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Ashley and David

There is something about December weddings that make them extra magical. Anticipation for Christmas intermingled with anticipation for Ashley and David to come to the alter made the whole day glimmer with felicity and joy. I could not get enough of Ashley’s simple yet Yule-tide details…There were no cliche green and red decorations or over-use of poinsettias; rather elegant holly berries and crisp white roses graced the bouquets and boutonnieres, christmas lights sparkled, and pink cheeks and noses made an appearance, as the bridal party braved the cold for some of these shots.

The week before the wedding, we had been enjoying 70 degree weather, but as the days counted down to Ashley and David’s day, the weather decided to be true to the Christmas spirit and blow in a cold front. Although a little nippy and difficult to smile despite chattering teeth, I couldn’t help smile at David warming Ashley’s hands and wondering if she were blushing or just chilled by the air. It had been a hectic month, but this wedding played its part in getting me in the Christmas spirit. I was warmed and welcomed by the guests cheer and  as the night wore on, I was reminded that no matter what was on my list I had time to find joy in the season. I looked across the dance floor as “Lady in Red” was playing (which may I add was the most precious thing to watch Ashley’s parents dance to that song–no coincidence that Mrs. Hancock wore red and P.S it was a song they danced to at their wedding!) and thought it was a pretty beautiful way to say adieu to the 2015 Wedding season.


Thank you David and Ashley for letting me take part in your Merry Day.


Ceremony Venue: Old Pate Chapel, Lynchburg, VA

Reception Venue: The Bottling Co. Lynchburg, VA

Other Venue: Lynchburg College, Lynchburg VA

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