ANP Wedding Guide Authentic, genuine storytelling

Hey lovely!

I'm so excited to work with you and your fiancé! From the grand moments to the subtle details, we give each element equal attention and care. If it matters to you, it’s important to me, and that commitment will shine through in each frame. I want to know what matters to you, and make that come through in your photos.

This is the most exciting time in your life and I love capturing every moment with photos that will transport you back to each special moment of your wedding day so you can relive your happiness again and again.

xoxo, Ashley

Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering. - Nicole Krauss

Each wedding is unique, just as each couple is unique. I want to take the time to get to know you and your dreams, your passions, your special sense of style. Your wedding is a reflection of your honest love story. I know you've thought about how you would look, how you would feel, how every detail would come together on your special day. Share your vision with me, and then let us capture it in photographs that you and your family will cherish for generations.

Authentic. Genuine. Storytelling. Let’s adventure together...

“Every romance has to begin somewhere, and your engagement photos will show your family and friends the first chapter in your love story.”

Engagement Sessions

Capturing the start of your journey together with an engagement photo session can be a wonderful addition to your wedding album. Every romance has to begin somewhere, and your engagement photos will show your family and friends the first chapter in your love story.

Your engagement photo shoot will help me get to know you and help you to get comfortable being photographed. The resulting images can be used not only in your album, but also on your invitations, thank you notes or signing book.

The place where you first met; your favorite restaurant; the site of his bended-knee proposal; the beach where you walked together, hand-in-hand – any of these locations can make fun, informal, intimate engagement photos that help to tell the story of you. If you didn't book a package that includes engagements, let's talk about engagements or a newly married session.

Wedding Timeline

The key to a wedding day schedule that runs smoothly is communicating with your photographer about the events of the day and your must-have shots. I know that every wedding is different, so before the wedding, I will use your questionnaire answers and the details you give me to create a wedding timeline. This helps me gain a better understanding of your wedding day and helps plan ahead. You can expect a finished timeline about a month before your wedding date.

First Look vs Traditional

The schedule we’ll follow in photographing your wedding will depend largely on whether you and your intended choose to get a glimpse of each other before the ceremony or take a more traditional route of staying separate until the big moment. Having a “first look” does offer many benefits. The more time we have with the two of you together, the more opportunity we’ll have to create the special images you’ll love. You’ll enjoy a more low-key, leisurely time leading up to the ceremony, and seeing each other before the event can go a long way toward reducing those pre-wedding nerves. Some couples might be concerned that a first look will diminish that magic moment when the bride walks down the aisle, but in fact, that instant when your eyes meet will be just as special whether you’ve gotten a preview or not. If you’re together before the ceremony, it will allow us to get your formal portraits done beforehand so you can relax a bit and enjoy your day.

Whether you decide to have a first look or take the more traditional approach, keep in mind that in summer, the best light for romantic, beautiful portraits is after 5 p.m. Depending on the time of your wedding, you might want to wait to take your formal portraits until after the ceremony to coincide with that ideal time.

We can still get a lot of great shots before the ceremony, even if you choose not to see each other beforehand. We’ll complete a session with the bride and her bridesmaids, and another with the groom and his attendants. That way, we can cut down on the amount of time set aside for portraits after the ceremony. We’ll photograph the women first, about an hour before the ceremony is scheduled to begin. Then, it’s the men’s turn. We’ll be sure to finish in time for everyone to get ready for the ceremony on time. I am happy to work with what ever you've decided!

Family Formals

To keep the family photos as streamlined as possible, on your wedding day we try to work from this list below. We suggest you discuss this with your families beforehand to determine if there are any photos they would like done. Please keep in mind that the amount of formal photographs we can take is contingent upon the time block allotted. There are no limits to the groups except time, with each group taking anywhere between 5-7 minutes per photograph.

Below are the standard family group photos that we take. This standard set usually takes 45 minutes to complete, depending on the number of people in each family, how well organized the family is, etc. Of course every family is different, and these groupings are not mandatory. Please feel free to modify, add or delete any of the groups. If you opt to have more than the standard groupings described below, we ask you to appoint a Family Portrait Monitor – someone to manage your list of extra shots and track down the necessary people, in order to keep things running efficiently.

  • Bride with her mom and dad.
  • Bride with her mom.
  • Bride with her dad.
  • Bride and groom with her mom and dad.
  • Bride and groom with her immediate family.
  • Bride and groom with her immediate family and grandparents.
  • Bride and groom with each set of grandparents.
  • Groom with his mom and dad.
  • Groom with his mom.
  • Groom with his dad.
  • Groom and bride with his mom and dad.
  • Groom and bride with his immediate family.
  • Groom and bride with his immediate family and grandparents.
  • Groom and bride with each set of grandparents.

For divorced and blended families we swap in and out people to make sure that you have one with everyone included in the same shot but that each parent also has a photo with just their relevant family members. We recommend keeping the family groupings under 15 people. We’re happy to include extended family group poses if you (or your family members) wish, but like to warn you ahead of time that the quality suffers in very large group photos.

The Little Things

You spent a lot of time selecting the cake, choosing the flowers, dreaming about the rings. These are the details that help make your wedding special; they are expressions of you. The little things combine to make a big impression at your big event, and we will represent them with the care and artistry they deserve.

Below you will find a list of the most common wedding details that I shoot for the bride and the groom. Please gather these items before I arrive so that I have plenty of time to photograph these important details of your wedding.

  • Dress
  • Veil / hair piece
  • Shoes
  • Jewelry
  • Groom’s ring
  • Perfume
  • Bouquet and boutineer
  • Vows (if applicable)
  • Wedding stationary
  • Something borrowed
  • Something blue

Reception Details

Your wedding reception should be a carefree time to bask in the joy of your new marriage with family and friends. A stress-free time right? It can be if you plan and layout your wedding reception timeline in advance with your coordinator and DJ/Band. It should be an hour-by-hour breakdown of the events, taking into account things like the first dance, dinner, cake cutting and bouquet toss. This way you can relax and enjoy yourself!

The average length of a wedding reception is between 3 and 5 hours long. Here is a list of events that typically happen at a traditional wedding reception:

  • Newlywed & bridal party introduction
  • Newlyweds first dance
  • Welcome speech or blessing
  • Dinner service
  • Toasts (beginning with the best man)
  • Father-daughter dance
  • Mother-son dance
  • Anniversary dance
  • Money dance
  • Religious dances
  • Everyone dances
  • Cake cutting
  • Bouquet and garter toss
  • Last dance
  • Bride and Groom exit

Preferred Vendors

Choosing your vendors is one of the most overwhelming tasks during the planning process. I know how important it is for everything to be perfect on your wedding day. For your convenience, I offer a list of vendors I recommend with confidence. We are partners and we have worked together many times to bring the weddings that our clients dream about to life.

Men's Formalwear: On Time Fashions

Hair and Makeup: The Beauty Bar by Tori Crocker , Malorie Talley- 205-799-1139

Floral and Design: Fete & FleurTuscaloosa Flower ShoppeAmy’s Florist

Catering: Cypress Inn, Glory Bound Gyro Co, Snap Decisions, Happy Catering Co.Sweet TreatsRobertson’s, Heritage House

Video: A Morales ProductionLance Holloway, Theory Y DesignHampton Road Studios, Craig Worley- 205-331-6877

Venues: Cypress Inn Pavilion, Tuscaloosa River Market, The OAKS, Glory Bound Gyro Co, University Club, Southern House and Garden, Jemison Van-De Graaff Mansion, The Battle-Friedman House, Stonebridge Farm

Wedding and Event Coordinator: Kristy Lee Events, Event and Wedding Planner, Amanda Robbins

Wedding Rentals: Special Events, Game Day Tents (Wedding Rentals – everything under the sun)

DJ: Dustin Watson / Elite ProductionsShell EntertainmentRick Shaver, Alive DJ, Feel the Beat

Bands: The Elliot Davis Band, Farmer’s Daughter, Mojo TrioSoul Tide


When the vows have been said, the wedding day has passed and your warm memories remain, you’ll want a physical reminder of the joy you experienced; a work of art you can hold in your hands and share with those you love. While digital images have their benefits, they can’t replace a beautiful, handcrafted wedding album as a cherished family heirloom.


The only thing more important than the beauty of your wedding album is the quality. Our handcrafted heirloom albums are made to be passed down from generation to generation. We’ll help you choose from a variety looks, materials, sizes and textures to create an album that fits your personality and the style and theme of your wedding.


Your wedding means almost as much to your parents as it does to you. Show them your love and your thanks by letting us create albums of your wedding just for them. Many clients choose a scaled-down version of their own albums to give to their parents, but we have a wide array of choices that can be fully customized to meet your needs.


Snapping the right photo is only the beginning of the artistic process. We’ll take those gorgeous images and create fine prints that are beautiful, striking and unforgettable. We offer prints in various sizes and textures that bring a distinct look and feel to art works that will become centerpieces in your home.


Let us create the feel of a fine painting by printing your favorite image from your wedding onto archival canvas, which is then stretched onto a wooden frame, creating an art work that is ready to hang on the wall of your home. Similar to fine-art photos displayed in galleries, your image will be a breathtaking reminder of the happiness you share.


You love your engagement photos. They deserve to be displayed in a beautiful coffee table book with advice and words of wisdom from family and friends. We offer a variety of sizes, styles and paper to perfectly complement your personality and your wedding theme.

And so the adventure begins...

I know that was a lot of information- feel free to go back through, look it over or even print it out and use it as you plan your wedding. I'm here with you every step of the way, so if you ever have a question or concern, don't hesitate to ask me! I'm looking forward to telling your love story!

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