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

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

Tony & Lauras Wedding…

Tony & Lauras wedding was nestled in the Los Gatos hills at Testorossa Winery…the perfect little corner of the world for their gorgeous bohemian nuptials! It was one of the most beautiful fall weddings ever..and I literally could have posted an entire blog of just their flowers, because they were to die for!!! {Yay Flower Divas!}. I met Laura several years ago when I was shooting a wedding up in the mountains for one of her friends….she ran up to me when I was doing detail shots before the ceremony, and asked for a business card, and said that someday, when it was her turn…that maybe we could work together:) So fun seeing it all come full circle, and to meet the man who stole her heart…who continually gives her reason to share her infectious smile and giddy spirit. These two are like little kids when they are together..there is so much sweetness and laughter. I loved meeting Tony’s daughter Jenna at their engagement session…and seeing the 3 of them become a family on this dreamy day. There is truly nothing greater in this world than that:)XO

To watch their wedding video by the darling hubby and wife duo of The Sunday Saloon…click {HERE}..

Location- Testarossa Winery
Invitations- Allie Ruth Designs
Videography- The Sunday Saloon
Catering- Feast for a King
Cake- Icing on the Cake
Flowers- Flower Divas
Bridal dress- Trudy’s Bridal
Make Up- Beauty Mark Ink
Groom Suit- Eli Thomas
Spanish Guitar- Rodrigo Teague
DJ- Mellow Jams
Favors- Artisan Candies & Little Brothers Kettle Corn

Sonia - March 5, 2014 - 9:20 pm

I love all her colors and the flowers are stunning! Love the location too :)

Tracy Chen - March 8, 2014 - 4:51 pm

Hi Ashley,

Love your pictures. I am planning a August 2015 wedding and was wondering if I can get more information about pricing and packages. Thank you for your time and have a wonderful day.

Tracy