Are you prepared for some beauty? No? Close this page and come back later. However, if you are ready… brace yourself! 😀
Here it is… our final wedding of 2011. We went out with a bang! Such an incredible day…Ashley’s first view of herself as a bride. That’s her mom to the right. Oh, and that’s me in the middle. Damn mirrors. 😉Hello hot tamale. How you doin’?
Oh yes… your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. Not one, but TWO hot tamales… IDENTICAL! If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know I love identical twins! 😀
GAGAGAGORGEOUS! It’s obvious that Ashley only likes beautiful people… hence why she hired us to photograph her wedding. 😉
BRING IT IN TIGHT!Here are Ashley’s sisters… AYKM?! I told you to brace yourself for all of this beauty… so if you’re blown away right now, it’s your fault… you were warned! Oh and those gorgeous sisters… not married yet! On that note, consider this our formal application to photograph both of your future weddings, k? K. 😀 Whew, glad that’s checkmarked! 😉Sometime this last summer, I officially named 2011 as the year of huge BBMK wedding parties and this wedding was certainly not an exception… 25! How have we not talked about her dress yet? Okay, let’s do that. I’ll start… ASHLEY’S DRESS WAS INCREDIBLE! Perfectly detailed, elegant, timeless, and DAMN to those curves! Did I just go too far? Probably. 🙂 Oh well. Ashley worked out like a mad woman before the wedding so, she’s earned that compliment! 😀…and then the sun set. It’s getting married time! I’m in love with this image. Mike’s favorite ❓Officiating the ceremony was Kris Kringle’s younger, more handsome brother. 😉Mike’s view.…and mine. GAH! LOVE THESE! This couple comes from two fantastic families…Best garter removal in the history of garter removals! My view.…and Mike’s 😀 As the night was coming to an end Arvell, the band leader, referred to Ashley as the “dancingest bride he’d ever seen.” Now, he’s been in the industry for more than 30 years… so coming from a guy who’s seen ~1000 brides, I’d say that’s quite the compliment! I’ll back him, up… she rocked that dance floor! My favorite reception photo I’ve ever taken…EVER! ❗ This was literally my final click of the night. OH how I adore you two!!!
St. Louis, Mo.
wedding coordinator • Josie Littlepage, Cosmopolitan Events
hair/makeup • Christy Parson
florist • Artistry
ceremony • Graham Chapel
reception venue • The Coronado Ballroom
band • Arvell & Company
dress • Kenneth Pool
bridesmaid dresses • Watters
stationary • Cheree Berry Paper
bridal processional • “Sabrina (End Credits)” –John Williams
unity candle • “Clair de Lune” –Claude Dubussy
necklace presentation to Merritt • “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
recessional • “The Wedding March” –Mendelssohn
introductions • “Fly Me to the Moon” –Frank Sinatra
cake cutting • “The Best is Yet to Come” –Frank Sinatra
first dance • “Night & Day” –Frank Sinatra
father/daughter • “Unforgettable” –Nat King Cole
mother/son • “The Way You Look Tonight” –Frank Sinatra
daughter/mother • “The Time (Dirty Bit)” –The Black Eyed Peas (Watching them dance was one of the highlights of my day…)
What was the most memorable moment of your day?
Ashley: It was honestly all so memorable – but I would have to say there were a few big ones: We did a first sight meeting before the wedding, I was so nervous…like old school butterflies in the belly as I was waiting behind the corner to see Casey for the first time…man did I marry myself a “hot tamale!!” The other one was when we were at the church and I was waiting behind the doors with my dad. He asked me, “So are you ready?” and I said, “Yes!!” The warmth and love in the church was overwhelmingly beautiful. Everyone we loved was there rooting us on…it was pretty awesome, knowing I was walking down the aisle to the man of my dreams! The other big one: was sitting at our head table, breathing in the smell of the flowers and just in awe of how beautiful it all was. I kept thinking – This is our wedding!!!
Casey: really enjoyed hanging out with all my buddies getting ready for the wedding. My brother and my dad helping me get ready for the big day. The first time I saw Ashley in the hotel at the first sight…and when the doors opened at the church and I saw Ashley. And having my brother standing up there with me.
Any advice for future bride/grooms?
Ashley: 1. Hire Bobbi+Mike (This is a must!) Thanks Ashley! 2. If you can, get a wedding planner to help – ours was fantastic. She took care of everything so on the big day all I had to worry about was not tripping on my wedding dress when I was walking down the aisle! 3. Have fun with it! In the beginning of the planning I was a little stressed out – but on the big day I was just so happy. All the stupid things I was worried about didn’t matter. All I wanted to do on our special day was just take it all in…so there may have been a few things that happened – but I didn’t even notice because I was just so happy! 4. Cherish every moment and try to take it all in! It goes by too fast! 5. Be happy! This is your wedding day!!!
Casey: The only thing I can think of is doing the first sight…I would have been a mess if I waited until Ashley walked down the aisle to see her for the first time.
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
Ashley: We decided to have our dog, Chewy and my sister’s dog, Mr. B come to the photo session in the park. Mr. B was so excited to see me he jumped up on me and just missed my dress. (My sister freaked out more than I did!) Chewy has arthritis and Casey was trying to get him to sit down…Chewy got upset when his leg got touched and almost bit Casey (Bobbi, it was like the devil coming out!)…two almost disasters that make us laugh now 🙂 Another one was when I put my veil on for the first time and started weeping and I said, “I’m so happy!” I was a leaker that day for sure 🙂
Casey: Being up in the room getting ready with my buddies and Tommy Adams telling stories.
If you could do it all over, would you change anything?
Ashley: Nope! It was beyond perfect. Maybe get a few more hours stuffed into a day? It goes by fast! Oh…and I would have gotten more pics with my buds in the Photo Booth! Almost forgot about it until the end of the night!
Casey: Make it longer!
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Bora Bora! Then Hawaii 🙂 Perfection!!!!!
You all know I love me some symmetry…
justin+mike+bobbi+ashley+caseyAshley and Casey, thanks for putting a big ol’ exclamation point on 2011 for us. You’re one in a million!