The head-turning, smile-beaming, athletically toning, daddy’s little girl bride for Kevin. Samantha, my assistant, and I can spend hours telling you about the inside and out beauty of Ashley and Kevin. Seriously, a gorgeous couple made for magazine covers. Ashley, a former champion body-builder (don’t cross her!), and Kevin, a law enforcement officer, stood bare-souled before a crowd of family and friends as they exchanged their nuptials.
But the attention-stealing award goes to Ashley’s dad, Joseph. Ashley was the pride of his life. Besides spending time sharing great and interesting stories when he toasted the newlyweds, Joseph and Ashley did something not very common – they asked me to capture a father-daughter “first look” session just before the ceremony. Ashley wanted to enjoy a private moment with her mom and dad, as her dad looked upon his beautiful daughter in her wedding dress for the first time. Think about it. This is a father who poured out his life for his daughter from the moment she was born and dreamed of the day when she would walk down the isle. As far as the human eye and human heart could tell, this man would lay down his life for his daughter. Hands. Down. So it was no surprise that tears of joy and laughter were shed that day. Many tears. Even as professional photographers, Samantha and I could hardly keep a dry eye. Good job dad and mom. You both did very well!
As is often is the case, I had the privilege of photographing these two love birds during the engagement photo session in the Fall of 2015. I remember we covered a lot of territory throughout Annapolis. I always say that engagement sessions are very important to give me and my clients a chance to better get to know one another, our personalities, our preferences, etc. which comes in very handy during the wedding day. Check out the blog from their engagement session here: ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS.
A couple of weeks prior to the wedding, I joined Ashley and Kevin at the Mountain Branch Country Club to do what I call a “Venue Walk Through”. This is a critical part of my work flow because meeting clients during the month leading up to the wedding gives us a chance to do the following:
For Ashley and Kevin, our plans where to go down to the lake and gazebo at hole #9 to grab some portrait photos. The rains that came on their wedding day would not afford us that opportunity. Seriously, it rained. And rained. It poured down. Fortunately, our patience paid off when we were able to catch a small break in the clouds and get some outdoor “umbrella” shots. You would think that as a photographer I would be disappointed that the conditions weren’t ideal. Maybe a little. More importantly, I am usually feeling bad for the bride and groom. But have no fear! Ashley and Kevin were great sports. They were undeniably ready for the ceremony and reception to celebrate with their great friends and family no matter the weather. They knew deep down that their love for one another would outshine and outlast a rainy day! It didn’t hurt to have great music, food, dancing, and wonderful spirits!
So join Trans4mation Photography and enjoy these images from Ashley and Kevin’s wedding. Don’t forget to check out the vendors they used by clicking on their website links below!
Hair and Make-up: Kristen Foster Hair Artistry
Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaids Shoes: BCBG
Wedding Bands/Rings: Jared
Veil: USA Bride
Tuxedoes/Men’s Wear: Men’s Warehouse
Groom/Groomsmen Shoes: Men’s Warehouse
Transportation: Scott’s Transportation, Inc.
DJ: Chris Podles from Mix Masters Entertainment
Caterer: Mountain Branch Grille & Pub
Bakery/Cake: Yia Yia’s Bakery
Florist: Richardson’s Flowers & Gifts
Ceremony Venue: Mountain Branch Golf Course
Reception Venue: Mountain Branch Golf Course
Candy Bar/Desserts: Ashley’s Mom
Videographer: Daniel Hess from To Tony Productions
Favors/Gifts: Ashley’s Mom and Etsy
Officiant: Rev. Jennifer Knighton
Wedding Event Coordinator: LeeAnn White from Mountain Branch
Up Lighting: Mix Masters Entertainment
Tent and Furniture: Mountain Branch
Linens: Jim McCarthy
Wedding Designers/Décor: Etsy and Mountain Branch