AshLee Frazier had no luck finding love in her appearances on The Bachelor (placing third in the race for Sean Lowe’s heart) and Bachelor in Paradise a few years ago, but she didn’t need them, in the end. After her reality TV stints, she reconnected with real estate developer Aaron Williams an old love. In November 2016, he got down on one knee and proposed, with a three-carat oval-cut diamond ring at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.
On Sunday, March 19th, they were married at his parents’ expansive estate in their hometown of Houston, Texas, in an outdoor ceremony overlooking 10-acre Lake Conroe. Her father served double-duty, walking his daughter down the aisle and officiating – a tradition set by her maternal grandfather, a minister, who married Frazier’s parents.
Frazier’s intricate beaded lace, ruffled Lazaro gown with plunging neckline was a showstopper, while Williams, 37, went for simple elegance in a black bowtie and Michael Kors tuxedo. But the exact look of Frazier’s Old Hollywood-esque gown was almost an accident. “I’m hoping to laugh one day at the frantic moments I had the day of the wedding. My dress was so low cut that it was a bit shocking! I was worried about a wardrobe malfunction,” Frazier, 36, told TheKnot.com in an exclusive interview. She ended up making many changes with the help of Laura’s Couture Alterations (who also created Frazier’s floor-length veil), and ultimately didn’t sound like a bride who simply loved how she felt in her dress.
The elegant affair was put together with the help of wedding planners Two Be Wed, who joined with many of the 180 guests on the Instagram hashtag #AAWilliamsWedding2017 to congratulate the newlyweds with shots from the big day. The colour scheme was well-suited to a mansion wedding in oil-rich Texas, with gold and black accent offsetting a mostly white palette.
The couple did not register, asking guests to instead donate to the Children’s Methodist Home, a cause close to their hearts – Frazier was adopted at age six, and the centre helps children in care find safe, stable homes. “We are both far beyond blessed,” Frazier told The Knot. “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.”
Frazier revealed that her favourite moment from the day happened when the event was all over. Driving away from the white-tented reception in a 1967 GTO sportscar belonging to the groom’s stepfather, they just stared at one another for 30 seconds, taking stock of the moment. “I’ve never felt happier,” she told The Knot. “To marry the man of my dreams and to call him my best friend for the rest of my life is priceless.”
The wedding spot overlooking Lake Conroe was the same place Frazier said she first told herself she would marry Aaron, many years ago. The wedding is Frazier’s second – at 17, she married her high school sweetheart Andrew Barbarow, but the marriage lasted just 18 months.
Source: The Knot