This wedding was extra special for me because Joshua and Ashley are great friends of my husband and I. We have watched them form into a powerhouse couple, walked with them through their relationship, and got to be on the front row as God has been shaping them into the couple they are today. We are so proud of them and glad we get to call them family!
It was also the second time that my husband did the ceremony while I was the wedding photographer! Josh and Ashley got married on a gorgeous April afternoon here in Raleigh, North Carolina. Their ceremony took place at the WRAL Azalea Gardens and the reception following at the NC State University Club. Their day was so perfect and I’m always honored when friends ask me to capture their wedding day!
A few of my favorite moments from their wedding day include:
1) The happy tears and laughter shared when Josh and Ashley had their private moment praying over each other and exchanging letters. They didn’t have a first look, but this moment was just as special!
2) Joshua’s face as Ashley walked down the aisle. That is always one of my favorites parts of a wedding day. To see the groom’s anxious, excited, semi nervous, and happy reaction. I have to keep it together myself at times!
3) Everything about their ceremony was so beautiful! Other than the fact they had a hot pastor performing the ceremony ( My husband! Lol ) , their ceremony was so moving. They had a time of worship in front of all their closest friends and family before saying ” I Do ” Everyone who was walking around the Gardens that afternoon stopped in their tracks and had a moment of silence. As I was photographing them both, I looked up to find everyone else in a distance watching as well. The world stopped for those couple of moments as we all worshiped.
4) The golden hour light we had for sunset pictures! I snuck Josh and Ashley out of the reception for about 10 minutes. We stepped right outside on the terrace and had the best lighting. You would of thought they were models out there because they killed their Bride & Groom portrait shots!