ASHLEY BAUMGARTNER

sacramento, bay area, & beyond

EL DORADO HILLS ENGAGEMENT SESSION | WENDY & DANNY

Connections. I absolutely love connections. Now, I don’t mean adding more connections on Linked In or seeing that we have “1 Mutual Friend” in common on Facebook. I mean, real-life connections. And friends of friends of the wonderful people I get to work with. Those are the kind of connections I like. And that’s exactly how I got to know these two! You see, Danny was a groomsman in Jasmine and Johnny’s McCauley Estates wedding last year. And I also had the privilege of photographing Danny’s coworker’s family portraits too! All these little connections lead to me getting to spend the afternoon with them for their El Dorado Hills Engagement Session.

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BOHO ALMOND ORCHARD BRIDAL INSPIRATION WITH THE HORSESHOE BAR | FEATURED ON INSPIRED BY THIS

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LEGION OF HONOR ENGAGEMENT SESSION – KATHERINE & KURT

LinkedIn, but for dating. That’s how Katherine recalled their serendipitous meeting. Her and her fiancé Kurt were both signed up on a dating site that worked a lot like LinkedIn. It connects you with people that you have second and third tier connections with based on Facebook. And little did they know that signing up for this site would result in them meeting their other half. The person that laughs at the same jokes. The person they’re meant to spend the rest of their life with. But that’s exactly what happened as Katherine and Kurt shared their love story with me during their Legion of Honor Engagement Session.

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SOLAGE RESORT WEDDING WITH BY YOUR SIDE EVENTS | SABRINE & ARNOLD

A cake cutting. Now, this wasn’t an ordinary cake cutting. While at most weddings, the bride and groom cut their cake and delightedly feed each other a piece, that wasn’t the case for Sabrine and Arnold. See, these two, so full of joy and happiness on their wedding day, had another plan. One that involved some cake smushing. And while some couples smush their cake in each other’s faces, they definitely took it to the next level. The best part? They were both totally into it. And I absolutely loved it. It was the perfect ending to their Solage Resort Wedding in Calistoga with By Your Side Events.

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BRIDAL PARTY GIFT IDEAS WITH BRIDE BOP AND GROOMSDAY – INSPIRATION FOR BRIDES

Back when I got married in 2015, it was the height of the DIY wedding world. Making everything for your wedding was the way to go, especially if you were on a budget like us. And that translated down to everything, especially gifts. You see, gift giving is my love language. If I had unlimited resources, I would give gifts to anyone I hold near and dear to my heart on the daily. I laughed when I took the enneagram recently and a wonderful instagram account called Enneagram and Coffee listed what you’d come home to if you’re living with an (insert number). For 2’s (which I am), it said presents. I chuckled. Because I love to give gifts! And that was no exception when it came to the bridal party. I wish I would’ve known about wonderful shops like Bride Bop for adorable and customizable bridal party gift ideas.

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ARIZONA ANNIVERSARY SESSION ON FILM – BEN AND JOY

Twenty years. A little over twenty years ago, these two worked in the same fast food joint. Ben joined the team, both as teenagers, and these two hit it off right away. Less than a year later, they tied the knot. And that has brought them to today, twenty years later, as husband and wife. And I was lucky enough to get to photograph their love. I also think they can't be a day over 25 at the time of their Arizona Anniversary Session on Film!

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AVIO WINERY WEDDING | NATALY & ELI

A debate and a war. Now, those are two things you wouldn’t think belong in a relationship, and especially a marriage, but it works for these two. First, a debate. A long standing debate between Nataly and Eli on the best motocross equipment company. This debate between these two is so intense that they even both brought it up in their personalized vows to each other. I think Nataly expressed a little more enthusiasm tho. :) And a war. Now this one is a little silly, but these two have an ongoing “Ice” war. They spontaneously and secretly ice each other regularly. Little did Eli know that his bride had a surprise for him later that night. But before it was time for that, Nataly and Eli both received a surprise at their Avio Winery Wedding. They were “iced” by their bridal party. But, between a heated debate for motocross brands and a war of icing, these two are perfect for each other. And that’s exactly what their friends and family expressed as well during their beautiful Avio Winery wedding.

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SCOTTSDALE ANNIVERSARY SESSION – MELISSA AND JORDAN

Ten years. And a 4am wakeup call. One of these things is not like the other. For ten years indicates the amount of time Melissa and Jordan have shared as husband and wife. But 4am indicates the time that these two brave souls were up and Melissa was starting hair and makeup for their Ten Year Scottsdale Anniversary Session on film. For these two cuties entrusted me to capture the love, magic, and spark that they still feel day in and day out, even with kids. And I couldn’t be more smitten with destination anniversary sessions after this one.

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FIELD AND POND ENGAGEMENT SESSION | LINDSEY AND DANNY

It started with a parking lot. More specifically, a parking lot at their college apartments across from Target. They were both students at Sacramento State. And little did they know, that back in college, in a parking lot, they would meet the person they were going to spend their forever with. It’s so fun to think about how little moments ultimately lead up to our grand legacy of love. And that’s the case for Lindsey and Danny, as they shared their love story with me at their Field and Pond Engagement Session. I can’t wait for their Field and Pond wedding later this fall with Jenn Robirds Events.

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WHITE BARN EDNA VALLEY WEDDING INSPIRATION IN SAN LUIS OBISPO | DESIGNED BY FM EVENTS SLO AND FEATURED ON GREEN WEDDING SHOES

“What makes things memorable is that they are meaningful, significant, colorful.” – Joshua Foer ... A colorful dream. That’s what this beautiful day and this White Barn Edna Valley Wedding Inspiration Editorial in San Luis Obispo was. And we’re so excited to say it’s featured over on Green Wedding Shoes!

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