The best thing about being too busy during the summer months to have blogged my sessions, is that now, in the cold dreary winter month I get to relive these photos and pretend its warm and sunny! Now where did I leave off? July…Oh yes! Do you remember these two gorgeous people? Meet Tony and Ashley. Beside being a sweet, and genuinely kind couple, they were also the winner of our 2016 Photo of the Year contest. I came to meet Ashley when she volunteered to be a model for a new kind of session Erin and I were trying out at the studio. We spent about two hours together that day and we all had a blast sharing ALOT of laughs. When she contacted Erin a couple months later to ask if we would photograph her wedding that coming fall it was hard to say no because Ashley is so easy to be around! Erin and I don’t often photograph weddings, but after learning that it was going to be an intimate beach wedding, with close family only (with a GIANT celebration the following summer) we happily accepted!
I wanted to spend a little more time getting to know Ashley and her fiancé before the wedding, so we scheduled an engagement session. Tony was stationed in North Carolina and would only be home for 4 days over the 4th of July weekend so we set a date and prayed for great weather in our limited window of time. When the day arrived we had a breezy warm summer evening and I couldn’t wait to meet up with them. Ashley was taking us way out to a location that was special to her and Tony, and to this day I couldn’t get us back out to that place (or even describe how to get there) if I had to!
While we drove we chatted about their upcoming wedding and what deployment and long distance dating was really like. Listening to this young couple talk about the past couple years of separation really touched me. It reminded me how much of ones personal life is put on ‘pause’ when they dedicate themselves to serving our country. We spent the next couple hours chasing the sun and photographing the love that these two share.The place that we drove out to had long gravel roads, a lake, wooded areas and an open, sun drenched, grassy field. Basically a photographers dream! Ashley was wearing four inch heels and a full length gown and yet was up for traipsing around to any spot I suggested. We scaled rocks, climbed INTO bushes and walked through mud patches. She never complained once which is more than I could say for myself if I were (literally) in her shoes! As the sun began to set we raced to the last location we knew we would be shooting at before we lost the sun. It was a big open field with sun pouring in from all directions and Tony and Ashley had some fun dancing.I loved spending time with them and sharing a lot of laughs. By then end of our session I was so excited to play a small role in their wedding ceremony that upcoming fall. And if you think these photos showed a couple SO in love with each other, wait until I get to blogging their beachside wedding! But that will have to wait for now. 🙂 I have had SO much fun getting to know this couple, and witnessing their love survive and THRIVE through the distance between you. I wish you both a future filled with love and happiness.