Bobby and Ashley are the kind of people who make me feel so privileged to get to document their wedding day. I knew they were high quality people after their Engagement Shoot, but it was reaffirmed time after time on their wedding day. Bobby stopped to check in on all who were "working" that day (including myself), just to make sure we had everything we needed- and to see the way he treasured and took care of Ashley, well...it was exactly why I am a wedding photographer. Ashley was excited, relaxed, organized, and fully in the moment the whole day- not to mention looking absolutely gorgeous! It was so awesome to get to see them enjoy each other and the company of their friends and family. I'm so thankful for couples like this one!
Some of their vendors:
Ceremony Venue: St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, Lubbock
Reception Venue: Merket Alumni Center, Lubbock
Wedding Gown: Mori Lee
Bridesmaids' Dresses: B2 by Jasmine
Florist: DeVault Floral
Cake: Sweet Temptations
Catering: Top Tier Catering (Texas Tech)
Hair: Casey at Davidson Taylor
Makeup: Tiffany at The Radiant Lily
Chair Linens: Puttin' on the Ritz
Bobby bought Ashley some beautiful diamond earrings for Christmas to wear on their wedding day. She plans to pass them on to their children one day.
Bobby and Ashley chose to have a First Look before the ceremony. Here's what she had to say about it:
"Before our wedding day, I had some serious doubt about the first look but wanted so badly to be able to take the pictures before hand! Even on that day, part of me still thought we should wait till the wedding. But I am SO GLAD we did it! We were able to get all our crying out and tell each other all the things we were feeling and pray together about our day without hundreds of people watching! It felt so personal and amazing and took so many of my jitters away! Bobby was soooo happy we did it because he said it was still so emotional seeing me walk down with my dad that if he hadn't seen me before, he would have had a hard time keeping it together! One other thing that made it special is he didn't see me with the veil on till the wedding which made it different. My advice about the first look is DO IT! We were at the reception having fun almost immediately after the wedding!"
Seeing that little robin egg blue box is always a good indication you will soon have a very happy bride. :)
Seeing the reflections of the stained glass in the window, Ashley asked if we could get some shots with them in the aisle. I love my brides. :)
The Merket looked amazing. Ashley said her splurge on the chair covers from Puttin on the Ritz were totally worth it- and I agree!
There was quite a battle for the bouquet!
I asked Ashley what advice she'd give to future brides, and here's what she said:
"The planning processs gets so intense and stressful toward the end...just keep reminding yourself that this is the only time in your life you will do this and pray for peace and enjoyment of the whole process. Looking back, I think of times when I let myself get so worked up about minor details, and now I think "Man, I should have just enjoyed that moment of making that decision! It's the only time I'll be able to do that!"