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a family celebration: ashley and brian are married!

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!!

Reception time!

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!



P.S. Don’t forget if you view this post and leave a comment on the blog, the new Mr. and Mrs. will benefit! For 25 comments, they’ll receive a free 8×10, for 50 comments they’ll receive a free 11×14!

May 12, 2011 - 2:30 am

usf alumni: ashley and brian - […] being in front of my lens either. I had the honor of documenting their love and capturing their wedding day. By now, they are seasoned […]

May 5, 2010 - 2:57 pm

Joe Rio - Hi Annie: I am Ashley’s grandfather and I want to tell you that I had 3 weddings for 3 daughters and by far you & your husband were the most professional and it shows in these photos! Can’t wait to see family photos!

May 5, 2010 - 2:52 pm

Hazel Rio - Annie: These photos are so beautiful and I can’t wait to see the rest!!!

April 16, 2010 - 3:09 pm

Leigh Ann Host - The pictures are GREAT! You did an awesome job of capturing the love between Ashley and Brian. Good luck Ashley and Brian, love you guys!! God Bless your photography, Annie!

April 15, 2010 - 8:29 pm

Ashley Lynn - Ash, your photographs are impeccable! Your wedding was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. Ashley you are so sunning! Wish I could have been there to see you 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing these with everyone. You and Brian are both in my prayers.
Ps. Love the picture of you and your dad <3

April 15, 2010 - 7:15 pm

Kristin Mixson - These are so cute!! miss ya’ll!

April 15, 2010 - 6:15 pm

Megan Duhs - First of all, this site is AMAZING! Secondly, I am so happy for Ashley and her new life. It has been years since I’ve seen or talked to her, however, I am still so happy for her nonetheless. Best wishes to the new couple. 🙂

-Always, Megan Duhs

April 15, 2010 - 5:19 pm

David Alonzo - ????? ????????!!

April 14, 2010 - 7:36 pm

Aunt Lala - The pictures are sooooo beautiful. the photographer did an amazing job. everyone looks so beautiful. especially my favorite girl!!!!

April 13, 2010 - 9:42 pm

Mark Mathews - The pictures are great – can’t wait to see them all.

April 13, 2010 - 9:30 pm

Ashley Floyd - Congrats Brian and Ashley – the pics are great!

April 11, 2010 - 8:01 pm

Pam Herber - Even though I do not know this couple, these shots are great! Annie, you captured the sincere love that they have for each other beautifully! I really want them to get some free stuff! They are so cute together!!

April 10, 2010 - 9:34 pm

Amy - What a beautiful couple, and Annie, some of my favorite work of yours. Blessings!

April 10, 2010 - 4:10 pm

Eileen Jenkin - Gorgeous pics!

April 10, 2010 - 11:45 am

Margaret - These pictures are amazing!

April 10, 2010 - 11:31 am

Shivani Parikh - These pictures are amazing! Great job Annie! Ashley and Brian look gorgeous!

April 9, 2010 - 8:46 pm

Diane Bockus - Great Pictures! Beautiful couple.

April 9, 2010 - 4:17 pm

Lauren Novatka - These pictures are gorgeous!! The wedding was so pretty and so much fun, I felt like I was there again looking at the pictures. Beautiful job and so happy for you guys, Ashley and Brian!!

April 9, 2010 - 1:16 pm

Jacob Rigsby - These pictures are amazing!!!! I definitely can’t wait to see more!! Great job as usual Annie and Rahul too! Again, congrats Brian and Ashley!!!!

April 9, 2010 - 7:58 am

Lupe Cisneros - The pictures are the best I have ever seen! Annie, it was so much fun just being around you and Rahul. I definitely think you two should work more together. The vibe was just incredible. The wedding was awesome and I was so happy for my lil Ash and Brian.

Again, I loved the pictures!

April 8, 2010 - 10:57 pm

Sharon - Well, if the Shackelford side AND the Agarwal side BOTH have natural pho-tog abilities, I would like to go ahead and book Eden Agarwal for my sons’ weddings around the year 2038. Thank you.
Seriously, awesome job Annie and congratulations to the new couple…seems like they’ve got great priorities. Can’t wait to see their “family” pics in the years to come!

April 8, 2010 - 7:49 pm

Alesia Gurganus - The pictures are fabulous, they certainly capture the love of Ashley and Brian. I really love the pictures you captured of them looking into each others eyes. They are an absolutely gorgeous couple. Can’t wait to see them all.

April 8, 2010 - 6:14 pm

Connie McCraw - The wedding photos are gorgeous! Very good and unique candid shots!

April 8, 2010 - 2:35 am

Julia Buckland - Wow, what beautiful pictures of the beautiful couple! Y’all were stunning that day just a short two months ago, and these pictures don’t even do it full justice, but they are still some amazing pictures! Great job Annie and Rahul, really great! I’ve already decided y’all will have to do my wedding photos haha… even if that’s 20 years down the road haha 🙂 Congrats again Ashley and Brian!

April 8, 2010 - 12:27 am

Pat Strickland - The pictures are great! Enjoyed all of them

April 7, 2010 - 10:01 pm

Mary Mathews - The pics are just beautiful!

April 7, 2010 - 6:06 pm

Kelly - These came out really nice! Congrats!

April 7, 2010 - 5:51 pm

Cheryl Jacobson - These pictures are absolutely beautiful! We can’t wait to see the rest!!

April 7, 2010 - 5:33 pm

Ashley Mathews - These are amazing, Annie!!!!! We couldn’t have asked for anything better!! Can’t wait to see the rest!! 🙂

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