Friday Night Kitchen Dance Party Playlist

Guys, it’s been AWHILE since I posted a playlist. Don’t worry though- the dance parties continue even when the playlists don’t! If you’re new to this, Andy and I listen to alllllllll kinds of music, and we dance to anything that basically moves us. Listen to the actual playlist on SPOTIFY here!!

Top 5 Songs on our faves list for this week:

1. San Holo- We Rise

2. Carlos Vives & Shakira- La Bicicleta

3. Deorro- Bailer

4. The Chainsmokers- Setting Fires

5. Lady Gaga- Born This Way

Ludlow Country Club Wedding | Ludlow Wedding Photographer | Bri + Kyle

I stood in front of Kyle waiting for Bri. I could see he was fighting back tears as his bride approached from behind. Having a first look wasn’t part of the plan, they wanted the first wedding day moment of the two of them to be Bri walking down the aisle, but a late October ceremony hung over their heads and they decided to make the switch and see each other beforehand. As Bri walked towards Kyle, I could hear the two of them cracking jokes, and although Kyle was emotional, he was happy. The day had finally arrived where the two of them would share the same last name.

These two.

Honestly, there are not enough words to describe my adoration for them- as a couple, as parents, and as individuals. They are absolutely fantastic people, and both of them wear their heart on their sleeve. I am so honored to have been able to capture all of the emotional moments of this special day last Fall.

B+K:
Congrats to the two of you. I hope it’s not too long before I see you again!
xoxo

Venue: Ludlow Country Club
DJ: Steve Nagle
Floral: Little Flower Shop of Hampden
Makeup/Hair: De Ja Vous
Dress: David’s Bridal
Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse
Shoes: Bandolino
Photography: Michele Ashley

My 10 Favorite Engagement Locations Right Now

I shoot a ton of engagement sessions, and because I travel quite a bit for them, I wanted to share my Top 10 favorite spots right now.

Westport, MA
This gem is definitely worth checking out, especially Cherry and Webb beach.The dunes and the beach grass provide a nice little shade, and the beach itself is very pretty.
Top 10 Engagement Locations | Michele Ashley

Newport Cliff Walk, Newport, RI
If you are looking for a little adventure, walk the cliff walk on your engagement shoot. At Ledge Road, you can access the cliffs, but there is no ‘legal’ parking right there. Gorgeous views from this area, to the right, the cliffs lead to a dirt walking path and down to Bailey’s beach.
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Narragansett, RI
Another gorgeous area, with rocks on the beach.
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MIT, Cambridge, MA
The main building of MIT provides an incredible backdrop for engagement photos. The back of this building faces the Charles River. There is a gorgeous view of the Boston skyline.
Top 10 Engagement Locations | Michele Ashley

Back Bay, Boston
What is not to love about the Back Bay neighborhood (aside from parking!). The brick sidewalks and gorgeous victorian brownstones all provide a beautiful city neighborhood feel.
Top 10 Engagement Locations | Michele Ashley

Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA
This lush park with an array of trees, shrubs, and flowers is one of my favorite ‘park style’ places to shoot. There are so many flowering trees and shrubs at different times of the year, a perfect place every time.
Top 10 Engagement Locations | Michele Ashley

South Boston
Lettered Streets and cool neighborhoods. Lots of hills, Boston Harbor, and Thomas Park. I love the view from South Boston.
Top 10 Engagement Locations | Michele Ashley

The Harborwalk, Boston
I love this area so much, the boats, the city skyline… From the North End to the South End, the Harborwalk is one of my favorite places to be, with or without a camera!
Top 10 Engagement Locations | Michele Ashley

Boston Public Garden
This place speaks for itself. The city does require a permit to shoot here, but it’s a gorgeous spot inside the city in Beacon Hill.
Top 10 Engagement Locations | Michele Ashley

Wachusett Mountain, Princeton, MA
Park at the summit for a few bucks and walk some of the paths just before sunset. Then at sunset, grab your lover for a few romantic photos on top of the world.
Top 10 Engagement Locations | Michele Ashley

Shaker Hills Country Club Wedding | Harvard Wedding Photographer | Holly + Mike

There it was, a smile from ear to ear. When I say Holly’s smile could light up a room, I mean every word of it. During her toast, her matron of honor talked about Holly’s personality, and it was quite clear that everyone felt the same way, this woman is a sweetheart. Mike, a little shy at first, has a big and fun personality when you get to know him. So many kind words were shared about this amazing couple on their wedding day.

I met Holly and Mike a year and a half ago, and the more I learned about the two of them, the more I understood their love for each other. I am so grateful to have met these two amazing people, and even more so that I was able to capture their love story last October.

Holly + Mike:
Thank you for treating us like friends and for being so easy and fun to work with. You two have something special and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!

Venue: Shaker Hills Country Club
DJ: Good Times Unlimited
Floral Design: Petals Flowers
Makeup: Make-up by Natalie
Hair: Gina Joubert
Bride’s Dress: Allure Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: White by Vera Wang
Grooms Attire: Jos A. Bank
Veil: Ve’Lace Bridal
Videography: Erica Chick
Wedding Coordinator: Corey Smith
Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas
Rings: K.B. Jewelers
Photography: Michele Ashley + Andy Dowd

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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

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