I am in love with the engagement session. Mary and Hank met in Tallahassee when they were students at Florida State, so it was no surprise that they wanted to celebrate that by photographing their engagement session there. The timing was pretty perfect too – not only was Hank passing through the Panhandle for work (he’s a professional golfer, no big deal), but this azalea-filled park was in peak bloom. Everywhere we turned, there was another stunning vignette – rioting azaleas flaming with fuchsia blooms, weeping purple wisteria, camellias showing off the last of their crimson winter blooms . . . and Spanish moss. So much Spanish moss, dripping off of towering live oaks overlooking the bay. This park was the epitome of old Florida, bursting with greenery and full of peaceful Southern charm (the mosquitos were pretty southern as well, but we won’t talk about that).
Honestly, I could have photographed a doorknob at Maclay Gardens and been thrilled – but Mary and Hank stole my heart from the beginning and made this session feel really, truly, special. They are both absolutely lovely, and curious, and multiple times I had to actually break off conversation to take photos, because I’m pretty sure we could have talked for hours. I loved learning more about their families (Hank is an only child, and Mary has seven siblings – I suppose it averages out, right?!). They are planning a wedding this winter in Pensacola, at Live Oak Plantation, which is a stunning venue in and of itself, and the perfect backdrop for this couple. If their engagement session is any indication, I can’t wait.
PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHER: Aislinn
Early springtime in the South is a pretty magical time of year. The days are a little longer and warm, but not yet sticky and everywhere you look things are beginning to bloom. Azaleas and camellias in every shade of pink you can think of lurk around every corner it seems, and our gorgeous squares full of stately old oaks are even prettier than usual!
Julie and Patrick’s downtown Mobile wedding was the perfect early spring event. I loved that they opted to do a first look and all of their portraits pre-ceremony, so we could take advantage of the dreamy late afternoon light in Washington Square. If you’ve been following along with our blog this winter, you might have noticed that it is one of my most favorite spots for wedding day portraits! It was particularly lovely on this afternoon however, and I was so excited to see that all of the azaleas had exploded with color in just a few days since my last visit (wedding!) there.
Julie and Patrick, thank you so much for trusting us to photograph your wedding day, and just going with it when I squealed about light, and flowers, and dress swooshing (oh my!). Your day was absolutely beautiful and Rachel, and I had the best time with you both. Congratulations!!
PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHER: Tiffany // SECOND SHOOTER: Rachel W.
PROFESSIONALS WHO MADE IT HAPPEN:
COORDINATION: Noble Events (Nicole Hartman) // GETTING READY VENUE: GulfQuest // CEREMONY: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception // RECEPTION: GulfQuest // FLOWERS: Duc Vo (family friend) // TRANSPORTATION: Gulf Coast Tours // CAKES: Cakes by Judi // RENTALS: Blue Rents // Lighting: Willow Bridge // DRAPING: Willow Bridge // OFFICIANT: Father John Lynes // WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER: Oleg Cassini // WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: David’s Bridal // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS DESIGNER: Dessy // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS SHOP: Bella Bridesmaids // 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: Creative Catering by Sean // INVITATIONS: It’s Inviting // PHOTO BOOTH: Snaps Photo Booth
I’ve said it before (I know, I know!), but I just adore my sweet Alabama brides and their incredible weddings. Keenan and Zach’s early spring Ezell House wedding was no exception, and I loved how perfectly timeless and elegant their day was.
Keenan’s Heidi Elnora gown was perfection and Zach was so dapper in his classic black tux, but my favorite details were the absolutely amazing florals from Rosebud. The lush garland surrounding the front doors made for a stunning entrance, and the floral arch over the moongate was the perfect backdrop for their late afternoon ceremony in the courtyard. Every detail seemed so carefully thought out and accented this already gorgeous historic property in such a lovely way. It was such fun discovering and photographing everything throughout the day and I so look forward to the next beautiful event with the team that pulled this one together so flawlessly!
Congratulations again, Keenan and Zach! It was truly our pleasure spending the day with both of you – it couldn’t have been a more incredible day!!
Principal Photographer: Tiffany / Second Shooter: Rachel O.
PROFESSIONALS WHO MADE IT HAPPEN:
COORDINATION: Noble Events // GETTING READY VENUE: Battle House Hotel Spa // CEREMONY: Ezell House // RECEPTION: Ezell House // FLOWERS: Rosebud // BAND: Creativity (Birmingham) // TRANSPORTATION: Mobile Pedi Cab // CAKES: Ellen Jay // RENTALS: Mobile Popcorn // DRAPING: Mobile Popcorn // OFFICIANT: Judge John R. Lockett // HAIR: Battle House Spa // WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER: Heidi Elnora // WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: Heidi Elnora // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS DESIGNER: Amsale // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS SHOP: Bella Bridesmaids // GROOM’S SUIT DESIGNER: Vera Wang // GROOM’S SUIT SHOP: Men’s Wearhouse // GROOMSMEN’S SUIT SHOPS: Men’s Wearhouse // CATERING: Naman’s // INVITATIONS: Minted
I have spent much of my winter wedding season this year in Mobile and it has been such a pleasure. Rachael and James had an amazing wedding at The Steeple in Downtown Mobile, which has fast become one of my favorite downtown Mobile wedding venues. The Bellingrath Parlor is beautiful and has the perfect light for a classic bridal portrait (our favorite here at AKP!), the stained glass throughout the building is stunning, but my favorite thing about the space is that there is that it can accommodate both ceremony and reception.
Rachael and James chose to flip the Main Hall from ceremony to reception while their guests enjoyed a cocktail hour in the 1895 room, and their fabulous vendor team pulled it off flawlessly in just 45 minutes. With dramatic red up-lighting along the perimeter of the space, a beautiful four tier cake set on the stage as a perfect focal point, and gorgeous flower arrangements full dripping in classic red roses – the room transformation was absolutely incredible.
Rachael and James, thank you so much for allowing us to witness and document your wedding day! We loved spending the day with all of you in this amazing historical space!!
Principal Photographer: Tiffany | Second Shooter: Rachel O.
PROFESSIONALS WHO MADE IT HAPPEN:
COORDINATION: Noble Events (Marcie Edwards) // GETTING READY VENUE: The Battle House Hotel // CEREMONY: The Steeple // RECEPTION: The Steeple // FLOWERS: Ron Barrett // CEREMONY MUSIC: Cole Maddox // DJ: Cole Maddox // TRANSPORTATION: Gulf Coast Tours // CAKES: Couture Cakes // RENTALS: SoHo // OFFICIANT: Walt Lunde // HAIR: Jessica Price // MAKEUP: Jessica Price – Primp Lash + Beauty // WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER: David Tutera // WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: Brides Across America // BRIDAL ACCESSORIES: Angela Nuran (Shoes) // BRIDAL ALTERATIONIST: Jeannie’s Alterations // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS DESIGNER: Vera Wang // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS SHOP: David’s Bridal // GROOM’S SUIT SHOP: Men’s Wearhouse // GROOMSMEN’S SUIT SHOPS: Mens’s Wearhouse // CATERING: Naman’s // INVITATIONS: Needle in a Haystack // PEDICAB: Mobile Pedicab