Frankie & Melissa {}

There are many things in this life that I find to be beautiful..a few are..

1.)Raindrops on the windows.

2.)Seeing the joy that a scoop of ice cream brings to a small childs face.

3.)My hubby in his oldest pair of Diesel jeans and a plain v-neck tee.

4.) Watching someone help another person.. when they think no one is looking.

5.)PLAYFULLNESS. Whether its young love, old love, new love, or in this case just “pure love”….being playful personifies love…and makes everything around you..just downright beautiful.

Watching Frankie and Melissa get so much Joy from simply being in each others air.. made me speechless at several points of their session. Because every story is better with a back story..let me fill you in on my  first time they walked through my door:) In most cases..clients contact me through my blog or website and we email back and forth with availability..sometimes we talk on the phone in person and sometimes we this case, I only emailed with Melissa…. and after a few back and forths..we set up a time for her and her fiance to come to my house to look over pictures and pricing..etc… Now, I get nervous for every consultation I do..its the stage fright factor, and public speaking that gets me going..even if its only 2 people that are listening to me ramble….so..when our studio was at our house, I would always peak through the blinds as the couples walk up my driveway, so I can mentally prepare a bit…on this I peaked out the blinds I saw this adorable-exotic looking couple hand in hand….as I saw the guy, I flung open the door as soon as I could and screamed…. FRANKIE MAAAAAATTTTAAAAA!!!!! WHAAAAT!!! I went to high school with Frankie..we graduated the same year…he was a soccer star, sweet heart..and truly a friend to EVERYONE. For probably the first five minutes we squealed and wondered how 1.) Crazy it was that they didnt realize Frankie already knew me (didnt recognize my married last name)..and 2.) That we havent run into each other because they live right down the street from us…SMALL WORLD. they sat in our studio and shared their story, hearts..and giddiness with me..I was literally like ” OK- what do I gotta do to make this happen!” I was so smitten with them…and knew they were one of those couples that would make history together..& who you want to surround yourself with.

Their engagement session was truly…for lack of  better words….SOO FUN. I kinda felt like we were all just laughing the whole time, like little kids do. No worries or burdens…all love, all play.

Just to re-iterate how exceptional these two are……because they knew  I accidentally scheduled their session on my son Haydens 2nd b-day (yes-I forgot while planning..) They brought him a huge birthday gift  to our session………I know right….? They are truly giving …and better yet…truly grateful for everything…and everyone…and for that I have to THANK YOU guys! You both have a gift for making people feel loved in your presence…and that is truly a beautiful thing.

I know you have both already seen these…but thank you for being patient while I have been M.I.A in  blogging world.XOXO…

Ok….so for this next section..while we were shooting this I was having flash backs to Mariah Careys old music video to “Always be my Baby”..where the 2 kids sneak out of their cabins at night while at camp.. and go through the woods to the lake…-minus the rope swing and kissing under water..this was just as magical..and C’mon doesnt get any better than Mariah Carey love songs.. circa 7th grade…you know you had her poster behind your door..or was that just me…anyways..


kym - April 16, 2010 - 12:26 pm


Jessica - April 16, 2010 - 2:40 pm

Absolutely gorgeous, you captured their spirits in these photos.

Katie - April 16, 2010 - 4:50 pm

You captured them perfectly, and you’re right, their personalities come right out through the photos! These are amazing!

Joy - April 17, 2010 - 9:52 pm

These are just gorgeous!

LInda Falzetta - April 18, 2010 - 9:37 pm

What an awesome couple!
What a fun job you have Ashley.
I am the proud mom of Melissa,and excited mom in law to be of handsome Frankie!!

Naty - April 19, 2010 - 9:32 am

Seeing Mr. Mata so happy makes my heart sing! What an awesome story and even more awesome shoot!!!

Mia Marisa - April 20, 2010 - 12:18 pm

These pictures make me smile. You inspire me girl! Thank you.

Julie - April 21, 2010 - 10:32 pm

Love these photos! And how awesome is that heart shaped bush?!

MOM Mom - April 23, 2010 - 12:11 pm

Beautiful what can I say? Love in bloom, God Bless You Both!!

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