Last year, when Ashley sent me a message asking if I’d like to photograph her wedding in 2017 – I about fell off my chair, and also got a knot in my stomach. You see, I’ve never had the honor of photographing a wedding before. WHOA.

I said YES (of course)! but promised myself two things.

  1. I would stay true to my style throughout the wedding. Moody, raw, authentic, genuine connections.
  2. I would aim for others NOT knowing this was the first wedding I’ve ever photographed.

August 13th, 2017 finally came… and not only did I have the time of my life with Ashley, John and friends all evening – but hot damn are they a beautiful couple!! The love they have for one another filled the entire venue, warming everyone in the rain with constant smiles, laughter, and heartfelt sighs. Throughout the night I got to witness first hand how many people ADORE Ashley and John, knowing full well that every ounce of friendship has been reciprocated right back.

Ashley and John, I’m still sitting here, grateful for such a wonderful opportunity – and tank filled to the brim from your wedding. Everyone was so gracious and kind… your tribe is a fierce, genuine one. Sending all the love in your new journey of marriage, and cannot wait to see how your lives unfold TOGETHER. Always remember grace upon grace with one another, and never let the sun go down without saying “I love you”.

xo – Chelsi

ps. Special thank you to Amanda Pace from Evelyn Creative for second shooting with me. xoxoxo

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