We couldn’t have been more honored to capture Ashlee and Pauly’s amazing wedding week in the Bahamas.
Pauly and Ashlee have hearts of gold, and their energy is infectious. They are kind, humble, ALIVE, and incredibly generous with their love…. love for each other, for those close to them, for the planet, and truly all they meet. Being a part of their wedding experience is hard to put words to……(How could water possibly be that blue?! And sand that fine and white?! And the seafood? Ohhhhh, the seafood! We just want to go back!)
We love that Ashlee and Pauly truly savored each and every moment; a beautiful thing to witness. They were present and grateful for each and every moment of their wedding. And they included us like we were part of their family, too. THANK YOU, Pauly and Ashlee, for entrusting us to capture your incredible wedding; it’s an experience we will never forget! We love you both!
From reggae shows in Boulder to a Bahamian band singing “Stir it Up,” as they danced in front of a hand-made alter on the sands of Elbow Cay – Pauly and Ashlee’s incredible wedding reflected their laid-back style and beautiful relationship.
Ashlee and Pauly met in Boulder, but their love story began on the beach in Florida. Seven years later, Pauly proposed on that very same beach – so of course, a beach wedding was inevitable. They wanted their toes in the sand and the sun shining down as they said ‘I do.’
Pauly and Ashlee put thought into every single detail of the wedding week, and you could feel it! Ashlee and the ladies made time on the wedding morning for yoga on the beach, one of Ashlee’s very favorite things in the world, with one of Ashlee’s dear friends leading the circle. (Hands down, one of Lynn’s very favorite photographic experiences!) Friends decorated shells, and Ashlee brought plants, feathers, signs and welcome bags from home to add personal touches all along the way. (And phenomenal raw chocolate; we had never tried it before, and now we’re spoiled for life
Their ceremony was intimate – the two of them surrounded by their closest friends and family – just how they envisioned it. One of their close friends officiated, and during the ceremony they took a moment to appreciate it all down by the water.
“Standing in the water during our ceremony is a feeling I will remember forever! The sun on my shoulders, the sound of the waves crashing around us, the smell of the salty air. I have a snapshot of that profound moment burned into my memory. I truly felt more grounded and calm on my wedding day than I have ever felt. I had heard many people say “Try to soak it in. It’ll go by so fast. You won’t remember much.” But I felt so present and relaxed, so tranquil and happy. And I remember SO much!” – Ashlee
The couple played “Rock-paper-scissors” to decide who would say their vows first – Pauly won! They both said their vows with such depth and sincerity, it was a privilege to listen.
Their reception was at Firefly Sunset Resort, an incredible open-air venue right on the water. Their buffet dinner blew us away… fresh conch salad, baked spiny lobster, Caribbean seafood stew, and much more. Then, they danced under the full moon with their guests to Willis and the Illest Reggae band, an awesome reggae band that provided a truly perfect ending to their day.
Some of the other wonderful vendors included: Buds N Blooms, Cakes For the Occasion, Boca Raton Bridal