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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Watercolor, 30a wedding

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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.

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!

We had a bridal session with Mandy a couple of months ago, so we’ll start with a few of those. We were so excited the first time we say that beautiful dress.

Mandy and her mom and Grant met with us a while back after they had met with another photographer. I think Mandy’s words to her mom were, “Rae’s gonna have a hard time beating that [other photographer].” I must have impressed them! We had an instant connection and we actually realized we have some mutual friends. Their wedding was incredibly sweet and obviously beautiful thanks to some well-chosen vendors.

One of my favorite parts of the day was the time Mandy spent with her parents while getting ready. There were tears shed by everyone in the room. Another favorite part of the day was scavenging for pretty areas of a concrete jungle!

Venue | Emerald Grande Resort
Catering | Emerald Grande Resort
Flowers and Decor’ | Celestine’s Special Occasions
Cake | Betty Weber
DJ | Paul Kirker of Gulf Talent Services

Absolutely swooning over the details from Jodie and David’s recent wedding. Fantastic job by Coastal Weddings by Victoria, Myrtie Blue, Betty Weber, and Townsend Catering.

 

It is with great excitement that we can finally share with you a beautiful bridal portrait session we photographed last week. Jodie and David said their “I do’s” this past Saturday, but we had the opportunity to take her in her beautiful dress to Ft. Pickens a week before the wedding to take some jaw dropping formal photographs.

 

Alys Beach Wedding: Thanks to Julie & Ralph, we finally had the opportunity to shoot a wedding at Alys Beach. Imagine how bummed we were when the forecast was 90% chance of rain on their wedding day. It rained a lot. But, great measures were taken to make sure the guests stayed dry and the skies actually parted a bit and allowed us to get some quick shots outside. Right before wrapping up photos to head to the reception, we were surprised with a rainbow.

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Wedding season kicked off with a bang recently at Carillon. Emily and Luke had some great plans in mind with this wedding and it was perfection.  Black & White was the theme with everything from table linens to custom pillow covers for the fire pit complete with s’mores.  The pineapple themed “Webbertini” was a big hit thanks to our friends at Townsend Catering. Instead of a sign-in book, they took a photo of themselves and turned it into a puzzle, having each guest sign the back of one of the many pieces. Luke’s rock & roll side made an appearance too thanks to that awesome guitar Emily surprised him with as a wedding gift.  Confections on the Coast also came through with an AC/DC groom’s cake that showcased every album by the group. It was quite the party as this crowd knew how to boogie to the Mr. Big Band. Let me give a plug to Kyle LaMonica for his amazing talent singing at the ceremony and reception.  If you are looking for a musician, he is a super talented one man show and a nice guy too! It was another great event thanks to all of the effort by our favorite Carillon vendors. Our thanks to Emily and Luke for having us and being such a nice couple too.  We had a really great time!

 

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
Ceremony & Dinner Music | Kyle LaMonica
Reception Music | Mr. Big Band
Photo Booth | Facetime Photo Booth

When we found out that Mandy & Grant wanted to have their engagement session somewhere that’s near and dear to their heart, we were happy to oblige. Fairhope, AL is a magnificent town all year round and especially during the Spring blooming season. We were a little bummed with the weather (no sun), but these two didn’t let that rain on their parade. We had a great time and really dig these two. They will be married this May at the Emerald Grande in Destin, and we can’t wait to see all the hard work they have put into this wedding!

Sometimes we feel like we don’t have to say very much on a wedding post simply because the photos speak for themselves. This is one of those times. Gina and John were married last Fall at the always beautiful Carillon here on the Gulf Coast. Once again, the vendors involved in this event pulled off an amazing job with breathtaking details. We are so honored to be able to showcase their hard work and hope you enjoy seeing this post as much as we did creating it.

Ceremony & Reception Venue | Carillon Weddings
Planner | Victoria Volpone of Carillon Weddings
Florals & Decor | Nouveau Flowers
Catering | Townsend Catering
Cake | Confections on the Coast

Caroline and Kent were married last Fall at the beautiful Henderson Inn near Destin. We knew from the minute we arrived that it was going to be a great day. Caroline was amazingly sweet and just happy to be in that moment of being a bride. We had a lot of fun watching her and Kent both soak up every bit of the day they could with a range of emotions that make us love what what we do. The weather was a little challenging with a blustery wind and some unexpected rain, but it added for a little excitement which included a stellar sunset and rainbow to finish the day. The Henderson Inn is a great place for weddings with a beautiful location and delicious food served by a top notch staff.

Ceremony Venue | Henderson Park Inn
DJ Services | BBoy Productions
Planner | RSVP Weddings
Catering | Henderson Park Inn


There’s nothing better than precious flower girls that like to be involved in the process…
and close friends who are there for you at the most important times.

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Weddings can be exhausting….

Immediately following the ceremony, Kent led Caroline off to the side and had their own moment that we were ecstatic to capture…

Caroline’s happiness flooded her with tears… I think I welled up a little along with her.

The wind decided to try and steal her beautiful veil, but Kent was on it!




Yes, that rainbow was FANTASTIC
and so was that sunset!


Jessica and David were married at the beautiful Henderson Park Inn in Destin, FL. We photographed our 2nd paid wedding there 8 years ago, and we were so excited about going back for the first time since that day. The staff at Henderson did an outstanding job on the menu and Sherri from RSVP Weddings was a pleasure to work with. David is retired from the Coast Guard and Jessica is an active Coast Guard Pilot who provides life-saving services to all of us who live and boat on the water.  I hope we did half as good of a job for them as they do for us every day.  It was a perfect Fall day for this venue, and I cannot explain the range of emotions this wedding brought forth. There were plenty of tears and happiness throughout the night. We had never met them before the wedding, but it was instantly obvious how much they love each other and their family.  Hopefully these photos will allow you to experience this wedding in the same way we did.

Ceremony Venue | Henderson Park Inn
DJ Services |  BBoy Productions
Planner | Sherri of RSVP Weddings
Catering | Henderson Park Inn
Jessica’s sister was putting the finishing touches on a fantastic toast right after we arrived…
While Jessica was putting her finishing touches on too…







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Sherri scheduled us plenty of time for photos after the ceremony, so we got to make good use of that gorgeous sunset…




That toast her sister was working on earlier in the day was VERY good…
Love happy tears!
Jessica’s first dance with her father was just as touching….


Jessica’s brother brought more tears when he put on two separate slideshows he made of them growing up.  It really emphasized the importance of family to both of them..



Jessica’s parents got the dance floor moving!
And this crowd knew how to party!

The weather this past weekend sure did redeem itself. Gina & John tied the knot at one of our favorite wedding venues, Carillon. We post quite a few Carillon Weddings, and people ask all the time where this little slice of heaven is on the map. Well, it’s located on Hwy 98, just inside the western Bay County line near Panama City. Now you know!

Here is a little Sneak Peek for Gina and John. Big thank you’s to them for having us at this grand event!

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Every wedding is an adventure for us, and this Labor Day was no different.  Two weddings and Tropical Storm Lee gave us quite a challenge with the weather. Luckily, our brides took it in stride and we forged ahead with two amazing weddings.  We’re going to give them both a little sneak peek to highlight how even such a stormy wedding day can attribute to a great photography portfolio.

We’ll start with Laura & Matt…. Laura’s dream beach wedding was moved into the Meeting House at Carillon, but we did make it down to the shoreline for some photos and it was dramatically beautiful.  Laura & her bridesmaids decided to be “Lee” fashionable with accessories to brighten the day!

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Jennifer and Phillip were married the Sunday before Labor Day, and their Pensacola wedding was just as stormy. Luckily, their wedding was in a church with an inside reception as The Officers Club at Pensacola NAS. We had to work around the weather to get some outside photos, but we did get lucky a couple of times and it turned out great!  Nancy’s Haute’ Affairs did a fantastic job of making the day go as smoothly as possible.

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Huge congrats to our couples for being such troopers!

Deborah & Dave are a couple of beach cats from Atlanta, but they spend as much time as they can on our beautiful Florida beaches. They have been together for over ten years and finally decided to tie he knot with their closest friends in their favorite vacation destination! The wedding was so sweet and loving and classy.

Ceremony | Point Washington United Methodist Church
Reception | Vue on 30A at the Santa Rosa Beach Club
Flowers | Bella Flora
Cake | Confections on the Coast
DJ | A DJ to Go

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Rosemary Beach Wedding – We always get excited when Jennifer from It’s a Shore Thing contacts us to meet a bride because we know it’s going to be a beautiful event with the best vendors in the area.  Amy & Chad’s Rosemary Beach wedding on the Western Green was no exception. They booked us almost a year ago, which worked out great since May 14 ended up being THE most popular wedding day of the season.  Every detail of the wedding was just beautiful, from the blue shoes Amy chose all the way to that chocolate buttercream groom’s cake. It couldn’t have been a more perfect afternoon.

Venue | Rosemary Beach
Planner | Jennifer Lewis of It’s a Shore Thing
Caterer | Townsend Catering
Flowers and Decor’ | Events by Nouveau Flowers
Cakes | Confections on the Coast

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We love it when a bride adds a splash of color fun to her wedding attire, and these blue shoes did not disappoint! Rosemary Beach Wedding with It's a Shore Thing

Once again, clean, white bouquet, but the blue ribbon wrapped around the stems really enhanced these gorgeous flowers. Rosemary Beach Wedding with It's a Shore Thing

TThe architecture at Rosemary Beach is beautiful for photos. Here’s a shot from the outside looking into the bedroom where Amy was putting on her dress. Rosemary Beach Wedding with It's a Shore ThingRosemary Beach Wedding with It's a Shore ThingundefinedundefinedRosemary Beach Wedding with It's a Shore Thingundefinedundefinedundefined

If you’re looking to have a Rosemary Beach Wedding, the lawn is one of the most beautiful lawns on 30A. Rosemary Beach Wedding with It's a Shore Thing

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The wedding crowd is always more eager to get the dance floor hopping when the B&G are on it themselves, and Amy & Chad did not disappoint!undefinedAmy is quite the singer herself… I Will Survive was the song of choice.undefinedShootshed made an appearance too and was quite the hit! undefinedundefined

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Florals | Bella Floral

Ceremony | Rosemary Beach

Reception | Rosemary Beach Town Hall

Catering | Emerald Coast Catering

I think we have discovered that we LOVE Louisiana clients. Their weddings are great and their receptions are nothing but a party. This wedding was no different. We met Jeanne and her mom at the bridal session and we knew we were a great fit. Jeanne was so easy to photograph and had so much personality (and attitude!). The wedding day was perfect and relaxed. They ended the night with King Cake and you know we loved that!

Oh! We took Avery to the bridal session because she loves brides and we knew Jeanne would love her too. They hit it off very well and I am pretty sure Jeanne was willing to take her home.
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I really love the architecture of Rosemary.
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What’s better than seersucker? Seersucker with a little red mixed in!!
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There’s nothing better than than arriving at a wedding and being visually overjoyed with creativity and color schemes. That was the feeling we had as soon as we arrived at Carillon to Lauren & Trevor’s wedding. Lauren chose a pink & yellow wedding color scheme that was fun, modern, & just perfect for the season. This was definitely a FUN group of people who came for a destination wedding from Memphis and brought their southern hospitality with them. I think the phrase “They liked to dance” would be an understatement!
We gave this post a little extra love and hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed being there!

Venue | Carillon Weddings
Planner | Victoria Volpone of Carillon Weddings
Florals & Decor | Nouveau Flowers
Catering | Townsend Catering
Cake | Confections on the Coast

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Lauren’s mom popped out of her room in that rockin’ pink dress and she got a major round of applause!
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Their first dance started out with a fake-out slow song and then transitioned into a fast dance to everyone’s surprise.  They repeated that with their parents as well who could boogie down with the best.
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Another wonderful meal by Townsend Catering.  This very berry salad is one of our faves! undefined

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We simply adore Watercolor weddings and really enjoy working with our friend Cheryl Walton every time we have a wedding there. She talked so highly of Cindy and Robert, and we knew why the first time we met with them. Although their kids are almost grown, they are a perfect modern day version of the Brady Bunch. They love vacationing on 30a and knew that’s where they wanted to plan their destination wedding from Tennessee. Watercolor was a perfect choice, and Cheryl & staff did an amazing job as usual. The day was completely laid back, stress free, and their guests really seemed to have a great time.

Coordinator: Cheryl Walton of Watercolor Resort

Flowers and Decor: Fishers Flowers

Cake: Bake My Day

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