June 23rd was a big day for the Clark Family.
The baby of the family, little Ashley, made the bold move of being the first Clark girl to leave the comfort of the Shenandoah Estate to wed the love of her life.
Honestly, it was an act of bravery. Growing up in the Clark house talking to boys was practically unheard of. In Junior High it was considered scandalous to be talking to be boys on AIM after school. Ashley though, she was always the brave one of the family when it came to pushing the boundaries and talking to my parents about “sensitive” subjects including boys. I mean, we’re talking about the little one who at the age of 13 thought it was perfectly acceptable to take Old Faithful, the family station wagon, out for a joyride with her friend to the local grocery store just to get some dessert.
Time went by and Ashley only got more daring. While I was in college hiding the fact that I was going on study dates with my guy friends, Ashley was back at home confessing her little crushes to my parents. My thoughts: How RACY!
I can remember the very first time I saw Ashley and Micah together. I passed them in the college parking lot. We stopped our cars for a sisterly hello– when I noticed that Ashley was not in the driver’s seat but instead a country boy. I asked Ashley who the boy was, hoping for dear life that that he wasn’t following the conversation we were having in Sign Language. Ashley casually responded, “This is Micah, I’m dating him!” I was blown away! My first thought was: “Is she even old enough to date?!” After all, Ashley was the baby of the family. Apparently, my parents thought it was perfect acceptable because before I knew it Ashley and Micah were celebrating their 1 year anniversary. The months passed by and as I saw Ashley and Micah interact I realized that this was a true love story.
Boy sees girl.
Boy musters up courage for the first hello.
Boy learns a new language for girl.
Boy falls head over heels.
Boy and girl fall in love.
Christmas rolled around and I was home for the Holidays– my mom randomly popped in my room as she tends to do and started talking to me about life. The conversation took it’s course and gracefully my mother weaved into the conversation that Micah had asked for Ashley’s hand in marriage. I was speechless. Ashley was the baby of the family and I was beginning to think that every one forgot about that little memo! The only words that I could muster up were: “Is she even old enough to get married?”
Well, apparently the parentals thought was. According to my father there comes a time when even the baby’s have to leave the nest. It just so happened that the baby of the family was the first one to leave Shenandoah Drive.
The months rolled by and June 23rd came. I watched my baby sister slip into her wedding dress and teared up. She was pure beauty. Somewhere along the road, my little baby became all grown up. As I watched my dad walk Ashley down the aisle I teared up. When Ashley and Micah exchanged vows, well that was perhaps the most beautiful moment I’ve witnessed. Ashley had worked hard and practiced her vows over and over to perfect her speech for the wedding– and Micah did the same with his sign language. Their love had crossed the boundaries of language.
My family wanted to show a little of Micah and Ashley’s story at the reception, so naturally I was tasked out to be in charge of this little project.
So I present to you – their story!
Music in Video:
I Like To Be With Me When I’m With You – Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors
I Do – Colbie Caillat
Lifetime – Steve Moakler
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