Ash Imagery - Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

Philadelphia Wedding & Portrait Photographer

Ash Imagery is a film photographer based in Philadelphia and Upstate NY.  Ash Imagery will photograph weddings and elopements in Philadelphia, Lake Placid, the Adirondacks and around the world.  Ash Imagery also offers Boudoir photographer and commercial photography such as lifestyle sessions.  Ash Imagery is considered to be a Film Wedding Photographer and a Film Photographer with a unique style and vision.  Ash Imagery is owned by Michael Ash Smith, a portrait and lifestyle photographer based in Philadelphia using film as his primary medium.

Savannah + Chris. A Backyard Wedding in Lakeland, Florida.

On the ride over to the ceremony location, someone said "rain on your wedding day is good luck" and everyone turned to look at the monsoon building outside.  "I've heard that too many times already today," chimed in Savannah.  Every time someone tells me that from now on I'm going to take a drink."  "People just say that to make you feel better," someone says randomly.  

I just smirked, listened, and watched ... my finger on the shutter button.

When my plane landed in Florida the day prior, I walked out of the airport with my hoody on and hit a wall of humidity.  April is supposed to be a decent time to visit the swampy state in the South, but Mother Nature had some aggression to take out on this particular weekend.  It was 95 degrees while driving from Tampa to Lakeland.  When I went for a run that night I was sweating before I even got a 1/4 mile down the road.  I could have turned around and told anyone I just ran 5 miles and they would have believed me.  The forecast for Saturday kept changing the days before.  One hour it was 20% chance of rain, the next it was 90%.  I've photographed enough weddings to know not to pay too much attention to any of it and just take whats given to me.  

Saturday started off dry and humid.  Then the dark blue sky rolled in.  Just as I got into the car to make my way to Chris for a few shots of the guys getting ready, it started to drizzle.  As I left his house to go to Savannah's it was a steady downpour.  As Savannah put on her wedding dress, the clouds declared it was time and unloaded torrential rains on Lakeland, and so they did.  And that went on for the rest of the day.  We did get a little break in the rain during the ceremony, which happened to be indoors already.  So that didn't matter much.  But alas, it stopped a couple hours into the reception and people were able to finally get some fresh air and enjoy a few drinks outside.

We joked about it all after; the rain, the humidity, her dress being soaked.  You can only play the hand you are dealt, and in this case Savannah & Chris were dealt some pretty shitty cards.  But they rolled with it extremely well.  And because of that, it didn't matter what the weather was.  So here are some of my favorite images from their wedding day (which just so happen to be all b&w - I guess b&w and rainy days just work so well together) for you to enjoy //

Naomi + Megg. A Stotesbury Mansion Wedding in Philadelphia.

When I left the coffee shop after our meeting I knew Naomi & Megg's wedding was going to be something special.  In the wedding industry, the word "special" can be taken a multitude of directions.  It wasn't a destination wedding in the French Alps, nor was it an elaborate styled wedding on the coast of Maine.  It was a wedding in Philadelphia ... in February.  February is not most people's ideal time to get married, but for Naomi & Megg I could tell it really didn't matter what time of the year their wedding took place in.  In a world bombarded with heavy styling, realty television shows, and celebrity weddings its always nice to just get to the core of the reason we are there in the first place.  The emphasis was on the two of them, and they did not disappoint.  Not only did Naomi and Megg look absolutely stunning in their wedding dresses, the mood of the day was even more stunning.  Close family and friends, winter winds, stark cold, and the warm interior of a classic Philadelphia mansion made their wedding what it was, classic, real, and stress free.

Anna + Eric. An Awbury Arboretum Wedding in Philadelphia.

My iPhone rang when I was 20 minutes from Anna + Eric's house the morning of their wedding.  It was Anna calling me to ask me what I wanted to eat when I got there as they were making a late breakfast/early lunch before getting ready.  I accepted their offer of some eggs and toast.

After 7 years of photographing weddings I can safely say I was never called the morning of a wedding day to specifically see what I wanted to eat when I arrived.  But that is what Anna does.  She is extremely friendly, caring, and goes out of her way to make sure you are happy.  I arrived to their house only to be walked a couple doors down to her parent's house where they were all just about to eat.  

These moments are what makes a wedding day so special.  I know Eric sees this same trait in Anna and he knows he married at super special person.  It's damn cool that I get to witness these moments in people's lives that most people never get to see.  And that fact that they cared enough about me to invite me to be a part of it is even more cool.  Their fall wedding day ended up being spectacular and memorable, an enviable wedding day for sure.

Anna & Eric were married at the Awbury Arboretum

Christal + Scott. Married at Lake Placid Lodge in Lake Placid, NY.

If you follow my blog, or know me fairly well, you know of my love for the Adirondack region of the United States.  It's my home away from home and somewhere I feel happy, and peaceful.  If I'm lucky, I'll get asked to photograph a wedding there once a year.  If I'm really lucky, it will be more than once ... like this past year.  Christal and Scott saw the previous wedding I photographed there and fell in love with my work.  For that, I'm grateful.  These two made the trip down from Toronto to get married in the fall, in the mountains, and invited me to take part.  I couldn't have been happier hanging out with them for a few hours and getting to know their family and partake in a Molson Ice, the official Canadian beer.

Lake Placid Lodge is a stellar place.  It's not a huge venue and its set directly on Lake Placid with a great view of Whiteface.  If you are seeking out a small venue to hold a low key wedding, I can't recommend LPL enough .. or Whiteface Lodge.  Both of these places will provide an excellent backdrop for a wedding.  I wish I got paid for saying that, but I don't.  I just love it up in the ADK region so much I always talk it up.

Here's a preview of Christal & Scott's wedding ...