Thacker & Braswell

The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - Contents - Story by Beth Bright

Some­times love is in a dif­fer­ent time zone, but other times it’s wait­ing just five min­utes down the street. For Bis­marck res­i­dents Dakota Baswell and Ash­ley Thacker, this could not have been more true.

The two did not meet un­til Ash­ley was in school at Hen­der­son State Univer­sity when a mu­tual friend set them up on a blind date. How­ever, they lived just five min­utes apart.

“I im­me­di­ately knew it was some­thing spe­cial, and two weeks later, we be­gan dat­ing,” Ash­ley said.

The pro­posal was noth­ing out of a fairy­tale, yet Ash­ley said the sim­plic­ity made it per­fect.

“Dakota wanted the pro­posal to be a com­plete sur­prise, and he suc­ceeded,” she said. “He had in­vited my par­ents over to his house — he had al­ready asked my dad, and he knew it would be im­por­tant for my par­ents to be there.

“As I was sit­ting on the couch talk­ing to my mom and dad, he came around the cor­ner and got down on one knee. I im­me­di­ately started to cry as I shook my head ‘yes.’”

The big day: We said “I do” on May 24, 2014

Best Man and Maid of Honor: Spencer Hunt and Kim­berly Shepherd

The lo­ca­tion: Aus­ley Fam­ily Farms in Bis­marck

The re­cep­tion: The re­cep­tion was at Aus­ley Fam­ily Farms with cakes by Brandi Kyzer at Sweet Lucy’s. Matt Sn­od­grass and Jordan Bell at High Volt­age En­ter­tain­ment pro­vided the mu­sic.

The look: I wanted a rus­tic look with a pop of color. The col­ors were co­ral and turquoise with burlap and lace ac­cents.

The dress: I wore a cap sleeve lace over satin gown with il­lu­sion back in ivory from David’s Bridal.

Most un­for­get­table mo­ment: The most un­for­get­table mo­ment of the day was read­ing the let­ter my hus­band had writ­ten. We had de­cided to write each other letters to read the day of the wed­ding. Need­less to say, I was in tears — happy tears, of course.

The hon­ey­moon: We went on a cruise to Cozumel, Mex­ico, The Cay­man Is­lands, and Mon­tego Bay, Ja­maica. We swam with dol­phins, went scuba div­ing, basked in the sun and saw some of the most beau­ti­ful sights we had ever seen.

Pho­tog­ra­phy cour­tesy of Melissa Al­bey

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