Ashley and Jeff were married over Memorial Day weekend – a fitting time as Jeff is a U.S. Army veteran.  It was a fun and beautiful day filled with emotion.  I really enjoyed the day.

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I started the day with Ashley and the girls at the Pageboy Salon in Lawrenceville – where there was lots of hairspray 😀

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Jasmine Goldband joined the team for the day.  She was with the guys:

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Ashley and the girls got ready at the Holiday Inn in Oakland, near Soldiers and Sailors.

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Jeff waits for the girls to arrive (Jasmine’s photo):

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But perfection takes time:

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Worth the wait, wouldn’t you say?

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The ceremony was held at Ashley’s family parish, St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church in Rankin.

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Ashley’s dad greets her as she arrives at the church:

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Jeff watches as Ashley walks down the aisle (Jasmine’s photo):

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Caroline’s photo below:

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Jasmine’s photo below:

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Jeff really liked wearing the crown:

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Jasmine got this nice photo of their kiss during the recessional:

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It was great to be in the air-conditioned comfort of a gigantic limousine bus as we went to Schenley Park for some portraits:

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Ashley was stunning!

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Some details:

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Ashley in a mirror at Soldiers and Sailors:

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Jasmine’s photo below:

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Ashley listens to the speech by her maid of honor (Jasmine’s photo):

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It being Memorial Day weekend and with so many veterans in the audience, the choice of Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall as their venue was particularly poignant.  Jeff’s mom read a description of the symbolism of each of the items on the Fallen Warrior’s Table, which was placed on the stage in honor of the service of all veterans.

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Here’s a photo of Jeff with then-president George W. Bush that was taken when Jeff was recovering from wounds he received during his service in Iraq:

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It was a powerful reminder of the sacrifices that our service men and women make to ensure our safety.

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The first dance:

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Jasmine’s photo below:

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Ashley’s mom wipes a tear as she watches Ashley dance with her dad:

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Ashley and her mom share a dance:

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Jasmine’s photo below:

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After it cooled down we went back outside for some portraits.  We had a great engagement portrait session last fall, so Ashley and Jeff were ready to go:

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I kind of got the feeling that it was pre-ordained who would get the bouquet and garter:

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Ashley sings a song with her mom and brother:

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Jeff and his mom share a dance:

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Jeff and his dad:

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The jello shooters seemed to help get people in the mood to dance:

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Finally, I’d like to give a shout out to my buddy Art Cohen, whose All the Best Catering did a great job with dinner.

I’d been looking forward to this wedding for a long time and was so delighted to have the opportunity to tell the story.  Thanks!

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