Judy and Dan’s Mobile engagement session embodies all of the qualities I love about lower Alabama. We started in a lovely downtown park, tucked away amongst historic homes and soaring live oaks. As the sun set over the Oakleigh District, Judy and Dan canoodled in the golden light, with coral camellias bursting with color behind them. Their adorable pup (a Pomeranian puffball named Kisho) frolicked with them, having a grand old time barking at the neighborhood dogs and (I swear), smiling for the camera every time I clicked the shutter. The gentile and languid feel of the garden photos just exemplifies the grace of the South.
But the south is more than soft gentility – February brings MARDI GRAS season, and Mobile claims to be the oldest city celebrating the tradition (take that, New Orleans!). On our drive back to the studio from the park was interesting, as we ran into hundreds of people lining blocked off streets, preparing for the night’s Mardi Gras parade. After a momentary panic, we embraced the bustle, and finished up our session walking around Dauphin Street, twirling against a backdrop of purple and gold decorations and tons of revelers. I love the sense of place in the second set of this gorgeous engagement session.
SIGNATURE SESSION | Principal Photographer: Aislinn
Engagement session are awesome. They give you a chance to really show your personality (because no matter how awesome your wedding gown is, your true style is probably not to be found in tulle, lace, and ribbon). Are you outdoorsy and casual? Then how fun to plan your proposal or engagement session on a farm? Are you urban a chic and realistically wear 80% black clothes? Then what about a nighttime session in a big city, with sparkling lights behind you to glimmer off your new engagement ring? Introverted and love chilling at home? Then a lifestyle, home-based session is for you, complete with your pets, furry socks, and a bowl of popcorn.
Jessica and Mike love downtown Pensacola, so it was a no-brainer to base our session there. They strolled around our brick streets, canoodled in gardens, and we ended up at a place that was a win for everyone – Old Hickory Whiskey Bar. This Pensacola landmark is one of the couple’s favorite hangouts. They serve crafted, seasonal cocktails in vintage-style glasses, and the dark, intimate setting was just perfect for these photos of Jessica and Mike being – well, being Jessica and Mike.
SIGNATURE SESSION // Principal Photographer: Aislinn
Can we please discuss this engagement session? It is perfect. Laura and Pete nailed “nautical chic” in such a beautiful way. We started shooting at our studio in downtown Pensacola, then hopped on the AKP golf cart and took a tour of the historic district! We hit a church, a brewery, and a brick wall (that sounds like the beginning of a joke) . . . we took photos with an adorable dog, a pint glass, and some sailboats . . . and we laughed a lot. I love the way Laura and Pete coordinated their styling – the manage to wear red, white, and blue in a way that looks nautical and modern without looking at all kitschy, and I not-so-secretly want Laura’s cork heels.
SIGNATURE SESSION | Principal Photographer: Aislinn
One of my very favorite things about experiencing weddings each weekend is that I get swept away in a couple’s aesthetic vision – I fall in love with deep reds and dramatic tablescapes . . . I giggle joyfully at witty details and polka dots . . . and I love the timeless romance of classic elegance. But every once in a while, I get to be a part of a wedding that embodies a design vision that feels like my own – and Kellie and Sean’s wedding was just that. This downtown Pensacola wedding incorporated all of the pieces I love – lavender, champagne (in the cutest splits, one for every guest!), a blush gown, lush florals, cozy blankets, and dancing all night long. Kellie’s separates wedding gown was stunning and understated and incredibly current, with its asymmetrical skirt and tank top (and pairing it with a cropped denim jacket for the evening? ALL THE STYLE.). Sean’s slim fit Ted Baker suit was just as chic, and the couple looked like they danced their way out of a wedding magazine. They married in the back courtyard of 5eleven Palafox, under a huge wooden arbor that Sean built for Kellie (and which I believe is going to live in perpetuity in their backyard), and it was dripping with the prettiest, deconstructed geometric vases, each cradling a single succulent. The fuzzy gray blankets (“Get cozy!” read the tags) waited for the guests on their chairs, and it was amazing seeing their friends and family snuggled up together watching the ceremony.
SIGNATURE COLLECTION // Principal Photographer: Aislinn // Second Shooter: Jeremy // Assistant: Rachel W.
PROFESSIONALS WHO MADE IT HAPPEN
COORDINATION: Chloe with Supposey // PHOTOBOOTH: Posey Bus // GETTING READY VENUE: Lee House // CEREMONY: 5eleven Palafox // RECEPTION: 5eleven Palafox // FLOWERS: Supposey // GUITAR: John Evans (So-Cal Wedding Guitar) // DJ: Ramsey with Any Day DJ // TRANSPORTATION: Beach Bum Trolley // CAKES: Cakes by Abby Reeves // RENTALS: Supposey // OFFICIANT: Chad Edmonson // HAIR + MAKEUP: Volume One Salon // Skin by Kendall Lyn // WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER: Carol Hannah // WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: The Sentimentalist (Atlanta) // BRIDAL SHOES: Toms // JEWELRY: Anthropologie // GROOM’S SUIT DESIGNER: Ted Baker // CATERING + BAR: Great Southern // INVITATIONS: Yellow Lily Design Studio