I am Ashley, a wedding photographer based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Here you will find a little glimpse of my life from weddings, to senior sessions and engagement sessions.

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Megan and Josh’s wedding in Roanoke, Virginia was beautiful. The rain stopped right before the ceremony, which lead to the perfect cool summer afternoon. I connected immediately with these two during their engagement session and it’s been an honor to photograph this stage in their relationship. Some of my favorite memories that are on the blog are Megan and Josh receiving each other’s gifts, Megan’s dance with her son, and the absolutely stunning portraits.

Roanoke, Virginia Wedding

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First and foremost, enjoy this short and sweet time in your life. You will be married forever but only engaged for a short amount of time in comparison! That being said, I want to help you maximize your engagement session so that you flawlessly document this special moment in your relationship. This blog post will help you not only prep for your engagement session but also give you engagement session outfit ideas. 

Engagement Session Prep

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It was 69 degrees, rainy, and I’ve never seen so much fog!!! There were times where I couldn’t see more than 15 feet ahead of me. The ceremony space was moved indoors to a BEAUTIFUL white barn at Mountain Lake Lodge. The florals and lights were breathtaking! Cristina and I found a spot with beautiful stone arches that would keep everyone dry for portraits! The fog added a mystical feeling to their images. So in the end, although the fog and rain weren’t ideal… it worked out perfectly. 

Wedding at Mountain Lake Lodge

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Guests traveled all over the world to come to this wedding. Quite Literally. Guests traveled over 6,000 miles to be there for Elsa and Carl’s big day. Some who traveled from Japan were only in America for 48 hours. I was blown away to learn this! I think it speaks volumes to the impact that Elsa and Carl have on peoples lives. Elsa and Carl’s wedding reminded me of why I am eternally grateful to have found my passion for photography. Meeting a couple like Elsa and Carl feels like a privilege that I am not deserving of.

The German Club Manor Wedding

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These Williamsburg engagement photos are some of the best! We didn’t just go to Colonial Williamsburg, we also went to some of the lookouts of the James River along the parkway. We started at Colonial Williamsburg with Lauren and Bob’s dog Echo. Even though we only explored a little bit of Colonial Williamsburg, there was PLENTY of variety from brick buildings, to white fences, gardens, and gorgeous pathways. Lauren and Bob are such naturals…

Williamsburg Engagement Photos

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I was secretly hoping Elsa and Carl would be okay with taking some pictures in them. As you can imagine, I couldn’t contain my excitement when they insisted on taking some pictures in the field!! AHH! Beautiful! As you scroll through this blog post- you’ll see how sweet, fun, and joyous Elsa and Carl are. Mountains, fields, the sweetest couple… this is a dream come true!

Heritage Park Engagement Session

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You’ll see in these pictures that Ginger and Daniel are incredibly happy together. We walked around Libby Hill Park and Chimborazo Park, exploring the Church Hill neighborhood. Ginger suggested we go on an adventure and we found some amazing locations! Engagement sessions are always fun and I loved getting to know Ginger and Daniel. They radiate joy and kindness! After their engagement session…

Richmond Engagement Session

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I have to start off the blog post by saying that it was NINTY degrees. These two were seriously so amazing, the heat didn’t phase them. While I was sweating bullets with frizzy hair, Alex and Justin were ROCKIN’ it!! We tossed around a bunch of location options in Charlottesville and I am glad we picked Chiles Peach Orchard!

Chiles Peach Orchard Engagement Session

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This sweet girl lived super close to me this year. It was a joy getting to know her. Abigail is so full of life and energy. I am going to miss having her as a neighbor and our late night rants. Abigail was a student-athlete and played field hockey at Roanoke College.

Abigail’s Graduation Session

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It may have not been super sunny with a blue sky, but this girl still rocked her beautiful graduation session. Kenzie is a friend of mine which made this session extra special. Although we haven’t known each other for a while, Kenzie is a friendly face in Roanoke that never fails to make my day a little better!

Cloudy Day Graduation Session