Yellow is my favorite color. Mustard, sunshine, amber, citron, lemon, gold – I love them all! I was therefore tickled pink when Hannah showed up for her engagement portrait wearing the most amazing, mustard-color, lace, Monique Lhuillier cocktail dress! Talk about setting the tone for an amazing shoot…
We headed to the beach (new location, new incredible dress for the bride!), wary of the impending thunderstorm and prepared for the gunmetal gray seas that typically result from rainy days – but we were wrong. The water was as clear and turquoise as I have ever seen it, and the photos are some of my favorites. Ever.
Also, Hannah warned me that she takes terrible photos. Um, liar, liar, pants of fire! Looks like a model
You know what happens when a stylist (whose BFFs happen to be event coordinators and pro photographers) gets pregnant? She gets to have parties and photo shoots for every milestone, and we LOVE getting to photograph them! (Remember the lemon shoot that announced the pregnancy?)
By the way, IT’S A GIRL!
You know what’s cool? Getting to shoot the same couple’s wedding TWICE, which is exactly what happened with Becca and Clay.
I first shot them a year ago, when they were married in an intimate ceremony in Grayton Beach in order to make everything official before Clay deployed (you can view the photos of that by clicking HERE, or you can pick up the newest issue of Southern Weddings magazine and flip through until you find them!). At the time, they were planning on having a “big” wedding once Clay returned, but told me it would probably take place somewhere other than Florida, so I was prepared to never see this sweet couple again. But, as we all learn at some point, life gets in the way of our plans, deployments change, and they ended up planning their “big” wedding right here in downtown Pensacola, on the one-year anniversary of their “little” wedding, and I was honored when they invited me to document the day.
Once again, the unexpected happened – rain, broken-down trolleys (with wedding party aboard), etc. – but Becca and Clay kept smiles on their faces and their focus on what was important: being with each other and with family and friends. I mean, really, how many couples would be willing to jump off their broken-down trolley car – on the way to their ceremony – in the RAIN – on the assurance from their photographer that the photos would totally be worth it? Not only were they willing but they were EXCITED, and that rubbed off on the photos.
Becca and Clay’s wedding is a wonderful example of how keeping perspective and a sense of humor (no matter WHAT happens!) makes your wedding day even better. Secretly, I’m kind of hoping they decide to have a wedding every March 23 so I can hang with them year after year.
Pre-ceremony Venue: Crowne Plaza Grand Hotel, Pensacola
Ceremony Venue: St. Mark’s United Methodist Church
Reception Venue: Apple Annie’s at Seville Quarter