There’s nothing quite like the jubilant moment of becoming engaged. Some feel the need to shout the proposal from the rooftops for the whole world to see, to intimate romantic settings – the magic is there in whatever way or form to bring this momentous occasion to fruition!
Here at Crème de la Bride, we are showcasing a wonderful, fairy-tale story of a beautiful couple, Ashley and Ernest, written in Ashley’s own words, who graciously wanted to share their glorious union with us.
Ernest Burnley is a senior contracts agent for major projects at Southern Nuclear. He has a 7-year-old daughter named Zoë. Ashley is a nurse practitioner at UAB Hospital. She has a 5-year-old son named Germaine “GJ”.
How they met….
The story began on June 1st, 2012 at the ‘All In Casino Royale’ fundraiser benefiting UAB’s Healthy Happy Kids, at Workplay in Birmingham, AL. Who knew it was a night that would change their futures in a major way? While playing BlackJack 21, Ernest saw a beautiful young woman dancing in place with a drink. They exchanged a couple of glances and smiles and Ernest knew it was a matter of time before he approached. Ernest took a while to get up because he was trying to see if she had an empty ring finger. Meanwhile Ashley turned to her friends, Aaryn and Shalandria “BJ” and jokingly stated. “Got me one”. They giggled as they noticed him staring. Ernest finally approached Ashley. After a little small talk, he asked for her business card. Ashley stated she did not have one, so Ernest gave her his. When he left, Ashley turned to her friends and asked, “I work in an ER. Am I supposed to have a business card?” BJ replied, “I have personal business cards.” (Needless to say, Ashley now has personal cards…lol). Ashley pondered calling Ernest vs waiting to bump into him again, as it is not her norm to call a guy first. Meanwhile, Ernest spent the weekend regretting not asking for her number. Ashley was instantly attracted to Ernest and his vibe, and she knew she wanted to see him again. T hat Sunday, she called and left a message on his voicemail. Ernest was excited and relieved when he heard the message Ashley left. Two days later, they had their first day at Avo, located in Mountain Brook, AL (Avo is a California style cuisine café with a whiskey bar) and the relationship has continued to grow from that point forward.
On October 16, 2014, Ernest whisked Ashley off to Center Stage Theater in Atlanta, Ga. He took her to see one of her favorite performers, Marsha Ambrosius, where she would be performing her lasts tracks from Friends and Lovers. Ernest told Ashley he was trying to get them upgraded to VIP seating and a possible meet and greet backstage after the show. After leaving his seat multiple times, he finally returned with news that their seating had been upgraded but he was unsure if the meet and greet would occur. Ashley and Ernest moved to the section with reserved seating. Ernest told Ashley he had to go to the restroom and would be back. Due to his nervousness, he took the wrong cue and left earlier than he should have. After a while, Ashley began to wonder if he was ok, but Marsha began to play instrumentals for one of Ashley’s favorite songs, “Say Yes”. The song was a crowd favorite and as the crowd began to scream, Ernest appeared on stage. He asked Ashley “A Petty” to come to the stage. Ernest’s contact person, Moe Simpson, a local DJ, took Ashley backstage. Once on stage, Ernest proposed to Ashley, whom was shaking with nervousness. She said YES! They remained on stage while Marsha sang “Say Yes,” after which they sat backstage for the remainder of the concert.
Engagements are a genuine sign that you are both ready to enjoy a full and meaningful life together and that you are also very secure in the fact that you really enjoy each others company. It also means that you are willing to compromise, which ultimately will bring out the best in both of you. This is the beginning of an incredible journey of a lifetime.
Thank you Ashley and Ernest for sharing your beautiful story with our audience!
We would love to hear about more engagement stories, so please feel free to contact Crème de la Bride!
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