DOWNTOWN CHARLESTON, WV ENGAGEMENT | BRANDI & CHRIS | WV ENGAGEMENTS | ASHTON KELLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

Brandi and I have been corresponding via email and phone for some time. We had never met in person, but I felt like I already knew her and Chris well. Excitement grew for engagements and our formal meeting, twice to be cancelled due to weather and things out of our control.

Stress was growing as the pair are getting married on October 25th, and it seemed like we had one last attempt left. Luckily, the stars aligned and we had the most gorgeous day! We met near sunset at Sunrise Carriage Trail, then explored downtown Charleston, WV on Capitol Street and surrounding areas. We had a blast and we laughed SO SO much.

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Brandi & Chris,

I’m so glad we finally got to do your engagement session. I had so much fun, and it could not have been a more perfect evening for us. I’m so looking forward to your wedding which is rapidly approaching. See you two, VERY soon!

-Ash

MAYLON HOUSE WEDDING | SARAH & JUSTIN | WV WEDDINGS | ASHTON KELLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

Sarah and Justin met with me last year about their wedding. I was really excited to book them, especially when they told me they were getting married at The Maylon House. I had never shot there before, but wanted to, so I finally got to scratch it off the bucket list. Even more exciting-one of my AKP girls, Kaylyn, was a bridesmaid!

It was a gorgeous day in Milton, WV. Everything ran smoothly, on time, and there were lots of smiles. My job was easy as pie! For a bride who had constant nightmares about her wedding.. it was an absolute dream. ;)

As you’ll see below, we got some amazing photos. It was really hard for me to pick “just a few favorites” to blog. Enjoy!

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Sarah & Justin,

Thank you two so much. No matter how stressed things became during this process, your trust in me was always clear. I appreciate your support so much. Thank you for always cheering me on and keeping things positive. No doubt the rest of your lives are going to be an adventure, and you are the perfect pair!

-Ash

Photography | Ashton Kelley Photography

Assistant Photographers | Hallie McComas & Larry Kelley

Venue & Catering | The Maylon House

DJ | Party Time DJ Services {AKP Preferred Vendor}

Florist | Hurricane Floral

Cake | Hollypops

Dress & Tux Rentals | Nandels

PATTERSON PARK ENGAGEMENT | ERIN & BOB | MARYLAND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | ASHTON KELLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

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Life changes so quickly. You look back and sometimes it just feels like things have happened in the blink of an eye. When I met Erin, she and Bob were going through the exciting motions of their engagement. Along the way, especially with my relocation to Baltimore, she became one of my best friends. Being present for her wedding celebrations has definitely been a highlight of my year. We have certainly had a lot of fun.

Moving is scary as can be when you are going somewhere that you have few friends and no family, but then you meet someone like Erin. Suddenly that place is home. Dave and his amazing family are such a great support system, but having a girlfriend is must-have kind of bond. Erin filled that role like it was one she was born for. She’s someone I can talk to about anything (no matter how crazy), keeps me caught up with errands by running them with me, gets to work closely with me in the wedding industry with her graphic design business, is the best shopping buddy, and we can be super weird together because it’s worth the laugh. Bob is a lucky man, and is pretty amazing as well. After all, you’d have to be to snag a girl like Erin.

Bob and Erin are getting married THIS weekend! I am so excited to attend this wedding and help her through this special occasion. She and Bob are such a great couple, and we have so much fun with the pair of them. The wedding is going to be just as stunning as the bride, and I am so eager to watch them grow as a married couple!

In honor of the #ebobforever weekend, I wanted to share a couple of their engagement photos from last Fall. Here’s to happily ever after and a wonderful wedding weekend!

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Erin & Bob – I promise to do my best to not cry all day. Love you both, see you soon! :)

-Ash

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And then there’s this… We are so weird. :)

WEST VIRGINIA STATE CAPITOL | COURTNEY & KENNY | WV ENGAGEMENTS | ASHTON KELLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

I love meeting new clients. Building a relationship from scratch is great. However, it’s always nice to shoot with a bride that you already know. It’s extremely special when someone I am friends with asks me to be part of their day. I think it’s almost harder in this industry to gain the respect of your friends and family, and I can’t stress enough how important it is to trust your photographer. I’m honored each and every time a friend asks me to shoot their wedding day.

Courtney’s mother, Angie, and my mother worked together nursing in WV for years. My mother has moved to Florida in recent years, but as soon as news was out that Courtney and Kenny were engaged, I soon received word from Angie. It was a New Year’s engagement, and they knew they wanted a New Year’s wedding. We met over the Winter and had dinner, but it felt more like catching up than a business meeting.

Things have been super busy for myself as well as my couples, not excluding Kenny and Courtney. It took us a while to get a time scheduled for their session, but the weather was perfect for us. Even better, it was one gorgeous golden hour!

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Kenny & Courtney,

January is going to be here before we know it! I’m so glad to be part of your day and can’t wait to capture it. <3

-Ash

FEDERAL HILL BRIDAL SESSION | LETICIA & JOEL | MARYLAND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | ASHTON KELLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

Happy Wednesday everyone! I can’t believe we are already halfway through this week. Time is just flying these days.

This couple flew all the way in from the Dominican Republic to visit friends here in Baltimore before their wedding at home in November. They had asked Tonia and Bill, owners of Blanc Noir (a local, and adorable bed and breakfast), if they had anyone they could recommend. A friend of mine works with Tonia and gave them my name. Leticia and Joel called me and we set up the engagement session.

As we approached our appointment date, Leticia shared more and more with me about herself and her fiance. I also learned more about the way their culture approaches weddings. Our session would be more like a bridal session, where they would wear a tux and a bridal gown instead of casual clothing. Couples do this often here, but usually post-wedding. These are known as a “Rock the Dress” session. However, in the Dominican Republic, your bridal photos are a taken weeks before your wedding. This ensures that you have more time to spend celebrating your day with your friends and family. No interruptions! Cool, huh?

It was pretty neat just walking around Little Italy and Federal Hill with a “bride and groom.” Though they are not yet married, I can assure you they are ready! Just look how great they looked, even if poor Leti was freezing in our current Fall temperatures. They absolutely rocked it!

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Blush Floral - As always, y’all are amazing! <3
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Leticia and Joel’s friends also own a segway rental business here in Baltimore. We couldn’t resist..
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Joel & Leticia,

Thank you two so much for including me in your travels and in your wedding plans. I’m really looking forward to seeing photos from your event, and I’m so glad I could give you some gorgeous images in a city that I love so much!

-Ash

Photography | Ashton Kelley Photography
Florals | Blush Floral Design Studio
Segways | Segs In The City
Bed & Breakfast | Blanc Noir