Nelson + Ashley | Sherwood Gardens Engagement Session

June 11, 2013 Nelson + Ashley | Sherwood Gardens Engagement Session

I just love the couple in today’s post. Last November I met with Ashley and her mom to talk about her wedding. Nelson was working so I didn’t get the chance to meet him, but I fell in love with Ashley immediately. She was just so sweet and so fun and so enthusiastic about her wedding and her amazing fiancĂ© and it was just contagious! No more than a minute after I left the meeting (I had *just* made it to my car) I got a phone call from Ashley, she wanted me to hear it from her right then, that her and her mom loved me and she wanted me to shoot her wedding! She was SO cute on the phone, I just knew I had an amazing bride and ever since I’ve been greatly looking forward to seeing her again!

Our session got rained out a few weeks ago and we were finally ready to shoot this Sunday! It was a gorgeous day! Until right around the time the session was supposed to start. The clouds rolled in and it even rained on the way there. Thankfully the rain let up and we had a beautiful evening to work with. We even got a tiny bit of golden light before the sun went behind the clouds for the remainder of the day. Ashley had a great attitude about it and was prepared with cute umbrellas just in case! As I mentioned before, this was my first time meeting Nelson and I love him just as much as I love Ashley! These two are just so sweet and so perfect for each other and game for anything. I can’t even properly describe just how excited I am for their wedding this September!

Aren’t they just gorgeous together?

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE. This is going on my wall. No question about it.

Ahh she’s going to be the most beautiful bride.

As they went to the car to change outfits, I photographed Ashley’s ring. I am OBSESSED! The double prongs, the ribbon setting, so much gorgeousness.

This is what happened when I asked Nelson to be “all GQ” whatever that even means. I’m going to say he nailed it. Ha!

He’s quite the handsome dude. Seriously, I can’t get over how gorgeous they are and how perfect they are for each other.

Love this one too! Maybe *this* should go on my wall instead? Decisions, decisions…

Ashley + Nelson, thanks so much for being good sports on Sunday. I hope you love these photos and I just can’t wait for your wedding in September! We’re going to have a blast!

Ashley’s engagement session look (and her wedding look in September) was done by Jordan Noel! Check out her Facebook page if you’re looking for a makeup artist for your wedding in the Baltimore area.



  • jennifer
    Posted at 06:17h, 11 June Reply

    These two are so adorable together! I just love how sweet this session is… absolutely fantastic!

  • Natalie
    Posted at 07:23h, 11 June Reply

    This session is so cute! I love her hair – perfect waves!

  • Lauren C
    Posted at 08:26h, 11 June Reply

    How she called you right after your meeting is so cute! She is going to be the most gorgeous bride!! They’re all just so sweet. So many of them are wall worthy!

  • Emilia Jane
    Posted at 09:10h, 11 June Reply

    They are so cute!! And I love her ring <3

  • Dani
    Posted at 09:36h, 11 June Reply

    I love that second dress so much!! It pops in all these photos. And yes, he totally nailed GQ….or blue steel? :-)

  • Joanne
    Posted at 09:37h, 11 June Reply

    Hard to pick favorites! So many great images! Ashley is beautiful… and I love her dress!! And the ring shot in the flower!! And, and, and…. I could go on and on :)

  • Ashley Rader
    Posted at 10:30h, 11 June Reply

    Brea these turned out even better than I imagined!! You did an amazing job! Thanks again for making Sunday a blast. These photos are AMAZING :)

  • teri pozniak // tPoz
    Posted at 10:51h, 11 June Reply

    GORGEOUS! and that third image? you nailed it. wall-worthy for sure!!

  • ashley barnett
    Posted at 11:32h, 11 June Reply

    Her hair is AMAZING! They are such a fun and cute couple – love these!

  • Shannon Schaeffer
    Posted at 12:48h, 11 June Reply

    Beautiful Ashley..I’m so happy for you and so excited for September. These pictures are phenomenal!

  • kathy
    Posted at 14:15h, 11 June Reply

    Those ring shots are gorgeous! Love this whole session!

  • Birdie Meadows Rader Jackson
    Posted at 02:40h, 12 June Reply

    My beautiful Grandaughter, and her wounderful soon to be Husband. You guys look wonderful. you are made for each other, Love You. Mommom

  • Marsi Miranda
    Posted at 22:06h, 12 June Reply

    Ryan and Ashley you both look so happy and beautiful! Thanks for sharing these photos with us!

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