Shannon and Justin will forever hold a special place in my heart.
I know I’ve had a lot of people say to me “Oh, that’s your job to tell me that…” but I am completely serious. I won’t forget Shannon and Justin. These two really fit and they were meant to be together.
The two met at a McGuire’s run about seven years ago and they finally tied the knot, and let me just say their wedding day was flawless. It could have had something to do with the bottle of Woodford Reserve they buried exactly one month before their wedding day at the infamous Lee House, (because the weather was perfection). Maybe it could have been the fact that the McGuire’s Irish Pub’s double decker bus was literally parked right across the street, but all I know is that it was the best day.
Shannon and Justin were just so laid back; I’m sure that there were some nerves leading up to the big “I do,” but anyone around them that gorgeous day could tell they were just ready to be together and celebrate. Shannon was surrounded by all her ladies, sipping champagne in the gorgeous Bonifay room, overlooking Seville Quarter, enjoying the view, while Justin relaxed with his gang. They were joined together at the historic Old Christ Church with family and friends from all over the country, as well as their fur baby, Woodford, who came in his finest tux. Everyone celebrated their union all the way until the end, making it a night to remember.
I can’t thank you two enough for trusting me with the privilege to document this momentous day. Congratulations my friends!!!
PROFESSIONALS WHO MADE IT HAPPEN:
COORDINATION: Megan K Events // GETTING READY VENUE: Lee House // CEREMONY: Old Christ Church // RECEPTION: Lee House // FLOWERS: Fiore // CEREMONY MUSIC: Allyson Giltinan (Violin) // DJ: Marty Stanovich // CAKES: Publix // RENTALS: Gents Formal Wear // Rentals: Gulf Coast Tents // OFFICIANT: Kevin Tillman // HAIR & Makeup: J. Cosentino // WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER: Morilee // WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: Simply Elegant // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS DESIGNER: Azazie // GROOM’S SUIT SHOP: Gents Formal Wear // GROOMSMEN’S SUIT SHOPS: Gents Formal Wear // VIDEOGRAPHY: Mark Atkins // CATERING: Blake Rushing // INVITATIONS: Sara Fleck
A million years ago (okay, really just 13), when I married Drew, I remember having a conversation with our wedding photographer about family portraits. I didn’t want ANY. I was the bride who wanted only candids (“real moments!”), and I didn’t have any intention of framing stuffy formal pictures of family members staring straight at the camera. And to be fair, those still are not my personal favorites from our wedding (grandma cutting a rug on the dance floor is SUCH a better photo than her stiffly smiling on the altar). But there was one particular photo that was important to my husband’s father – one of five brothers, he wanted a formal photo of the five brothers together. When I mentioned this to my photographer, he responded by saying, “This is why I love weddings. It’s for the moments that don’t happen any other time.” And you know – he was absolutely right. In the midst of the flowers, and the lace, the canoodling and the funny groomsmen’s socks, there is FAMILY. Christa and James’s wedding reminded me of this in the best way.
Their Mobile wedding united a South Dakota bride with an Alabama man, and I teared up multiple times watching the families savor their time together. A pretty huge contingent of the bride’s family traveled south for the nuptials, and the day was peppered with stories from their childhood, inside jokes, and shared memories of “remember when grandpa…?” Even the speeches centered on their family; the bride’s father thoughtfully and meaningfully thanked each and every of his family members who had traveled in from out of state, and it was incredibly touching to see the love that was so clearly shared. Even better was seeing how eagerly and kindly they welcomed James into their clan – one of my favorite moments was when Christa’s family pulled him into a group dance, which had him laughing like he had spent years in South Dakota getting to know them.
As for that photo from MY wedding, with all five brothers? It’s framed in my house to this day.
PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHER: Aislinn / SECOND SHOOTER: Taylor / ASSISTANT: Amy
PROFESSIONALS WHO MADE IT HAPPEN:
COORDINATION: Noble Events (Marcie) // GETTING READY VENUE: The Admiral Hotel // CEREMONY: The Pillars // RECEPTION: The Pillars // FLOWERS: Ron Barrett // CEREMONY VIOLINIST: En En Yu // DJ: Gary Fuller // TRANSPORTATION: Gulf Coast Tours and Hunter Limousine // CAKES: Ellen Jay // RENTALS: Soho Events & Rentals // OFFICIANT: Johnny Hunt // HAIR + MAKEUP: Sarah Morton with Studio 36 at Opus // WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER: Pronovias // WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: Lulu’s Bridal (Dallas) // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS DESIGNER: David’s Bridal // GROOM’S SUIT DESIGNER: Calvin Klein // GROOM’S SUIT SHOP: Men’s Wearhouse // CATERING: Naman’s // INVITATIONS: Shine // PIANIST: Daniel Driskell
They say that rain on your wedding day brings good luck and that must certainly be true for these high school sweethearts because it POURED on their wedding day, but not until after we had finished with all of the romantic outdoor portraits Kayla was hoping for. In fact, the storm clouds that lurked (a little ominously!) overhead gave us the softest, dreamy light to work with and I couldn’t have been more excited when I looked through their photos back at the studio afterward.
Scenic Hills Country Club provided the prettiest backgrounds and everywhere I turned there was gorgeous décor full of incredible magnolia blooms, copper accents, and glowing candle light. My favorite part of their day though, was spending the morning with Kayla and her best girls while they sipped champagne and got spoiled by their hair and makeup team at the Sweet Shoppe Cottage. Every square inch of the house is stunning, and I always get excited when one of my brides chooses it for her bridal prep location. It was the absolute perfect location for this sweet Southern bride to get ready for her sweet, southern spring wedding.
Kayla and Ryan, your day was amazing, and I am so happy to have been the person to photograph it for you! Cheers to so many more amazing days to come!
PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHER: Tiffany // SECOND SHOOTER: Erika
PROFESSIONALS WHO MADE IT HAPPEN:
COORDINATION: Megan K Events // GETTING READY VENUE: Sweet Shoppe Cottage // CEREMONY: Unity of Pensacola // RECEPTION: Scenic Hills Country Club // FLOWERS: Just Judy’s // DJ: DJ Pretty Boy Floyd // TRANSPORTATION: Karolas // CAKES: Sweet Creations by Sharon // RENTALS: Wedding Walls // DRAPING: Wedding Walls // OFFICIANT: Joe Aguirre // HAIR: Moonflower (Jillian Reggie) // MAKEUP: Spa Navarre (Jessica) + Kat House Navarre (Kianna) // WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER: Allure // WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: The Bridal Loft // BRIDAL ACCESSORIES: Kendra Scott + Betsey Johnson // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS DESIGNER: Dessy // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS SHOP: New York Bride + Groom of Raleigh // GROOM’S SUIT SHOP: Joseph A Banks // GROOMSMEN’S SUIT SHOPS: Joseph A Banks // VIDEOGRAPHY: Matt Midyette // CATERING: Scenic Hills Country Club // INVITATIONS: White Lace Stylist
There is something that is so elegant and magnificent about the Emerald Grande located in Destin, Florida. When it comes to the décor, the environment, the beach views, just everything about it is… well just grand.
Thao and Thong chose this beautiful location to renew their love. After being together for 11 years, they held each other hands together in front of their son Taison, family, and friends and reaffirmed their love. Even through rain warnings, harsh winds, and tornado watches, Thao and Thong smiled the day away, enjoying one another and celebrating their love to the fullest. Following the tearjerker of a ceremony, everyone dined on an exquisite meal of lobster bisque, surf and turf for dinner, topped off with a yummy crème brulee for anyone who had a sweet tooth.
I truly believe both Thao and Thong just wanted everyone to have the best time, to enjoy yummy food, good drinks, and dance the night away, which is exactly what everyone did. Seeing Thong dance and laugh with his nine siblings was the absolute best. The children weren’t the only ones though. Seeing Thong’s mom dance with him and her children was everything. I felt that was one of the highlights of my night, the love between the families.
Thao and Thong I absolutely loved being around you and your families, you all were so kind to us and it was such a beautiful day. Thank you for the honor and I wish you many more years.
PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHER: Rachel // SECOND SHOOTER: Rachel O.