It seems we have become the unofficial/official wedding photographers for Christ’s Chapel Assembly of God in Erlanger, Kentucky. It’s probably because they just love us. It could also be because that’s our church….No. That can’t be it. It’s because they all love us. Yep. Truth be told we love our church and everyone in it. And we are so happy and thankful that we are able to be the photographers for quite a few couples within the church. So when Ashley & BJ asked us to be their wedding photographers, we of course said yes. If for no other reason than for it to not be awkward on Sunday mornings. 😉
Everything as it turned out was held at our church, which is totally great with us. Not only does it have a big sanctuary that is easy to maneuver in, but it has some excellent places to shoot right around the grounds of the church and even inside. We took full advantage of everywhere we could within the church. We first met up with Ashley and her bridesmaids for a few shots of them all getting ready for the day. Ashley dressed her son and daughter and of course we couldn’t help but snap some cute photos of her doing so. BJ and his groomsmen arrived right on time and ready to go. We knew a few of the groomsmen, which made our lives for the day very easy. Oh! We also knew a couple bridesmaids too, and even figured out that before we actually knew Ashley, she was the maid of honor at one of our past weddings! Megan, a bride of ours from a few years back, turned out to be best friends with Ashley. Such a small world isn’t it?!
We set up for the first look once everyone was ready. We set Ashley & BJ about 10 feet apart from one another and had BJ simply turn around. Once he saw his soon to be wife standing there in all her beauty, he just smiled big and couldn’t believe his eyes. After that beautiful moment the photos were easy. Well mostly. We did have to battle with the bugs that found Ashley’s beautiful dress to be quite attractive to their little bug hearts. They just kept on getting underneath some of the tulle of her dress. It’s fairly common for this to happen. So any future brides out there, take note. It might happen, but it’s totally okay. Ashley handled it like a trooper!
The ceremony was simple and beautiful. At the end of the ceremony but before they walked out of the sanctuary, the Senior Pastor of Christ’s Chapel, Terry, blessed the family and the children. After the blessing, they all left as a new united family together and headed off to the reception which was just held outside underneath a picnic shelter on Christ’s Chapel’s campus. Very convenient. There were many highlights to the reception but our two favorite had to have been BJ’s dance with his mother where they had a choreographed routine to a Beach Boy’s song, and the catering. One of our favorite restaurants catered the reception. If you haven’t had Mac N’ Cheese from Keystone, you haven’t lived! It’s delicious.
Congratulations to Ashley & BJ! And thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your big day!