Ashley & Billy | Osprey’s Landing Wedding


As the caterers were setting the tables she was buzzing around the reception room doing last minute touch-ups to the decor, her beautiful hair was curled and sprayed just waiting for the veil to be placed. I remember wanting to hug Ashley and tell her to go have a glass of champagne and just relax. Everything was absolutely perfect!  I knew that she had been planning this dream wedding for awhile and she just wanted to be sure her vision had come to life.  I was blown away by how beautiful everything was!

Ashley and Billy picked the perfect venue in Osprey’s Landing for their wedding.  Set on the banks of the Occoquan River the ceremony overlooks the water and all the boats passing by.  The weather was perfect that day, one of those days that you really couldn’t ask for anything better!  Inside Osprey’s has a gorgeous reception room with a wall of windows that let in amazing light!  I really love that cocktail hour is set in the bar area which reminds you of an old pub with dark wood booths and a fireplace overlooking the golf course.

As Ashley was escorted by her dad down the aisle Billy had to wipe back a few tears and I’m guessing probably ask himself how he got so lucky!  She was stunning from head to toe!  It’s funny because I didn’t meet Ashley or Billy until we arrived to shoot the wedding.  Ashley booked me over email after some of her friends gave me good reviews.  So I was a little nervous going into portraits, I wanted to make sure they were comfortable and that we got great portraits of them.  I quickly figured out these two were naturals in front of the camera and my fears subsided!  I had so much fun doing portraits with these two, they were up for anything and super adorable.  In fact we got a few shots that I knew would be going into my 2014 favorites folder :).

Ashley & Billy I wish you guys all the happiness in the world!  You two were awesome to work with and I was honored to document this huge moment in your lives.  I hope you enjoy the photos!


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To see more of Ashley & Billy’s wedding at Historic Mankin Mansion in Richmond, Virginia, check out the slideshow below! (Click here if you don’t see the slideshow below)

The following wedding vendors contributed to Ashley & Billy’s wedding:

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Osprey’s Landing at Belmont Bay
Photography: Melissa Arlena Photography
Florist: Wisteria Studios
DJ: Brendan Guay
Offciant: Say I Do Your Way
Gown: Ellies Bridal Boutique

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