February 29, 2012

Las Vegas Pop-Up Chapel Wedding: Ashley & Jeremy

Ok, so.

Remember yesterday how I said that when we came downstairs for the Sunrise Shoot Out, we were met with some crazy exciting news? But I was going to go ahead and put a big ole’ scripty bracket around all that until today? Well, now we get to go back and Bill & Ted ourselves. Y’know Dude, don’t forget to bring your off camera light set up….and say hello to the princesses. Or like that movie Vantage Point (quality save the world film, by the way, if you’re ever in need) where we get to rewind and show the story from a different viewpoint that suddenly makes it all make sense. Are you with me?

{Ok, so insert rewind button scene here. Picture me walking backwards across the lobby. Hair swaying in the reverse & opposite order. And, y’know, the Starbucks cup getting fuller.}

That’s more like it. Now, here’s what *really* happened.

When Liz, Ryan & I came downstairs, we saw all of the attendees just up ahead of us in the lobby. But before we could get there, Ray & Joyce from Still Motion and Jen Jar (the first time WPPI attendee from the Still Motion video and best friend/business partner of Ashley Barnett…don’t worry it will all make sense) grabbed us and said they had something really important to talk to us about. I’m not going to lie, in that moment with as serious as they were all being and the looks on their faces, I thought someone had died. Legitimately. And I was getting really worried.

But then they said they had something to ask us.

See, the night before we had been hanging out with Jen, Patrick from Still Motion and Ashley & Jeremy (our Shoot Out couple from last year, who we’ve since become really good friends with). We tagged out early though to get some sleep for the shoot out. And it turns out that after we were gone, they were all sitting around talking….Ashley had gone to the bathroom, and Jeremy was saying how he’d really just love to propose. Where Patrick (being Patrick and the make things happen kind of guy that he is!) said “if you do & you get married out here, we’ll shoot it.” To which I’m told Jeremy responded something like, “Don’t bluff. If you guys shoot the film & you can get Justin & Mary to agree to take the pictures….I’ll do it.” Patrick said he was pretty sure we would, and the next thing you know Jeremy is on bended knee in the middle of Wolfgang Puck’s.

Where through tears & laughter, Ashley of course said yes.

Which brings us back to the lobby on Tuesday morning, where jaw on the ground, tears in my own eyes, I of course said we would shoot it. This was Tuesday morning at 6am. The wedding would take place on Wednesday at 6pm right after our platform talk. So for the next 36 hours. while we were busy preparing for a talk, Ashley & Jeremy and all of their closest friends they had with them out in Vegas were busy preparing for a wedding. There were bouquets to be made, shoes to be bought, vows to be written, and forever to be promised.

And they pulled it off with all the beauty, simplicity and heart that only two people holding on to one another as tight as they can & choosing to make a leap together, can do.

Married: Ashley & Jeremy

A&J, there are no words for how much I love your hearts. How much I love your love. And how unbelievably honored we were that you allowed us to be there with you as you made this leap. Let your love for each other always be the soft place that you land. I am so unbelievably inspired & encouraged by you. Thank you for allowing us to capture love in its purest form. Fifty years from now when you’re old & wrinkly and still holding on to one another making big leaps together, we will look back and say….we got to be there at the start of it. We love you guys!

So, so, SOOOO much love,

**HUGE thanks to Emilia Schobeiri for coming along as our second shooter, rocking it out & keeping me sane during those first few seconds of whew, how are we going to do this.

  1. Natalee Raymond

    This is just so beautiful. It brought tears to my eyes.

  2. Abby Grace

    You all truly outdid yourselves. I’m in love with the lighting in every single image- it oozes Vegas nightlife, but also a soft romance. These are so so so beautiful! And that image of Jeremy’s face when she’s walking down the aisle? Definitely a tear-jerker.

  3. Jillian Tree

    Absolutely GORGEOUS! Mary you guys did such an amaaazing job. We tried to come to the wedding but got there a lil late. I love the photos!! <3

  4. sharon elizabeth

    I am so in love with their story and these pictures!!!! I know Ashley is going to die when she sees these!!!! <3

  5. SarahV

    These are GORGEOUS photos!!! They are so lucky they had you!!! Wonderful – entirely and completely.

    Annnnnd her legs go on for miles!

  6. Eric F

    I almost feel like I don’t have to say anything because you know what’s coming. Y’all nailed it ONCE AGAIN!! What an awesome story, great looking couple, and of course, the photos speak for themselves. With everything else you had going on at WPPI, and with no lead time on this, these pictures just prove that what y’all do is a God-given natural, pretty damn amazing talent!! Props to J&M and congrats to J&A!!

  7. Nancy Mitchell

    What a beautiful LOVE STORY! This brought tears to my eyes….you guys are the BEST! What a wedding to remember! And the shots are beautiful! xoxo~nance

  8. Katie Jane

    Aw, so that’s what all the commotion was at the beginning of the shootout! We were all wondering! This is so amazing!! I love it when things come together so perfectly like this.

  9. Mallory

    Absolutely freaking fabulous!!!!
    I’m so jealous that this isn’t my wedding….and just love the whole story behind this….great captures!! <3

  10. Regina Marie

    OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I saw you guys doing this! I was outside watching it getting to watch the two of you work! They were SO cute and I LOVED that wedding dress!

    How cool to see it posted!

  11. Katie Nesbitt

    LOVE!!!! I especially love the one where they’re holding hands face to face. Ohhh. And Ashley you look so, so pretty!!!

  12. Christy

    Ahhh I LOVE IT! I saw you all screaming the morning of the shoot out and was wondering what on earth was happening! So excited that this was it! Stunning. :)

  13. Emilia Jane

    So beautiful! It was such an honor to be there with you all.

  14. Kate Douthwright

    I saw this all over twitter and instagram, so awesome! And your pictures are amazing! You worked it in the dark!!!!

  15. ashley barnett

    Whew. So I have to admit that I was being a little lazy this morning…half asleep, cuddling with the dogs when Jeremy leaps into the room all crazy-eyed and said THEY’RE UP!!! At which point I tried to wipe the sleep from my eyes so I could focus, but as soon as I started reading I gave up because for what has to be the 50th time in a week I burst into happy tears. I couldn’t be more excited and happy. All of this was just so perfectly us. Thank you’s will never say what we are feeling enough. We love you guys so SO much.

  16. Jeremy Mitchell

    Speech. Less. I feel like my scrabble bag is out of letters because I seriously can not put words together right now to describe how happy I am. Thank you guys so, so, so much for everything you have done for us. Love you guys!!

  17. Jen Jar

    I. AM. DYING. Mary and Justin, I still remember that morning…I was SO nervous standing there in the lobby waiting for you to come out for the shootout. And then seeing your faces as I told the story melted my heart and I knew that Ashley and Jeremy were going to have the best day of their lives in just 36 hours. I am so unbelievably honored to have witnessed you two in action, and I will never forget how big your hearts are. Thank you thank you thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving my best friend the best day of her life <3

  18. LEOLAK

    LOVE IT!! Sooo awesome! Great story and beautiful images!! Ashley you look STUNNING!! Love the dress and the shoes. Such a cool story all around! Congrats!

  19. Stacey

    SO COOL!!!! I love this… what an incredible story and wonderfully captured for forever. Also, I kinda loved the part about the coffee filling back up ;-)

  20. Ashley Goodwin

    OH. EM. GEE. Amazing. yall have me crying.
    I absolutely love Ashtray and Germ, and their Vegas wedding was one to remember! What an HONOR to be apart of it, and how fantastic that such industry professionals rallied together to make this happen! HUGE props to yall. huge.

  21. Jennifer Smith

    Beautiful! You did such a wonderful job with this elopement! The lighting is just perfect!

  22. Amanda Pearl

    Perfection. I have never seen Ashley more beautiful and Jeremy so happy. This is what love is all about. Gorgeous way to capture their happiness.

  23. Paul Manke

    What a beautiful surprise! And amazing emotion captured here! You guys are amazing as always!

  24. Alicia White

    So so beautiful. Such a perfect representation of their night. Great job!!!

  25. Deney

    Really gorgeous set guys!

  26. Lily Glass

    LOVE his reaction to her walking down the aisle! Couldn’t wait to see these and they only exceeded my expectations – what a wonderful story.

  27. Jill Powers

    This wedding was SO BEAUTIFUL! Everything about it is classy and elegant. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

  28. Elizabeth and Ryan | Elizabeth Ryan Photography

    GAHHHH! SO so so BEAUTIFUL!!! AHHHHH!!! ;) Ok- THAT was EPIC! ;) Well done J&M! and HUGE congrats to Jeremy and Ashley!!! <3

  29. Rebekah Hoyt

    GORGEOUS! I’ve been waiting for these and they are absolutely beautiful. I LOVE J&M!

  30. Jen

    What gorgeous photos (as always) and such a romantic story! How cool that you got to be a part of something so special.

  31. Julia

    Love love love!! Congratulations Ashley & Jeremy!! xoxo

  32. Lauren Wakefield

    AMAZING!!! There’s something oddly intimate about Vegas weddings. I definitely got chills at a few of those. :)

  33. Chelsea

    I seriously teared up at this. How incredible to have a chance to shoot a moment like this. Absolutely amazing job!

  34. Kandise

    Yes! Glad that what was going on in the hotel room that morning was about something so beautiful. These are gorgeous!

  35. Jackie Lamas

    ooooh so pretty! i love this!

  36. Bethany Ann

    Sooooo special!!! Love these images. So romantic and intimate. :)

  37. Jessica Frey Photography

    STUNNING. It all makes sense now! Half awake at 5:45am I know we were all curious what was happening ;) Congrats to them and beautiful beautiful images as always! What a day you guys had!!!


    Ashley, I can’t stop telling you how excited I am for you. This pictures are AMAZING and even though we have never met, I feel like I know you, and now I have been able to see the love that you share with your HUSBAND! I hope you two are always this much in love, and always lean on each other no matter what plans you may make, and always have an adventurous heart to celebrate the unique and amazing way you began your marriage. It’s a wonderful gift and I’m so glad to have you in our "club" xoxox

  39. Tira J

    And that?………seriously amazing!

  40. sarah danaher

    funny story… I’m friends with Ashley, and wanted to go to the wedding, but had to leave for the airport that night, and wasn’t sure I could make it. I went to dinner with some folks, and my friend Tori & I were walking back down the Strip toward the hotel when we saw this crowd gathered up ahead of us, staring in a window at a wedding happening inside. GUESS WHO’S WEDDING??? Tori & I shared in the joy with the folks outside, and then popped in just for a minute to hug a few folks. Such an awesome, sweet wedding!!

  41. Little Ashley

    Absolutely stunning. Amazed. The photos are gorgeous black and white is classic which you are. Congratulations again. Perfect life! Best wishes my love!

  42. Kathryn Denelle

    Epic. Seriously? Seriously…epic.

  43. Sarah Goodwin

    I always look forward to J&M posts, but when it’s people you know?! From Ashley & Jeremy to the bridesmaids including my sister, the guests…definitely an emotional attachment to the photos & simply amazing because you captured Ashley & Jeremy perfectly. I love the story of how everything came together in a split second to be completely classy & elegant & totally them. XO

  44. Lisa Cour

    Oh wow. Just like that! I will live spontaneously vicariously through them. :)

    There is SO much emotion in all of these. Simply gorgeous!

  45. Amanda Miller

    Absolutely beautiful! Such a special moment to be a part of.

  46. josh

    So, it’s 3:30am at Wolfgang Puck’s in MGM Grand, and Jenny + I are enjoying some dessert with some friends two tables over as this happened. I’d never had a conversation with anyone sitting at that table…and I was in tears as well. Such a crazy moment for everyone…in a beautiful way, of course. Man, the story they have to share. Great pictures you two :)

  47. ZipporahK

    Wow, so gorgeous! I admire your work! and such a cute wedding. Love it all!!

  48. Anthony Quesada

    Wow! Amazing stuff. This was beautiful. Having seen what you were dealing with on the shoot makes it even that much more impressive. I have never seen so many cameras at a wedding in my life and you guys made it seem like you were the only ones there. You captured Ashley and Jeremy so well. LOVE IT

  49. Laura Gordon

    Ahhhh! This is so exciting! These images are so incredibly gorgeous and really tell Ashley and Jeremy’s story! They are such a special couple and I couldn’t be a speck more excited for them! It was SUCH an honor being a part of this, I am so thankful and so lucky to call you my friends! And Justin & Mary, you truly outdid yourselves on this one… absolutely stunning! Everything looks perfect. You two are incredible!!!! <3

  50. maggieb

    Sweet! You can’t make this stuff up. What an amazing moment of time, love and life preserved with such beauty.

  51. Christa

    Beautiful. The images, the story, all of it. And I LOVE Ashley’s dress

  52. Tricia Boutelle

    Breathtaking! I adore the shot of him helping her finishing dressing, and his expression when she came down the aisle (especially since he’d already seen her). And of course, we have to mention her dress and gorgeous legs!!
    Beautiful work, as always! I just adore your style.


  53. Dominique

    So beautiful! I just love how your style shines through every time you post.

  54. Suzy G

    I love how you can take the most simple wedding and show the world how any wedding, no matter the size, if highlighted with love, is amazing and beautiful.

  55. betsy la vida

    LOOOOOVE! How much fun is this. Love the classic timeless approach to documenting this. So so cool. :)

  56. Sindy

    So so beautiful!

  57. Brooke

    Oh my GOSH what an amazing story!

  58. erin mcginn

    The emotion, spontaneity, and brilliance of these images is so phenomenal! LOVE!

  59. Cindy Habel

    Amazing images! Congratulations to the happy couple!

  60. Ray

    That kiss photo with Ashley’s hand on Jeremy’s face is gorgeous. And Jeremy’s reaction to Ashley walking down the aisle, is amazing. You captured it so well. Yay, for spontaneous weddings!!!! ;o)

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