ashley + james : engaged | blairsville, pa photographer

Their story is sweet…..young love! They met back in 2005 on a cruise ship when her Mom made her go to the teen center to hang out with kids her own age. It wasn’t long before she got goggly eyed over James!  Who would have known that two 14 year olds would fall in love and all these years later be planning a wedding on a cruise ship around the same date they met. Both are in college and live in separate states now but between today’s technology: cell phones, web cams and frequent trips back and forth, they make it work!

She warned me they were goofy! Right up my alley! I know that they both were carefree, fun and that Ashley loved to laugh because I’ve photographed her before….so when she called me to document their engagement photos, I was thrilled to meet James…a.k.a. Jimmy Stewart! No I’m not kidding….the really neat thing is that the actor Jimmy Stewart is from Ashley’s hometown……it’s a small world after all! 🙂

We met up at a local park for a few photos on the playground…how cool is my job! I get paid to play on the playground! WOOO <—–get it Ashley?! haha!

Nothing says young love than a kiss on the swings!

He’s so handsome!!! Go Ashley!! RAWR!!

In these shots, we were practicing for the Olympics! hahaha!

How cute are they!?

Ohhh you know, just sitting on the front porch of their new house! just kidding…but how awesome would THAT be!

They told me they were silly! Tee he he! James says, “look we’re in Nebraska!”  Ohh and Hey Ashley…..WOOOOOO!!!!! hahaa!


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  • AnnaJuly 31, 2012 - 2:13 pm

    Oh my gosh they are way too precious!

  • Briena ColemanJuly 31, 2012 - 2:22 pm

    These are absolutely adorable! I can’t wait until I get engaged down the road, and hopefully get the honor of you shooting me! :] tehehe.

  • CaitlynJuly 31, 2012 - 4:05 pm

    These photos are amazing! I love the idea of the playground background. It’s awesome.

  • rgJuly 31, 2012 - 4:58 pm

    OMG!! What a great LOVE story!!! And, wow–he is a LOOKER!! Those eyes and lips!! (No need to worry–much much too old for me!) But, I do need to book a cruise!! Great Pics!!!

  • LisaAugust 1, 2012 - 8:13 am

    You are very talented artist to catch the essence of these young lovers! James is my handsome nephew, and I can’t wait to meet Ashley face to face!

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Hey there! I'm Jen McKen, a down to earth, people loving, small town gal. I'm a leetle bit sarcastic, HUGELY sentimental, I have a killer sense of humor and I like to think I'm pretty damn good at my job!

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