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

Something people often 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

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