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.
We were thrilled recently when we got a call that Jacob was coming all the way from Atlanta for us to photograph his senior session. His mom is a photographer too which makes it even more of an honor to have such an important job for her “baby”. Jacob loves to fish on the Gulf Coast when he comes in town (and he’s really good too), so we wanted to make sure we really captured that part of his life. We spent some time around downtown Pensacola and then took him places where he could show us his fishing skills. The sky was so dramatic with Fall storm clouds that it made for beautiful backdrops. We hope you love these as much as we do! Thanks again Jacob for being such a good sport!
Nothing pleases us more than seeing our past wedding clients starting a family of their own, and Rich and Hannalore are no exception. It’s hard to believe that their wedding was four years ago already! When they had friends in town from Ohio this summer, we did a combined maternity and beach session for them and their friends on a beautiful summer afternoon. Congrats to them for the recent birth of their beautiful baby boy!
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!
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.
One of the things we love about our job is seeing our wedding clients start a family of their own. Baby Brantley has some pretty awesome parents and grandparents who love him very much. Will and Amber were married in 2010, and we are so excited to see them take this step in their lives. We know Grandma Vicky and Grandpa Troy and going to spoil the dickens out of him too! Congrats to the whole family, and thanks for letting us capture his first week!
We’re going to backtrack to 2011 for a moment and blog Miss Kate. We love it when past wedding clients have babies, and getting a request to photograph baby Kate on our way through Miami last year was a special treat. Parents Tiffany and Rick got lots of attention on our blog a few years back for their stylish purple themed wedding. It was great seeing them again and we can’t wait until their next session.
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
We traveled down to Fort Lauderdale recently to shoot an engagement with Jenna & Ben. They are getting married in Atlanta next year, but they have a lot of special memories in Fort Lauderdale where Ben has been living for almost a year. It’s where Ben proposed on one of Jenna’s weekend visits, and they wanted to walk around and take photos at some of the spots that were very special to them. Thank goodness tropical storm Emily gave us a break by staying offshore, but the weather was a little stormy at times. We made the best of it and had a great afternoon before hitting a great sushi spot they took us to for dinner. It was a wonderful weekend!
We had an amazing view from our room and which gave us ample opportunity for some rainy weather shots. This is downtown Fort Lauderdale in a heavy rain shower.
We started out at the Ritz-Carlton on Fort Lauderdale Beach where Ben proposed…
Then we headed across the street to the beach….
We love, love, love, than dress Jenna is wearing!
sunset looked to be stunning with the weather, so we headed to one of the many drawbridges and took advantage!
Jumped out on a busy street and took this shot in about 6 seconds….
Then we finished after dark with a walk down Las Olas Blvd where they love to hang out on weekends…
Cannot wait for their wedding in Hotlanta next summer! Thanks for sharing Fort Lauderdale with us you two!
We had a great time traveling down to Fort Lauderdale last weekend for Jenna & Ben’s Engagement session. It was a great start to their Atlanta wedding next summer. More to come on this, but a little sneak peek for right now 🙂
We don’t have to time to blog all of the family sessions we shoot, but we thought this was the perfect time to throw one in the mix. Our friend Lucy was vacationing recently in the Sandestin area, and we had the opportunity to catch up with her and meet her family. You see, Lucy graduated with Wes back in 19xx, (cough cough), and they were friends starting all the way back in the 3rd grade. Yep, they even wore the same marching band uniform at one time along with Rae. We had not seen Lucy since graduating high school, but we were glad to finally catch up and meet this awesome family.
The boys were quite handsome and very entertaining….
Little Ava will have plenty of protection with those two big brothers!
What a May! It consisted of 6 weddings, driving 3000 miles, and a lot of coffee… So much to share, so much to blog. We wanted to share a photo from each wedding not yet blogged to give you a little insight of what’s to come. It’s a little crazy in our office, so bear with us and enjoy the sneak peek!
We’ll start with a little travel visual…. The month started with two double wedding weekends along Hwy 30A in South Walton. After that, we headed north for a wedding in beautiful Athens, GA, before heading South to Key West, FL. The only thing I forgot to add to the map was a portrait session in Miami. I’m already out of breath…. We owe a huge thanks to our neighbors and family for helping us to make this even possible.
Brandy and Ryan are our next couple to be blogged with their Pensacola wedding…
Then we have a Amy & Chad in Rosemary Beach with the talented It’s a Shore Thing…
Followed by Jeanne & Brent also at Rosemary Beach with some New Orleans traditions….
Deborah & Dave brought their closet friends & family to Santa Rosa Beach for their big day…
Then we’ll head north to Athens for Bonnie & Lea’s southern wedding….
And finally down to Key West for Tiffany & Kevin’s destination celebration…
So, as you can see, lots to blog! Stay tuned for more!
The only thing better than a good bridal session is a bride who allows us to think outside the box to make her photos unique. Brandy was just that bride. The minute she mentioned having her session at Fort Pickens, we knew it was going to be a great opportunity to do something a little different and create some stunning, artistic images. Fort Pickens is a local landmark that is nearly two centuries old. Geronimo was actually imprisoned there from 1886-1887, and it’s history can be felt the minute you enter its passageways. We had a blast, and she was such a trooper about staying calm while having her dress around all that dirt 3 weeks before her wedding.
Randi sat down with us last year when she booked to tell us about her farm wedding in Greenville, AL. There’s nothing better than when we envision something great in our heads, and then we’re blown away x 10 when we actually get there and see the real thing. It was beautiful! Chase and his dad own this 1400 acre farm complete with stocked lakes and pet deer. Guests were shuttled to the back corner of the property for a ceremony under a massive oak tree next to one of the two lakes. The reception tent was on on a hill with a fire pit just a quick walk away overlooking the lake. The moon was full, the stars were bright, and it was a magical night. The vendors involved are some of the best in the FL Panhandle who traveled to Greenville to pull off this magnificent event. We are so delighted to be able to show you their work that made this wedding possible. Enjoy!
Planning/Coordination: Dana Goodman Weddings
Catering: Classic City Catering
Wedding Cake: Betty Weber
Band: The Neons
How do bridesmaids get around a large farm? Polaris of course!Love, love, love the dress!Chase is quite fun to hang out with if you couldn’t tell 🙂 He also loves his pet deer… These are just happy to be safe!They were escorted into the reception in style by the bagpiper…You’ve got to love the deer stand groom’s cake by Betty Weber…The decor’ was very farm chic’ and just perfect for the theme of the wedding..
Here’s a little collage of the details… Classic City served a mouth watering buffet of smoked grouper and pork. The popcorn and candy table was a big hit along with Fiore’s rustic farm touches on the decor’.It was a perfect night…The fire pit under that full moon was a hit as well..
Emily & Jim were married recently at the Sandestin Resort in beautiful South Walton county. This was a destination wedding with many friends and family arriving from Chicago. Emily’s dress was just stunning and was a perfect style for the day. It was a beautiful Spring afternoon and the azaleas at Sandestin were in full bloom providing us amazing color. Enjoy!
Wedding Cake | Yasha Becker
Reception | Sandestin Grand
We strolled around Baytown Wharf for some fun between the ceremony & reception…This crowd definitely knew how to party….
We first met Katie and her mom a year ago at Carillon, and we knew instantly that we were a great match. Katie was planning a beautiful Fall wedding and there is no better time than October for a wedding in the Florida panhandle. Katie’s dress was absolutely stunning and she looked amazing in it. Her wedding in the meeting house followed by a tented lawn reception on a perfect afternoon could not have been more memorable. We wish her and Matt the best, and are thankful for the hospitality of their whole family!
The girls were a lot of fun…
Love!The boys were a fun bunch too…Katie was very photogenic 🙂The table linens were such an added charm….All of those little black spots are actually dragonflies. They are plentiful this year…The Gulf was eerily calm this day and this pretty much sums up why we love our beaches…This is probably in our top 3 favorite Confections on the Coast cakes… It was perfect for a little fun too…Matt’s brother gave a hilariously touching toast…The crowd had a great time and rocked the dance floor up to the last minute!and then it was time for goodbye…
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