I knew from the moment I met with Ashley that not only was she going to have an amazing wedding at the Ford Farm in Lakeland, GA, but that she felt like an old friend. This gorgeous farm in south Georgia was just the perfect spot for an outdoor wedding. Ok, yes, they were calling for isolated thunderstorms–but those types of predictions never worry me. Of course as luck would have it, the moment that Ashley walked down the aisle with her mother, you could hear the grumblings of thunder claps and see bolts of lightning shooting across the sky. Then as large raindrops came falling, not a single guest left their seats until Ashley and Bowen were pronounced husband and wife. (Then everyone ran like mad to get to the lodge).
And here finally is the reason that I am sure everyone who knows Ashley loves her–with thunder and lighting, hail and rain pouring down on her outdoor wedding–this lovely bride smiled and smiled and kept on smiling. Bowen and Ashley just laughed and decided that rain on a wedding day is good luck and this is what truly made Ashley such a beautiful bride. Thankfully they had opted for a ‘first look’ and so we were able to take advantage of the amazing scenery at the farm before the storm. When the rain did clear, the rest of the evening went ahead perfectly as planned. Everyone danced outside to live music as the sun set behind the beautiful Spanish moss trees.
To Ashley, Bowen, their wonderful family and friends–it was a joy to be there and share in your beautiful and very memorable day! I have to say that it was truly an honor to photograph two of the most loving, laid back and happy people I have had the pleasure to be with.