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I love when I receive the love story from the groom. It doesn’t happen very often, but when I do, there is something so moving about their words, different than when a bride shares them. And, it’s not because the bride’s words aren’t special – because believe me, they absolutely are. It’s just that groom’s have a unique way of reliving their wedding days. They often tend to be the strong, silent type that when they share a story, it is rooted in an emotion not often shared. When I read what Patrick shared about how he and Ashley met, it had me thinking about what my own husband would say if he were asked to share. Oh, to be a fly on the wall in that conversation!

Lindsey Pantaleo

From the Groom:
Our love story is a simple and blissfully happy one. We met through a mutual acquaintance and immediately hit it off. We’ve often joked that our first date was not merely the best first date that either of us had ever had, but the best first date in the history of first dates! We went out for a romantic dinner and a movie at my place, and spent most of the night sharing our thoughts on what we wanted out of life and out of a relationship (We also shared a veritable litany of hilarious jokes). It was the first time that either of us ever talked to another person who completely understood and loved everything we had to say. When the second date, by some miracle, turned out to be even better than the first, both of us knew we were going to be together for the rest of our lives.

We knew we were a duprass, a couple whose lives and identities are inextricably woven together and who live completely for one another. The deepest foundations of our love revolve around trust, forgiveness, and support. Though we both firmly believe in practicality and compromise in a relationship and completely shun the idea of unrealistic “fairy-tale” love, we strive every day to be unwavering champions for one another. We try to acknowledge, accept, and forgive faults within ourselves and one another, even laughing about them when the time is right, while always keeping the focus on celebrating one another’s gifts and personalities. It is our life’s mission together to always keep talking and making time for each other, thanking God for each other, forgiving one another, and learning about and from each other, letting the source of our romance come from the depth of our personal connection. We are determined to prove to this world that happy, life-long marriages are still possible, and we hope that our marriage can tell a story more romantic, more passionate, and more inspiring than any fairy tale has ever told.

Ceremony Venue: Christ Episcopal Church | Reception Venue: Oak Meadow Country Club | Floral Designer: Beehive Florist & Gifts | Cake Designer: Kathy Manion | Photography: Lindsey Pantaleo


  1. Carolyn Yager
    10:53 am on April 30th, 2012

    John & I couldn’t attend Ashley & Patricks Wedding, our health issues prevented it. Thank you so much for sharing these photos, everything was so beautiful. And besides being beautiful, Ashley is as “cute as a bugs ear!” WE LOVE YOU and keep those photos coming!

  2. I am sitting here with tears after reading the groom’s note. What an awesome love story!

  3. naomi
    11:36 am on May 4th, 2012

    Elegant always works! I love the chessboard on the cake!

  4. naomi
    11:42 am on May 4th, 2012

    BTW I kept what the groom wrote so that I can read it over and over again. He’s got the meaning of love nailed.xo