Kayla + Charles

Kayla + Charles

I've known Kayla since she was a wee-little youngin' and the fact that she's married and starting her own family is beyond belief. However, I sigh with big relief because her now-husband Charles is the type of guy that Dad's lay awake and pray for their daughters to find. Both Kayla and Charles are SO full of faith and love, they just radiate happiness and it was even more so evident on their wedding day. 

Posted by Ashley Lester.

Devan + Thomas

Devan + Thomas

Nestled among the rolling hills of The Old Mill Farm in Bedford, VA is the most picturesque setting for a summer wedding. Puffy cotton clouds dotted the blue sky but don't let them fool you, we kept our eyes on the weather all day. From a 60% chance of rain, we were ready for whatever happened but not a single drop fell. It was the hottest wedding I have ever photographed but perhaps among the most beautiful as well. 

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Alicia + Matt

Alicia + Matt

One of my favorite movies is Sweet Home Alabama (bare with me, this is relevant) - I've always loved that movie and it basically makes me a soppy mop every time I watch it. You know the ending scene where it's raining and storming but they both realized that they're so in love and then comes the epic line "So why do you wanna marry me anyway?" "So I can kiss you anytime I want." (Here's a link for a refresher) Well Alicia and Matt had one of these moments during their ceremony.

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Natalie & Chris

Natalie & Chris

Nestled between the soft rolling hills of the Richmond suburbs is a beautiful little farm called Seven Springs. Straight out of the colonial period, this farm boasts an impressive campus of 1700 farmhouse, barns, cottages, and farm animals galore. From reading this, you wouldn't immediately think of wedding venue but after photographing there twice, I wouldn't think of anything else. This little corner of Virginia is paradise, where baby goats roam (in cages of course) and the light never seems to disappoint. 

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MUSIC: Blink 182, The Naked and Famous, WAVVES

MUSIC: Blink 182, The Naked and Famous, WAVVES


I have a love/hate relationship with Blink 182. I love them because, well, they're Blink 182. I hate them because they seem to have discovered the secret to eternal youth, or atleast their music does. Every time I hear Travis tear up the drums or Mark shred the bass, I'm instantly transported to 1999. This band does. not. age. While Tom DeLonge's absent still sits on the forefront of most fan's hearts, we can all agree that Matt Skiba has stepped up and filled the much anticipated role. While all of these guys are in the 40's, they keep putting on one hell of a show with seemingly no end in sight. 

Posted by Ashley Lester.

MUSIC: Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors

MUSIC: Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors

If you've never seen a show at the newly renovated Lyric Theatre in Birmingham, AL -- add it to your list. On the outside, this unassuming brick building would pass as any other city building but on the inside is this restored 1914 performing arts theatre with as much character as history. Although seating remained separate, this stunning theatre also serves as the first venue in the south that allowed both whites and blacks to watch the same performance together. It's an important piece of Southern history and was a beautiful backdrop to the soulful and folksy sounds of Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors

Posted by Ashley Lester.

Elizabeth & Dylan

Elizabeth & Dylan

'A mermaid marries a diver' was the theme of the day, Dylan being a diver in the Coast Guard and Elizabeth, well, does anyone actually need a reason to be a mermaid? A love of the beach and the water shared between them was evident in all aspects of their big day! From the stunning bridesmaids dresses to the tables at the reception, the dream team of vendors transformed the Hilton Garden Inn into a beautiful nautical oasis! 

Posted by Ashley Lester.