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Jan 4, 2016

A Year In Review: 2105 Weddings

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Oh 2015, you sure were full. Full of laughter, joy & love. You were filled to the brim with sweet moments and overflowed with memories I will hold in my heart for decades to come. The first week of the new year is one of my favorites as I look back at this past year and feel a wave of gratefulness that our sweet couples choose Chris and I to document the most important day in their love story. There were tears of happiness, beautiful words of promise spoken, quiet "I love yous" whispered and champagne glasses raised in the air and toasted. 
 
Around this time of year too I also get asked now and again if Chris and I ever get tired and bored with shooting weddings over and over again. My initial reaction is to laugh and ask if they are being serious with that crazy question! But instead I smile and tell them, "Never." The truth is, documenting the moments of a day when two soul mates declare to the world and one another "I pick you" is never boring. It's the furthest thing from it. It's so very hard to explain, but there is an exhilarating energy and happiness that comes from witnessing the big and small moments of such a day. It's like being inside on a snowy winter's day and then stepping outside into the cold air as the snowflakes gently fall - your senses are all heightened, there is an exhilaration, a hope, a happiness that takes over your heart and makes you feel even more alive. And in a small way, it changes you. Because witnessing and capturing the authenticity and beauty of a wedding day is unlike anything else. Seeing love stories unfold right in front of you and families coming together to celebrate two hearts finding one another in this whole world just changes you. It has to. It's one of the most beautiful things you can see and be part of. Just like our wedding seasons prior, this one had me holding back tears of joy, laughing until my face hurt, and going to sleep after a full day with the biggest smile on my face knowing we just got to see and photograph something magical that will never happen again anywhere anytime. That couple, those moments, that day will never be exactly repeated and we were there for those honest, beautiful and truly moving moments. THIS is why my heart feels especially full and thankful this first week of the new year as I take a look back at our 2015 couples' weddings and the once in a lifetime moments they were filled with. 
 
To all of our 2015 couples, thank you. Really and truly. Each of you are so special to us and we loved getting to know each one of you and your stories. We were honored to photograph your beautiful wedding celebrations each so unique, just like your love stories. It left us feeling like the luckiest photographers in the world. Thank you a thousand times over for inviting us to be a part of your wedding, treating us like family and giving us the opportunity to celebrate with you.  
 
What an amazing year it was... Here's to your happily-ever-after!  
 
Cheers!  
 
Ashley & Chris
A Year In Review: 2105 Weddings
Rosecliff Mansion Wedding | Ashley & Trent
Dec 21, 2015

Rosecliff Mansion Wedding | Ashley & Trent

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In all honestly, that night Trent didn't really want to go out to the bar with his buddies... It had been a long week and he was straight up tired, but thanks to his friends' relentlessness they convinced him to go. And thank goodness they did because when they got to the bar, this amazing girl caught his eye. And truth be told, Ashley noticed Trent right when he walked in. You can't help but smile as you hear them recall that night - playing it cool with a huge smile on his face Trent said he wasn't making eye contact ALL night but Ashley was. Ashley jokes how would Trent know she was if he wasn't making eye contact with her all night too! Touché! ? Safe to say the two were drawn to one another from the moment they locked eyes and eventually struck up a casual conversation, one that would change their lives. They exchanged numbers and Ashley thought she may not hear from him again, but wouldn't you know, Trent called and invited her to an ugly sweater party that weekend and the rest is history! 
 
A few weeks before their wedding, Chris and I got together with Ashley and Trent and over burgers and fries we talked about everything from our shared love of our fur babies, the magic of Newport, and of course their upcoming nuptials. And one of my favorite things they said during our time together was that they were most looking forward to their wedding ceremony. The ceremony was made up of the traditions, readings, lyrics, and vows that totally reflected them as a couple and would be the moment they would officially become husband and wife. How sweet and beautiful that the ceremony was what they were most looking forward to - not just the celebration after, catching up with family and friends, or putting on a gorgeous white gown, even though these were all things they couldn't wait for also. Their beautiful ceremony took place at Salve Regina University, Ashley's alma mater. It was such a gorgeous and sentimental place for them to say I Do!  
 
Equally as breathtaking, the couple danced and celebrated the night away at the stunning Rosecliff Mansion. Yes, THE Rosecliff Mansion where they filmed part of the original Great Gatsby movie! It truly felt like stepping right into a movie with the glow of the crystal chandeliers and candles flickering light onto the ceiling mural and the amazing architectural details. It was a real life fairytale as the newlyweds danced for the first time as husband and wife, embraced their parents, and were showered by love from those that adore them! 
 
Ashley & Trent - Cheers to the two of you and the sweet, special and amazing couple that you are! You are both truly beautiful inside and out and we can only imagine the wonderful things the future hold for you together. Thank you for giving us the honor of being a part of your day! Looking forward to grabbing burgers with you again soon and talking about the magical moments that filled your wedding day! Congrats again!
Dec 3, 2015

New York City Elopement | Michelle & Andy

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Michelle and Andy had no mutual friends, had never met before and their paths had never crossed... until that one night. They both happened to go to the same local bar with friends and their eyes locked. And like any good friend, the girlfriend Michelle was with went over to Andy and said, "Have you met my friend Michelle??" Michelle will tell you it was a total How I Met Your Mother move that actually worked! Over the weeks and months since that question, Andy and Michelle fell hard for one another and the pages of their love story became filled with more and more memories with friends, travel, and those every day ordinary moments. This initial question Andy was asked, eventually led to Andy asking Michelle the very special question: Will You Marry Me? During a bike ride together Michelle was shocked to see friends on a nearby bridge holding up signs with these very words as Andy got down on one knee and asked her to be his wife! 
 
Honestly, when thinking about their wedding in New York City this past weekend, it's hard to put into words the magic and beauty that filled their day. Truly. The rain lightly tapped the leaves overhead in Central Park as a handful of family and friends huddled in and around the pavilion where Andy and Michelle read their vows to one another. Tears of happiness filled their eyes and the eyes of their loved ones present as they read the words they had written. They each expressed how when they met for the first time, the other seemed familiar. They felt comfortable, safe and like they had known each other for a long time when they first met that night. And truth be told, I felt similarly about the two of them when I first saw them together - it seemed familiar to me, like I had known their love story. I think it's because their love and tender care for one another IS familiar - it's the love that you see when two soul mates are together. There is a spark and unique energy soul mates have that is undeniable and clearly identifiable. 
 
Michelle & Andy - Thank you for choosing us to witness, document, and celebrate the beautiful love you two share and the magic of your wedding day! Congrats again to you both!
New York City Elopement | Michelle & Andy
SNEAK PEEK: NYC Elopement | Michelle & Andy
Dec 2, 2015

SNEAK PEEK: NYC Elopement | Michelle & Andy

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Ohhhhhh my goodness!!! Michelle & Andy's magical New York City elopement this past weekend was such an intimate, romantic, and truly moving day! What a joy it was to witness and photograph their beautiful celebration. Whose SO excited to share their wedding on the blog tomorrow!? THIS GIRL. :) 
 
Here is a little sneak peek of the magic! :)
Nov 10, 2015

Aria Ballroom Wedding | Lauren & Joe

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Their loved ones looked on at Lauren and Joe and raised their glasses of bubbly to toast the newlyweds! Lauren's sisters and Joe's brother spoke heartfelt words that caused waves of smiles and laughter to spread across the room. What a sense of joy there was that these two soul mates, these two high school sweethearts, had said yes to cherishing and loving each other today, tomorrow and as long as they both live. To saying yes to honoring, trusting, and being faithful to one another for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and health, and forsaking all others being one another's one and only until the end of time. These two hearts picked each other years ago, and what a moving and beautiful day it was as they picked one another for forever. It was the beginning of their marriage and that was something all of their loved ones gathered there in the ballroom were excited and honored to celebrate! 
 
Lauren & Joe - We adore you and your families so much! Thank you for inviting us to witness and capture this most amazing and special day!
Aria Ballroom Wedding | Lauren & Joe
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