09/15/2017
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Let me just start out with the elephant in the room…. This is one gigantic blog post. 151 photos to be exact. In the old days, we would have gone through and deleted 50% of these to get a post down to a more manageable size, but when you have a wedding that was this gorgeous, you just want to put it all out there without making any of them go away.

When Heather contacted us as soon as she got engaged after following our work for years, we knew she was going to have something amazing in her vision. After bouncing around a couple of ideas for that perfect destination wedding location, we were beyond stoked to hear that she and Hunter had settled on Yellowstone Club. If there is one prestigious location that most of the photographers in America are dying to shoot, this would be it. Montana in July sounded like heaven, so we made the necessary plans on our end and started counting down the days for the long wait to get there. In the meantime, Angela at Lukas Trudeau Event Co. took the wedding planning bull by the horns and ran with it. She saw Heather’s vision of taking a beautiful, somewhat rustic, and a quite masculine location on the side of a mountain with one of the best views in the country, and turned it into a bride’s dream of whites and pinks with the most perfect florals and linens.

Everything came together flawlessly. We had a thunderstorm during formals with our fab couple, but we worked around the weather and it was perfect in time for the ceremony. Yellowstone Club was everything we dreamed it would be, from the views to the staff who were attentive to every detail and very accommodating to our needs around the property. It really was a dream come true for this Florida couple who spends so much of their life on the beach. I hope we get the privilege of more Yellowstone Club and Montana weddings in the future. Congrats to Heather and Hunter, and thank you so much for loving us! Also, huge thank you to Angela and all the vendors for giving us such pretty things to photograph and the timely email responses leading up to the wedding!

Planning, Design, & Florals – Lukas Trudeau Event Co.

Dress: Monique Lhuillier

Dress Shop: Ivory & White – Birmingham

Videography: Bonafide Film House

Band: The Max

Catering: Yellowstone Club

Dessert: Elle’s Belles

Rentals: Montana Party Rentals

Lighting: ABeatAhead

Makeup: Indulgence

Hair: Emily Tompers – Eleven Twenty Seven

 

 

 

 

 

04/26/2017

So glad to be finally showcasing this beautiful wedding. Annie and Taylor, along with their magnificent planner, Blair Gewin, threw a beautiful Southern Wedding in Fairhope, AL this spring and it was absolutely flawless. We hit it off with Annie right away (she is as sweet as southern pecan pie) and cannot wait to see them and watch their family grow for years to come. They’ve already started with their precious dog, Rue seen in the preparation photos. They did a first look at the Grand Hotel, Point Clear, with the ceremony taking place at sunset on Mobile Bay. Huge shout out to the owner, Mary Cane, of the beautiful private property near Bon Secour where the reception took place for hosting such a grand event.

Planner: Blair Events

Dress: Lela Rose

Dress Shop: Ivory & White – Birmingham

Band: The Time Of Your Life Band – Atlanta

Catering: Morissette Catering

Rentals: Port City Rentals

Lighting: Willow Bridge

Makeup: Dodie Peltier

Hair: Nicole Moore and Jason Chambers

Florals: Homer McClure

Floral Children’s Crowns: Wildflower – Fairhope

Lodging: Grand Hotel – Point Clear, AL

Church: Sacred Heart Chapel – Point Clear, AL

 

 

02/08/2017

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When we got the first call for this wedding, we knew it was going to be something special. Claire and Paul were planning a December wedding at my Alma Matter, St. Joseph Chapel at Spring Hill College in Mobile, followed by the reception at the luxurious Marriott Grand Hotel in Point Clear, AL. The always fabulous Cynthia Zipperly of Mobile was the wedding designer and Grace & Serendipity complimented her vision with some beautiful paper products and logos along with the stunning floral work by Dennis Harris of Zimlich the Florist. Add some Betty Weber Cake and this was one stunning ballroom.

We got to know Claire’s dad well before the wedding because he was so involved which is just an awesome thing for a father of the bride to do, and both of these families were just the nicest we could have asked for. As always, we thank them for having us and are so grateful they trusted us to capture such an amazing day.

Wedding Ceremony: St. Joseph Chapel at Spring Hill College

Wedding Reception: Marriott Grand Hotel Point Clear, AL

Wedding Designer: Cynthia Zipperly

Wedding Planner: Shannon Reeves of Great Southern Weddings

Paper: Grace & Serendipity

Lighting: Willow Bridges

Flowers: Dennis Harris of Zimlich the Florist (Mobile, AL)

Cake: Betty Weber Cakes (Pensacola, FL)

Caterer: Marriott Grand Hotel Resort and Spa (Point Clear, AL)

Band: Answer Band (Atlanta, GA)

Dress: White Dresses Boutique (Huntsville, AL)

Dress Designer: Hayley Paige

Alterations: Hollow to the Hem (Birmingham, AL)

Bridesmaid’s Dresses – Bella Bridesmaids

Tuxedos: Mr. Burch – Birmingham, AL


01/25/2017

The only thing more exciting than being hired by a great couple is shooting their wedding at your Alma Mater. As a graduate of Spring Hill College, it’s always like coming home when we get to work there. Anna and Jeb had a beautiful and fun-filled wedding surrounded by family and loved ones, many from Anna’s home state of Ohio. We started at the famous Battle House Hotel in downtown Mobile for her preparation before heading over to St. Joseph’s Chapel at Spring Hill for the ceremony, followed by the reception at Stewart Field.  Their families were so warm and such a pleasure to be around, and we can’t thank them enough for having us.

Vendors:

Planning: Pat Herndon Events

Florals: Jubilee Flowers

Catering: Classic City Catering (Pensacola)

Cake: Betty Weber Cakes

Tent: Blue Rents

Lighting: Willow Bridge

 

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02/16/2016

We had the pleasure of being in St Augustine recently to photograph this beautiful couple. A St Augustine Wedding has been one of our goals for a while and we cannot wait to be there again. We heard wonderful things about The White Room going into this wedding, and we could not agree more with the positive reviews. Not only was the venue gorgeous, the staff was professional and extremely nice, and the streets around downtown St. Augustine were perfect for taking wedding photos. We owe a huge thank you to the White Room for making our job easy, and our awesome couple for being so open to our vision and allowing us to capture their day. They gave us plenty of time to get great photos and it really allowed us to create some magic through the camera. St Augustine Wedding 01St Augustine Wedding 02St Augustine Wedding 03St Augustine Wedding 04St Augustine Wedding 05St Augustine Wedding 06St Augustine Wedding 08St Augustine Wedding 09St Augustine Wedding 10St Augustine Wedding 11St Augustine Wedding 12St Augustine Wedding 13St Augustine Wedding 14St Augustine Wedding 15St Augustine Wedding 16St Augustine Wedding 17St Augustine Wedding 18St Augustine Wedding 19St Augustine Wedding 20St Augustine Wedding 21St Augustine Wedding 22St Augustine Wedding 23St Augustine Wedding 24St Augustine Wedding 25
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12/27/2015

Sometimes you meet a couple and realize that they’re “the ones”. The ones who have a similar sense of humor, the ones who hand you champagne in a styrofoam cup when you meet them the first time at a shoot, the ones who are open to anything you want them to do in front of a camera. Add all that to an amazing Fall day, and it’s just magic in front of a camera. Nathalie and John will have their February wedding in St. Augustine soon, and we are so excited to spend that day with them. They were in our area for a friend’s wedding recently, so we started at Rosemary Beach and finished their session at Watercolor.

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03/01/2015
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We have had the privilege of photographing many weddings over the last 12 years, and all of them have had their own unique qualities. Some of them small, some of them large, some of them laid back, some of them over the top. Some weddings deserve to be featured in all of their glory simply for their beauty and the hard work and planning that went into making them.

 

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That’s why we are creating a new website for our best of the best luxury weddings. Amazing details, great planners, high-end designers, and photography that only we could capture will be coming soon for your viewing pleasure. In the meantime, check out these blog links to get a sample of what’s to come:

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and yes, we’ll even throw in a 17 layer wedding cake. Stay tuned!

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01/23/2014

Anna & Ron were married in the Fall of 2013 at WindMark Beach in Port St. Joe, FL. This was our first time photographing this venue, and we were not disappointed with the beauty it gave us. It was breathtaking from the moment we arrived, along with Anna and that beautiful dress she was wearing. They had a sunset ceremony at the First Methodist Church in Port St Joe with Pastor Geoffrey, so they were more than willing to do a first look earlier in the afternoon for us to get some portraits around the  property. Wedding Planner Lynn Marshall did a wonderful job along with High Cotton and provided a classy setting of navy decor’ and chevron patterns along with other classy touches like that chandelier over the cake. The lights strung over the outdoor tables gave the guests an atmosphere that encouraged lots of mingling and fellowship. If you are looking for a waterfront venue that’s only a little over an hour from the 30A/Panama City and Tallahassee areas, WindMark Beach in Port St Joe is a must see location. We owe a big thanks to the vendors involved for giving us such talent to photograph, and as always the Sixpence Productions team for being such great videographers to work with. Can’t wait to see their teaser trailer coming soon.

Ceremony & Reception Venue | WindMark Beach
Planner | Lynn Marshall
Florals & Decor | High Cotton
Catering | Sunset Coastal Grill
Cinematography | Sixpence Productions
Reception Music | DJ 5-0 Larry Dickey

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10/14/2013

Fairhope Wedding Photographer: Any time we get to shoot at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear it’s special, but a nice bridal shoot is always our favorite.  In case you’re wondering, it’s a Southern thing y’all.  Wedding days can get a little hectic, the weather’s not always perfect, and the time of day for portraits isn’t always optimal.  When we do bridal portraits weeks before the wedding, we can control all of that a bit more.  We start closer to sunset than you would on your wedding day for that late afternoon golden light and take the time to play play play for some really beautiful shots!  Christie was just stunning in her beautiful dress and it was so much fun doing a trial run before her wedding day which we will have some sneak peeks of very soon.  I hope you enjoy these as much as we did taking them!Grand Hotel Point ClearGrand Hotel Point Clear WeddingGrand Hotel Point ClearPoint Clear WeddingFairhope Wedding Photographer Grand Hotel Point Clear WeddingGrand Hotel WeddingBridal PortraitsAlabama Bridal PortraitsAlabama Wedding

09/11/2013

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When we first heard about Caroline & Will’s engagement party from designer Lorna Huey, we knew that it was going to be nothing short of amazing.  It did not disappoint!  Although this couple is getting married in Highlands, NC this Fall, they had this memorable event at Sonny Hill Farm in Fairhope, AL back in May. Everything was exquisite and well thought out from the mechanical bull all the way down to the monogrammed pillows and blankets. Guests enjoyed a beautiful afternoon of conversation and games followed by a delicious barbecue dinner before dancing into the night with the Tayo Reed Explosion band.

Venue | Sonny Hill Farm
Designer | Lorna huey
Catering | Rob Berglin
Cupcakes | Just Cake
Music | Tayo Reed Explosion
Homemade Candy | Emily’s
Flowers | Stephanie Easterling & Lorna Huey

 

09/03/2013

Fairhope Wedding Photographers:

We are finally giving this blog much needed attention after a super busy summer of beach portraits, and there’s no better place to start than Christie and Roy!  They are tying the knot in Fairhope, AL this Fall and we just know their wedding will be nothing less than stunning.  We met up with them back in the Spring along with Roy’s son Kyle for their engagement photos and had a grand ol’ time at Chapel Farms and the Grand Hotel in Fairhope.

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When we first met up with Ally & Tyler for their engagement session last summer & found out about their nautical themed wedding, we knew it was going to be nothing short of impressive. Ally even brought that theme to their session with a cute nautical dress. Everything from the table linens to the oar signature board for guests was perfectly done. They had a late afternoon ceremony on the beach followed by the guests throwing bags of miniature beach balls at them upon their departure. Another great meal from Townsend catering and this group was set to party for the night. What a party it was. Thank you to Ally & Tyler for being such another awesome couple!

Ceremony & Reception Venue | Carillon Weddings
Planner | Victoria Volpone & Avis Glenister of Carillon Weddings
Florals & Decor | Nouveau Flowers
Catering | Townsend Catering
Cake | Confections on the Coast
Cinematography | Diva Productions
Reception Music | Paul Kirker with Gulf Talent Services

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Carillon 30A Wedding Photographer – While we cannot blog every wedding we photograph due to time constraints, I usually know within the first 5 minutes of starting someone’s wedding photography whether or not it will make it to the blog. It has a lot to do with the flow, the bride being ready on time, the location, the couple’s background, etc. I must say that this was probably one of the hardest weddings to blog in the history of our business. Narrowing down the photos that I wanted to use was nearly impossible. This was such a special day that I could have blogged nearly every photograph from this wedding and hope to never have to make a decision this hard again.

I met Angie and her mom when they were driving through Pensacola on their way to Carillon. We hit it off immediately and I knew she was our kind of client when she had several of our blog photos printed and added into her enormous wedding binder. Her favorite images were definitely some of our favorites. While we chatted, Angie told me about the proposal, her wedding ideas, and her fiance’s 7 year-old daughter. She had photos of all these things in that binder too.

Angie really beamed when she talked about Larry’s daughter. She had no reservations about becoming a step-mom to that sweet girl. Angie spoke so kindly and sweetly about this little girl who had lost her mom at a young age. You can imagine the tears when Larry’s daughter exclaimed “I want to dance with my mommy” and jumped into Angie’s arms. It was a day we’ll never forget. So many emotions, so many tears, and a bride who was just as amazing on the inside as she is on the outside. Please scroll down to enjoy Angie & Larry’s big day!

Ceremony & Reception Venue | Carillon Weddings®
Planner | Avis Glenister of Carillon Weddings®
Florals & Decor | Myrtie Blue
Catering | Townsend Catering
Cinematography | Diva Productions
Reception Music | Paul Kirker with Gulf Talent Services

One of our favorite things to capture is that first look when dad walks in the room for the first time after the dress is on. We are so glad we were there for this one. Angie’s dad was just delighted…She was absolutely stunning too..But we couldn’t let everyone see her just yet…She had to make a grand entrance!Larry knew how to work the camera too…Another amazing moment right before that big walk down the aisle….Tears all around….Followed by lots of joy…And some yawns….After the ring exchange, Angie gave her new daughter a special necklace …. that didn’t keep her from screaming “yuck” when they kissed though!The day came to an end with a beautiful sunset on the lake and another gorgeous Townsend Catering spread…Angie loves her bling bling and that cake was a perfect example of how much… it was fantastic and sparkley!The first dance was a family affair…And then dad for his turn….Then mom had us all crying again…We had lots of fun with the garter toss… Then Angie kept the dance floor moving by dragging her mom out for a special dance as well… And then another special dance between a daughter and her new mom…Finally, Angie is a big fan of the Carillon fountain, so we had some fun with it before they were whisked away in that beautiful Classic Packard Automobile.

04/09/2013

It’s always satisfying when we hear about a past wedding couple starting their family. It’s even more satisfying when they call us to be a part of it.  Angie and Tim were one of our gracious 2010 Carillon Weddings® couples, and they took Pastor Harry up on the offer he gives every couple during their ceremony to come back and have their precious baby Ruby baptized at the Carillon Meeting House.  We have been impatiently looking forward to this day since Angie contacted us back in February to see if we could come take photos of the ceremony and their family.  We were so happy we got to be a part of this special occasion.

03/07/2013

Alabama Wedding Photographers – We posted a little peek of Sara & Davis’ Southern Alabama Wedding for you last week, but what we didn’t post about was the terribly overcast weather that day and the fact that Sara was pretty sick on her wedding day. We made the decision before the ceremony even started to have an “after session” to really enjoy some relaxing post wedding portrait time and make full use of that beautiful property. With our friends at Diva Productions beside us, we set up another first look for them to get that wedding day feeling all over again and proceeded to start a their photo session in the same area that Davis proposed.  We even had to cancel this shoot twice before this day because of bad weather, but the skies on this day were incredible.  We had so much fun playing and having a laid back session with them.

If you missed their engagement session we photographed at the same location, check that our here:
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To see the prior post with more photos from their wedding day, click here:
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Destin Bay House Wedding – As much as we love big weddings, it’s often nice to have a quaint, laid back event with wonderful families and lots of pretty details. We were excited to finally photograph a wedding at the Destin Bay House from the moment Jennifer contacted us. It is a beautiful property right in the heart of old Destin on Choctawhatchee Bay, and it’s perfect getting married on the water if you want a green lawn instead of concrete or sand. It’s surrounded by large, mossy, oak trees and lots of pretty placed to photograph. We got our first big cold front of Fall on the morning of this wedding which left us with cold temps and blustery winds, but the house was spacious enough that the guests were all cozy inside.

Venue – Destin Bay House, Destin, Florida
Cake – Sweet For Sirten
Photographer – www.raeleytham.com

 

Jennifer’s timeline allowed us plenty of time to play with her portraits, so we started in the getting ready room and took these with some beautiful window light. These green bridesmaids dresses were beautiful and a perfect match for the green bouquets!This field was perfect with all of the golden midday sun hitting the foliage. It’s hard to believe this is in the middle of a beach town. Poor Jennifer walked onto that cold, blustery lawn, and you can almost see the chill on her faceThe public park right next to the Destin Bay House is perfect for portraits tooEvery wedding detail was creative and This was our first cake with Sweet for Sirten and it was adorable AND tastyThis is one of Destin’s best features… the sunsets. The dolphins were playing at the end of the pier as it was getting darkWith all the wedding formalities done, they got the party started. Wait for it….Never mind, don’t wait for it… REACHA nice bubbly sendoff “inside” thanks to mother nature, but a great night!

02/25/2013

Alabama Wedding Photographer – Sara & Davis were married last month in another gorgeous Alabama wedding.  It was a four day event starting out Thursday night with a private blessing for close family and friends, a bridal luncheon on Friday for the bridesmaids, a rehearsal with spectacular decor’ on Friday night, a full wedding day on Saturday, and then a Sunday brunch where another family member was proposed to.  We are still sorting the 11,000 photos we took with the help of five other photographers we’re proud to call our friends. We’re not going to release too much yet for publication reasons, but this will give you an idea of what a special event it was.  We’ll showcase more in the near future, including their Africa themed rehearsal dinner that you won’t want to miss!  Be sure to see their Alabama engagement session blog post if you missed it.  The weather was cold and nasty on the wedding day, so we will also be doing a “day after” session with the couple in the very near future to complete their wedding gallery. Stay tuned!

Update! The Day After Session can be seen Here!

 

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12/17/2012

Lara contacted us just a couple weeks before her wedding. She had a friend scheduled to shoot her wedding, but the friend had a family emergency and wouldn’t be able to make the trip to her wedding. Lara was so calm about it all and just knew it would all work out. We were so glad we were available so We made the trip to Baton Rouge to photograph at the gorgeous Houmas House plantation on the bank of the Mississippi River. We have heard all about this amazing place from several clients and photographers. We were thrilled when we walked in the gates!

The stunning bride found her gown in New York and just may be featured on Say Yes to the Dress….we’ll have to wait and see! But, she’s not just pretty….she’s talented too. Check out those amazing boutonnieres! Lara made those and she did most of the table details. Who knew burlap, lace, and cotton would look so amazing together.  The cake (you know we tried it) was soooo good.  The beautiful cakes made a long trip all the way from Pensacola to Baton Rouge.  It’s always a pleasure to have a Betty Weber cake and super exciting to have one in Baton Rouge!

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10/16/2012

Kayley & Trey were married this summer on a Thursday afternoon at one of our favorite venues, the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, AL. This wedding had so many elements we loved… It was intimate, at an amazing location, and had a wonderful couple who truly valued photography and what we could do for them. They wanted to see each other before the ceremony to give us the best light and most time, so their guests enjoyed cocktail hour while we took photographs around the property. After the ceremony, guests were invited back inside the hotel for a delicious meal as they were lead by one of Mobile’s most recognized Mardi Gras favorites, the Excelsior Band, founded in 1883. As usual, the staff at the Grand Hotel were wonderful and we cannot recommend them enough if you’re looking for a beautiful wedding location and impeccable service to go with it. Thank you Kayley and Trey for being so wonderful and having us at your wedding, and thank you Kayley for committing to us when you found our website years ago. We LOVE that!

08/23/2012

Fairhope Wedding Rehearsal Dinner – Point Clear Marriott

Brooke & Brandon’s rehearsal dinner was at the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort in Point Clear, Alabama. The Grand is known for their southern charm and hospitality. The grounds are gorgeous and the staff is some of the best in our area. The Ballroom was transformed into in a Bay Retreat and was full of beautiful details from driftwood art to oyster-covered candle vases.  The theme was chosen because it represented the groom’s favorite past time…………spending time, boating, fishing or just relaxing on Mobile Bay! The florist was Zimlich’s Patio and Garden/Elizabeth’s Garden, (owners and siblings Carol Reeves, Donald and Tommy Zimlich). Band was Trot Line, Lighting by Will Bridges (Willow Bridge), Cake designed by the Pastry Chef at the Grand Hotel. The Theme represented life on Mobile Bay, and all indigenous plant materials were used along with props like sails, kayaks, paddles, crab traps, buoys, even a Stauter Boat was brought in to finish out the theme. The head table was made into a wharf and a driftwood Bride and Groom was designed by the talented Zimlich’s. Oyster Shells were harvested from Mobile Bay and made into mirrored and vase table scapes by local artist Celia De Laney. Marriott’s Grand Hotel was the perfect setting as the guest watched the sunset before gathering for a sumptuous meal featuring local seafood and farm to table vegetables all created by Master Chef Mike Wallace.  Videography was covered by our good friends at Diva Productions!

The decor’ was breath-taking, the food was delicious, but the best part of the evening was the love and emotion. Both dads had us all crying, Brandon’s childhood friend has us laughing until we cried, and Brooke’s best friends had us giggling as they read an email from Brooke when she first met (and started to like) Brandon. After the crying and giggling were over, the band started and so did the dancing. These people can seriously dance….and they don’t stop!

Loved the boat paddle signature board! Tip: Use items like this that can be used as house decor’ for years to come!Loved the driftwood mannequins! The head table… Details were just so intricate all the way to the crab pots and driftwood garland. This is a working vintage coke machine and it is AWESOME!This might have been one of the funniest toasts ever!

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