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First, I love Shannon and Ryan so much! When they asked me to come to Mexico with them my jaw hit the floor. I’m sure they can attest to that. After they had booked, I couldn’t wait until April! I couldn’t wait to shoot in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico… and I couldn’t wait to make a little vacation of it!! I even got to bring my husband!!! Aaron was so amazing throughout the entire trip. He carried my bags and chased us around during portraits, and I pretty much just need to hire him. The whole trip was a blast, and my favorite part was getting to know Shannon, Ryan, and their amazing families. They are truly surrounded by amazing people.

Congratulations Shannon & Ryan!

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HI! Welcome to my 2nd post dedicated to our home renovations! I wanted to have so much more blogged at this point, but it seems as though there’s at least one thing in every room that still needs done. I didn’t want to share until they were completely finished, but then I realized the house will never be “finished.” Any home owner knows we are always making improvements and changes!

We closed on our home in November 2015 – So we are about 8 months in and have done about a million projects! I won’t get into all of them… Just the living room for today!

(If you’d like to see my post on our bathroom reno check it out: here )

Below you will see the BEFORE photos. Dark everything!

We moved in the day we closed because we had already sold our last house and only had 48 hours to get completely moved out. So some of these images have our belongings in them as we moved in 1st and did the renovations 2nd.

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SO — What all did we do!?!

  • Painted the fireplace white
  • Painted windows and trim white
  • Painted the walls a light gray
  • Removed dated blinds from all windows
  • Replaced all outlets and switches and covers
  • Removed brown cabinets
  • Entirely replaced the front and back doors with white doors with windows
  • Installed a new efficient gas furnace & air conditioning unit
  • Installed a Nest thermostat
  • And, of course decorated! (Thanks Target!)

When we purchased the house the previous owner had just replaced the carpet, it had never been lived on — So we’ve kept that until we are ready for the kitchen renovation! When we do the kitchen we are doing all the flooring, taking down a wall, and reconfiguring the entire room – So there is going to be a Living Room/Dining Room reno blog post 2 in the future. We are starting the kitchen sometime late Fall/early Winter and I will be sure to keep you posted on that! We’re definitely most excited about that project as it is going to be a major transformation!

This post took me so long to get up because we FINALLY just finished painting this room. We have painted literally every single wall in our house and somehow the living room was last. Least favorite: the stairwell. OMG – WORST! I resent painting so much!! But now that it’s done I see how much it can transform a space. I’m a lover of all things white/gray and I feel like our choices completely brightened up this space and made it so much more inviting.

Here is our quaint little space, hope you enjoy!

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We have projects going on in almost every single room! We have just a couple minor finishing touches on our bedroom and that should be wrapped up in the next couple weeks! I will be blogging that project next! Our bedroom had a pretty major transformation too, excited to share that one as well. We are working on our fence currently – pretty much everyone in my family is covered head to toe in poison ivy — (sooooo fun). We’ve been tearing out chain link and ripping out weeds. Holy lots of work. We are halfway done with the fence and I am dying at how beautiful it looks! Dreamy farm fencing that makes our curb appeal 100 times better! HONESTY moment: this life is tiring!! We moved from a brand new M/I build that had a fenced in patio to a total gut job fixer upper on 4 acres with a 4 car oversized garage and barn. Truly everything needs done! Just maintaining this property is overwhelming, let alone all the renos and projects! I almost forget our former life that I think consisted of a bunch of Netflix and chill. Those were the good ole days – and now THEY GONE.

I think its safe to say we are about 50%+ done with the renovations (I only say that because the kitchen is going to be our biggest task yet) so the light at the end of the tunnel is near. This was a dream of ours to do, we had no idea then just how hard it would be to achieve, but its a true labor of love and something we will be incredibly proud of when its finished.

Thanks so much for following along on our crazy journey to life in the country! It’s never a dull moment around here, I can promise you that. #lifeisgood

 

XOX- Ashley West

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I’m a wedding photographer first, I will most definitely admit that. But there is something I love so much about photographing families.

I photographed Nursah’s maternity photos a couple years back and loved meeting her and her husband and their adorable pup. But this time I got to meet their son. He’s a busy little guy, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t sweating 10 minutes in, but the pure joy and happiness I was able to capture of this family was just incredible. I had so much fun chasing them around, playing together, blowing bubbles, and letting them just be them!

I’ve cut my family sessions down to about 4 per month, but please know I absolutely love to photograph them! My wedding schedule has gotten a tad crazy and to give myself a little personal time I have decided to shoot less portraits, its working out great and I can better focus on these clients and a little free time for me! I still have some openings for the Summer so I would love to hear from you!

Thanks so much Nursah for allowing me to capture the beauty that is your family! It was a true joy!

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HI! Ashley WEST here — Before I let Ashley Wallace share her own words I just wanted to take a second to share some of mine.

I’ve known Wallace for a long time now – (she was actually my husbands first kiss when they were in elementary school and she’s going to KILL me for saying that haha). She grew up with my husband and we connected over social media several years ago. I followed her photo journey and was always impressed by her spirit and work. When she accepted my offer to be my full time second shooter in 2013 I was SO excited. We’ve shot about 50 weddings together and I just think the world of her, personally and professionally. I suggested she start shooting weddings on her own as my associate, and it TOOK OFF. Why!? Because she’s adorable and talented and likable and professional and totally the full package. I never thought my business would ever grow larger than me, that was never my plan. But when I got to know Wallace I just felt like she was such an amazing addition to Ashley West Photography. She is taking 2016 by storm, shooting almost 30 of her own weddings and about 10 with me! Any day I spend with Wallace is a day well spent. I am so proud of this lady’s accomplishments and so excited we get to do this side by side.

Today is Wallace’s last day at her full time job. After 6pm she will be a full time wedding photographer!! Her and I talked about making this dream a reality for her for years and I am literally bursting with excitement for her that the day has finally come.

Ash, I am here for you always!! So excited that together we can capture so many amazing moments for all the #awbrides out there.

I LOVE YOU. YOU DID IT!!!

xox – Ashley West


 

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Some may think I’m a little crazy… but I’m pretty excited to share some news. Today I’m handing off my full-time photography position at Grandview Mercantile. At 6pm this evening I get to walk in to the lovely world of living that full-time wedding photographer’s life. As much as I’m going to miss photographing antique furniture and vintage jewelry Monday-Friday, I’m going to miss my best pals at the Merc most. I’ve made some pretty great life long friends. But I am SO excited to finally focus on one business.

Life has been busy. I have been in the process of booking 28 weddings for 2016 and 8 for 2017 so far, shooting engagement sessions left and right, and managing the tasks that go along with it all. Life got to that point where it was a bit too busy to manage and it is extremely important to me that I give my clients the best me, along with focusing on my husband, family, house, and cats! Something had to give! I love this job more than any job I’ve ever had. As stressful as a wedding day can be at times, there isn’t a better feeling than leaving with 5,000 awesome photos of a couple in love and feeling like you have gained a family.
I have been working so hard for this the last 3 years, and I kind of feel like I’m dreaming. Cramming meetings in right after work, running home to answer 25 emails, editing most days of the week, and shooting on Saturdays has been so worth it. I finally get a break. I get to go to the pool this summer? And edit with West on her front porch (and she will probably make me a delicious fruit smoothie and a cucumber sandwich)? I can edit in bed while my kitten cats snuggle next to me???? I can go out to lunch with my grandpa whenever I want? I am so excited!! My husband took the leap in to tattooing a year ago or so and I can’t believe we’re both full-time, self-employed, client managing, artists. Let me tell ya, it’s been a wild ride growing up together the last 7 years. Pretty grateful to be here with this man! By the way, we bought old married couple bicycles this week. Catch ya on the path!
My parents and in-laws have been so supportive of my decision, even when I felt nervous. When I told them I was thinking about leaving my steady paying position they told me to go for it with out hesitation. Encouragement from your parents is kind of the best. And Ashley West. I swear. This woman. She has built this business from the ground up and has been kind enough to let me be apart of it. She has trusted me to go out on my own as another face of her company and I couldn’t be happier. I love you with my whole heart Ash. You saw something in me 4 years ago and you have helped my dreams happen faster than I ever imagined they would. You’re my soul photo sista for life. <3
Anyway. Thanks for listening to me ramble. If I can do this, you can do this. Chase. Your. Dreams. WHATEVER they are. NEVER stop running. My papa has always said ‘work hard to earn the lifestyle you want to live.’ And the famous ‘Fly right or you will be living in a van down by the river!’ Not sure if he turned me in to a monster-workaholic, but I am here.
Now to start this off with a bang. I’ll chat with you all after my double header wedding weekend!
<3 – Ashley Wallace
Here’s us at West’s new home eating ice cream, laughing our butts off, playing with barn cats, and being so genuinely happy that life has taken us both in this amazing direction.
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