Ashley & Josh: Elopement

I was sitting in an all-but-empty theatre when Ashley sent me a message asking if I’d be around the week of Christmas to take some pictures. I will! I replied, darting up a quick glance at the previews before the film started. And to my query “what kind of photoshoot are you thinking?” she replied, “Josh and I are going to the courthouse to get married!”

The phone all but fell out of my hands!

As it turns out, the courthouse would be closed the day before Christmas Eve, and so through a flurry of texts Ashley told me they had relocated to Duke Gardens. It was bright, and cold, and a gorgeous day to get married.

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Ashley met me at my car, a little breathless from the walk and the excitement, and we trod over to a little stone-stepped spot overlooking the gardens where her parents, grandparents, colleague/officiant, and soon-to-be husband awaited. I couldn’t stop grinning. Everyone was so calm, so centered. Ashley told me they’d found a wonderful woman at Lowes Foods to do the boutonnière and bridal bouquet, and they’d had their rings engraved on Black Friday. I had never been surrounded by so many peaceful people on a wedding day, in that sparkling almost-Christmas sun.

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After Nana helped affix the boutonnière, the ceremony began. John 15 was read and vows were made.

All was calm, all was bright.

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Ashley’s parents signed the certificate and everyone posed for a few portraits. Then, Ashley and Josh and I took a little stroll about the gardens.

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After we wrapped up the photo-taking, Ashley and Josh headed back to their car. They were heading home, for a wedding luncheon of her mother’s lasagna (a favorite) and to put on their coziest flannels.

What a perfect day.

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Christmas Card Photoshoot SALE!

Last week, while snapping pics of these cuties, J told me he had spent the night prior putting up a Christmas tree. One of their usual four. He was chuckling a little as he said it, and I laughed too – it is, after all, not even Thanksgiving yet. But in all earnest, Phillip added, “It’s been such a terrible week, we needed Christmas.”

And honestly, I just could not agree more.

One of my favorite Christmas traditions in our household is the annual Christmas Card – more specifically, the photoshoot. I love cheeky, kitschy Christmas stuff. And what I love even more than cheeky Christmas stuff are cheeky cats in Christmas costumes.

Unfortunately, the only being in the house who will let me dress them up is my spouse – and even that, I fear, has an expiration date. So usually it’s us dressed and the cat half-out-of their santa hats.

See for yourself:

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Awww, baby Burt.

Now, these masterpieces are crafted with a tablecloth hung over a curtain rod, a self-timer, and an affable, if resigned, spouse.

But this year, two things are different:

One, I want to spread my love for Christmas cheesiness farther and wider, which is where you come in!

And two, we have a dog. And DOGS, it turns out, are MUCH easier to put in costumes!

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Okay, okay, she enjoyed it about as much as the cats do.

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SOOO the point is:

I am running a special on Christmas Card photoshoots until December 1st 2016!

For $40 (plus mileage, if necessary) you get a 45-minute photo session for you, your pets, your cute kids, your cute boo, yourself, whoever! One location, one outfit, ugly Christmas sweater contests preferred.

I will then send you, via DropBox, full-resolution digital images for your printing pleasure within 72 hours of your shoot, so everyone in your life can enjoy your beauty on their fridges this holiday season.

All you have to do is contact me before December 1st to set up the time and place! 

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Do it for Tupelo. Save her from her erratic dog-mom.