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Once you see them together, it’s clear Olivia and Tim are meant for each other. Their crazy happy love just pours out of them and infects anyone nearby. Like a virus. Which is why I should have realized what I was getting myself into when I arrived at the Destin Bay House on the wedding day. By the end of the night, my entire face hurt.

 

Trying not to laugh when someone else is laughing is like trying to suppress a yawn after witnessing one. So I spent the whole day laughing along side every family member and friend that made the journey to Florida’s white sandy beaches. One of those family members was Olivia’s grandpa. I wish every wedding had a grandpa like hers. When I called him to join us for the family portraits, he responded with a toothy grin and flipped me the bird. My heart melted with joy. I flipped him a bird in return and we became instant friends.

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That’s pretty much how the whole day went. Constant unexpected laughter was around every corner. Like when the bridesmaids gave a live demonstration of Olivia’s progressive dance moves. Or when hair scrunches were secretly placed under every chair in the reception because Olivia believes life is incomplete without them. Or every time Tim looked at his bride.

Olivia is a lifestyle blogger and you can join her on the web here to keep up with her heath, beauty, fashion and lifestyle tips. Obviously whatever she is doing is working. We should all be so happy.

Much love the following vendors for rocking this wedding:

Venue | Destin Bay House

Florals | Supposey Florals

Beauty | Samantha Jarrett Makeup Artist

Hair | Meghan Murphy

Catering | The Eventful Planner

DJ | Vaugh VanAmburg

Second Photographer | Tiffany Coker

Apalachicola, Layfayette Park, Wedding

While I was on my Colorado road trip last summer, I got a call from Charles inquiring about his Apalachicola wedding. Even though we were total strangers, our conversation immediately fell into a relaxed cadence, as if we had been long time friends. The kind who joke inappropriately. By the time we hung up, I knew two things…1. This was going to be an awesome wedding and 2. I should work on my verbal filters.

 

Meeting Sarah was no different. We spent a few hours on Skype sipping wine and swapping neurotic cat stories. I’m not sure if we talked about wedding photography but we had a pretty good time. Over the next few months I got to know these former Peace Corps members a little better when they visited Florida and I visited DC. It’s not fair that such funny, intelligent, selfless, beautiful people should also be creative but life is full of crap like that. I learned that Sarah crafted all the reception table centerpieces out of oyster shells and she made Charles wedding band from an actual quarter. You can still read the word Liberty on the side! I was already stoked about their wedding but I did a little happy dance when I saw how perfectly everything came together. It started with a shrimp boil welcome party under a tent at Charles childhood home.  The ceremony took place under the gazebo at Lafayette Park in Apalachicola and the reception was at the Studio Gallery downtown. The following morning, all party going survivors were treated to a brunch at the Gibson Inn. It was quite the weekend.

I go a little nuts when it comes to details and this wedding was packed full of them. A live band, gorgeous flowers, candles and crafty little touches were surrounded by coastal oil paintings and a bevy of well wishers that traveled thousands of miles to be there. Bridesmaids gifts were swede earrings from a favorite art gallery. Trimmings from grandma’s lace wedding gown was tacked into Sarah’s dress. Honeycomb invitations blended fabulously with bee themed cakes. And my favorite part of all…glittered ankle boots and handmade fascinator. Be still my beating heart.

 

 

 

I’d also like to declare my undying love for the following vendors who put this magical wedding together…

Wedding Planning & Florals: Amy Price at Bayside Events

Entertainment: Blues Factor

Catering: Tamara’s Cafe

Cakes: personal friend, Wan Lee

Hair & Makeup: Courtney Haile

Wicked Dancing: Peace Corps Volunteers

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I didn’t give much thought to Tulsa Oklahoma until I went there a few months ago for Andi & Vincents wedding at Dresser Mansion. But now I think about it all the time. I love that place! Not just because of the catchy show tunes but because my photography peeps are there.

Andi is a wedding photographer based in Tulsa Oklahoma. When she asked me if I would join Brett Birdsong for her big day, I was both excited and nervous. I love working with Brett. We have this weird symbiotic relationship where I run around like a headless chicken and he stands there like Joe Cool. For some reason, it works for us. But I was also nervous because wedding photography is a pretty big deal to normal people, but it’s fricken huge deal for a photographer. Which is probably why there were two photographers plus two videographers. This was an extremely well documented wedding.

And it was a fun one, too! After the emotional First Look, the entire wedding party, two photographers, two videographers, seven cameras and an absurd collection of lenses boarded a trolly for downtown Tulsa. Everyone was in high heels and high spirits. Remember that sage advice your mother gave you about not playing in traffic? Well we basically ignored that. But no one seemed to be in much of a hurry since most of the vehicles just crawled past while passengers waved iphones at the large group of impeccably dressed people. They would have stopped altogether if we had brought the four legged, tuxedo wearing attendant.

By the time the wedding rolled around, I was already close to Andi so I was thrilled when I finally got to meet Vince. I love that he wears his heart on his sleeve. His emotions were on the surface the whole day as evidence by his ear to ear grin during the first dance and his tears of gratitude during each heartfelt speech. It was an emotional day for all of us and I’m glad I was a part of it. But thank goodness for the booze and fake moustaches. Those two ingredients are guaranteed to kick things up a notch.

 

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