One of AshLee Frazier’s favorite wedding day moments took place after everything was over. Frazier and new husband Aaron Williams chose a classic getaway car—a 1967 GTO belonging to the groom’s stepfather—when they found themselves at a stop sign.
“We just looked at one another for about 30 seconds,” Frazier recalls to The Knot in an exclusive interview. “I took a mental photo during that moment… and it will forever be my favorite.”
The bride, best known as a final three contestant on Sean Lowe’s season of The Bachelor who later appeared on Bachelor In Paradise, didn’t find lasting love on the franchise. Instead, she fell for a handsome real estate agent, whom she had haphazardly met through mutual friends over a decade ago. “I’ve never felt happier,” she muses. “To marry the man of my dreams and to call him my best friend for the rest of my life is priceless.”
The couple got engaged last November in New York City, and spent the next three months meticulously planning their wedding. The venue, a splendid private residence in Conroe, Texas, accommodated the couple’s 180 guests. “It was held at my in-laws’ estate,” the bride explains. “Which includes an equestrian arena and stable that overlooks a 10-acre lake.”
The bride, 36, and groom, 37, opted for a white color scheme with hints of refined gold and subtle black accents. Aztec Events & Tents provided the lighting, as well as the linens, furniture and so much more. Lanterns illuminated the entrance and four large pillars topped by large white floral arrangements were strategically placed on the ceremony grounds.
Frazier’s father served multiple roles in the ceremony—he walked his daughter down the 160-foot aisle and officiated the nuptials. “My mom’s dad was a minister and he married my parents,” she explains, “so it only made sense to have my dad marry me and Aaron.”
The couple hired a full-service wedding planner—Danyett from Two Be Wed—to help execute the details. “She stayed up late with me on nights when things needed to be done… And had answers for all my questions,” she explains. “I enjoyed every moment of planning especially as a detail-oriented person. I wanted to shine.”
Naturally, even the most perfectly planned details didn’t exactly fall into place. “I’m hoping to laugh one day at the frantic moments I had the day of the wedding,” Frazier tells The Knot. “My dress was so low cut that it was a bit shocking! I was worried about a wardrobe malfunction.”
The bride wore a gown by Lazaro, which she says initially wasn’t her size or style. In turn, she enlisted the help of Tailored by Laura’s Couture Alterations to adjust various elements of the gown, including dropping the back and adjusting the sides. “We removed quite a bit of the ruffles, which made a huge difference,” she says. “And we even softened up the bust area.”
With the remaining pieces of the dress, Frazier had a custom veil created by the tailor. The bride says it was a learning experience, which she would now like to share with readers. “My advice here is to shop around and [visit] at least three places,” she says. “Commit to yourself that you won’t buy, then go back and decide.”
She wore two different pairs of heels—one from Christian Louboutin and another pair from Gianvito Rossi—and a necklace from Golden Thread. The goal, according to the bride, was “old Hollywood glam.” To achieve this aesthetic, Frazier opted for a sleek hairstyle pulled to the side with an added swipe of red lip color. “I didn’t do a trial run,” the bride confesses. “If I could go back and do anything over, I would have booked someone way earlier and scheduled a trial.”
Frazier had five bridesmaids, who picked their own hair and makeup based on their personalities. All wore BHLDN gowns. “The main point for my girls was to be as simple as possible because my dress was super busy,” she explains. “And the criteria was for them to be in white or ivory… They wore robes by Love Ophelia and bracelets from Gorjana.”
Williams’ groomsmen rented Michael Kors tuxes from Houston-based outpost Mr. Santos Fashion Design, while the groom looked handsome in a tux by Boss that featured clean lines. He chose Creed Silver Mountain Water cologne as his wedding day scent. “He looked and smelled delicious,” notes Frazier, who later went into more detail about their relationship.
“One thing that really sticks out the most is the undeniable way Aaron loves me. He leaves no doubt in my mind,” she tells The Knot. “He’s constantly striving to be better… and is slow to anger. He shares his excitement for my own accomplishments, and reminds me constantly of his love and hope for our future. He is my perfect one!”
“During the wedding, he was so present with me,” she continues. “He made me laugh, as he always does, and constantly had his eyes on me. Those moments when we would lock eyes stood out the most. I would think to myself, “That’s my life over there and I want to make him the happiest man in the world.”
Photographer Ashley Streff documented those sweet moments of pure love between the pair, while Lightfield Lewis signed on as the videographer. Floral arrangements were provided by Houston-based florist Gallery Flowers. Wedding Paper Divas handled the stationery, which included reminders of customized hashtags, Geofilters, and more.
However, Frazier says her caterer—The Posh Affair—“rocked it.” The couple chose rosemary mushroom crostini and smoked quail diablo for their cocktail hour. For dinner, guests enjoyed lentil loaf with maple glaze, along with vegan veggies and salad paired with Melville Wine from California.
“Aaron and I are not much dessert eaters or cake lovers,” she adds. “We instead decided to have cake balls and mini pies delivered to the tables during the speeches.”
Regarding favors, the couple gave each guest a succulent from The Succulent Source. Instead of registering, the pair requested donations to the Children’s Methodist Home. “We are both far beyond blessed,” Frazier concludes. “We wanted to give back to the service that helped me find my adoptive home. We are taking donations all the way through the summer.”