April 12, 2017

Kristin + Austin | Palafox Wharf Wedding

I write a lot on here about things I love at weddings (it probably seems as though I have a lot of favorite things, and I do – that’s what makes this profession so much fun).  I love flowers, bouquets, and ceiling installations.  I love couture gowns, heirloom dresses, and sparkling wedding shoes.  I love tipsy, dancing wedding guests, signature cocktails, and confetti exits.  But in all seriousness, do you want to know the thing that I love running into absolutely more than any other thing on a wedding day?  NICE PEOPLE.

Kristin and Austin were super friendly and laidback; so were their parents, their bridal party, their family and their friends.  I loved talking with Kristin’s mother while I was photographing her personal details that morning (and having an actual conversation, rather than simply lght banter).  I loved that Austin told our whole studio the story of how he met Kristin, while he nervously sipped on water while waiting on the First Look in our studio garden.  And I loved how Kristin (at the very end of the evening, after her grand sendoff through bubbles floating in the air), wrapped me in a huge hug and gave the most genuine thank you I can remember receiving.  Seriously, the couple’s friendliness made me smile all day long, and THAT is my very thing about a wedding day.

This isn’t to say that Kristin and Austin’s Pensacola wedding wasn’t gorgeous – it was.  The colors were an unusual combination of royal blue and spring pinks and yellows, and the combination was happy and classy.  Fiore’s florals were natural and felt like spring-time.  As usual, Paul with P.S. Weddings kept the day running smoothly and on time, and the guests danced as hard as any guests I’ve had the chance to photograph.

SIGNATURE WEDDING  //  Principal Photographer: Aislinn  //  Second Shooter: Tiffany  // Assistant: Grace

   

PROFESSIONALS WHO MADE IT HAPPEN:

COORDINATION: Paul Silivos with P.S. Weddings  //  GETTING READY VENUE: Pensacola Downtown Bayfront Manor (Airbnb)  //  CEREMONY: Old Christ Church   //  RECEPTION: Palafox Wharf  //  FLOWERS: Fiore  //  CEREMONY MUSIC: Emilie Bova Piano Studio  //  DJ: Matt Powell with Powell Entertainment  //  RENTALS: BBJ   //  CAKES: Betty Weber  //  OFFICIANT: Jan Kaminski (bride’s uncle)  //  HAIR: Cassidy with Fusion Salon  //  MAKEUP: Krissy Brisco Hair  //  WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER: Wtoo by Watters  //  WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: Simply Elegant, Ft. Walton Beach  //  BRIDESMAIDS DRESS DESIGNER: Dessy  //  BRIDESMAIDS DRESS SHOP: Bella Bridesmaids – Tampa //  GROOM + GROOMSMEN’S SUIT SHOP: Men’s Wearhouse  //  CATERING: Nancy’s Catering & Events  //  INVITATIONS: Wedding Paper Divas  //  BREWERY: Pensacola Bay Brewery  // TRANSPORTATION: Five Flags Trolley

April 5, 2017

Jessi + Richard | Grand Hotel Point Clear Wedding

Something magical happens when you cross the state line and begin to pass through those Alabama pines.  The air gets a little thicker and sweeter, time and inflection slow down a bit, and an aura of gentility from years past begins to settle.  Alabama weddings, and those at The Grand Hotel in Point Clear in particular, are some of my most favorite to be a part of.

I knew when I met Jessi that her wedding was going to be beautiful and oh so stylish, but I was unprepared for just how flawlessly the atmosphere of casual sophistication would come together.  Every detail from the gorgeous organic floral design full of whites, creams, and the palest pinks accents to her two piece Kate McDonald lace and tulle gown that was both modern and classic was carefully thought through, and perfectly crafted.  My favorite part of the day though, was the relaxed afternoon reception.

After their sweet ceremony under a shady, moss draped oak, their guests sipped mimosas and bloody Marys before dining on oysters, shrimp and grits (and the cutest chicken and waffle skillets I’ve ever seen).  This outdoor brunch reception on Mobile Bay was exactly how a sunny Sunday in spring should be spent on the Alabama Coast.

Jessi and Richard, thank you so much for including me in your wedding day!  It was such a joy spending the day with your family and friends in one of my very favorite places.

~T

ASSOCIATE COLLECTION  //  Principal Photographer: Tiffany  //  Second Shooter: Rachel O.

 





 

PROFESSIONALS WHO MADE IT HAPPEN:

COORDINATION: Jaquie Burkett Events, Hayley Turner (venue coordinator)  //  GETTING READY VENUE: The Grand Hotel  //  CEREMONY: The Grand Hotel  //  RECEPTION: The Grand Hotel  //  FLOWERS: Wildflowers  //  CEREMONY MUSIC: Rock Bottom  //  BAND: Rock Bottom  //  CAKES: Ellen Jay  //  RENTALS: Gulf Coast Events and Rentals  //  OFFICIANT: Jared Kirk (brother of the bride)  //  HAIR: The Spa at the GrandMegan  //  MAKEUP: Courtney Matthews  //  WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER: Kate McDonald  //  WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: Wedding Belles //  BRIDESMAIDS DRESS SHOP: Something New Bridal Boutique  //  GROOM’S SUIT SHOP: Jos A Bank  //  GROOMSMEN’S SUIT SHOPS: Jos A Bank //  CATERING: The Grand Hotel  //  INVITATIONS: Paper Jubilee

March 31, 2017

Stephanie + Reggie | Palafox Wharf Wedding

I have a soft spot in my heart for rainy day weddings, having had one myself, but as the days ticked down to Stephanie and Reggie’s wedding I realized I hadn’t obsessed over the weather so much since the week leading up to my own wedding.  I checked my weather app constantly, bemoaned what I was sure would be torrential weather to my coworkers, bought extra large umbrellas, scoured Pinterest for rainy day wedding picture inspiration, and finally broke down in nervous tears the night before their wedding.  The next morning however, I woke up to sunshine and thought to myself, “It is going to be a good day.”

As it turns out, it wasn’t a good day.  It was in fact, a perfect day.  Upon our arrival at the salon that morning Stephanie was nothing but smiles and as the hours passed I was struck by how calm and unconcerned their friends and family were by the weather.  What they were concerned with was celebrating and soaking in every moment of Stephanie, and Reggie’s wedding day.  From the sweet backyard beach ceremony and vows that had me tearing up behind my camera, to an amazing cupcake tree and a dance floor that was full all night it couldn’t have been a more joyful day in celebration of two people so clearly meant for each other.

Stephanie and Reggie, cheers to finding someone to both run free and stand still with.  It is going to be a beautiful life!  Thank you for allowing me the privilege of being a part of your wedding day!

~T

ASSOCIATE COLLECTION  //  Principal Photographer: Tiffany  //  Second Shooter: Rachel O.

 

 

PROFESSIONALS WHO MADE IT HAPPEN:

COORDINATION: Melinda Orona at Palafox Wharf  //  GETTING READY VENUE: Private Home  //  CEREMONY: Private Home   //  RECEPTION: Palafox Wharf  //  FLOWERS: Designs Adrift  //  CEREMONY MUSIC: Northwest Florida DJ Services – Tiger  // DJ: Northwest Florida Dj Services – Tiger  //  TRANSPORTATION: Beach Bum Trolly  //  CAKES: Oh Snap!  //  RENTALS: Marry Me Wedding Rentals  // OFFICIANT: Friend of the Couple  //  HAIR: Style Downtown  //  MAKEUP: Style Downtown   //  WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: Glamour Closet (Chicago)   //  BRIDESMAIDS DRESS DESIGNER: Dessy  //  BRIDESMAIDS DRESS SHOP: Dessy  // GROOM’S SUIT SHOP: Men’s Wearhouse  //  GROOMSMEN’S SUIT SHOPS: Men’s Wearhouse  //  VIDEOGRAPHY: Lother Films  //  CATERING: Naman’s  //  INVITATIONS: Wedding Paper Diva’s (designed by the bride)

March 30, 2017

Abby + Jason | Old Christ Church Wedding

Abby and Jason are pretty great as individuals.  Abby is funny and outspoken – the kind of girl who isn’t afraid to laugh at herself, make funny faces, and call it like she sees it.  Basically, she is my spirit animal.  Jason is pretty great as well.  When you speak with him, he comes across as interested and intelligent, but most all, genuine.  But when these two individuals come together, they make a couple that is exponentially more awesome than their already-pretty-great selves.

They just match.

Where Abby is gregarious, Jason is thoughtful.  Abby shrugged and giggled her way through the emotions of the early wedding day; Jason teared up whenever he thought of his bride.  And at the end of the evening, when most couples either crash from exhaustion or head to a wild afterparty, Abby and Jason asked their driver to take them to the Fish House – so they could have dinner together.  And that’s the image I hold in my mind, of Abby in her wedding gown and Jason in his tux, sipping wine and eating the first of what will be many quiet dinners together.

This beautiful friendship was most apparent during the First Look.  Abby asked me to deliver a message to Jason just before he saw her (I told him that he “better hold it together!”), which made Jason laugh like it was a private joke.  And despite my warning, he did not, in fact, hold it together.  His reaction upon seeing Abby was incredibly sweet – he clasped his hands (as though saying “thank you!”), then proceeded to give her the biggest, loveliest hug.  I’m pretty sure there were some tears involved as well.

Thank you guys for letting me be a part of your day!  I LOVED it, and you…

XOXO – Aislinn

SIGNATURE COLLECTION  //  Principal Photographer: Aislinn  //  Second Photographer: Mallory  //  Assistant: Rachel W.

 

     

PROFESSIONALS WHO MADE IT HAPPEN:

COORDINATION: Paul Silivos with P.S. Weddings  //  GETTING READY VENUE: Pi Cottage  //  CEREMONY: Old Christ Church   //  RECEPTION: 5eleven Palafox  //  FLOWERS: Fiore  //  CEREMONY MUSIC: Christina Clark  //  DJ: Marty Stanovich  //  TRANSPORTATION: Go Retro Bus  //  CAKES: Cake Gallery  //  OFFICIANT: Ross Langford (First Baptist)  //  HAIR: 10th Avenue Salon  //  MAKEUP: Melody Weber  //  WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER: Allure  //  WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: I Do Bridals (Mobile)  //  BRIDESMAIDS DRESS DESIGNER: Bill Levkoff  //  GROOM + GROOMSMEN’S SUIT SHOP: Randall’s  //  CATERING: Nancy’s Catering and Events  //  INVITATIONS: Reave’s Engraving (North Carolina)