I shot Ashleigh’s bridal portraits back in April and have been dying to put them up on the blog, but because of that whole “the groom can’t see the dress until the wedding day thing” ; ) I couldn’t post them until now (if you haven’t seen their wedding photos, check out my post from Ashleigh’s and Josh’s beautiful North Wilkesboro wedding.)
Ashleigh chose to have the pictures taken in her hometown of Wilkesboro. We started off on her grandparents porch in the community of Big Ivy, which has a spectacular view of the Brushy and Blue Ridge mountains. Spring in the mountains is breathtaking, with all the lush beauty of the rhododendrons and mountain laurel (also known as ivy, hence the name of the community). Ashleigh is a mountain girl at heart, and the setting went perfect with her personality.
Spring weather in the mountains can be unpredictable and, sure enough, we had a strong chance for thunderstorms in the afternoon. Ashleigh really wanted to have pictures done on top of the Lump overlook, a special place for her and Josh, on the Blue Ridge Parkway not far from her grandparents house. We got up there and started shooting and had about 10 minutes before the bottom fell out of the sky. But, really, I’m glad the weather was that way because the blue haze and low clouds on the mountains in the distance add to the beauty of the photos and perfectly illustrate how the mountains got their name.
After the Lump — once the brief spring rain shower had rolled through — it was time for one more shot at the Big Ivy Baptist Church, right around the bend from the family homestead. I think the photos from the day turned out beautifully. Thanks to Ashleigh’s maid of honor Conley and bridesmaid Mariana for being there and assisting with the shoot. You guys helped out a lot!