The Earles Wedding | May 2, 2015 | Photography by Allison Kuhn Photography
Zach Earles grew up to marry the girl next door—literally. Zach and Leslie spent their childhood going to school together, riding bikes together, and playing football in the yard together. Leslie always thought of him as the cute older boy on the bus but it wasn’t until she was sixteen that the two started dating. It was right after her father died in an accident when Leslie received a text from an unknown number. The text read “Hey, I need to give you a hug, can I come over?” After realizing it was Zach being sweet and consoling, Leslie was overjoyed to have him over that afternoon for comfort. Ever since then, the two have been inseparable.
Zach was sneaky in planning his proposal to make sure Leslie wouldn’t get suspicious. The two lived in Charlotte at the time and were traveling every weekend in October for her family’s annual Pumpkin Festival. One weekend, though, he told her they had to leave a bit early because he needed to attend a meeting in Virginia.
When the two got into the car, Zach got nervous because the engagement ring was in his side door and he didn’t want her to see. Luckily, though, Leslie fell right to sleep and only woke up when they were close to home. She was curious as to why they were going home and not to Zach’s meeting. He had to think quickly told her that the meeting had been canceled so they were just going to spend some time at her mom’s house.
Once they pulled into the driveway, Zach couldn’t contain his excitement and exclaimed, “I have a surprise for you!” Leslie was still half-asleep when he handed her the IPad and headphones. Zach told her to watch the video and that his brother would be around soon to come get her. As he left the car running, Leslie started the video still not sure as to what was happening.
The song “Marry Me” by Jason Derulo started to play in her ears as she watched a slideshow of photos from the past seven years of their relationship. Instantly, she figured out what was going on. There was the loud noise of a tractor and wagon pulling up and Leslie started to feel the butterflies in her stomach. She was driven out to her family farm’s signature tree in the pasture where Zach was waiting for her.
He then got down on one knee and asked her a question she knew would change her life forever: “Will you marry me?” Leslie was ecstatic to accept, of course!
At their wedding, the couple felt it was important for all their guests to see God’s love at the heart of their relationship. The most important aspect of their life together was their faith and they wanted to show everyone what a Christ-oriented relationship looked like. They wanted their guests to leave the ceremony realizing how special and unique their love was.
During their first dance, Zach went above and beyond to plan a fireworks display which included many crystal sparkling lights. It was such a surprise to Leslie and it made their first dance more memorable than she could have ever hope for. Letting their nature show, Leslie and Zach started a real dance party amongst their guests. There wasn’t a single person in the crowd who wasn’t feeling the music when the two started dancing. The mood was highlighted by strobe lights, glow sticks, crowd surfing, and more. The couple wanted their guests to have a great time and they were able to leave the reception knowing they had.
Be sure to see the Earles wedding on page 44 of the 4th issue of bridebook!
Photography by Allison Kuhn Photography
Dress: Maggie Sottero from Hayden Olivia
Florist: Sinkland Farms Farmstead Florals and Pam Burgess
Cake: Mockingbird Café
Venue: Sinkland Farms Farmstead Weddings
Caterer: The Element Catering at Mikie's 7th
Planner: Allie Mannon
Jewelry: Ann Vaughn
DJ: Split Second Sound
Groomsman's Attire: Belk
Makeup: Priscilla Beasley
Hair: Emily Chilton