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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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Shannon Renee Terry -

The real moments are truly captured. LOVE, LAUGH, LIVE

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Oh my shizzel. Christy and Joe tied the knot under the twin palms at the Wyndham Bay Point Resort in Panama City Beach and their wedding rocked my world.

 

I’m so glad my photog friend Irwin Funes drove down from Alabama to join me for the day. This was one of those weddings where all the stars aligned and it was a perfect tear filled day from start to finish. It began with Christy and Joe getting ready in adjoining rooms. Naturally, the girls room was bigger, so we took advantage of the space by filling every corner with beautiful flowers, makeup, dresses and giggling women. I have no idea what the guys were doing. That was Irwin’s domain.

 

I had already spent some time with Christy and Joe at their engagement session so I thought I knew what to expect, but I was clueless. First off, Christy is a crier. I think she gets it from her mom. Now, before you form an opinion on this, I will tell you, I am also a crier. Frankly, I’m a big fat cry baby. So when these two love birds exchanged letters, through the open doorway of their adjoining rooms, I nearly dropped my camera when mascara streaked tears of joy started running down Christy’s cheeks. Good grief, she’s a pretty crier. Why I can’t I look like that when I cry? She cried again at the ceremony and it made me so happy, I started crying too. I started laughing though when both Christy and Joe made matching expressing of open eyed delight at their respective wedding gift. Joe got a gun – which I very reluctantly touched after he assured me it wasn’t loaded. Christy got a bracelet. I have no fear of bracelets, so that was cool.

 

Next on the list of awesomeness, was the Hayley Paige dress. This was by far the best wedding dress of 2014. It had a flowing layered skirt, shoulders embroidered with sparkly bits and a stunning cut out in the back. I took approximately 137 photos of just the dress. I’m only half kidding here. Then there were the flowers. Christy has been friends with her florist, Amanda, for years so it was only natural that she bring her down from Alabama to pretty up the wedding. When I walked into that reception, I thought I had died and gone to flower heaven. (Five hundred more photos)

 

As you know, I am a bit of a cake lover but when I saw Joe’s groom cake, I didn’t even know it was a cake. Honestly, it’s not a cake, it’s fricken work of art! Well done Fatty Patty, well done. Christy documented every angle of Joe’s favorite possession in life – his Yeti cooler – and had it recreated in the form of a cake. It was an exact replica complete with a freshly caught fish cooling on ice. (Two hundred more photos)

 

After the wedding, we were rewarded with a gorgeous sunset which thrilled all of us. So Christy, Joe, Irwin and I walked the mile back to the pavilion taking at least four hundred more pictures.  But one of the things I loved most about this wedding was I got to work with one of my favorite wedding planners, Clay Keels. I never worry about anything when he’s in charge. And this was no exception. Every inch of that space was total perfection. Every moment of the day was stress-free. And every body in attendance was on the dance floor. The party even lasted long after Christy and Joe made their way through a fiery exit. Their family and friends had all come down from Alabama and beyond to celebrate so that’s exactly what they did. It was such a fun destination wedding, it should be an annual event. And if we do it again, I’ll bring the tissues.

 

 

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Massive thanks to all these rock stars that put this gorgeous wedding together!

Second Photographer Irwin Funes

Venue & Catering Wyndham Bay Point Resort

Wedding Planner & Rentals Clay Keels Panache Events

Florals Amanda Clayton Designs

Photobooth Emerald Coast Photobooths

Entertainment BBoy Productions

Cake Art Fatty Patty’s

 

If you loved this wedding, you should check out Terrie and Nicks Bay Point wedding too!

Ashley & Justin

I loved shooting this engagement session at Harborwalk Village in Destin Florida. It was the first time I got to really explore the area. It was also a chance to break out of the norm. Not only did we get great shots, but it was thoroughly entertaining.

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Excuses, Excuses

Hola, Blog…long time, no see. I know I’ve horribly neglected you, but I’ve been really really busy shooting more weddings than I can count. I have so much editing to do, I make elves look lazy the week before Christmas. And then there’s the laundry. There’s been a lot of laundry. But I’d like to make up for that today by sharing one of the funniest sessions I’ve ever had the pleasure of documenting.

 

The Details

Meet Ashley and Justin. They are having a destination wedding next May so we documented their engagement during a recent trip to the beach. They like hanging with friends, long walks on the beach and making out. Not necessarily in that order. They kinda have the hots for each other so our photoshoot was incredibly easy. And steamy. You should see the way he looks at her!

Justin’s wonderful sense of humor kept us laughing for hours as we wandered around Harborwalk Village at the Emerald Grande in Destin, Fl. I’m fairly certain he was also entertaining anyone else within earshot, including random boats floating by. I love that they were totally willing to jump on benches, play in the kiddie train, and dance in the sunset. These are definitely my kind of people.

As the sun started to set, we hopped over the bridge to the Ft Walton side for a walk along the water. We timed it just right. The sky was gorgeous pastels but deepened to bold oranges as the sun finally dipped below the horizon. If it lingered any longer, I’m sure Justin would have found a reason to get in the water.

 

The Engagement

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If you liked this sunset check out Marcy & Joe’s fabulously romantic engagement session in Destin where we saw one of the most amazing sunsets I’ve ever seen.

It all began on a plane when these two lovebirds started chatting on a trip to Israel. And never stopped talking. With thoughts of {he’s cute} {she’s cute} running though their minds, they occasionally saw one another over the following weeks. But in a serendipitous move to sit together again, the flight back proved just as entertaining. So Sunil made the wise decision to ask Isa on a date. They’ve been together ever since.

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A few months ago we made plans for another trip, to St Augustine, where we could wander the old city together for their engagement session. It wasn’t was as grand as being in Israel but rich in history and fantastically ancient by American standards, St. Augustine proved to be the perfect spot for Isa and Sunil to spend a romantic afternoon.

I love these two. Every time we get together, we completely lose track of time. We spend hours laughing at our song filled childhoods, love of sweets or just swapping weird factoids. At one of our four hour lunch dates, I learned you can look up your name in the Urban Dictionary and read radical definitions regarding your supposed character. Apparently, there are some horrible people out there named Amy who love bagels.

After the sunset at the Castillo de San Marcos, we skipped the bagels and went straight for the margarita’s. We languished happily over our fajita’s recalling the one thing that made the day less than perfect. It wasn’t the crazy humidity that took our hair hostage. It wasn’t Sunil learning the hard way what you can’t wear under white pants. Nor was it the rain that had us constantly ducking for cover. It was the guacamole. Or rather the lack of. We picked the one Mexican restaurant that ran out of avocados.

Check out Stephanie & Eric’s St. Augustine wedding that took place in Castile Otttis!