dave, denae, chase & carter – the holifields

last week i was lucky enough to photograph a family that is close to me. dave & denae have the coolest twins! if you can believe it, denae’s tiny frame had two babies in it! i photographed her maternity session 5 years ago; it seems like it was just yesterday. i was also fortunate enough to be a part of their wedding at monet gardens in grayton beach. it was an honor to capture the sweet moments of them together. i can honestly say i was anticipating this session with them. . .it’s not everyday that you get to shoot with good friends. thanks to dave & denae for letting me photograph your family!



kendall & andy’s awesome rosemary beach wedding!

kendall & andy’s elegant and beautiful rosemary beach destination wedding was planned by the dynamic duo over at it’s a shore thing.   if it looks familiar, you may have seen it here over on the lovely every last detail blog where it was featured recently! to be expected, this day was not only beautiful, fabulous, and seamless, but also FUN!   a huge thanks to kendall & andy for choosing us to participate in and document this momentous occasion, and also to all of the stellar vendors who came together to make this wedding a smashing success!

full service wedding coordination: it’s a shore thing
venue: rosemary beach
bridal gown: jeni b studios
cake artist: confections on the coast
catering & florals: celestine’s special occasions
destination wedding photographer: pure7studios


Wedding Website Scavenger Hunt & Biggest Fan Contest, $1,000 Gift Certificate to Winner!


As many of you know, our brand spanking new wedding website went live yesterday (click ‘Wedding Website’ to enter; the portrait site will be coming soon)!  Make sure you view it on a ‘real’ computer (meaning not your iPad or phone) to access its full functionality, as some of the answers to the scavenger hunt are found within the details which can only be accessed on a computer or laptop!  The mobile version is great, but the animation, fun up&down menu bar and other quirky details aren’t available from your iPad or phone.  We’ve been working on this site since March of 09 with an awesome team of graphic designers, illustrators, and web designers. They stuck with and jumped through hoops for us as we went threw out our wacky ideas, went through several design phases, made revisions of this-that-and-everything, and were just as excited and inspired as we were every step of the way.  To Jared, Joel & Ashley, Anthony and his team…. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!  We have loved working with and building friendships with you all over the past few years and can’t wait to get started on the blog!  So, without further adieu, here are the details for the scavenger hunt & biggest fan contest. EVERYONE (and their mama’s) are eligible to play, and the winner will be awarded with a $1,000 Pure7Studios gift certificate good towards ANY of our services & products!

Website Scavenger Hunt Rules:

Round 1 of the contest begins immediately upon publishing this blog post (Monday, October 3rd at 10am CST) and will commence exactly 24 hours later!  Twenty questions are posted below.  All of the answers are found within the newly launched Pure7Studios destination photography website.  Contestants have exactly 24 hours from the time this blog post is published to email their answers to info@pure7studios.com.  We will send an email confirmation upon receiving your submission, so you will be sure if was received! All contestants answering and emailing us the answers to all 20 questions correctly within the allowed time period (or, in the case that no-one correctly answers all 20, the 5 submitted 1st with the highest # of correct answers) will move on to the Biggest Fan Contest.

Biggest Fan Contest Rules:

After the Scavenger Hunt is closed (24 hours after publication of this blog post), those meeting the above criteria will be invited to the studio this week for a complimentary headshot (if you live out of town or this is not convenient for you, you may email us a photograph of yourself instead). The head shots of the 5 Scavenger Hunt winners (Biggest Fans) will be uploaded to our fan page this coming Saturday, October 8th, at 9am.  The Biggest Fans will have one week to rally their friends, family, colleagues, etc. to ‘Like’ their picture, therefore voting for them as Pure7Studio’s Biggest Fan! The fan with the highest number of votes (‘Likes’) at 9am on Saturday, October 15th will be dubbed our Biggest Fan and win a $1,000 gift certificate good towards ANY of our services & products (gift certificate will expire after 1 year).

Here are the Questions.. READY? SET? GOOOOOO!!!!

1. Fill in the blank:  “Have ______ , will travel!”
2. What are the 6 Moods of Pure7?
3. There is a piece of religious art within in image in the ‘Anticipation’ gallery. What does it depict?
4. In the ‘Passion’ gallery, how many images depict couples getting frisky in the sand?
5. In which gallery is a popular child’s amusement park ride seen?
6. How many flower girls can be found in the ‘Love’ gallery?
7. How many images in the ‘Juicy Details’ gallery are of wedding rings?
8. How many different weddings are in the ‘Shot With Film’ gallery?
9. Fill in the blank: “If you do something very ____, you simply cannot do it for everybody.”
10. What decade does ‘e’ (Erica) dig?
11. How many different magazine covers has Pure7Studios had an image featured on?
12. What color is the illustrated telephone found within the site?
13. What is required to hold a wedding date?
14. What type of food & beverage does Ryan enjoy?
15. When did Erica learn photography?
16. What would Lindsey die without?
17. What does ry (Ryan) read on the throne?
18. How many feet under h2o can lins (Lindsey) breathe?
19. Who is our Homeboy?
20. What are our 2 love languages?


a blissful grey & yellow carillon wedding……

venue: carillon weddings
bride’s gown: romona keveza
bridesmaids gowns: jasmine bridal
custom invitations, signs, and paper goods: 2BSquared Designs
florals/event design: nouveau flowers
hair & makeup: solace salon & spa
caterer: townsend catering
cake artist: confections on the coast
band: jones & company
destination photographer: pure7studios

this wedding was nothing short of STUNNING! thanks to all of the hard work, love, pride and attention to detail by the lovely bride, laura… as well as her wonderful planners, victoria & avis, as well as all of the awesome vendors listed above. the grey & yellow color palette was so crisp, classy, and elegant as was the decor. the clear-top tent was truly a knock-out, as was the to-die-for food and cake! we could go on for days about how fun & fabulous this day was, so we will stop here and let you ogle the beautiful images. congrats, laura & john.. we can’t wait to see you both again! ~erica


sandestin wedding sneak peek!

chelsea & corey have been so much fun to get to know over the past year or so. we shot their engagement session which was super fun and knew their wedding would be equally fun. they wed in the beautiful saint rita’s catholic church and the lively reception was held at sandestin golf & beach resort. thank you guys for choosing us to document this momentous occasion, and enjoy your sneak peek. we look forward so seeing you soon!

ceremony venue: saint rita’s catholic church
reception venue: sandestin golf & beach resort
makeup: two fishes artistry
cake: yascha becker (sandestin’s own pastry chef)
destination photographer: pure7studios


a baby’s a comin’……….

last week we had the pleasure of taking photos of jaime & jeff, well jaime is 8 months pregnant. ( i know it looks more like she is 5 months). jeff is the owner of face time photo booth. they are both very photogenic and beautiful people. we had a blast during the session and then had some nice downtime over pizza at chan’s wine world in watercolor. congrats guys!! we can’t wait to meet the new addition   : )


a precious heart. . .

our dearest clients, the lipke family, gave us the pleasure of photographing their family in june while on their annual vacation to the beach.  their youngest angel, kate, was born with a rare disease called hypoplastic left heart syndrome (hlhs).  having hlhs gave her parents 4 options: abortion, loving care only, a heart transplant or a series of 3 corrective surgeries.  they thoughtfully & prayerfully opted for the last of these.  kate will be undergoing her 3rd operation (the Fontan) thursday, september 1st.  we would like nothing more than for each of you to please pray for this beautiful, sweet angel, kate tyler lipke, and her family.  she is surrounded by  such a strong positive family whose motto is ‘faith, not fear’:  her father scott, (and ‘boyfriend’ – you should see the way she loves on him!), her mother and rock, ashley, her oldest brother, parker, that loves her like none other, and her 2nd big brother, layton, that can get a smile out of her at anytime.  you can visit kate’s caring bridge site to read more about their journey and to follow her updates.

please pass this along and continue to keep this precious little girl and her family in your thoughts this week, thursday as she has her operation, and in the months of recovery ahead.

Psalm 91:16  “With long life (Kate) will satisfy him and show him (her) salvation.”