A wedding is much more than a gorgeous gown, vibrant flowers, and a breathtaking venue. While Ashley and Shawn’s sweet celebration in Forks, Washington had all of those elements, it’s the sentiment and significance of their occasion that truly stands out. Their wedding served as a confirmation of their commitment to one another and the first step towards a lifetime of love. It’s easy to see the excitement and passion emanating from the high school sweethearts in these stunning images captured by Samantha McFarlen.

The first page of Ashley and Shawn’s love story was written when Ashley was a junior and Shawn was a senior. Ashley’s red hair caught the eye of the upperclassman, and he found her to be strikingly humorous. Ashley was flattered and thought him to be quite charming as well. For their first date, Shawn invited Ashley over to his mom’s house to enjoy the comedy classic, She’s the Man. It wasn’t long after till Shawn was thinking She’s the One. “Even though we were just in high school, I knew right away,” says Shawn. When you know, you know, and Ashley knew it too.

Their proposal was picture perfect, as Ashley was surprised to see Shawn standing in the middle of the barn with flowers at a family photo shoot organized by her sister. “I walked over to him and he told me how much he loved me. Then he got down on one knee and said, ‘Be my wife?’” When the wedding day finally came, the two were thrilled to share the special day with their friends and family. The ability to call Shawn her husband after the ceremony was Ashley’s favorite part of the celebration, while Shawn cherished Ashley’s grand entrance as she walked down the aisle towards him.

Now that Ashley and Shawn are officially married, their adventure is only just beginning. Their love will continue to inspire others every day: “I get to date him every day, and I love that we go through everything together, from the good and the bad. I forever have an adventure buddy.” “No matter what happens in life, I have my best friend by my side. She is my girl forever.”

Vendor Credits:

Photography by Samantha McFarlen

Cake by Cora Fletcher

Flowers by Angel Crest Gardens


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