ELIZABETH & JOSH | KENTUCKY WEDDING

November 4th, 2017 started out as a chilly, foggy morning only for the clouds to part and the sun to come out. Then the ladybugs arrived. Hundreds, if not thousands, possibly more. I've always heard it to be that ladybugs bring good luck. I do hope that is true for Elizabeth and Josh, for if that's the case they'll have enough luck to last to the end of time. 

I could relive this day a million times over. Every little detail had so much thought put behind it. The way the leaves seemed to hang on to the trees just for the wedding. The lone Mallard who floated the pond as if he was watching the day unfold. The giggles that filled the house as the girls and ladies got ready. Every person you encountered was bursting with excitement. All eyes on Elizabeth and Josh.

Stick around to the end, there's an extra sweet surprise. 

CEREMONY SITE
CEREMONY SITE
BRIDAL DETAILS, RINGS
BRIDAL DETAILS, RINGS
BRIDAL GOWN
BRIDAL GOWN AND SHOES
BRIDAL DETAILS, BOUQUET
BRIDAL MAKEUP
BRIDAL HAIR
BRIDE GETTING DRESSED
MOTHER HELPING BRIDE
BRIDE
BRIDESMAIDS
FLOWER GIRLS AND RING BEARER
BRIDE AND MOTHER OF BRIDE
BRIDE
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GROOM
GROOM
GROOMSMEN
CEREMONY SITE
CEREMONY SITE
DETAILS
DETAILS
RECEPTION DETAILS
RECEPTION DETAILS
RECEPTION DETAILS
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SEATING CHART
GUESTS ARRIVING
GIFT TABLE
BRIDE WAITING
GROOM WALKING TO CEREMONY
BROTHER ESCORTING BRIDE
BROTHER GIVING AWAY BRIDE
CEREMONY
CEREMONY
CEREMONY
EXCHANGING RINGS
FIRST KISS
FIRST KISS
FIRST KISS
CEREMONY
CEREMONY
CEREMONY
CEREMONY
CEREMONY
BRIDE AND GROOM
BRIDE AND GROOM
BRIDE AND GROOM
BRIDE AND GROOM
BRIDE AND GROOM
BRIDE AND GROOM
RECEPTION
RECEPTION
RECEPTION
RECEPTION
RECEPTION
CAKE
FIRST DANCE
FIRST DANCE
RECEPTION
RECEPTION
RECEPTION
SPARKLER EXIT
SPARKLER EXIT
SPARKLER EXIT

To top the day off, I got to work along side my sister as she would record the day. I've watched this video several times and still get cold chills each time. Brides and Future Brides, if you are considering on hiring a videographer be sure to check Caitlin Oakes out. 

What can I say? This was an absolutely amazing day. You could literally feel the love and excitement everyone felt for this amazing couple as they started this new chapter of their life! Elizabeth + Josh were such a joy to be around and I loved capturing all these sweet moments throughout their big day!

Wedding Dress - White Dresses | Decor - Lisa H. Miller | Wedding Cake - Publix | Groom's Cake - Copper Whisk  | Tent, Chairs, Tables - Tent Time | Coordinators - Stephanie Alvis and Jennifer Wilcutt | Makeup - Sara Jones and Clair Allen, Nashville TN | Hair - Ashlea Hunter, Nashville TN and Angela Drummond, Elkton KY | Videographer - Caitlin Oakes |                                 Photographer - Ashton Oakes

CHRISTMAS STUDIO MINI SESSIONS | DECEMBER 1ST - 3RD

I have been planning this year's Christmas mini sessions since the last client left last year. It is going to be bigger and better than ever. Plus it'll be held in the new studio, which is going to be decked out for the Holidays. I basically begged my boys into a few photos the other day just to give you an idea of how everything will look. Minus the fresh wreaths and tree - because I can't keep anything alive that long. 

The sessions will be $125 and will include a 20 minute sitting with 15-20 digital files. Sessions will take place on Saturday, December 3rd in my studio in Olmstead, Kentucky. 

Below is the general set up for these sessions! I will have real wreaths hanging in the background, a tree to decorate, and maybe even a little snow! These images will help you envision yourself here in the studio!

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STUDIO CHRISTMAS MINI SESSIONS

DECEMBER 1ST - DECEMBER 3RD

9:00 am - 3:30 pm

20 minute session

15-20 images

$125

*for groups of five or more, please book two sessions!

email ashtonoakesphotography@gmail.com to reserve your spot

Galleries will be delivered within 3 days of session to ensure you have time to order Christmas cards.

CAITLIN & DEVIN | PROSPOSAL

Truth be told, I still get anxious and that sick feeling in the pit of my stomach when I think about that Thursday afternoon. Oh my goodness, y'all! I haven't been that nervous over something in a long time. But I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. All for her, my baby sister. Who is ENGAGED now!

You have no idea how many sleepless nights I've had. Or how much anxiety I've suffered from this. Devin asked me a few weeks ago about photographing him proposing to Caitlin. Immediately I said yes. And away we went to planning all the details. One morning Devin and I rode around looking at some different locations. I happened to think of one of our farms and how the trees along the creek bank are usually always so pretty. I told Devin the directions and up the driveway we went. He knew it was the perfect spot as soon as we pulled up. We came up with a story to tell Caitlin, to get her in the truck with Devin that afternoon. Devin has been in the process of looking at a house to purchase for sometime, so we ran with that storyline. He changed it up a bit saying that he had found a piece of property that was for sale, hoping to buy it now and build on it in the future. He told Caitlin they were going to meet the realtor there. Devin even changed my name in his phone to the name of their realtor. I ended up hiding in a tobacco barn for what felt like hours while waiting on them to show up. The rest is history. 

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I couldn't more excited for my sister. For Devin. For the both of them. For our family. Now it's time to plan a wedding for two of the sweetest people I know!