Asbury Woods Hosts Stunning Anniversary Photos for Leyla and Dave

On the one-year anniversary of their small Asbury Woods wedding, Leyla and Dave Hollis had hoped to have a celebration with family and friends. Unfortunately, COVID-19 had other plans. Still — we weren’t going to let that stop us from capturing the happy pair! We were so happy to return to the site of their ceremony to celebrate their love and debut Leyla’s gorgeous dress.

Wife shows her wedding dress to husband during anniversary photos at Asbury Woods

The Perfect Rink Romance

On May 12, 2017, Dave was surprised with an Otter-this-world gift: tickets to the Ontario Hockey League championship game! Though the event served as only their first date, Leyla recalls it was there that she knew Dave was the One. She told us, “I had met my best friend who I can be myself around. He always made me feel so important and like I was the only person in the room.”

It wouldn’t be long until they were taking their love from the ice to the aisle. A day of adventuring in Pittsburgh led the couple to the waterside. While enjoying fun conversation and views of the city, Leyla became suspicious when she noticed a huge grin on Dave’s face. We’re sure she started beaming too when she saw the gorgeous, custom-made ring in his hand!

Their wedding ceremony was held at Asbury Woods, but the wedding dress was saved for this special, anniversary shoot. We were so honored to get to capture some of the first pictures of its beauty.

Bride and groom walking through Asbury Woods for anniversary photos

Portrait of couple kissing taken through leaves and trees

The Venue

Asbury Woods

The same stunning nature that made Asbury Woods an excellent wedding venue drew us back for incredible anniversary photos! Towering trees and wildlife provided an all-natural green-screen – the perfect backdrop to happy smiles and Leyla’s gorgeous dress. The nature center and endless trails transformed our photo session into one of the amazing adventures that the couple loves to have together.

Couple kisses among trees at Asbury woods

Although we would’ve loved to have Leyla and Dave get the anniversary party of their dreams, we were happy to help them still make the occasion special with professional anniversary photos. We know that they’ll be celebrating many more years of love (and hockey games)!

Man runs fingers through wife's har during anniversary photos at Asbury Woods

Whether you’re commemorating a huge milestone or just have some picture frames to fill, we’re ready to help! We’ll turn your best memories into memorabilia: photos that can be displayed, shared, and cherished for years to come. Ready to get started? Contact us today — it would be an honor to work with you.

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Bride and groom hold hands and kiss in the woods

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