Archive for March, 2011

Bonnie & Will decided to have an absolutely lovely sunset wedding by the reflecting pool and garden in Maclay Gardens. Late February delivered bright sunshiny weather and beautiful blossoms all over the gardens. It was a small intimate ceremony followed by a reception in the Cottage.

Bonnie & Will: Wedding

Bonnie bought many of her wedding accessories from

Bonnie & Will: Wedding

That’s one happy momma!

Bonnie & Will: Wedding

Her Victorian era dress fit her style perfectly (and may be one of the prettiest I’ve ever seen!).

Bonnie & Will: Wedding

Maclay Gardens has slews of wonderful trees – this one is my favorite though.

Bonnie & Will: Wedding

Both Bonnie & Will had a Best Man.

Bonnie & Will: Wedding

Bonnie & Will: Wedding

Bonnie & Will: Wedding

Bonnie & Will: Wedding

Weddings are always extra fun when you’ve got fun fellows!

Bonnie & Will: Wedding

Bonnie’s family came back to Tally from the west coast to be with her for the wedding celebration.

Bonnie & Will: Wedding

It always helps when there’s a band of Merry Mobsters! (Pun completely intended).

Bonnie & Will: Wedding

Congrats to Bonnie & Will! May you love each other more with each passing day!

Click here to see the rest of their wedding celebration!

I’m a truly blessed individual.

I met this lovely family right after meeting my now best friend, Emily. Way back in 2006 when I was finishing my Masters in Fine Art and just about to start on my doctoral studies adventure. But enough about me, back to this awesome family!

They’re not just nice to look at, they’re super loving. We celebrated Margie’s big day while sharing laughs, stories, and hugs. But the photos can tell you more about them than I can. Just be on the look out for Margie’s sweater…I LOVE it! 😉

People came from all over the states (and abroad!) to celebrate Margie!

Margie, her darling husband, and two sweet daughters. What a beautiful family!

It’s true, they’re the sweetest ever!

Margie’s sister and her family drove down from Atlanta for a weekend full of celebrating.

Holly and her boyfriend Flow won the Travel Award by flying from their home in Germany. Phew!

I hope you’ve enjoyed taking a peek at their day as much as I enjoyed being a part of it. Blessings, Margie, and here’s to many more happy days filled with love and joy! And click here if you want to see the rest of Margie’ Birthday Celebration!

I absolutely love it when people leave happy reviews on my FB Fan Page. Wanna make my day? Pop over there and leave some kind words and a whole slew of stars. One of my brides, Catherine, left these words of praise: “Ansley is an incredibly talented photographer. She’s done my engagement and wedding photos, which have all come out beautifully. She’s very personable and easy to work with. She also has a knack for making everyone feel comfortable when being photographed.

Bob & Catherine and I met years back through a fellow photographer over a sushi dinner. It was my first time having sushi. Now I brave white tuna and eel with the best of ’em! But back to the love birds.

When we started talking about their engagement session we brainstormed on their favorite places. Anyone can take their clients to abandoned locations (wait, is that just me?), but their favorite place is Disney World. And, it’s a small world after all, cause I love that place too! Map? Who needs a map? Just drop me somewhere on Disney Property that isn’t a swamp and I’ll find my way to Splash Mountain.

For our first adventure, we spent 3 whole days at Disney. It was absolutely a blast! Let’s see if you can name all these locations!

Epcot has absolutely slews of unique locations for portraits.

Remember when Catherine said I have a knack for making people comfortable?
This is exactly what she was talking about! 🙂

Click here to explore the rest of their engagement session.

Bob & Catherine ended up moving to the Orlando area for work. Which means their annual passes came even more in handy! They decided to celebrate their marriage in Orlando’s trendy CityArts Factory.

Bob has custom chucks made for him and his groomsmen. Under their license just happened to be their unique ceremony.
Yes, that says “zombies”

Catherine’s dress was short and gold! Exceptionally fun!

Their celebration, vows, and hand-fasting ceremony took place on stage where they were surrounded by a semi-circle of friends and family members.

Downstairs they had a glass-blowing demonstration during the cocktail hour.
Never have I ever seen something so interesting and unique at a wedding!

And to top it all off, there were some epic rounds of RockBand!

Please note: groupies are not provided by Ansley and must be your own adoring fans.
Click here to explore the rest of their wedding celebration.

Bob & Catherine, thank you for leaving such wonderful words about me and letting me share your beautiful (and fun!) wedding.

Above from left to right: 8x10 inch aluminum metal print, 16x20 inch ChromaLux display, and 11x14 inch gallery wrapped canvas samples.

Ansley Studio has always worked to ensure the fine art portraits we produce will last beyond our lifetime. We’ve also worked to be the best green business we can. Owner & Master Photographer Ansley Simmons uses digital media to cut down on chemical use, only purchases rechargeable batteries for our equipment, uses electronic delivery for proofing images as well as online marketing, reduces paper waste by reading online, and encourages our clients to only print the photos they want to display – all traditions started on day one in 2006.

Today, we’re joining forces with a print company in California to offer eco-friendly specialty products. Now when you order a gallery wrapped canvas of you and your sweetheart, a ChromaLux display of your favorite wedding image, or an aluminum metal print of your funky teen, you can proudly say it was produced under the greenest conditions currently offered. Our wood comes from USA reforestable farms, we never use OBA (or bleached) canvas, and our coatings are non-solvent and biodegradable.

When Ansley says our products are museum quality, archival, and made to last around 100 years, she means it! Want to see the phenomenal quality for yourself? Request to see the samples at your next ordering session. Visit for more info and call 229/224-6021 to chat about your on-location, natural light portrait session.

Last year, Ashley & Tyler took me up on my holiday mini-session and cards offer. I’ve known Ashley for years but it was the first time I’d met Tyler. He’s a strong, quiet fellow and balances Ashley’s outgoing personality. Fast forward to now, and they’re ready to be together for ever and ever. For their engagement session, we met up at Ashley’s daddy’s farm right outside of Cairo. He’s a sweetheart of a man and let us run all over his farm. And I do mean run – it was chilly out there!

Ashley & Tyler are getting married on her daddy’s farm this October! Want to see the rest of their photos? Click here!