Sometimes things go “wrong” at weddings. Most of the time, it’s little things, like the ring bearer refusing to walk down the aisle when it’s go-time. Other times, it’s bigger things, like an eye infection, a sister with a broken leg, and a rogue sea urchin. But the true test of a couple is how they handle adversity. Based on how Ashley and Mitch handled these bigger problems at their St Lucia destination wedding, I think they’re going to be just fine.
But let’s rewind to last September, when I first hopped on the phone with Ashley. At that point, they were still planning on getting married in Colorado, so we talked about everything from venue ideas to how crazy it can be to plan a wedding to how Mitch is “the funny one.” After almost an hour on the phone, I hung up and Jesse asked me how it went, to which I excitedly answered, “I think I just made a new friend!!” I may have also jumped up and down a little bit.
Then we got the news that they scrapped the Colorado wedding idea and planned to elope in St. Lucia. Obviously, we offered to travel with them, but that’s a pretty big commitment, so I was bracing myself to be let down. So when we started talking about what that would entail, how the travel would work, and we began to make real, tangible plans to make it happen, I was back on cloud nine!
We got to witness firsthand how much fun Ashley and Mitch are to hang out with during their ice cave Alt Session earlier this year. Ashley always has some fantastic surprise up her sleeve. So far, we’ve seen her secretly arrange a dinosaur costume first look, an over-the-water bungalow, and a late-night fire dancing show. Mitch is not only confirmed as “the funny one,” he’s also the life of every party. And both of them would go to great lengths to make sure everyone they know is having a fantastic time. Jesse and I have learned from experience that kick-ass people like Ashley and Mitch also tend to attract awesome friends. So after their Alt Session, we couldn’t wait to party with the crew that Ashley and Mitch were bringing to St. Lucia for their celebration!
On top of all these amazing qualities, and the fact that they’re just a gorgeous couple, the really amazing thing about Ashley and Mitch is that not only did they let all the wedding crises roll off their backs, they also kept everyone else laughing and having a great time. They made all those big ugly problems suddenly feel small and insignificant. And at the end of the day, don’t we all want a partner in life who can help us tackle insurmountable obstacles with a smile and a laugh? And maybe that person will also surprise us with an over-the-water bungalow? In the end, this St Lucia destination wedding turned out to be an experience we’ll remember for the rest of our lives.
Ashley and Mitch, we are so grateful that you brought us along for this adventure! We hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in St. Lucia and we can’t wait to get together again, soon! (But maybe this time somewhere indoors, away from rock slides and ocean creatures….)