If you’ve ever dreamt of running away to elope on a gorgeous white sand beach, the Gulf Coast of Florida and Alabama might just be the perfect place to do it. It doesn’t get much better than our warm aqua water, sugar white sand, and cotton candy sunsets of Gulf State Park and I can’t think of prettier music to walk down the aisle to than the sound of gently rolling waves.
Jamie and Josh came all the way from Tennessee to Gulf Shores, Alabama to get married on the beach at Gulf State Park and I was thrilled to spend the evening with them, and their friends and family. I have had a number of intimate weekday weddings this summer and it is always a treat to be able to spend more time creating beautiful portraits of my couples, but even more so when it is a couple unafraid to let go and really be themselves in front of the camera. Authentic moments will forever be my favorite and these two high school sweethearts were so clearly completely, adorably head-over-heels in love. Such a joy to photograph!
Thank you both for choosing AKP and me to photograph your wedding! I am so happy you found us and that your dream beach wedding came to life!! Cheers!
Principal Photographer: TIFFANY
Every once in a while, I get the hankering to photograph a wedding in a faraway destination. Think Colorado wedding. Typically, I’m completely content photographing weddings in downtown Pensacola, Mobile, and along the gorgeous Gulf Coast – the crystal clear water never gets old, and downtown is intimate, historic, and cozy. I love being familiar with the locations, and knowing our city’s secret nooks and crannies for incredible backdrops. The Florida weather is comfortable all winter long, and I know which parks will still offer lush backdrops for winter brides. The sunset times are second nature, and I’m never stressed about knowing when to start a session, or which direction the sun will set, or where we should go if it rains…
But every year or two (usually in the dog days of summer, when my lenses are constantly fogging up due to 1000% humidity and the inside of my car is caked in a thin layer of sand), I find myself desperately wanting to experience a wedding somewhere far, far away. A few years back, I went to Greece for an incredibly lovely and intimate elopement on the Aegean; several years before THAT, I spent an amazing week in Turks and Caicos for a Caribbean bash. And last week, I had the distinct honor to photograph Bridget and Ben’s mountain Colorado wedding!
Bridget and Ben are originally from the Denver area and it was a no-brainer for them to plan their wedding in their home state. They chose The Sanctuary as their venue, and it was absolutely perfect. Nestled at the base of the Rockies, The Sanctuary Golf Club winds up and down the foothills, with wildflowers and waterfalls around every bend. The clubhouse is an impressive stone building, with stunning arched windows, rustic chandeliers, and a huge fireplace. The entire club looks west, allowing the guests to watch the sun set over the mountain range. It was the perfect setting for the marriage of Bridget and Ben, a couple that I absolutely adore. Their outdoor ceremony took place under the Pavilion, with Pike’s Peak framing them as they exchanged their vows. As the sun set, it was easy to understand how the state got the nickname of “Colorful Colorado” – the sky was pink and red and purple, the mountains were all the shades of blue, and the ground was a riot of healthy green, peppered with more flowers than you can imagine. There was a waterfall on the property, and I have never loved a bride more than I loved Bridget when she hiked up her incredible Amsale gown and started hiking through brambles. This Colorado wedding was a dream to photograph, and I am so thrilled to have been a part of it. Congratulations!
Principal Photographer: AISLINN // Second Shooter: RACHEL O.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Aislinn Kate Photography // GETTING READY VENUE: Private Home // CEREMONY: The Sanctuary Golf Club // RECEPTION: The Sanctuary Golf Club // FLOWERS: Mainstreet Flower Market // HARPIST: Erin Newton // DJ: Elite DJ // / CAKES: Elegant Bakery // OFFICIANT: Father Marty Hunckler // WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER: Amsale // WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: Nordstrom // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS SHOP: LuLu’s // GROOMSMEN’S SUIT SHOPS: The Black Tux // VIDEOGRAPHY: Canvas & Light // CATERING: The Sanctuary Golf Club // INVITATIONS: Minted // LIVE EVENT PAINTER: Julia Dordoni
Paige and John’s mid-summer Pensacola Beach wedding at the super fun and funky Margaritaville wedding at Landshark Landing was the very definition of a laid-back, Florida beach wedding. Because we live and work near one of the most beautiful beaches in Florida (not to toot our own horn too much!), we work with A LOT of destination wedding clients. Planning a destination wedding can be stressful, from not being able to see venues or meet vendors in person, to not knowing the area and having to figure out logistics of getting everyone (and all their stuff!) where they need to be for the big day – it can be a big process. From day one though, Paige was so easy going and just excited to marry John, and THAT makes for a pretty fantastic Margaritaville wedding day.
When we arrived on the wedding morning, rather than finding a nervous bride and a bustling prep area, we walked into a room that was relaxed and joyful, and when I asked where the groom was, Paige said, “I think they are at the pool right now.” Seriously, that is my kind of way to start the day!! The day never got more stressful than that. A few hours later as the sun began to drop and the breeze picked up, they said their vows with toes in the sand while waves lazily lapped at the shoreline. It couldn’t have been more perfect.
Thank you both, so much, for trusting us (from afar!) to photograph your wedding day! Cheers to many more years of starting at the pool and ending on the sand!
Principal Photographer: TIFFANY / Second Shooter: RACHEL O.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Aislinn Kate Photography // COORDINATION: Katie Turchich (Coastal Coordinating) // GETTING READY VENUE: Margaritaville // CEREMONY: Landshark Landing Beach // RECEPTION: Landshark Landing // FLOWERS: Sunshine Designs // CEREMONY MUSIC: Larry Porto // DJ: Larry Porto (Horizon Beach Service) // CAKES: Susan Donlin (family friend) // RENTALS: Horizon Beach Service // OFFICIANT: Brian Adams (The Beach Preacher) // HAIR: Rockstar Hair Design // MAKEUP: Rockstar Hair Design // WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: Carrie’s Bridals // BRIDAL ACCESSORIES: Kate Spade // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS DESIGNER: Show me Your Mumu // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS SHOP: Show me Your Mumu // VIDEOGRAPHY: Wholly Cowen // CATERING: Landshark
With each wedding I photograph and the couples I meet, I often wonder what in particular do they hold to be the most important on their day. Every person and couple is different. Some might care more about the party itself, or that everything is perfect and there aren’t any mistakes. For others, it could be to have the most elaborate celebration, the wedding dress, or just the union itself. For Victoria and Jason, and their Emerald Grande Wedding, what stood out to me was FAMILY.
The whole day, Victoria and Jason had family around them. They helped each other with everything, and they were present and there for Victoria and for Jason. I could tell that family was the center of it all – which to me is always a blessing, to have such a strong knit there for you ready to catch you if you fall. The love that surrounded their day was pretty special and the acknowledgement of ones who weren’t able to be there was heart-wrenching. Even though to me the focus was family, it didn’t stop me from noticing how gorgeous their intimate wedding celebration was. Victoria and Jason spent their morning at the Emerald Grande, where they got dressed anxiously awaiting to see each other later that evening on the Captain’s Deck (which will take your breathe away with that view). The rest of the evening was just as sweet as the beginning. Couples dancing together like they had first met (including both the newlyweds’ parents… tear-jerker for sure) and Victoria and Jason looking like they couldn’t be a bit more happier.
I loved being there during your special moment in time. Thank you for having me and I know you guys will be happy years to come.
Primary Shooter: Rachel W. // Second Shooter: Rachel O.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Aislinn Kate Photography // COORDINATION: Forever I Do Weddings – Annette Peterson // GETTING READY VENUE: Emerald Grande // CEREMONY: Emerald Grande Captains Deck // RECEPTION: Emerald Grande Harborview Room // FLOWERS: Forever I Do Florist // CEREMONY MUSIC: Annette Peterson – Forever I Do Weddings // CAKES: Think Cake // RENTALS: Emerald Grande // OFFICIANT: Keith Bennett // HAIR: Aimee Lowe // MAKEUP: Destin Mobile Makeup Box // WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER: Stella York // WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: Bel Fiore’ Bridal // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS DESIGNER: Azazie // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS SHOP: Azazie // GROOM’S SUIT SHOP: Men’s Warehouse // CATERING: Emerald Grande // INVITATIONS: Zazzle