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Ashlyn Cook & Evan Johnson April 22, 2017 • Bentonville Ballroom at I Street

Ashlyn Cook & Evan Johnson
April 22, 2017 • Bentonville
Ballroom at I Street

Even though they were in the same friend group throughout college, it wasn’t until after college that Ashlyn Cook of Jefferson City, Missouri, and Evan Johnson of Springdale began to take notice of one another. During a post-graduation encounter at Sassy’s, Ashlyn’s roommate asked her if she had ever considered dating him, but she said no. During a second encounter when she was in need of a power drill, their friends started to instigate the idea of them as a couple. After hanging out that summer, Ashlyn had fallen for Evan.

On Sept. 3, 2015, Evan asked Ashlyn on their first date, which ended with a trip to the Washington County Fair. In October of 2017, Evan asked Ashlyn to be his wife at Sassafras Springs Vineyard with pumpkins, candles, a new Bible and a journal of prayers he had been keeping since he knew he would propose to her.

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Ashlyn Cook & Evan Johnson April 22, 2017 • Bentonville Ballroom at I Street

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Ashlyn Cook & Evan Johnson April 22, 2017 • Bentonville Ballroom at I Street


The Inspiration

Ashlyn has always dreamed of an elegant, timeless and traditional wedding, and her color scheme was an immediate, easy decision. She pictured black bridesmaids dresses and tuxedos standing in stark contrast to an all-white venue. When she discovered The Ballroom at I Street, Ashlyn says, “I knew it was meant to be the moment I walked in.”

Chandeliers added a touch of elegance to the simple color scheme with white flowers and an abundance of greenery and gold details. The couple also utilized the outdoor courtyard with large white tents for the cocktail hour.

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Ashlyn Cook & Evan Johnson April 22, 2017 • Bentonville Ballroom at I Street

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Ashlyn Cook & Evan Johnson April 22, 2017 • Bentonville Ballroom at I Street

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Ashlyn Cook & Evan Johnson April 22, 2017 • Bentonville Ballroom at I Street

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Ashlyn Cook & Evan Johnson April 22, 2017 • Bentonville Ballroom at I Street

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Ashlyn Cook & Evan Johnson April 22, 2017 • Bentonville Ballroom at I Street

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Ashlyn Cook & Evan Johnson April 22, 2017 • Bentonville Ballroom at I Street


How They Customized

Music to Our Ears

Processional
“Canon in D”
composed by Johann Pachelbel

First Dance
“Angel”
by Jack Johnson

Father/Daughter Dance
“Butterfly Kisses”
by Bob Carlisle

Mother/Son Dance
“My Wish”
by Rascal Flatts

From their first communion as a married couple to the look on Evan’s face when Ashlyn walked down the aisle, for this duo, the ceremony was the heart of their wedding day. Not only was it significant to them because of their faith, but many close friends and family were able to play a special role, making it personal and intimate. Ashlyn’s cousin and good friend played the guitar and sang during communion, and Evan’s childhood mentor was the officiant. He was able to share meaningful, personal details to the ceremony since he had watched their relationship blossom.

“I still get goosebumps every time I think about our ceremony. It will forever by the most meaningful and memorable part of our wedding,” Ashlyn says.

For the reception, the couple used details like a sit-down meal, monogrammed cocktail napkins and a greenery runner with gold chargers on the head table to maintain a simple elegance. Since Evan recently started dental school, the reception was personalized with a tooth-shaped groom's cake and toothbrush favors engraved with their names and wedding date. The couple also surprised guests with a donut bar around 10 p.m. to thank them for being their on their big day. The donut bar was complete with full-sized donuts, donut holes on skewers and milk in glass mugs with gold straws.

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Ashlyn Cook & Evan Johnson April 22, 2017 • Bentonville Ballroom at I Street

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Ashlyn Cook & Evan Johnson April 22, 2017 • Bentonville Ballroom at I Street

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Ashlyn Cook & Evan Johnson April 22, 2017 • Bentonville Ballroom at I Street

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Ashlyn Cook & Evan Johnson April 22, 2017 • Bentonville Ballroom at I Street

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Ashlyn Cook & Evan Johnson April 22, 2017 • Bentonville Ballroom at I Street

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Ashlyn Cook & Evan Johnson April 22, 2017 • Bentonville Ballroom at I Street

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Ashlyn Cook & Evan Johnson April 22, 2017 • Bentonville Ballroom at I Street

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Ashlyn Cook & Evan Johnson April 22, 2017 • Bentonville Ballroom at I Street


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The Details

Photographer Lela & Lyla Photography, Little Rock
Venue The Ballroom at I Street, Bentonville
  Event Planner JLK Weddings, Bentonville
  Florist Jules Design, Fayetteville
  Caterer Mermaids, Fayetteville
  Drinks Walton Boulevard Wine & Spirits, Bentonville
  Cake Harps Foods, Bentonville
  Donut Bar Krispy Kreme
  Invitations & Calligraphy Kay Dana
  Programs Etsy
  Videographer Klayton Seyler, Little Rock
  Musicians Trey Kennedy; Smoothman Music Productions, Springdale
  DJ Brock Entertainment, Rogers
  Rentals Intents Party Rentals, Fayetteville
Eventures Party Rentals, Fayetteville
Wedding Gown Tesori, Fayetteville
  Bridesmaid Attire Azazie.com
  Tuxes Men's Warehouse, Rogers
  Hair Luxe Beauty, Fayetteville
  Makeup Megan Irwin, Little Rock
  Jewelry Underwood's Fine Jewelers, Fayetteville
  Alterations Material Concepts, Fayetteville
  Reception Staff & Parking Lot Shuttle Bohemian Geeks, Springdale
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Ashlyn Cook & Evan Johnson April 22, 2017 • Bentonville Ballroom at I Street

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