kate & don’s beautiful watersound beach wedding!

kate & don’s *breathtaking* ceremony took place at the pristine watersound beach in santa rose beach. the intimate reception was held at the *beautiful* pavilion at grande pointe in inlet beach. the navy and ivory color scheme was classic and elegant, and kate looked *stunning* in an ivory lace gown bought at a boutique in her hometown of chicago. this wedding was especially fun for us, as the *fabulous* coordinator, jennifer warwick-lewis of it’s a shore thing wedding and event planning is kate’s cousin (and one of our good friends)!  jennifer’s weddings are always gorgeous, and getting to party with jo-jo and the rest of her family was a blast!  congratulations, kate & don, and thank you so much for choosing us to share in your big day! ~erica

photography: pure7studios
full service planning: it’s a shore thing

kristen & rich’s greenway park wedding- destin wedding photographer

kristen & rich are yet another awesome couple that also happen to attend our {awesome} church, shoreline church. this is the 6th wedding of a shoreline church couple we have photographed in the course of a year, with more to come later this year.. WOW! i guess love is in the air at SLC?? kristen, who is a mary kay representative (and has almost earned that pink cadillac) and rich were so great to work with and photograph. they were also spared the rain that has been passing through the area within the last couple weekends. it was a beautiful day, and we wish you many beautiful years of married bliss yet to come! thank you, kristen & rich, for choosing us to be your photographers. we look forward to seeing you soon! ~erica

venue: greenway park
brides “getting ready” accommodations: brown your buns
makeup:  kristen daniel, mary kay
catering & day-of coordination: the eventful planner
flowers: florals by the sea
linens: linens by the sea
dj & officiation services: b-boy productions
photography: pure7studios

p.s…. i love you!

where to begin? i first met melanie when she found our site on google back in october. we quickly struck up a friendship over email and telephone. what her sister said about her at the wedding during the toast was right… melanie is one of the sweetest people and she doesn’t know a stranger.. she makes friends with everyone she meets! i am lucky to have become one of her friends. over the months, melanie did not let the stress of planning a destination wedding turn her into a “bridezilla”. even though she did have a few bumps in the road securing a venue and planner, etc., she always was calm, cool and gracious when i talked to her. she also shared with me the awesome engagement story of how philip proposed (a scavenger hunt of sorts on HIS birthday), which was one of the greatest i have ever heard! i finally got to meet melanie in person the morning of her wedding, which let me add was a “morning wedding”. we were really excited about this, as it was the 1st morning wedding we have shot and doing something different is always a treat for us. melanie was giddy with excitement, and was completely joyful. not stressed out, not panicky… just radiant! i am sure a lot of that is owed to her awesome sister and bridesmaid, jenni, who had everything 100% together and in herself has a very calming presence. (well, except for when she squirted melanie in the eye with breath spray right before we headed down for the ceremony which melanie didn’t even freak out about!) the ceremony, which was held on the captain’s deck of the emerald grande , was very special and emotional. melanie and jenni’s beautiful mother, elsa lucila , passed away a little over 6 years ago. you could definitely feel her presence there, but i can only image how much she was missed that day. melanie added some really special touches to incorporate elsa lucila and her memory into the day. she had the florist secure a little locket with her mother’s beautiful picture inside it to the top of the ribbon that held the bouquet together. there was also a special table set up at the reception that had a tree that hung with many photos of melanie with her mother at various stages in life, and there was also a beautiful framed portrait of elsa lucila on her own wedding day. melanie was escorted down the aisle by her father and her sister jenni, which was beautiful and emotional. the chairs around where the ceremony took place were arranged in a symbolic circle. melanie’s pastor of 10 years officiated the beautiful nuptials, making them even more special. after the ceremony, a *delicious*fabulous*amazing* brunch was served. the couple danced their first dance to “brown eyed girl”, which philip is learning to play for melanie on the guitar. onlookers blew bubbles during the dance which was such a neat touch. one of the most fun parts of the day is how the guests would randomly break out into singing “all you need is love” by the beatles. every time i hear that song again in the future i will definitely think of this awesome day! thank you SO much, melanie & philip, for choosing us to be your wedding photographers. we can’t wait to see what God does in your future!

p.s. the significance of the post title and last image is that the groom, philip, has the initials “p.s.”, so melanie always signs notes to him that way = cute!

photography: pure 7 studios
venue: the emerald grande
florist: florals by the sea
cake: confections on the coast

erins senior session

erin is my beautiful, sweet cousin that lives in baltimore. we were so excited when she asked ryan to take her senior portraits while here with her family on spring break. erin is a dancer and wanted to capture some dance shots and jumps during her shoot which came out awesome! i can remember holding erin when she was a baby, so to see what a wonderful and  talented young woman she has become is a blessing.. but makes me feel OLD! erin, we wish you the best of luck in college (if you ever decide which one to attend!) and can’t wait to see you and the family again. xoxo, erica

caleb & kristin’s wedding

We have had the pleasure of being hired to photograph the weddings of several close and personal friends within the past several years. Caleb & Kristin are one of those couples. If you have been following our blog for long, perhaps you can recall their engagement session. Caleb and Ryan have been friends for the past few years, as they play on the city league softball team together. In addition to being completely dreamy, Caleb is also a super nice guy with an awesome family. His mom and dad would often come out to root him on in softball and we have really enjoyed getting to know them. Ryan and I would always try to think of girls we could set Caleb up with (our goal in life is to tie down all of our single friends of marrying age). Luckily, God had a much better woman in store than we ever could have come up with! Insert Kristin. To know Kristin is to love her. Sweet, beautiful, caring and intelligent are just a few adjectives that could be used to describe her. We were able to get to know Kristin well when she started dating Caleb, as she joined the wives on the bench for the softball games. The next couple years were filled with softball games, cookouts, super-bowl parties, brunches after church, and the occasional wedding of mutual friends. Caleb & Kristin also attended a few of the weekly dinner nights (along with the Lawson’s and their daughter Leigh) at our house which were some great evenings I will never forget. One of the things I love about Kristin is that when people talk or are telling a story, she REALLY listens. She is genuinely interested in what people are saying, asking questions and wanting to know all of the details. This may seem like a small detail, but in a day and age where everybody seems wrapped up in their own lives (myself included), someone like Kristin that takes the time and is really interested in the stories and lives of others really stands out. As they dated, we all started making bets on when Caleb would finally propose. It took him a little longer than expected, but boy.. was it worth the wait! He ended up completely surprising her and proposing on a trip to Chicago and the entire story is one of the best engagement stories I have ever heard. You’ll have to ask them for all the details! One thing that was very important to them was to be married in one of the most beautiful places in our area… Cypress Dunes (which is also where their engagement photos were taken). Their beautiful sunset ceremony took place on an elevated sandy point overlooking the forest and ocean… just breathtaking. One of the most beautiful venues for a ceremony that I have ever attended. After the ceremony followed a fun night of eating, dancing, laughing (okay.. there may have been just a liiiiiiittle drinking too)! Thank you Caleb & Kristin, not only for your friendship but for the honor of choosing us to photograph this very special day. We love you!!!  ~Erica

Photography: Pure 7 Studios
Venue: Cypress Dunes
Coordination and DJ services: B-Boy Productions
Officiation: Shoreline Church
Florals: Florals By The Sea
Catering: Jim-N-Nicks
Linen/chair rentals and bar-tending: Emerald Coast Catering
Hair, bride & bridesmaids: Denae Holifield
Makeup for bride: Yvette, MAC Cosmetics (located inside Belk at the Destin Commons)
Bride’s dress and tux rentals: Simply Elegant (Fort Walton Beach, FL)
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Jean’s Bridal (Charleston, SC)

nathalee helton’s maternity and newborn

We had the great pleasure of being a part of beautiful Nathalee’s maternity & newborn sessions as part of our “Milestones Collection”. Her Dad, Richard, joined and we had a great time getting to know them. We usually do not share portrait sessions on the blog, as we will be launching a separate portrait site & blog in the near future, but we just couldn’t wait to share these sessions! Thanks, Nathalee for allowing Pure 7 Studios to be a part of these momentous occasions.. we look forward to photographing you all again soon.

2009 favorites-part 1

pure 7 studios would like to express our appreciation to the 30+ brides that made 2009 our most AWESOME YEAR EVER!!  we have  gathered together some of our favorite images from the past year to feature on our blog!  so check back often because there’s a lot more where this came from!

National MPS Society Annual Family Conference

This past December, we were blessed to have the opportunity to donate our services at the National MPS Society annual family conference held at Disney World in Orlando, FL. This annual family conference is attended by families with children affected by MPS and related diseases. Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) and related diseases are genetic lysosomal storage diseases (LSD) caused by the body’s inability to produce specific enzymes. Normally, the body uses enzymes to break down and recycle materials in cells. In individuals with MPS and related diseases, the missing or insufficient enzyme prevents the proper recycling process, resulting in the storage of materials in virtually every cell of the body. As a result, cells do not perform properly and may cause progressive damage throughout the body, including the heart, bones, joints, respiratory system and central nervous system. While the disease may not be apparent at birth, signs and symptoms develop with age as more cells become damaged by the accumulation of cell materials. Pure 7 Studios, along with Contagious Photography from Hattiesburg, MS traveled to Orlando providing complimentary studio family portraits during one full day of the event. The following evening, each family was given a framed portrait of their family. The portraits and frames were donated and sponsored by our church in Destin, Shoreline Church. We also documented some of the events planned for the children that took place that weekend. This was most definitely one of the most rewarding experiences we have ever had, both professionally and personally. Although these families and children have dealt with more than most of us can even imagine, they are filled with JOY. These families were so loving, gracious, and downright INSPIRATIONAL. We are hoping that we will be able to volunteer our services again for future MPS Society events. A huge THANK YOU to all of the families that allowed us to be a part of this event, may our paths cross again! Here are some of the family portraits!