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An Elegant Fall Wedding at Ashton Gardens – Ansleigh & Wes


November 18, 2016


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Bride on the steps of the Swan House at the Atlanta History Center

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One of my favorite parts of Ansleigh & Wes’ story revolves around when they got back together (after a short time apart) and Ansleigh said, “I always held out hope that things would work out with us.” From the very point they reconnected, the pair was inseparable, and both knew almost immediately that this was who they wanted to spend the rest of their lives with. Isn’t that darling? On an adventurous road trip to Gatlinburg, they got engaged along the river in the snow! It really doesn’t get much more dreamy & romantic than that!!

The wedding fell on an absolutely perfect fall day at the end of October. The sun sparkled as it came through the trees – as if to match Ansleigh’s sparkly Kate Spade shoes. After all, “She leaves a little sparkle wherever she goes!” – which really couldn’t be a more truthful statement about Ansleigh! She shines – inside & out! A fun morning getting ready at her Matron of Honor’s house ended with the sweetest Bridemaid Reveal on the big front porch! I just love the girls reactions! Then, Ansleigh and Wes opted for a First Look at Sims Lake Park, and I love that it meant we had absolutely perfect light for their portraits! The ceremony followed at the chapel at Ashton Gardens which included the reading of a sweet letter from Ansleigh’s grandparents and the wine box ceremony. Friends and family enjoyed an elegant dinner after the ceremony and danced into the night as we all celebrated the new Mr. and Mrs. Garrett!!

Ansleigh and Wes – I love that no matter what you guys have continued to focus on what matters most – beginning the rest of your lives together! Ansleigh, I love how sweet & genuine you are! You have been such a joy! I love the way you make Wes smile and laugh. Wes, it’s easy to see how much you adore Ansleigh, and I love seeing the strength and care you bring to the relationship. And, I just adore how you each compliment each other! Thank you for the honor of being a part of your beginning! I’m excited for you guys and all the adventures to come! I hope the photos will always remind you of your amazing love and commitment to each other! Much love & appreciation – Carrie Joy

I just adore these film photos of Ansleigh & Wes! Aren’t they the sweetest?!

I just LOVE that Ansleigh rocked not one but two sparkly pairs of Kade Spade shoes!

I love the sweetness of getting ready time between mother & daughter.

Aren’t their expressions precious?! I just love this sweet Bridesmaids’ Reveal 🙂

I love First Looks! Ansleigh & Wes’ choice to see each other before the ceremony meant we were able to take their portraits in this golden afternoon light!

This is one of my favorites!!! I just love how film captures the light & the beautiful detail of Ansleigh’s gown!

This sweet embrace on film is another one of my favorites (and don’t you just love the back of Ansleigh’s Allure Bridals gown?!!)

I love this shot of Ansleigh & her girls laughing together!

The little ring bearers looked so classy in their suspenders and bowties!

Just look at Wes’ beaming smile when Ansleigh came down the aisle!

Following the joyful ceremony, romantic candlelight guided guests over to the reception.

A champagne and raspberry sorbet was served in between courses – isn’t it pretty?!

I love this moment when Wes and Ansleigh rested their heads together during the First Dance.

Congratulations, Ansleigh & Wes! I loved being a part of your gorgeous day!

A Big Thank You to Kristina Lawson for capturing this beautiful day with me, and Thank You to the following vendors:

Ceremony & Reception Venue – Ashton Gardens

Hair & Makeup – Tame Style Bar

Bridal Gown – By Allure Bridals from Charme Bridal

Bride’s Shoes – Kate Spade NY

Bridesmaids’ Dresses – Monte Perry Bridals

Videographer – Lexoria Wedding Films

Florist – Design House of Flowers

Cake Artist – It’s a Sweet Life Bakery

String Quartet – Candlelight Strings


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