Janie and her sisters have a Dallas-based travel and lifestyle blog, The Perennial Style.  Janie’s younger sister introduced Janie and Kevin and they ended up being a perfect match.  The fifteen minutes of sunshine we had that day made my photographer heart sing, but the fog surely did make some cool shots too!

All the wonderful vendors really came together to make their day perfect. They are listed at the bottom of the post!





















Planning and cordinations: Defining Moments Weddings & Special Events

Dress: Gowns of Grace Dallas

Venue: Rosemary Beach Cottage Rental Agency

Pastor: Jack Hankins (Ceremony Officiant)

String Musicians: Top Hat Live

Florist / Event Designer: Florals by the Sea

Food, Beverage, Event Rentals & Event Staffing: Townsend Catering Company

Event Rentals, Tenting, Band Staging: H&M Event Rentals

Wedding Cake: Sweet for Sirten

Reception Band: Momentum Party Band, as provided by East Coast Entertainment

Makeup: The Bridal Stylist (In-Cottage Bridal Party Hair & Make-Up Services)
Jessica Jones

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.

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

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

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

Rosemary Beach Wedding with It's a Shore Thing

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

Bubbles are always a great choice for wedding departures. They look great in photos!undefined

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



Lauren’s mom popped out of her room in that rockin’ pink dress and she got a major round of applause!












Totally in love with these colors… especially the shoes!undefined





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.








Another wonderful meal by Townsend Catering.  This very berry salad is one of our faves! undefined





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


We started our 2011 off with an amazing wedding and an amazing couple. The wedding and reception were at the Cypress Dunes Clubhouse in Santa Rosa Beach. The venue was great, the vendors were fabulous, and the details were amazing. We are THRILLED to share this one with you. Even Kris’ jewelry was lovely. The groom’s mom and her friends are florists and they did such a great job with all the floral details and decor’. The birch bark details were so organic and the handmade cotton guest book fit in so well. Add Classic City Catering and Betty Weber cake to the mix and we were in heaven. The food was delicious….spicy tomato bisque with grilled cheese points, gumbo with dirty rice, oysters on the half shell, baked oysters, and so much more!

We are just so blessed to get to photograph beautiful events with great people as clients. We started off at Colette’s family’s beach house for some preparations and Wes went down the block to check in on John’s family. Colette is one of three sisters and the girls were dealing with hair and makeup. John is one of three brothers and the boys were dealing with beer and cigars.

The wedding was really beautiful and the reception was amazing. You know we are suckers for details so we were pretty excited when we saw the reception setup. The vendors were really amazing!

Wedding gown | Vera Wang
Ceremony | Seaside, FL beach
Reception | Ruskin Lawn in Seaside, FL
Florals | Nouveau Flowers
Catering | Townsend Catering
Cakes | Confections on the Coast
Band | Latitude 29

A little rooftop view of the cute town of Seaside, FL

We couldn’t decide which one of these we liked better, so we figured Vera Wang deserved two photos on this post.




Hello gorgeous bride!



The next 3 ended showing the same 3 subjects (Colette and her parents), but they were just too gorgeous not to share! Gotta love our pretty Florida weather!

051209-10It was a perfect afternoon….


Bottoms up, John!

Look at the moms on either side of the officiant. I swear they were the 2 hottest moms we have seen!



051209-16The decor’ was just amazing…. The chandeliers hanging from the trees completed the beautiful place settings.



We thought John was a nice guy and we liked him, but then we found out that he’s into sailing like Wes. Now, we think he’s pretty awesome! Check out his sailboat cake. The sails were made of gum paste I think. Plus, it was moist red velvet and it was delicious.


Colette’s family gave great toasts…..


Have you noticed that most of Colette’s photos show her in this amazing huge smile? She really has a great spirit and thoroughly enjoyed her day!

We loved working with these families and thank them for their warm hospitality……

Seaside Wedding Photographer


We are so excited about Lauren and Colin’s wedding! They are from Mobile (just like Wes and me) and they are getting married in Inlet Beach in May. Lauren and Colin are our kind of people. They are silly and don’t take too much serious! But, the best part is that they hired It’s A Shore Thing to plan their wedding. These ladies are awesome and the wedding is going to be so much fun. Colin is Scottish, so we might even see a kilt or two.

Anyway, we met in Fairhope, Alabama, for their session and walked around downtown and then headed to the pier. Fairhope is such a quaint town full of great walls and porches and blooming flowers.

I told you there were flowers everywhere!



Lauren is so happy all the time! She laughs when we ask for serious!



LOVE this one! And, love the wall reflecting in the window. See the actual wall on the next one down.



Lauren might just kill me for posting this one. She wanted to do it!!



I love how they just look so happy and loved!