So, I have the honor to witness a lot of Sanders Beach weddings. And you know – they never get old. It’s a cliché to say that every wedding is different, but it really is true. There is a cloud of emotions around each wedding day. Sometimes, weddings are hilarious, and I walk away with sore stomach muscles from laughing constantly. Other times, I peek in a mirror at the end of the night and realize that my mascara has pooled around the corner of my eyes because I wiped away tears all day. Even other times I drive home from Sanders Beach with stars in my eyes, swept away by the romance of the day and in a hurry to hug my husband.
After Jessie and Willie’s Pensacola wedding, I couldn’t stop smiling. This couple is so incredibly nice, and the entire day was a study in how much they are loved by their family and friends. The toasts at the Sanders Beach reception were amazing – I laughed and cried within minutes (and I know I’m not the only one!). Every time I turned around, someone was sweeping either the bride or groom into a bear hug, pulling them onto the dance floor, or laughing with them over some inside joke. No one left the party early. The dance floor was packed until the very last note of the very last song – all ages danced together and everyone was clearly there to celebrate the happy couple.
Congratulations to one of the sweetest couples I have had the opportunity to photograph!
Principal Photographer: AISLINN / Second Shooter: RACHEL O. / Assistants: AMY and KENDALL
PHOTOGRAPHY: Aislinn Kate Photography // COORDINATION: Jennifer Navas // GETTING READY VENUE: Airbnb // CEREMONY: Sanders Beach // RECEPTION: Sanders Beach // FLOWERS: Jennifer Navas // CEREMONY MUSIC: Powell Entertainment // DJ: Powell Entertainment // CAKES: J’s Bakery // RENTALS: Marry Me Rentals // OFFICIANT: Troy Rafferty // HAIR + MAKEUP: Tease Boutique // WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: Bliss Bridal (Fairhope) // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS DESIGNER: Show Me Your Mumu // GROOM + GROOMSMEN’S SUIT SHOP: Gent’s Formalwear // CATERING: Culinary Productions // INVITATIONS: Minted
When I moved to Florida nearly ten years ago, I thought there were two cities here along the Gulf Coast – Pensacola and Destin. The longer I live and work here, the more I realize just how wrong I was. Our part of Florida’s Gulf coast stretches about 100 miles east to west, and the gorgeous stretch is peppered by a variety of small towns, each with its own personality, aesthetic, and vibe. One of my very favorite communities is called Watercolor. It is an incredible combination of sugary white beaches, aqua waters, unique cottages, and lushly-landscaped gardens. I fell in love the first time I photographed a Watercolor Beach wedding, and it’s still my favorite spot.
Susan and Stuart planned an intimate Watercolor Beach wedding elopement. Their first look was private and sweet, bathed in golden sunlight in the late afternoon. Their ceremony was on the sand, with a stunning, pastel sky framing their vows. Their attendants were their children, wearing beautiful lilac bridesmaids dresses and tan suits with quirky ties covered in palm fronds and flowers. After the marriage ceremony, Susan and Stuart treated their guests to a lovely dinner al fresco, at a table adorned with driftwood and the most gorgeous, colorful florals. After an evening of champagne, conversation, and the sunset, the guests toasted the bride and groom and sent them off under a cloud of bubbles.
Congratulations, Susan and Stuart – thank you so much for including me in your day!
Principal Photographer: AISLINN | Assistant: AMY
PHOTOGRAPHY: Aislinn Kate Photography // COORDINATION: Nina Dolin at Watercolor // GETTING READY VENUE: Watercolor Inn // RECEPTION: Inn Green at Watercolor // FLOWERS: Nouveau (Lexi) // CEREMONY MUSIC: Wedding Music Plus Inc. // BAND: Kyle LaMonica // CAKES: Bake My Day // OFFICIANT: Gary Wingo // HAIR + MAKEUP: Rolland’s Beauty Bar
There are so many beautiful communities along 30A (hello, have you been to Seaside?! Or Rosemary Beach?!!) and I love working in all of them, but my favorite hidden gem is Grayton Beach for an Eden Gardens wedding. I love how, in spite of the growth of the surrounding area, Grayton has managed to remain a little more unassuming, a little more bohemian, and a lot more funky. So I was super excited when Paola told me that not only was she was planning an intimate weekday Eden Gardens wedding, they were staying at the Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse and it was where she was going to get ready. I’ve been a little obsessed with this adorable b&b since I randomly discovered it a few years ago while searching for nearby weekend getaways and this was the first time I’d had the opportunity to see it in person. It has the most awesome old Florida vibe and if we weren’t so far north, I would half expect to see a bunch of six-toed Hemingway cats everywhere. It was the perfect spot for Paola and Christopher to get away for a week, enjoy the gorgeous beach, and say their “I do’s” surrounded by their closest family and friends.
Paola and Christopher, thank you for inviting me to be a part of your wedding day! I truly loved every moment. Cheers!!
Principal Photographer: TIFFANY / Assistant: AMY
PHOTOGRAPHY: Aislinn Kate Photography // GETTING READY VENUE: Hibiscus Guesthouse // CEREMONY: Eden Gardens // RECEPTION: Surfing Deer // CEREMONY MUSIC: Chris Alvarado // CAKES: Publix // RENTALS: Analiza Events // OFFICIANT: Marie Di Giovine // WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER: Adrianna Papell // WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: Macy’s // GROOM’S SUIT DESIGNER: Michael Kors // GROOM’S SUIT SHOP: Macy’s // CATERING: Surfing Deer // INVITATIONS: Designed by the Bride
An intimate weekday Pensacola wedding has long been one my very favorite kind of events to photograph. They often give us the opportunity to get to know the couple a bit more and spend more time on their couple’s portraits (my favorite!) than a larger event does. An intimate weekday wedding at the historic b&b, Noble Manor, is even better for this Gilmore Girls loving photographer.
Jona and Patrick’s adorable Thursday afternoon wedding at the gorgeous Noble Manor in historic North Hill was such a joy to photograph. Surrounded by their closest family and friends, who sat in cozy armchairs, they said their vows in the charming parlor. It couldn’t have been more perfect if they had tried. My favorite thing about their day however, was how excited they were to spend time after the ceremony traipsing through North Hill with me for their couple’s portraits. The late afternoon rain made our usually vibrant greens pop even more and the overcast sky gave us the prettiest soft light – absolutely stunning.
Jona and Patrick, thank you so much for trusting us with your wedding photos and inviting us to be a part of your day! I so loved spending the afternoon with you, and your family and friends. Congratulations again!!
PHOTOGRAPHY: Aislinn Kate Photography // GETTING READY VENUE: Noble Manor // CEREMONY: Noble Manor // RECEPTION: Five Sisters Blues Cafe // FLOWERS: Etsy // CAKES: Blue Jay’s Bakery // OFFICIANT: Rev. Norman Boyd // HAIR: Alison Sardina // WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: David’s Bridal // CATERING: Five Sisters Blues Cafe