jo + eddie = forever

if you are privileged enough to know jo & eddie then you know what a purely sweet couple they are.  we could not stop saying that about them when we first met to discuss their plans.  they are both serving our country in the united states air force so, appropriately, they planned their ceremonious nuptials on the eglin air force base.  we were so luckily blessed with some beautiful october weather and a photogenic couple.  we were already familiar with their style and personalities since we shot their engagement session out at alys beach earlier this year.  eddie is from the virgin islands so he had family that traveled from many miles (including a very colorful older brother)!  once the ceremony and bridal pictures were finished, the reception started and the couple’s family & friends didn’t leave the dance floor until it was absolutely necessary.  we had such a great time with you jo & eddie and can’t wait to see you again very soon!

paige & steve’s watercolor wedding. . .

paige and steve met us this summer to discuss their upcoming plans for an october wedding in watercolor.  after talking with them for only minutes we knew that we would be a great mutual fit.  photography was so important to paige and she and steve were such a carefree, friendly couple. . .we instantly hit it off.  when the big day came we were pretty excited to take part in the festivities for their Jewish/Catholic fused wedding and reception.  this was one of the most beautiful and unique wedding ceremonies i have ever witnessed.  the priest and rabbi have been officiating weddings together for the last 20 years and it was very evident as everything flowed with ease.  the couple wrote vows that were meaningful to them as well as citing some traditional vows.  the ceremony took place under a chuppah, which represents the home they have begun to share and build together.  once the ceremony concluded the couple signed the ketubah (a contract of mutually agreed upon responsibilities the couple will fulfill within the marriage).  it is one of the oldest Jewish traditions and is a covenant between two people who agree to be partners for life.  after the ceremony, guests were directed to the baithouse for cocktail hour and then to the boathouse pool deck for a strolling dinner reception.  after dinner was over, the dance floor was never empty. . .from the hora dance (chair dance), to breakdancing by the bride’s cousin, and then guests young and old broke into journey’s “don’t stop believing”!  paige and steve departed on the sailboat for their first nighttime stroll as husband and wife.  we are so glad we got to be a part of this celebration and look forward to seeing you guys soon!

p.s.  check out the shots from their day after session!

venue & catering:  watercolor resort

cake:  cakes by tanis

florals:  florals by the sea

linens:  linens by the sea

invitations & programs:  paper affair

band:  groove addiction

officiants:  Rabbi Winokur and Monsignor Gracz

photography:  pure7studios

bridal gown: kelly’s closet, atlanta

bridesmaids dresses: bella bridesmaid, atlanta

hair: Ashley Carter

makeup: two fishes artistry

we were so happy when paige called us the day after their wedding and wanted to have a more laid back shoot with just her and steve.  they got all dolled up again and we gallivanted around watercolor with a more creative mission and the option to trash that dress!  which we delicately achieved!  enjoy!

sissy & uncle chad’s wedding. . .

you may remember the very special story of chad & danielle’s meeting and engagement on our blog earlier this year (click here if you missed it). danielle’s bridal session was also featured recently on our blog as well. chad is one of ryan’s best friends (our kids has always called him ‘uncle chad’ and danielle is ryan’s niece (our kids have always called her ‘sissy’ which is what her younger brothers call her), so needless to say this was a very special wedding to us (they all are, but you know what i mean…). danielle has forever been pimping us out to her girlfriends, so we just so happened to also previously shoot the weddings of 2 of her bridesmaids, gina and jennifer. so it was a huge coming together of not only family but a lot of special friends and cherished former clients as well! from the rehearsal dinner in the penthouse of the bahia, to the gorgeous ceremony on the grande lawn, to the elegant reception in the grande ballroom (all located within the village of baytowne wharf), this was one of the greatest weekends ever. our daughter and son (joslyn and gavin) were the flower girl and ring bearer, so that was really special as well. we are so thankful to have been able to not only share in, but photograph this amazing day. all of the awesome vendors really came together wonderfully to create the wedding danielle has always dreamed of. congrats, chad & sis… we love you!!!

dress: the bridal loft, pensacola

hair: denae holifield

bridal party attire: simply elegant

venue: baytowne grande lawn & ballroom located within the sandestin golf & beach resort

planning & coordination: RSVP Weddings

event design & florals: monark events

dj: b-boy productions

cake: chef yascha becker, sandestin

wedding bands: destin jewelers

photography: pure7studios

professional flower girl for hire…. (fir those who don’t know it’s my daughter jos)
how rare is it that e & i make it into a blog post!! especially of us makin out

danielle’s bridal…..

we took these photos a couple weeks ago before chad & danielle’s wedding which was just last friday.  i was so anxious to post these because i loved them all so much, but danielle did not want us to post these because she did not want chad to see her in her dress before the wedding day.. so here they are……..

gown: the bridal loft, pensacola

hair: denae holifield 850.598.0344

photography: pure7studios

a grande wedding…..

we first met with christyl & her mom over a year ago, i know it’s cliche but it really does seem like it was just yesterday. christyl is from good ‘ol andalusia, alabama & she is one of the biggest bama fans i know. the morning of her they were #1 in the country & by the start of her wedding they had lost to south carolina. but you know what? christyl did not let that bother her one bit. she had something way more important going on that day =) although she did make sure her & tom were back from their honeymoon in time for next weeks game. i want to say thank you to christyl’s mom donna for all of your hard work & planning.  congratulations tom & christyl….here’s to bama & the rest of the season     ROLL TIDE!!!!!!!!

ceremony & reception: emerald grande

a bboy wedding!!

this is probably going to be the hardest post for me to write because i am a close friend of tara’s.  we both cheered for the fwbhs vikings (well, she actually cheered & i danced), we sank with a dying interior design business, and lived together for almost 2 years.  she is the reason i work for pure7.  she is one of the most genuine people i’ve ever known.  after she put that dress on and officially became a bride, it almost took my breath away.  she was so incredibly stunning.  as her dad was walking her down the aisle and brian saw her for the first time, i could tell by the look on his face that he was thinking the exact same thing.  they wed under a beautiful magnolia tree on the sound next to the house tara grew up in.  monark events transformed the backyard she once played in as a little girl to a romantic setting for the family style seated dinner, prepared by the eventful planner.  as brian is the president & founder of bboy productions, he is no stranger to the wedding business.  needless to say he took care of the music from start to finish.  two of his personal friends from the left coast entertained guests with melodic acoustic guitar, a heavenly voice during the ceremony and again at the reception with some karaoke-style performing.  the newest member of the bboy family performed during cocktails, a cooing guitar paired with soulful songs set the mood for the intimate dinner and dj dp finished the night off with a boom by serving up some dance tunes.  his cali background is such a big part of him he even had ryan come out to orange county to shoot their engagement session.  this is one of the most wonderful weddings i’ve ever been to.  i know you two have nothing but a lifetime of pure bliss in your future.  love you, tmurph & bboy too!  -lins

coordination:  rsvp destin

bridal hair & makeup: make me blush

dj & event music:  bboy productions

ceremony vocalists: Brian Tong, Mandy Brown

ceremony guitar: hunter dawson

guitar & vocals (cocktail hour): chris alvarado

guitar & vocals (dinner hour): aaron bostic

event & floral design:  monark events

catering:  the eventful planner

cake:  kim’s cakes

bride and groom exit vehicle: bay limousine

videography: toad productions

photography:  pure7studios

chasity LOVES jeff!

we first met with chasity & jeff this spring and instantly thought, ‘they are so much fun’!  they had a contagious energy about them (they both regularly work out so i think that may have something to do with it, ha).   we were so excited when they came back down to visit & let us take their engagement pictures (*see below).  the weather friday was being mysterious. . .not quite revealing what its intentions were for the day.  when i jokingly asked chasity if she was worried about the imaginary hurricane in the gulf she exclaimed without pause, ‘we’re getting married rain or shine so it doesn’t really matter what’s coming, we’re doing this!’  i love that response!  of course the clouds created a perfect backdrop & everything went off without a hitch.  the real action started after dinner was served and the dancing began.  the bride & groom each had a traditional ‘dollar dance’ to earn some moola from guests for the honeymoon. . .and after that the dance floor was never empty!  every single guest could have been seen on the dance floor at least once, dancing to everything from cajun tunes to the stanky leg.  it was a wedding filled with the same contagious energy we remembered in chasity & jeff.

venue & catering:  790 on the gulf

florist:  pavlic’s unique florist

gown:  formally yours

suits:  express

the engagement. . .

sisters

i enjoyed these girls so much! it was nice to shoot something a little different on the beach. they were up for anything & did not want a “typical” beach look. it also doesn’t hurt  that the subjects were absolutely beautiful. when they came to the studio for their viewing appointment we had the chance to meet their mom, who is equally as fun and beautiful. thanks guys!!  =)

rise & shine!

the initial idea of a sunrise wedding somewhat frightened me.  i’m not much of an early riser so i was a little unsure of exactly what time this would even be taking place.  after a large cup of coffee, i couldn’t have been happier to be awake at such a beautiful time of day.  the morning was absolutely perfect and a nice change from the extreme heat with a slight chill to the air.  the ceremony & breakfast reception were aboard the solaris yacht at the sandestin marina.  the capt. was even gracious enough to move this small ship so that the sunrise would be favorably situated behind marie & steve as they said their vows.  there was such a relaxed & intimate feel to the cruise thanks to their 2 beautiful grandchildren.  as you can see they were a breezy joy to photograph.  steve & marie we enjoyed being a part of your ‘new beginning’!