Leonard & Sahene Wedding
If Ashley and Madison Leonard have learned anything from their years together, it’s that “when you stop looking, love finds you.”
The two were introduced to each other by a mutual friend who thought they would be great together and, while neither one of them were interested in being in a romantic relationship at the time, Ashley said the first time she met Madison she just knew there was something special about him.
“After our first date we were pretty much inseparable,” she added.
Madison, from Atlanta, Ga., is a safety engineer in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Little Rock at the time he met Ashley.
Every year, Ashley and Madison spend Labor Day weekend at the lake in Hot Springs.
“One evening we went out on the boat for a night cruise to watch the sunset,” Ashley said. “Madison proposed to me in the middle of the lake as the sun was setting with my family surrounding us. It was so special!”
Ashley, originally from Little Rock, is an educator for Paul Mitchell Schools and enjoys crafting, outdoor activities and getting settled into their new home. Madison was recently relocated to San Antonio, Texas, and brought Ashley along for the journey. When he isn’t working, he enjoys working in the yard, outdoor activities and watching sports (UNC basketball, specifically).
Mila and Maverick, the couple’s dogs, also keep them busy.
“We have been here in San Antonio for nine months now so we are settled and loving it,” Ashley said. “We both miss being away from out parents but have enjoyed being newly married in a new place.”
Best Man and Maid of Honor: The Best Man was Madison’s best friend, Kenny Sicard. Madison and Kenny grew up in the same neighborhood and went to high school together. The Maid of Honor was Ashley’s sister, Brooke Watson, who was with the bride when she got engaged and helped her with every step of the wedding planning. “I knew as soon as Madison proposed that I wanted her to be my Maid of Honor,” Ashley said.
The location: Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens.
The reception: Hot Springs Country Club. The reception began with a cocktail hour, followed by a sit-down dinner with the choice of either filet mignon or Champagne chicken. An open bar was also available, but the signature drink was “Yellow Birds,” a family tradition to have at weddings.
The look: “When it came to planning our wedding, we wanted it to be a reflection of us and our love. We wanted the vibe to be very romantic and sophisticated but also simple and relaxed,” Ashley said. The colors were dusty blue, merlot, blush and gold. “The Anthony Chapel is so gorgeous on its own so the only décor we needed for the ceremony was the flowers we were holding,” Ashley added.
The dress: Phyllis by Maggie Sottero. “I always dreamed of wearing a Maggie Sottero dress. I went to Low’s Bridal and Formal in Brinkley, and had them pull every Maggie Sottero dress they had. The Phyllis was the first one I tried on and I loved it,” Ashley said.
Most unforgettable moment: “My favorite part of the day was our ceremony. When the doors to the chapel opened up it took my breath away, I remember the smile Madison was wearing. Walking down the aisle with my dad was something I had thought about since I was a little girl. We pledged our love to each other with all of our friends and family surrounding us. I felt like I was in a fairy tale; it was ethereal,” Ashley said.
Honeymoon: At Ashley’s parents house in Hot Springs. “Madison and I love Hot Springs! We spent most of the week relaxing, doing puzzles, cooking in and watching movies. We did enjoy a wonderful dinner at Luna Bella, our favorite restaurant in Hot Springs,” Ashley said.
Florist — Tanarah Luxe Floral
Hair — Levi Waters
Makeup — Lauren Tapp
Cake — Ambrosia Bakery
Band/DJ — Central Arkansas Entertainment and Kathy Cooper (harp) for the ceremony; DJ Nate Hall for the reception.
Rentals — Gold chairs for reception from Signature Events, linens from Tanarah Luxe Floral
Photography — Stephanie Parsley
Videographer — The French Adventures