August 3, 2017

Alicia + Matthew | Miramar Beach Wedding

Alicia and Matt had an amazingly beautiful Miramar Beach wedding just inside of the San Destin area. The couple traveled for their destination wedding from the great state of Tennessee to have their knot tied on the sandy beaches of the emerald coast. Monday was the day of the week they chose (which has been a little bit of a trend this year for many of my wedding clients).

Alicia and Matt were two of the most loving people. Their families were not only friendly and kind, but it was as if the two families were never two separate families at all. Everyone was dancing with everyone. I even witnessed a little bit of breakdancing happening from a family member, and laughter erupted from the room.

The short amount of time I spent with this group was outstanding. There was amazing love, support and joy surrounding the newlyweds. It truly was a pleasure to witness such a sweet couple and family dynamic.

ASSOCIATE 4-HOUR WEDDING COLLECTION // Principal Photographer: Jeremy // Assistant: Rachel O.

 

PROFESSIONALS WHO MADE IT HAPPEN:

GETTING READY VENUE: Embassy Suites Hotel  //  CEREMONY: Embassy Suites Miramar Beach   //  RECEPTION: Embassy Suites Hotel  //  FLOWERS: made by the bride  //  CEREMONY MUSIC: DJ Holoquest  // DJ: DJ Holoquest  // CAKES: Publix  //  RENTALS: It’s a Perfect Day  //  OFFICIANT: Brandon Meggs (bride’s cousin)  //  HAIR: Mom  // WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: David’s Bridal  // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS SHOP: David’s Bridal  // GROOM’S SUIT SHOP: K & G  //  CATERING: Embassy Suites

July 27, 2017

Jana + Alan | Pensacola Elopement

Jana and Alan were a breath of fresh air.  They got engaged, decided to marry right away for themselves, picked a date, bought Jana a plane ticket to Pensacola (where Alan is training with the Navy), called me, and eloped . . . all in a span of ten days.  Alan’s chaplain offered them use of the chapel on base at Corry Station, and they were joined by a handful of good friends and an aunt and uncle who live in Pensacola.  And me.  And that was it.  And it was lovely.

These two were so excited to get married – not because of the decorations, or the open bar, or the photos, or the flowers – but because they were just excited to BE married.  Their ceremony was full of laughter (and a few tears).  Once they tied the knot, we drove a few minutes back to our studio, for the prettiest set of bride and groom photos.  I loved the casual ease that Jana and Alan showed with one another, and the warmth they extended to me as well.  It was a perfect afternoon for this Pensacola elopement – glowing golden sunlight and canoodling as the afternoon wore on.

SIGNATURE ELOPEMENT  //  Principal Photographer: Aislinn

 

July 26, 2017

Abby | Fort Pickens Senior Portrait

Every time I photograph a senior session, I remember how much I enjoy it.  There are no time constraints, you can choose your locations with worrying too much about logistics (as you would on a wedding day), and your sole job is to capture someone’s personality and make them look and feel confident and beautiful.

Abby’s senior session has a special place in my heart – she was my flower girl when I got married 12 years ago!

Well, now we are both grown up and it was truly an honor to capture Abby at this special moment in her life.  This saltwater-loving Houston girl drove all the way to Pensacola, and we spent an incredible afternoon exploring our studio garden, Fort Pickens, and Pensacola Beach – and this session is one of my faves.

SIGNATURE SENIOR SESSION  //  Principal Photographer: Aislinn

PROFESSIONALS WHO MADE IT HAPPEN: 

HAIR & MAKEUP: Rachel with Dear Bride

July 24, 2017

Karen + Jeff | The Steeple, Mobile Wedding

We opened a studio in downtown Mobile, Alabama about a year ago, and it has been such a joy getting to know a new city. Mobile is so much more than I expected. I anticipated a very genteel Southern city, stepped in tradition and shaded by towering live oaks and magnolias; a slower and softer pace of living, beautiful manners, and lots of old bricks. And all of that is definitely there, and wonderful to see. But what I wasn’t expecting to find was a city brimming with a barely-contained sense of humor, quirky shops and restaurants that I would have expected to find in Austin or Portland (but not in stately Mobile!), and an overwhelming feeling of joy.

Karen and Jeff’s downtown Mobile wedding showcased all of this. They chose The Steeple on St. Francis as their venue – if you can’t seen this place, do yourself a favor and check it out. It’s a huge, deconsecrated church that dates back to 1842. After sitting vacant for some time, it was lovingly restored and rebirthed as an event venue, hosting concerts, meetings, and weddings in the large hall under the glow of the original stained glass windows. It is truly spectacular. While Karen and Jeff’s guests enjoyed cocktails in the lounge area downstairs, we spent a little bit walking around downtown taking photos. In what I am learning to see is true Mobile fashion, the main section of Dauphin Street was closed down for an annual pole vault competition; while collegiate and high school athletes ran down the center of the street and vaulted high the air, hundreds of Mobilians drank beer, ate tacos from food trucks, listened to music, and cheered them on. Also, one sweet, newly-married couple (and their photographer!), shouldered their way through the crowds and took a hilarious and awesome set of street photos while well-wishers shouted congratulations.

It was a beautiful day, full of love and laughter, dancing and confetti. THANK YOU Karen and Jeff for asking me to be a part of it!

SIGNATURE WEDDING // Principal Photographer: Aislinn // Second Shooter: Rachel O.

PROFESSIONALS WHO MADE IT HAPPEN: 

COORDINATION: Katie Leavins with Noble Events  //  GETTING READY VENUE: The Steeple on St. Francis   //  CEREMONY: The Steeple on St. Francis   //  RECEPTION: The Steeple on St. Francis   //  FLOWERS: Rosebuds  //  BAND: Black Jacket  //  CAKES: Pollman’s  //  RENTALS: Mobile Popcorn Company  //  CATERING: Naman’s