Ashlyn Ackerman and Alex Hoffmann

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Ashlyn Ackerman and Alex Hoffmann of Louisville, Kentucky, exchanged wedding vows at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sep. 26, 2020. The ceremony was held at The Courtyard at Copper & Kings Distillery in Louisville. The ceremony was officiated by Jill Ackerman-Jones, godmother of the bride.

The bride is the daughter of Mike and Ann Ackerman of Jasper. She is a 2007 graduate of Jasper High School. She attended Ball State University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in 2011 and a Masters of Architecture in 2014.

The groom is the son of Jerry and Loretta Hoffmann of Louisville. He is a 2001 graduate of St. Xavier High School and earned a Bachelor of Architecture in 2006 from University of Kentucky.

The bride’s entourage included seven bridesmaids and a man of honor. The man of honor was Carson Lance, college friend of the bride. He currently resides in Denver, but is originally from Boonville. Bridesmaids were Taryn Condon of West Lafayette, friend of the bride; Caitlin Macy of Louisville, Kentucky, friend of the couple; Leslie Grothouse-Ernst of Jasper, friend of the bride; Christin Beckman-Sapp of Indianapolis (originally from Jasper), friend of the bride; Jill Seng- Rennels of Denver (originally from Jasper), friend of the bride; Megan Gill of Nashville, Tennessee (originally from Jasper), friend of the bride; and Abbey Boehm-Barker of Evansville (originally from Jasper), friend of the bride. Bridesmaid and friend of the bride, Chelsea Gill of Amsterdam, Netherlands (originally from Jasper) could not attend due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. The best man was John Butler of Louisville, college friend of the groom.

The bride and groom's dog, Noodle, performed the duties of ring bearer. She wore a rose gold collar adorned with greenery and was escorted by one of the bridesmaids.

Each maid chose her own style of dress, in varying shades of green. The man of honor wore black slacks, a green blazer, black bow tie and copper-colored velvet loafers. Each bridesmaid carried a copper hoop adorned with greenery in lieu of bouquets. The bride's mother wore a sleeveless floor-length, beaded, V-neck, dusty-rose colored gown, accented with beading. She accented with mother of pearl earrings and a rose gold necklace. The groom's mother wore a floor-length organza gown with flutter sleeves and a V-neck, in a plum color. She accented with mother of pearl earrings and necklace.

The bride wore a sleeveless floor-length, white crepe satin fit-and-flair gown, with an open illusion back and plunge neckline. Bride accented the gown with a haircomb of live greenery, rose gold and teal amazonite drop earrings, and an emerald green pashmina. Bride carried a bouquet of lush greenery, ferns, white ranunculus and protea flowers, adorned with her sorority badge and brooches from her mother and grandmothers. She also carried an antique, monogrammed handkerchief belonging to her great-grandmother.

Ceremony music was selected by the bride and groom, played by a live band.

The reception was held in the Courtyard and Pavilion of the Copper & Kings Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky. Guests were treated to signature cocktails by Copper & Kings, hors d'oeuvres and plated dinner by Bristol Catering, and a late-night snack of New Orleans style beignets by North Lime Donuts. Wedding favors were salted-caramel French macaroons, baked by the bride.

As guests entered the ceremony, they were greeted by wedding photos of the bride's and groom's parents and grandparents, displaying each of their respective wedding dates. The bride and groom chose their wedding date to continue a family tradition of marriage on Sept. 26 — the bride's parents (Mike and Ann Ackerman) and paternal grandparents (Raphael and Phyllis Ackerman) were also married on Sept. 26, and were in attendance for the next generation to continue the tradition. The celebration was also attended by a small group of friends and family.

Reception music was provided by Tony & the Tan Lines — playing a selection of yacht rock from the 60's, 70's and 80's. The bride and groom chose "You Can Call Me Al" by Paul Simon as their first dance.

The bride and groom honeymooned in California — splitting time between Los Angeles, Big Bear Lake, and Palm Springs.


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