The beautiful beach at the Valentin Imperial Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, was the setting on May 27, 2012, when Ashley Elizabeth Merrill wed Sam Oaks Smith.
Maid of honor was Lauren Jackson and bridesmaids were Laura Cox, Kia du Nann, Chelsey Funis, Kayla Sleight and Kristy Smith.
Best man was Skeet Smith and groomsmen were Jonathan Merrill, Cole Mansfield, Tyler Peyton, Matt Schrimpt and Matt Stewart.
The bride is the daughter of Denise and Randy Rankin of Woodinville and Jeff Merrill of Kirkland.
She is a 2005 graduate of Woodinville High School and a 2009 graduate of Washington State University. She received her masters degree in public health and nutrition from University of Texas Health Science Center. Ashley is currently employed as a pediatric dietician at Texas Childrens’ Hospital in the Texas Medical Center.
The groom is the son of Stacy and Saundra Smith of Dallas, Texas. He is a graduate of Winston High School in Dallas and Westminster College in Fulton, Mo.
Sam is employed as a senior account executive for Pointsmith, a company started by his grandfather in 1947.
The couple were blessed by many friends and family who attended their destination wedding. After their honeymoon in Costa Rica, the couple settled into their new home in Houston.