Oh happy day! Today on our Cocktails with Calluna series, we are featuring one of our most beloved photographers, Ashley Sawtelle! From Saratoga, Wyoming to St. Louis, Missouri and everywhere in between, Ashley captures weddings and events so beautifully! Get to know more of what Ashley is all about below!
Describe what you do!
I collect moments and document how a wedding weekend felt and looked like for my clients. The photographs I create consider the people, the locale, and the stunning details each couple has chosen for their celebration.
What is your idea of a dream project?
Working with couples that want to create a wedding celebration that has meaning to them in a destination that they feel connected to. A one-of-a-kind celebration where the couple can truly be themselves, be present, and lean into the joy with one another. This is a space where I can create the best photographs for my clients.
What is your favorite part of any wedding?
Anytime the couple can experience the day as it unfolds. I love how each part of a wedding day has its own magic – maybe it’s the stillness of stepping back with your partner and enjoying sunset or the anticipatory energy of getting ready. And I always love the celebratory energy on the dance floor!
What does your morning routine look like?
It starts off early with a matcha, packing lunches, and sharing breakfast with the family. Next is a pilates class or a nature walk, which puts me in a great place to dive into work.
What are some of your favorite trends that you are seeing?
I love how couples are embracing a celebration that is based on what they want, not what trends or others are saying to do. It’s also great seeing this grand millennial approach to design. Have fun! Be playful! Dance all night and wear 3 outfits if you want to. The day is yours.
What advice would you give to a younger you?
You’re doing great!
What do you like to do when you’re away from work?
I am a wanderlust at heart. I love to learn about different cultures by just walking around and taking it all in (usually with a film camera in hand). It’s also a dream to be able to take these trips and introduce our children to this big, beautiful world. I love seeing it through their eyes.
What is your favorite cocktail, or what are you drinking tonight?
The Coco Citron is a zero alcohol cocktail served at Lohi’s Noisette. It’s so delicious and I love sharing a conversation with a friend in their dreamy setting.
Thank you so much for contributing to our Cocktails with Calluna series! Here are some of our favorite memories at our colorful english garden party wedding in St. Louis, all captured by Ashley Sawtelle and featured in Over the Moon!
As seen on Over the Moon
Wedding Planner | Calluna Events
Venue | Westwood Country Club
Photographer | Ashley Sawtelle
Floral Design | Flora by Nora
Cake Design | Sarah’s Cake Shop
Invitations, Escort Display, + Day of Paper | Knapp Design Co
Rentals | Styled and Staged STL + Aries Company
Escort Card Board | Knapp Design Co + Exclusive Events Inc.
Production, Lighting + Musicians | Contemporary Productions
Band | Fat Pocket Band
Tenting | Traube Tent
Bride’s Beauty | Savanah Summer Beauty
Bridesmaids’ Beauty | Fleur Bridal Styling
Linens | Nuage Designs
Transportation | Best Transportation
Send Off Rolls Royce | Champagne Limousines
Gown | BW Designs Inc