Ashford and Olivia were married on August 1, 2020, at their church Southern Heights Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky. They had the sweetest ceremony and reception with their close family and friends. Olivia looked gorgeous in her silk off the shoulder dress, and Ashford looked handsome in his classic black tux and bowtie. A little rain didn’t get these two down as they were so excited to celebrate being married. We were so honored when Ashford and Olivia contacted us to photograph their wedding. We had the privilege of being there when Ashford asked Olivia to marry him as well. We have loved getting to know Ashford and Olivia this year and are so excited for them. We wish them a lifetime of happiness, love, and adventure!
Olivia and Ashford first met while their church was planning a mission’s trip to Liberia. They were going there to share Jesus’ word in Monrovia for Christmas. Ashford was given Olivia’s number to connect over the trip and to discuss any fears Olivia may have since Ashford was familiar with the culture. Though Ashford had never been to Africa, his family is from Liberia. Together they talked and talked about the trip, and secretly both never wanted the phone conversation to end. They continued to stay in touch and wanted to talk to each other every day. For their first date, they went to dinner at Pasta Garage and then Crank and Boom afterward. Then they sat and played multiple games of connect four outside the Summit Plaza, laughing and talking the night away. Together Ashford and Olivia had the best time, and their first date could not have been more perfect. They love trying new restaurants, going to art festivals, cooking together, and doing bible devotionals together. Ashford surprised Olivia with a photoshoot at Shaker Village with us and their dog Charlie.
We decided the best way to start the session was with a few fun games to make sure she wasn’t on to us. The first game we played was for Ashford to run up behind Olivia and attack her with love. This allowed Ashford to slip the ring box from his shoe to his pocket. Then we had Ashford and Olivia turn and face each other and say what they loved most about each other. This was Ashford’s cue. Though they had imagined their lives together for a while now, Olivia had no idea that the moment was now! As Ashford shared the last words of what he loved about Olivia, he knelt and asked for Olivia’s hand in marriage. At that moment, everything else faded away for Olivia, and she saw Ashford for his whole heart, and she said YES!
Ceremony and Reception Location: Southern Heights Baptist Church
Wedding Photos by Kevin and Anna Photography
Don’t Miss Ashford and Olivia’s Proposal and Engagement Photos at Shaker Village!