ashlee + paul kicked off sweet november (my busiest month of the year!) with their fabulous annapolis wedding! i loved ashlee from the moment i met her last spring when, after a series of emails + phone calls, we met while she was in town one weekend taking care of wedding business. she hugged me (i’m big on handshakes, and *huge* on hugs!) and said “i feel like i know you from reading your blog!” anyone who knows how much *love* and attention i give my blog knows how happy that made me, and the rest of the afternoon i chatted with her + her mom as we checked out the church, met with her coordinator at the classy loews hotel, and discussed her vision for her wedding day.
fast forward to the first day of november, when i see ashlee again, getting ready in her hotel room. surrounded by her *amazing* bridesmaids (these girls were the BEST!) i watched her prepare to marry “the man of her dreams”, as her dad said later that night during his toast. dressed in her amazing gown and adorned with her grandmother’s brooch, ashlee looked phenomenal. we boarded the trolley and the girls sang along to the classic wedding tune “going to the chapel…”
the church ceremony was simply gorgeous, everyone’s attention focused on the stunning couple set against a wall of stained glass. afterwards we did a few quick sunset portraits by the water and boarded the trolley for the reception! we arrived at the hotel as the cocktail hour was in full swing, and the celebration escalated throughout the night! every photo from the reception involves smiling, laughing and serious dancing, and i know everyone had the time of their life! a huge shout out to the incredible dan huynh from chris laich music – who kept the dance floor rockin’ and the party going well after i left!
and to ashlee + paul: congratulations you beautiful newlyweds! i am *so* happy for you both and i had an amazing time at your wedding! i wish you a wonderful, fun, fantastic life together!
ashlee’s grandmother’s brooch.
the dance floor is officially open…
the girls performed the entire dance to thriller!
the single best bouquet toss ever. EVER.
the only thing i like more than the cake cutting is cigar time!
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i also want to give a huge thank you to the fabulous shelby leigh who shot with me at this wedding! she’s a brilliant photographer based in annapolis and i was thrilled to have her work with me! check out her amazing photos from the day here!