The Farmhouse Weddings in Montgomery Texas | Braeden and Taylors Wedding | Ellen Ashton Photography

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Taylor and Braeden's Wedding was an absolute dream! I still can't believe how amazingly fabulous this day was!

Every vendor from this wedding did an outstanding job and this wedding came together so beautify. The Farmhouse is such a magical place and I love shooting there 

I hope you all enjoy this wedding as much as I enjoyed shooting it! 

Congratulations to Braeden and Taylor! 

-E 

Vendor Love: 

Planning: Wed and Prosper
Venue: The Farmhouse
Florist: Bramble & Bee
Video: Jake Austin Films
Linens: Artistique Events
Rentals: Love Birds Vintage
Photographer: Ellen Ashton Photography
Hair and make up: Hey Lovely Makeup

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The Farmhouse Weddings in Montgomery, Texas | Ellen Ashton Photography

It has been such a long time since I have blogged. Honestly, I miss it. So, I thought I would sit down and show all you lovelies one of my favorite shoots from 2016.

The Farmhouse "thanksgiving" inspired wedding shoot was one that dreams are made of. We had an outstanding team of vendors who worked hard to make this idea come to life. I adore the idea of a thanksgiving wedding! Gathered together with all your loved ones, celebrating the union of marriage all while partaking in amazing food and lots of laughter... It's kind of perfect! Honestly, I loved working with this talented group of hardworking people and I can't wait to work with them more!

Enjoy!  

Venue: The Farmhouse

Designer/Planner: Rachel D'annunzio with Wed & Prosper 

Calligraphy: The Sensible Type

Cookies: Cakes and Cookies by Clau

Rentals: Something Goode Vintage Rentals

Drinks: Elle Talk

Hair & Makeup: Analisa Hastings

Cake: Cakes by Gina

Bridal Salon: Whittington Bridal

Bridesmaid dresses: Vow to be Chic 

Men's ware: The Black Tux

Food: Red Sage Catering

Model: Atak Crafts

Flowers: Urban Rubbish Weddinngs 

Dress designer: Calla Blanche

Plates & Glasses Pretty Little Plates

Video: Eddie Spaghetti

Photographer: Ellen Ashton Photography

 

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Styled Engagement Session Giveaway | Dove Ridge Vineyards | Ellen Ashton Photography

Happy New Year! 

I have been seeing so many sparkly and pretty things on my Instagram and Facebook lately, and I am LOVING it! So, in celebration of this wonderful time of year, (Aka engagement season) I have teamed up with an amazing group of wedding professionals to giveaway...

A STYLED ENGAGEMENT SESSION! Eek! I have been dying to share this wonderful news with all you lovelies!! This giveaway is HUGE and valued at $2,400

The winning couple will be gifted a one of a kind experience that they will cherish for years to come. This is not going to be like any other engagement session. This lucky and deserving couple will receive a styled engagement session custom designed and styled by Harper Hadley Events, photographed by yours truly, Ellen Ashton Photography, hair and makeup by Something You Beauty, rentals from Rent My Dust, a stunning bouquet designed by Root + Bloom Floral and all shot at the absolutely breathtaking Dove Ridge Vineyard this Spring!!

How to Enter

  • Complete the full Instagram loop 

  • In the rafflecopter below:

    • Tell us your love story

    • Tell us about your vendor team

    • Let us know you completed the loop

    • Bonus entries for following each participating artist on Facebook 

The giveaway is open from Monday January 9, 2017 - Saturday January 14, 2017 at midnight CST. Winners must be local to the DFW area or willing to come to DFW for your session. The winning couple will be announced on Monday January 16th! 

We are all so excited to read about your love stories, meet you and help you enjoy and cherish every moment of your engagements season, captured by a one of a kind collection of heirloom images! 

 

 

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It has been a hot minute since I last blogged, so tonight I'm going  to share a little something with all you lovelies. 

I met Dakota and Katie at a Bible study earlier this summer and I am so glad I did! I had the honor of photographing these two when Dakota proposed to Katie this past July. (Click HERE to see photos).  Katie had the surprise of her life that day and it's still one of my favorite sessions to date. 

Last week Katie, Dakota and I loaded up into a car and drove to a dreamy destination to take their engagement photos. I loved chatting in the car with them as we went adventuring together. I learned so many things about them that made me love them even more than I already do. 

As we were chatting, Katie was telling me that her dad had past away a few years ago, and in honor of his memory Dakota was wearing one of his shirts in their engagement photos. Honestly I cried a little when Katie told me this (not so uncommon if you know me.. Compassion and empathy are my middle name!). 

Hearing how these two met and started dating was truly so fun to listen to! Katie couldn't stop smiling, and honestly, that's one of my favorite things about her- she always has a smile on her beautiful face. Both Katie and Dakota are so full of life and joy. The love they share, the pure excitement and happiness they have about getting married really shines through each photograph. Let me just tell you, all the happy smilies were infectious and I LOVED EVERY SECOND IT. 

I hope you enjoy this precious session as much as I enjoyed photographing and getting to know the people in them. 

Much love and happy belated thanksgiving, 

-E

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If you loved the first half of Dakota and Katie's engagement session, then you are going to DIE when we see the second portion. Y'all, they are slaying it. On our way up the mountain we found some awesome foliage that we added to Katie's wild flower bouquet. Honestly, I could go on and on about how amazing these guys are but I'll just shut up now and let the images do the talking. ** insert emoji heart eyes**

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Northeast Wedding Chapel | Dallas Engagement Photos | Payton and Alyson's Engagement Session | Ellen Ashton Photography

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I have no words for Payton and Alyson's engagement session. 

Ok, that's a lie.. I always have something to say! ;-) 

Payton and Alyson's engagement session was so much fun to capture. They really had so many personal touches incorporated into their engagement session that made the love they share sparkle bright in the photographs. The last portion of the session we went to the land where they plan to build their home as husband and wife. How precious is that?! I just love all the thoughtful, romantic and dreamy pieces that went into this session so much!

One of the things I adore about this couple is the genuine love they share for each other. I have known Alyson for almost 20 years and as I went through their film I began to tear up at how happy they are in the pictures and how much Payton just adores Alyson. All the sweet smiles, tender touches and loving glances are just a testament to how truly delighted they are to have each other. Their excitement is so contagious and I absolutely cannot wait for their April wedding!

Congratulations to these two on their engagement. They deserve all the happiness in the world! 

Much love, 

-E 

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Rocky Mountain Wedding | Carbondale Wedding | Patrick and Erin's Wedding | Ellen Ashton Photography

       " I love you to the mountains and back."

Patrick & Erin's Wedding Day

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Last October 

I was about to board a plane from Minneapolis headed to Dallas. It was a full flight and as usual, I was looking for kind eyed people to sit next to, because lets face it.. Stranger danger is real and I didn't feel like throat chopping anyone that day. As I was scanning the ocean of people I saw a middle seat open and in the two other seats sat two kind looking women. So, I quickly took the seat. Of course, my massive camera bag did not fit in the cabin above us so the stuartist took my bag to the back. She was extremely rude about a lot of things which in turn got the conversation moving as soon as she walked away. 

Sitting to my right was the ever so sweet Erin. She and I chit chatted over the duration of the flight. In the first ten minutes of sitting next to each other I learned that Erin was newly engaged and was going to be getting married in her home state of Colorado. I inwardly (and probably outwardly) smiled and said "how funny, I am a wedding photographer!" Throughout the rest of the flight was talked wedding day details and Erin told me all about her plans to marry her fiancé Patrick up in the rocky mountains. 

You know when something just feels right? That's how I felt when I met Erin. She truly is one of the sweetest and most genuine people I have ever met. Long story short, I skyped with Erin and Patrick over Christmas of 2015 and they booked me to be there wedding photographer. 

Words cannot express how thankful I am for Erin and Patrick (all my couples really) for letting me be apart of and witness the joining of their covenant in marriage. I can't tell you how many times I teared up during their wedding day. Erin was so smiley and giddy, and Patrick was so filled with emotion every time he looked at her. As a photographer these are things I live for. They literally made my job SO EASY. They lived in each moment as the day passed by, which is clear to see from the photographs. They were relaxed, easy going and just excited to spend forever with one another. Their joy and excitement was contagious in every since of the word.

Erin and Patrick, thank you for allowing me the honor and privilege of being your wedding photographer. Sitting next to Erin on that airplane one year ago was meant to be. I truly believe with all my heart that God doesn't make mistakes, and our divine appointment was no different. 

I am so excited to share these beautiful wedding day with you! 

Some of my favorite memories to capture are the ones immediately after the ceremony. It is not uncommon for me to walk out behind the bride and groom so that I can photograph their sweet reactions of being husband and wife. There is so much joy and emotion in these faces. It's hard not to love everything about love. 

Much love, 

-E 

A HUGE Thank you to Kaylan Robinson for being such an amazing second shooter. You rock, girl! 

Dallas Engagement Session | Jordan and Ashley's Engagement Session | Ellen Ashton Photography

I am so excited to share Ashley and Jordan's downtown Dallas engagement session with y'all!

I met Ashley through a couple I had photographed a few months ago and I knew when I talked to her over the phone that we were the perfect fit! She had me at rooftop ;-)

As most of you know, engagement sessions are some of my favorite types of photo shoots. There is something so precious about the "engagement season" in a couples life that is so joyous and contagious. I love it and I love getting to be apart of it!

I absolutely loved joking, laughing and photographing these two. They made my job super easy as you can tell ;-) The love they share is so sweet and plain to see through each photograph. I mean, can we just talk about these rooftop pictures for a sec?! D.R.E.A.M.Y 

I hope you enjoy this session as much as I enjoyed taking them! Stay tuned for Ashley & Jordan's wedding in April! 

Much love, 

-E 

These rooftop pictures are some of my favorite to date! I just can't get over how amazingly cute and in love these two are. 

 

 

 

White Rock Lake Engagement Photos | Jasmine and David's Engagement Session | Ellen Ashton Photography

I am SO excited to share Jasmine and David's beautiful engagement session!

I met Jasmine from a Facebook group for entrepreneurs last year and I knew through our email conversations that she was my kind of girl! 

Jasmine is the lovely lady behind the amazing fashion, beauty, and travel blog Jasmine Elias (click HERE to view her website).

I was so thrilled and excited when I saw via Instagram that Jasmine had gotten engaged to the love of her life, David. 

Photographing these two was literally the easiest things. I, mean, they are literally so precious!

These two are so fun and so incredibly in love. Seeing them interact with each other warmed my heart in so many ways. I always ask my couples how they met and I adored Davids response! He has so much admiration for Jasmine and it's so clear to see through the photographs that the love they share is a deep bond. Seeing people who truly love each other and so excited to spend the rest of their lives together is truly a contagious kind of joy.

It was amazing getting to hang out, joke around, and laugh with Jasmine and David as I captured their engagement photos. 

Not even the rain could keep the love they share from shining bright. 

I hope you all enjoyed this session as much as I enjoyed capturing it! Make sure to check out Jasmine's Instagram to see all her lovely work! (Click HERE for her Instagram).

Much love, 

-E

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Dakota & Katie's Surprise Engagement 

"The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the LORD." -Proverbs 18:22

I am SO excited to finally share with you all Dekota and Katie's surprise engagement! 

I met Dakota and Katie at our Gateway Young Adults Bible study (the North Ft. Worth campus) and I am so glad that I did! 

I was beyond thrilled when Dakota contacted me about photographing his proposal to Katie. As most of you know, I LOVE anything to do with love/weddings and I especially love surprises! So, of course I said yes! I am honored that I get to be apart of this special time in their lives. 

The day before Dakota asked Katie to marry him, I met up with Dakota, his sister, roommate and one of Katie's best friends so we could come up with a game plan on how he was going to ask her. 

We decided to use Katie's sweet and pure at heart nature to trick her into thinking that she and Dakota 'just so happened' to run into me while I was 'photographing' a friend, and of course Katie bought it!

IT WAS PERFECT!

As I could see Dakota and Katie fast approaching from the back of my camera and heard them call my name, my heart jumped in my throat and all I could thing was O.M.G THIS WAS ABOUT TO HAPPEN. 

One of the things that I really love about Katie is that she is just so sweet and genuine. When She realized that it was indeed me she was so happy and came over to give me a hug. She didn't suspect a thing. 

I introduced Dakota and Katie to my pretend model/best friend of all time Hillary and told them that " I was photographing her for Instagram material" and if they had a second I would love to snap a few of them as well. 

Katie immediately said YES and then said "Dakota, this will be great practice for when we get engaged!" Little did she know... ;-) 

I put them in a pose and then said "the lighting is perfect"! Which was kinda a cue for Dakota so he knew I was ready when he was. 

It was as if time stood still for a moment.

Dakota began to talk and within a few seconds it hit Katie what was about to happen. Her reaction was so precious and priceless. SHE HAD NO IDEA that Dakota was going to ask her to marry him that night and it was the best surprise! 

After the ring was placed on Katie's finger there was a very excited crowd of friends and family shouting as they watch from a birds eye view of what has just taken place. It was so perfect! 

I love that my job allows me to be apart of and experience the happy moments in peoples lives. I wouldn't trade it for the world.  Seeing them so happy warms my heart in ways I can't explain. It's amazing!   

I hope you enjoy this session as much as I enjoyed capturing it. 

Congrats, Dakota & Katie! 

Much love, 

-E

Weatherford Texas Wedding Photographer | Bryson and Mandy's Anniversary Photos | Ellen Ashton Photography

"When our lips touch, I can taste the next sixty years of our life together."

I am so very excited to share with y'all this fabulous anniversary session! 

Anniversary sessions are becoming the new "it" things and I absolutely LOVE it! 

It's hard to believe that I have known Mandy for almost nine years. NINE. Are we really that old?!? (insert sobbing emoji face X10). It seems like only yesterday I was a 17 year old kid moving into the college dorms. Mandy was one of the first people that I met at our little campus and she has been a treasured friend ever since.

As I was thinking of what to write, I was reminded of all the many memories and mile stones we have shared over the years. From marrying our spouses, Mary Kay meetings, impromptu Starbucks counseling sessions, hard times and joyous times, business ventures and lots and lots of laughter. Our love for the Lord has always been the heart of our friendship and I am so thankful for that. 

I am beyond honored to have captured this monumental years of marriage for Mandy and Bryson on their cozy acreage out in Weatherford, Texas.

My husband came into my office while I was editing and the first thing he said was "wow, they looks so happy and in love." 

As a photographer I document moments, laughter, loving glances and precious memories that last a lifetime. I feel like being a photographer/memory keeper is my "life calling" and it brings me so much joy. As I was photographing Bryson and Mandy my heart just wanted to explode! I love that they wanted this time in their lives to be documented on their land, the place that they call "home". Just the thought of them always having this amazing spot to come back to for anniversary pictures gives me goose bumps! Years from now, they can see how their love and family grew via photographs. What a beautiful thing to have! 

The love that these two have shared over these past eight years has been a beautiful thing to watch. 

It's a little early, but Happy Anniversary, Bryson and Mandy! Y'all deserve to all the happiness in the world. 

Much love, 

-E

Something You Photos | Grit and Gold | Ellen Ashton Photography | Fort Worth Wedding Photographer

I am SO excited to share with everyone the featured wedding vendor of the week! 

As some of you already know, I have been meeting with, photographing and interviewing wedding professionals in the DFW area and blogging about the assets behind the businesses. 

This weeks amazing wedding vendor is non other then the fabulous girls at "Something You"! 

Shannon and Chantee are some the the funniest hair and make up artist you will ever meet. 

Shannon is the owner of Something You and Chantee is her right hand woman. Together these lady bosses rock it out!

I so enjoyed meeting with these two at their cozy studio at the Grit and Gold Collective space.

We laughed, talked business and took some amazingly fun and sassy pictures. I absolutely adore people who love to have a good time and enjoy themselves and these girls for sure know how to do that!

You will love working with Something You! They will bring the perfect balance to those glittery wedding day nerves and make you feel 100% at ease on your wedding day. They are obviously fun, down to earth and yet very professional all at the same time. Above all, they are great at what they do and make their brides feel and look amazing! Who wouldn't want that?!

Something You not only offers outstanding hair and make up services for brides and their entourage, but they also offer super fun classes call Bing Your Own Beautiful. BYOB is custom tailored classes to fit every bride or non brides needs. These classes would make an awesome girls night out! Click HERE to read more about BYOB classes. 

Now that you know a little bit about Something You, Let's get to know the owner, Shannon! 

Meet Shannon!

Ellen Ashton: Why did you start your business?

 

Shannon: I had been in Corporate America for what seemed like forever and the bottom fell out of my industry. I'd always been a freelance artist but I'd never had the guts to go out there and make it a career.  Turns out, you get guts when you don't have a choice! It was hard to admit to myself that I should have been pursuing this the whole time.

Ellen Ashton: How did your first client find you?
Shannon: As with most things in my life, through a series of happy accidents. She turned out to be one of the best marketing sources ever because she understood the 'art of the referral' and the importance of word-of-mouth.  That was 20 years ago and she STILL sends people my way for all things BEAUTY.

 

Ellen Ashton: Do you service Dallas, Fort Worth or both?
Shannon: BOTH! And all points in between.  If you need us, we'll be there!

 

Ellen Ashton: How do you survive the wedding day?
Shannon: The promise of wine.  And a ridiculously supportive team that takes care of each other as we all get the job done.  And really good arch supports. And also wine.

 

Ellen Ashton: What is your favorite 2016 wedding trend?
Shannon: My favorite 'trend' has been the return to elegance. A more natural & authentic appearance that stands the test of time. It always made me so sad to see girls with flashback from "baking" their undereye area or brows that look like they were applied with a blunt Sharpie. To look at a bride's pictures and see gorgeous, glowing skin and well executed makeup and hair really makes me happy!

 

Ellen Ashton: What is the best makeup to photograph?
Shannon: Good makeup, plain and simple.  There are a lot of right ways to enhance someone's beauty but not everyone is trained on how to see it & make it happen.  I encourage my clients & colleagues to educate themselves on what quality makeup artists use, what questions to ask (products, hygiene/sanitation, education, experience, etc) and what it should cost (not $50).  You really do get what you pay for.

 

Ellen Ashton: Kim, Kourtney or Khloe?

Shannon: If Khloe & Kourtney somehow merged...maybe.  Anyone but Kimye.

Ellen Ashton: Red or white wine?
Shannon: red

 

Meet Chantee! 

Ellen Ashton: Why did you start your business?

Chantee:I started in retail cosmetics in college, 1998. I didn't look at makeup as a career, but a hobby. I went into the corporate world of property management and stayed there until I became a stay at home mom. When the time came for me to find something I loved to do, makeup was the natural choice. This time around I was fortunate enough to have the ability to freelance full time, and I'm loving every minute of it!

Ellen Ashton: How did your first client find you?
Chantee: I was networking in a Facebook group and Shannon found me, from there I joined her bridal team in 2013

 

Ellen Ashton: Do you service Dallas, Fort Worth or both?
Chantee: BOTH! And all points in between.  If you need us, we'll be there!

 

Ellen Ashton: How do you survive the wedding day?
Chantee: Knowing that it is the most important day of their lives lets us all be a little more forgiving of the stress that can sometimes happen. For the most part we are very fortunate to have incredible brides, we manage to dodge the (and I hate this term) 'bridezillas'

 

Ellen Ashton: What is your favorite 2016 wedding trend?
Chantee: Im really loving the easy esthetic, the requests from clients to 'look like themselves', and the clean, natural pallets 

 

Ellen Ashton: What is the best makeup to photograph?
Chantee: Makeup that plays up dimension and looks like you in the very best lighting. Soft shadows, subtle highlights and flushed coloring.

Ellen Ashton: Kim, Kourtney or Khloe?

Chantee: Kourtney. She's always just SO over it, haha

Ellen Ashton: Red or white wine?
Chantee: Champagne.

Thanks so much for stopping by and getting to know our featured guest! Make sure to follow Something You on their social media handles! 

FACEBOOK Something You... Make Up Artistry

INSTAGRAM: @somathing_youmuah

WEBSITE: www.something-you.com

PINTEREST: Something You Beauty 

BYBO FACEBOOK: Bring Your Own Beautiful

Much love, 

-E 

Kimbell Art Museum | Shannon Rose Event's Photos | Dallas Fort Worth Wedding Planner | Ellen Ashton Photography

Hi Friends! 

Last week was a bit crazy for me and I am still trying to recover. Obviously I didn't post a DFW wedding vendor interview last Tuesday because I simply didn't have the time. BUT it's a new week and I am back in the saddle again! 

I am so excited to share this weeks featured wedding vendor from Shannon Rose Event's! 

MEET SHANNON! 

I met Shannon a few months ago and I am so glad I did! Shannon is a very talented wedding planner and is a total rockstar at what she does. What I love most about her is that she is a down to earth, fun loving and genuine person. She is an amazing wedding planner who would be an asset to any couple who hires her. 

When I met with Shannon to take a few images for this blog we ended up sitting and chatting for over an hour. I very much enjoy her company and you will too! Her sweet spirit and funny sense of humor will make you adore her even that much more! I truly believe these elements are what make her a darn good wedding planner!

I am so very impressed with Shannon's good attitude and quick thinking skills. I am telling you guys, you will love having Shannon be apart of your wedding day! She is a true gem inside and out!

I have a special place in my heart for wedding planners because they do SO much for each couple to make the wedding day happen. Most of the time the things that they do are way above and beyond and 9 times out of 10 we never even see all that they do. They work long and hard before the wedding and after. Wedding planners do their very best to make sure that every couple has a smooth and worry free day. Who wouldn't want that?!

I can't wait for you to get to know Shannon through her interview, so lets get started! 

THE INTERVIEW

 

Ellen Ashton: Why Did you start your business? 

Shannon: When I first graduated college I had trouble finding a full time job in architecture and being an event planner was always something I had in the back of my mind.  After a few weeks I was able to find a random graphic design job and an internship with an event planning company in Dallas.  I knew I wanted to do this full time when I could not sleep the night before an event because I was so excited to get to work the next day and I was not even getting paid ( It was crazy I was driving one hour to her office and one hour back through $10.00 tolls and working 10-16 hour days and still loved every minute of it without making a dime). To be honest I really don’t know exactly why I decided to start my own business it just felt right at the time.  After my year internship ended  I started working for an Architecture firm and I was miserable working (55-60 hour weeks and not enjoying what I was working on) and my husband (a business owner as well) told me…”Why are you working all these hours working for someone else it is obvious you are meant to own your own business and do something you love” and then I decided to save money and just do it.  It was as simple as that!

 

Ellen Ashton: How did your first client find you? 

Shannon: My first client was someone I worked with at my old job.

 

Ellen Ashton: Do you service Dallas or Fort. Worth, or both?  

Shannon: Both 

 

Ellen Ashton: Best advice you could give a bride and groom looking for a wedding planner?

Shannon: Find someone that you feel like you can “gel with”. The wedding planning process is not only stressful for some, but it also involves a lot of trust.  You need to find someone you can trust, let go with, and maybe even have a few laughs with (it is a fun time after all!).  .  This will help relieve some of the stress and you can feel more at ease once you begin the wedding planning process.  You can’t do it all, and the more you let go and trust your wedding planner the more you will enjoy the actual day and all the weeks leading up to the big day.

 

Ellen Ashton: How do you survive the wedding day? 

Shannon: Coffee, LOTS of Coffee & breakfast burritos in the morning

 

Ellen Ashton: What is your favorite 2016 wedding trend? 

Shannon: Pops of bold color with soft tones in florals

 

Ellen Ashton: What is your most favored color palette for weddings this year?  

Shannon: Dusty Blue! I love how it be romantic and modern. 

 

Ellen Ashton: What is your favorite show at the moment?  

Shannon: Bachelor & Bachelorette!

 

Ellen Ashton: Wine or Ice-cream? 

Shannon: Wine

 

Ellen Ashton: What is your most favorite package you offer to couples? 

Shannon: My full planning package, it is my largest package I offer and it assures I am able to be more involved in the process.  I assist with design, budget, vendor meetings, timelines, hotel blocks…etc. (you name it and I include it in this package). 

Thank so much for reading Shannon Rose Event's interview! Make sure to follow Shannon on her social media handles! 

FACEBOOK: Shannon Rose Events

INSTAGRAM: @shannonroseevents

PINTEREST: Shannon Rose Events

WEBSITE: www.shannonroseevents.com

Much love, 

-E 

 

 

Lake Harriet Bandshell Family Session | Ellen Ashton Photography | Minneapolis Family Photographer

I am so excited to share with all of you the adorable and oh so fashionable, Alves family! 

Let me just start off by saying, I think this is my favorite family session to date! Although, in all honesty, I love all my EAP family session! There is something so special about seeing a family unit interact and capturing the love they share via film. It's just so heart warming and one of a kind! 

I met Brandis (the mom) the very first year I lived in Minnesota and I had the privilege of second shooting a wedding with her last summer. I sent out an email letting all my clients and friends know I was coming to Minneapolis for some summer session. I was thrilled to get an email back from Brandis saying that they wanted to book a family session; I am SO glad they did! 

I had an absolute blast photographing Brandis and her sweet family! Her little girl "H" is so full of life and both of her kids are so precious!

I hope you enjoyed this session as much as I enjoyed photographing it! 

" Let's do a Zombie Face"-H

"K" had a vision for a posed photo with mom and dad. So, here is a little sneak of him telling them what do to and the photo after was his inspiration. So cute! I love seeing his little minds at work! 

I love lifestyle sessions where you see people doing normal everyday things, like going to get ice-cream as family. I just adore sweet and precious moments like this! It's so important to remember your kids at every stage in their life, and lifestyle sessions are a great way to do that! Who wouldn't want to remember how their little loves ate ice cream?!

Thanks so much for checking out the Alves family session! 

I will be traveling back to Minneapolis this Fall to photograph more family session just in time before Christmas card season! If you would like to book a session or read more information, feel free to click the buttons below. 

Thanks again for stopping by! I hope you have a fabulous week! 

Much love, 

-E 

Oh Deery Floral Photos | Ellen Ashton Photography | Dallas Wedding Photographers

Happy Tuesday, everyone! 

I am so excited to share with all you lovelies the wedding vendor interview of the week! 

As I'm sure most of you have already gathered that I am interviewing all types of DFW wedding vendors! I have so enjoyed showcasing a little bit of what they do and of course allowing all you darling people to get to know the talented faces behind the brand. Click HERE to read last weeks featured vendor.  

Todays Wedding Vendor interview is with Briley, from Oh Deery Floral! 

MEET BRILEY 

I actually heard about Briley's business "Oh Deery Floral" several years ago and have been following her on social media ever since. When I decided to do this blog series I knew that I for sure wanted to interview Briely and show y'all how crazy talented and sweet she is. 

I met with Briley in her quaint little studio and we sipped on La Croix's and chatted for hours! I knew that when she had La Croix's in her fridge we were going to be great friends! 

I really enjoyed getting to know Briley! She is sweet, kind and a has the heart and mind of a crazy talented, creative entrepreneur.

I loved hearing Briley's passion about floral design and the services she offers to her clients.

As we talked it became very clear that Briley takes great care in providing her clients with beautiful and unique floral creations.

After I saw and heard Briely describe her work the thought came to me that Oh Deery Floral is not just a floral arrangement shop for weddings, but a place that create gorgeous pieces of art work with flowers. I am truly amazed at the outstanding services she offers her clients. If you are a bride looking for a florist, you should highly consider investing in Oh Deery Floral, you will not be disappointed! All of your guests will rave about your florals! 

Let's get to know a little it more about Briley and her business! 

OH DEERY INTERVIEW

 

Ellen Ashton: How did Oh Deery Floral start?

Briley: I always knew that I wanted to be an entrepreneur from a young age. I started my "first business" in 8th grade selling vintage necklaces and tried a handful of things before I ended up in college needing an internship and landing one with a floral designer. Honestly, one of the best experiences of my life! The first day there, I was literally just processing the flowers (taking off leaves, thorns, bad petals, etc.) but fell in LOVE and knew that I had to work with flowers. They called my name! I grew a lot there and was so privileged to work with someone who was so willing to teach, share knowledge, and invest in me and encouraged me to continue practicing floral design. Long story short, she had a baby and slowed down a bit with business so I had the opportunity to branch out and do my own thing and the rest is history. I continually feel so lucky that my business has grown and developed the way that it has in just 3 short years!

 

Ellen Ashton: How did you come up with the name Oh Deery Floral?

Briley:  In college, when I was experimenting with one of my many business ventures (with my best friend and business partner at the time) I needed a name but had no clue where to even begin to come up with one. One of our roommates took all the letters from our names and came up with several different words and phrases and Oh Deery was one of them! It just stuck and here I am - five years later, ha! 

 

Ellen Ashton: What do you love most about working as florist?

Bailey:  Hands down the flowers and color combinations. There are endless combinations and varieties and I still have moments when I see new color palettes that just stop my dead in my tracks. Finding those colors that just work together and make your heart flutter are what it's all about for me. 

 

Ellen Ashton: Where do you find the most inspiration? 

Bailey: My favorite place to find new inspiration is walking around plant nurseries! I find that it's the best place to see new unexpected color combinations, shapes, and movement. It breaks up the norm of wedding flowers and gives me new ideas for how to change up what I'm doing with my arrangements. If I'm stressed out during busy work seasons, I'll usually find an excuse to go take at least a 5 minute walk through a nursery. Something about it just relaxes me! I always think that I'll end up working at a nursery when I retire. I'll be the lady with a visor and hose talking to the plants!

 

Ellen Ashton: What is your favorite flower?

Briely: It changes with the seasons but right now it's spirea.

 

Ellen Asthon: What is your favorite 2016 wedding trend?

Briley: Dusty blue! I love LOVE blues and greens and have been waiting for the moment that blue would be in!

 

Ellen Ashton: What is your favorite wedding season?

Bailey: SO hard to choose! But you just can't beat the springtime flowers. Everything is so fresh and happy in the spring!

 

Ellen Ashton: How far in advance should one book a florist for their wedding?

Briley:  For me, 6-8 months is comfortable for planning for floral. 

 

Ellen Ashton: If you had to pick a celebrity to be stranded on a deserted island with, who would you pick and why?

Briley:  Taylor Swift! I feel like we'd have a lot to talk about and have a lot of fun.

 

Ellen Ashton: Kim, Kourtney, or Khloe?

Briley: Khloe! I want to be her friend!

 

Ellen Ashton: Favorite tv show?

Bailey: Game of Thrones!

 

Ellen Ashton Cupcakes or ice cream?

Briley: Fudgy chocolate ice cream :)

Thanks so much for reading this weeks interview and getting to know Briley of "Oh Deery Floral"! Make sure to check her out and follow her on social media! You will love seeing all her pretty creations! 

WEBSITE: www.ohdeery.com 

FACEBOOK: Oh Deery 

INSTAGRAM: @ohdeeryfloral

PINTEREST: Briley Studdard

As always, 

Much love and many blessings, 

-E 

Alli K Design Photos | Dallas Calligrapher | DFW Wedding Vendors | Ellen Ashton Photography

GOOD MORNING! 

I am so excited to share this weeks interview with you guys! 

As most of you know, I have been doing a blog series/interviews every Tuesday for the past few weeks on wedding vendors in the DFW area (click here to see last Tuesdays blog post) and this weeks interview is going to be a good one!

Todays featured guest is the one, the only, Alli of Alli K Deign!

** insert hand clapping emoji**

Alli K Design is an amazing company that specializes in all kinds of Calligraphy and design goodies. Basically, whatever your hand lettering/design needs are, Alli has you covered! 

Alli also hosts awesome hand lettering workshops at her chic studio in Dallas. She teaches classes on Modern Calligraphy, water color lettering, brush lettering and she also offers private sessions as well. You can read all about it by clicking here. Make sure to check it out and consider booking a spot in one of her classes, you'll be so glad you did!

"Calligraphy is an art form that uses ink and a brush to express to the very souls of words on paper." 

- Kaoru Akagawa

Let's just say, I absolutely adore this girl and you will too! 

When I walked into Alli's studio I knew she was a girl after my own heart. Her love for simplicity along with the colors white, black and cacti speaks deep into my creative soul. 

While visiting Alli we talked about anything and everything. As we were chatting I could see and feel how sweet and genuine she truly is. 

Alli is a true gem and an amazing artist. I am in awe at how her mind thinks and her hand follows, dancing across the paper to make something uniquely beautiful. Seeing her work is a lovely sight to behold. Anyone who works with her will walk away feeling joyful and so in love with their custom creation.

So, now that you know a little bit about my time with Alli, lets get into her interview! 

THE INTERVIEW 

Ellen Ashton: How did Alli K design start? 

Alli: Alli K was an happy accident. I graduated in May 2009 and while I was looking for a new job and planning my wedding I started picking up calligraphy (I had taken a class earlier that year) I posted a couple of photos on Instagram and did all of my wedding signs, the word got out quick. With a little bit of peer pressure I created an allik insta account and I haven't stopped since! 

 

Ellen Ashton: What services do you offer?

All: almost all of my work is custom made/ orders. From wedding invites, to home decor, to party signs

I do all things branding along side Kadie with DesignbyKadie 

 

Ellen Ashton: What do you love most about being a calligrapher?

All: I love working on my own time, setting goals and reaching/ surpassing them, and getting the honor to be apart of someones big day. I also really enjoy teaching the art of calligraphy to others! 

 

Ellen Ashton: Who is your favorite thing to design?

All: Right now I am on a flower illustration crave or anything black and white. (I am not afraid of color I promise)

 

Ellen Ashton: What is your favorite 2016 wedding trend?

Alli: I am loving that brides want to incorporate hand illustrations or even cacti paintings. Dream brides! 

 

Ellen Ashton: What is your favorite wedding season?

Alli: peony season :) 

 

Ellen Ashton: How far in advance should your clients book you?

Alli: 6-8 weeks out from mail date 

 

Ellen Ashton: If you had to pick a celebrity to be stranded on a deserted island with, who would you pick and why?

Alli: Taylor Swift, she knows how to cook (because I definitely cant) we could share clothes, and we would have great entertainment

 

Ellen Ashton: What are a few of your hobbies? 

Alli: Shopping on Amazon, napping, eating chic fil-a

 

Ellen Ashton: Kim, Kourtney or Klohe?

Alli: Khole

 

Ellen Ashton: cupcakes or ice-cream? 

 

Alli: Ice cream 

FOLLOW ALLI K DESIGN! 

You will love following Alli on her social media! She always has such a beautiful feed. Make sure to check her out and follow her!

Instagram: @allikdesign

Facebook: Allikdesign

Website: www.allikdesign.com 

As always, thanks so much for reading!

 Much love and many blessings, 

-E

 

 

 

a&be bridals Dallas Texas Photos | Ellen Ashton Photography | Dallas Wedding Photographers

A&Be Bridal 

A.K.A. my favorite bridal store! 

I am thrilled to share this wedding vendor interview with you all! 

A&be is a bridal salon that started in Denver, Co. and has migrated into Minneapolis and Dallas. As most of you know, my career as a wedding photographer blossomed in Minneapolis, MN. That is where I was introduced to this FABULOUS dress shop. I have been addicted ever since! 

Designer: Anna Campbell

Designer: Anna Campbell

As I have stated before, I love a&be! They carry all kinds of fabulous designers and I have had the honor and privilege of photographing a few of them. Because I love this company so much, I wanted to give all you Dallas brides the opportunity to get to know a little but more about the company and the girls who run the Dallas store.

Which; btw, the girls who run this shop are truly the sweetest women you will ever meet! I recently went into the shop to select a gown for a shoot and was blown away by how helped, hospitable, relatable and encouraging these girls are. They truly value and care for their brides! You will not be disappointed by the service or their gown selection! 

Meet the a&be babes 

DISCLAIMER: “The opinions expressed here are my own and do not necessarily represent the views of a&bé.”

Meet Mandi 

Mandi is the manager of the a&be store in Dallas. She is a total doll and so good at what she does! We had so much fun getting to know each other the day I interviewed her and the other girls. It's clear that Mandi truly values the store and her workers. During our chat I learned that Mandi is going to be getting married soon, won't she make such a beautiful bride?! One thing is for sure, she has amazing taste! She showed me a few of her favorite dresses in the store and they were amazingly gorgeous! 

Mandi's Instagram: @mandi.e.smith

Mandi's Instagram: @mandi.e.smith

Ellen Ashton: How did a&be start? 

 Mandi: Our owners Anna and Bre had been in the wedding industry for a while running their first store, anna be. When they started to see a new wave of brides gravitating towards more indie and creative designs they had the idea for a second location that could serve this new need in the bridal industry. With that a&be was born in 2013 in Denver, and has since then grown to Minneapolis and now DALLAS!  

 

Ellen Ashton: What services do you offer?

Mandi: We offer bridal gowns, accessories (sashes, headpieces, jewelry) and veils. 

 

Ellen Ashton: What do you love most about working in a bridal salon?

Mandi: So many things. I love working with my stylists, they constantly keep me laughing and watching them interact with the brides with so much love and care makes me so happy! I also love the numbers and forecasting that goes on behind the scenes. Staying on top of what is selling, what brides are wanting and what is trending and then turning that into a plan for market in New York is so much fun to me! And of course being able to share in such a big occasion for the brides; it's such a special experience to witness a bride find "the" gown! 

 

Ellen Ashton: Who is your favorite wedding dress designer?

Mandi: Houghton - the designer, Katharine Polk, has made a major splash in the bridal industry. Polk's designs are unlike anything I've seen done before in bridal. Houghton speaks to the wild at heart, and the rock and roll spirit while staying true to timeless designs. Spoiler alert - I am wearing a Houghton gown for my own wedding this October :)  

 

Ellen Ashton: What is your favorite 2016 wedding trend?

Mandi: When it comes to wedding gown trends - Texture. Whether that be in the form of embroidered details, floral appliques, fringe, etc. these elements bring just the right amount of interest to the typical wedding dress.

 

Ellen Ashton: If you had to pick a celebrity to be stranded on a deserted island with, who would you pick and why?

Mandi: Kevin Hart -- any unfortunate situation is instantly made better with a little laughter. 

 

Ellen Ashton: Kim, Kourtney or Khloe?

Mandi: Kendall - I more easily relate to her style, and more down to earth personality. Plus she could introduce me to Gigi Hadid and we could all just be BFF's!!!! 

 

Ellen Ashton: cupcakes or ice-cream?

Mandi: ice cream always! 

 

MEET BETHANY! 

Bethany is one of the stylist at a&be and let me just tell you, this girl is truly one of the sweetest and most genuine girls you will meet! Well, all the girls are really! I worked with Bethany on finding a dress for an upcoming shoot and she was such a doll! She was helpful, kind and her taste was on fleek! She has this gift for being warm and truly wants to make all her brides feel special and beautiful. You will love working with her to find your perfect wedding dress! 

bethany's instagram: @ bethanyharkins

bethany's instagram: @ bethanyharkins

Ellen Ashton: What do you love most about working in a bridal salon?

Bethany: Our brides and their inspiring visions we get to help bring to life! I think the bride should set the tone for her big day. And I love being a part of discovering what makes a bride feel most like herself.

 

Ellen Ashton: Who is your favorite wedding dress designer?

Bethany: Tara LaTour - she's a dream! The quality is phenomenal, the dresses are hand made with so much passion, and the designs are each touched with the most unique twists. 

 

Ellen Ashton: What is your favorite 2016 wedding trend?

Bethany: Neckline drama! I love both the deep deep v's and the high high necklines. 

 

Ellen Ashton: What do you think is the best season to buy a wedding dress?

Bethany: Depends your wedding date! We suggest 9-12 months out so that your bridal look truly sets the tone for the rest of your wedding day details and so you have peace of mind and no need for rush orders.

 

Ellen Ashton: How far in advance should you buy your wedding dress?

Bethany: 9-12 months if possible! We can always happily accommodate shorter engagements the selection might just be more limited.

 

Ellen Ashton: If you had to pick a celebrity to be stranded on a deserted island with, who would you pick and why?

Bethany: Ryan Gosling - 'cause he strikes me as the type that could actually survive on a deserted island if need be but he's also gorgeous and has a sense of humor. Doesn't seem like a bad situation at all.

 

Ellen Ashton: Kim, Kourtney or Khloe?

Bethany: Khloe -- 'cause she's funny as can be and makes fun of herself as much as the rest of the world does. I love people who don't take themselves too seriously.

 

Ellen Ashton: Cupcakes or ice-cream?

 

Bethany: Tacos! I'm not much for the sweet stuff but I'll take tacos for breakfast, lunch, dinner, & dessert. (:

 

MEET ASHTYN! 

I so enjoyed getting to know Ashtyn! First of all, we share one of the same names so I knew immediately that she as going to be awesome. It's a proven fact that if you have the name Ashtyn/Ashton you are grafted in as a cool kid for life. I love her free and adventurous spirit! I think that's what makes her such a great stylist! I saw her in action helping a customer and she pulled some amazing dresses that were so flattering to the bride who tried them on. This girl for sure has it going on! 

ashtyn's instagram: @ashtynstringer

ashtyn's instagram: @ashtynstringer

Ellen Ashton: What do you love most about working in a bridal salon?

Ashtyn: Being apart of making someone's dream come true is pretty rad. I also love working with our close knit team and meeting new people all the time.

 

Ellen Ashton: Who is your favorite wedding dress designer? 

Ashtyn: Rue De Seine. First of all, its a husband and wife duo who kinda tackle different parts of the biz, which is just precious. I relate to their spontaneous life and her off-beat style, making her number one in my book!

 

Ellen Ashton: What is your favorite 2016 wedding trend?

Ashtyn: I am a flowerchild. I LOVE seeing what florists make happen! From floral installations, to crazy bouquets, to flower crowns-- I am constantly in awe!

 

Ellen Ashton: If you had to pick a celebrity to be stranded on a deserted island with, who would you pick and why?

Ashtyn: Ellen Degeneres. Because she's hilarious. and I can build the fire.

 

Ellen Ashton: Kim, Kourtney or Khloe?

Ashtyn: I don't really Keep Up With the Kardashians...

 

Ellen Ashton: cupcakes or ice-cream?

 

Ashtyn: uh. both?

 

MEET VICTORIA! 

Last, but certainly not least, is Victoria! Victoria greeted me as I walked in to the store to interview the babes and she was so welcoming and heartfelt. I absolutely love that about her! She has a super cute style (I secretly or not so secretly want her hair!) and personality to go with it. She made me laugh quite a few times which made for a fun interview! Just like all the other stylist, Victoria is so good at what she does! As we walked through the store and talked I could tell that she is a great help to the brides she works with because of her sweet, funny and helpful nature. You'll love working with her!

Victoria's instagram: @ victoriaexplores

Victoria's instagram: @ victoriaexplores

Ellen Ashton: What do you love most about working in a bridal salon?

Victoria: Helping brides find their gown for their big day! This is my absolute favorite thing! I love seeing people happy and helping take off the huge pressure of finding "the one". <3

 

Ellen Ashton: Who is your favorite wedding dress designer?

Victoria: Well, we are all big fans of Rue De Siene here. We were already big fans and then we met the designers and fell in love even MORE with their sweet love story and how they started their company. I am a big fan of their gowns as well! The first wedding gown I ever tried on was Rue De Siene. So I feel like I have an allegiance of sorts to them.

 

Ellen Ashton: What is your favorite 2016 wedding trend?

Victoria: I love the minimalist bridal look! White, greenery, and a touch of gold. It's lovely! Intentional little details, those get me.

 

Ellen Ashton: If you had to pick a celebrity to be stranded on a deserted island with, who would you pick and why?

Victoria: Christian Bale! First off, he is batman..so he could get us off the deserted island (i'm sure). Then he is just very intriguing, so we would always have something to talk about. Also, strangely enough I just feel like we could be best friends.

 

Ellen Ashton: Kim, Kourtney or Khloe?

Victoria: I don't really care or know much about the Kardashians!!

 

Ellen Ashton: cupcakes or ice-cream?

 

Victoria: I SCREAMM FOR ICECREAAAMM! Ice cream. every.day. Anything Ben&Jerrys - more specifically.

 

 

 

One things is for sure, these girls are full of life and are rock stars at what they do.

Brides, you will LOVE shopping with them to find the perfect dress you have been dreaming of your whole life. 

 

 

DON'T FORGET! 

Social media is a great way to see all that a&be has to offer! Make sure to follow them! 

BE SURE TO FOLLOW A&BE! 

FACEBOOK: a&be bridal shop dallas

INSTAGRAM: @aandbe_bridalshop

PINTEREST: @aandbebridal

As always, 

Much love and many blessings, 

-E

Clark Garden's Bridal Photos in Weatherford Texas | Ellen Ashton Photography | Dallas Wedding Photographers

I am so excited to finally share part one of Ashton's Bridal Session!

I met Ashton through my college roommate and treasured friend, Hillary. Ashton and Hillary went to high school together and continued being great friends long after. 

I am so honored to have been able to photograph Ashton's engagement, bridal and wedding photos!

Being able to capture all three sessions is a photographers dream! Mainly because it gives me the opportunity to really get to know my clients so that I can serve, capture and just over all understand them better on their actual wedding day. Which, was yesterday!

Kevin & Ashton's wedding was an absolute dream! I will for sure be sharing some photo's of their wedding day on my Facebook page later this week. So, be sure and follow (click here) me on my Facebook page so you don't miss the sneak peek! 

I have so enjoyed becoming great friends with Ashton through her wedding process and feel so honored to have been apart of this special time in her life. 

She is both beautiful and kind. Kevin is one lucky man to have scooped up this treasure! 

I hope you enjoy part one of Ashton's bridal session! Stay tuned to see part two in just a few weeks! Part two has a special surprise that comes along with it! 

Much love, 

-E