January 23, 2010

Wedding Musician Duo “the Ashlings” at The Oxford Hotel in Bend, Oregon

Lauren Brauns and Amy Mitchell have filled this town with soft, sultry harmony for a few years now (playing under The Sweet Harlots).  Now they have a new gig to add to their repertoire – Weddings.  This dynamic duo – named “the Ashlings,” with Laurel having the most incredible voice and guitar and Amy, a beautiful cellist and backup vocalist, will no doubt be a wonderful addition to wedding music in Bend and surrounding Central Oregon.  Amy Mitchell, part of a string quartet that played at our wedding (a few years ago!), added a beautiful range of traditional classics; together with Laurel, they make the most perfect blend of traditional and folk.  Listen and learn more on their website:  http://www.laurelbrauns.com.

It was our pleasure to take some photography to enhance them breaking into the wedding market.  What better place to do it than The Oxford Hotel (new to downtown Bend, Oregon!), which is spread with modern decor and sophisticated style.  It was the perfect backdrop for the photo shoot.  We always have fun with these two and as usual the photo session was filled with laughs and Byron trying to be a ‘model’ and show them ‘the look.’  🙂  Special thanks to Ben Perle over at the Oxford for allowing us to lug all of our gear in to do the shoot in the first place!

We can’t wait to do some weddings together, so be sure to book these two fabulous musicians for a great addition to your wedding event.

– B&W

How swank is that?!  (Wendy’s favorite)

A beautiful portrait – can’t you see this on a poster?

These two are never far from a smile…

Here’s a picture of the ‘egg’ (the silver coffee table) we kept laughing at.  Damn, I want me a green rug like that though…


I’m going on my second yr in the photography field and I’m learning new things continually, including this article – thank you so much for this site. Jenn

Thanks Dave! This link to their website should take you to all your music sampling needs: http://www.laurelbrauns.com.


Nice work Byron! Now all we need is a link to their music. Nice Job! Beautiful gals at a Beautiful Place! Best Wishes!!!!

Again beautiful photos of the two women and the new hotel. Good luck to the two girls in their new venture!

John & Cherryl

Amy & Laurel,
This is a great sketch of what you do, obviously, wonderfully.

Thanks Byron and Wendy! These look great – and it is SO fun to work with you both!

Until next time…