Oh my, time after time, I am blown away by the power of community, by the power of collaboration, by the all around power of divine timing!
This incredible group of AMAZING wedding professionals and stunning models truly united and so passionately executed a remarkable styled shoot!
Vendor Love :
Photographer : Ashley Strong Photography ⠀⠀⠀
Venue : Carlsbad Seapointe Resort ⠀⠀
Coordination & Styling : Z Perfect Party
Florals : Flowers by Kendra ⠀⠀⠀
Arch : Enticing Tables⠀⠀⠀
Rentals : Ashley's Party Rentals ⠀⠀⠀
Rentals Specialty : Witty Party
Rentals ⠀⠀⠀ Specialty Linens: Bbj Linens ⠀⠀⠀
Cake : Ronisugar Creations⠀⠀⠀
Hair : Scissorous⠀
Make-up : Make up by Adrianne⠀⠀
Dress : Archive Bridal⠀⠀
Tux : Friar Tux ⠀⠀⠀
Stationary : Squared Wedding Press ⠀⠀⠀
Models : Anna & Jacob Melendez
Isn't love truly so inspiring?!?
I was so gratefully connected to this beautiful couple here by a very gifted event designer and planner, @zperfectparty (thank you so incredibly much)!
Spiri and I connected over the phone, and my was there an immediate connection. Her love for her fiance Tait, her excitement for moving back down to North County San Diego, her love for surfing, the beach, life adventures in their awesome camper van (pictured here), her enthusiasm for their wedding, and her down-to-earth, sincere and passionate soul. We quickly scheduled their engagement session to occur around the corner from their new home.
She messaged a few days before and asked if we could do a sunrise session! My heart exploded as sunrise lighting is some of my all time favorites. My oh my was it such a beautiful morning! We spent time waking through a reserve and then headed over to the beach with their van! I couldn't stop smiling as their love is truly so adorable and these time capsules just took themselves.
The power of love, it gets me every time!
Congrats again Spiri and Tait, I cannot wait to document your wedding!
These little souls piercing eyes and sweet, sweet personalities have captivated me once again! Over the past year and a half, I've had the honor of documenting four different seasonal lines for Sweet Bamboo's Children Clothing !
This time, it was time to document the adorable fall styles and patterns of this very locally owned, luxury and eco-friendly children's clothing company!
I just eat up all these clothes and the models that rock them!
I mean, look at these faces! They just brighten my soul!
Life brings about the presence of some of the most sincere souls and my oh my, is the beautiful bride here one of those very souls.
I was blessed to meet and share a life enhancing and transformative three months with Nicole and we engaged in our yoga teacher training down in San Diego.
Our friendship was immediate and continues to be one of complete trust, love and support!
When she asked me to document her intimate wedding, I couldn't have been more honored.
To stand there, amongst just a dozen of their family members, documenting their love and bliss, what a blessing!
The morning was crisp, the sun was lightly shining, the tide was low, the sand, just the right temperature.
They walked towards the water, stopped a few feet before the tide lines, and shared their personally written vows, exchanged rings, shared a magical kiss, a smiled so large you could witness it from anywhere!
Nicole and Chuck, you two looked so amazing.
Thank you for sharing your special day and allowing me to document the moments.
Ah, my friends, Happy New Year!
As life always has a way of doing so, it was exactly how I was intended to live out the end of the year. You see, one thing I've always know, but am reminded of more and more each year is the understanding... that which is meant to happen will happen, at the time its most meant to, because, after all the universe always has a plan.
2017 has been a year of balance as it's been my busiest season yet engaging in 140 photographic exchanges ranging from weddings, engagements, anniversaries, families, lifestyle portraits, you name it. The balance comes into play as these sessions have been sprinkled with getting married to my best friend, moving into our own space, getting two adorable kittens, co-authoring a book,
hiring an amazing office magician, rebranding, traveling throughout the States,
adventuring to Mexico, celebrating my 30th birthday, enjoying weekly date nights with my sweet hubby, sharing life enhancing bi-weekly development days,
ah, I could keep going with all the goodness that life has presented itself as.
Each moment, every interaction, every exchange, every client that became a friend, all the smiles that have been shared, every moment of overwhelming love and gratitude, has filled my soul!
Thank you to my amazing husband who constantly supports the woman and business owner I strive to be everyday. Thank you to ALL my friends and family for being you and creating space for me to be me. Thank you to all the amazing souls, families, couples, empowering individuals and partners for your support, for your trust, for your belief in my passion of a profession,
in allowing me to document your light and share it with the world!
Thank you to all those that continue to support, encourage, inspire, uplift, challenge and enhance this beautiful journey called life! I am grateful for each and everyone of you!
Cheers to an epic beginnings in this New Year!
Ah, one of my all time favorite parts about documenting weddings, other than the goodness you see here, is truly getting to know my clients where it feels as if another friend, another family member is celebrating their oh so special day!
You see, I have this very intimate, yet respectful approach in getting to know those I document. To me, documenting weddings is an honor, an intimate honor as this is one of the most euphoric days of peoples lives. This couple here was truly just amazing!
We met for coffee the week before their wedding to connect in person and my goodness, it was an hour and a half of just fun, whole hearted, excited about love, life and wedding planning type of connection! Their wedding was tucked away in the hills of the Angeles National Forest and was truly so beautifully intimate and down to earth.
This time capsule here, is quite frankly one of my favorites as that little donkey kept trying to eat her flowers and dress! Just a few weeks after this very wedding was documented, the horrific fires sweeping through Southern California burnt this animal sanctuary to the ground. All that lives on premises, including the 100's of animals are safe, but are in the process of rebuilding.
My dearest gratitude, my deepest thoughts go to all the amazing souls behind this place!
My goodness, Kaitlin and Jonathan, thank you for the honor of documenting your wedding!
One of the many aspects I'm extremely grateful for is getting to stay connected with beautiful souls I was honored to grow up with.
This lovely couple here shared a very intimate afternoon wedding with their closet friends and family!
My goodness was it so beautiful getting to document them amongst the fall sky and a backdrop so dear to our hearts!
Cheers to love, to gratitude and to celebrating all the goodness that life truly is!
I truly believe life brings about some of the greatest surprises.
I was down at Scripps La Jolla Pier documenting a family that has become very dear to my heart. Although the golden light is the best time to document, I schedule shoots a little early so there is a little bit of wiggle room incase people are running late.
I was finishing up my last pose of my shoot, someone started tapping my arm. I look over and the man said, "Are you almost done?!?" I looked at him and said yes, "We'll move in just one moment." He looked at me and said, "No, no, I don't need you to move, our photographer didn't show up, can we hire you?" I giggled, looked at him, quickly made a plan. I said, "Let me finish up these last few photos, say goodbye and then I have to run up to my car to get a new SD card and battery." You better believe, I gave my hugs, said good-bye to the current family I was documenting and ran as fast as I could to switch out my gear and still have enough light to document a full family session.
My oh my, life truly happens in divine timing. I had the best time with this beautiful family I had just met minutes prior!
I am grateful for being in the flow of this beautiful thing called life!
I just love the holidays for oh so many reasons.
One of the main being I get to see, reconnect with and document so many beautifully dynamic families.
You see, the process of working with families, connecting with the youth involved is just magical.
Family sessions are anywhere from one to one and a half hours.
The options are endless.
If you have a specific location, perfect.
If you have a vision, but need assistance in finding the perfect location, just as perfect.
If you have outfits picked out, perfect.
If you need assistance here, just make is clear and I will happily help in coordinating your vibrant external expression of you!
As we expand during our session, it is my passion, my commitment in documenting your greatness.
The pureness, the love, the excitement, the subtle smiles, the connections.
Those moments, in which become frozen in time, a time capsule if you will, for you to always have.
To look back on, to smile with, to cherish.
To serve as a reminder, of that very moment, the time of being right there and right now.
This couple, I mean, where do I begin?!? I was captivated by their love, by their light, by their enthusiasm for life, by their joyous smiles on our very first skype date!
They were in England, I was in California as we were connecting around documenting their dream wedding in San Clemente!
And my goodness, this past year, I documented their perfectly magical wedding!
During this time, we connected and connected immensely.
Their fun loving nature was just so refreshing!
At the end of November, I had the honor of extending this documentation as we played around Caspers Wilderness Park getting the perfect shots for their holiday cards!
Carly and Dave, I appreciate you both so much! I am truly so grateful our paths have crossed! ⠀
My goodness, this time of year is so beautifully full with family sessions! This beautiful family here is so dear to my heart as you might recognize Vanesa and her husband from the various Soul Sister Mastermind Retreats I've documented over these past couple years! This time, I had the honor to document their entire family!
The session was so fun as not only did we get to take magical portraits, but the oldest daughter was so intrigued by my camera, my posing, my angels, my settings and the whole photographic exchange in general. I soon came to find out she was in a journalism class at school and uses a camera on a regular basis! What an amazing skill to have at such a young age!
One of the many fascinating aspects of this time of year is getting to reconnect with past clients, getting to meet partners families and witnessing all the while documenting the growth of so many magical beings! Ah, it just makes my heart so full!
I offer mini sessions about four times throughout the year!
The locations and times are predetermined
and my beautiful clients get to choose the best possible time for themselves and their families!
This year, "Fall Mini Sessions" were truly so extraordinary!
I originally offered one date at Felicita Park in Escondido, if you haven't been there, I highly suggest you go as it's the perfect place for a walk and an afternoon picnic!
After a quick reply and filling of the time slots, I added a second date.
I shared two Saturday's at this amazing park documenting 13, yes, you read that correctly, 13 differerent families!
Each one, so beautifully unique.
Each one, truly such a good laugh.
Each one, an amazing connection.
Thank you, to all the beautiful families for this very opportunity, for sharing this very exchange.
I am truly so grateful!
Cheers to a blessed, grateful and magical holiday season!
My oh my, do these ladies warm my heart so much!
Last year, I had the honor of meeting the ever-so-talnted Kimberly Pitts of UImpact!
She is an extremely talented marking and business coach!
Over the last few years, I've had the honor of documenting Kim throughout her hometown of Plano, Texas and throughout San Diego County!
This year, she brought her retreat to San Diego where I got to document all the magical ladies in attendance.
This experience was truly so special as each one of these ladies is so righteously talented, with a unique style and market.
I just loved getting to play around the beach themed vacation rental and the surrounding nature to bring these portraits to life!
Kim, ladies, thank you for the honor of documenting all that is uniquely you!
These little souls expression says it all!
Over these past couple of years, I've had the honor of shooting and partnering with for a lovely children's clothing line, Sweet Bamboo!
What makes this so excitingly special is every session encompasses anywhere from newborns to three months to seven years in the coming seasons ridiculously adorable clothes!
Each of the youth truly has such beautiful eyes and adorable little personalities.
My goodness, do I just love moments like this! ⠀
In the meantime, use the code SBlovesAS to receive 20% OFF your next purchase!
Sweet Bamboo's Summer 2018 Line
Sweet Bamboo's Basic Line
When I arrive to meet the bride, I am always in awe. Awe in her natural beauty. Awe of her giddiness, her excitement, her visual euphoria. Awe of her dress, the shoes and all her accompanying details. Awe of the sincere women that surround her. Awe of the smile that is present when getting into her dress and seeing it all come together on her wedding day. Awe of the love that shines within her eyes.
This awe, my goodness, does it progress as I get to see her witness her husband for the first time that very day. Sometimes it's a first look, many times it's walking down the aisle. Either way, the blissfulness, the giddiness, the love is just radiant.
Some of my all time favorite moments to document are those know as romantic portraits. The moments when two newly married souls, husband and wife get it be in one another's presence, kiss, touch. I literally shoot until they have had enough! And my goodness, these two couldn't have been more excitement to emerge themselves in sweet kisses and sincere moments overlooking the cliffs of La Jolla while the sun slowly set!
Congratulations Tova and Hunter, you two looked magical! ⠀
Vendor LOVE :
Ceremony : Calumet Park in La Jolla, CA
Reception : Beaumonts in La Jolla ⠀
Dress : The Dress Theory⠀
Suit : Jos A. Banks⠀
Band : Slower Music
For two years now, I've had the absolute honor and privilege of documenting the incredibly unique female entrepreneurs attending Vanessa Simpkins four day #soulsistermastermind!
Last year, both were at the Montage and this year, ignited in Kauai, Hawaii and ended at our of majestic coastline of Laguna Beach! These days are filled with female bonding, immense strategizing, discovering, honoring and enhancing the badassness in each and everyone of these women and just an all around empowering experience. The second to last day includes a lifestyle branding photo session where we adventure around and document the ladies in their brightest light!
These sessions, just fire my soul.
Each women, has this beauty, this understanding, this thirst within their eyes.
Each one, so inspired by their business, by enhancing others lives, by living their dream realities!
Ladies, thank you again so much for shining your light so brightly
providing a space for me to shine mine.
Vanessa, you are a badass! Thank you for being you.
Thank you for the honor, the trust, the privilege in documenting your clients!
At the end of the day, I give everyone hugs, thank-you's, my deepest gratitude, pack up my gear and head to my car. I sit there for a moment in reflection.
These weddings, each and everyone of these weddings and the couples supported at the center, brings about this overwhelming sense of joy, of excitement, of inspiration.
You see, there is this connection, this understanding that presently vibrates. Me, witnessing, seeing, honoring, taking part in, documenting two intertwined so-very-in-love-souls as they share one of the most euphoric days of their lives.
This incredibly gorgeous couple here, John and Chantel, radiated compassion, love, openness, excitement and pure bliss as they so eloquently breathed through their special day. Each moment was done so with the biggest smile, the upmost gratitude and awareness, wrapped in one another's admiration for each other. It was contagious.
Congratulations my friends. Your day was the perfect representation of your journeys up until this point!
Thank you for the honor of witnessing and documenting these moments!
Vendor LOVE :
Photographer : Ashley Strong Photography ⠀
Venue : Darlington House⠀
Planning/ Coordination : CBS Lifestylist⠀
Hair & Make-up : Elwynn + Cass ⠀
Florist : Primrose & Co.⠀
DJ : Chris Brown ⠀
Cake : VG Donut & Bakery ⠀
Live Performer : @boxofbeats ⠀
My goodness friends, my heart is so incredibly full.
My eyes, wet from tears.
I sent my usual follow email with details on next steps and some oh so juicy sneak peaks from their wedding.
I pressed send, sent another couple emails and then, my phone rang.
It was Ana.
She was crying. I said oh no, "Ana, are you okay?"
She replied, "Ashley, I look so beautiful, I feel so beautiful. I never thought I would feel so beautiful... I cannot thank you enough. I am so happy we chose you to be our wedding photographer. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you."
As she said these very words, tears filled my eyes and I said, "Thank you. Thank you for the honor, the privileged and the trust in documenting this magical day."
My heart, is so full!
You see, the greatest gift I receive from my clients, is hearing their feedback, understanding their honest response to the vulnerability of time capsules reflecting their day.
Truth be told, I long for feedback. I crave feedback.
This, this very feedback was truly one of the greatest gifts!
Analilia Estrada and Blair Noel, congratulations again! It was such an honor documenting your day! ⠀
Vendor love : ⠀
Hair : Kelly Dawn Stylist
Make-up : @sunnybee_makeup ⠀
Florals : Tessfresh Flowers ⠀
Photography : Ashley Strong Photography ⠀
Planning / Coordination : Timeless Event Planning
Venue : Don Room ⠀
Dress : Simply Bridal ⠀
DJ : Supreme Entertainment⠀
her undoubtable glow,
her passionate soul,
her inspirational strength,
her never ending friendship!
This woman, I could go on and on.
I have had the honor of witnessing,
of growing with,
of being inspired by this beautiful mama-to-be for over a decade now.
I've had the honor of documenting her beautifully expanding family over these last five years,
from her wedding, to her first pregnancy, to their couple week old baby,
the extended family portraits, you name it, it's been documented!
What I cherish more than getting to document these moments is intimately witnessing,
taking part in and watching this loyal woman blossom into any amazing mom, wife, friend, sister, daughter and all around human being.
My girl, thank you for the trust, the honor,
the privilege of being such an intimate part of these moments in your life!
I love you and am so proud of you!
This gorgeously stylish intertwined duo here shared a very intimate ceremony
with their family along the cliffs of the ever-so-beautiful Laguna Beach!
Their ceremony was tucked within a gazebo, overlooking the Pacific Ocean
on a bright, sunny and surpisingly hot October afternoon!
I was gratefully connected with them by a dear friend of a client and within a few days we scheduled a phone call to connect! Before I knew it, we were giggling about love, the joys and findings of planning a wedding, and excitedly started working through their rough timeline, desires and visions!
Being able to bring these desires, this vision to life is constant euphoria of living out my passion of a profession and sharing such special moments with such amazing humans!
Congratulations Kelsey and Steve!
Thank you for the honor of documenting this time in your lives! I'm ever so grateful! ⠀
Florals & Hairpiece : Studio Fleurish⠀⠀