Hey friends! Welcome to the B & B blog. We are Bret and Brandie, a soon-to-be husband and wife photo team based in the Midwest. Here you will find our latest work, favorite love stories, and recent adventures. Grab some coffee, snuggle up, and enjoy!
You may recognize Ashley and Will from their viral proposal videos, photos and sweet story! We were in on this big secret proposal a few years ago and it still to this day may be one of our all-time favorites! Their one of a kind story touched hearts all around the world when Will not only asked Ashley to be his wife, but also asked Ashley’s younger sister, Hannah, who has Down syndrome, to be his best friend forever. From the start, Ashley had always told Will that she and Hannah were a package deal. Will has kept his promise from the very start, meaning that Hannah was even going to play a large role in their wedding day.
Ashley and Will are a very special couple to everyone they meet. Without a doubt, Will is the best “big brother ever” and loves Hannah just as his own little sister. It is very obvious how easily he took Hannah under his wing. It is heartwarming to see how humbly and naturally Ashley and Will take care of Hannah. We are so excited to share the story of their wedding day and the role that Hannah played, as well.
The forecast had been iffy all week. Rain, no rain, rain, no rain. When the day finally arrived, A LOT of rain was in the forecast. Rain or shine, Ashley and Will were determined to have their picture-perfect wedding. They said “I do” at The Corner House Bed and Breakfast in Rockport, Indiana. The entire day was rainy, but instead of ruining the wedding it added a special kind of charm to their day. Hannah and her bright, cheerful spirit brought a special kind of vibe to the day, almost as if she was a ray of sunshine peeking through the dark and gray clouds.
Ashley and her bridesmaids got ready together in the bridal suite at the Corner House B&B. There was a bit of anxiousness and anticipation regarding the dreary morning, but Ashley and her gals just kept reassuring each other that it was all going to be okay. Rain or not, Ashley and Will would still be tying the knot and becoming husband and wife. It was decided to just embrace the rain and embrace the day! Hannah got ready with the bridesmaids and Ashley did her makeup for her. A special dress was hanging just for Hannah, as she got to get ready first. It was an incredible moment for everyone involved. Once she was in her dress, she lit up and tears soaked her face. She radiated happiness as she looked herself up and down in the mirror. The pure joy on her face put a smile on my face instantly and will be a moment that I think all of us in the room will remember forever.
Next up — sweet Ashley got to put her dress on from Rice n’ Ribbon in Rockport, Indiana. Ashley’s mother and Hannah held hands with her as they all just smiled and gazed at Ashley in her beautiful, lacy gown. Her dress was the perfect combination of simple and classic. Her single string of pearls complemented her gown in the most perfect way. It was an undeniably beautiful moment to watch the group of women closest to her embrace her in all of her beauty.
Before the ceremony, we set Ashley and Will up for their first look. When Will turned around, his jaw dropped and his eyes lit up. First looks are one of our favorite moments. They are such raw, real moments, and we loved watching these two break out into non-stop giggles and cuddles.
Ashley and Will were surrounded by family, friends, and lots of umbrellas during their ceremony. Regardless of the rainstorm, an emotional vow exchange guaranteed that there wasn’t a dry eye in the audience of this outdoor ceremony set atop the hill of the Corner House. Will and Hannah had prepared vows for each other and they were completely ADORABLE. Hannah promised Will that she would always tell funny jokes and Will vowed that he would always take Hannah fishing.
Next, Ashley and Will exchanged their wedding vows and something astonishing happened. The sun peeked out for a mere three minutes during the reading of their vows. It was almost as if God was telling these two that they had made the right decision and that he approved of the vows and ultimately of the entire day. Unquestionably, this was one of the most breathtaking moments we’ve ever been a part of!
Other than Ashley, Will has one more item in his life that he considers his pride and joy. That item would be his GMC truck. Will spent a lot of time restoring this beautiful truck, so it was an extraordinary moment watching the bridal party drive off in the bed of the truck that he had worked so hard on.
The reception was decorated with some of the most precious fall decorations – perfect for an October wedding. Mums, pumpkins, and rustic style galore! Hannah and Will had their first dance to ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me” by Randy Newman (my inner Disney fanatic was so giddy on the inside), before Ashley and Will continued with their first dance. The night was just absolutely perfect – I can’t think of any better words to describe it.
While a rainy forecast may have frazzled some couples, Ashley and Will didn’t seem to mind the rainstorm on their Southern Indiana wedding. They giggled, kissed, and danced through the drizzly day taking on each droplet as they fell. We are so incredibly humbled and blessed to have been able to capture this special day. Clients like them have taught us that the world needs more people like them. More love, more acceptance, and just more all-around good people like Ashley and Will. Congratulations to the Seatons’ and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for allowing us to be a part of this special day.