Ashlyn and Daniel’s wedding was so special to me for a number of reasons. Both Ashlyn and Daniel have been friends of mine since we were small children. We grew up together, and I watched them grow from friends to sweethearts over the years. I was absolutely thrilled for them and their families when they announced their engagement. Ashlyn also worked with me on several photography projects and even second shot a few weddings with me, so when she asked me to photograph her wedding the day after she got engaged, I was so honored! I absolutely love clients who are friends! Another thing that was special about their day is that Ashlyn and Daniel got married on my own wedding anniversary. It was such a nostalgic day thinking back to my own wedding while watching my dear friends begin their marriage - and now we’re anniversary twins! :)
It was a cold but sunny Saturday morning when everyone arrived at the beautiful Christ Church Branch Cove and began the preparations. After shooting all of the details, I began individual portraits with Ashlyn and Daniel. Then it was time for their first look! They chose a sweet first-look in the empty chapel, and enjoyed a quiet moment alone before we began bride and groom portraits.
After we spent some time alone, the bridal party joined us for a few photos all together. Everyone was a trooper in the cold weather and made my job a breeze.
As we wrapped up photos, guests arrived and were seated, and then Ashlyn and Daniel shared a heartfelt ceremony in the beautiful chapel. And just like that they became husband and wife!
Everyone made their way to the reception hall, which was beautifully decorated with vintage china, homemade pound cakes and cookies, and a coffee and tea bar with a host of toppings and decorations. Friends and family mingled with the couple and enjoyed the delicious food.
During the reception, Ashlyn and Daniel snuck away with me for some final photos at sunset. The light couldn’t have been more beautiful, and I think these are my favorite photos from the day!
The sun sank down, the couple said their goodbyes, and the guests lined the sidewalk to send them off in a shower of ribbons and jingle bells! Their day was magical and a perfect reflection of them, and I was so honored to be a part of it all. Congratulations again Ashlyn and Daniel!
I hope you enjoy these favorites from your special day!