Ashley and James | Lake Arrowhead Photographer

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Lake Arrowhead | Waleska, GA | June 25, 2016

Ashley and James got married in March of last year in a private ceremony; this year, they wanted to celebrate with friends and family. Ben and I were there to capture and take pictures for their special event. Having lived in Georgia, Hawaii, and now New Jersey, they had a lot of friends join from all over the place. Talk about some great friends who travel from Hawaii to your reception to celebrate with you!

I got connected with Ashley and James through Ashley’s mom. Dean McDowell was one of my professors when I was an education major at Berry College; and I have kept in touch with her since graduating from Berry nearly 10 years ago (what?! did I really graduate from college that long ago??) Ashley and James were at Berry a couple years I was there, but we didn’t cross paths while we were, so I was glad to get to meet them for their fun reception and take pictures for them.

They called their reception the Love Fest at the Lake and had a small ceremony in which they read their vows to each other so everyone could see what they did on their wedding day. Ashley sang a song to James that she wrote and had guests learn it ahead of time, so they joined in at the last chorus with her. I loved how sweet and special it was. The evening was spent celebrating with dancing, a giant Jenga set, an inflatable basketball goal, and karaoke! We had a great time listening to everyone’s renditions to popular songs! Thanks to Ashley and James for trusting Ben and me to take pictures of your Love Fest at the Lake!

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