Julia & James Wedding { Santa Margarita}….

Julia and James…. OH MY-Where to begin with you lovebirds. God was having one of those “slam dunk” kind of days when he created you two. I have never met two people who are more wildly considerate of the people around them….not only in the tiny moments of life, but every second of the day:) You have been blessed with so many love languages..and have the ability to know what people need and truly truly love….and meet them, with those very things. Right there. From the moment I stepped foot in Missouri for your engagement session earlier this year..and you handed me a jar of honey, a sweet card, and a bag of vintage buttons, I felt “KNOWN”. There is no greater feeling in this world to feel like someone is paying attention to your details, and knows what makes your heart leap. Your kindness and sincerity is simply  breathtaking..and your wedding was just this beautiful personification of all the character traits you both possess. I have been looking forward to this wedding, not only because I just adore you two..but because I knew you are a crafty bunch.. and the details of this wedding were going to be to be un-real. Ummmm…Can you say Martha Stewart? Jason and I were pretty much swooning over every aspect of this day…down to the very last snow cone and pretzel bite….and are SO grateful for the many hours and hours and hours you spent dreaming this day up, because it was simply incredible.Just priceless.

Here is a little snippet from Julia and James about their wedding, because it so fun hearing a little blurb in their own words:)

“We had so much fun planning our  country-bumpkin, rustic shabby-chic church picnic wedding! With our short six months of engagement and our remote planning from St. Louis, all of our wedding dreams came true with help from family and friends all over the country!
We loved Santa Margarita Ranch from the moment we saw it back in early January, only three weeks after getting engaged. It was the first and last venue we checked out — it was perfect.  We both have large families and lots of friends that feel like family. We wanted our wedding to feel like a sweet summer church picnic.
All together we made 20 Etsy transactions, and hand-made a lot of the decor for the wedding in the last several weeks before the wedding. Julia flew out two weeks before the wedding and, with the MOH and MOTB and glue gun and paintbrush  in hand, finalized a lot of the projects. James was back in the St. Louis area picking up last minute Etsy packages, helping the bridesmaids with dress orders, and putting a new job and move on hold to fly out and get hitched!”
            J&J- Jason and I love you guys to the moon and back…and cant wait for you to have babies so we can have another reason to photograph you crazy kids! Thank you for making us feel like treasured guests at your wedding..and being such big supporters of what we do. May these pictures forever remind you of the two words that forever changed your life. I DO. XOXO

As I was taking getting ready photos in the brides room, I stumbled upon this darling burlap wrapped present with a nametag…with MY name on it. I thought for sure it was for a bridesmaids gift for one of the girls…until Julia saw me looking at it, and she said, “ITS FOR YOU”!!  WHAT??? For reeeeaaallls?? I said… (As I unwrap it, I’m reminding myself again, that Julia, is just really, THAT sweet.) Inside was the most beautiful little vintage jewelry box with so many gorgeous little heirlooms and trinkets…Hello, all my favorite things in a frilly little box:) Julia…thank you for having such a beautiful heart. You inspire me..

Venue: Santa Margarita Ranch, Santa Margarita, Ca
Coordinator and flowers: Jenn Hocker with Allure Event Design
Dress: Casablanca 1914
Earrings: Great-Grandmothers pearl and diamond earrings
Wedding Bands: Tiffany’s
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Alfred Angelo
Bridesmaids’ hair bands: Etsy
Flower girl dresses: Etsy
Groom’s suit: Indichino
Ties: General Knot & Co
Groom’s/groomsmen’s belts: custom made from Backstreetleather.com
Wedding Favors: Cackleberry Apiary
Band: Bremen Town
Photowall: Bride’s Uncle Mark
Videographer: Stillwater Cinematography
Cake and sweets: The Cakery
Programs: Sealed With A Kiss



James - August 1, 2011 - 7:54 am

Julia woke me up this morning excitedly to show me her new iPhone background of some stellar black and white pick of us. “Are our pictures up?!” I asked groggily at 6 AM in the morning? They were! What a perfect way to start the day. THESE ARE AWESOME ASHLEY & JASON! You two are amazing. When can we live next door? Thank you so much. We LOVE them.

Julia - August 1, 2011 - 8:47 am

You Maxwell’s are just AMAZINGGGG! I was in tears at 3am looking over these beautiful pictures!! Thank you for capturing each and every detail of our wonderful wedding day!! We love you TONS, you guys are the greatest! Thank you…

Katy - August 1, 2011 - 9:51 am

What do you do when words (at least mine) can’t do justice to the amazing-ness I see and the joy I feel looking at these pics? Mr. & Mrs. Maxwell – thank you for capturing the very essence of this beautiful day…for us ALL to enjoy! Would love for you to come take pics of our kidlets someday…your talent is inspiring and I’m so grateful J&J found you to help capture this perfect day!

Candace from Chino, CA - August 1, 2011 - 10:14 am

WOW! Too amazing for words (but I’ll try!!)! The pictures are just beautiful, down to the tiniest detail! (Oh, my! That precious shot you captured of the two of them looking at each other as they left the ceremony….Julia’s look is priceless!) Ashley, you are such a dear, and after the engagement session photos, I didn’t think it could get any better, but hubby Jason completes the package….the sensitivity and professionalism you both brought to Julia and James’ wedding day was beyond expectation! You’ve created keepsakes for generations to come! Thank you SO much! Love to you both! Candace(Mother of the Bride)

jailyn cannon - August 1, 2011 - 2:44 pm

Omg Ashley!!! I looove this! Absolutely Gorgeous!!! Amazing as always…. in love with your work xo.

KELLY!!!yl - August 1, 2011 - 6:38 pm

ASHLEY ASHLEY ASHLEY! You have outdone yourself. Julia and James were so thrilled with the incredible engagement photos, and now these wedding photos are even more incredible and completely match the style and feel of the engagement photos. They can place a picture of each side by side and they would look great together! Such great photos! Such a great day! And you were so easy, fun, and wonderful to work with. Yay!

Becky Gehm - August 1, 2011 - 6:46 pm

Ash, even after every session, every couple, and every photo, your work NEVER ceases to amaze me. Your talent is remarkable. And your heart is even more so 🙂 Love you to pieces

And PS, what a gorgeous couple!!! xoxo

Martha Quirk - August 1, 2011 - 9:46 pm

These wedding pictures are gorgeous! Of course, the subject matter is beautiful and handsome, so that part was easy! What a wonderful day you must have had — and to have captured it so beautifully with creativity, sensitivity, and grace makes this wedding album a masterpiece.

Being able to share in this day with the Frank and King families through this magnificent set of pictures was pure joy! A beautiful couple with two proud families and a fun-loving wedding party made these pictures come alive and enjoyed by all.

Vintage Confections - August 1, 2011 - 10:01 pm

Such lovely photos – thank you for doing our lollipops proud!


Joan Mikkelsen - August 2, 2011 - 12:45 am

I would like to get married again JUST to have Ashley and Jason take the photos!!

Sunny - August 2, 2011 - 11:46 am

You look beautiful!!! Congratulations!!

Christine - August 2, 2011 - 12:57 pm

These are by far the most precious and beautiful wedding pictures I have ever seen. They captured the essence of the wedding and the amount of attention to detail that went into it. I am just in awe of J&J’s ideas come to life and the photographer’s incredible ability to capture it. What a special gift to have these!

Johanna Publicover - August 2, 2011 - 11:22 pm

Gorgeous… truly “a union of hearts” 😉

Heather Barron - August 7, 2011 - 1:24 pm

STUUUUUUUU-NNING! Wow! Absolutely artful and beautiful photography. I experience a lot of love in the details. Just beautiful. Not to mention the whole wedding – wow J & J! You really pulled together a dream wedding in a short time. Congrats and may many magical years follow this magical event for you two. So fun to be neighbors now. Many blessings of great joy!

Linda Kay Smith - August 9, 2011 - 12:01 pm

I found your site through a FunkyJunk Interiors post on Facebook and I just had to comment on this wedding!! This has to be one of the most gorgeous weddings I’ve ever seen! I absolutely love it! The subdued colors, the sunlight, the flowers, the dresses and suits, even the honey favors are out of this world! I’ve been married for 16 years but seeing these photos makes me want to have a vow renewal!! I also have to say the your photography is absolutely amazing. Your use of lighting and unusual angles are the best! I love your eye for capturing the details!! 🙂

jenn brown - August 10, 2011 - 3:12 am

What a picture perfect wedding! I love the and happily ever after sign! Where did you find that? It’s so sweet!

Teresa Bryson - August 11, 2011 - 11:27 am

Absolutely amazing! xoxo-Terea

Marlo - August 22, 2011 - 5:38 pm

Every single time I look at a new photo session you guys have done I fall in love with your style all over again. Every image is stunning. I cant seem to find another photographer that I love more than you guys!

Tammy - August 30, 2011 - 9:43 pm

You guys are truly amazing! I have been stalking your blog for a while now and you never disappoint. Your ability to shoot such consistent, beautiful images in all kinds of weather, your attention to detail, style and post processing are the best I have seen. Truly amazing…. oh and I love the way you write your blog posts too, so much heartfelt emotion in each one. I wish I had half your talent.

Candace from Chino, CA - October 21, 2011 - 4:49 am

Here it is, almost four months since Julia and James’ wedding day, and I’m still looking at these amazing pictures, and getting all teary-eyed….it was a wonderful day, full of so much fun, love, and creativity….and your pictures captured its essence. Thank you again, Ashley and Jason, for a truly thoughtful and memorable collection of treasured moments of that beautiful day! All the Best, Candace (Mother of the Bride)

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