BELMONT MANOR WEDDING | KRISTEN & MICHAEL | MARYLAND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | ASHTON KELLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

THIS WEDDING! AH!

I was connected with this couple through my friend and wedding desinger, Jill Jenkins (Elle Ellinghaus Designs). I was immediately excited to book a real wedding with her, as our work history included a STUNNING styled shoot which will soon be featured via The Knot. She does great work, so I was quick to jump in when she asked if I was available for Michael and Kristen’s big day.

I met the two during their engagement session, but they were so incredibly sweet, it was hard not to love them! The pair are very stylish and their sweet nature showed in their wedding planning. The event was super guest friendly with lots to do, topped off with the pairing of two lovely people. Did I mention it was gorgeous?!

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Kristen had two gorgeous tea length dresses for the day. She wore one during the ceremony and cocktail hour, then changed into her second dress for the reception. Both were classic and elegant, and she looked stunning. 
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I absolutely adored these bouquets by Connie of Violet’s Florist. She also provided flowers for Blissfully Bohemian!
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Kristen’s headpiece was one of my favorite details! It was a head band with all the elegance of a veil. #Swoontastic
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Michael had colored shoe laces matching his outfit at our engagement shoot. I was so glad he brought the same charm on wedding day!
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So dapper!! 
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Michael specifically requested a few groomsmen photos at the graveyard on site at Belmont Manor. These are perfect for Halloween week, and I think they turned out pretty cool. Great job, Sharron!
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Did I already say “swoontastic?”
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As always, Jill did a fabulous job of creating a beautiful space. I just love her eye!
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Guests were provided with lots of entertainment! From a live band to yard games, there was a lot to do. 

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Mom and Dad asked me to take this photo. I LOVE when families are having fun, even if they break the bank to do so! ;)
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Michael and Kristen also provided attendees with a Polaroid photo booth and an on site caricature artist. Both were much enjoyed!
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Kristen & Michael,

I have to say this is probably one of my favorite weddings to date! It was such a beautiful event, so much fun, lots of love, and you two looked absolutely perfect. I’m so glad I could be part of this with you, and that we had a gorgeous day to celebrate your union. Thank you so much for allowing Sharron and I to be part of it. Best wishes in your future together! <3

-Ash

Photography | Ashton Kelley Photography

Photography Assistant | Sharron Wynn Photography

Wedding Designer | Jill Jenkins of Elle Designs

Venue | Belmont Manor

Catering | Rouge Catering

Florist | Violet’s Florist

Band | Craig Satchell Band

Ceremony Music | Ken Kolodner (Dulcimer)

Cake | Family

Caricatures | Caricature Concepts

MUA & Hair | Perfect Touch Salon

BEHIND THE SCENES | WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY | AKP FUN | ASHTON KELLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

Something people ask to see is behind the scenes photos. I love sharing these, but we often get caught up in what we are doing with clients and forget to capture images to share. I’ve been saving a few for this special post, as I saw our wedding season about to end. I guess this could be considered a bit of an ode to 2014 weddings. Insert bittersweet, happy tears here!

There is a lot to be said about the people who helped me this year. It was a roller coaster of a season, transitioning from my WV wedding market into new terriroty, Maryland. I moved this year, re-branded, and met/worked with some great photographers. New and old, every single person that helped me and supported me this year was so key to the success that was our wedding season. I am ever so grateful to the team that assisted this year. Each wedding was so uniquely gorgeous and I could not have told these stories as thoroughly without their help!

For consistent updates on behind the scenes happenings, follow me on instagram at @ash1ok.

To find out more about the AKP team & support members, see a full list below!

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I hope you enjoyed seeing us in action! Check back in the future for more BTS footage with AKP.

-Ash

Ashton Kelley | Ashton Kelley Photography
Hallie McComas | Once Upon A Time Photography
Kaylyn Cole | Kaylyn Cole Photography
Larry Kelley | Ashton Kelley Photography
Angie Tracey | Frozen In Time Photography by Angie
Jeana Lombard | Jeana M. Photography
Sharron Wynn | Sharron Wynn Photography

OLD TOWN ENGAGEMENT | TRISTANNE & KEN | MARYLAND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | ASHTON KELLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

Engagements with Tristanne and Ken were an adventure! The pair live in Alexandria, VA, a spot that I recently became familiar with when attending the CLIC Conference. When Tristanne mentioned doing photos in Old Town, I immediately got on board.

We were able to walk around their neighborhood and find gorgeous backdrops including historic stone streets, a cool (yet creepy) tunnel, a waterside view, and lots of city charm. It hardly felt like Fall for our session, peeking in the 70′s, so it was a great day to get outside and venture around the area.

After our Old Town excursion, we took transportation to downtown DC and visited a few monuments. We took some formal shots at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and Ken and Tristanne’s personal favorite-the World War I Memorial. We literally shot until the sun went down! Afterward, we celebrated a productive evening with delicious Mexican food. It was a great evening.

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Tristanne & Ken,

Thank you for showing me around your favorite local spots. I loved exploring with you, and enjoyed our dinner date afterward. I’m so glad we have similar tastes, including but not limited to our fabulous taste in television shows! I’m truly looking forward to seeing you two tie the knot next year!

-Ash

CENTENNIAL PARK ENGAGEMENT | ALLI & MIKE | MARYLAND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | ASHTON KELLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

Alli and Mike are so great. When we met, it was very clear that it was going to be easy to laugh with them. Alli is witty, charming, and has the most gorgeous red hair. She was one of those brides I immediately imagined in a gown and began to swoon. Mike, her handsome counterpart, compliments her humor with his own and keeps he energy up with an adventurous personality.

I couldn’t wait to shoot engagements with these two, and we scheduled them quickly. Alli picked the location, Centennial Park, and it was perfect! The weather was great, we had a beautiful evening, and there was tons to explore. Mike and Alli were totally willing to go with my ideas, and threw caution to the wind. I’m so glad they trusted me-the result was awesome!

Even better? About 15% of our conversation was structured from movie quotes. What can I say? They “had me at hello.” Here are some of my favorites from this e-session:

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One of my favorite parts of their session was at the very end. Mike pulled out his guitar and started playing “Love is an Open Door” from Frozen, then Alli began singing. The duet was seriously one of the most adorable things I’ve ever witnessed at a session. I may or may not have experienced some happy tears. They are just so cute!
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Alli & Mike -

You two! You’re so cute, and I just love your positive energy. I had an absolute blast capturing your engagement photos. Thank you for picking me as your wedding photographer! No doubt we are going to have some major fun on your wedding day. I simply cannot wait for it!

-Ash

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