April 17, 2018

Jenny + Josh | Live Oak Plantation Wedding

Live Oak Plantation is an outdoor wedding venue just outside Pensacola.  It burst onto the scene about two years ago, and has quickly become one of the most popular wedding venues along the Gulf Coast.  Everyone else in our studio has had the opportunity to shoot there, but I personally have been waiting for the chance – and Jenny and Josh’s wedding was finally the one!  I had been looking forward to their wedding for a number of reasons (their awesomely chill personalities, their selection of some of my very favorite other wedding vendors, etc.).  But mostly, I was excited to finally explore Live Oak with a camera in hand and a gorgeous couple in front of me.

Cue the rain.

All week, I watched as the chance of rain went from 90%, to 100%…and it stayed there.  After a decade photographing weddings, I have learned not to stress about weather.  I literally can’t do anything about it, and some of my very best work has happened when I’m forced to improvise due to circumstances outside of my control (like, um, water pouring from the sky all day).   But I was in fact disappointed that instead of getting to gallivant all over the grounds of Live Oak, we would be huddled under the cover we could find and forced into a “make-it-work” situation.

I was wrong.

Much like the Saturday before (April showers and all that), the rain held off all day long, and the first drops fell on my windshield as I drove home at the end of the evening.  Instead, we were given clouds, allowing us not only to explore and utilize the whole property, but to photograph in spots that might not have worked at all in harsh, mid-day sunlight.  The results are wedding pictures that are infused with rich greens and browns of the woods, creamy light that emphasizes Jenny’s beauty, and gentle wind that picked up veils and dresses in all the right ways.

Thank you – to Jenny, to Josh, and to the weather – for teaching me (yet again) that all works out just as it should.




PHOTOGRAPHY:  Aislinn Kate Photography // COORDINATION: Donna at Live Oak  //  GETTING READY VENUE: Live Oak Plantation  //  CEREMONY: Live Oak Plantation  //  RECEPTION: Live Oak Plantation  //  FLOWERS: Supposey  //  BAND: I’magene  //  DJ: AnyDay DJ  //  TRANSPORTATION: Good Time Tours  //  CAKES: Betty Weber  //  RENTALS: Supposey  //  OFFICIANT: Justin Oswald  //  BRIDE’S HAIR: Christy Lewis  //  BRIDESMAID’S HAIR: Vibe Inc.  //  MAKEUP: Zoe Rose  //  WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER: Madeline Gardner  //  WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: Minerva’s Bridal (Orlando)  //  GROOM AND GROOMSMEN’S SUIT SHOP: The Black Tux  //  CATERING: Classic City Catering  //  INVITATIONS: Minted

April 10, 2018

Jennifer + Trey | Pensacola Beach Wedding

Well, you know your wedding day is ready to kick off with a bang when you wake up on wedding morning to lightning striking your house – which is exactly what happened to Jennifer!  A group of nasty storms rolled through in the early morning of her Pensacola Beach wedding; we worried all week that the weather would force the ceremony inside.  Fortunately, the rain moved fast and furious, and left the day with the most gorgeous, moody blue sky and the softest light that made our already-aqua water seem electric.

Jennifer and Trey’s gorgeous beach wedding was able to continue as planned.  They exchanged their vows under an arch made of driftwood and adorned with flowers, and took gorgeous wedding photographs with the blue water as their backdrop.  After the ceremony, the party moved over to Portofino Island’s stunning pool deck and covered patio area, which was beautifully decorated with cream draping, hundreds of white twinkle lights, and crystal chandeliers.  The band (out of Atlanta) was incredible, playing a mix of current pop and classics that had everyone on the dance floor, all night long.  My favorite detail was one I have never before seen in the ten years I have been photographing weddings – personalized, temporary tattoos of Jennifer and Trey’s faces, along with their wedding date (I actually still have one on my forearm as I type this!).

I’ve often said that the best wedding receptions are the ones thrown by our Louisiana clients, and this wedding continued to support my point – this New Orleans couple knew how to party, and their family and friends showed up ready to kick off their shoes and have a great time!  The surprise fireworks show at the end of the evening was the icing on the cake, and the perfect way to bookend an amazing wedding (starting with lightning and ending with fireworks!).





COORDINATION: Jessica Jensen at Portofino  //  GETTING READY VENUE: Private Home and Portofino  //  CEREMONY: Pensacola Beach   //  RECEPTION: Portofino Island Resort  //  FLOWERS: Fiore  //  CEREMONY MUSIC: Alison Giltinan  //  BAND: The Big Bling and the Funk Machine  //  CAKES: Cake Gallery  //  DRAPING: Wedding Walls  //  HAIR: Jillian Jensen Holt  //  MAKEUP: Jillian Jensen Holt  //  WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: Yvonne La Fleur (New Orleans)  //  BRIDAL SHOES: G Monogram (Etsy)  //  BRIDESMAIDS DRESS DESIGNER: Sorella Vita  //  BRIDESMAIDS DRESS SHOP: The Bridal Boutique by Mae Mae (New Orleans)  // GROOM and GROOMSMEN’S SUIT DESIGNER: Island Importer  //  INVITATIONS: Gems Printing (New Orleans) 

April 5, 2018

Abby + Brannon | Palafox Wharf Wedding

On a beautiful early spring afternoon, Abby and Brannon had the loveliest outdoor wedding and reception at one of our favorite downtown Pensacola wedding venues, Palafox Wharf.  It was one of those few Florida afternoons that was perfectly sunny and warm with just enough breeze coming off the water to remind you that summer isn’t here quite yet.  It might be my very favorite kind of afternoon on the Gulf Coast.

Abby and Brannon’s wedding was one I had been looking forward to for some time – since their downtown Pensacola engagement session last summer in fact – so I was thrilled for them when the big day finally arrived and was flawless from start to finish. Supposey, PS Weddings, and Nancy’s Catering and Events put together the most gorgeous event full of dreamy, organic florals (succulents and silver dollar eucalyptus!!), amazing food, and an absolutely stunning, open-air tent overlooking the water on the Palafox Wharf lawn.

I couldn’t have envisioned a more perfect day for such a wonderful couple, and I am just happy to have been the person to photograph this time in their lives.  Thank you both for choosing AKP!  I have loved working with you!





COORDINATION: PS Weddings  //  GETTING READY VENUE: Private Home/Holiday Inn Express  //  CEREMONY: Palafox Wharf   //  RECEPTION: Palafox Wharf  //  FLOWERS: Supposey  //  BAND: Lucky Town  //  TRANSPORTATION: Five Flags Trolley  //  CAKES: Blue Jay’s Bakery  //  RENTALS: Supposey  //  OFFICIANT: Laura Weant  //  HAIR: Candice Welch + Melissa  //  MAKEUP: Ashlynn Geck + Chelsea Copeland   //  WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER: Pronovias  //  WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: The Bridal Loft  //  BRIDESMAIDS DRESS DESIGNER: Amsale  //  BRIDESMAIDS DRESS SHOP: Vow To Be Chic  //  GROOM’S SUIT SHOP: Jos A Banks  //  GROOMSMEN’S SUIT SHOPS: Jos A Banks  //  VIDEOGRAPHY: Aaron Wilhite  //  CATERING: Nancy’s Haute Affairs  //  INVITATIONS: Grace and Serendipity // TENT: Gulf Coast Tents // LINENSBBJ // PHOTO BOOTH: The Posey Bus // BAR: Richey’s

March 30, 2018

Sarah + Brandon | The Grand Hotel Wedding in Point Clear, AL

Every once in a while, I have to pinch myself that my JOB is to photograph people’s weddings.  Sure, there are a million other responsibilities that go along with actually taking the pictures, but the wedding day is the heart and soul of it all.  Every once in a while, I get to photograph a wedding that reminds me why I love doing what I do – Sarah and Brandon’s wedding was this.

Sarah and Brandon chose to have their wedding at The Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama – one of my very favorite venues along the Gulf Coast.  Their ceremony took place under a grand live oak, with the lagoon waters sparkling behind them as the sun dipped low in sky.  The spring weather was absolutely perfect, with a slight breeze keeping away any pesky mosquitos and the sun warming their guests’ shoulders.  Sarah wore a stunning lace gown (I am completely obsessed with the off-the-shoulder sleeves).  Her red lipstick and cathedral veil (originally her mom’s!) completed the look, and I could have photographed her all day long.  Brandon was laidback and charming, and it was clear why everyone in attendance had such affection for him.  I absolutely adored his reaction to seeing Sarah for the first time that day.

Their evening reception took place under the stars, with the sun setting during cocktail hour.  The big band kept everyone on the dance floor all night long, twirling away under market lights and enjoying the fun tambourines that made an appearance later in the evening.  At the end of the night, Sarah and Brandon exited under a blanket of confetti and fun balloons, and rode off in a golf cart, decorated of course!

SIGNATURE WEDDING  //  Principal Photographer: Aislinn  //  Second Shooter: Rachel O.  //  Assistant: Amy



COORDINATION: Melissa Fowler  //  GETTING READY VENUE: The Grand Hotel and Little Point Clear  //  CEREMONY: The Grand Lawn at The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort   //  RECEPTION: Julep Point at The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort   //  FLOWERS: Mary Anderson  //  CEREMONY MUSIC: Allison Giltinan  //  BAND: The Tip Tops  //  CAKES: Whisk by Peyton Williams  //  RENTALS: The Grand Hotel and BBJ Linens  //  DRAPING: BBJ Linens  //  OFFICIANT: Robert Quiring  //  HAIR: Colleen Williams at Moonflower Salon  //  MAKEUP: Sydney Kressin at Moonflower Salon  //  WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER: Pronovias  //  WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: The Bridal Loft  //  BRIDAL JEWELRY: Meadows’ Jewelers  // GROOM’S SUIT SHOP: Gent’s Formal Wear  // VIDEOGRAPHY: Mike Woods  //  CATERING: The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort  //  INVITATIONS: Artesana