2018 was all-around a good year. Every season has it’s trials and 2018 did not go without up’s and down’s. The following post focuses far more on the good times than the bad, so I start with a little disclaimer:

This is my highlight reel.

These are the things from last year that made me most proud and brought me the most joy. While I do my best to keep it real with you, I also believe that celebrating your goals is important. I appreciate you being along for this ride, cheering me on, and I look forward to another incredible year and making memories with you.


  • Made another trip to Universal Studios to practice wizardry.
  • The AKP Coastal Retreat welcomed our largest group, ever, in Destin, Florida.
  • Dave and I saw Waitress live.
  • AKP got a mailing list!
  • Featured on: Equally Wed, Let’s Bee Together, A Lowcountry Wedding


  • Received the Two Bright Lights Editor’s Choice Award for 2018.
  • #akpcouples – Amber + Carlos
  • Featured on: Wedding Colors


  • Began sneaky work on creating my new brand and promo video segments.
  • Started working out with T25.
  • The AKP Jazzy Retreat hit New Orleans!
  • Visited NYC again,and got to see “Starry Night” in person.
  • Featured on: Glittery Bride, Confetti Daydreams, The Coordinated Bride, Washingtonian Weddings, The Wed Clique


  • Amanda Summers Photography took photos for Dave and I at Jungle By The Falls (see below!)
  • #akpcouples: Kelly + Kyle, Whitney + Peter, Sarah + Jeff
  • Featured on: How They Asked, Sweetened & Romantic, Strictly Weddings, Bridesmaid Confession, Let’s Bee Together, The Wed Clique, Love & Lavender Weddings


  • Participated in the Big Fake Wedding: Baltimore.
  • Took second annual bestie trip to Asheville Glamping.
  • #akpcouples: Melissa + Mike, Megan + Jared
  • Featured on: Let’s Bee Together, The Vintage Herald, Black Nuptials, Contemporary Weddings, Offbeat Bride, A Princess Inspired, Style Verify, Aisle Memories


  • Tried running, but did not love it.
  • More prmo video footage with Lee Russell Films.
  • #akpcouples: Brittany + Derek, Brigette + Don, Katie + Kurt, Amanda + Nick, Kristen + John
  • Featured on: Baltimore Bride, Let’s Bee Together, Southern Noir Weddings, A Princess Inspired, Bridesmaid Confession, How They Asked, Style Verify, Orange Blossom Bride, Wedding Chicks


  • Saw Taylor Swift LIVE, twice. In a row.
  • Traveled to Aruba!
  • Road tripped to NJ for Styled Shoots Across America with llamas.
  • Visited Raleigh NC to get creative.
  • #akpcouples: Lauren + Josh, Ashley + Shawn
  • Featured on: Big Day Made, Baltimore Bride, Here Comes The Guide, Pure Wow Weddings, Brides & Weddings Magazine, Palmetto State Weddings, Zola, Black Nuptials, Modern Weddings


  • We threw Urban Axes to celebrate Dave getting older.
  • Attended a 311 concert.
  • Brunched with B’more Babes.
  • Visited family in Orlando, FL.
  • #akpcouples: Kat + Jimmy
  • Featured on: Premier Weddings – Nashville, Glttery Bride, Big Day Made, Baltimore Bride, A Princess Inspired, Brides & Weddings Magazine


  • Started 80 Day Obsession.
  • Celebrated our second wedding anniversary.
  • Welcomed Fall in #basic fashion.
  • #akpcouples: April + Vincent, Sara + Chen, Michelle + Aaron, Sam + Adam, Maddy + Patrick
  • Featured on: Offbeat Bride, Glittery Bride, Bridal Gush, Aisle Memories, Big Day Made, Modern Weddings


  • Launched the NEW brand.
  • Hosted the AKP Farmhouse Retreat in Massanutten, VA.
  • #akpcouples: Susie + Tyler, Monica + Charles, Brittney + Adam, Shelby + Taylor, Jenna + Nolan
  • Featured on: Zola, Bustld, Bridal Gush, A Princess Inspired, Aisle Memories, Whimsically Wed, Let’s Bee Together, Charm City Wed, Big Day Made, Wedding Chicks


  • Voted!
  • Took a mini vacay to Nashville, TN.
  • Taught at the Hustle & Hearth workshop.
  • Received The Knot’s 2019 Best Of Weddings award.
  • #akpcouples: Sarah + EJ, Juliann + Matt
  • Featured on: How They Asked, Big Day Made. Whimsically Wed, Aisle Memories, Let’s Bee Together, Glittery Bride


  • Holiday parties galore: Brightside Disco, Martinis + Mistletoe with Hello Addie and Shoptini, One Big Epic #5, Holiday Gal Pal Party, Urban Axes night out, and The Season of Becoming’s Vision Board event.
  • Turned 33 in screaming color.
  • FINISHED 80 Day Obsession.
  • Booked my 20th wedding for 2019!
  • Was named as one of Let’s Bee Together’s Top Ten Photographers of 2018.
  • Exceeded my goal of being published and/or featured 75 times in one year.
  • #akpcouples: Nicole + Shane, Karen + Tyler
  • Featured on: A Princess Inspired, Charm City Wed, Daily Dog Tag, Southern Celebrations Magazine, Aisle Memories, Oh Lovely Day, BAM Co-Create, Glittery Bride

If you’re still with me, THANK YOU!

Check back next week for 2018 Couples in Review! I’m going to dive deep into this year’s weddings, highlighting a few favorite images from each wedding. See you on Wedding Wednesday. <3




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  1. Audrey

    January 4th, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    THAT is an awesome highlight reel, my friend. So glad I can add “Meet and hang with Ashton” as one of my 2018 highlights ;)

  2. ash10k

    January 4th, 2019 at 6:38 pm


  3. Amber

    January 4th, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    I love that over half of your year included me somehow!!

  4. ash10k

    January 4th, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    Girl it made me SUPER happy to see how much we’ve got to see each other this year in review!

  5. Brittni

    January 4th, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Congratulations with your amazing year! Great things, my friends!

  6. Tashamonique Puckey

    January 4th, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Out of all the things you accomplished this year… meeting you was one of my favorites.

  7. Alison

    January 4th, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Looks like you had an amazing year!!

  8. Lindsay Zilke

    January 4th, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    I would say you had a pretty AMAZING year my gorgeous friend!!! LOL at “I tried running, didn’t like it” LOVE YOU!!!! I know that 2019 will be even better!!!

  9. Raina

    January 5th, 2019 at 12:27 am

    “Tried running. Didn’t love it.” 😂
    You totally crack me up! What an incredible year!! Can’t wait to see what heights you reach in 2019!

  10. Trish

    January 5th, 2019 at 1:31 am



    2019 is going to be even BETTER!

  11. Shannon White

    January 5th, 2019 at 7:37 am

    Love your highlight reel! Glad I got to meet and work with you in 2018!

  12. Kathy Newsome

    January 5th, 2019 at 8:18 am

    Ashton, this is the best! What an amazing year! You rocked it!