Glamorous Anna

We shot the wedding on Saturday, so now I can finally share some of Anna’s bridal portraits!  She said she wanted glamour.  She wasn’t kidding!  She used to be a model and was fearless in her wedding gown.  Didn’t mind twigs, dirt, anything really, getting on it.   She almost walked through water once, and she didn’t care.  A golden retriever ran up to her and nearly jumped on her – she didn’t flinch.  I, on the other hand was flinching the whole time.  Thanks for being fearless and glamorous, Anna!

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Read more.. Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Goodbye Winter.

Today is the first day of Spring – THANK GOODNESS, right?  Like most everyone else I had a heavy dose of winter this year.  Traveling deep into the Rocky Mountains followed immediately by a quick trip to the ice cap that is Chicago, Illinois made me 100% ready for winter to be over!  I will have to say thought, that I enjoyed by winter trips immensely.  When I finally arrived in Aspen, Colorado after 7 hours on a bus (FROM DENVER, normally a 3 hour trip), I realized that I had forgot my Holga camera.  Which was a small little tragedy for me.  But with the help of Amazon Prime, I was able to get a new one within a few days.  Overnight delivery turned into a few days.  But given that we were sitting in the middle of the worst (best?) snowstorm in 30 years, I wasn’t complaining.  Fun fact: we got 24 inches in 24 hours.  It was AMAZING.

I was a little unsure about shooting with the new camera without being able to do a test roll to see how the light leaks were on this particular one.  But I decided I didn’t have a choice and went ahead and shot with it anyway.  For those of you who are familiar with Holga cameras, you’ll know what I mean.  For those who are not familiar, I’ll just say you’re about to see a few b/w photos shot with a plastic camera.

Everyday was basically a blizzard so I have some very cold & snowy photos.  The camera is actually pretty tight, so I will be fussing with it to make it a bit less predictable.

And now, it’s Friday and 80 degrees in Austin, Texas and I’m not working this weekend.  SO, TGIF I say!  TGIF.

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Read more.. Friday, March 21st, 2014

Jessica and Ori’s wedding on Style Me Pretty today!

I’m excited to finally be able to share this beautiful wedding we shot at the Julia Ideson Library last May with Keely Thorne Events. Head over to Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book to see ALL of the details and photos.   It was such a stunning event!

Have a great day!

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Read more.. Thursday, February 6th, 2014

It’s Monday, let’s celebrate!

I know,  usually a “Woo Hoo!!” photograph usually comes at the end of the week.  Will enthusiastic quips about TGIF, happy hour, and the excellent plans for the weekend.  But I’ve decide to put my faith in the Universe and send all good vibes out today.  On Monday.  I am going to have great week, you guys!  I am insisting you have one too, give it a shot.  What do you have to lose by exercising a little more positivity than normal at the beginning of the week, rather than the end?

This photo was taken at our wedding in January.  The parents surprised everyone (including the bride and groom) with fireworks right after the ceremony.  Look at the smile on the bride’s face!  I just love it.

Have an excellent week.  I mean it!

Smash

PS – Great job pulling off the surprise, Caplan Miller Events!

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Read more.. Monday, January 27th, 2014

Elegant Spring wedding in Houston, Texas

Spring is right around the corner!  Here is a gorgeous affair we shot in Houston last Spring for a little inspiration.  Below the photos is a write up from Jennie at Keely Thorne Events with more details about the wedding.

From Jennie at Keely Thorne Events:

One of the best parts of my job is working with clients who have specific ideas for their wedding, but developing the details and connecting them into an event that flows beautifully!  Elena was one such bride, who planned the wedding from her current home of New York City with the help of her mother in her hometown of Houston.  The wedding day festivities started out with the ceremony at historic Christ Church Cathedral, where the bride’s parents were married years before.  The Bayou Club provided a picturesque backdrop for the spring dinner party that Elena had envisioned from the start.  The natural, almost overgrown garlands and arrangements created by John Friedman were a perfect complement to the club, which is tucked among century-old trees behind one of Houston’s largest parks.  Guests were greeted by a classic string quartet with a contemporary twist – think Bach and Handel meets Adele and the Rolling Stones.  Since the weather was uncharacteristically chilly for late April in Texas, we sourced pashminas in the wedding’s color palette of gold, coral, and Turkish blue.  These were waiting on each female guest’s seat for dinner.  Special attention was paid to the paper details of the reception, with hand calligraphy and a custom-designed monogram.  The bride, groom and their families worked together closely to fashion a delicious seated dinner menu for their guests to enjoy.  Once the cake had been cut and locally-made ice cream was passed, things loosened up a bit as their uber-energetic 80’s cover band took the stage complete in “Revenge of the Nerds” attire.  Guests were invited to accessorize with neon Wayfarers and bracelets as they celebrated until midnight (which unfortunately was “closing time” despite numerous requests for an encore – I think they would have danced until dawn if we let them!).  Elena and Joe departed from the reception in a snow-like flurry of white confetti and fragrant lavender buds, while guests were sent home with their pockets and purses full of what are arguably the state’s most delicious pecan pralines.

The vendors that made it all happen:

Ceremony:  Christ Church Cathedral

Reception:  The Bayou Club (no website)

Wedding Planner:  Jennie Chase with Keely Thorne Events  http://keelythorne.com

Photographer:  Ashley Garmon Photographers

http://www.ashleygarmonphoto.com

Floral Design:  John Friedman Flowers  http://www.johnfriedmanflowers.com

Lighting:  Pro/Sound  http://goprosound.com

Stationery:  Dromgoole’s  http://dromgooles.squarespace.com

Monogram Design:  Amy Boyter for Atheneum Creative

http://atheneumcreative.com

Calligraphy:  PenDance http://www.pendance.us

Cake:  Marlene Romero (no website)

String Quartet:  Divisi Strings  http://www.divisistrings.com

Band:  The Spazmatics http://thespazmatics.net

Gown:  Monique Lhullier via Mark Ingram Atelier  http://markingramatelier.com

Bridesmaid dresses:  Jenny Yoo via Bella Bridesmaid New York City

http://www.bellabridesmaid.com

Makeup Artist:  Kristin Daniell Makeup Artistry  http://www.kristindaniell.com

Hair Stylist:  Meghan and Tarek for Ceron Hair Studio

http://www.ceronhairstudio.com/index.html

Pralines:  Brennan’s of Houston http://www.brennanshouston.com

Wedding dress hanger  Heirloom

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Read more.. Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Wedding in Far West Texas, Part 2

And now we continue the second portion of Shelby and Brooks’ wedding in Marathon, Texas.  After the ceremony on the family ranch, we hopped in a truck with the bride and groom and raced around the ranch chasing the quickly setting sun.  Afterwards, we returned the The Gardens at The Gage Hotel for the reception.  It was a truly fun day and shooting with the West Texas sky as a backdrop is simply exhilarating.

Shelby’s sister was not only the Maid of Honor, but she also write a song for Shelby and Brooks, which she performed at the recepetion.  I believe this was the first time she snag and played the guitar solo in front of a crowd.  She did an excellent job!

All the vendors that made this wedding possible:

Wedding dress – http://www.nardosimam.com/

Flowers – http://www.flowerlandmidland.com/

Photographer – Ashley Garmon Photographers

Wedding Dress -

Wedding Dress Hanger – Heirloom

Pavilion draping – http://www.boydsevents.com/

Cactus pouches – https://www.etsy.com/shop/clumsy

Embroidered handkerchiefs – http://www.ffcembroidery.com/

Groom’s custom cuff links – http://penalozaandsons.com/

Church items – http://www.ststephensmidland.com/

Wedding ceremony – private ranch

Makeup artist – Julian Gold of Midland

Hair artist – Glitz House of Beauty

Wedding rings – Fisher Jewelers

Bridal jewelry – http://shop.nordstrom.com &  http://www.tiffany.com

Brides shoes – http://www.katespade.com/

Bridesmaid scarves – http://shop.nordstrom.com

Bridesmaid bracelets – Jenkins Jewelry

Groom’s tux – http://shop.nordstrom.com

Father of the Bride tux – http://shop.nordstrom.com

Mother of the Bride dress – http://shop.nordstrom.com

Groom & Groomsmen ties – http://www.tomjames.com/

Bridesmaid dresses and Groomsmen tuxes – selected their own

Reception band – http://www.thejebsite.com/

Reception venue and catering – http://www.gagehotel.com

Save the Dates – “Note”able & http://www.printswell.com/

Map card design – Landgraf Crutcher & Associate Inc.

Wedding invitations – RSVP by Darby Brown & http://www.crane.com/

Guest gift bags – http://jameshevans.com/ , https://www.haribo.com/enUS/home.html ; http://www.susiessouthforty.com/ , http://www.ritter-sport.com/

Guest book – http://www.blueskypapers.com/
Koozies – http://www.discountmugs.com/

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Read more.. Friday, January 10th, 2014

Wedding in Far West Texas, Part 1

I love love love weddings in West Texas.  Particularly at The Gage in Marathon.  This hotel is set up to handle all of your wedding needs and it is beautiful!  If you’re thinking of having a destination wedding, consider Far West Texas, you and your guests will not be disappointed!  It’s the home of Marathon, Alpine, and the increasingly popular Marfa, Texas.   It’s also home to Big Bend National Park and the Davis Mountains.  As well as the McDonald Observatory.  OH!  And don’t forget about the mysterious Marfa Lights.   As the name indicates, it’s FAR.  Far from anything.  Midland, Texas is 3 hours away, as is El Paso.  The ultimate Texas road trip, if you will.
Growing up, I spent a lot of time in West Texas – my family is from there.  So at an early age I was spellbound by that area of Texas’ insanely beautiful and dramatic sunsets.  So any chance I get to shoot out there, I take it.  Shelby and Brooks were married in Marathon at the groom’s family ranch.  It was stunning and I would go on and on.  But I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves!  Happily, I was able to shoot some with my Holga camera.  Which, I also love love love.

A west Texas wedding ceremony wouldn’t be complete without something creepy-crawly in attendance.  For the record, there were two tarantulas!

Far West Texas, Part 2 coming soon!

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Read more.. Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Ceci & Chris at Barr Mansion in Austin, Texas!

Venue, catering and cake: Barr Mansion
Flowers: Stems
Dress: Christos, bought at Julian Gold

Make up and hair: Rae Cosmetics
Invitations: painted/designed by me, printed at The Paper Place

Music: Mother Falcon, Mariachi Tamazula, The Matchmaker Band
Late night snack: East Side Kings food truckThis wedding was a really sweet one that Ceci and Chris put a lot of thought into.  Among other things, I loved that when we were shooting the first look and portraits before the ceremony, the band, Mother Falcon was rehearsing their songs.  It was really fun to have that playing as background music for our photo shoot, felt like a dream.  I wish I could always have Mother Falcon playing in the background of my photo shoots!  Also the dolls made in the likeness of the bride and groom were a first and AWESOME.  And watching guest get excited when that East Side Kings truck rolled up, well everyone living in Austin knows how welcome that can be late at night (or anytime, for that matter).

From the bride:
Kris and I wanted our wedding day to be the happiest, most beautiful day of our lives, and it truly was! We dated for many years before getting engaged, and we really wanted our wedding to reflect our personalities and interests.  We wanted a beautiful, natural outdoor setting for our ceremony, and the garden at the Barr Mansion was the perfect choice for us. We also loved the rustic but elegant barn-ballroom. We appreciated the “green” philosophy of the Barr Mansion and the fact that it is a certified organic venue.  Our coordinator, Elyse, was so organized and helped the day run smoothly–perfectly, in fact!
Living in Austin, we knew we wanted live music, and we were lucky enough to book some fantastic bands.  Mother Falcon (one of Kris’ favorite local bands) played during the ceremony.  My best friend also played Ave Maria on the violin during the ceremony.  Traditional mariachi music by Mariachi Tamazula played during the cocktail hour.  The Matchmaker Band got everyone out on the dance floor during the reception.
A lot of the smaller details really personalized our wedding.  My sister made the crystal and pearl necklace and bracelet I wore.  I placed a beautiful pin from my best friend’s mom on my bouquet.  Kris wore his late grandfather’s watch.  We carefully chose songs we love for our ceremony:  “All You Need is Love” (Beatles), “Let it Be Me” (Everly Brothers), and “For Once in My Life” (Stevie Wonder version), all played by Mother Falcon.  Our guest book table was decorated with cute, quirky crocheted dolls made to look like us by Allison Hoffman of Crafty is Cool.  Our cake table was decorated with wedding photos of our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents.  For a late night snack, we hired the East Side Kings food truck.  I think all these small details showed our appreciation for our family and history, and also reflected the fun, playful side of our personalities.
Flowers were also very important to me.  I met several times with Abby at Stems to design romantic, elegant centerpieces, and they ended up looking better than I could have imagined.  When I walked into the ballroom for the first time, it looked magical!
Of course, choosing an experienced, talented photographer was extremely important to us.  We loved Ashley’s sense of humor and her talent for capturing all the important and special moments during our day.  We love looking through our photos and reminiscing about that beautiful day, and we know we will enjoy this for many, many years.

Thank you Ceci and Chris for choosing us to photograph your wedding.  And, for your very kind words about me!

Have a great weekend,
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Read more.. Friday, December 13th, 2013

Heirloom on Once Wed today!

Head on over to Once Wed today (one of my very favorite wedding blogs), to learn a bit more about Heirloom!

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Read more.. Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Lauren & JP wed in Austin, Texas!

I am sometimes honored to photograph the weddings of my friends.  Sometimes it’s one or the other that I know.  And many times it’s both the bride and groom that I know and I have to say it’s a lot of fun to do so!  This was true of Lauren and JP.  I knew JP first, from a zillion years ago.  And actually only met Lauren upon their engagement.  But we were fast friends and by the time their wedding came around, I felt like I’d known her for years!  When JP told me about Lauren before I met & while discussing their upcoming wedding.  He said “I just want to make her happy.  She’s so great, Ashley.  I’m really marrying up.”  I laughed at this because JP is a really funny guy and cracks jokes all the time.  But he was dead serious.  And it left me with a lump in my throat that honestly, never really went away.

Ain’t love grand?

Smash

The wedding took place at Tarrytown Methodist Church and the reception was at The Austin Club

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Read more.. Friday, November 15th, 2013
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