08/23/2012

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!

08/13/2012

There are so many events surrounding a wedding that we usually do not get to experience. There’s bridal showers, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, etc….. Let’s face it, the events leading up to the wedding day are a lot of fun. That’s why we are so thrilled when we get to be at some of the other events like this beautiful bridesmaids’ luncheon for Brooke and her ladies the day before her wedding. This luncheon took place at the beautiful Fairhope Inn in Fairhope, AL. In attendance were Brooke’s bridesmaids, along with some of her closest friends and family.  No details were left untouched with the silver goblets and embroidered napkins lining the tables along with the fresh Rosemary sprigs on the back of the chairs.  Gifts were given to the moms and grandmothers, while the bridesmaids received monogrammed pajamas and pearls for their sleepover party the following morning before the wedding. This luncheon was oozing with Southern Charm and hospitality. Enjoy!

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.

 

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

12/08/2011
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It’s been a while since we posted an E-session, so we thought this would be the perfect opportunity. Shelley and Ryan are getting married at the Sandestin Resort in 2012, and recently made the trip from Baton Rouge for some fun at Watercolor Resort. We spent some time playing around the property on a stormy afternoon before making it down to the beach for a brilliant sunset. The sunsets this time of year are just amazing, especially during stormy weather. We really love these two and are super excited about their wedding next year. Enjoy!







11/14/2011
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Can you believe that we have the occasional person who does not hire us because we have not photographed a wedding at their venue before?  Yep, it happens. I’m here to reassure all of you that we actually thrive off new venues.  Sometimes new locations are the best because it makes us think outside the box rather than just going through the motions of all the previous weddings we’ve shot somewhere else. When we arrive at a wedding, we’re like the police looking for a crime scene. We’re examining the direction of the sun compared to the surroundings, which way the wind is blowing, and looking for those perfect sweet spots for photos. Sometimes, just when we think we’ve got it all worked out, the sky can go from cloudy to sunny or vice-versa and that immediately changes everything. In other words, we adapt to any and everything. Great wedding photos involve so much thought process at times, the actual surroundings are just a small portion of what goes into them. So, moral of the story is to never choose a photographer based on their experience at a particular wedding venue.

I went back and pulled some older wedding pics to show you some of the more extreme examples of how we can take a less than perfect situation at  a venue we had never photographed before and manipulate it into something great. These are both venues that are extremely hard to photograph.

We’ll start first with Jenna’s wedding on Pensacola Beach. The plan was to do getting ready photos and portraits at the bride’s hotel before going to an isolated beach location for the wedding. When we arrived, this was our first view of the hotel. Asphalt jungle right? Ok, this may take some creativity…..
The back of the building wasn’t much help either…..brown grass, blue umbrellas, and even a palm tree with the top cut off.
That’s when we found this… A nice little landscaped corner on the front of the building.
With the right lens choice and a little maneuvering,  this is what we were able to achieve with that little corner of landscaped heaven.

Here is another venue than can be hard to photograph. This is the Emerald Grande in Destin. It’s a beautiful resort, but it’s also a concrete jungle when it comes to the surroundings.
When our couple stayed here to get dressed and do photos before their beach wedding, we had a few minutes to make the most of the front parking area of the building. This doesn’t look very promising right?
Well, sometimes a little strip of landscaping goes a long way…. See where that light pole is?  I’m going to stand there and put our bride a little closer to those two palm trees at the end.
And this was the outcome… she has a portfolio of images that make it look like she was standing in a luscious garden.

This is what we do as professional photographers.   We take our experience and skill, and use it to deliver a great portfolio of wedding images.  While we can’t guarantee miracles every time, out track record for making things like this work is pretty darn good.  This is why we are proud to be who we are, and we hope you will give us the same opportunity for you even if we’ve never photographed your particular venue.

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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06/06/2011
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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.

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Followed by Jeanne & Brent also at Rosemary Beach with some New Orleans traditions….
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Then we’ll head north to Athens for Bonnie & Lea’s southern wedding….
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And finally down to Key West for Tiffany & Kevin’s destination celebration…
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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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05/06/2011
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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.

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07/09/2010
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We had 7 weddings in June y’all, so here are the last four with the exception of our Key Largo Wedding last week. Full blog posts from May are coming up soon…

We’ll start with Jenna & Eddie in Pensacola

Followed by Alicia & Kevin in Ft. Walton

And last but not least, Jenna & Michael in Pensacola

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!
rosemary beach photographer-49Everyone loved the photobooth!  We owe a big thanks to Jessica Marshall of Beach Bum Photography for helping us out with these great shots!
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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