Todd and Ashleigh’s wedding day will forever be one of my favorite days EVER. Not just because it was an incredible location with gorgeous details- but because of the incredible families that came together to celebrate that day.
I first met Todd and Ashleigh last summer when they both made a quick trip to Colorado for Labor Day weekend. Todd was stationed in Washington and Ashleigh in New Mexico. Talk about a long distance relationship!
Todd and Ashleigh met with me in Woodland Park, Colorado to shoot their engagement session. It was a beautiful evening and I so enjoyed getting to know them both and their sweet pup, Palmer!
Soon after they received their engagement session image gallery, they asked if I would be interested in photographing their Virginia vineyard wedding: YES!! I didn’t have to think twice on it! 🙂
Needless to say, I had been looking forward to their wedding day the entire year and I’m happy to say that it exceeded my expectations in every possible way.
As soon as I arrived to the girls’ ‘getting ready’ location, I was immediately greeted with smiles. The girls were getting their finishing touches of makeup before heading up to the vineyard (which was conveniently just across the road!). Ashleigh was as warm and kind as she had been months prior, and I instantly felt at home with her, her mom, and all her special girls!
We quickly made our way to the venue, Bluemont Vineyard, to begin photographing all of the pretty details- and let me tell you- there were a lot! It was a dream! The floral designs alone were stunning! (Thanks to Kelley at Event Studio!)
Before I know it, it was time for Ashleigh’s first look with her dad- which was basically the sweetest thing ever. I just love it when the father of the bride tears up at the sight of his daughter. It’s one of the most special moments in a father’s life and will always be a favorite highlight of the day for me!
Next, it was Todd’s turn. Now Todd is not necessarily one to show emotion in front of other people, so it definitely warmed my heart when I saw the look on his face when he saw Ashleigh for the first time. It was awesome.
For a split second he forgot about everyone else and only had eyes for her. It was an honor to document this special time between them.
Like all wedding days do, the time flew by and it was time for the ceremony, family portraits, and first dances. So many highlights in such a short span of time! But when you have a coordinator like Amy Thunell, your day will go off without a hitch!
By the time dinner finished and it was time for dancing, everyone was relaxed and in the mood to let loose. I have to say- this was my favorite part of the day. I’ve never seen so many people get down on the dance floor. It was a riot! I threw myself in the middle of the dance floor and stayed put. There was so much celebration to document, I wasn’t going anywhere else!
(Side note- I’m pretty proud of my Canon Speedlights, as they were firing constantly, all night long!! And bonus- I didn’t even have to put in fresh batteries! What?! 🙂 If you saw how many images I shot during party dancing, you’d totally understand! 🙂 )
It was such a blast to watch Todd and Ashleigh’s family and friends cut loose on the dance floor. I honestly cannot remember a time where I witnessed so much joy and so much laughter.
Bluemont Vineyard was filled with so much love that night- it makes me smile even now just thinking about it.
After some toasts and cake cutting, the night was quickly wrapping up. I remember thinking to myself- where did nine hours go??
The sparkler exit was the last event of the night, and this usually comes with a lot of anticipation and a lot of ‘I hope nobody lights my hair on fire’ thoughts! 🤣 But it was a success!
Before I knew it, Todd and Ashleigh made their way through the tunnel of sparklers and into the car they went. Their St. Lucian honeymoon was calling!
So if I had to describe Todd and Ashleigh’s day in one word it would have to be:
Wow is the only word that keeps coming to mind when I think about this special day.
It was stunning in every possible way. I can’t even describe, so I’m thankful I have the images to prove it!
Thank you to Todd and Ashleigh’s parents, aunts and uncles, family and dear friends who made this day so special for them. It was perfection!
Congratulations to Todd and Ashleigh. My heart is so full and I’m so happy for you both! 🖤
Photography- Stacy Story Photography
Venue: Bluemont Vineyard
Florals- Kelley Truxel at Event Studio
Makeup- Melissa Franklin
Event Coordination- Amy Thunell
Sweet Treats- Signature Sweets by Amanda
Videographer- Twin Crest Productions
Caterer- Savoir Fare Limited
Bridal Gown- Calla Blanche Boutique – Posh Bridal Maryland
Bridesmaids Gowns– https://dessy.com/bridesmaid-dresses/
Boutique– Posh Bridal Maryland
Groomsmen Attire- The Black Tux