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Meet Ashton and Rachel!

I don’t normally wait this long for a blog post to be shared for a wedding but you see right after their honeymoon Rachel was off to boot camp for the United States Coast Guard to serve our country and I didn’t want this to be public until they could enjoy them together in a private moment after she arrived home from her graduation.  Well today is the DAY!  Welcome Home Rachel!

 Here is your story Rachel and Ashton!

This was the BEST DAY of their lives! Thus far!  <3

It was only a week before the wedding when I met Rachel for the first time and I actually met Ashton the night before the wedding.  You see Rachel was finishing up her college career at Liberty University and was hours away and Ashton serves in our Military so he was at his new duty station in Florida so Rachels mom Paula did most of the planning, finding venders and such for their wedding, and gathering all the details…. you name it she pulled it together.   She did a great job too!  She is quite the organizer!

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I usually show up at the rehearsal if I can for a few minutes just to see how the day is going to flow and meet all of the family and important people in my couples lives. Since I had not met Rachel or Ashton until days before the wedding I stayed a few extra minutes and took a few portraits with them since we didn’t get to do an engagement session.  The storm that was coming was a WHOPPER and we had to make it quick, but we managed to get a few before the bottom fell out!   We not only captured the intense lightning in the back ground but the rainbow that followed the storm.

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Rachel and Ashton it was my pleasure to be with you to capture your day!  It was a beautiful day.

Wedding days go by so fast and  before you know it they are over and you are off into a new life and journey…so I hope this serves as a reminder of just how awesome a day it was!

Relive your day!

When we enter the room where the bride and her girls are getting ready it’s always a happy loud and fun room.

Filled with laughter, makeup, curling irons, steamers, pretty dresses and pretty girls!

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While the girls get all pretty we set off to photograph all of the details.

I loved photographing your dress it was a perfect fit for you!  And you looked amazing in it!

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Rachels Rings are heirlooms from Ashtons family. As were the pearls she wore.

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Once the girls are ready to get dressed it’s always fun to take them out for a few fun photos before they get in their wedding attire.

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And the mom’s got in on the fun with their own robes! LOL.

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This is was a beautiful moment….all of the women who mean the most to Rachel and know her inside and out saying a prayer over her and her impending marriage.

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Rachel held it together until her Maid of Honor, Kathleen started praying…and if I am honest…I cried to because her words are so eloquent for her best friend.

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This moment….is always surreal for the bride putting on her dress the one she’s dreamed about since she was a little girl.  The dress she picked after trying on many.

Rachel it was so beautiful on you!

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Your flowers were simply beautiful!

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This image speaks volumes.  A bible that is well worn like this has been put to good use!

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Ashton, you were so handsome!

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Waiting for his Rachel.

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We ventured over to this beautiful bridge on the Regent University Campus for their first look and it could not have been more perfect.  Ashton was nervous and Rachel was ready to see her groom!

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This moment….always lingers….and it’s a beautiful moment and that is what this time is for…to melt into each others arms take in all that is about to happen with the one you love the most!

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Yes he cried…and hugged her again…and it was perfect!

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This group of guys!  Handsome!

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How beautiful is this group of ladies.

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Rachel went back and put on her her momma’s veil after the first look to wear down the isle.

She didn’t want Ashton to see her again until she walked down the isle in her mothers veil so they took a moment to pray around the door before the ceremony!

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Show time.

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He closed his eye…waiting to open them as his bride came through the doorway. His dad’s face is precious!

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The swan was right on point! She showed up during the prayer!!!

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When two families become one!

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Siblings LOL!

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The sun was so pretty and glowy!  This time of the day is so perfect for photos.  I am so glad we were able to make it to the fountain for portraits.

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Ashton! That face…LOL.

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Paula and her minions had the ballroom looking so pretty!  The table centerpieces were simple yet pretty with the submerged fairy lights and hydrangeas on a beautiful wooden base made by Chris Meyer and James Williams

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Mr. and Mrs. Carrow!

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Toasts are so fun…you learn so much more about the couple through the stories of their parents and friends.  🙂

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These moments…mean so much.

Although her daddy was set to have much needed knee replacement surgery just days after the wedding he was still able to dance with his daughter.

I love these moments.

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On the other hand…nothing was wrong with Ashton’s momma’s knees!  LOL she tore up the floor! 🙂  It was so fun!

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Kurt from Astro DJ’s kept the floor full and even showed some how to do the cupid shuffle.

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How low can you go? Rachel answered that question!  Ya’ll that takes stellar abs and apparently Rachel has them!

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The cake topper was soooo cute!  Since they are both sharp shooters.

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We snuck away for a quick night photo and guess who showed up again??  The swan.

I saw the ripples on her dress from the water being stirred and when I took the shot the swan was sitting right there! So so perfect!

I love when couples make time for these night photos it really does pay off!

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Back inside for the bouquet toss and some final dancing and last song…before sending them off into their future.

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Surrounded by friends and family in a circle of love they danced to their last song of the night.

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Rachel and Aston!  Your day was perfect!  Surrounded by family and friends who love you very much!

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Here are some of frienders who who made this day so wonderful for Rachel and Ashton!

Venue: Founders Inn and Spa

Brides Dress – Stella New YorkMaya Couture

Grooms and Groomen attire – Mens Warehouse

Bridesmaids dresses – All The Rage

Flowers – Wholesale Flower Market Inc – Chesapeake

Hair and Makeup – Lolly from Mirrors Salon and Boutique

Table design – Paula Williams (brides mom)

Minions – Brooke Hunt and Tabitha Hinnenkamp

Pastor – Dr. Timothy Lambert

Mistress of Ceremonies – Rodica Lambert

Wedding Cake – Founders Inn and Spa

DJ – Kurt from Astro DJ’s

And last but certainly NEVER least…my awesome sidekick Heather Hartsell for her assistance and second shooting!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to capture your day!  I wish you much love and happiness on your new journey as husband and wife!

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