Living the Dream

Five years ago, Andy and I began our business as a side project. We did it for fun. We did it for the extra money. We did it so that we could buy things that we most likely didn’t need. Neither one of us thought we’d actually make anything of it.

Tomorrow it will be three weeks since I said goodbye to my old teaching job. You know… the salary plus benefits type of job.

Yesterday, my email associated with teaching stopped working. I deleted the account from my phone, as if it never existed. I never (well maybe in my wildest dreams!) imagined that I would be able to take photography full-time and to the level that it is. I couldn’t have done it without my husband, who doubles as the best friend and business partner a girl could ask for.

So this post is for you, sweetie.

Thank you for your never-ending support. You’ve never doubted my ability. You push me to be better. I’m a better photographer and business owner because you created the path that led me here.

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Lauren + Andrew Engaged | Harborwalk | Boston, MA

Andrew and Lauren have been together for years.

I met with with these cuties back in the Spring in Beacon Hill. We walked around the neighborhood before hitting the Boston Harborwalk with the beautiful Boston skyline behind them. I truly love this location, and this incredible couple who happen to be getting married at one of my favorite locations in October!

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And to see some of the older stuff, you can always visit HERE.

Location: Beacon Hill and Boston Harborwalk
Photography: Michele Ashley

Meredith + Gardy’s Spring Wedding | Tower Hill Botanical Garden | Boylston, MA

Tower Hill Botanic Garden Wedding

The weather was perfect.

On a beautiful Spring day in May, Meredith and Jean Gardy made their vows to one another.

You may remember these sweethearts from their e-sesh in Boston a few months ago. And if not, you’re in for a treat. Meredith and Gardy are madly in love. They treat each other so sweetly, and they light up every room they walk into.

Tower Hill Botanic Garden Wedding

Tower Hill Botanic Garden Wedding

Tower Hill Botanic Garden Wedding

Tower Hill Botanic Garden Wedding

Tower Hill Botanic Garden Wedding

Their ceremony took place on the large lawn in front of the gorgeous portico above the secret garden.
Tower Hill Botanic Garden Wedding

Tower Hill Botanic Garden Wedding

Tower Hill Botanic Garden Wedding

Tower Hill Botanic Garden Wedding

Tower Hill Botanic Garden Wedding

Tower Hill Botanic Garden Wedding

Tower Hill Botanic Garden Wedding

Tower Hill Botanic Garden Wedding
The reception was in the stunning Orangerie, an 18th century greenhouse.
Tower Hill Botanic Garden Wedding

Tower Hill Botanic Garden Wedding

Tower Hill Botanic Garden Wedding

Tower Hill Botanic Garden Wedding

Tower Hill Botanic Garden Wedding

Tower Hill Botanic Garden Wedding

Tower Hill Botanic Garden Wedding

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And to see some of the older stuff, you can always visit HERE.

Venue: Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Officiant: Stoddard Melhado
Floral Design: The Flower Loft
Dress: Modern Trousseau
Catering: Tastings Caterers
Shoes: Nordstrom
Jewelry: Blue Nile
Disc Jockey: South Shore Entertainment
Hair Accessory: Lulu Splendor
Menswear: Vera Wang, Mens Wearhouse
Musicians: Sweet Serenades
Photography: Michele Ashley

New site is LIVE!

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After many intense hours and long days, the new website is officially here! I am so incredibly excited to share it. I am even more excited to get back to blogging!

I had to learn so many new things to get this site up and running.

Between reading the manuals from The Tonic Site Shop, Showit, and ProPhoto, and lots of whining to my husband Andy when things weren’t going right (who was patient with me and showed me things along the way), to large cups of coffee and twelve hour days, I’m leaping for joy over how this beast-turned-baby came out!

Take a look around for yourself, and then come back here and show me some love in the comment section below.

Michele Ashley Photography

michele ashley photography website homepage

And to see some of the older stuff, you can always visit here.