You know what attracted me to being a part of weddings in the first place? The connections between people. Wedding days are full of relationships – romantic ones, familial ones, sentimental ones, surprising ones. The photos I love the most are always the ones that focus on one of these connections (probably why tears and laughter are my two most attractive subjects).
But sometimes, I have the opportunity to capture these connections outside of a wedding day. Max and Jake gave me just such a chance. These two brothers spent a great hour with me on Dead Man’s Island in Gulf Breeze, running on the beach, playing with found objects (thank you to whomever left the yellow rope on the beach as it provided the perfect prop, and matched the color scheme!), and splashing in the water. The boys were, well, BOYS. There was running and jumping and wrestling and smiling (both fake and genuine), but above all else there was CONNECTION. The photos that resulted are the ones I would want of my children because they are REAL.
SIGNATURE FAMILY SESSION (LEVEL 1) // Photographer: Aislinn
Every wedding is lovely in its own way, and sometimes the things that go wrong are the things that make the wedding memorable. I know at my own wedding, the “problems” are the things I still laugh about – parades shutting down major streets, boyfriends having to jump fences to reach the church, NBA players causing a ruckus at our hotel… And now, as a photographer, I see situations like this every weekend. Torrential rains often lead to creative photos and even better stories. A particularly tipsy aunt leads to laughter and hugs on the dance floor. A ripped bustle leads to extra twirling on the dance floor as the bride is forced to gracefully hold her satin train all night. So really, no wedding is perfect.
Except sometimes, it really is just perfect. And that is how Brittany and Jason’s day went. Not a hitch. Perfect weather (seriously, the prettiest blue sky wit puffy white clouds). Happy people. Pink champagne. Delicious food. A donut bar. Brittany and Jason’s wedding just WORKED. We spent the morning at a gorgeous beach house right on the sand, overlooking the aqua waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Brit and her girls drank champagne, practiced vows, and danced in the sun on the porch. Jason’s reaction was super sweet when he saw her in her gown for the first time (I mean, she looked seriously amazing), and their beach ceremony was touching and as meaningful as their original vows. The guests enjoyed beautiful lounge seating and cocktails on the lawn at Palafox Wharf while we stole a few minutes for creative portraits around Pensacola’s awesome historic district, and then everyone dined on fresh seafood before dancing the night away.
SIGNATURE WEDDING // Principal Photographer: Aislinn // Second Shooter: Grace
PROFESSIONALS WHO MADE IT HAPPEN:
COORDINATION: Paul Silivos with P.S. Wedding // GETTING READY VENUE: Paradise Beach Homes (206 Ariola Drive) // CEREMONY: Pensacola Beach // RECEPTION: Palafox Wharf // FLOWERS: Supposey // CEREMONY GUITAR: Robert Romans // DJ: Kyle LaMonica // TRANSPORTATION: GoRetro + Good Time Tours // CAKES: Blue Jay’s Bakery // OFFICIANT: Tyler Tisue (groom’s brother-in-law) // HAIR + MAKEUP: Alison Sardina Hair Artistry // WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER: Justin Alexander // WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: Bliss Bridals (Fairhope) // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS DESIGNER: Joanna August // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS SHOP: Bella Bridesmaids (Chicago) // GROOM’S SUIT DESIGNER: Bresciani // GROOM + GROOMSMEN’S SUIT SHOP: Black Tie Formalwear (Chicago) // CATERING: Nancy’s Catering and Events // INVITATIONS: Fine Day Press (Austin, Texas)
Is there anything better than a late spring evening spent in the backyard, gentle breeze in the air and delicious food, and drink shared with family and friends as the sun sets over the water? I say no, there is not. Unless of course it is a late spring backyard wedding. Better yet if it is the kind where you kick off your shoes in the grass, go back for seconds on the food, and dance the night away under the stars. Renee and Brad’s wedding was just that kind.
Weddings can often feel a little chaotic because there is so much activity, but with help from friends and the ever-amazing Paul Silivos, Renee and Brad planned one of the most beautiful, laidback, backyard weddings I have had the pleasure of photographing. The afternoon began with a lovely pre-ceremony cocktail hour by the pool before their guests kicked off their shoes and pulled up a seat on the grassy hill overlooking the ceremony by the water. Afterward, everyone made their way to the gorgeous reception on the lawn to enjoy delicious BBQ and cocktails as the sun set, and the breeze blew through the white lanterns strung from the trees overhead. Every detail of the day was carefully thought out to ensure that their guests had a wonderful time – no stress or chaos, just food and music, dancing and laughter, and a whole lot of love for two incredibly lovely people.
Renee and Brad, I can’t imagine a day more perfect for the two of you. Thank you for trusting us to be the ones to document it for you!
ASSOCIATE WEDDING // Principal Photographer: Tiffany // Second Shooter: Rachel W.
PROFESSIONALS WHO MADE IT HAPPEN:
COORDINATION: Paul Silivos with PS Weddings // FLOWERS: Southern Garden’s Florist // BAND: The Astronauts // TRANSPORTATION: Dreamcatcher // CAKES: Abby Reeves // OFFICIANT: Justin Witkin // HAIR: Izzo Hair – Dominique Collins // MAKEUP: Izzo Hair – Dominique Collins // WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: David’s Bridal // CATERING: Broussard’s // INVITATIONS: Minted
Genna and Michael chose to marry in the historic district of downtown Pensacola. I had the pleasure of working with Genna’s family just a few years ago when I photographed her brother’s wedding (Greg and Lacey, love you guys!). I also LOVE to see families that are close and I thought it was so cool that Genna chose to have Lacey as her Matron of Honor, and Michael had Greg as one of his groomsmen. Everything about their big day was amazing! The weather was gorgeous, the details were simple, yet elegant, and all related to this celebration just gushed with joy and happiness.
They decided that they’d rather not have a first look before the ceremony, which took place in Old Christ Church. Michael was to see his beautiful bride for the very first time in the traditional manner, marching down the aisle to him, arm in arm with her father. The church was warmly lit by the late afternoon sun casting through the stained glass as the couple gazed lovingly into one another’s eyes.
Lately, our weather here in Pensacola has been so much better than I remember it being in Mays past. The skies were bright, the sun was shining, and the temperature was lovely. I always enjoy trying new things with my clients, and when the weather is fully cooperative as was the case, it gives me time to really engage and work on capturing their hearts for one another in a variety of different locations and lighting situations. Genna and Michael were also so easy and wonderful to work with.
The reception was held at the Lee House, which is just a couple of blocks from the church. The large wedding party danced in to the sound of the band, and I don’t think there was a single dull moment the entire night. The toasts were amazing, bouquet and garter went off without a hitch, and I don’t think anyone caught on fire from the sparklers J. I want to thank you, Genna, for allowing Rachel O. and I to be there for you guys. It truly was a pleasure!
ASSOCIATE COLLECTION // Principal Photographer: Aislinn // Second Shooter: Rachel O.
PROFESSIONALS WHO MADE IT HAPPEN:
COORDINATION: Stephanie Mathis with Lee House // GETTING READY VENUE: Lee House // CEREMONY: Old Christ Church // RECEPTION: Lee House // FLOWERS: Fiore // CEREMONY MUSIC: John Ripley // BAND: Blue Denim // CAKES: Little House Bake Shop // RENTALS: Gulf Coast Tents // OFFICIANT: Danny Loffredo // HAIR: Moonflower Salon // MAKEUP: Melody Weber // WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER: Allure // WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: Bridal Loft // BRIDAL ACCESSORIES: Tory Burch Shoes // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS DESIGNER: Show Me Your Mumu // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS SHOP: showmeyourmumu.com // GROOM’S SUIT DESIGNER: Calvin Klein // GROOM’S SUIT SHOP: Men’s Wearhouse // GROOMSMEN’S SUIT SHOPS: Randall’s Formal Wear // CATERING: Great Southern // INVITATIONS: Minted