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ashleigh and gordon: married

Welcome to my new blog!

I’ve been wanting a fresh and fun updated look for awhile now and needed just the right post to start it off. Ashleigh and Gordon were clearly the perfect couple to launch this new site!! Thanks to my extra talented hubby and some pretty sweet images, I introduce you to the new annie agarwal photography blog!

This will surely be a long post ( I’m just warning you), but hang on until the end and you  just might be the one enjoying a sweet treat on me!!

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I had the pleasure of meeting this bride and groom through the USF BCM, where my husband is the director. A few months down the road, Ashleigh joined a Bible Study I was leading and I grew to both admire and love her. She is a shining example of a woman of God and her love for Gordon is so inspiring!

When they got engaged I secretly hoped she would pick me to capture their amazing day, so when I got the request I couldn’t have been happier. I knew it was going to be an incredible celebration!

Enjoy these images from their special day, don’t forget to watch their video at the end of this post and be sure to enter the posting contest!!

I started off the morning super early with the beautiful bride. Her first stop Starbucks… and would you believe that she enjoyed another one before the ceremony as well? That’s my kind of girl!!

Ashleigh had a custom designed hand crafted gown! Check out some of these details shots, including her super adorable shoes!

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I love this series of Ashleigh seeing her mom for the first time.

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The light in Ashleigh’s room was so beautiful. I love the way it wraps around her in this one!

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Since my parents are also photographers, I often have the pleasure of working with them. On this morning, my mom joined me as a second shooter. I am in love with this image she captured!

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A few days before the wedding, rain seemed to have settled in; and we got a little concerned about the outdoor venue. Ashleigh and Gordon decided on seeing each other before the ceremony in order to make sure we had ample sunshine to capture some fun images. I was so excited, as these first look moments are always priceless! Seeing each other ahead of time also eliminates “the rush” that often occurs once the ceremony is complete.

P.S.- If you’re wondering about doing something like this on your special day, Ashleigh will vouch for how awesome it was, but the pictures alone might convince you!

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Despite the fact that the forecast called for a 60% chance of rain, it was SUPER HOT and SUPER SUNNY! We ended up driving around Main Street to keep Ashleigh and Gordon cool for their couple shots. When I spotted the side of this building, I simply couldn’t resist! After all, our prayers had been answered!!

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This was another one of those “I can’t resist” moments! This time we were on foot, and as we walked by this store, I asked Ashleigh and Gordon if they were excited about their honeymoon. This was the response I got…what great sports!

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After a little more time outside, we decided to move inside to cool down. We quickly found this great little treasure, a beautiful place to take family formal pictures. It ended up being the perfect spot to take a few of the bride and groom too!

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I love Ashleigh’s enthusiastic expression when she was finally announced as Mrs. Grooms!! Yes, Grooms is her new last name! Great for a wedding huh?!

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Of course, I couldn’t leave out a first dance picture. I love how they’re gazing into one another’s eyes, as if no one else is around!!

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Finally, here’s a slideshow of Ashleigh and Gordon’s entire day. When I heard the first song in their video a few months ago, I knew that I wanted to use it for them- it just seemed so perfect! Oh, and be sure to watch for a few special moments from the day:

  • Ashleigh sipping on more coffee (you’re about to learn why that’s so important!)
  • The bonnet Gordon’s grandmother gave him at birth, turned into a handkerchief that Ashleigh carried with her during the ceremony
  • The denim jacket that was worn by Ashleigh and some of her bridesmaids at various stages in their life (they wrote secret little jokes and messages inside and passed it around). It was adorable worn with her dress!
  • The incredible emotion when Ashleigh sees her grandfather coming to walk her down the aisle. Seriously, I was wiping away tears too. It was so precious!

Enjoy!



AND…Now for the contest! I know there are some of you out there who secretly view the blog, but never leave any comments! I get emails all the time that say, “I’m a blog stalker and now I want to schedule a session of my own!” So, here’s your chance to share a little love.

Just post a comment below, leaving me your name and email address in the contact form. In the comments, be sure to share: 1) your favorite image from Ashleigh and Gordon’s wedding post and 2) your favorite drink at, yep, STARBUCKS, in honor of Ashleigh! The winner of their very own Starbucks gift card will be announced Monday morning right here on the blog!

Start sharing and start posting!!

Thanks Ashleigh and Gordo for allowing me to be a part of your special day! It was an honor and a blessing to witness you committing your lives to one another forever. May God pour out His richest blessings on your marriage!

Venue: Safety Harbor Spa and Resort
Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Cabelo Salon
Bridal Gown and Bridesmaids Dresses: Lisa Schauer
Flowers: Kikilis
Videographer: Artistic Media
Cake: Chef Michael; Let Them Eat Cake
DJ: Grant Hemond and Associates

July 1, 2009 - 10:40 pm

Maura - how do you see the rest of the comments?

June 22, 2009 - 6:43 pm

Carmen Lopez - Annie, every time I see your photography, I am filled with moments of joy. God has gifted you to capture moments for those of us who get so busy with “life” that they just scape us. Thank you for sharing. I specially love the ones with the children. God Bless

June 20, 2009 - 1:09 pm

Victoria Kate Cruce - Ok I just cried watching the slideshow and I don’t even know these lovely people! Maybe it’s because I am now engaged. Or it could be PMS. HAHA! It’s hard to pick my favorite but what brought tears to my eyes were the two shots of her face, then her father’s face, probably right after he saw her for the first time. Waaah! AAaand I like caramel frappes. 😉

June 20, 2009 - 12:02 pm

Diane Bockus - Annie, What a terrific job you did capturing all the details of this couple’s special day. God has given you such a special gift in photography. To the couple – God Bless!
Oh my favorite picture is the 2 with the big sun – so different and unique.

June 19, 2009 - 10:33 pm

Amy M - LOVE, love, love all of your work, Annie! It has so much creativity and personality!

June 19, 2009 - 7:21 pm

Mardie Scott - I’m blown away. I love the non-traditional photos that truly capture the wonder of a wedding day with the joy of starting a new life together. You are a very talented photographer and your knowledge of human emotion shows in the photos you take. Well done!

June 19, 2009 - 3:40 am

Meg - Can I just say that I wish the next 10 months would hurry up?! I can’t wait to see the shots you capture on our day!

PS. I like the berryblossom white tea 🙂

June 19, 2009 - 2:56 am

Maura Plunkett - Annie, I cannot thank you enough for capturing Ashleigh and Gordo’s wedding so beautifully. You are amazing! I would encourage every bride and groom to take their pictures before the ceremony, with and without their family. It makes for a very calm bride and you get to enjoy your guests.

Again Annie, you were amazing!

June 19, 2009 - 2:35 am

Maura Plunkett - Hi Annie, thank you so much for capturing Ashleigh and Gordo’s day. You are an amazing photographer and are able to radiate the excitement, decor and true love through your camera. Thank you for capturing my daughter’s most memorable day!

p.s. whatever she drank I know it was decaf….

June 18, 2009 - 2:48 pm

Andrea Shef - YOUROCK! These are amazing pictures!!! Keep rockin’ it!!!!

June 18, 2009 - 3:10 am

Gretchen - I Love the pic at the fountain. AWESOME PICS!!!

June 18, 2009 - 12:59 am

Heather Henderson - Annie, I can’t believe how much you have grown in the last year or two. Your talent is surley a gift from the Father and you use it so well.
The blog is great! Such a great way to get to share in your fun event from across the country. Love your beautiful family for me!

June 18, 2009 - 12:09 am

Rachel Baughman - my favorite is the first dance, it is like nobody is watching. My starbucks drink is an iced half caf tall sugar free caramel with a splash of soy americano. miss you and your photography is absolutely amazing, I know firsthand.

June 17, 2009 - 11:48 pm

Katie Knapp - I love your work Annie! I am so excited for my wedding!! My favorite shot is when you captured her reaction to seeing her grandfather, so sweet. It made me tear up! My favorite drink is white mocha frap! : )

June 17, 2009 - 10:02 pm

Granddaddy - An outstanding job . Captured sentimentality as best as it was. Of course my favorite is Ashleigh and I walking down the aisle. A real dream come true for me as I had laid in bed with a heart attack hoping to God that He would give me enough time to do just what I did. As far as Starbucks—I don’t like thier coffee.

June 17, 2009 - 9:58 pm

Doris - Annie,
Your pictures are beautiful as usual. I’ve posted a link to this on my Facebook. Can’t wait for the annual photo session at Englewood.

June 17, 2009 - 8:24 pm

Melody - Annie, your pictures are beautiful as always! My favorite is when they were pronounced Mr. & Mrs. Grooms! I love Chi Tea Latte!

June 17, 2009 - 7:06 pm

Robin Southwell - Annie – you’ve done it again! The pictures are beautiful! I think my favorite are the shots from before the wedding when they see each other for the first time. And my favorite drink from Starbucks is either the Caramel Apple Cider (when it’s cold) or the Strawberries & Cream Frap (when it’s hot). Keep up the good work. Can’t wait until we can finally arrange a session.

June 17, 2009 - 6:51 pm

Katie Green - Hey Annie! Thought I’d put my 2 cents in and enter your contest too! Although I love the shot where Ashleigh is smiling when announced as “Mrs. Grooms,” I actually think my favorite is the one at the beginning, the buttons on the dress, next to the shoes. That’s just gorgeous! How I wish my wedding pictures were even close to the work you do! Someday we will work out a photo session! 🙂 Hug all the little ones for me!
-katie-
oh, and my fave starbucks drink is a caramel macchiato. (spell check that one!)

June 17, 2009 - 3:28 pm

Stephanie B - My absolute favorite shot of the wedding above is them in front of the Lace Lingerie shop. So funny and cute!

My fave drink at Starbucks is Chai Tea Frappe. 🙂

June 17, 2009 - 3:26 pm

Hilary Lain - Annie, your photographs are fantastic!! I love the new blog and am soo excited to see more of your work. I am nowhere close to being married, but I am completely certain that I will be requiring your skills for the big day ;-).

June 17, 2009 - 2:41 pm

Gretchen - Annie is the best. I echo Ashleigh’s comment. Annie was the best choice for my wedding. She is full of creative vision that stems from Higher creativity. Her lens truly captures abundant moments. Annie you’re awesome

June 17, 2009 - 2:27 pm

Holly Nazario - Love the new blog!! It’s great! It makes me feel like I need to work on mine:) The pics. are absolutely gorgeous! You do a phenomenal job! I love the lingerie pic..great idea and too cute. And for me it’s always a frappacino, I just have a hard time deciding between caramel or mocha:)

June 17, 2009 - 1:36 pm

Nancy Collins - your pics are so beautiful!
Great job! Good luck in your new venture. G

June 17, 2009 - 1:34 pm

Robin Lowery - loved the ones outside when they first saw each other, also when she saw her grandfather…as always, love your work! my fave drink from starbucks is decaf iced caramel macchiato…

June 17, 2009 - 12:09 pm

Connie Ricks - Annie,
These are just beautiful … how to pick my favorite – has to be the one in the pretty room with Ashleigh sitting in the chair and Gordon looking on – this makes me even more excited for our special day in September! My favorite coffee – Pumpkin Spice frappacino – Yummy! thanks for sharing these beautiful moments!

June 17, 2009 - 9:53 am

Jessica Knight - I liked so many pictures…I loved the picture of the bride about to tear up…I enjoyed the profile shot your mom caught. I loved her hiking her dress up near the fountain…Many shots were very authentic to the bride’s style.. You could see her personality and very upbeat style. It was great….

June 17, 2009 - 4:23 am

Ashleigh Grooms - If anyone is contemplating if Annie Agarwal photography is right for your wedding, let this serve as proof that it is! I could not have asked for a better person to shoot my wedding. I never once questioned if she’d be able to capture the details and the vision. Throughout the entire day she was there, capturing each moment as it came. I would highly recommend her for any important moments you wish to have captured.

Annie- these are amazing, and I am so thankful that I will always have such amazing pictures to commemorate this momentous day.

June 17, 2009 - 4:20 am

Kim Brumbeloe - Annie, it looks AWESOME!! 1) My favorite pic was the one of Ashleigh & Gordo sitting on the fountain!! 2) Venti Iced Mocha with Whip!!!

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