Ashley and Brian got married in Citrus Springs and my hubby and I left early in the morning to meet up with the beautiful bride at her grandmother’s salon! How fun to have your grandmother fix your hair for your wedding!
I love this one of Ashley’s mom watching… 3 generations in one image.
The beautiful dress and accessories.
I love this image of Ashley’s mom helping her into the dress. It’s even more special when you hear the story! Ashley wanted to wear her mom’s gown, but in a unique way… she found a seamstress who took the original gown and created another masterpiece using all the original fabric and beading except for one small portion on the front.
This is a before and after of sorts!
Ashley before the ceremony.
While I was spending time with the girls, my hubby was hanging out with the guys. We had driven over to the location where they’d be and scoped out some fun photo opportunities. I knew Rahul was creative, but when I saw these I couldn’t have been more pleased! What a great, AWESOME second shooter! I love the symbolism of this image; as if Brian is just beginning a new journey, preparing to travel a new road. LOVE IT!
Rahul was able to draw out such genuine emotion!
These next two are my favorite groomsmen pictures of all time and my hubby took them!! I think he might be coming along a lot more often now!
Here’s another one of those happy surprises. I put the rings down on the sidewalk at Ashley’s house and noticed that the shadow nearly forms a heart. How sweet!
Getting ready for the ceremony.
Ashley and her dad have such a sweet relationship. I think this image clearly shows their love for one another!
During the ceremony, Ashley and Brian had some of the most unique lighting I’ve ever seen. Most of the ceremony was nearly in the dark, with just a spotlight on them. Here’s one of them during a prayer that I just loved.
Remember from their engagement session, there were some sweet little kisses on the cheek and some tender moments, as Ashley and Brian had committed to a relationship that honored God and kept them pure…. that’s why this single kiss symbolized so much!
So from the beautiful sun flares, you’d never know that this was actually one of the coldest weddings I’ve ever shot! I’m not talking chilly, I’m talking FREEZING! By the time we packed up from our visit to this park, my fingers were literally numb and turning blue! It was insane. I have no idea how Ashley and her bridesmaids survived!
You know you’ve been to a lot of receptions when you start hearing Beyonce’s Single Ladies in your dreams! Seriously! This picture just makes me start humming along all over again.
Love the way they kept gazing at each other.
One of my favorites of the newlyweds! Brian was talking to Ashley, whispering in her ear and this moment happened. I was lucky enough to have caught it!
This is my OFFICIAL favorite of Ashley and Brian. I would be getting this blown up for my living room!!
Special dances and a few details…
The bride and groom quickly changed into their TOMS during the reception. If you’ve never heard about this awesome company, you’ll want to check them out! This image comes just in time for “One Day Without Shoes,” which is tomorrow April 8th. Rahul and I have actually had the honor of hearing the founder of TOMS speak live at a conference. Such a great business with a powerful message. Oh and engaged couples, they’ve even got some special shoes for you!
When a friend is overseas and you really want a picture with her on your wedding day, this is clearly what you should do!
A little fun on the dance floor! Check out the grandma pic- another favorite- she danced the night away!
[UPDATE] I’m not sure how this one didn’t make it into the original post!! I had to share this really cool detail though. One of the groomsmen created the bouquet that Ashley tossed… out of duct tape! Seriously! This might be the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. Warning: if you go this route, please through with caution, these petals aren’t as forgiving as the real deal. Awesome job Jacob! Interested in some for your own wedding- I have some connections. Just let me know!
Here’s one of those “the glasses are chiming again” moments. I love the way it feels like in the middle of all the celebration, they are totally alone!
The big exit!
Thanks Ashley and Brian for inviting us to be a part of your special day. It was a joy getting to know your families and celebrating such a wonderful moment in your lives. May you continue to trust God to be the foundation of your marriage!
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