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Hillary & Mike | A Holland Michigan Wedding

I remember as clear as day, Hillary and I sitting on the beach in Virginia talking about our ‘one day’ weddings. At the time, Hillary was single and I remember her always saying “I’ll never get married!” - Fast forward to the day she met Mike. We all knew he was the one long before a ring. We all not-so-patiently-waited for their engagement so when it finally happened, my excitement stretched the entire eastern seaboard. When she asked me to photograph her wedding (knowing that it would be in Michigan) I said YES before she could even finish.

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Posted by Ashley Lester.
Macie & Brian | A Mountain Lake Lodge Engagement Session

Our session was supposed to happen in April but Mother Nature made us reschedule. We pushed their date back a few months and hoped for the best. We also changed locations and they requested “mountain views” and so I scoured Google Maps and found a little parking lot off the side of a back country road and boy did it pay off. The sun set and painted the mountains all sorts of colors, the golden hour draped us in warm summer light, and yeah, it was MAGICAL.

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Posted by Ashley Lester.
Samantha & Jason | A Corolla, NC Sound to Sea Beach Club Wedding in the Outer Banks

Samantha and Jason’s much anticipated wedding day in Corolla didn’t disappoint any of the 120+ people that travelled from all over the country to witness it. Nestled behind the Outer Banks sand dunes was an amazing 16 bedroom event house called the Sound to Sea Beach Club that felt more like a boutique hotel than an actual event home. If you’ve ever been to the OBX, you know how naturally beautiful it is but for whatever reason the ocean really showed off while we were there. The most beautiful shade of blue/green I’ve ever seen in that area!

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Posted by Ashley Lester.
Bryn M. | Greenbrier Resort Bridal Portraits

My beautiful best friend got married last month but before she said “I Do” we took her dress up to The Greenbrier Resort for bridal portraits… and lots of wine. The Greenbrier is an world renown hotel known for it’s whimsy and elegant decor and it’s honestly a photographer’s dream. I could have photographed every corner of this place and still not have run out of places to shoot. Speaking of photographer’s dream, the team we worked with for this shoot was top-notch. Florals by Kimberly gave us a stunning bouquet to play with and the entire staff at The Greenbrier we kind, courteous, and extremely accommodating. I can’t recommend this venue enough for a wedding day!

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Posted by Ashley Lester.
Emmy & Patrick | A San Luis Obispo Wedding at The Casitas Estate

When Emmy & Patrick got engaged, I feel like there was a collective “FINALLYYYY” from their family. They had been dating for 6ish years before he popped the question! They met at CalPoly in San Luis Obispo so there was no question about where they should tie the knot. Emmy’s family is from the east coast while Pat’s was from the west. So having both sides in one place was such a special occasion! It was truly awe inspiring to see just how many people flew to this little Californian town to see these two get married. We even had several from the UK!

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Posted by Ashley Lester.
Stacy & Austin | A Braeloch Roanoke VA Wedding

Stacy & Austin’s September wedding at Braeloch at Glenburn Farms in Vinton, VA - These two had the most perfect wedding at Braeloch in Vinton, VA and it all boiled down to the emotions. SO many people traveled near and far to be with them and it was a day full of smiles and happy tears, including my own! Austin and Stacy opted for a First Look (yay!) and it was so beautiful but he still teared up when she walked down the aisle! How can you not though, she was a stunning bride? You can tell the love these two have for each other is the real deal.

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Posted by Ashley Lester.
Kara & Landon | Engagement Session

This engagement session is so special and near to my heart, my two good friends Kara and Landon are engaged!!!  They have been together for 7 years (although to many it feels like 70) and I think the entire East Coast felt the shake of excitement when Landon proposed. I knew about his proposal a few weeks before it happened and thank goodness I left Virginia Beach the day after he told me because it was SO HARD not to tear up when Kara walked over. It was finally happening! 

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Posted by Ashley Lester.
Krista & Nate | A Breckenridge Nordic Center Wedding

I've never been to Colorado, never seen the Rockies, and definitely never seen a ski slope. So when Krista asked me to photograph her wedding day in Breckenridge, Colorado, I'm pretty sure I said "HELL YES" before she finished typing. I've been waiting for this trip for months, much like Nate & Krista and it surely didn't disappoint.  Krista and I were talking back and forth frequently before the big day and one thing that kept coming up was "I hope it snows.." The forecast wasn't looking good in the weeks leading up, no snow and highs in the upper 40's and sometimes in the 50's. Although I was just excited to be there, part of me really wanted it to snow too.  And then something amazing happened....

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Posted by Ashley Lester.
Kayla + Charles | A Diamond V Farm Wedding

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. 

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Posted by Ashley Lester.