Ashley Woodhouse


Ashley & Kurt

The Bride:

Age: 28

Hometown: Wayzata, MN 

High School: Breck School

College: Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

Occupation: Professional rider/trainer at Skyrock Farm in Hamel, MN

The Groom: 

Age: 27

Hometown: Gaylord, MI

High School: Gaylord High School

College: Michigan State

Occupation: Assistant Golf Course Superintendent at Woodhill Country Club in Wayzata

The Details: 

Engagement Date: Dec. 9, 2012

Wedding Date: Oct. 19, 2013

Wedding Location: Wayzata Community Church

Reception Location: Minikahda Country Club, Mpls.

The (fabulous) Ring: 14-karat white gold with one brilliant diamond in the center, surrounded by 10 smaller diamonds on either side

A Bit about Us: 
While living in New York, Kurt and I both worked for country clubs, he as an assistant golf course superintendent and me as a rider and trainer (of horses). I was very involved in Junior League and attended an event at his club. We chatted briefly that night, and he asked if I would like to go out to dinner with him the next weekend. He was very cute, so of course I accepted his invite! The next weekend, however, I found myself very nervous about this first date. I hadn’t had much dating success in New York, but there was something different about Kurt—something that I really liked, but I didn’t even know him yet! After trying on about 10 different outfits, all while talking to my mom and sister via conference call, I realized that I was going to be 45 minutes late for our sushi dinner in White Plains. To make matters worse, my phone had not saved his number, so I had no way of letting him know. Once I found him in the restaurant, I apologized profusely for my tardiness, and all he said was “I didn’t realize how tall you are. I love tall women!” From that night on, we were inseparable.

After nearly a year of dating, we both found ourselves missing the Midwest. Between college and a brief stint at an advertising agency in Manhattan, I had been in New York for 10 years. As fate would have it, Kurt was offered a job at Woodhill Country Club, which he accepted immediately—he had never even been to Minnesota, but thought he would like it. A couple weeks later we were driving across country with a U-Haul and our three pets. We now reside in Plymouth and are having a blast creating a new and exciting life here—though I could do without the winters.

Engagement Story: 
After moving to Minnesota, I knew there was a ring in my future. The big question was when and where? Kurt is the master of surprises, so I knew he would ask me when I least expected it.

Snow came a little early this year, with 14 inches sprinkling the ground on Dec. 9, 2012. At 4:30 a.m., my phone rang. As I groggily reached for it, I realized it was Kurt. Since he leaves quite early for work each morning, I thought he must have forgotten something. But this was still about two hours before he would leave. What the heck was going on? When I answered, he told me to come to the window because he had something to show me. By now I was annoyed that I had been awoken, so I told him I didn’t want to. In a slightly aggressive tone, he asked me again to please come to the window. Stumbling out of bed, I did as I was told and immediately started jumping up and down. In the snow, he had written (in perfect cursive, I might had) “Will you marry me?” He was down on one knee, next to his dog dressed in a tux.

This was truly the happiest moment of my life! I wanted to share it with everyone! Since it was only 4:30 a.m., I had to wait a couple of hours before I could start making the calls. I barely made it to 6 a.m. before I drove down the road to my mom’s house and woke her up.

As I mentioned before, Kurt is amazing at surprising me, and I could not think of a better way to be asked for my hand in marriage than how he did it. And our apologies to the girl who lives in the apartment above us who thought it was her boyfriend who had written in the snow . . .

The Big Day: I’m the girl who has had her wedding planned since she was 6 years old—all I needed was the groom! Now that I have him, everything is falling into place! We are getting married on Oct. 19, 2013 at Wayzata Community Church, followed by a reception at Minikahda Club in Minneapolis. Since most of our guests will be coming from out of town, we want our wedding to be a fun party with lots of great food and music. It will be elegant and chic, without too much fuss. With all of our friends and families in attendance, there is no way that it won’t be a great event!

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