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

Most people book us because of our beautiful photography, Lindsey’s mom contacted us because of my cool name.  ha!   Her mom had a list of photographers to contact, but she started with us because Lindsey’s name is Lindsey Rae.  All the cool people have Rae as their middle name, you know.  The fact that they loved our work was just icing on the cake for them!  We LOVE this family.  Lindsey and her mom are some of the kindest people we have ever met.  We started the day at the Sandestin Grand with some pre-ceremony photos and it’s such a lovely place for photos!  We ended the night there too and boy was it a night.  Those groomsmen were crazy.  The favors were chocolate cigars and homemade pickles….mmmm….it was a pregnant lady’s dream!  We are excited to show such beautiful images that were made possible because of great vendors.

Dress | Blue by Enzoni

Shoes | Kate Spade

Wedding Cake | Yasha Becker

Florals | Celestine’s

Video | Jason Avery Films

Reception | Sandestin Grand

Ceremony | Destin First United Methodist

Love, love, love this dress and shoes. Celestine’s did an amazing job on the florals as always.  This bouquet was simply elegant..The sign-in table in the church courtyard was under a tree with these beautiful, dainty flowers strung from above…Just….. WowBeautiful cake by Yasha Becker….The Groom’s cake and chocolate wedding favors were cigar themed which was a great discussion topic…The dance floor was hopping! Wes got this great shot during the toast…The sun set shortly after their ceremony, so we had to make use of some cool lighting techniques for night shots.  These ended up being some of our all time favorites…A little bling bling…Some groomsman karaoke…..And then some aggressive bouquet and garter catching ended the night on a great note!

Some couples are high maintenance and others are super laid back. Marti & Mark were definitely in the laid back category. It was a weekday destination wedding with their close friends and family and it was a perfect day. Of course, Jennifer of It’s a Shore Thing helped on that part! Marti’s gorgeous silk gown floated along the sand as if she were Cinderella.

Ceremony | Inlet Beach
Reception | Grande Point Pavilion
Planner | It’s a Shore Thing
Hair & Makeup | Two Fishes Artistry
Florals & Catering | Celestine’s Special Occasions
Cake | Confections on the Coast
DJ | Beachside DJ


Alrighty! Here is part 2 of William and Sidney as promised. Seriously, I’m still in awe every time I see these photos. It was a Halloween with a sunset that is just burned in my head. If you missed part 1, you can click HERE to see it.

Planner and Coordinator | It’s A Shore Thing
Makeup | Renee Armour – Two Fishes Artistry
Florals and Decor | Celestine’s Special Occasions
Reception Venue | Rosemary Beach
Catering | Celestine’s Special Occasions
Cake | Confections on the Coast

We left off right at the end of the ceremony in part 1.  We couldn’t resist these beautiful skies on the beach following the ceremony!

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rosemary beach photographer-35The reception tables were amazing as always with the help of It’s a Shore thing and Celestine’s!
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rosemary beach photographer-38After the first dance, this is what we saw behind the reception tent…..
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rosemary beach photographer-41Scrumptious!
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rosemary beach photographer-44A few fun details…..
rosemary beach photographer-45Groom’s cake was a bobcat…..
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rosemary beach photographer-48The band Sidney’s dad plays in was the entertainment for the evening, and they surprised her with one of her favorite James Bond songs.  She was ecstatic!
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rosemary beach photographer-50Here we have the “It’s a Shore Thing” ladies…. Jennifer on the left and her mom Jojo on the right.  Smokin’ HOT ladies!
rosemary beach photographer-51Who are these sexy peeps?  That’s Jessica Marshall on the left!
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Planner and Coordinator | It’s A Shore Thing
Makeup | Renee Armour – Two Fishes Artistry
Florals and Decor | Celestine’s Special Occasions
Reception Venue | Palazzo Del Sol
Catering | Celestine’s Special Occasions
Cake | Yasha Becker

Ashleigh and Galen booked us on what had to be the most popular Saturday of the year. We had three brides wanting to book us for this date within two hours of each other, and Ashleigh managed to seal the deal first! We first met them at their engagement session in Atlanta last Fall, and we knew then that Ashleigh had great taste for their wedding. This was a beautiful intimate event at a private beach house (Palazzo Del Sol) in Destin, with food and florals from the always fantastic Celestine’s. The weather was a little tricky with spotty rain showers off and on, but the back yard tent overlooking the Gulf was a lifesaver for everyone. The large, puffy, purple clouds are always great for photos, especially when blue skies are peaking through.

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Destin Beach Wedding Photographer


We had the pleasure this weekend of photographing a 50th birthday party at the elegant Bistro Bijoux restaurant in the Villages of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin. I’m going to give you some detail overload here thanks to the beautiful work of Celestine’s in Santa Rosa Beach. We are always excited when we get to work a Celestine’s event because we are never disappointed. They did an amazing job with this room! If you are having a small wedding or event in the Destin area and need a nice restaurant with private room to seat under 30 people, I highly recommend Bistro Bijoux.


Oh where do I begin? Hannalore and I hit it off from the 1st conversation. She grew up in Mobile (like Wes and I did) and she graduated from a rival high school the same year as Wes. We were all in the marching band too (yes, we were cool)! We also discovered that one of Hannalore’s good friends was Wes’ good friend in elementary school. It really is a small world. Anyway, we were excited to shoot at two new locations. The ceremony was at Dune Allen Beach off Highway 30A. It is a small strip of beach nestled in between very large beach houses and we pretty much had the beach to ourselves. The reception was at the exclusive Cypress Dunes Clubhouse. I say exclusive because it’s a little tricky to have a wedding there. It was truly amazing. But, wow! Wait until you see Hannalore! Stunning. We were also excited to have the pleasure of working with Celestine’s again. Oh, the band! They were from Mobile and I would definitely recommend them to anyone.

Dress | Mori Lee from The Clothes Rack in Auburn, AL
Cake | Wedding Cakes by Gail
Florals | Celestine’s Special Occasions
Band | Hot Wire from Tip Top Attractions
Catering | Celestine’s Special Occasions

There’s our sexy little bride…..

This jewelry was classic and flawless….and yes ladies “they are” to answer your question.

Richard found her as stunning as we did….

Full sun without a cloud in the sky!

One of my favorites…. it was a beautiful sunset

The infinity pool was perfect for this setting…

Perfect location for the cake!

We met Brooke & Tim earlier this year thanks to Jennifer with It’s A Shore Thing. They were so laid back then and their wedding was the same. Brooke & Tim, their families, and most of their guests came from Texas to our gorgeous beaches. It was warm, but absolutely perfect for a wedding. The whole day went super smooth thanks to Jennifer and her crew! The reception was at Finz restaurant in the Sandestin Resort and the wedding was on the beach right outside from Finz. Celestine’s (the florist) did a fabulous job with the flowers and the beach set up. The ribbons leading to the ceremony site were so great. The reception was nice too. There was 3 flavors yummy cupcakes and at 10pm warm cinnamon rolls were served. Then the real festivities began. The karaoke machine was turned on and there was some serious singing. I was so happy that most of the songs were from the 80’s and I knew all the words!!

Tim was looking dashing…

Brooke was sporting the Wow factor herself…..

Here we go…

The ceremony decor’ was FANTASTIC

Typical amazing details from Celestine’s and Jennifer…..

They had a great rehearsed first dance to Elvis….

And then the “Backstreet Boys” showed up a little later!

What a fantastic wedding last weekend at the new Emerald Grande Resort in Destin, FL. I think Tim and Carol had their heart set on this place the minute they saw it last year. I can’t say I blame them after seeing it for myself. They are a genuine, gracious and loving couple who have been just a pleasure to know and work with. They chose Jennifer Warwick-Lewis and the crew from “It’s a Shore Thing” event planning in Grayton Beach, and they did a superb job with the decor’! And, just like Jen said…”it went as smooth as silk.” This post is a little long since I could not decide on my favorites…….

Here’s the Emerald Grande sitting at the Destin Pass

This was actually a HUGE painting in the lobby that we just had to incorporate….

The ladies were having a great time

The oh so radiant Carol….

I spy a RAE!! Can you see her?

Carol’s brother walked her down the aisle

I love the feel of this one

There is absolutely nothing I can say about this decor’ that it’s not already screaming….

Tim’s dad gave a lovely toast before dinner

The cake cutting got a little bit messy

This one was just too cute not to include!