One thing I really love about my job is when I get to share in multiple events in a family which was the case this past weekend! Back in 2009 I photographed Bryan and Christy’s wedding and little did I know that the blond tearing up the dance floor with her sister would soon become one of my brides!! When Ashley contacted me to tell me she met a wonderful man and they were planning a June Oatlands Plantation wedding I was over the moon for her! As I got to know her and Jeff better over the last year I could see how they complemented each other perfectly. I knew Ashley would be stunning on her wedding day she is one of the most vibrant caring people I’ve met and her personality literally jumps out of the photograph at you! Jeff is perfect for her in that he is more quiet and reserved which brings her down a bit but she brings him out of his shell. The love they have for each other just pours out of them!
Ashley and Jeff were married at St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church in Purcellville, Virginia. They choose Oatland’s Plantation for their reception and it was simply stunning and filled with gorgeous spots for photos! I could spend an entire day there shooting and exploring. It seemed like we literally only had to walk a few feet to find a new spot to shoot in! They were such troopers too getting through all the formal photos so we could get to the fun portraits of the two of them! You guys rock!!! We met up last year for their engagement session in horse country which became the theme for their wedding! Jeff has a passion for horse racing and Ashley now shares that with him! All the tables were named after horse races and I LOVED the striped napkins accenting each place setting. Ashley had even checked out my blog for inspiration on her reception centerpieces which were gorgeous!
When it comes to receptions I have to say that I’ve never seen a dance floor so packed! My second shooter Lindsay and I could not even get into the crowd it was so tight!! The band kept everyone rocking it out and Jeff even joined them for a song on his fiddle! It reminded me of Devil Went Down to Georgia with Jeff challenging each band member and their instrument up against him and his fiddle!! He was amazing and as someone who spent 5+ years playing the violin I could appreciate how fast his fingers were moving to produce the beautiful music!
Ashley and Jeff you created a fabulous event I know it was hard work but it all paid off! I was so honored to be a part of it and document it for you! I hope you have a wonderful time on your honeymoon! I wish you a long happy marriage and I know with your faith at the center you two will grow closer together as the years pass!
To see more of Jeff & Ashley’s wedding at The Oatland’s Plantation in Leesburg, Virginia, check out the slideshow below! (Click here if you don’t see the slideshow below)
The following wedding vendors contributed to Jeff & Ashley’s wedding:
Ceremony Location: Saint Francis De Sales Catholic Church in Purcellville, Virginia
Reception Venue : The Oatland’s Plantation in Leesburg, Virginia
Photography: Melissa Arlena Photography
Coordinator: Your Perfect Day Events
Florist: Graceful Flower’s by Patricia
Catering: The Chef’s Table
Cupcakes: We Take the Cupcake
Band: Soul Expressions