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Jun 23, 2015

Part Of The Bits And Pieces

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Every year Chris and I meet, spend time with and photograph couples that are truly amazing - each in their own way. Our brides and grooms are one of a kind, and after each wedding season I tell Chris I hope that all our future couples are just as awesome. And as cheesy as it sounds, each year they are. Their stories inspire us, and we are better artists for knowing them - they color in more of the world, showing us another bloom of true love. 
 
So I was completely surprised and at the same time not really at all when I received an amazing stop-in-my-tracks email from one of our brides last month. She's just that sweet, nice and thoughtful kind person that any photographer would be lucky to have as their client. To have my hand written note be part of the bits and pieces that make up her collage of everything she loves and looks forward to is such an honor. Having brides that are just as excited about you being their photographer as you are about being the one who gets to be a small part of their life during this exciting time is something I don't take for granted and will forever be grateful for. 
 
Below is my bride's email and the photo she sent along with it (thankful she let me share this since it meant so much)!
Part Of The Bits And Pieces
Golden Honey Afternoons
Jun 18, 2015

Golden Honey Afternoons

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The days were warm, slow and sweet, like golden honey. Every afternoon when the baby was napping Chris and I sat on the porch of the nestled away cottage we were staying at in Martha's Vineyard... just drinking in the salty breeze and watching the hummingbirds dart from blossom to blossom. The birds sang songs to us everyday as we daydreamed, read, journaled and talked. It was a perfect slice of heaven and a much needed time away to relax, unplug, recharge and just be. On our last afternoon there we picked up the freshest lobster rolls and crab guacamole at the harbor and sat on the porch and talked about everything and nothing. About the silly little things and the super important things that make up our days. We talked about being parents to a toddler, new dinner recipes to try, future plans, our herb garden and big dreams. Six years ago this past weekend Chris and I were married, so we reminisced about our wedding day and this first half decade of marriage, the milestones and small details. We talked about what God has done in our lives and our gratefulness for His blessings. 
 
There on that porch we decided we want more of this. More of this sitting around doing nothing but just soaking in the present moment and staring at the wind rustling through the tree branches. We want our back-to-reality to include time at home that feels like time away, even in the midst of all our responsibilities and To Dos. Because those golden honey afternoons feed the soul and allows us to refocus on what's really important. 
 
Snapped a photo with my iPhone of that sun drenched porch in Martha's Vineyard so I wouldn't forget those lazy rest filled afternoons. :)
Jun 12, 2015

Our Wedding Anniversary

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Tomorrow Chris and I celebrate 6 years of marriage!! As cliché as it sounds, it feels like our wedding was just yesterday and yet 20 years ago at the same time. I could have never imagined that day the blessings that would be poured over us all these years, but my heart could burst with an overwhelming gratefulness for them all. I am so thankful to God for bringing this amazing man into my life - what an honor it is to call him my husband and sail through the ebbs and flow of life with him. 
 
A few weeks ago Chris and I photographed a wedding in our town at the church where we were wed. It brought me back to that special day and the hope and excitement we both felt - we were about to embark on an adventure together that would be better then my most beautiful dreams. 
 
Chris, you are the best thing that has ever happened to me. I can't imagine going through life with anyone else by my side. You are my heart, my north star and the sweetest soul I have ever known. I love you. Here's to the next 60 years! xoxox
Our Wedding Anniversary
Happy Birthday My Love
Jun 10, 2015

Happy Birthday My Love

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Chris, 
 
Today I celebrate you and the amazing husband and father you are to our sweet little boy! You are my best friend, ship mate and love of my life.  
 
Thank you for loving me in my weakest moments and strongest times just the way I am. Thank you for showing me by example how to live life to the fullest. I love and admire your love for our families, your passion and drive, and your faithfulness to God. 
 
I love you to the moon a million times there and back and can't wait for another year of memories with our little family. God is SO good. I am grateful beyond words that He blessed me with you. 
 
So here's to blowing out the candles on another year well lived and toasting to the shiny bright one ahead, full of possibilities and adventure! 
 
Happy Birthday babe! xoxox
Jun 4, 2015

Pop the Champagne!

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Our refreshed website is live and I have to admit, it's kind of bittersweet. This refresh means growth, and that is something we are so grateful for. Our photography business has been evolving and growing over the years, and so have Chris and I along with it - as artists, as business owners, as mentors, as curators of beautiful moments.  
 
We are thankful to have this little corner online to share more about our passion, our lives, our sweet couples and of their beautiful real love.  
 
We are celebrate all the small steps forward right along with the leaps that have been part of this growth. Can't wait to continue to share more in this space! 
 
Head on over to the new homepage and explore! :) www.ashleytheresephotography.com
Pop the Champagne!
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