Ashley Van Metre & Kurt Busch

An Epic Race to Romance


Married

Jan 7, 2017
Eden Rock , St. Barths Island


Photo Credit

Brian Dorsey Studios


Style

Destination, Formal


Season

Winter





The First Encounter

In the Fall of 2014, NASCAR driver Kurt Busch and professional polo player and model, Ashley Van Metre were introduced by Ashley’s sister. Although the two came from different worlds and different sports, they quickly learned they had a great deal in common. “It felt like we had known each other forever. It truly was love at first sight!” Ashley said. The couple dated for 10 months before he popped the question with a stunning ring from Tiffany & Co. Kurt had actually seen the ring a couple months after they started dating and said he knew the ring was for her. “After spending the holidays with Ashley and her family, I felt something growing in my heart. It told me to ask her father, for his daughter’s hand, which I finally built up enough courage to do in June 2015,” he recalls. The big moment took place in Virginia at Ashley’s family home, inside a barn with rose petals, candlelight, champagne and beef stroganoff (Ashley’s favorite meal). Her most cherished friends, her horses, were there to witness the big moment. “I dropped to my knee and proposed to the love of my life.” Kurt said.



In Preparation

Kurt and Ashley celebrated their engagement with a trip to Greece, then the planning began. It was Ashley who was in the driver’s seat this time around, but Kurt was not far behind. “Kurt and I were really involved in the whole process.” Ashley said. They worked closely with planner Jennifer Zabinski to plan their intimate destination wedding in St. Barth’s. “We started to realize that it really goes by so quickly and we wanted to bring our close friends and family to a place that was special to us to spend a few days with them and enjoy that time.” Ashley shared. Their intimate wedding celebration was followed by a rock star reception a week later at The Breakers resort in Palm Beach. Florida. The bride’s favorite flowers and her favorite color, orange, were all part of the details planned for the couple’s vision for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” wedding.



The Big Day

The destination ceremony at Eden Rock in St. Barth’s was very intimate with only 40 close friends and family. Every detail of their day was full of love, including when Ashley’s 90 year old great uncle performed the ceremony. This was extra special because he had also married her parents and grandparents. The couple kept things intimate by sharing vows they had written for each other and then celebrated their nuptials with fabulous food and fun after the ceremony. The Palm Beach reception was planned for a week later. “That was our time to relax. We had exchanged our vows, emotions were out and everyone could just let go and enjoy.” Ashley shared.

Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Busch, along with their guests, enjoyed a magical evening with a delectable sit down dinner followed by the cutting of their magnificent 6ft tall wedding cake. The cake was a show stopper, but nothing compared to the show stopping surprise performance by Aerosmith’s, Steven Tyler. “The curtain dropped, and there he was playing ‘Dream On’ on his white piano” Kurt said. This was a huge surprise for all in attendance. 14 songs were performed and everyone at every age had the time of their lives.



The Retreat

After their star-studded celebrations, Kurt and Ashley enjoyed a staycation at home, followed by Kurt’s epic Daytona 500 win in February. “Parties, dinners, events, and everything in between have been magical. Wow, the surprise of Steven Tyler’s performance and then winning the Daytona 500 just a month into marriage, life has been surreal.” Kurt shared. The beautiful couple plan on taking a real honeymoon after the race season, where they can relax and truly enjoy each other to the fullest.



 

Contributing Vendors

PHOTOGRAPHER

Brian Dorsey Studios

CEREMONY, RECEPTION, CAKE & CATERER

Eden Rock, St. Barths

ENTERTAINMENT

DJ Philippe Paris and Jimmy Sax

EVENT PLANNER

Jennifer Zabinski Events

FLOWERS, RENTALS & DECOR

Lewis Miller Design

GOWN

Mark Ingram Atelier

INVITATIONS

East Six

TRANSPORTATION

Caribbean Discovery

VIDEOGRAPHER

Senderey Video Productions

FIREWORKS

Caribbean Pyrotechnics

CEREMONY MUSIC

Ombeline Collin

PALM BEACH VENDOR ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

CEREMONY, RECEPTION, CAKE & CATERER

The Breakers

ENTERTAINMENT

Element Music

EVENT PLANNER

Jennifer Zabinski

FLOWERS, RENTALS & DECOR

The Design Studio at The Breakers

GOWN

Mark Ingram Atelier

INVITATIONS

East Six

PHOTOGRAPHER

Brian Dorsey Studios

TRANSPORTATION

Orlando Horse and Carriage

VIDEOGRAPHER

Senderey Video Productions

PHOTOBOOTH

Smilebooth

 

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