Ashley and I talked the week before the wedding, looking up the forecast and tracking Hurricane Florence. We were all a little worried about the storm but hopeful it wouldn’t be too bad for their Nassau Valley Vineyards Lewes wedding! No matter what happened with the weather – they were getting married and that was all that mattered. Michael and I have actually photographed weddings in hurricanes before so we were prepared for anything! But the day arrived and it ended up being sunny with a cool breeze… basically perfect.
Brandon got ready in their home with his childhood friends who all grew up in the same neighborhood. All these years later, they have stayed in touch and still get together for barbecues and video games. They love playing Nintendo 64 (so does Michael) so that was fun for all the guys that morning. Ashley got ready in her parent’s beach house. One of my favorite pictures of her was when we were all close together in the bathroom while she put on her dress. She looked in the mirror and realized in that moment that she was really getting married. She quickly looked towards the ceiling to keep the tears from flowing. The look on her face on that photo is so perfect – full of nervous excitement and anticipation.
Their two kids were such a huge part of the day. It was so special to see their relationship – especially their daughter’s face as she watched her mom walk down the aisle. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the whole place! The whole day was full of genuine, fun, real moments and a whole bunch of dancing. It was such a blast to capture and we are so happy for them!
Creative Team Who Made This Day Possible:
Venue – Nassau Valley Vineyards
Photography – The Beards
Wedding Dress – Maggie Sottero at Louis Marie Bridal
Hair Stylist – Ashley Hoard
Makeup Artist – Shareda Johnson with The Royal Slay Makeup
Floral Designer – Friendly Flowers
DJ – Tommy Kelley with Inspire Entertainment
Wedding Cake – KC Jones
Catering – Big Fish Grill
Rentals – Dover Rent All