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

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 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!

Kara & Rich chose us based on our website, but as soon as I met them, I KNEW we were a match.  I could not have been more right.  We had an absolute blast all day long.  We walked in the room where the ladies were getting ready and it was immediate energy!  The iPod was blaring, the bridesmaids were gorgeous in their jewel-toned dresses, Renee (from Two Fishes) was beautifying Rich’s mom, and Kara’s reality-show-star-friend, Jon (from Shear Genius), was busy fussing over Kara’s perfect hair!

Kara & Rich wanted to party immediately after the ceremony, so we had a first look session and it was perfect.  I am pretty sure Rich was blown away by the sight of his bride.  She was stunning.  After wrangling the wedding party for some pre-ceremony photos, we headed to the beautiful ceremony site at the Western Lake Park.  After a tear-filled ceremony and some quick family photos, we stole the crazy couple for some pretty golden light photos.

Not long after the reception began at the Bait House Pool Deck, Jon whisked Kara to the locker room for a wardrobe change and a completely fresh hair style.  Jon really is a great friend to Kara and he wanted to make sure she was perfect for her day.   At the end of the night, Kara & Rich jumped aboard the Watercolor boat and sailed into the darkness.

Ceremony Venue: Western Lake Park at the Watercolor Resort

Reception Venue: Bait House Pool Deck at the Watercolor Resort

Coordinator: Cheryl Walton of Watercolor Resort

Makeup and hair : Renee of Two Fishes Artistry and Emily of Two Fishes Artistry

Bride’s Hair: Jon Steinick

Flowers and Decor: Fishers Flowers

Cake: Cakes by Tanis

Band: Meet the Press

We love being able to capture that first look with just the two of them….Kara was just gorgeous… They are SO good together…Of course we had some fun too!Jon was having a great time too…Love, love, love bright colors on days like this!Here are some of the day’s details…Beautiful spot for a first dance…Fake moustaches came out towards the end of the night and Kara’s mom knew how to use it!They were whisked away at the end of the night on the lake boat….Check out those teal shoes!

Sarah and Trey were married this past December at the First United Methodist Church in Ft. Walton with reception following at Kelly Plantation. You might remember these Auburn Grads from their Auburn engagement session we did last year! We love these two and are happy that they just moved to Pensacola after their wedding.

Planner and Coordinator | It’s A Shore Thing
Florals and Decor | Celestine’s Special Occasions
Reception Venue | Kelly Plantation
Catering | Celestine’s Special Occasions
Cake | Confections on the Coast

There was lots of Auburn happening around this wedding! Hmmmm…. What could Trey be doing with that shoe?  We’ll get back to that. One of my favorite ring shots from 09′How can you not love these blue shoes?
Sarah was just stunning… How about a formal photo?   Or two….. Ah yes, the shoes.  Trey was full force Auburn! Their first born…. CUTE dog! Some reception details…. Lot’s of red for the season! I really love this cake.  Classic, beautiful, and it tasted really good! Of course this was a masterpiece as well! You’ll recognize this Auburn building from their engagement session. They left in a vintage Ford and it was a great way to end the evening!

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We got a phone call a few months back from our friend Melissa at Masterpiece Weddings in Gainesville. Her best friend from Houston was coming to our beautiful beaches for her wedding, and Melissa knew we would all have a great time working together. The weather that week was horrible, but we had a some divine intervention and got an hour of dryness right around the ceremony. We had a really great time, and really enjoyed our afternoon with everyone!

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This is their son Jaxson who loved mom’s bouquet…..

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He also loved all of the water puddles!

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Now that is Melissa on the right.  She played Maid of Honor and officiant that day.  They are hilarious!

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We crossed the very busy road from their rental house to the beach… the look says it all 🙂

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Melissa did a beautiful job with these…..

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Love those clouds…. I can stare at this and almost feel the stormy breeze blowing through my hair again.

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Now beach weddings can be a lot of fun with your friends…..

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Until somebody gets hurt!

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They finished with a nice dinner at the beautiful Bistro Bijoux in Baytown Wharf…..

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Destin Wedding Photographer

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

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We did it.  We went to “the other side” when we visited the beautiful campus of Auburn University for Sarah and Trey’s E-session.  It was so worth it!  We are Bama fans, but it didn’t hurt too badly since the campus is so beautiful.  We met the happy couple outside of Toomer’s Drugs and we saw their school pride as they walked up.  Orange and Blue all the way!  They were so easy to photograph.  They needed very little direction and they didn’t care that people were around.

We walked to some of their special places around campus and then we made our way back to Toomer’s.  It was a little warm that day and Sarah suggested some of Toomer’s famous lemonade.  Oh boy, that stuff is good! How weird is it that it snowed less than 2 weeks before this session and everyone around us was in shorts?

We look forward to their December wedding with the super talented ladies at It’s A Shore Thing.  I really can’t wait to see all of the details.

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Trey actually proposed on this swing…..

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Oh how we love Spring!

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and we’ll finish with a nice portrait!

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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!


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


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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!

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