Julie + Kyle Married | Highfields Country Club | Grafton, MA

Julie is such an amazing person. When I first met her, I knew she was one of those people that is easy and fun to be around, always smiling. I knew her and Kyle would be a good couple for me. Plus, they chose to do their engagement session in one of my favorite places, Newport(!!!), so bonus points there!

Julie + Kyle got ready at Highfields Country Club (that natural light in Julie’s room… right?!) and just as we were getting ready to go to the church for the ceremony- torrential downpours. October of 2016 was not a happy month as far as weather goes. LOTS of rain, but you know, with Julie’s stunning smile and Kyle just as sweet, we got through it.

J+K:
Thank you for bringing me along on this adventure. They say that rain brings luck, and I think you two will definitely be a very lucky couple, with more than enough love to share! Congrats again!

Ceremony: The Village Congregational Church
Reception: Highfields Country Club
Makeup: Lacey Heist
Hair: Lacey Heist
DJ: Platinum Productions
Floral: The Flower Shop
Catering: Highfields Country Club
Brides Dress: Lilian West
Bridesmaids Dresses: Davids Bridal
Shoes: Davids Bridal
Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse
Pie/Cake/Dessert: Wrights Dairy Farm
Photography: Michele Ashley

Cayte + Nick Married | Fall New England Wedding | Hudson, MA

Hudson Wedding Photographer

This New England wedding sums up the colors of autumn perfectly. Cayte and Nick had a perfect fall day, up until the torrential downpours; but luckily those occurred during the reception! These two planned an amazing first look at a local park. The bridge they met on was in the middle of the most gorgeous foliage (definitely peak foliage weekend!) and their family and wedding party joined us afterward for portraits.

C+N:
You guys treated us like family- you two are the sweetest. Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness!

Ceremony: Saint Michael’s Parish
Reception: Hudson Concord Elks
DJ: BT Entertainment
Floral Design: Jeff French Floral & Event Design
Catering: Tony & Penny’s
Makeup: Dorina Commendatore
Hair: Ashley Hair Love
Brides Dress: Eddy K
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff
Cake: Gerardos
Photography: Michele Ashley + Andy Dowd

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Top Shelf vs. Bottom Shelf | My Search for Good Business Education

When Andy and I started our business, we were in our own little photography bubble. Our growth in both photography and business relied on each other and from our experiences in providing both of these things to our clients. We weren’t influenced by what anyone else was doing.

I don’t know about you, but I have almost an obsessive thirst for knowledge. When I want to know more about something, I want to know everything anyone has ever said about the subject. I’m a little crazy when it comes to google.

Top Shelf vs. Bottom Shelf:
I have spent thousands of dollars on education, products, and videos in search of what I call ‘Top Shelf Information’, trying to further my photography skill and business ability, but as you can probably already guess, not all education and materials are created equal, or have benefited me at all. There is good, solid information out there, but you have to scrape and peel back the layers and junk (bottom shelf information) to actually find it.

So, starting next week, I am going to begin a series of blogs, containing what I believe to be ‘Top Shelf’ information to increase your bookings, value, and most importantly, happy clients.

Business Education | Michele Ashley Photography

Hannah + Sean Married | Zukas Hilltop Barn | Spencer, MA

This gorgeous wedding at Zukas Hilltop Barn is so warm and so sweet, I am so excited to share it with all of you today. Hannah and Sean met in high school in astronomy class, and have been together ever since. These two sweethearts shared a first look on their wedding day and celebrated in an incredibly decorated tent. It felt like one of those late summer days, for sure.

Hannah and Sean wanted their wedding to have a science/nature feel to it, they incorporated beakers with ferns, and sent their guests home with test tubes filled with maple syrup and honey. Seed to Stem did an incredible job pulling it all together with the floral design. This wedding was so much fun, right down to the guests pulling off some great dance moves, and most of all, the love and affection everyone had for Hannah and Sean.

H+S:
THANK YOU. You two are incredible human beings and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have been the one to capture your love.

Venue: Zukas Hilltop Barn
Floral Design: Seed to Stem
Makeup + Hair: Kristen Hickman
Brides Dress: David’s Bridal
Menswear: Mens Wearhouse
DJ: Greg Bedard
Headband: Fiore Boutique
Photography: Michele Ashley

Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding

Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding

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Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding

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Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding

Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding

Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding

Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding

Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding

Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding

Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding

Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding

Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding

Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding

Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding

Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding

Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding

Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding

Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding

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Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding

Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding

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Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding

Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding

Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding

Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding

Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding

Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding

Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding

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Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding

Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding

Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding

Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding

Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding

Kelly + Josiah Married | Salem Cross Inn | West Brookfield, MA

This New England farm wedding at one of my favorite venues had me the minute I saw all of the unique details. Kelly’s dress from Casablanca bridal was originally sleeveless, so she had custom sleeves added to the gown. She and her mom also crafted the floral arrangements and bouquets, and Kelly created all of the headpieces herself. This DIY wedding was beautiful and colorful, even the farms’ cows gathered for a portrait, a first for me and I have been lucky enough to photograph at Salem Cross many times.

K+J:
Thank you for having me along on such an important day in your lives, congrats to the two of you!

Venue: Salem Cross Inn
Dress: Casablanca Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Angelo
Menswear: Mens Wearhouse
Photography: Michele Ashley

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