January is usually a relatively quiet month for wedding photographers, but happily that hasn’t the case this year and our 2018 wedding season started with a bang! The first weekend of the year was filled with Haley and John’s gorgeous downtown Mobile, Alabama wedding.
If their wedding was any indication of what I can expect from all of my fantastic couples this year I am in for a serious treat! Everything was perfect and pretty, and such lovely way to start the year. I absolutely adored her stunning Heidi Elnora gown and Sara Gabriel lace edged veil, and those AMAZING Aminah Abdul Jillil sandals. My favorite thing hands down though (aside from how unbelievably sweet these high school sweethearts are) was the light and how easy it made it to make everything look like a movie scene all day long. From the soft, lovely light in the gorgeous bridal suite at the Steeple on St. Francis where Haley and her girls spent the morning sipping mimosas, to the dappled, dreamy back light in (my favorite!) Washington Square park for their first look and portraits, to thousands of twinkling Christmas lights strung over Dauphin street for one of the most romantic night-time photos I’ve ever taken – every time I turned around there was the opportunity to create another beautiful photo. Truly, I couldn’t have asked for a better wedding to start this year!
Haley and John, thank you so much for trusting me and enthusiastically participating every time I squealed about the light! I so loved photographing your wedding day!!
ASSOCIATE COLLECTION // Principal Photographer: Tiffany // Second Shooter: Rachel O.
PROFESSIONALS WHO MADE IT HAPPEN:
COORDINATION: Noble Events (Nicole Hartman) // GETTING READY VENUE: The Steeple // CEREMONY: Dauphin Way United Methodist // RECEPTION: The Steeple // FLOWERS: Belle Bouquet // CEREMONY MUSIC: Colleen Hicks (Church organist) // BAND: Lucky Town // TRANSPORTATION: Old Shell Trolley // CAKES: Pollmans // RENTALS: SoHo Events // OFFICIANT: Dr. Robin Simms + Pat Bethea // HAIR: Sage Matthews // MAKEUP: Sage Matthews // WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER: Heidi Elnora // WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: Heidi Elnora // BRIDAL ACCESSORIES: Sara Gabriel (veil); Aminah Abdul Jillil (shoes) // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS DESIGNER: Jenny Yoo // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS SHOP: Bella Bridesmaids // GROOM’S SUIT SHOP: Jos A Banks // GROOMSMEN’S SUIT SHOPS: Jos A Banks // VIDEOGRAPHY: Storylive Productions // CATERING: Bay Gourmet // INVITATIONS: It’s Inviting // WEDDING RINGS: Gold Art
Beth and David live in Connecticut, which is currently locked somewhere below freezing. They traveled to Pensacola to spend the Christmas holiday with Beth’s parents, we asked me to photograph a warm engagement session while they were in town. I absolutely loved meeting them and hearing about their families (can’t wait to meet them all at their wedding this fall). We spent a lovely hour exploring the area right around our studio in downtown Pensacola, and then we headed over the beach for sunset. I love winter sunsets – they are somehow crisper and cleaner without all of the summer humidity in the air, and beach is clean and pure without the footprints of a thousand vacationers. I love the way the sun gave a golden glow to the dunes and to this couple; it was the perfect way to highlight the comfort and happiness that Beth and Chad clearly felt with one another.
SIGNATURE ENGAGEMENT SESSION // Principal Photographer: Aislinn
What do you get when you have fog, a motorcycle, and an evening gown accompanied by a man in a suit who is obviously in love? One happy photographer! Roop and Domenik came correct in so many ways, not only in their attire but their genuineness. I haven’t known these two for that long of a time, but INSTANTLY, I was drawn to the dynamic and love that the two of them share.
Throughout our session together, we chatted about their upcoming wedding and even that told me about the kind of people they are. A wedding in the mountains surrounded by their closest family members and friends – that is all the two of them want. Don’t get me wrong – who doesn’t love a big extravagant wedding with all the stops; but a small intimate wedding where everyone knows each other and can truly share in two people uniting their lives into one is such a beautiful picture and can create everlasting memories.
As I photographed them, I can’t count how many times the two of them made each other laugh. They cuddled, they kissed, they laughed, all which brought warmth to my heart. I am so happy to have been able to capture their love and hopefully the essence that the two share. I am sending you two all my love and only wish you the best to your upcoming union. Congratulations – you two have got what it takes!
ASSOCIATE ENGAGEMENT // Principal Photographer: Rachel
Without further ado, our AKP team has officially CRUSHED another beautiful year of wedding days and couples in love. Ever wonder what happens to all of the outtakes, the test shots, the moments of ridiculousness that we capture in between the beauty? Well, we keep a secret folder where we dump all of the behind-the-scenes photos. Every once in a while, we scroll through them and giggle . . . and this year, we decided you should have the same opportunity. We’ve clearly got the moves, and we are obsessed with what we do! Enjoy and make fun – these are the beautiful moments behind the lens.