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August 12, 2014

Ashley + Clay | Grace Church, Downtown Greenville

When we arrived at Ashley’s house, it was full of smiles and excitement that August 9 was really here!  For the longest time they’d been talking about this day and everything that they needed to get done and everything they wanted to have happen… and the day had finally arrived.  Ashley, her bridesmaids, and her parents were so calm and full of smiles that unless you knew something big was happening, you would have thought they were just having some of Ashley’s friends over for the weekend.  Ashley’s only question was why they had scheduled the ceremony so late in the day because they seemed to have SO much time!  But, that’s just the way I like wedding days… ones where there is plenty of time so that the bride and groom and their families can really soak in every moment of the day.

As we headed to the church, I checked the weather one more time and there was indeed a storm moving our way.  But I think we were all praying it would hold off at least for a bit! And you know what?  It did.  We finished up all of the wedding party photos and some family photos before the rain started blowing onto the top porch of the church!  But Clay’s family was as laid back as he is and even though the rain cut into our time with them, they took it all in stride and smiled and laughed through it all. By the time we had everyone tucked away to eat a light dinner before the ceremony, the sun was already peaking out again and blue skies and white clouds provided the perfect backdrop as guests began to arrive.

The rest of the day was amazing.  The ceremony was full of Christ and how much Ashley and Clay have devoted their lives to him.  And as they laughed and teared up during the message and their vows, they sealed their new covenant with a kiss and DANCED up the aisle as husband and wife!

Ashley and Clay… words cannot express how thrilled we are for you both and this new adventure that you have just embarked on.  We hope you are having the time of your lives down on St. John’s!  Thank you for letting us be a part of your first day as husband and wife and spending such special moments with your friends (and ours) and your families!  Much love, sabrina

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If you remember from their engagement session, Pride & Prejudice has played a roll in their relationship, so they tied the coffee and old book theme into their wedding. The script font on their invitations (which Ashley designed!) is actually called Jane Austin.  And the only reason I know that is because I use it on my website too!  Love it!

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There were flowers in Ashley’s bouquet made from the pages of Pride & Prejudice.  Just amazing!


I was so in love with her bouquet!



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Ben found this jar in Ashley’s parents’ house… it was filled with rocks for things they had prayed for over the years. And it included one just with Clay’s name on it and the month and year of Ashley and Clay’s first date.



When we arrived at the church and went to find the guys, they were hard at work getting Clay ready!

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Why yes… my husband DID get this amazing shot of Clay, thankyouverymuch.

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Oh my goodness… I have several shots like this of Ashley and her mom from the day.  And each time it brought tears to my eyes!

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I love when Ben is able to get shots like this!

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And have I mentioned yet how much I love this deep peacock color??

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Two of my most favorite portraits from the day.


These guys were cracking me up!  And it was like the rain in the background didn’t even exist.

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THIS is why I love summer storms!  Look at those clouds!


Clay and Ashley had guests sign these rocks… to begin their own jar in their home!

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I laughed as they danced their way up the aisle!  It was amazing!

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And these photos just moments after saying I Do?  There was SO much love and SO much joy!

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Hand in hand for the rest of their days…

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Another reason we were thankful the rain stopped?  The wedding party walked through downtown to the reception!

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Which allowed us to stop for less than a minute to get shots like this…

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On your wedding day, you get free Starbucks.  And since their reception was coffee/dessert/book themed, this stop was a must!

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I LOVE it when couples not only value photography but trust me to capture them as they are. Their reception was fairly short, but the 10 minutes (or less) that we spend outside for these night portraits was completely worth it!

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These next two pictures are some of my favorites from the night. We took a similar one like this at Bess’s wedding a few weeks ago of these girls who were in d-group together in high school.


And since we didn’t get this shot at Bess’s wedding, I told them it was a must this time… three of my brides at three of their weddings within 6 months of each other!  Love them!

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So thankful for everyone that made this day as wonderful as it was!
Ceremony | Grace Church, Downtown Campus
Reception | The Loft at Falls Park
Ceremony Coordinator | Farrah Redmon
Reception Coordinator | Candy Smith
Wedding Dress | David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses | David’s Bridal
Groomsmen’s Suits | Men’s Warehouse
Hair & Makeup Artist | Kimberly Cirilo
Florals | Paige McCarty
DJ | Wade Turner
Wedding Invitations | the bride!
Cake | Jackie DelGiorno
Catering | The Loft at Falls Park

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