lyndsay+jj | rosemary beach wedding

We love hearing the interesting (and often entertaining) stories of how our “Pure7 couples” met. We first met Lyndsay & JJ back in May, when they visited our Destin studio during a visit to 30A while planning their Rosemary Beach wedding. Lyndsay shared with us that she & JJ met through her dad, who JJ worked for at the time . . . and Lyndsay’s dad set them up! We love that – great job, dad!  Although Ryan, Lindsey & Alan aren’t always afforded the opportunity to meet their couples “in the flesh” before the wedding day, it is always a plus. Six short months after having them in our photo studio, their November wedding day finally arrived, and the weather at Rosemary Beach that day was gorgeous! Ryan & Lindsey were there to photograph all of the fun, spontaneous moments that occurred throughout the day of their wedding, with Alan in tow to capture it by video. We loved the beautiful, soft shades Lyndsay chose as the color palette for her bridesmaids gowns from Bella Bridesmaids, florals, and decor which lent themselves beautifully to her wedding photographs. Lyndsay’s gown from Mia Bridal Couture was simply beautiful and looked stunning on her! When we received this amazing review from Lyndsay after seeing their wedding pictures, we were blown away:
“It’s hard to express in words at how happy we were that we chose pure 7 studios to be our photographers! From the very beginning of having an intimate meeting with them in their studio and the thoughtful personal gift they gave us to their fun, professional personalities on our big day they were amazing! Pure 7 sets a whole new bar to professional photography. I have been in a number of weddings and have also taken professional photographs and this team was the best that I have ever worked with! If amazing, artful photography is a priority to you at your wedding you won’t be disappointed with Pure 7.”
Thank you, Lyndsay, for taking the time to write such kind words!
Without further adieu, please enjoy some ‘sneak peeks’ of their beautiful Rosemary Beach Town Hall wedding and reception photos, complete with a confetti send-off.  We’ve also included their ‘Wedding Highlights Film‘ by Alan.  Enjoy!  ~ Erica

Coordination by The Eventful Planner.

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Click play below to view one of their wedding videos, and make sure HD is selected for optimal viewing!

Not ready to leave us yet? To view another recent Rosemary Beach wedding, click here!

jennifer+jimmy engagement portraits | 30A photographers

Last week, we featured Jennifer & Jimmy’s Rosemary Beach wedding as our first blog post of the year (view here). In that post, we referenced their 30A engagement portraits which can be seen below! They were just too good not to share and we hope you enjoy. This couple used their engagement session photos to have us create a beautiful custom Guestbook Album and it turned out so beautiful. To view more of of our 30A weddings, click here!

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jennifer+jimmy | rosemary beach, fl wedding photographers

Jennifer & Jimmy’s Rosemary Beach, FL wedding was a sheer pleasure for our entire team (Ryan, Lindsey, & Alan) to photograph and film. From our initial contact with them in March of last year, to their engagement session in Draper Lake in April, we just loved interacting with, photographing and filming them. Their planner, Jennifer Fisher of It’s A Shore Thing Wedding & Event Planning, did such a wonderful job of dotting every ‘i’ and crossing every ‘t’ and provided a seamless execution of yet another beautiful Rosemary Beach wedding. The team of vendors Jennifer helped them select (please contact It’s A Shore Thing for information on their vendor team) was excellent, and we had a blast collaborating with each and every one of them. They even had a Caricature Artist providing caricatures of the bridal party and guests – so cool!

This wedding came on the heels of Ryan’s indescribable week-long experience at Johnathan Canlas‘s Film Is Not Dead Workshop.  He was truly re-inspired for his love of all things film (and Johnathan’s mentality when it comes to shooting this way), so all of the images we’ve chosen to feature below were from Ryan’s Contax 645 film camera (using Fujicolor Pro 400H).  This is only one of the several film cameras Ryan’s enjoyed photographing our weddings on the past several years, and the film for this particular destination wedding was processed by the amazing FIND Lab in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Alan had the pleasure of providing the wedding videos for Jennifer & Jimmy, and you’ll find their ‘Cinematic Wedding Highlights Film’ (something included in all of of our wedding videography collections) at the bottom of this post.

Without further adieu, we hope you enjoy this sneak peek of their big day!  ~Erica

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Click the play button below to view one of their wedding videos, and make sure HD is selected for optimal viewing!

If you’d like to view another Rosemary Beach Wedding we photographed (also coordinated by It’s A Shore Thing), click here)!

lindsey’s journey: home > asheville > savannah > back

I spent the first week in September on a road trip to explore two of the south’s most charming cities, Asheville, NC and Savannah, GA.   Alongside my handsome travel partner, we set out to enjoy the last few weeks together before a deployment would take him overseas for the next three months.  First stop was Asheville and its historic Biltmore home.  As avid Downton Abbey fans, we couldn’t wait to tour America’s castle.  With three floors spanning the living quarters of the Biltmore family, down to the butler’s pantry, through the indoor pool and bowling alley, not only was this home magnificent it was also very period accurate with many original finishes.  We also spent our time in Asheville exploring a downtown art festival, hiking part of the Appalachian Trail and tasting some of the country’s best craft brews.

Our next stop was the charming east coast city of Savannah.  Our goal here was simple . . . eat good food, indulge in frivolities and take as many tours as we possibly could.  We definitely accomplished this goal and ended up spending an extra day here, unable to tear away from all these cobblestone streets had to offer.  If there was a tour presented to us, we obliged and bought the souvenir photo & cup.  Because, why not?

I took this opportunity with new landscapes and free time to practice shooting film on our Fuji GF670.  This camera is so many things and a great one to delve into the art of shooting film.

-Lindsey

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Veterans Day 2014

This was posted last year on Veterans Day (2013), but since it was and still is such a special post to us we wanted to share it again.  To the Veterans in our lives – family, friends, and clients as posted below and those in our hearts, we want you ALL to know how much your service and sacrifice means to us.  ~ Erica & Ryan

{Originally posted on Veterans Day, 2013}

Growing up a military brat, Veterans Day has always had a special place in my heart. I’ve always held military families in the highest regard and this Veterans Day, I wanted to do a special blog post not only recognizing my father and grandfathers for their service, but also my very best friend in the world, as well as some of our AWESOME Pure7 clients (who are currently serving or have done so in the past). I’ve included a little about each family at the top of their image(s). Thank you seems too little to say, but for lack of a better phrase, THANK YOU all for what you have done for our country. I love each and every one of you!   XOXO, Erica

Jason Melvin

We’re blessed that Jason and his wife Lindsay came into our lives. We met them in 2011 when came to our photography studio to hire Pure7 to photograph their WaterColor wedding. After a four hour consultation, we all knew we were destined to be long-time friends. Shortly after marrying, Lindsay and Jason had to endure two long back-to-back deployments. He was very missed by us all while he was away (really, we all just missed his cooking skills). Here is a personal video and photograph that Ryan & I had the honor of taking upon witnessing the return from his first deployment after they wed. They recently moved to San Antonio and we were so sad to see them go, but know they have great things in store and can’t wait to visit them soon!

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The Koch Family:

We’ve adored photographing the adorable Koch family three times in the last two years. Travis Koch is a Lt. Colonel in the United States Air Force.  He graduated from the AF Academy in 1995 and has been an active duty military member ever since, serving as a fighter pilot in the F-15C Eagle and the F-22A Raptor.  Travis is currently the Commander of the 43rd Fighter Squadron at Tyndall AFB, FL, the only squadron in the world that trains pilots to fly the F-22A.  And just to add to their patriotism, Travis and Amanda were married on Veterans Day in 2000.  This November 11th they are celebrating 13 years of marriage , 10 of which they have been stationed at bases along the Emerald Coast of Florida. Their first son, John, was born in 2004, and their second son, Andy, was born in 2012.

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Captain Devereux Rogan

This beautiful mother, Devereux, is a Captain in the Air Force and has been in for 8 years.  She has been deployed to several locations: Al Dhafra, UAE to support Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), Rota, Spain to support Odyssey Dawn (Libya conflict), Curacao to support the counter drug mission in USSOUTHCOM, and Baghdad, Iraq to support the Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq (OSC-I).  She is currently a Test Director for Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation at Eglin AFB, FL.  Lindsey absolutely loved photographing Devereux and her cute-as-a-button son, Barrett, this summer.

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The Russell Family:

Elaine’s husband was deployed shortly after she became pregnant with their first son. He was still on deployment when little Edward Thomas Russell IV was born, but daddy was able to be there via Skype (gotta love modern technology!). Lindsey was so blessed to be able to capture the newborn portraits of their son, even before daddy’s return. The great news is that Elaine’s hubby is now home safe & sound, and getting to spend some much needed time with his sweet little boy and beautiful wife!

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The Kim Family:

We’ve photographed the incredibly cute Kim family twice since 2011, and have loved watching them grow. Their father, Lieutenant Colonel Sonny Kim, has served 18 years as a pilot in the Air Force. He is currently on staff at SOCPAC in Honolulu, Hawaii. His wife, Zoe, has endured many long deployments but says “We are honored to support him during his time serving our country.”

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The McGeady Family:

James McGeady serves in the Marine Corps as a combat engineer officer and is currently stationed in Okinawa, Japan with his stunning wife, Jessica. Ryan and Lindsey photographed their lovely wedding last year and were so happy that James was in uniform. Who doesn’t love a man in uniform?

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The Kittrell Family:

We’ve had the pleasure of photographing the Kittrell family many times over the past couple years (and are also looking forward to photographing them again next month)! Michael Kittrell has been serving in the Air Force for 9 years as a pilot flying various aircrafts.  For the past 5 years he has been stationed at Hurlburt Field, and is presently assigned to the 19th Special Operations Squadron. A little shout-out to Michael from his beautiful family: “We love and support you always. Our hero!” Love Kimberly, Kaden and Kyle

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The Johnson Family: 

We photographed the wedding of Troy and Jennifer in 2012, and are so impressed by the level of service that they and their extended families have provided to our country. In Jennifer’s words:

“Patrick (Troy’s son) and I are currently serving and Patrick is now at 1 year and I am at 18. My total family now would be 137 years: Paul Hutto (father) 20 years, USAF; Paul Hutto (grandfather) 21 years, US Army; Al Hutto (uncle) 20 years, US Army; ; John Hutto (uncle) 29 years, USAF; Gerald Hutto (uncle) 4 years, US Navy; Troy P. Johnson (husband) 20 years, US Army; Patrick Johnson (step-son), 8 months, US Army; Dennes Hutto (cousin) 4 years, USMC; I am proudly representing my family in my 17th year, bringing my family to 135 years of continuous military service! Happy Veterans Day to each of you, and to all of my friends whom I have had the pleasure of serving with.”

Next month will be Jen’s 18th anniversary in the US Air Force. She spent the first 16 years as a Knowledge Operations Manger and is currently in the Intelligence career field. She has deployed to Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and is currently preparing for a year in Qatar. She plans to retire at 20 (years) and start her own business as a wedding planner. Troy (Jennifer’s husband) spent 20 years as a Tanker in the US Army before retiring. He supported multiple deployments including the first Gulf War, Bosnia, Korea, and spent a year in Iraq. He is currently a contractor supporting US Army North at Ft Sam Houston, as an IT specialist.

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The Morrow Family:

Ryan photographed Monica and Chad’s maternity session, and Lindsey the newborn session of their precious daughter, Kennedy. They’ve been a pleasure to get to know (and photograph)! Major Chad Morrow is a psychologist in the Air Force and has served for 6 years. He is currently supporting the 23 Special Tactics Squadron at Hurlburt. A shout-out from Monica to her beloved hubby: “We couldn’t be more proud of him for his service!” Love, Monica and Kennedy

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The Manthey Family’s Sister Wife

As my best friend, I couldn’t help but joke and put Jennifer Fisher as part of ‘The Manthey Family because family she truly is! To those that don’t know, Jennifer served in the United States Air Force as a medic on the back of a very fancy big plane (that I think has a ‘C’ in the title). I should know exactly which, but usually our conversations revolve more around wine, food, and our love lives.  However, I do know that her service is one of the things about her that I love most and am so impressed by. She endured several deployments and has visited almost all of the ‘stans’, and this gorgeous lady has one of the biggest hearts in the world. She also has a very heightened sense of awareness of her surroundings due to her military training (which comes in very handy in seedy areas of nola, but I’ll save that story for another day). I could go on for paragraphs about her and what she means to me, but I’ll leave it at: she’s awesome. and beautiful. and the best friend a girl could have.

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My grandpa, Reed Swope:

My beloved grandpa entered the service on April 17th, 1945. He was drafted into the Army, became a Military Police officer, and was sent to Okinawa to guard Japanese prisoners. During a recent visit to his home, I was fascinated looking through the albums he has at his house full of old pictures from this time. After his service, my grandpa returned to his hometown of DuBois, PA, where he raised three sons and still currently resides with his wife, Betty (my beautiful, loving, wonderful grandma). I would like to personally thank my grandpa for not only his service to our country, but for being such a wonderful man of God and a spiritual man and leader in our family that I have always loved, admired, and adored with all my heart and soul. I love you, grandpa!

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My grandpa, Stanley Rusonis:

My grandpa Stan passed away too soon, when I was only 10 years old. I really wish our family had more time with this loving, gentle soul. In his military days, he served in the Army Air Corp and was a Link trainer (aircraft simulator instructor) in Florida. After his service, my grandfather returned to DuBois, PA where he worked for the Post Office for 38 years and raised five children along with my amazing grandma Lillian (who now resides in Pittsburgh).

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My dad, Timothy Swope

I’ve started and re-started this sentence three times, and keep deleting and starting over . . . because there is no way to properly sum up the amazing-ness that is my father with only a few sentences. But I’ll try, so here goes. Lieutenant Colonel Timothy W. Swope served in the United States Air Force for 20 years, which was throughout my entire childhood and most of my teen years. A few of the programs he worked on as an aerospace and systems engineer were the Space Shuttle Program and developing the C-17 cargo plane. He retired in 1995 and resides in Niceville with my beautiful mother, Marie. Being a military brat was a life that I absolutely loved. We moved seven times before I was in 5th grade, but each move was an adventure and the memories of our journeys and destinations are ones that I adore and look back upon often. I always loved seeing my dad in his uniform and thought he looked so handsome and important, and although I wasn’t sure what he actually did, in my mind he was out there saving the world. I recall bragging to friends that “he knows all about aliens and extraterrestrial life, but can’t tell you about it because he’s been de-briefed”. Wonder where I got that idea . . . Dad?  I’d like my dad to know how proud I am of him, to thank him for his sacrifices in order to serve our country, and that I’ve always admired and looked up to him. Love you, daddy!

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Heather + Kenneth | Florida Destination Weddings

We might not have made the best first impression on Heather and Kenneth when our studio remodel was underway, forcing us out into the world of public meeting space, aka Panera. We have the coziest studio and love any opportunity to show it off, but this place was in mega shambles this spring and there was no way we could have made it decent enough to impress a potential Pure7 couple.  This NorCal couple was so extremely cool, when we sat down with them we instantly clicked over music, travel and mutual friends. We spent the morning with them over coffee and were elated when they confirmed that they were going to book our trio of greatness, including Ryan & Lindsey for photography and Alan for his video talents.

September arrived and the time came for this San Franciscan couple to make the cross-country trip for one of the the most awesome Florida destination weddings ever. The nostalgic cottage of Anna’s Veranda, in Inlet Beach, FL made the perfect location for them to gather with their family and friends for a celebration of their two lives merging. Kenneth, although being nothing short of a man’s man, was choking back tears on more than one occasion. There’s something so visceral about love between two people when you see a man brought to tears of joy. Their reaction to receiving their photos & highlights video had us in tears as well:

Heather:  “My productivity went out the window this afternoon! AMAZING!!!  I’m in LOVE with these photos.  I can’t stop laughing at the dancing photos, what a fun night.  I cannot thank you all enough for the gorgeous effort you put into these photos.  You captured the day perfectly.  I’m sad the wedding day is over but so thankful for all these beautiful memories.  I feel so blessed to have been able to work with such an amazing team!  Thank you so much.”

Kenneth:  “Heather and I are continually amazed by the level of professionalism and excellence that everyone on your team has show us, the love and appreciation for your art form really shines through your work. From our first meeting at Panera Bread we knew that we were going to love working with each of you. You have not only exceeded both of our expectations, but our families were also so pleased that each of our precious moments were captured on film. We have looked at our pictures countless times, and we can’t stop replaying the highlight video, everything is amazing. When I look at the pictures they automatically bring me back to those moments. You all did such a great job of capturing the love and affection that Heather and I feel for each other. That day was the best day of my life, from beginning to end it was awesome and I am so thankful that you guys were there to capture it for us. Heather and I had an immediate connection with your team,  you put us at ease and ensured us that we had made the right decision. We felt that you understood us, our likes and dislikes, the look we were going for at our wedding, and were able to translate that into the timeless photos and video that we will enjoy for the rest of our life. We look forward to seeing you all again in the future, hopefully you will be able to help us capture more amazing moments in our families future.”

We treasured the opportunity to share this day with you, Heather & Kenneth, and are thankful you chose us.

If you are reading this and feel a connection with our work, please contact us by clicking here. We’d love to speak with you!

Coordination: Shelby Peaden Events
Photo & Video: Pure 7 Studios

Florida Destination Weddings

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FIND Park City, Utah | Part 4

 These images capture the beauty of Park City in autumn. Coming from where I live Park City is so different. The mountains that reach to the clouds and feeling of openness. It is a place that I will not soon forget. I am so thankful for Jonathan Canlas and his FIND workshops. I am lucky to have made it to one of his last FIND workshops. His last one in the United States will be where he first started, Hawaii.

to view previous click  part1part2  or  part3

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”  – Albert Camus

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FIND Park City, Utah | Part 3

In this series of images you will see Park City through my eyes. During the FIND workshop we were given an assignment to walk around and photograph our surroundings. Each person will see things differently through their camera. That is the beauty of photography, and the importance of defining your voice and vision as a photographer. There are so many great photographers out there, but there is only one you. If you want to be different have a vision and follow it. Be inspired by what is around you.

to view  part1   or  part2

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