This time of year, the weather here in Northwest Florida is almost never predictable. I think it’s very important for anyone and everyone involved in planning a beach wedding to continually speak and believe that the very best situation and weather will occur for that day. It’s a way to just go ahead and claim the very best before it has even occurred and I believe that creates an atmosphere of infinite potential…even about the weather. It was just a short time ago that I had the opportunity to travel over to the Orange Beach area to work with a lovely couple on their wedding day. This was a day when many people would question if the skies would open and allow the celebration to go on outdoors, but these two and their families must have had an awesome faith, because it went off flawlessly… (well, the winds got intense, but it was still great!)
Kylie and Brandon decided that was where they wanted to have their destination wedding as they have been vacationing the area for quite some time. She mentioned how they just loved the area so much, and how perfect it was for their big day! Perdido Beach Resort was a great space to host not only all their guests, but also their wedding and reception. The ceremony was held on an outdoor terrace that overlooks the Gulf, and the reception took place in one of their amazing ballrooms. The staff at the resort were also amazing and catered to any situation and or need that Kylie and Brandon had.
The reception was pretty amazing for all guests. Kylie’s love for donuts made its way into the evening with Krispy Kreme to go for everyone. The music was nothing typical of any wedding reception I’ve ever been a part of, but it was obviously something this crew knew how to move to. I give them and DJ Powell props for originality and keeping the party moving. It was especially heartwarming to see all the children having such a great time.
ASSOCIATE WEDDING COLLECTION // Principal Photographer: Jeremy // Second Shooter: Rachel O.
PROFESSIONALS WHO MADE IT HAPPEN:
COORDINATION: Perdido Beach Resort (Tyler Morgan) // GETTING READY VENUE: Perdido Beach Resort // CEREMONY: Perdido Beach Resort // RECEPTION: Perdido Beach Resort // FLOWERS: I Do Gulf Coast Weddings // DJ: Matt Powell // CAKES: Perdido Beach Resort // RENTALS: I Do Gulf Coast Weddings // HAIR: Brooke Miller // MAKEUP: Melody Weber // WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER: Galia Lahav // WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: Ivory Bridal (Houston) // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS DESIGNER: Jenny Yoo // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS SHOP: Brideside // GROOM’S SUIT DESIGNER: Michael Strahan // GROOM’S SUIT SHOP: JCPenney // GROOMSMEN’S SUIT DESIGNER: Michael Strahan // GROOMSMEN’S SUIT SHOPS: JCPenney // CATERING: Perdido Beach Resort // INVITATIONS: WeddingPaperDivas.com
From engagement sessions and weddings to newborns and family portraits, it is such a joy to document our clients through so many of life’s milestones. We have been working with this family since 2014 when we photographed Mary and John’s engagement session, and it has been wonderful to continue photographing them through so many of life’s milestones. Madison (Mary’s niece!) came to us all the way from Missouri to have her senior portraits taken on the sugar white sands of Pensacola Beach. It was so much fun having this sweet senior in the studio (I LOVE how green our garden is right now!) before heading out to the beach for a gorgeous Pensacola sunset. It couldn’t have a more perfect summer evening.
Madison, I am so happy you chose to work with us for your senior portraits! I hope you have an amazing senior year!!
LEVEL 2 FULL SESSION // Principal Photographer: Tiffany
I love shooting military weddings! I have a deep appreciation of for those who serve our country to maintain the rights and freedoms we have. It’s always great to meet and see the people the couple call friends because they are so diverse. Most of them are from all different parts of the country, yet they can come together from wherever to be sure to celebrate their comrade’s big day with them. It was an honor to work with Aubrey and her now husband Mitchell.
Aubrey and her girls were so relaxed and fun as they were getting their hair and makeup done at Volume One. Once they were all done there, it was time for everyone to head over the historic Old Christ Church for the ceremony. The location of the church usually works out great for the guys. They can just enjoy themselves over at Pensacola Bay Brewery while the ladies finish up all the preparations for walking down the aisle. Though the couple decided to do a “First Look” prior to the ceremony, the look on Mitchell’s face as Aubrey walked down the aisle it was as if he was falling in love with her all over again.
After the ceremony, everyone headed over the reception which was held at the wonderful Pensacola Country Club. Great food, good music, and lots of fun went down inside those walls, while a group of Mitchell’s buddies, himself included, took a trip outside to enjoy celebratory cigars. It was a good day.
ASSOCIATE WEDDING // Principal Photographer: Jeremy // Second Shooter: Rachel O.
PROFESSIONALS WHO MADE IT HAPPEN:
COORDINATION: Rylee Hart with Great Southern // GETTING READY VENUE: Pfeiffer House // CEREMONY: Old Christ Church // RECEPTION: Pensacola Country Club // FLOWERS: Janie Simpson (Bride’s Aunt) // CEREMONY MUSIC: Ashley (Violin) // DJ: Matt Powell (Powell Entertainment) CAKES: Sweet Creations // OFFICIANT: Daniel Randall // HAIR: Volume One // MAKEUP: Volume One // WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER: Mori Lee // WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: Anthony’s (Foley) // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS SHOP: Bliss Bridal // // GROOMSMEN’S SUIT SHOPS: Gent’s Formal Wear // VIDEOGRAPHY: Storylive Productions // CATERING: Pensacola Country Club
We get phone calls from families all summer long – most are on vacation to the gorgeous beaches of Pensacola, Destin, and 30A, and are interested in scheduling a family portrait on the beach while they are in town. Some families are large and some are small; some have tons of little kids seeing the saltwater for the first time, and some are all adults who had a few cocktails before our session.
My favorite groups are multi-generational families. Often, the group we are photographing consists of grandparents, their children, and their grandchildren (sometimes with a great-grandchild thrown into the mix!). I will often walk into a session with only a vague understanding of who everyone is and how they are related. I really enjoy how conversation during the hour we spend together gradually unfolds the family story – the sisters who live on opposite coasts and are meeting in Florida, or the four uncles being together for the first time in a decade, or the baby touching the sand for the first time in front of my camera lens.
The Simm family was together to celebrate a 50th anniversary. The parents, along with their two sons and their families, shared a beach home in Seagrove Beach on 30A, and we spent a lovely evening together watching the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico. We also took some pictures!
SIGNATURE LEVEL 1 SESSION // Principal Photographer: Aislinn // Second Shooter: Rachel W.