Real Wedding: Ashley and Jeremy

This groom proposed to his bride with a trip down memory lane.

Ashley and Jeremy on their wedding day on April 6, 2013. All photographs by Sam Hurd Photography Sam Hurd Photography.

Ashley Gilmore and Jeremy Rephlo first connected over Pringles and a bag of yogurt-covered pretzels during a train ride from Washington to New York City. The two met while working at AOL, during which time they were sent on a business trip to manage a booth for Internet Week in Manhattan. “As soon as we sat next to each other on the train, there was an instant connection,” says Ashley, now a user experience designer. “I just never knew you could meet someone who makes you more of who you are.”

The groom, now a product director, felt the spark too. Their friendship quickly turned to romance, and a year later Jeremy proposed on Ashley’s birthday. After cooking an elaborate dinner, Jeremy arranged a stack of nine beautifully wrapped gifts, and then asked Ashley to open them in order from smallest to largest. Each gift contained a memento recalling a special memory or a trip the couple had taken together. “The final gift was a bag of yogurt pretzels and a can of Pringles, with a note asking if I’d like to go to the roof,” say the bride.

When Ashley followed Jeremy upstairs, she was greeted with a breathtaking view overlooking the DC skyline, a rooftop full of candles, and a rug to sit on. Jeremy then took the Pringles out of his backpack—but instead of chips, the can contained an engagement ring. “The reason the can was so meaningful is that even though we have had the privilege of doing some awesome things, our happiest and best moments together lie in the little things that we have with each other every day,” says Ashley. A year later, the duo wed at an elegant celebration at the Mayflower hotel in Washington.


Photographer: Sam Hurd Photography

Ceremony Venue: Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church

Reception Venue/Caterer: Mayflower Renaissance Hotel

Bride’s Gown: Paloma Blanca, Hannelore’s

Groom’s Tux: Black by Vera Wang, Men’s Wearhouse

Hair: Amy, Urban Style Lab

Makeup: Carl Ray

Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Cakes

Cake Flavors: Almond cake with raspberry jam and lemon buttercream, and chocolate cake with layers of milk chocolate ganache and cookies-and-cream buttercream with chocolate buttercream

Florist: Edge Floral Event Designers

Flowers: Cream and blush seasonal roses, peonies, hydrangeas, and garden roses

Music/Entertainment: The New Monopoly

First Dance Song: “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” by Elvis Presley

Invitations: Designed by the bride, printed at Pretzelman Printing Group

Website: Designed by the bride

Bride’s Favorite Detail: “The drama in the details of the ballroom at the reception, especially the amber lighting, pin spots, gold linens, and flowers.”

Groom’s Favorite Detail: “The bride’s dress.”

Biggest Surprise: “Jeremy’s wedding gift to me, which was a Tiffany & Co. charm pretzel necklace.”

Favors: Gold boxes with yogurt pretzels

Decor Details: Custom drink stirrers with the newlyweds’ names

Theme: Romantic

Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Romantic, soft, glamorous, classic

Honeymoon Spot: Bali and Japan

Where They Currently Live: Georgetown