Ashton & Jennifer | Anniversary

Anniversary sessions are something special. I really enjoy engagement sessions and the sweetness and excitement of brand new, young love; but I get even more delight out of capturing a love that has matured and deepened.

It's been a year already since I photographed Ashton & Jennifer's wedding (still one of my favorite weddings to date!), and they stopped by on their way to an anniversary getaway to get some pictures done. We met up at a lovely little pond nearby and spent a beautiful morning commemorating one year of marriage and also the changes ahead with the expected new addition to their family. :-)

Ashton & Jennifer | Wedding

This wedding... it had so, so many pieces of perfection in it. I knew it was going to be a good day right off the bat when I took the wedding dress out for pictures (I LOVE her dress!!). Add to that an absolutely stunning bride wearing said dress, plus an amazing castle mansion for portraits, a fun bridal party, and (drumroll) a surprise 1940's getaway car (be still my heart!), and you've basically won the Most Fabulous Wedding Award in my book. Plus, I have to say that Jennifer's veil was the most well behaved veil I have ever encountered - it did exactly the right thing 99% of the time. :-)

It was a beautiful day in all aspects. Ashton & Jennifer, thank you for making me a part!

*Warning: Possibly the most photo-heavy post in the history of the blogosphere. View at your own risk!* :-) Special thanks to Laura for her wonderful second-shooting job! Several of these snaps are hers!

Little curly haired photographer in the making!

If this cutie pie in curlers doesn't make your day,  I am so sorry for you. You must lead a very sad life.

That shot on the left was too funny to leave off (thanks Laura for catching it!)... the single hitch in the whole day (that I was aware of anyway) was that the groomsmen's boutonnieres kept falling apart. Never fear, though - hair mousse works wonderfully as a boutonniere-sticker-back-together agent. :-)

They opted for a first look, which allowed them to relax and spend time together, AND get more pictures! Plus, Jennifer planned 2 hours in for portraits! It was wonderful!

Yes. I was dying (in a good way).

She was surprised!

The groomsmen put up a slideshow of a pretty hilarious email thread they had going before the wedding... long story short, it involved afro wigs, tattoos, and shorts. After the slideshow presentation, loud music came on, and....

Memorable, to say the least. :-)

This was the sweetest thing. They were all set to dance and her dad just broke down completely. There was hardly a dry eye in the room!

The outstanding group of young gents who waited on the tables! They did a phenomenal job!

Wedding dress: David's Bridal
Bridesmaid dresses: Handmade
Florals: Wholesale Flower Distributor + DIY
Hair & Makeup: Sara Larson
Portrait venue: Joslyn Castle
Ceremony venue: Kingsway Christian Church
Reception venue: Elkhorn Hills United Methodist Church
Invitations: DIY
Cake: Friend of the bride