Aug

Play. Nap. Repeat.

My dear Remington... he is the sweetest. I am pretty sure he thinks Greyson is his and I am totally okay with that. He keeps his eye on Greyson all day and takes his job very seriously. He follows me from room to room with Greyson as the baby eats, naps, and plays. Being an older brother is an exhausting job, but somebody has to do it! :) And oh how I love watching them play together. Thats right, play together. When did Greyson get old enough to PLAY!? He reaches out for Remington whenever they sit together and Remington licks Greyson's toes whenever he gets the chance. Then there are waves of giggling and smiles. It's like an adorable Hallmark card that has come to life! 
 
Oh how I just adore these two. With Remington sleeping on a pile of laundry fresh out of the dryer and Greyson taking a nap next to me, I am so grateful for the small beautiful moments that fill my days.

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Aug

Waterview Wedding | Bethany & Joe

They sat on the beach, toes in the sand and champagne in hand. They gazed out at the horizon, watching the sunset paint the tops of the waves with a palette of oranges, pinks, and yellows. Bethany and Joe just spent their first day in the beautiful Grand Cayman. It was such a beautiful place and one Joe said was the exact setting he was looking for before getting down on bended knee in front of Bethany. Actually, he was on bended kneeS to be exact. And there on both knees he asked Bethany to marry him. With the biggest smile on her face and tears filling her eyes, Bethany said YES!  
 
Right along the water is where Bethany and Joe tied the knot in front of their love ones in a beautiful outdoor ceremony. The aisle was strewn with petals matching that sunset in Grand Cayman and their happiness was unmeasurable. It was a celebration that all those who were part of won't soon forget! 
 
Bethany & Joe - Your wedding was so incredibly beautiful and we feel so fortunate to have been there. It was truly an honor. You are such a sweet couple and we couldn't be happier for you! Congrats again! :)










Bethany's something blue - a heart cut out from one of her dad's shirts stitched into the lining of her dress!




Their First Look was such an incredibly sweet moment...










Totally and completely beautiful Bethany!


One of my favorites!





























One of the most amazing moments of the evening was when Joe's dad sang along with the band...

...and the newlyweds danced and sang along. It was a magical end to an amazing day!

Reception: The Waterview 
Gown: Junko Yoshioka 
Bridal Boutique: A Little Something White Bridal Couture 
Stilettos: J.Renee 
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jim Hjelm 
Jewelry: Swarovski earrings 
Beauty: Giggar Makeup Artistry (makeup) & Sharon Palmisano (hair stylist) 
Floral Design: Flowers by Danielle 
Music: Around Town Band- A List Band 
Invitations: Conner Printing  
Photography: Ashley Therese Photography
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Aug

SNEAK PEEK: Waterview Wedding

These two. This wedding. A day filled to the brim with beautiful moments... Beautiful moments that all those who are witness to them will never forget.  
 
More from this amazing day coming to the blog tomorrow! :)

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Aug

Working With Our Ideal Client

When I meet someone for the first time and they find out we are a husband and wife wedding photography team, one of the first questions we often get asked if we have ever had a Bridezilla... Whenever we get asked this question, it makes me smile because I know the person asking is going to be disappointed from my answer and lack of a juicy story of a crazy bride. But the truth is, we haven't had a Bridezilla. Not one. When I tell them we haven't had one, the person usually tells me we are lucky. While we do feel extremely lucky, I know that it is not luck that our couples are amazing people that are anything but zilla-y. Yes, I made up that word. Just go with it... :) 
 
But this question brings up an important topic. We have indeed been contacted by and/or had consultations with couples that were not a great fit. While our work and website act as filters and draw certain couples to us, that doesn't always mean that we are a good match. Initial email or phone conversations can sometimes raise some flags or make it clear that they are not our ideal client. We will then recommend another photographer that we think would be a better fit based on what they are looking for. And sometimes we don't know that we are not a great fit until I meet with a couple in person during a consultation and discuss with them their wedding and what they are looking for in their wedding photography. During a consultation, just as much as a couple is making sure we are a great fit for them, I am also making sure they are a great fit for us and a couple we are excited to work with. If I do have a consultation with a couple that raises some flags, I will have an honest conversation with them and will not proceed with booking them. It's not always an easy conversation to have, but one we think that it is important to have and one they deserve. Because just as much as we want to make sure we are working with couples we connect with and love our style of photography, it is also in the best interest of the couple to have and invest in a photographer who is going to be an excellent fit, connect with them and deliver what they are looking for. 
 
Now what are some of these flags and things I keep in the back of my mind when in initial conversations with a couple? Well for each photographer I am sure they are different, but for us some flags are if photography is not important to the couple, if they don't seem excited to be getting married, if they are looking for a style of photography that is very traditionally posed or uses a lot of artificial lighting throughout the day, etc. These flags don't necessarily have to be "bad" things or qualities, just things that may make us and our style of photography the best fit for them. And sometimes it's a combination of things.  
 
But does it really matter if we work with couples that are our ideal clients and a great fit? For us the answer is absolutely. Our WHY that our business is built on and the spirit of our photography isn't focused on making the most amount of money, shooting a certain amount of weddings just to achieve that number, travelling to as many places as possible, or any of the like. For us, it's always been about the relationship we build with a couple and us getting to know their story. It's about connecting with our couples and celebrating this amazing time with them. It's about documenting the sweet moments of the day that marks the beginning of their marriage. So if we feel like we aren't the ones best suited to do this for whatever reason, we are upfront and honest with them and let them know. This doesn't happen very often by the time we meet them for a consultation, but if it does, it is important to us to let them know. 
 
So call it luck? Not really... Working with couples we are a great fit for and who are our ideal clients is why I have an unexciting answer when asked if we have ever worked with a Bridezilla. It's not luck, but a constant focus on letting the WHY of our business remain at the heart of things... not money, numbers, or anything else.

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Aug

Inn At Longshore Wedding | Cathy & James

There is no one that can make Cathy laugh quite like James. And there is no one that makes James smile quite like Cathy. That's how you know that they have found their other half and the one that is truly their soulmate. Three years at James Madison, but wouldn't you know Cathy and James didn't meet until their senior year when James moved into the house next to Cathy. They became fast friends and over time this friendship eventually blossomed into something more. They fell head over heels for one another. 
 
Fast forward to the first Friday in March last year - a day that changed their lives forever. After a long week at work, Cathy was so excited when James surprised her with two dozen beautiful roses, reservations at one of their favorite restaurants, and a movie. They had an amazing dinner and when they got home, popped in the movie for a low key night just enjoying one another's company. As Cathy flipped through the channels on the TV, James asked her to help him in the kitchen with something. As she came around the corner into the kitchen Cathy was SHOCKED to find James on bended knee with ring in hand! This low key night turned into one of the most amazing and unforgettable one of their lives as James proposed to Cathy! 
 
And their wedding day was just as amazing. Their Inn At Longshore wedding looked like a beautiful painting, with warm sunlight streaming over the gardens and ducks swimming in the still water. The champagne flowed, the dancing went on well into the night, and their first day as husband and wife ended with sparkle! 
 
Cathy & James - From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for allowing us to be a small part of your special day. You two have a happiness that is truly contagious. It was such an honor to capture all the sweet and beautiful moments of your wedding day!








Gahhhh! You are so beautiful Cathy!


















This cutie was trying to run away with the bride! :)








These two... I just adore them so.
















Loves how much he makes her laugh... This is pure happiness. :)






One of my favorites!











Reception: Inn At Longshore 
Gown: James Clifford 
Bridesmaid Dresses: B2 
Beauty: Naomi's Studio & Salon  
Floral Design: Flowers by Danielle 
Music: Billy Lopez 
Cake: Lisa Shanall, Redding Ridge, CT 
Invitations: The Dandelion Patch Vienna, VA 
Photography: Ashley Therese Photography
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