Rika and Loran are everything we love to see in couples. They threw a wedding where their primary concern was being able to enjoy each other, experience and remember the day, and spend time with the friends and family they love. The overwhelming feeling that this couple gave off was pure joy and happiness that they were committing their lives to one another. Their sense of humor shone through the choices that they made, from the Disney “fast pass” tickets as reception tickets, to Rika requesting a bridal party photo in which it looks as though she is actually using magic to make them levitate (a first for us, but I love it!). Congratulations, and thank you for letting us be a part of your day!
PROFESSIONALS WHO MADE IT HAPPEN:
GETTING READY VENUE: Hampton Inn // CEREMONY: Hemingway’s Island Grill // RECEPTION: Hemingway’s Island Grill // FLOWERS: Etsy – Lily of Angeles // CEREMONY MUSIC: DJ Phatchi & Co. // DJ: DJ Phatchi & Co. // DESERTS: Hemingway’s Island Grill // OFFICIANT: Matt “Ace” Olivero // HAIR: Fusion // MAKEUP: Fusion // WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER: David’s Bridal // WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: David’s Bridal // BRIDAL ACCESSORIES: Etsy // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS DESIGNER: David’s Bridal // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS SHOP: David’s Bridal // GROOM’S SUIT DESIGNER: Men’s Wearhouse // GROOM’S SUIT SHOP: Men’s Wearhouse // GROOMSMEN’S SUIT DESIGNER: Men’s Wearhouse // GROOMSMEN’S SUIT SHOPS: Men’s Wearhouse // CATERING: Hemingway’s Island Grill // INVITATIONS: Bride Designed Herself // DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY & LESSONS: Fred Astaire
It seems like a lot of our recent blog posts have focused on how much we love Pensacola. How about we step into a different state and discuss this gorgeous Biloxi wedding?
Christy and Rick are hoteliers in Biloxi, Mississippi, so what better place to host their wedding celebration than the legendary Beau Rivage? I knew I was in a new place the second I walked through the front doors. Glimmering lights, casino bells and murmurs blanketing the atmosphere, soaring ceilings, and most of all, an overwhelming energy took over my senses. I arrived early and spent about 30 minutes walking through the resort and casino, scouting backdrops for incredible photo opportunities and soaking in the festive vibe. Christy and her girls were getting ready in a gorgeous suite, high up in the towers. They laughed and helped each other perfect hair and makeup, and the two adorable flower girls bounced around, looking out the window, twirling in their fluffy tulle dresses, and singing to one another. Christy was calm and beautiful, and looked every inch the bride as she slipped into her Vera Wang lace gown. She was the perfect counterpoint for Rick, in his classic black tuxedo, exuding all the handsomeness…
There were a lot of memorable things about Christy and Rick’s Beau Rivage wedding – they included a champagne model (an actual woman wearing a dress whose elaborate metal skirt held full glasses of champagne for the guests to grab at their convenience!), dancers who twirled through the reception ballroom, a face painter for the children (and some adults), and a live event painter creating an oil painting of the party as it unfolded. Personally, I loved the way Christy and Rick merged their Vietnamese traditions with a classic American wedding. The Vietnamese emcee and performers kept the events rolling with a mix of American and Vietnamese music, which helped keep all of their guests involved and entertained. At the end of the evening, the bride and groom were showered with confetti as they made their way off as husband-and-wife, full of smiles and beauty.
Thank you Christy and Rick for allowing me to be a part of your beautiful nuptials!
SIGNATURE WEDDING // Principal Photographer: Aislinn // Second Shooter: Grace
PROFESSIONALS WHO MADE IT HAPPEN:
COORDINATION: Lydia Noble with Noble Events // GETTING READY VENUE: Beau Rivage // CEREMONY: Beau Rivage – Camellia Ballroom // RECEPTION: Beau Rivage – Magnolia Ballroom // FLOWERS: Beau Rivage // CEREMONY MUSIC: Violin Alejandro Ferrara and cellist // CAKES: Beau Rivage // RENTALS: Soho Rentals and Beau Rivage // OFFICIANT: Linda Giardelli // HAIR: Kelly Nguyen // MAKEUP: Scarlet Nguyen // WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER: Vera Wang // WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: David’s Bridal // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS DESIGNER: Vera Wang // GROOM AND GROOMSMEN’S SUIT DESIGNER: Vera Wang // VIDEOGRAPHY: Take Two Video // CATERING: Beau Rivage // INVITATIONS: Rachel Marvin Creative // PHOTOBOOTH: ENVOG Photobooth
So first, we need to discuss that Anna and Bobby are obviously adorable. I mean, seriously – this session was full of laughter and joy, and I could not be more excited about their wedding this December.
Second, I want to talk about Classic Sessions. All of our clients know that we offer them unlimited Classic Sessions in the months leading up to their wedding – these sessions can be used for engagements, bridal portraits, boudoir, whatever! What makes them different than booking a regular session? Time and place. We are lucky enough to run AKP out of a gorgeous studio in a big home in downtown Pensacola’s historic district, and we’re open for business Monday-Friday, 9-5. Classic sessions take place in and around our studio, during our business hours! Sometimes, when people hear “at the studio,” they envision something old-fashioned and stiff; but as you can see from this session, our “studio” involves lots of stunning outdoor spaces as well. The other amazing thing about Classic Sessions is that I offer them as a GIFT to my Signature clients, so there’s no cost involved (there’s a small cost for our Associate clients, but it’s still fantastic value!).
We don’t post a lot of non-wedding sessions here because if so, we would literally have more blog posts than days of the year. I really wanted to post some of my favorites from Anna and Bobby’s engagement session to show exactly how beautiful a quick Classic Session can be!
CLASSIC SESSION (ENGAGEMENT) // Principal Photographer: Aislinn
Autumn is, hands down, my favorite season. I love the way the light begins to change as the sun shifts in the sky and waking up one morning to a crispness in the air that wasn’t there the day before. I love the family dinners that linger over long tables, football games with friends, and the return of sweaters and boots. And I really, really love autumn weddings.
Jessica and Kyle’s wedding and reception embodied so many of the things that make it my favorite time of year – beautiful warm light, rich colors, Thanksgiving with family and friends (my favorite holiday to host at home), and of course, football! The Lee House was the absolutely perfect venue for their intimate al fresco ceremony and reception, and Supposey did an amazing job creating stunning fall inspired florals full of deep burgundies, warm rust and gold tones, and candles everywhere. I loved how warm and cozy everything felt and I was thrilled to be the person to photograph it all for them.
Jessica and Kyle, thank you for trusting us to photograph your wedding day! We so enjoyed spending the day with all of you and wish you all the best as you start your lives together as husband, and wife!
ASSOCIATE COLLECTION // Principal Photographer: Tiffany // Second Shooter: Grace
PROFESSIONALS WHO MADE IT HAPPEN:
COORDINATION: PS Weddings (Paul) // GETTING READY VENUE: Lee House // CEREMONY: Lee House // RECEPTION: Lee House // FLOWERS: Supposey // CEREMONY MUSIC: Symphony a la Carte (Allison Giltinan) // BAND: Lucky Town // CAKES: Publix // RENTALS: Supposey // OFFICIANT: Edward Nickinson III // HAIR: Megan Barton with 10th Avenue Hair Design // MAKEUP: Dawn Hamil with 10th Avenue Hair Design // WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER: Maggie Sottero // WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: Simply Elegant // BRIDAL ACCESSORIES: Simply Elegant // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS SHOP: BHLDN // GROOM’S SUIT DESIGNER: Vera Wang // GROOM’S SUIT SHOP: Men’s Wearhouse // GROOMSMEN’S SUIT DESIGNER: Vera Wang // GROOMSMEN’S SUIT SHOPS: Men’s Wearhouse // CATERING: Nancy’s Catering and Events // INVITATIONS: Minted // TENT: Gulf Coast Tents// BAR: Great Southern // PHOTOBOOTH: Magic Memories