April 21, 2017

Mambwe + Christian | 5eleven Wedding

I first met Mambwe and Christian on a sunny day here at our studio in downtown Pensacola.  They didn’t have an appointment scheduled (we really do love our walk-in clients here at AKP!), and just wanted to check out our work and discuss their upcoming wedding.  We hit it off great, and I was super excited when they decided to invite me to be their photographer.

One of the first things about their story that I found interesting is that Christian is from Germany and Mambwe is from Zambia.  We didn’t get into too many details of their story at our first meeting, but I thought “this wedding is going to be amazing!”  The beauty of how the two families, traveling from so far away, came together to celebrate was nothing less than beautiful. It was absolute joy!

The toasts were a highlight of the night.  Mambwe’s friends and brother shared many great stories, but it was the talk of how Christian was still living in Germany (and their Sunday night Skype dates and countless roundtrip plane flights) that stirred everyone’s emotions.  It was even mentioned just how many thousands of miles Christian traveled showing his devotion to Mambwe before they were engaged.


ASSOCIATE COLLECTION  //  Principal Photographer: Jeremy  //  Second Shooter: Rachel O.



CEREMONY: 5Eleven   //  RECEPTION: 5Eleven  //  FLOWERS: Fiore  //  DJ: AnyDay DJ //  CAKES: Chef Jordan at George //  OFFICIANT: Scott Grantland //  WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER: BHLDN  //  WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: Sara Gabriel NY  // GROOM’S SUIT DESIGNER: Hugo Boss  //  GROOM’S SUIT SHOP: Hugo Boss online  //  CATERING: Blake Rushing with Spot On Catering

April 19, 2017

Taylor + Justin | Palafox Wharf Wedding

True love between two people seems to be one of the great mysteries of the world.  So many of us desire to have that deep connection with another person, searching high and low to find it for what seems like an eternity, but when that connection is made and two beautifully created hearts are brought together, there is absolute magic.  From the moment, I saw Taylor and Justin together, it was evident by the way their eyes melted into one another that their search for this love was over.  They were beginning this amazing journey called life together with certainty and confidence. It was my pleasure to photograph the union of these two vibrant souls.

The New World Inn worked as a great central location for Taylor and her bridesmaids to prepare for the festivities of the evening.  Palafox Wharf, conveniently located just across the street, set the stage for both the ceremony and the reception.  The lush green lawn was beautifully lit by the setting sun, giving the ceremony for this couple the warmth it so eagerly called for.  The sentimental nuptials of the couple, led by Bryan Adams, were heartfelt by all their family and guests.

The reception proved to be fun and energetic as DJ Louie St. George, a friend of the couple, emceed everyone into a great dance party.  Since Taylor and Justin have a background in, and actually met through, dance, there was no chance that the floor wouldn’t be heated.  For the grand exit, the couple escaped by horse and carriage into the night.  It was a beautiful day, and I’m so thankful to have been there to capture it.

ASSOCIATE WEDDING  //  Principal Photographer: Jeremy  //  Second Shooter: Mallory  //  Assistant: Grace



COORDINATION: Melinda Orona with Palafox Wharf  //  GETTING READY VENUE: New World Inn  //  CEREMONY: Palafox Wharf   //  RECEPTION: Palafox Wharf //  FLOWERS: Sunshine Designs  //  CEREMONY MUSIC: Jessica Edwards  //  DJ: Louie St. George  //  TRANSPORTATION: Carriages of Pensacola  //  CAKES: Janice Bryant //  OFFICIANT: Bryan Adams  //  HAIR: Godwin’s Hair Designs  //  MAKEUP: Godwin’s Hair Designs  //  WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER: Essense of Australia  //  WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: Simply Elegant //  BRIDESMAIDS DRESS SHOP: David’s Bridal  //  GROOM’S SUIT SHOP: Men’s Wearhouse  //  GROOMSMEN’S SUIT SHOPS: Men’s Wearhouse //  CATERING: Portabello Market  //  INVITATIONS: Wedding Paper Divas 


April 18, 2017

Len + Jon | Pensacola Beach Wedding

One of the things that I have always found a little strange about weddings is how little time couples ultimately end up spending together on their wedding day.  They get ready separately and if they’ve chosen not to do a first look before the ceremony, often don’t see each other until the ceremony begins.  Immediately following the ceremony is such a whirlwind of activity and events that sometimes it seems they don’t really get to spend any time with just each other until the getaway car whisks them away at the end of the night.

By contrast, my favorite part of Len and Jon’s wedding was just how much time they spent with each other throughout the day.  When we arrived that afternoon to begin photographing the day I explained that we would split up to photograph them getting ready separately before doing some individual portraits (because that’s how we usually do it) and Len asked if they could get ready together because it would be more authentic to them.  They answer was of course, a resounding “yes!” on my part.  I loved that they got dressed with each other and at nearly any point throughout the reception if I wanted to find one I had only to look for the other.  My very favorite thing about their day though, was that they chose to walk down the aisle into their new life together as couple.  Which really is what being married is all about.  Choosing your person and your lives together, as a couple, every single day.

Len and Jon, thank you so much for allowing me to witness and document your beautiful connection.  It couldn’t have a been a more wonderful day.


ASSOCIATE COLLECTION  //  Principal Photographer: Tiffany  //  Second Shooter: Rachel O.


COORDINATION: PS Weddings – Paul // GETTING READY VENUE: 904 Ariola Dr. // CEREMONY: 904 Ariola Dr.   // RECEPTION: 904 Ariola Dr. // CEREMONY MUSIC: Christina Frierdich // DJ: Any Day DJ – Megan // CAKES: Publix // RENTALS: PS Weddings // OFFICIANT: Doug Dunks // ATTENDANTS DRESS DESIGNER: David’s Bridal // ATTENDANTS DRESS SHOP: David’s Bridal // GROOMS SUIT DESIGNER: Express // GROOMS SUIT SHOP: Express // ATTENDANTS SUIT DESIGNER: Express // ATTENDANTS SUIT SHOPS: Express // CATERING: Nancy’s Catering and Events // INVITATIONS: Designed by Len

April 17, 2017

Lisa + Brandon | Old Christ Church Wedding

Lisa and Brandon are pretty much perfect.  Separately, they are each super-duper nice, friendly, thoughtful, and kind.  On the morning of their wedding, they both were full of nervous energy that manifested in attention to detail and a lot of laughter.  Lisa and her bridesmaids spent the morning giggling while having their hair and makeup done, and I love the cute chalkboards that each bridesmaid filled out stating where they first met the bride.  Brandon and his groomsmen were relaxed and funny (I mean, he spent the hour before the wedding munching on Chick-Fil-A – how much more Southern can we get?).

Their ceremony was full of tears and laughter, and it isn’t as though one of the cried while the other laughed; both Lisa and Brandon showed the full range of emotions, and I spotted more than a few guests brought to tears.  This ended up being the theme of the day.  Throughout the reception, the overwhelming sense was how strongly Lisa and Brandon loved each other and couldn’t wait to spend their lives together.  They quietly held hands under the table during the toasts, wiped each other’s tears, and delighted in surprising each other’s grandparents with a special gift during the sweetest anniversary dance.

Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Luke, the sweetest young golden retriever you can imagine.  Lisa had told me how special their pup was to the couple, and was disappointed that there was no way to include him the day.  Brandon enlisted the help of family and friends, and there was Luke, wagging his whole body, waiting for Lisa as the couple exited the church right after being pronounced husband and wife – I die.

SIGNATURE COLLECTION  //  Principal Photography: Aislinn  //  Second Shooter: Rachel W.



COORDINATION: Jeri Cox with Good Vibrations // GETTING READY VENUE: Lee House // CEREMONY: Old Christ Church   // RECEPTION: Pensacola Grand Hotel // FLOWERS: Fiore of Pensacola // DJ: Good Vibrations // CAKES: Cake Gallery // DRAPING + LIGHTING: Wedding Walls // OFFICIANT: Pam Rodgerson // HAIR: GiGi’s Hair Salon // MAKEUP: Melody Weber // WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER: Sincerity // WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: Bliss Bridal in Fairhope // SHOES: Badgley Mischka // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS SHOP: David’s Bridal // GROOM + GROOMSMEN’S SUIT DESIGNER: Vera Wang // GROOM + GROOMSMEN’S SUIT SHOP: Men’s Wearhouse // INVITATIONS: IBK // RINGS: Jeweler’s Trade Shop