Let’s face it, I’m awful at blogging. Today is Shelby & Josh’s 1st wedding anniversary and I’m just now getting around to sharing their beautiful and intimate desert wedding in Joshua Tree, California. Maybe it’s not so bad I waited a year because these two will get a chance look at this post and relieve their day all over.
A few months prior to Shelby & Josh’s wedding day, I was visiting my best friend in San Diego. We took a day trip to explore JT and Shelby saw the photos (http://ashleywallacephoto.com/jayd-noam-couples-session-joshua-tree-california/). She immediately fell in love and decided that she wanted to marry Josh in in this beautiful place with her parents, myself and my husband witnessing. Positive I was happy crying throughout the entire ceremony. It’s a really cool thing to watch your friends commit their lives to one another.
Shelby and I met in a college photo class 6 or 7 years ago. I saw her My Neighbor Totoro phone case and made a beeline toward her to introduce myself and share my love for all things Studio Ghibli. We have always clicked, but especially when it comes to our cats and well, really any animal in the world. One of my favorite things Shelby and I used to do was share baby animal photos to each other’s Facebook walls. Maybe we should start that again? The past few years Shelby assisted me at several weddings, and did a dang good job at it too. She’s an incredible senior portrait photographer here in Columbus! Take a look at her work – https://www.shelbybabbert.com!
I have had a blast getting to know this woman, the love she has for Josh, and their amazing families over the years. Next month I will be back in California photographing Josh’s sister’s wedding in Tahoe and I absolutely can’t wait!
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Getting Ready/Ceremony Location: Yucca Valley, California
Portrait Location: Joshua Tree National Park
Makeup/Hair: Nancy Z – www.msnancyz.com
Dress Designer: Morilee by Madeline Gardner – https://www.morilee.com/browse/bridal-wedding-dresses/morilee/
AH! I’ve been wanting to post this wedding for 6 months! Let’s face it, I’m awful at blogging. Who blogs regularly other than bloggers anyway?
Aimee and Andrew are dear friends of mine! Some of you probably recognize her as a wedding photographer, my second circa 2016, a loyal photography workshop attendee, and even a registered nurse! That’s right, she captures really important moments and saves lives. I love this woman and her dedication in life. Her personality brightens my world every moment I spend with her. I have developed such an incredible friendship with Aimee and I am so excited to be spending 10 days in Iceland with her and Andrew in May!
Aimee & Andrew’s wedding was an incredibly fun and inspiring one. My camera was up for a solid 9 hours. EVERYTHING was beautiful. So many vendor’s brought Aimee’s perfect vision to life. Enjoy, and thanks for looking.
Please see all vendors at the bottom of this post.
Photo: ME! @ashleywallacephoto
Florals: State & Arrow – www.stateandarrow.com – @stateandarrow
Styling: Auburn & Ivory Creative – https://auburnandivorycreative.com – @auburnandivorycreative
Day of coordination: Tara with Perfectly Planned Weddings – http://www.perfectlyplannedevents.org – @perfectlyplanned_weddings
Venue: Oak Grove at Jorgensen Farms – http://www.jorgensen-farms.com – @jorgensenfarms
Makeup: Kristina Slemker at Glam Bar – @glambar_
Hair: Sarah at The Bride Bar – http://thebridebar.com – @sarahwhair @thebridebar
Dress Shop: B.Loved Bridal – https://blovedbridal.com – @blovedbridal
Dress Designer: Daalarna Couture – @daalarnacouture
Jewelry: Bohindi – https://www.bohindi.com – @bohindistyle
Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes – https://www.bellabelleshoes.com – @bellabelleshoes
Suit: Men’s Warehouse – https://www.menswearhouse.com – @menswearhouse
Tie: The Tie Bar – https://www.thetiebar.com – @thetiebar
Rentals: Something Old Dayton – http://www.somethingolddayton.com – @somethingolddayton
Silk Ribbon: The Lesser Bear – https://www.thelesserbear.com – @thelesserbear
Bride’s bouquet Silk ribbon: Tono & Co – https://tono-co.myshopify.com – @Tonoandco
Coffee: Blank Slate Coffee – https://www.blankslatecoffee.com – @blankslatecoffee
Macaroons: Michelle’s Macarons – https://michellesmacarons.com – @michellesmacarons
Cake: Piece of Cake – http://www.shortnorthpieceofcake.com – @shortnorthcake
Catering: The Berwick – http://the-berwick.com – @the_berwick
Bridesmaids dresses: Show Me Your Mumu – https://www.showmeyourmumu.com
Paper: Inkwell & Co. – https://inkwellco.com – @inkwellco
Shot while an associate for Ashley West Photography
Sometimes you need to run away from home solo and spend 10 days exploring California with your best friend on the planet. This is exactly what I did last May when I took my semi-annual trip to visit Jayd & Noam in sunshiny San Diego. We caught up, cooked, worked from home, worked from the library, shopped for plants, made homemade deodorant, took some super great hikes, hit all of my favorite places, drank 17 mango smoothies, and laughed a ton. My favorite part of it all was our last minute trip to see the super bloom (photos to come later). After we spent a few hours frolicking through this storybook scenery, I looked at our map to see what might be next on this great adventure. We were an hour out from our first visit to Joshua Tree, and it immediately became a race for time – It was just a few hours until sunset. We jumped in the car and drove to see this magical place. We made it an hour before sundown, and captured as much as we could. Leaving, we were bummed we didn’t have much time to explore so we made plans to come back someday to experience all that Joshua Tree had to offer. Luckily, this was the shoot that brought me back just two months later. I will be sharing Shelby & Josh’s Joshua Tree elopement on the blog in a few weeks.
If you have not been to Joshua Tree, you NEED to add it to your list of must see places.
Thanks for looking!
Shot while working as an associate Ashley West Photography
As most of you know, I have been an associate of Ashley West Photography for the last few years. When I say associate, I mean spending my first year of working next to Ashley West as her second shooter, carrying bags, and running across farms to grab boutonnieres for forgetful groomsmen – AKA wedding photographer bootcamp. It was a huge learning curve to say the least. I spent the following three years gradually taking on more responsibility with Ashley West, leading to quitting my full-time photography position at Grandview Mercantile, and eventually photographing full wedding seasons for the last two years. What an incredibly awesome opportunity it has been! I have had the uniquely amazing chance to navigate this career without the pain of making unnecessary mistakes—all thanks to West’s strong business ethic and expertise. I have been SO fortunate to have her as a teacher by my side. She answered every question, calmed every doubt, and was always more than eager to help. Words cannot describe the gratitude I will always have for that.
Growing up, I struggled figuring out what I wanted to be. Ya know, you ask most kids what they want be when they grow up and they say a doctor, a firefighter, or maybe an engineer…and then there was me. I dabbled in interests and hobbies; a little here, a little there. I went to an air show with my stepdad and brother when I was 11 and spent the next several years thinking I’d join the AirForce and become a pilot–I even tried dental school—but the thought of pursuing any of it long-term never truly fulfilled my heart.
By the time I graduated high school I knew I needed to do something creative—I’d always been a pretty hands-on, crafty kind of kid. My dad and grandma always had a camera in my face, and they’d put a throwaway camera in my hands to play with. I loved the sound of that rolling film. Later on, I knew I needed to go to college to earn a degree in something I might be good at. I ended up enrolling in a graphic design and digital photography program at Columbus State. Those black-and-white film classes changed my life. I started photographing people, friends, strangers—anything and everything, and I fell more in love with it than anything before. It wasn’t until I photographed my first wedding with Ashley West back in 2013 that I realized this is exactly what I’d been looking for; what I really wanted to do with my life.
I think you might be catching on to where I’m going with all of this—it’s something I have wanted for a long time. I am so happy to announce that with A LOT of learning, hard work, my amazing couples, the loving support of my friends and family, and the irreplaceable help of Ashley West, I have decided to take the next step in my career and start my own photography business. Going out on your own can be a bit intimidating, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have the new business owner nerves, but I’ve been doing this for four years now and am confident that this is the path I am meant to follow. After all, I have had a pretty incredible teacher to guide me along the way, so what could there be to worry about?!
I will be with Ashley West Photography for the remainder of this year, finishing off the season with my awesome couples while beginning to book weddings for 2018 under Ashley Wallace Photography. I am now available for booking, and I am very thankful (and excited!) for my first few 2018 couples who have already reserved their dates! I can’t wait to see who else will be joining Ashley Wallace Photography’s 2018 wedding season!
Take a look around my new site and tell me what ya’ think!