Oh my goodness, on July 7th Ashton and I got ENGAGED! After helping so many brides and grooms plan their wedding days, I finally get to plan my own with my very favorite guy.
That day didn’t start off the very best-I was with one of my sweet seniors and her mom as she got her hair + makeup done before her session, and my car battery DIED! I was freaking out *a little bit* and immediately called Ashton to tell me what I should do (I had to get to Herscher to begin this senior session after her hair + makeup were done). Ash and his dad dropped what they were doing to come help me with my car, so it all ended up perfectly fine. I was just a ball of stress for a few minutes there 🙂
After I finished the most gorgeous senior session that night, I thought that my brother and Ashton’s sister were coming to pick me up (yes, they’re dating too & that’s a story for a different time). When they showed up to take me home, I was surprised to see that my other brother and his girlfriend had also come along to pick me up, and I made a comment like “Oh you should have brought Ashton with too”, followed by various excuses from everyone in the car. I definitely should have known something was up, lol! On the drive home, I noticed Ashton’s sister, Hadleigh, completely turning her phone away from me as she was texting. At the time I was thinking that was strange and I wondered who she was texting so secretly. Again, I should have known something was up! THEN Ashton told me he was going to sleep at 9pm, which was slightly irritating since I was on my way to his house to see him, but again, I believed him and thought nothing of it. When we finally got back to Ashton’s house, my brother turns off of the driveway and starts driving THROUGH THE YARD. Me, being tired at this point & with a dead phone, asked him what the heck he was doing which was followed by Hadleigh saying “Oh David and Dana haven’t seen the pond, so we have to show them”. At this point I thought these kids were insane as we were driving to see the pond in the dark. Quickly after that, I saw lights roped around the dock and Ashton standing there with flowers around him in the shape of a heart.
I’m pretty sure it took at least 30 seconds to get out of the car because I was trying to process what was happening. I finally got out (apparently without my shoes on for some reason??) and was shaking from shock/excitement!! Not gonna lie, I don’t remember most of what he said, but I know it was the sweetest thing ever!! ps I’m absolutely obsessed with this ring, and I can’t stop taking pictures of it. If you follow me on social media, I’m sorry, but you may never stop seeing pictures.
BEST. DAY. EVER. (until our wedding day of course ☺️)
-Brooke + Alex
"Where do I even begin… First off, Elle is hands down one of the sweetest humans you will ever meet. As if her work doesn’t speak for itself, the minute I met her and started chatting I knew we made the right choice!
We’ve been married 3 weeks now and we had the most beautiful day, but the amount of compliments we’ve received on our photos blows everything else out of the water and we are STILL getting comments!! I can’t even put into words how blown away both myself and everyone else was with her work.
You will get a handful of previews right away and a blog post which to be honest I would have been happy with just those! BUT I was absolutely floored when I saw our full gallery! I look at them at LEAST once a day because I am just so obsessed with them. Elle is insanely talented and her creativity shines through in her photos.
You will feel like you are straight out of a bridal magazine, I promise!"
"You will feel like you're straight out of a bridal magazine"
-Noelle + Elijah
"Lord help me not ramble too too much about how AMAZING Elle & Ashton are! I cannot say enough good things about these two or express fully how much I not only recommend them but insist you choose them for your wedding. When I sat down and started looking up wedding photographers on Instagram (lol) I came across Elle's page and instantly fell in love with her style of photography. As I looked through the pictures I almost felt the love radiating from the pictures if that makes sense lol. I knew I had to reach out to her and get all the info on how to have her as our photographer. After we had booked her we took a LONG time to try and find a wedding videographer and we just could not find one that matched what we were looking for so when Elle announced that her husband was going to be joining her and adding videography as something they offer I immediately ran right to my email thread and told her I wanted to add it onto our package. BEST DECISION. I cannot tell you how many times I have cried watching our sneak peak film or looking through our photos on her blog. Seriously I cannot recommend this duo enough. Thank you Elle & Ashton AGAIN.. lol for capturing our day so perfectly. Everything turned out better than I could have ever imagined. If you're looking to book Elle........ DO IT & add Ashton as your videographer! You won't regret it!"
-Hannah + Brett
"TRULY AMAZING. I cannot recommend her enough. It is so important to have vendors you trust and having Elle put me at so much ease on my wedding day. Prior to the day we had communicated about what my husband and I wanted for photos and the goals of the day and I had literally no doubt that she was going to capture everything. As soon as she came on the wedding day she was a fun and calming presence and was truly an angel. She was so professional and yet a friend at the same time! Heck, she even put my veil in for me when it wasn't sitting just right! She goes ABOVE AND BEYOND and is the sweetest soul. She is so easy to work with and her communication was impeccable. She made wedding planning sooo much easier. Now for her photos!!! AMAZED, it makes me re-live my wedding day every time I look at them. Her photographs transport you to the day by capturing moments big and small and you can truly feel the vibe of the day by just looking at the pictures. She had a great mix of candid shots and classic posed photos and also handled a VERY large family formals list with ease. Elle's work is incredible, her photographs captured our wedding beautifully. I honestly would recommend her to any one of my friends or family. It was so nice to have a photographer I felt connected with and felt like I had a friend photographing my wedding. So if you are on the fence about hiring her, just do yourself a favor and do it"
"She was so professional and yet a friend at the same time!"
-Heather + Trevor
"Elle and Ashton are an absolute pleasure to work with. They started the day not on time, but early, and came prepared for anything and everything-- packing their car with things from umbrellas to curling irons! When the weather took a turn and tornado warnings came, they were ready for it all with a plan B, and remained flexible and positive as we decided to change venues to accommodate the weather. Through it all, you would have had no clue the weather was chaotic in pictures, they make each and every person in your party feel comfortable and beautiful in their poses and prompts. There's not one shot they miss, even in a time crunch of weather chaos! They are the most perfect team. I could go on for hours about their work ethic and character; they are genuinely great people doing this for all the right reasons, the passion and happiness are written all over their face and in their actions. By the end of the day they didn't feel like photographers or videographers, but two friends we spent the day with, making our day all the more special and enjoyable.
Elle and Ashton (and their team) are worth every penny and more. As a bride I would change my date to fit their schedule if I had to, they're really the icing on top of your wedding day experience. They go above and beyond from the moment you inquire through the weeks after your wedding. You can't just find any vendor like them for your wedding, so happy I chose to be an #ElleTaylorBride, and I'd do it again if I could!"
"As a bride I would change my date to fit their schedule if I had to, they're really the icing on top of your wedding day experience"
-Krista + Travis
"I think most brides-to-be have heard a time or two the importance of investing in a good wedding photographer. And this couldn’t be more true! Once your big day comes and goes, all you have left are the memories. The decorations sit in storage, but your wedding pictures are hung on your walls for years to come. What better way to relive that day than with your wedding pictures?! Elle goes above and beyond to capture such special, unique moments. It’s so special to walk through our dining room and see the photos she’s taken hung up. I’m immediately taken back to the amazing memories we created. Her style is so elegant, her personality shines, and her photos speak for themselves. I would absolutely recommend Elle Taylor Photography for any special event to capture and preserve timeless memories of you and your loved ones! Thanks again for all you do, Elle!"
" Her style is so elegant, her personality shines, and her photos speak for themselves"
-Sara + Johnny
"Elle was nothing short of perfect! She is so sweet, patient, and has the biggest heart. She is truly the best at what she does and Johnny and I could not have picked a better photographer to capture our perfect day! Through every detail, Elle made sure everything we wanted and needed was taken care of. Elle even put her jacket around me in the freezing cold! We are the most grateful for the love put into the whole day! Elle made me feel like the most beautiful bride and kept me calm with her love and patience. Picking a photographer for your wedding is the hardest part knowing that it is what you have to remember the best day of your life, but Elle made it easy and we are so in love with our wedding pictures! We are forever grateful!"
"We are most grateful for the love put into the whole day."
-Sarah + Phil
"It was truly magical working with Elle as our photographer on our wedding day. She made us feel so calm and comfortable on a crazy and exciting day! She took every picture we wanted and even snuck in a few extras that we will cherish forever. We've already recommended her to all of our engaged friends, and will continue to recommend her to new couples! Choosing a photographer who meshes with your personalities and photography style is a must, and Elle without a doubt fulfilled both. Thank you, Elle for memories we will never, ever forget!"
"Choosing a photographer who meshes with your personalities and photography style is a must, and Elle without a doubt fulfilled both"
-Caiti + Josh
"Elle is FLEXIBLE, FAST, EXPERIENCED and an all around GREAT photographer! We felt SO at ease with her and she was an absolute DELIGHT to shoot with. We couldn’t stop smiling the entire time. The pictures turned out AMAZING and she got them back to us in less than 24 hours!!! Thank you SO much Elle! If you are looking through Elle’s reviews and are STILL NOT CONVINCED that she would be PERFECT for ANY occasion you are out of your mind!"
"If you're looking through Elle's reviews and are still not convinced that she would be perfect for any occasion, you are out of your mind!"