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May 1, 2014

Ashley + James | Duncan Estate | Spartanburg Wedding Photographer

The big house was quiet when we entered.  But as I headed up the stairs, I could hear music and chatter from the room where the girls were getting ready.  There was SO much excitement as the bridesmaids got ready!  But in the midst of it all, Ashley sat getting her hair and makeup done while she penned a letter to her groom.  And it was as if that little corner of the room stood still.

Ashley and James met in 4 year old kindergarten in the midst of a performance.  They were reciting the alphabet and James had the letter C, “C, like cat!  Meow!”  And Ashley had D, “D, like dog! Woof!”  Then she sat down next to James and giggled.  She had her first crush.

After she dressed in one of the most beautiful gowns and made her way downstairs to see her groom, all of the emotions from grade school, middle school, high school, attending different colleges, and then finding jobs… it all flooded over her at once.  They’d spent so much of their lives together, but today was the day they would finally become husband and wife and from here on out be able to spend each and every day by one another’s side.  And she just couldn’t hold back the tears of joy.

Ashley and James… You guys are two of the sweetest and most genuine souls I’ve ever met and spending your wedding day with you made my heart grow and love even more than I thought possible.  I hope your first week of being husband and wife is even better than you imagined, but that it only continues to get better from here!

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I just love this house and the light it lets in…

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The garter on the left was a gift and the blue one on the right is one that James caught at a wedding. The same wedding where Ashley caught the bouquet!

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Her mom’s dress was THE perfect compliment to Ashley’s lace wedding dress!

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Ben caught this of the girls as Ashley walked down to see James for their First Look.  I love it!

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Ah!  How cute is this??

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We had an amazing weekend of wedding parties!  These guys and girls were so great!


And those colors!!


This is a favorite for sure!

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 As the wedding party gathered around Ashley and James to pray, I had to not think too much about it too much otherwise I would have been in tears!

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Cutest toasting glasses ever!

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I love that they used the front of the house and the balcony for their introductions.  Perfect spot!

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Pop had  us laughing, but almost had me in tears talking about his sweet relationship with James…


And look at Grandma’s proud smile!  Love her!


Kayla’s toast DID bring us to tears.  So sweet!

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We snuck away from the reception for a few more portraits…

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And this one spot alone made them all worth it!!

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As we went back to the dance floor, we got back just in time to catch Kristen and her husband with some of their fancy dance moves!

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Ashley’s grandparents were dancing and we found out they’d been dancing together for 65 years!!

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Congrats, you guys!


So many thanks to such an amazing team for Ashley & James’s wedding day:

Ceremony & Reception | Duncan Estate
Wedding Coordinator | Vicky Long
Wedding Dress | Wedding Inspirations, Essence of Australia
Bridesmaids Dresses | Ann Taylor Weddings
Groomsmen’s Suits | Jos A Banks
Hair & Makeup | Kristen Mathias
Florals | Angie Lowe
Wedding Invitations | Hobby Lobby
Videography | Darrell Cothran
Cake | Cindy Moore
Catering | Homes Catering

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