HAPPY TIMES | ERIN’S NAUTI BACHELORETTE | PERSONAL | ASHTON KELLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

My girlfriends in Baltimore are just a fantastic group of ladies. I know I say it a lot, but they truly always keep me on my toes in the best possible way. Last Friday, we had a bachelorette party for our good friend Erin who is getting married October 11th. It could not have gone better! Here is a mix of some of my favorite iPhone and instax photos from the evening. Enjoy!

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The day began with mani/pedis at Babylon Nails. We followed that up with a hearty lunch, then ran a few last minute errands. Excitement was definitely building!

I started the evening by taking some detail shots of the things we had prepared for Erin’s “nauti bach,” a nautical themed bachelorette party. We started with a dinner at Gordon Biersch and then walked through Fell’s Point executing a photo scavenger hunt. Here are some of the detail shots:
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Thanks to Scrapendipity Designs for providing this iron on PDF. :)
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We met at the restaurant around 6:30 and had an amazing dinner. Each guest had a special card that included a trivia question about Erin or Erin and Bob as a couple. It was super fun going around the table and putting each lady in the hot seat! Their card also directed them to their team for the night, named for a bar we would attend along the way.2014-09-17_0009.jpg
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I carried a bottle with me all night that I allowed each girl to leave a message in. I also let strangers we connected with throughout the night leave their well wishes. I’m planning to save the bottle for a night closer to Erin’s wedding, but I can’t wait to read everyone’s comments. It was STUFFED at the end of the night.

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I also made a special card for Erin. Her card included Bob’s top five reasons why he loves her. Needless to say, she was a little misty.
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We’re a goofy bunch. :)
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Our friend “Jengels” shared her MAC eye glitter with everyone at the table. We have now deemed her, “the sparkle fairy.”2014-09-17_0011.jpg
On our first stop, Erin was serenaded by the live band. They even played us their rendition of Country Roads. :)2014-09-17_0013.jpg
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We finally snagged a group photo at our second stop. It’s definitely a winner. Thanks Patrick! <32014-09-17_0016.jpg
We hula-hooped.

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Dogwatch had a special area blocked off for us, and we celebrated with none other than… FIREBALL!
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More serenades.. and some duck faces..
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We danced on the bar!

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We met Will Wheaton!!!!! How cool?!
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AND we cried.
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At our last stop, I had arranged for Bob and all of our favorite guy friends to meet us. Erin was shocked, brought to tears, and the rest of us turned to mush as well. It was an emotional, but perfect end to the night. It was so wonderful to spend time with our favorite people, and I am so happy Erin enjoyed her special night. I can’t wait for her special DAY!

-Ash

MARYLAND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | BLISSFULLY BOHO | ASHTON KELLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

I’m not a girl who usually feels speechless, but all I can say is THANK YOU. Our amazing vendors made this peaches and cream dream come true. Every part of this day went seamlessly thanks to the fantastic people involved. Check out each of these vendors. You won’t be disappointed!

-Ash

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This gorgeous gown just arrived back from a shoot in Ireland in time for us to swoop in and steal it for the day. Thank you to Francesca’s Bridal Salon-It was PERFECT.

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Kristi and Mara, ladies from Behind the Veil, kept Lindsay and Matt looking flawless!
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Jill Jenkins is a VERY talented friend of mine. She works for Elle Designs and has amazing vision. She’s a designer and planner, and I absolutely adore her attention to detail!
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Flower arrangements by Connie Clark of Violet’s Florist. Who DOESN’T love a live floral halo? Swoontastic!
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The custom stationary and paper goods you see throughout the blog were created by EAlexDesigns. Owner Erin Alexander is another close friend of mine, and her work has been featured in multiple AKP blogs. She always comes up with something fresh and original, which excites me for each of our projects. :)
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Jill said we had to have a violin. She was right!
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Lindsay and Matt were naturals! Models for the day, they are actually due to be wed in December. Look for more of them on the blog next week. We followed up this gorgeous shoot with some engagement photos!
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This entire set up was Jill’s original vision. I remember her sketching it out when we met weeks ago. With much thanks to Vintage Affairs, we were able to get all of the pieces we needed to complete the scene. Owners Juli and Jim Wolf also invited us into their home and onto their land to put this together. They went above and beyond, providing us snacks and drinks during our shoot. They are so incredibly sweet and have an amazing inventory of vintage items to rent!
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Despite not having any photos of Lee in action, I need to give a special shout out to Lee Russell Films. Lee spent the day with us working with me on segments for my promo video. I am so excited to share that with everyone later this year.
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The custom beaded lace head wrap was provided by Jasika of TwoBackFlats. I was so excited to find she was local to me when I moved, that I immediately reached out to her for pieces for this styled shoot. You will definitely be seeing more from her on the AKP blog as well!
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Design | Jill of Elle Designs

Paper Goods | EAlexDesigns

Flowers | Violet’s Florist

Dress | Francesca’s Bridal Salon

Hair | Kristi Crawford of Behind the Veil

MUA | Mara Diakoulas of Behind the Veil

Vintage Rentals | Vintage Affairs

Tuxedo | Tuxedo House

Video | Lee Russell Films

Hair Pieces | Two Back Flats

Models | Lindsay Bollinger & Matt Brown

MARYLAND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | ONE ON ONE COACHING WITH FELICIA | ASHTON KELLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

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As many of you who follow the blog know, I have recently been focused a lot on photography education. This has allowed me to meet some fantastic people, ALL of which I have learned something from. Last month, I announced that I would be offering one on one mentoring sessions, and I have been so excited each time someone inquires about them! Each attendee gets a head shot session with me, enabling them to update their “about” pages online with new photos (bonus!!).

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Meet Felicia! Mrs. Baker and I met during her pregnancy, introduced through a friend who also shares our love for photography (Hey Evan!). Her maternity session at Federal Hill Park was one of my first in the Baltimore area, so I was super excited to shoot it. The view of the Harbor from there is one of my favorites in the city! Did I mention she was having contractions during our session? Yep, she was. Now, a year later, she is rocking her mommy status AND her business.

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Felicia and I recently attended a Styled to Shoot workshop together as well. She specializes in family and children, but has also started building her wedding portfolio. I know she’s already booked weddings for her 2015 season, and I am super stoked to see what she does next year! She is a passionate, driven, and outgoing photographer. I know she is going to do great things!

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Of course, Felicia isn’t just a photographer. She is also a new momma! Thad is a happy go lucky kid, just like his mom. I had to take the opportunity to get some shots of them together today. Aren’t they sweet?!

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Lastly, I’ll leave you with this:

Support is free and helping someone grow is priceless.

I’m super proud of this girl, the effort she’s putting into her business, and I’m happy to be a little part of her journey. It’s these little moments that are such a big part of mine! Thanks for hanging out with me today, Felicia. I can’t wait to see what is in store for Felicia Baker Photography‘s future. :)

-Ash

MARYLAND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | MR & MRS SULLIVAN | 08.16.14 | ASHTON KELLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

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A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of shooting Ashton and Mike’s wedding. It was my first wedding in Maryland, and it could not have been more perfect. Beautiful sunflowers, teal decor, and tons of rustic charm. Oh, and a gorgeous AKP couple!

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Ashton’s bridesmaids were SO much fun. They were so positive, helpful, and eager to be part of photos. Thank you girls!! <3

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From the beginning of this process, there were a lot of jokes about Mike wearing sleeves and cooperating for photos. Look how nice he looked, AND check out that smile! He made me and the Mrs very happy that day! Good job, Mike! :)
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It was a GORGEOUS day for a wedding!

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Mike and Ashton used P.I.G.S. catering and their food was FANTASTIC! They also brought out appetizers for us during photos so that we would have something to hold us over during portraits. As a vendor, and a person who loves food, I really appreciated the thought and the boost of energy.
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We snuck away and the girls helped Ashton change into her reception dress, which was equally as gorgeous as her ceremony gown. We, of course, had to take the opportunity to do more portraits. The light and the night were totally perfect!
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Ashton and Mike-

Thank you two so much for allowing us to be part of your big day. Angie and I really enjoyed being at your wedding, and everything from the moment we met has been so seamless and awesome. You two are so kind, so good together, and I wish you the absolute best in your marriage. Here’s to your future! <3

-Ash

Photography | Ashton Kelley Photography

Flowers  | Blossom and Basket Boutique

Catering | P.I.G.S.

MARYLAND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | HAPPY LABOR DAY | ASHTON KELLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

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I had a pretty trying weekend. But, here’s the thing..

I love my job. I love what I do so much that even on my worst day, I am still the luckiest girl in the world. I get to do something that I am truly passionate about. That my friends, is the American Dream. That is something to be thankful for. So in keeping it positive, I will simply say THANK YOU. Thank you for supporting this dream, this journey, and this business. I love you all! Happy Labor Day!

-Ash

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