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Mr. + Mrs. Wagner | Ashton Gardens Wedding

The Wagners had a lovely morning wedding at Ashton Gardens this past January. I love that they made sure to incorporate all of the special people in their lives including their family, pup, and matchmaker! The day was beautiful and rain held off just for them! Enjoy a look at their big day below!

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How did you two meet?

We met when we were 15 through a mutual friend inviting us to six flags. We talked for a little bit then it faded off. Six months later when we were 16, I had just gotten my drivers license, so I was driving around. I remembered where he lived from picking him up that one time we had ever met and so I randomly drove to his house. It was very unlike me to show up at cute boys houses and ask to hang out, but I texted this guy I didn’t even really know or talk to and told him to come outside. We hung out and instantly connected. I knew from the moment I saw him again I was going to date him, and I literally told my friend “He’s so cute I am going to date him” and a month later he officially asked to be my boyfriend! We have been together ever since and never broken up or taken any time apart.

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How did he propose?

He had convinced me he wasn’t going to propose until after we had steady jobs and graduated which made so much sense but made me sad. He’s always so practical!! We were in Hawaii celebrating my parents 25th wedding anniversary. My family had spent a couple of great vacations at the Waikaloa on the Big Island, and we had some of our most special family memories there. As a kid, I would always say I was going to get married there. We had some family photos planned with a local photographer because 2018 was going to be a year full of milestones for the whole family. Halfway into the photo shoot, our photographer was going to do some individual shots of Jordan and I. She told me to look out at the ocean, and he was going to tickle me from behind. I had seen those kinds of photos before and thought they were kind of, and I hate being tickled but I trusted her and did as I was told. Jordan and I had made a joke earlier in the day about how tickling somebody is basically permission to punch them, so I whispered “get ready to get punched” jokingly, then she told me to turn around. He was on his knee and asked me to marry him. I just cried tears of joy and hugged him for a long time before I even remembered I got a ring out of the whole deal! The moment was captured beautifully with the Hawaiian sunset in the background. I could not have asked for it to be more perfect! I only wish the last words I said to him before he proposed weren’t “get ready to get punched” hahaha!

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Describe your fiance in 3 words

Handsome, Hilarious, Loving

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What are you looking forward to most about being married?

Getting to call him my husband and being called Mrs. Wagner! Also, one day (at least a good few years away) having kids and starting a family together. He’s going to be the best dad!

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What has been the hardest part about wedding planning?

Probably doing it from a distance and finding time away from work to get stuff done. I get really bogged down researching vendors. I am learning that a wedding planner is not a job I should ever pursue. I am not that good at it. My mom has done so much of it which I am very grateful for!

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Dress Store | Alicia, Wedding Angels

Dress Designer | Essence of Australia

Shoes | Badgley Mischka

Cake | Malinda McCaslin, The Baking Grounds

Caterer | Ashton Gardens

Paper goods | Minted + Zazzle

Florist | Valeri Stroner, Abbys at the Cottage

Hair/ Make up | Jessa Davis, Beautiful Atlanta Brides

DJ/ Band | Thomas Pirone, Pirone Entertainment

Photo Booth | Schellie Hogan, Robot Booth

Mr. + Mrs. Davidson | Elegant Ashton Gardens Atlanta Wedding

Matt and Emily were seriously ideal clients.  I could tell right from the beginning that Emily is a planner.  The day was detailed and planned to perfection, but you couldn't glean an ounce of stress from her.  The aesthetics were beautiful!  When I get married one day (hopefully), I might just get Emily to plan it for me. These two are just as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside.  Their ceremony was full of love and I enjoyed getting to hear more of their story and seeing Matt's twin brother "give him away" too. :)  It was a lovely day and I'm so thankful to have gotten to be a part of it!

Congratulations Mr. + Mrs. Davidson!

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How/ Where did you meet?

One of the best parts of our story is that it begins in our favorite place on earth: Auburn University. During undergrad at Auburn, I often noticed Matt and thought he was a cutie ;) but our paths never seemed to cross. It wasn't until the Summer of 2015 that our friend groups intersected and we became fast friends! As our schedules majorly picked up the pace, we kept in touch, but didn't really reconnect again until Spring of 2016. We had our first date in Auburn, eating popsicles on Samford lawn. With Matt, I knew there was something special, so I was excited when we became more "official" while watching fireworks at the beach on 4th of July!

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How did he propose?

Matt had my friends trick me into thinking I was going to a Chick-Fil-A corporate party on top of the Glenn Hotel in Atlanta. But on October 21, 2017, at the rooftop over-looking Atlanta, Matt asked me to marry him. It was one of the most joyous days and we are beyond grateful for the Lord's faithfulness to both of us.

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Describe your fiance in 3 words.

Matt describing Emily: Loyal, classic, and loving

Emily describing Matt: Consistent, kind-hearted, and hard-working

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What are you looking forward to most about being married?

I think we are both most excited about the opportunity to go through the ups and downs of life together. We are a team and we are so excited to make a lifetime of memories together!!

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Photography | Holly Von Lanken Photography

Second Shooter | Danielle Hulsey

Getting Ready Venue | Hotel at Avalon

Venue | Ashton Gardens Atlanta

Dress Store | The White Magnolia

Cake | Gabriel's

Paper + Calligraphy | Alex Fly Designs

Florist | Stylish Stems

Hair and Make Up | Irrelephant

Band | 4 Barrel Funk, Music City Gardens

Mr. + Mrs. Askew | Ashton Gardens Wedding

I recently had the pleasure of photography Ryan and Sydney's wedding at Ashton Gardens with Evan and Jenna Creative.  This wedding was so sweet and also beautiful!  It was a cold December day, but you wouldn't know that through their warm, loving photos.  Below are some highlights from their big day!

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Sydney's dress was custom made for her by a family friend and it was gorgeous as well as unique.

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Ryan was recently drafted to the Tampa Bay Rays organization as a pitcher.  How perfect is this groom's cake for him?

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Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Askew!

Emily + Matt | Cator Woolford Gardens Engagement

I'm so glad I got to finally meet these two and photograph them for their engagement session at Cator Woolford Gardens.  Emily and Matt met while at Auburn and will say I do this summer at Ashton Gardens and I can't wait!

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