Jerome & Ashley | A Sweet Brunch Wedding | June 7, 2014

From Ashley:

“Jerome was an intern at Journey Church, and my family recently started attending one summer. I was sitting in church one day when my mom and I were having a discussion about dating. She told me that if I married a man who worships as freely as “that man on stage” she would be extremely happy. Of course she was pointing to the bassist, who happened to be Jerome. A couple months later I was sitting in the seating area in the hall, and an intern came to tape up new posters on the walls. He said “Hi, I’m Jerome, crazy guy on stage.” And promptly left. Not even an hour later I had a friend request on Facebook and a message saying, “Hi, I’m Jerome, so funny how you came up as a friend suggestion.” …. Little did I know, I wasn’t a friend suggestion after all — he had asked someone for my name! Two months of super long emails back and forth we went on our first date to glow in the dark mini golf, Five Guys, and The Princess Bride. And we both lived happily ever after.”

From Jerome:

My favorite thing about her is that she is my best friend. She is my favorite person to be around. Whether we’re just watching TV, swapping jokes we’ve heard over the day, or just relaxing because of a really difficult day, she’s the only one I want to always see every single day.

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Guys. How sweet is Jerome and Ashley’s story?! I’ll be honest, it gave me goosebumps when I first heard it told to me during our initial fro-yo meeting last summer :) One of my favorite things about being a photographer is being given the chance to tell a story — and their’s is a beautiful one. And this is only the beginning!! Jerome and Ashley have such a bright future ahead of them, and they could not have asked for a more beautiful day to become husband and wife! Thank you both for giving me a chance to be a part of your day; it is always an honor, and I am incredibly thankful. Enjoy!!

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2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-4604_STOMP2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5907_STOMPI shared this image below earlier this week — it was such a sweet moment. Ashley gave her mom a beautifully written card and anchor necklace to thank her for being her “anchor”…definitely a highlight of the morning.2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-4593_STOMP 2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-4803_STOMPMeanwhile, the boys were being boys…Ha!2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-4735_STOMP2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-4730_STOMP2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-4779_STOMPRight before the guests started arriving, Ashley and Jerome met in the front of the church to hold hands and say a quick prayer together thanking God for bringing them to this moment together.2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-4827-2_STOMP

2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-4830_STOMPAnd then the ceremony began!2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-4908_STOMP 2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-4968_STOMP2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-4929_STOMP2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5011_STOMP 2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5027_STOMP2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5088_STOMP 2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5104-2_STOMP 2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5183_STOMPWe headed to North Olmstead for photos by a favorite covered bridge of Ashley’s and ventured around from there.2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5326_STOMP 2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5378_STOMPHaha! 2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5395_STOMP2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5411_STOMP 2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5462_STOMP2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5516_STOMP2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5507_STOMP 2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5508_STOMP 2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5512_STOMP2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5517_STOMP 2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5545_STOMP 2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5557_STOMP2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5607_STOMP 2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5651_STOMP 2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5666_STOMP 2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5696_STOMP 2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5720_STOMP 2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5743_STOMPNothin’ like a #selfie with the Pastor!!2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5777_STOMPLove the one on the right with Grandma watching on…2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5790_STOMP 2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5825_STOMP2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5857_STOMP

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Ashley and Jerome, Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your special day!! I had so much fun and loved celebrating you two all day long :) Congratulations, and best wishes to you both!

love love love,

Sami

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Monday Lovin’ | Final Shelley Wedding Sneak Peek

 

This Monday, I am thankful for long drives with my favorite guy in the world. For AMAZING 70 degree Virginia weather, rolling hills, and curvy roads.

I’m thankful for old friends, great convos, and BEAUTIFUL weddings.

But most importantly, I’m so thankful for getting to experience all of those things within ONE weekend — not to mention a trip to the most AMAZING Target ever, multiple 7-11 Slurpee runs, dancing the night away with my family & friends, and, oh yeah, that time when C & I decided to do a quick stop at Ikea on our way home :)

Lauren and Justin had SUCH a beautiful day for their wedding — it was perfect in every single way, and I am so glad we were able celebrate their love and future together!!! Forgive the iPhone pics…but I figured I would leave my baby at home and let the wedding photographer capture all of the real images :) Her work is amazing by the way, see the sneak peek of Lauren & Justin’s wedding here!

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Also, my little brother had a minor obsession with the photo-booth.

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But who am I to judge?! :)

 

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Especially since I share his knack for obsessing…mine is just more directed towards 7-11 and slurpees :)  My “About Me” book in Kindergarten will attest to that…while all of the other kids aspired to be “doctors” or “vets”, I chose “7-11 Slurpee Operator” as my future profession :) Hey, at least I get points for creativity??

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The infamous Ikea trip :) In and out in under an hour…I’d say Chris lucked out :P And so did I, with some BEAUTIFUL Ribba frames…can’t wait to get those bad boys up!!   20140324-110104.jpg

And now, I am just rockin’ out grown-up-spring-break style…chai tea, grey’s anatomy, and editing pictures are in my future for today :) With that, I leave you with the LAST sneak peek of Amanda and Dave’s wedding! Amanda wrote such a sweet letter for Dave to open up on the morning of their big day — and included a nifty gift and note too! Look for the full blog post by Wednesday :) 201438ShelleyBradyFR-1413_STOMP.jpg

Happy Monday!

 

Gettin’ into the Groove: Direction

As an English teacher, I have this thing where I love words. This usually results in an obsession with quotes, etsy prints, novels, and all things inspirational; however, it also means that I rock New Year’s WORDS instead of resolutions (because let’s face it, who’s really great at keeping those anyway?!)

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So, way back in January, I decided my word of 2014 would actually just be a continuation of 2013: intention.

However, as I reflect on these past few months (not to mention the fact that it’s ALREADY MARCH?!), I’ve decided intention is no longer gonna cut it. While I still love being intentional, and while I still love my cute Etsy quote (on the right)…..2014 is going to need to move in a different direction. And that right there, my friends, is the new word of the year: DIRECTION.

Because, as a girl friend once told me in college, “Direction, not intention, dictates where you will go.” So, here’s to having good intents AND acting upon them. Here’s to actually applying things to my life I currently just appreciate. Here’s to making some moves and gettin’ into the groove. Who wants to join me?

Let’s turn our intentions into ACTIONS. We got this : )

And, because no post is complete without an awesome picture, here’s a preview for my first wedding of 2014! Beautiful, exciting, joyful, romantic — it was the BEST way to kick off the season. Enjoy!
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