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!!
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!
I love this series of Ashleigh seeing her mom for the first time.
The light in Ashleigh’s room was so beautiful. I love the way it wraps around her in this one!
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!
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!
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!!
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!
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!
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?!
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!!
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!
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
Videographer: Artistic Media
Cake: Chef Michael; Let Them Eat Cake
DJ: Grant Hemond and Associates