gillespie in downtown Louisville, Ashley and a counselor and real estate agent, along with Alfonso, a running back for the Arizona Cardinals, decided to make it as much fun as possible. "Everybody wants us to get mar- ried again," Ashley says. "Nobody wanted to leave." From the bright orange and blue accents to the groomsmen's superhero T-shirts, "Our wedding was tailored to us," Alfonso says. While all of the guests had fun, most were moved to tears as well. Right before the new bride and groom were introduced at the reception, the DJ played "Promise Me," a song Ashley had written dur- ing her freshman year in college about the promises the two had made to each other. "We recorded it in one of Alfonso's teammate's closets," Ashley says. "It was just for fun, but we're using it six years later." The couple appeared to Meek Mill's "The Intro" at their reception, a refection of everything they've been through, both as indi- viduals (Ashley's cancer treatment and Alfonso's football career) and as a couple. Though Alfonso didn't plan on performing it, he started rapping and everyone jumped up and down. "The whole room came together in that moment," Ashley says. The newlyweds encourage other couples to make their celebrations their own. "It's 2014," Alfonso says. "Make your wedding you. Do what you want to do." Wedding Coordinator: Pamela Fulton Broadus, Splendid Events LLC Venue: Te Gillespie Florist: Lloyd's Florist Photography/Videography: Hatfeld Media Caterer: Te Catering Company Decor (Linen): Millenium Events AV/Stage/Lighting: Sounds Unlimited Productions (SUP) Makeup: Primary Cosmetics 1-45 edit.indd 17 6/16/14 3:49 PM

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