Wedding at Ashton Gardens

Florida A&M University. I was extremely excited to be their wedding photographer for their November wedding at Ashton Gardens. We began the day with prep photos of the bride and groom at a hotel close to the wedding venue. The bride wore a beautiful wedding dress from the Bridal Gallery of Orlando and the groom’s suit tux was from The Black Tux. When we arrived at Ashton Gardens the couple decided to do a first touch instead of a first look before the wedding ceremony. The smile on Maya’s face is priceless as Lee prayed for both of them. After “jumping the broom” I swiftly moved the couple to the reception space for a stunning room reveal with the decor by Chelsea Floral. The reception dance floor was filled all night thanks to the music of Exquisite Sounds. I ended the night with a couple’s portrait on the beautiful staircase of Ashton Gardens. I wish Maya and Lee the best and thank you for including me on your wedding day!

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Their Story

How did the two of you meet?
Lee and I initially met during the summer of 2011 in an accounting class at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. We were 2 of 3 people assigned to a group, neither of us remembers the third person.

What did you do for your first date?
Our first official date didn’t take place until July of 2015. We visited the World of Coca Cola in addition to the Martin Luther King history center. We ended our first date day with dinner at Midtown Kitchen in Atlanta, Georgia.

Who proposed and how?
Lee proposed to me on December 27th, 2017 underneath the downtown Chicago skyline at Navy Pier after a romantic dinner. It totally caught me by surprise as I’d been anticipating it would be another day. It was just the two of us just like I’d always wanted.

Lastly, can you tell us a bit about your plans for your wedding?
We plan to have an elegant fall wedding in Atlanta, Georgia. Our wedding will include greenery with hints of dinosaurs to portray our fondness of the Jurassic Park series. It will include both of our families and friends traveling mainly from Florida and Illinois. We’re planning to have a wonderful time.

Wedding Vendors

Venue: Ashton Gardens
Wedding Coordinator: Ceshia and Jason Wilder
Hair Artist: Mistie Myers
Makeup Artist: Glam Krazy
Bride’s Wedding Dress: Bridal Gallery of Orlando
Groom’s Tux: theblacktux.COM
Videographer: Heart Brave Studios
Floral and Decor: Chelsea Floral Designs
Cake Artist: The Baking Grounds
DJ: Exquisite Sound Entertainment