Sometimes you meet people and their spirits are so infectious you can’t help but feel happier when you’re around them. Kylee and Drew are those kind of people.
Kylee is like summer sunshine personified; warm and welcoming with a smile that lights up a room and a laugh that comes easily, and often. Drew has a big heart and kind eyes that shine a little brighter whenever he looks Kylee’s way. Together they are generous and genuine, and such a joy to be around.
It is difficult to say what my favorite part of their day was, because everything was so wonderful, but if I had to choose one thing it would be the story of the pocket watch. Shortly before the ceremony, Drew asked if I would take a photo of him holding a pocket watch that his grandfather had given to him before he passed away. The answer of course was an immediate yes. I clicked a few frames and moved on, not thinking too much about it until the ceremony was over.
Post-ceremony time as a wedding photographer can be a bit hectic with excited newlyweds surrounded by equally excited friends and family, and typically a limited amount of time to get everyone in order for group portraits. As I was working on ushering our group nearer the water for family pictures I noticed Drew hanging back, appearing more emotional than I usually see during such a happy time. I walked back to him and uttered a friendly, “Are you ready for more pictures?” His response was an unusual one for such a question. “I want to show you something,” he said and pulled out the pocket watch I had photographed earlier. He went on to explain that the watch had not worked for several years, but before the ceremony began he set the time to 6:00pm – their ceremony start time. When he pulled the watch out of his pocket after the ceremony he discovered it ticking away.
At the end of the night as Rachel and I were headed to the car we saw Drew and Kylee waiting for the elevator. He waved me over and pulled the watch out of his pocket again – it was keeping near perfect time.
Thank you both so much for trusting us to capture a day that was a long time coming. Cheers to the little miracles and finding your perfect person!
ASSOCIATE WEDDING // Principal Photographer: Tiffany // Second Shooter: Rachel O.
PROFESSIONALS WHO MADE IT HAPPEN:
GETTING READY VENUE: Hilton Pensacola Beach // CEREMONY: Hilton Pensacola Beach // RECEPTION: Hilton Pensacola Beach // FLOWERS: Designs Adrift // CEREMONY MUSIC: Charlie Roberts (?) // DJ: Charlie Roberts (?) // CAKES: Betty Weber // RENTALS: Designs Adrift // OFFICIANT: TJ Emma // HAIR: Jillian Jensen Holt // MAKEUP: Jillian Jensen Holt // WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER: Rivini // WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: Ivory Bridal (Houston) // BRIDAL ACCESSORIES: Anne Barge (Belt) // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS SHOP: Kennedy Blue // GROOM’S SUIT DESIGNER: Joseph Abboud // GROOM’S SUIT SHOP: Men’s Wearhouse // GROOMSMEN’S SUIT SHOPS: Men’s Wearhouse // CATERING: Hilton Pensacola Beach // INVITATIONS: Paper Source
Small weekday weddings are one of my very favorite types events to photograph. There is just something so romantic about the idea of pledging your life and love to each other surrounded only by the people closest to you. I also love photographing larger scale events full of flowers and pretty details though, because…well…flowers and pretty details! Amy and April’s intimate Monday evening wedding on the sugar white sands of Pensacola Beach was the perfect combination of both of those types of weddings, and such a joy to photograph.
With the help of their families and the wonderfully talented people at Fiore and Your Dream Beach Wedding, they planned the prettiest beach ceremony followed by an amazing, al fresco family dinner (prepared by Amy’s family!) and reception. It was so lovely to see how much time, effort, and love they and their families put into planning the perfect day. Hands down though, my favorite detail was the beautiful three tier cake covered in the most gorgeous sugar flowers I have ever seen. Amy’s mom, who is not a professional baker and had never made a wedding cake OR sugar flowers before, created it for them!!
Amy and April, thank you so much for trusting me to photograph your dream wedding. It was absolutely magical and I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to meet both of you. Cheers to your beautiful new life together!
ASSOCIATE WEEKDAY COLLECTION // Principal Photographer: Tiffany
PROFESSIONALS WHO MADE IT HAPPEN:
COORDINATION: Your Dream Beach Wedding – Olga // GETTING READY VENUE: Paradise Beach Homes – 1313 Ariola Dr. // CEREMONY: Pensacola Beach // RECEPTION: San Deluna Condominiums // FLOWERS: Fiore // CEREMONY MUSIC: Your Dream Beach Wedding – Olga // CAKES: Amy’s Mom // RENTALS: Kent’s // OFFICIANT: Steve Horn // HAIR: Jillian Jensen Holt (Amy); Dawn Hamil (April) // MAKEUP: Jillian Jensen Holt; Dawn Hamil (April) // CATERING: Amy’s Mom
The first thing I knew about Jeniffer and Luis was that they were planning a vow renewal to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary, and they hadn’t had a traditional wedding when they got married. The second thing I knew was that Jeniffer wanted a very specific photo of the two of them – holding Mickey and Minnie Mouse balloons in front of their faces while holding hands. I was instantly smitten with them. I’m going to let you in on a little secret (ok, maybe not so secret if you know me at all) – I am a HUGE Disney fan, so the opportunity to photograph a Disney themed event might have made me the happiest photographer ever!
Jeniffer worked with the always amazing Megan K. Events, which meant the details were bound to be thoughtful, creative, and absolutely gorgeous, and I loved how they wove in subtle Disney elements throughout the décor without going completely over the top. Every detail was perfect; from the sweet kissing Mickey and Minnie on their paper products and instrumental versions of Disney songs played during dinner, to the adorable personalized kid’s milk cups and an amazing princess themed, four-tier wedding cake from Sweet Choice Bakery. It was so much fun looking at everything and discovering all of the beautiful details, and so fantastic to see just how much thought they put into really personalizing their day.
Jeniffer and Luis, you and your families are such a delight. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your dream wedding. Cheers to never being too old for Disney magic and finding your own happily ever after!!
ASSOCIATE WEDDING // Principal Photographer: Tiffany // Second Shooter: Rachel W.
PROFESSIONALS WHO MADE IT HAPPEN:
COORDINATION: Megan K Events // CEREMONY: Our Lady of Victory // RECEPTION: 5eleven // FLOWERS: Fiore // DJ: Marty Stanovich // CAKES: Sweet Choice Bakery // OFFICIANT: Father Tony Pedraz // HAIR: Abi Whittaker // MAKEUP: Abi Whittaker // WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER: Carol Hannah Kensington // WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: The Faded Sunflower // BRIDAL ACCESSORIES: Nine West // GROOM’S SUIT SHOP: Men’s Wearhouse // GROOMSMEN’S SUIT SHOPS: Men’s Wearhouse // CATERING: Classic City // PHOTO BOOTH: Emerald Coast Photo Booth
Jordan and Blake’s downtown Pensacola wedding was one that I’m sure none of their attendees will ever forget. From preparing at the beautiful Lee House on Bayfront Parkway, to tying the knot at Historic Old Christ Church, to feasting and fun and dancing on the homey grounds of DUH – everyone had a blast. It was an absolute privilege to work with such a lovely couple.
Working with Megan of Megan K Events is always a pleasure. She certainly does everything in her power to take the very best care of her clients as possible. She always does a great job of making sure that there is plenty of opportunity not only to capture moments, but also allowing the bride and groom the space to create moments outside of the many responsibilities of the wedding. Not to mention, Megan always makes sure to create a stunning environment and atmosphere alongside her vendors.
I first worked with Jordan and Blake before Christmas last year for the engagement shoot. They were a pleasure to be around and so easy to work with. I had the exact same experience with them on their wedding day. They are both so calm and easygoing. Their ceremony was charming, concluding with everyone heading outside of the full-capacity church to send them on their way to the reception covered in rose petals.
DUH was a packed house when the bride and groom arrived for their grand entrance. After cocktail hour, everyone was invited to the outdoor tented area to enjoy dancing and live music. The band, Stretta, from Nashville, was amazing and didn’t let up until the day was over, literally (the reception ended at 12:00 J).
So much time, energy, and love went into making this day the absolute best it could be for Jordan and Blake, and I’m so honored to have been a part of it. The families were so loving and I must mention how great it was to witness on the few occasions of meeting and working with them, a mom love and support her daughter as much as Ann does for Jordan. Congratulations to Jordan, Blake, and their amazing families!
ASSOCIATE WEDDING // Principal Photographer: Jeremy // Second Shooter: Rachel O.
PROFESSIONALS WHO MADE IT HAPPEN:
COORDINATION: Megan K Events // GETTING READY VENUE: Lee House // CEREMONY: Old Christ Church // RECEPTION: Duh! // FLOWERS: Fiore // CEREMONY MUSIC: Giltinan // BAND: Stretta // TRANSPORTATION: A Bride’s Ride // CAKES: Betty Weber // RENTALS: Gulf Coast Tents // DRAPING, LIGHTING, RENTALS: Wedding Walls // OFFICIANT: Joe Driver // HAIR: Lindsay Preston & Allisa Dadabo // MAKEUP: Melody Weber // WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: Bliss Bridal (Fairhope) // BRIDAL ACCESSORIES: Badgley Mischka // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS DESIGNER: Dessy Group // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS SHOP: Bliss Bridal // GROOMSMEN’S SUIT SHOPS: Gents // VIDEOGRAPHY: Cameron Zane // CATERING: Classic City // INVITATIONS: Artesana // CARICATURES: Tim Banfell