Print Features!

In our digital age, as photographers, we get get used to seeing our work solely on “screens”…our desktops, iPads, phones…..even when we do get our work printed for our clients..we usually only get to hold them for a few short moments until they are packaged and shipped off.  You can see why the tangible glossy pages of a magazine are oh-so wonderful! I am very familiar with seeing all of MY favorite photographers photographs grace the covers and inside spreads of bridal magazines..but is a very rare occasion that I get to see some our our pictures up in the mix:) Sooo.. when we do, its an incredible feeling. One of our favorite bridal mags is TODAYS BRIDE…we were so lucky to have a feature last year, and this year, we were blessed to have two in the same issue!! Both features for Todays Bride were actually shot entirely by my hubby Jason..so I wanted to brag on him a for a hot second:) The first shoot was a “French Ambiance” set up for a bridal show, that our dear friends from Asiel Design had created. They did the flowers for our wedding almost 11 years ago, and we have been referring them ever since to all our brides. Their flowers and event design skills are seriously out of this world and we always feel so blessed to be able to work along side them:)!!The Second feature in Todays Bride was Cyndi and Alex’s wedding from last summer that he shot at Leaning Tree Lodge in Placerville, Ca. You may remember their wedding we posted on our blog a few months ago..you can see it {HERE}..

Lastly, we had one of our styled shoots from last year published in a Sacramento bridal mag called Our Wedding. This was a shoot I did with my friend Kim from Alpha Lee Events. {Love you Kim!!!} We shot it at River Highlands Ranch..and were fortunate enough to work with some incredible ladies who helped make all the little details come together:) This was the first time I had to make a bow tie, from scratch…. from left over table linens….moments before we started taking pictures….and proves why it is absolutely imperative that I  carry a hot glue gun with me wherever I go!:)

The Cole Family {and then there was four}..

OH MY GOODNESS…how have I NOT shared this session yet? This was one of my favorite shoots from last summer….and truly goes to show that sometimes even my absolute faves don’t get posted amidst the craziness! Well, for those of you who have been following our blog for some time…you will probably remember Travis and Melissa..as we have photographed them a handful of times over the years…..we’ve done a couples session…a “day after” wedding session, as well as their first maternity session with little miss Ella Marie! I ran into Melissa at a baby shower for one of our mutual friends last summer…as Mel was ready to pop with their second….. a darling little boy named Brooklyn Jay…I pretty much pouted when I learned she had not done a prego session yet…{code for….”Can I PALEEEEEAAASE photograph you again, how have we not taken these pics yet??”!} She had no choice really..my camera loves them, I had little style boards already floating in my head…I was suffering from major ” baby fever”..and I hadn’t really seen their daughter Ella since she was a teensy baby. I mean, the odds were ever in my favor:) Melissa and Travis already had some darling little geographical elements laying around that they had used for the baby shower, and that they were incorporating for Brooklyns room..so we let those be our color palette for wardrobe.. and then of course…Mel and Trav went all out when I said I wanted to do a downtown vibe because of Brooklyns name. I’m pretty sure I sent Travis a photo of Justin Timberlake in a leather jacket for inspiration, and he showed up that day with the exact outfit from the photo:) Score.

M& T..thank you for always being my little guinea pigs and letting me run wild with my camera for all these shoots we have done together over the years.  You are two of the most beautiful people I have ever met..inside and out..and even though I feel like I only get to see you when we are taking photos…I have always admired every single aspect about you both. Your immense love and respect for God, your generosity for the people in your life around you…and just the overall example you set for living a life of purpose.  It has been such a blessing to watch your family grow..and to see you parent these sweet little minions…even if I have to Facebook stalk you to do so:) This session just melts my heart, and I’m elated to finally share it! XO

 

..and since Brooklyn made his debut last summer..I thought I would share a few pics I snagged from Melissa’s Facebook… that show how the little man has grown so far! What a handsome gent….watch out ladies!!

Christina - April 9, 2014 - 11:48 am

Seriously?! I cannot even handle all of the cuteness going on here. Such a beautiful family!

Alexia - April 9, 2014 - 10:51 pm

So beautiful! Beautiful family and beautiful pictures, Ashley! I wish I could get the courage to do this! xo

mary - April 22, 2014 - 12:02 am

These are truly amazing..can you post Melissa ‘ outfit details from this shoot? Thanks

Christina & Anthony are engaged! {San Francisco}…

We had the pleasure of being part of Christinas sisters wedding a few years ago, so you can imagine how fun it is for us to have our phone ring when the little sis is getting married too! Christina and Anthony live in L.A, but flew down to visit her sister Ana in the city….Luckily Ana and her husband Brent have an amazing rooftop at their apartment…so we took full advantage of the view…and the fact that they brought..may I say, AWESOME outfits! SWOON! Hello velvet bow tie:) We scoured a few of my favorite places in the Presidio and down by the water..and I felt so grateful that God gave us beautiful weather, because that is not always the case for shooting in San Fran:) We are counting the days until their June wedding in L.A! Seriously love love loved this session….and a quick side note- Christina, your dimples are your greatest accessory ever. I want them..haha:) XO

Ana - April 3, 2014 - 12:35 pm

The pictures turned out beautiful! You can feel the love! ❤️ You did an amazing job Ashley!

Christina - April 3, 2014 - 1:16 pm

I am absolutely IN LOVE with all of these! You are truly amazing at what you do! And you sure are right….God really did give us amazing weather that day :) So thankful!

Erica & Bretts Wedding {St. Helena}..

 ”Now at last… they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story no one on earth has ever read, which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before”

-C.S. Lewis

A truly, truly beautiful wine country wedding, that was kissed with sunshine, & woven with love. Erica + Brett, thank you to the moon and back… for letting me live this day with you both. XO

Loved their “non look”…first moment together:)

Venue: Long Meadow Ranch at Farmstead / Planner & Florist: Erin Goodrich with A Charming Affair / Bakery: Karas Cupcakes / Makeup: Unveiling Designs by Heather 

Travis & Courtneys Wedding…

I have so many weddings from last year that I have still yet to blog *sigh*…so bear with me as I catch up!! I simply had to share Travis and Courtneys gorrrrrrrgeooouuuussss fall wedding, because it is just the greatest reminder of why fall is so magical. These two got married at Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery in Pleasanton..which is very fitting, because those of you who know these cuties….know how much they LOVE their wine:) I love reading their personal blog “Its the Yeagers”…their slogan is “A day in the life of two people who love to laugh, play, and drink good wine”. That pretty much sums them up:)

C+T were college sweethearts, are avid adventurers, and are two of the most loving people God created. True Story. I fell in love with their wittiness and spark for each other upon meeting them for the first time at their engagement session:) They are what I like to call “vacation friends”….the type of people that are just so easy going…that within moments of meeting them….you can visualize spending vacation with them. The kind of folks you just wanna plop down and play a good ol’ board game with:) We have quite a few mutual friends that led us to working together, and I am so grateful for those connections, and the people in our lives that refer us, because that is how we get to do what we love, and how these insanely sweet couples keep knockin on our doors! Enjoy! XO

Venue: Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery / Florist: Flower Divas / Videographers: Major Diamond Productions / Paper Goods: Sleepy Hedgehog Press / Vintage Rentals: Milk Glass Vintage Rentals / Cakes & Dessert Bar: Sweet Tooth Confections Bakery / Wedding Dress: Gabrielles Bridal Atelier / Bridal Accessories: Haute Bride / Mens Suits: Jos A Bank / Bridesmaids Dresses: Elegant Lace Bridal  / Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services / DJ-Photobooth: Sound in Motion /Hair and Makeup: Danielle Ashlee Hair and Makeup / Wooden Signs: Sweetly Spoken Signs- Carly Pray / Linens: La Tavola Linens / Getaway Dress: Badgley Mischka-Rent the Runway