Fairhope Wedding Photographer & Educator | Ellison Smith Creative- Formerly Goodie & Smith Weddings

Wedding at the Venue in Fairhope AL | Ashlie & James

This beautiful couple is officially married! Congratulations, Ashlie and James!! These two had the perfect wedding at the Venue in Fairhope – from the stunning details to the sweet moments with friends and family, even down to how wonderful the weather was, it was  the PERFECT day! Ashlie and James met at college in Auburn, Alabama. Ashlie graduated in May with a BSN and James graduated in 2020. Another super neat fun fact is that Ashlie and Jessica have known each other for 21 years this year. They were neighbors and Jessica used to babysit Ashlie and her twin sister, Carlie. We were BEYOND excited when Ashlie reached out for us to photograph her wedding! We also were blessed to do their engagement session in the spring!

Wedding Day at the Venue in Fairhope

James and Ashlie’s beautiful day started with them getting ready with their people. The getting ready space is PERFECT for us photographers! It has amazing window light and neutral colors, which made is easy to highlight the navy blues, whites, pinks, and greens in Ashlie’s color scheme. Something unique about Ashlie’s jewelry is a ring she has from her mother that was a made out of a tennis bracelet from her dad. As the morning continued, we snapped away and got to capture some priceless moments between Ashlie and her bridesmaids, and James and his family. 

 When it came time for the first look, we came to a pretty grassy area with some gorgeous oak trees and positioned James there. The first look was flawless. James almost teared up! Straight after that, Ashlie and James read their vows to each other privately, which added a special touch to their day. As we transitioned to Bride and Groom portraits, we used a lot of beautiful locations around The Venue in Fairhope. We LOVE that is has a classic and traditional/timeless look, which made for great portraits that fit the feel for this couple.

The Venue at Fairhope Ceremony and Reception 

Time for the ceremony! Ashlie and James had a “short and sweet” wedding ceremony, as they had already read their vows to each other. Incorporating a unity candle into the ceremony was something we loved to see. And the reception was simply WONDERFUL!! James snuck off with Ashlie to enjoy a glass of wine together before making a grand entrance into the reception area as Mr. and Mrs. Holladay! Following the first dances was the cake cutting and the bouquet and garter tosses. Another SUPER fun addition to the night was the Papa Johns pizza they ordered and had delivered during the middle of the reception!! The wonderful evening drew to a close when the new Mr. and Mrs. Holladay exited amid glowing sparklers to get to their getaway car. 

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

James and Ashlie, your wedding day was beautiful and perfect – just like the two of you! We are over the MOON that we could come and photograph your wonderful day!! Big congrats again!



Venues: The Venue- Fairhope 

Professional Event Coordinator: Jubilee Events & Designs

Videographer: Resolute Films

Florist: Jubilee Events & Designs

H&MU Artists: Chaney Smith 

Baker: Couture Cakes 

Caterer: Tamara’s 

Ceremony Musician:  Katy Herndon

Band: – Tommy Morse Band

Bride’s Dress: House of Tux- Biloxi 

Bridemaid’s Dresses:  Bliss Bridal 

Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Generation Tux 

Invitation Suite: Zola’s 

Rentals: Gulf Coast Events & Rentals 

Jeweler: Ware’s

Other Vendors: Fairhope Poppers 

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Fairhope Alabama Wedding Photographer formerly Goodie and Smith weddings

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Hi! I’m Jessica, owner and lead photographer at Ellison Smith Creative- the Gulf Coast’s only full service wedding photography studio. I am so glad you’re here! Please show yourself around and you’ll soon see that I believe that my clients DESERVE IT ALL! 

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